A Letter to My Daughter: Turning 6

Dear Jordan,

6 years ago, on April 7th, 2012 at 4:42 pm, I welcomed you into my arms. It was the scariest and best day of my life. 6 years ago, I had no idea how to parent, no idea how to raise a little girl. As I see you grow each and every day, despite still not knowing and learning as I go, I see you becoming an amazing little girl who has taught me so much about myself in return. 

As I am learning what is best for you, what is best for us, and how to make it all happen, I do know how I want to raise you, and what my hopes for you are, and I will do my very best to be an example of these.

I want you to be a free spirit and never be afraid to follow your hopes and dreams.

I want you to be slow to speak, but eager to listen to those around you, even when you may disagree. Take what suits you, and leave what doesn't. Not everything in life is personal.

I want you to love hard, with all of your heart and soul, and as much as I don't want you to experience heartbreak, I hope that when you do, you take the lessons from it and you learn and move on.

I want you to spread kindness and light into everyone you meet. Those who are mean and cruel, I want you to be kinder to them than anyone else. They need a little extra care.

Never listen to people who tell you, you can't accomplish or do something. You don't need that negativity in your life.

Work hard for what you want. Be creative and stay consistent, especially if it is something you  truly believe in.

Seek to improve the lives of others before your own, and at the same time, make sure you are giving from a full tank, because you can't give from an empty one. So never lose sight of what makes you happy. Self care is so important, physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.

Never be afraid of being simply you.

And never forget to always put God first. Always follow Him through and through.

I know you're only 6, and. trust me you have a lot of lessons to learn, and it will take many years to accomplish a lot of this. If I'm being honest, I didn't believe in any of this until I had you. As I am learning, I will teach you, and I am sure you will continue to teach me many things in return.

You are my Noelani, my beautiful girl from Heaven, that God so graciously blessed me with, and I know He is going to do a work through you and with your life. You will accomplish amazing and beautiful things, because you have such an amazing, and beautiful soul.

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With eternal love,

mommy