A Letter To My Daughter
Dear Emery Mae,
Right now I am sitting at the computer as you twirl and flip inside my tummy. You are 36 weeks old and we get to meet you in 4 weeks. We have folded all your clothes, put together your crib and decorated your room. The whirlwind of emotions I am feeling is almost too much to handle. I can’t wait to see who you will look like.. if you will have your dads eyes or my dimples. I can’t wait to see what your dreams will be, what personality you have and what desires God puts on your heart.
My sweet girl, there are things I want to share with you today, some life lessons and thoughts that I’ve experienced and things I wish for you.
First, I wish that you will know Jesus and experience his love and grace with intensity. I pray that your heart reflects humility, passion and patience and that you seek him in everything you do. I hope that when you face something hard in your life, you know God is making all things work together for your good, even when it doesn’t seem like it.
One day when you’re older, I will tell you my story of how I came to know Jesus and how he turned the worst thing in my life to something good.
I hope that you follow the desire in your heart and have confidence in knowing you were beautifully created for a purpose and I pray you chase that purpose with all your might. You were made unique in God’s image and never try to be someone you’re not to please others. I promise that your Dad and I will always try to point you to the cross and teach you of our saviors love the best we can.
I want you to know that this world is a beautiful place created by God’s hand.. but sometimes, you will face things and see things happen that make this world seem a little scary & unfair. I pray that when you are faced with this, that you always stand up for what is right even through fear. God tells us to never fear for he is always with us and even in the hardest of times I pray that you hold strong to that truth.
Treat everyone equally even if the world tells you its wrong.
Remember to always love & forgive. This can be super hard at times. There will be people in your life who hurt you on purpose with their words or actions and you will meet people with a lot of hate in their heart. When someone hurts you or breaks your heart its hard to forgive that person.. do it anyway.
There will be times I’m sure that your Dad and I will let you down (let’s say when you’re a teenager), I pray that you forgive and realize no one is perfect. Hate and anger can ruin your heart and I never want that for you. Love even when the person seems unlovable or rejects it. I promise that love doesn’t go unnoticed.
Serve others and put them before yourself. If you’re anything like your Dad, this one won’t be too hard. Always ask others how you can help and serve them graciously without asking anything in return.
I hope that you travel this world, experience different cultures and learn from them. I pray you soak up the beauty of a sunset, sit in stillness while the wind blows through the trees and that you feel the warm earth between your toes. I pray that you look at the ocean with wonder and dance up and down the sandy beaches.
Never lose sight of the kid in you. Laugh at the uncertainty and always look at life as this beautiful journey to soak up every minute with truth, passion and grace. Don’t be afraid to be silly and laugh at yourself, even when you’re 60.
When your Dad and I were thinking of what to name you, we were so lost. I racked my brain for what seemed like months and I eventually stumbled across Emery. The moment I heard it, I fell in love. Then I saw it meant brave and it was decided. Sweet girl, I pray you are always bold & brave. Always stand up for what you believe in, go against the grain and fight for people who can’t fight for themselves.
Most of all, I pray that you never for one second doubt our love for you. You are so loved and cherished and I can not wait to meet you, watch you grow up and have the honor of being your mom.
Maternity Photos by the wonderful