A Letter to My Daughter on Her Birthday

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Taegan,

Four years ago today, I first met you and my life changed forever. I fell into a kind of love that I didn’t understand up until that point. I looked at you and your face said, “Hi. I’m yours and I already love you. It’s nice to finally put a face to the voice I’ve been hearing.” I felt known in a way I had never experienced.

 

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I can’t help but look back at that day and still be in wonder. That was the day God entrusted me with a little soul. And He chose to give me yours. Out of all the ones He could have given me. He chose you for me. And the way your presence in my life has changed my soul is something I can’t even put into words. On that day, a transformation happened. A girl became a woman. A woman became a mother. And a sinner felt sanctified. My purpose had never been clearer.

 

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These past four years I am certain that you have taught me just as much as I’ve taught you. We’ve learned a lot together, you and me. I’m still flying by the seat of my pants. I will be until you’re grown and you’re making your own choices. I bear the weight of guiding you through life to make the right ones. That responsibility is quite heavy, but I consider it an honor, as well. Raising you to this point has taken me on the greatest spiritual journey of my life. I’m stronger, better, kinder, and softer than I ever was before you. You will continue to grow and change, but the pleasure of getting to raise and know you is all mine. Maybe I got the earlier part wrong. Maybe God entrusted you with me. Your existence continues to make me the best version of myself.

 

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Now, we await the arrival of your little brother or sister and you call it “our baby.” Like the family has collective ownership. I think it’s the sweetest thing I’ve ever heard and I can’t wait to see you take on your role as big sister. I’m not delusional enough to think that the two of you will be sunshine and rainbows all the time, but I look forward (with a moderate amount of anxiety, honestly) to the new dynamic of our family. You already love this baby and your influence will strongly shape the person he/she turns into.
I need you to know that even though today is your birthday, I get the gift. The gift of coming this far with you and the hope of traveling much further. Even though you won’t be an only child anymore, you are my firstborn. The impact you have had on my life thus far is immeasurable. That impact is yours.

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Daddy and I love you more than words could ever say and we wish you the best birthday a 4-year-old could ask for.


Always yours,
Mommy

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5 thoughts on “A Letter to My Daughter on Her Birthday

  1. Oh WOW!!! This is a precious letter. You have summed up the way so many mothers feel in a way that brings sad and joyful tears all at the same time. She has changed so much from that first day I witnessed her come into this world. I can’t believe my precious Granddaughter is 4 years old today. Happy Birthday Peanut!!! Lala loves you Sooooo Much!!!!

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    • Thanks, Mom. 🙂 Trying to say how I feel + being slightly hormonal equaled bawling when I wrote it. lol! But, I felt it was important for her to know. Even though she can’t read yet, she’ll be able to when she’s older. 🙂

  2. AAaaahhh Breauna!!!! Tears, tears, and more tears! You do have a wonderful little girl, and you and Leslee have done an amazing job as her parents. I look forward to seeing her & baby #2 grow up 🙂 Happy Birthday Taegan!!!!!! Love you guys!!

  3. Breauna, your mom’s exactly right! These are things that all mom’s feel-you were able to put those feelings to words! Beautifully said! You and Leslee have a beautiful family, like Bekah said, I’m anxious to see your family grow!!!

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