Letter To My Daughter On Her 29th Birthday

Dearest Rachel,

Today is your 29th birthday. While I am sure you are thinking, “One more year until 30! Oh my!” I’m thinking, “Where did 29 years go?” It seems like yesterday the nurses placed you in my arms and I fell in love with you. Every parent who has more than one child wonders how they could possibly love a second child as much as the first…until the second is born and then they know. I took one look at your pitch black hair and tiny dimpled nose and never looked back. I have loved you every minute of every day since the day you were born and will continue to do so through eternity.

As the only girl with four brothers you grew up tough (you had too!) I will never forget placing you in the center of my bed and walking into the kitchen when you were only a week old. I was just out of the room for a few seconds and when I went back there was your 2 1/2 year old brother jumping on the bed to see how high he could bounce you! Like I said, you had to be tough!

I have so many memories of you as a child that I hold near and dear to my heart.

* Three years old–You were wearing a white night gown and your long black hair was streaming down your back as you ran around the back yard chasing lightening bugs.

* Four years old–We gave you a kitten for your birthday and I wanted to make a picture of you holding it. You sat down on the step, held it with both hands around its neck and smiled. I still have the picture. You look happy…the cat not so much.

* Five years old–Your first and last dance recital. You were the smallest ballerina on the stage and mom sat beside me as we watched you perform. She died a few months later but I will never forget the pure look of joy and love on her face as she watched you dance.

* First day of school–You waved me out of the classroom and I cried all the way back to the car. Having children definitely enhanced my ability to cry crocodile tears at the drop of a hat!

* High school graduation and watching you give your Senior Class President speech.

* Watching your father walk you down the aisle on your wedding day.

* Being with you when you gave birth to your first baby.

I have tons more memories…too many to list here but I think you get the point. In fact, I know you do because you are a mom now. Moms take every memory and store them in the depths of their hearts. They are more precious than diamonds or rubies and more treasured than any earthly possession.

I am so very proud of you and so very thankful to God for the blessing you are to me and to those who know and love you.

I love you so my daughter,
And I never cease to pray
That God will guard and keep you safe
Within His love each day.
May you be guided by His word
In all you say and do
For all the pride of life for me
Is centered dear daughter…
In you.

Happy birthday sweetheart…age is just a number, don’t give it a second thought. Enjoy every year God gives you for with every year come more precious moments and memories and that is what life is all about!

Love,

Mom

Rachel and Baby K—How I love them!

Comments

  1. Kelly Jo 23 May, 2013

    What a beautiful letter!!! Happiest of Birthdays Rachel!!! And your mom is right age is just a number I dreaded the big 3-0, my 30s have been the best 34 and proud of it!!!!

  2. annette hepner 23 May, 2013

    I remember that poem at the end. Tears.

  3. Omg I have never read this before. I’m sitting here staring at my daughter who just turned 1 and am looking forward to every memory to come…. Crying of course :’)

  4. this post is just beautiful!! my son is 13 months old and everyone keeps telling me to enjoy him while he’s young as before i know it he’ll be all grown up. this post reminds me i’ll celebrate all the stages with him and that it doesn’t matter what his age he is, he’ll always be my baby.
    happy birthday to your daughter 🙂
    found you through the weekend blog hop, new follower 🙂

  5. teresak 24 May, 2013

    Thank you for visiting and for following and I just followed you back! Teresa

  6. teresak 24 May, 2013

    That’s so sweet! Thank you for the kind words! Love on that baby….Teresa

  7. teresak 24 May, 2013

    I remember too….love you friend!

  8. teresak 24 May, 2013

    Thanks Kelly Jo, so proud of you and all your accomplishments! You are a sweetheart!

  9. what a really really beautiful letter xx

    popped over from the weekend blog hop x

  10. This is the first blog I’ve come across by a mother/grandmother. I love your letters to your daughter-I have 2 baby girls and I started a journal for them each when they were born and I have my blog inspired by them as well. can’t wait to look around your site more! God Bless-you have a beautiful family! following from the weekend social mix blog hop!

  11. teresak 24 May, 2013

    Journals are so awesome. I kept them when my children were little…now they will have my blog! Blessings to you and your two little girls. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.

  12. teresak 24 May, 2013

    Thanks, Jaime. I really appreciate it!

  13. What a sweet post! I am visiting from the blog hop!

    Tamika @ No Time for Tea Parties!

  14. Such an inspiring letter to your daughter. Mine just turned 10 and feels like yesterday that I had her. My mom was with me too. I so enjoy reading your blog. I visit more than I comment, but I had to comment today because I needy a hanky. Oh well, it was good cry. Just thinking about my mom being with me when I had my baby. 🙂

  15. What a beautiful letter to your daughter. And yes us moms’ memories of our little ones are more precious than pearls.

    Stopping by from the weekend showcase, have a great weekend!

  16. Ohhh, the one about her with the cat is too funny. What great memories.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

  17. teresak 26 May, 2013

    It was funny and still one of my favorite pictures!

  18. teresak 26 May, 2013

    Thank you for stopping by Heather!

  19. teresak 26 May, 2013

    Thanks, Mary. Blessings to you and to your daughter! Do come back!

  20. Beautiful! very touching… I hope to have the same closed relationship with my daughter as you have with yours.

  21. teresak 2 Jun, 2013

    Thank you for your sweet comment! Hope you had a great weekend!