To the girl who turned my world upside-down…

Dear girl, girl who turned my world upside-down,

I know you will find this hard to believe, but as I sit here hunched over these keys, I am at a loss for words. Yes, it’s true, this mother of yours who always seems to be telling you what to do and how to do it, is speechless.

You entered this world 3 weeks early at a mere 5 lbs 9.5 oz, butt first, yes, butt first. (I know, I know, “That’s so embarrassing!”) And just like that, a decade has passed and today, you are 10! A pre-teen, and in three short years (as you like to frequently remind me), you will be a teenager. But, instead of looking ahead, I want to look back. Although I had 9 months to prepare for your arrival, I was ill equipped at best. I loved you before you entered this world, but the moment I held you, I fell in love, Mother’s Love, with you. My life has never been the same, but it wasn’t the diapers (although there were A LOT of diapers), breast feedings or sleepless nights that changed and challenged me, it was that love. The strength, depth and breadth of Mother’s Love knows no limits. This is a love unlike any other. Mother’s Love changed the very lens through which I viewed the world and I wouldn’t trade this view for any other.

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Girl who turned my world upside down, you are strong, creative, inquisitive and bright. I can’t wait to see where God leads you over the next decade and beyond.

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