I promised to post all of the letters of blessing that I wrote for my kids last week but a vicious flu bug hit my family and stifled my blogging. It was really fun…
Anyway, we are healthy again and disinfected. I promise you will not contract any diseases from visiting my blog. So, here’s the blessing I wrote for Liliana, my oldest daughter:
Before you were born, I was sure that you would be a boy. For some reason, I thought we would have all boys and life would be all football, grass stains, wrestling and mud. When you popped out, I was shocked to discover that you were, in fact, a girl. But now, I can’t imagine life without all your dresses, princesses, gymnastics and snuggling. We’re so glad to have you as a daughter.
One of the things I remember about you as a baby is that before you even knew 10 words you were taking care of your baby. You would stumble and waddle around the house with your little baby doll held tightly in your arms, saying over and over, “Oh, Baby! Oh, Baby!”
God has put something special in you. You love to serve people and take care of them. As you grew older, this desire to serve and take care of people turned into making breakfast for mommy and taking it up to her room before she woke up, cleaning up the house all on your own, or taking care of little Piper so Mommy could have a break. You write notes of encouragement and draw pictures simply to make people happy.
You are also very funny. You are great at being silly and making people laugh. You like to do funny voices and impressions and you love to tease. You have the ability to brighten someone’s day through laughter. This is a special gift that is unique to you.
You love to serve, help make people laugh and we believe this is from God. God put this desire in your heart because He has a special plan for your life. We believe that you will be happiest when you are helping people because that’s the way God made you.
Another thing that we see in you is that you are a hard worker. You always do your best in school and you work very hard to do well on your spelling tests and other assignments. Working hard and doing your best are very important things—they will serve you very well in life.
As you grow up, our hope for you, more than anything else is that you would give your heart completely to Jesus—that you would follow Him completely and build your life around Him. He made you and loves you. He has a special plan for your life. He has something important for you to do and we believe it will be something that involves serving and helping people. Maybe you’ll be a great mother. Maybe you’ll help children who are sick. Maybe you’ll help people in other parts of the world who need Jesus. We don’t know but if you continue to follow Jesus, He will help you understand what to do with your life.
Our commitment to you is that we will love you, support you and teach you to follow Jesus. We will do our best to follow Jesus ourselves so that you can see what it looks like. As you grow up, we’ll help you discover all God has made you to be. We love you very much and can’t wait to see who you grow up to be.
Mom and Dad