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letter to my baby girls

Hey there! My oldest daughter turned three last Sunday and as we celebrate the next one turning two in a few weeks, I have been thinking about what I want to teach them as they get older. I am enjoying them being little but cannot pretend I will not be sad when they can take themselves to the potty and stop throwing diapers around the room every day at nap time...

These thoughts are not limited to just girls and can be applied to our little boys as well. If I sat here long enough, I know I could add more and go on for days! I may add more later, but for now, I want to include this letter as part of their journey of growing up. I also need to keep these in mind for myself as well! How about you?

Letter to my daughters:

No matter what time of day or night, I will always be available for you. Even when you are living on your own.

Treat everyone with respect and dignity. From the janitor to the CEO. Everyone is created in the image of God and deserves respect and kindness.

I will take the time to listen to you. I know that if you trust me with your “little concerns” now, you will trust me with you “big concerns” later because they were always big concerns to you.

I will try my best to exercise consistency with you. I want to set you up for success by helping you understand expectations and avoid confusion.

NO boy, and I mean NO BOY is ever worth compromising any standard for. If he requires changing your boundaries, he is not for you. The boy who loves God and is worth your time will never ask you to compromise and will be living the same lifestyle you are striving for.

God sets the standards for living, not culture. It does not matter how American culture changes, He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Do not waste time dating a boy who is not a Christian. Dating is preparation for marriage so if you would not marry him, there is no reason to date him.

Always leave a place cleaner than when you found it.

What seems so bad now will not seem so bad later on. God has everything under control.

All that matters is what is eternal. What you do for the Lord counts. Not popularity, power, or possessions. I would rather you become a Godly woman than an A-list actress, an ivy league scholar, or world-class athlete.

Stay pure in every way – in your speech, in your thoughts, and in your body.

Smiling makes you pretty! Love the life God has given you!

I am always willing to be your bad guy. You can blame me for not letting you do something that you know is wrong. My life will go on even if your friends think I am crazy or too strict.

All I ask is that you do your best! Whether that is an “A” on a test or a “D” on a test, I am proud of you. The end.

I will hound you if you are not doing your best. I will always expect your best. Be a good steward of the life God gave you.

Always be kind. They will know we are Christians by the way we love one another.

Stay in church. We do not attend for other people or even to “get something out of a sermon” but instead, we go to give our time to glorify Him with other believers.

Love what you do. The passions He gave you He will use in life. There is a reason you love to do those things.

Take time to enjoy outside! God’s creation is good for the soul.

Value every person you come in contact with. Each relationship has purpose and meaning.

Friends do not always have to match your demographic. We can learn from the older and the younger.

Eat healthful food. Yes, your fruits and veggies.

Exercise and lift weights.

Practice self-control in speech and in action. Some words and actions cannot be fixed. Take time before responding.

Be adventurous and try new activities.

I know you will make poor choices occasionally as part of growing up, and I will be there to help you pick up the pieces.

When friends are mean to you and hurt you, I will cry with you.

I always have your best interests at heart.

Be trustworthy. When trust is broken, there are times it will never be restored.

Stay humble. Wherever God has placed you, He can take away just as easily.

My job is to guide you and correct you. I take that seriously. I know I am accountable to God for it. We can be friends later, but I will be your mom until you leave home.

I will miss you when you are grown up and leave home, but I want you to live the extraordinary life God has for you.

Be thankful for the struggles you are NOT facing.

Find joy in every day. You will not like every day but there are blessings in each one.

Smile. Laugh. Sing. Dance.

I love you and am so thankful He gave you to me! Even when you are a big girl, you are always welcome home.

Love Always, Mommy

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