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May 16, 2021
Dear A, 9 Years Old

Dear A, At 9 months old, you were an athletic wonder. We called you a "speed crawler," but you could also stand and climb up and down steps. Before you turned one, you were running. Before two, you were climbing up the highest playgrounds as far as you could go. Now, at age 9, it […]

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May 16, 2021
Dear O, 12 Years Old

Dear O, Twelve is a year of change. Once a child, you now study the world around you from a young woman's perspective. You are a beauty, although you certainly don't realize it. Sammy Kershaw's country song comes to mind, "she don't know she's beautiful..." With your glossy blonde hair, piercing eyes, and ready smile, […]

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January 4, 2021
A Story About My Wedding Dress

This is a very short story about my wedding dress. Nineteen years ago today, I wore a simple sparkling crown and an ivory off-the-shoulder gown. As my ballet slippered feet walked up the aisle, I had absolutely no jitters or what-ifs. Even at age 19, I knew - confidently knew - that this boy was […]

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October 18, 2020
Dear K, 14 Years Old

Dear K, If anyone asks me what it is like to have a teenager, I know exactly what to say. My complete and honest answer is this: It's one of the greatest blessings in my life. As each year goes by, I am amazed by your beauty, strength, and goodness. Because you are such an […]

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August 30, 2020
Dear H, 4 Years Old

Dear H, The nursery rhyme is wrong. Boys are made up of "everything nice" too. Sure, they love frogs and snails and puppy dog tails as much as little girls, but they are also sweet beyond measure. If we hadn't had you, I wouldn't have known that three-year-old boys are pure delight. Joy in fullness. […]

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April 18, 2020
Dear A, 8 Years Old

Dear A, Teachers and other adults typically comment on three things when they describe you. First, people say that you are "super sweet," "kind," and "caring." I concur. These attributes are evident in the ways that you treat others. You are selfless, choosing quietly to let others go first or to select the biggest scoop […]

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