Today, Bridgy turns four. This is a letter to my little girl.
You have made this past year so wonderful. I have enjoyed every second of your sweet smiles. I love to wake you up in the mornings, carry you to the couch and hold you forever. You are always in my heart. I love to hear your sweet voice say “Momma,” and I love it at night when I tuck you into bed you ask me to stay with you just before you fall asleep. You turn over and your eyes disappear into your sweetest smile and the dimple at your cheekbone is like a star in the sky. You whisper, “I love you, Momma.”
I love you, Bridgy. I love the way you change your clothes at least four times every day. I love the way you put your clothes together. Nothing can ever match and you must always wear something blue. You hate dresses, but you wear them for me sometimes.
Bridgy, I love the way you are so agreeable. You never push your agenda too hard and you make room for other people to have a bad day or a bad moment. You are understanding, forgiving.
You are gregarious and fun-loving, positive and sharing. You adore your brother and sister. And, your snoopy (Snoofy) blanket must accompany you practically everywhere. You are the only one of my kids who has/had a security blanket and I just love this about you.
Bridgy, the world can be a cruel and beautiful place. This is true of the playground, the classroom, the board room. I am privileged to be your mom and spend these brief years of childhood and youth helping you achieve the purpose for which God has made you. I am glad God brought you to me when I was 39 and nearly 40 and not in my younger years. By the time you arrived, I had lived half a life, and I bring all this to you now. I am better able to love you and teach you because of where I have been, heartache and all. I would not change one thing I have gone through in life because all of it brought me to you. And, you, Bridgy, have been designed for great things. I am so glad I get to be a part of your life, and I thank God for making me your Mommy. I love you forever and there is no sacrifice I am not willing to make to ensure you become all God wants you to be.
Happy Birthday, Baby Girl. The adventure of your fourth year begins today!