October 22, 2019
Dear H, 3 years old

Dear H, It may be a fourth kid phenomenon, but these past three years have been a blur. You were a chubby, smiling baby in my arms and - blink - you are now a blonde-haired, long-limbed little boy. Sometimes I think back to when we were trying to decide about having a fourth baby […]

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May 7, 2019
Dear A, 7 years old

Dear A, If I were to describe you to a friend in one sentence, I would say, "she is a girl of deep character, quiet goodness, and genuine humility." You are remarkably selfless for a child (or an adult, for that matter). Whenever ice cream or cake is served, you wait to be the last […]

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April 13, 2019
Dear O, age 10

Dear O, You are fire and ice, sugar and spice. You are so much like the ocean - raging waves, whispering peace. Although you don't have red hair, you and Anne Shirley are truly kindred spirits. Intelligent. Stubborn. Winsome. Almost always with a book in your nose or a pencil in your hand, you remind […]

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October 13, 2018
Dear K, 12 years old

Dear K, I'm glad you're finally twelve because, for the past few years, you've told us, "I've always wanted to be twelve." Now that you're here, you'll probably be pining for fifteen. You've always been both mature for your age and one to look ahead with expectancy at the future. You are a to-do list […]

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September 9, 2018
Dear H, 2 years old

Dear H, When you wake up in the morning (around 6:45-7:00am), you unfailingly say two things. First, you command: "Eat!" You are always ravenous upon waking and often eat three breakfasts in a row. Next, you say: "Outside!" You want to be out in the great wide open - watering the plants, digging in the […]

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April 26, 2018
Dear A, 6 years old

Dear A, This is the picture that comes to my mind when I think of your childhood. Hanging upside down from the monkey bars. Climbing to the very tip-top of trees. Running at full speed with your curls flying behind you. Riding roller coasters with your arms up in the air. You are daring - […]

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