An Open Letter To My Little Girl on Her Birthday: 5 Important Things To Know
Today we celebrate my daughter, Charlotte's seventh birthday. She has taught me so much in her short time on earth. I am so grateful God gifted her to our family.
AN OPEN LETTER TO MY CHARLOTTE ON HER 7TH BIRTHDAY
My Beautiful girl today is your day! As they say, the apple does not fall far from the tree and you have been preparing to celebrate your 7th birthday for about three months now. I know because I have been involved in the active countdown of it since 91 days out. You know I love to have an entire month-long celebration of my own birth month each year in February.
You would think it would be so easy to sit down and just peck the keys of the keyboard and spill out all these details of your life but honestly, it's hard to just nail down a few.
From the moment we found out we were having a little girl our lives changed dramatically.
You were the missing piece to the big giant puzzle our two families were trying to solve.
You literally made us complete in more ways than one. You were the extra sass and spice we all needed. And you were the answer to so many endless nights of prayer. Such a small little being having such a giant impact on the world around you.
When I was growing up before I had children of my own your Gigi would always say one day you will understand the love I have for you and why I do what I do. I didn't truly know the love of a little girl until God sent you.
We have grown together so much in these past 7 years and learned so many lessons from one another and through each other.
JUST LOVE OTHERS AND LET GOD FIGURE OUT THE REST
One of the very biggest things I have learned from you is tolerance. I am a bit of a hothead and I don't put up with crap from others. I have watched you even as a child love others who seem almost impossible to love. Your heart radiates love in all you do. You never pay attention to what a person looks like or how they behave your biggest concern is how you can be kind to them. I think you understand the whole "LOVE OTHERS" assignment from God way more than most adults. This makes me so proud.
YOUR WORTH IS NOT IN A MAN
I have taught you the importance of knowing your worth and that it is not in a man but in the eyes of the Lord. You know that your heart is the most beautiful and magical thing about you. You have a confidence that could only come from heaven above. You radiate that same bright light to all who know you.
DON'T BE AFRAID TO STAND OUT AND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE
Dare to be different and let others know who you are. You have always pushed the envelope and needed more from life. You have never been afraid to help or take care of others and when life sometimes gets away from me you help to remind me to do my part. You don't have to be a part of the crowd and I think this is one of my very favorite things about you. You STAND OUT. You don't require validation even as a little girl. You are gonna do it your way even if you're traveling the road alone. This may be a bit of the Henry family stubbornness but it will serve you well in life my girl. Keep expecting more.
REMEMBER YOUR PRIORITIES
God first and then your family. This one you have pretty much taught the rest of us. Most kids are more concerned with play outside and watching television but not you. You are always seeking time with all of us. When we are all together you are thriving. Perhaps it is because that is all you know. You have been blessed to have both parents side by side your whole life. Three brothers who adore you (most of the time) and an extended family that thinks you hung the moon. In years to come when daddy and I are older you will be the one we all look to to keep traditions growing and going. No matter where life takes you never forget where you came from.
I'M YOUR #1 CHEERLEADER
Let's just go ahead and put this out there. We fight. Yes your seven and I'm 42 and we fight like teenage girls some days. It's gonna happen. We will have days we don't speak. There will be times you don't even want to look my way. Always remember there is nothing you could ever do to lose my love. Being a mom is tough and even tougher on the bad days. I won't promise to have a solution to all your problems but what I will promise is to be there to whip your tears, hug your neck, pray with you, and always have an open lap to sit in when the world has been too much.
My Charlotte Elizabeth, thank you for walking hand in hand on this daily journey. Today is your day enjoy it to the very fullest and know how very loved and incredible every single part of you is to this world.
HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHARLOTTE~
Celebrating Angel's Daughter Charlotte Turning 7