September 30, 2023
Dear K, 17 Years Old

Dear K, Someday, probably in the not so distant future, some boy will sweep your off your feet - and he won't know how lucky he'll be. I'm sure that in the beginning he will note your blonde curls, intelligent eyes, and sweet smile. He is sure to observe the winsome way you speak to […]

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August 31, 2023
Dear H, 7 Years Old

Dear H, When I used to have only girls, people would often knowingly smile and tell me how easy I had it. If I only had a boy, they explained, I would understand what it would be like because a boy wouldn't color neatly at the table, would run around like a terror, and would […]

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April 30, 2023
Dear A, 11 Years Old

Dear A, You were made for prairie life. You love running around with barefeet, regardless of the surface beneath your toes. In fact, you recently asked why anyone would want to put their feet in "square boxes" (aka shoes). Somehow you don't even flinch when scrambling up trees or hopping across stones, smiling widely without […]

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March 30, 2023
Dear O, 14 Years Old

Dear O, You were born at 8:30pm on a mid-March eve two weeks before your official due date. The birth could be described in contrasting terms - it was both fast and furious AND overwhelmingly peaceful. When Tim leaned down to catch you and then passed you tenderly into my arms, I was mesmerized by […]

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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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March 24, 2020
Dear O, 11 Years Old

Dear O, You are the the Jo March of our family. A writer. An actress. A performer. A poet. You love fiercely and truly. You speak clearly and influentially. You even have pencil marks on your hand from so much writing. (And, yes, you have the fiery temper to match too). When you take any […]

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