Today is my first daughter’s 8th Birthday.
Her birthday request today was that Mommy ‘not work’ and just ‘have fun’ with her today.
From the moment this child entered my life my world changed.
My heart grew and I continue to stand in amazement of what she has taught me through the gift of being her mother.
An Open Letter to my Daughter on the Occasion of her 8th Birthday
This morning I got up extra early to do the last of my ‘Mommy Work’ before I devote the rest of my day to you and whatever you want to do.
Truth be told, my entire life is devoted to being your mother (and the mother of your siblings) and I’m sorry that it doesn’t always look that way.
Sometimes I forget that 8 year old girls don’t care if the house is perfectly organized or if dinner is Pinterest worthy.
You look around and you see your home. The place where your family is.
I look around and see projects and tasks.
You wait patiently for your mother to just play with you. Or ‘have fun’.
I wait for the list to get done before I allow myself to play…and it never seems to get done.
I hope when you’re a mother you’ll do it better than me.
I hope you’ll remember what it feels like to be EIGHT and just want your Mama to have fun.
But I’m not taking any chances on you forgetting.
I’m going to start modeling that for you.
Starting today, and every day you’ll want to be with me.
Happy Birthday, my love.