October 26, 2021
Dear K, 15 Years Old

Dear K, In the early years, when you were very small, parents with older children would sometimes stop us and knowingly say to us, "Oh, she's so sweet! But...just wait until she's a teenager!" Deep down, I thought that perhaps they were wrong to assume that adolescence was something to be feared or endured. Now […]

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September 4, 2021
Dear H, 5 Years Old

Dear H, Sometimes I think back to how we almost didn't have you. We were worried about having the bandwidth to get through another pregnancy with hyperemesis gravidarum - the vomiting, the IVs, the constant nausea, the endless fatigue, the march of days with so much sickness. Thankfully, we pushed our fear outside and locked […]

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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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