“Your birthday is the happiest day of my life!” – picturequotes.com
To my beautiful girl,
Each year, on your birthday, we celebrate the greatest gift that we could have ever been given. The day you came into this world will always be my favorite day of the year. (Even more than Christmas, which is saying a lot!)
You have brought such joy into our life. The smiles, laughter, tears and memories have been some of the best moments of my life!
As you are getting older, it is both awe-inspiring and unbelievably scary watching you grow into your own person. You have amazing ideas, a sense of humor that lights up every room you walk into and the kindest heart of anyone I have ever met.
I know as you continue to grow up, we may butt heads and we won’t always see eye to eye. And that’s okay. I know that you need to spread your own wings and find your own way in this world.
Please always know that no matter what, I will be there for you.
I may not always agree with your decisions and you may think I am annoying, I am pretty sure you already do, but we have a bond that nothing will ever break.
I hope that when you are 30, you still want to get your nails done with me and take walks along the lake.
These past seven years as your mom have been the hardest, the most beautiful and quite honestly the shortest years I have ever experienced. (Where has seven years even gone?!)
I will not always get it right. I have made tons of mistakes so far and I know that I will make even more in the future. I am not perfect but please know, I am always trying.
I am always trying to be the best mom I can be because you, my little girl, are the best daughter I could ever ask for.
As I am writing you this letter, I am wiping the tears from my eyes and reminiscing on when you were a baby.
It feels like just yesterday that your daddy and I brought you home from the hospital and had no idea what we were doing. (Seriously. You should have seen us changing your diaper!)
You, my sweet girl, will make mistakes too. I want you to know that it’s okay to fall down. It’s okay to make a wrong choice or not do the right thing. The more important thing is that you get up, you try again and that you are always trying to be the best version of yourself that you can be.
There will be many disappointments in your life. People will inevitably let you down, even those people who are closest to you.
Please, love anyway. Don’t let someone else harden your heart.
There will be people who won’t understand you. There will be people who don’t accept you. Stay true to who you are and I promise you, that will always be good enough.
I could not be more proud of you and the person you are becoming if I tried.
You have the most gentle soul and I am truly so honored to be your mom.
So today, for your birthday, we celebrate you. We will open gifts, eat cake and order your favorite dinner.
We will spend time together and I will probably kiss you too many times and you will roll your eyes at me. (Not much different from any other day though, huh?)
I love you more than I ever thought possible and I am so glad that you are mine. Happy birthday baby!
Your emotional mother
P.S. Have fun. Be kind. Learn something.