Sunday, June 01, 2008

Dear Emma

My darling 9-year-old Emma,

I love you. You are such a help and a joy to me. I love how you help me with Annika, even though it's not always fun. I appreciate how patient you are with her as you teach her to unload the silverware or play with her outside, so I can feed Beck without Annika tearing the house apart.

You are such a wonderful help with the boys, too. I love how you organize fun games and activities. They look up to you and I'm so proud that you are such a good example.

You are a hard worker and I really admire that. I had to work hard in school and on the piano, too. These things didn't always come easy to me, but what mattered was not how easy it was, but how hard I worked. I think you and I are alike that way. I love how you are so respectful of your teachers both at school and at church.

I love your laugh. Every time I hear it, it makes me smile and I want to laugh, too.

I love that you are my oldest girl. You and I have a special bond because of that. Heavenly Father knew what he was doing when He sent to our family first.

This is going to be a great summer. I'm looking forward to all the fun we will have together learning, playing, vacationing, and relaxing.

Thank you for being who you are. Thank you for being close to Heavenly Father, for being spiritual and being someone that your younger brothers and sister can follow and I know they will choose the right.

I love you just the way you are. You aren't perfect; neither am I. It is good that we love each other anyway. Never forget that I love you just the way you are.



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Nancy said...

You are so sweet! I'm so happy you have such great kids! Let's get together and play again. I had a blast! (I still need to post about it, but that should happen soon.)

Tara Rickards said...

That was so sweet. I think it is so important that we write letters to our kids. I do every Valentine's Day, but I probably should do it more often. I still have a letter that my mom wrote me when I was 12 and I will always treasure it. Way to go Mom!

queenieweenie said...

So sweet. She reminds me a lot of my oldest (who is now a teenager!!). Heavenly Father knew what he was doing with my family too. Funny how that works :)

Jessica said...

My oldest REALLY needs a letter like that.

We have issues. (Mostly, me.)

And she's all of those things. What is my problem?

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angie said...

She is so cute Jenna- I love her smile!

Janice {Run Far} said...

oh my gosh that is the sweetest letter to your daughter. i love it

D-dawg said...

Just seeing her laugh makes me laugh! She is so cute!

Alisa said...

Good for you - very sweet. I need to make sure my daughter knows too.