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I remember the day you were born. Holding you in my hands while you cry, changed the way I viewed life. How time flies! You used to cry at night while your mother prepared a warm bottle of milk for you. When I woke up in the morning before heading out to work, I would kiss you while you were sound asleep.
Then, came your first birthday, you were too little to remember. We video recorded the MTV Cribs parody version on your first birthday. That video was hilarious! Later that evening we had a birthday cake prepared for you. You were so nervous to put your hand in the icing. One finger, then two fingers, and once you tasted the frosting, you got excited!
As you grew older, you started going to daycare. I remember ironing your outfits the night before. Then I dressed you in the morning. You were so cute! We ran out regular routine where I would get off work then pick you up from daycare. We used to listen to Lecrae on the way home. I would watch you through the rear-view mirror while you ate animal crackers and bobbing your head to the music.
Remember you used to watch Robots, Garfield, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory on DVD? You used to prepare your mom and I the plastic food set we bought you for Christmas. Oh how can I forget you wearing your Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty dress with the heels to match? Your mom and I would joke around and say you would open a restaurant called “meals and heels.”
Day number one of school, then you went to third grade. As you left the daycare all your friends would say “bye Love!” You were so popular….
Now you are in middle school. Your body is changing, mind maturing, yet still impressionable. I have to tell you some things you might not fully understand now (like understanding boys and the way things happen in life) but I believe God you will take heed as you get older. It’s time I take you on dates now that you understand it better. I’m doing the best I can now to set the example by how I treat your mother. I can be strict on you sometimes, but there are mistakes I made that I don’t want you to repeat.
You are so responsible for your age! At eleven years old you are caring, sincere, loving and thoughtful. I want you to keep these qualities throughout life although life can be cold sometimes. Hold on to the Lord as I taught you about prayer and reading scripture. Remember when you were little and we used to pray 1 Cor. 6:12
Even though I am allowed to do anything I must not become a slave to anything
One day you will be grown and responsible. What are we teaching you now? To be independent, yet learn submission so if you decide to marry, submission won’t become strange to you. Why would we teach you independence? You will need a good work ethic during your teen years and produce an income for yourself if you decide to stay single.
I’m a little nervous right now because you are getting older and will make your own decisions. I’m so used to leading and guiding you, I have to trust God as you enter your teen years. You are a leader, not a follower, you will do well.
You are my daughter. I’m excited to see how God will use you in the future.