Letters to Lillian: collection of tidbits of wisdom from Momma

Dear Lillian, 
Leave it to parents to capture all those embarrassing pictures that one day make first dates, well, awkward. I just cannot help but take pictures of you non stop. I am so happy to live in an age where I can take tons of photos, because if not, I would be spending way too much money on film. 
I have to be honest with you: you are the most adorable, sweet, charismatic little person I have ever known! Your silliness is just downright contagious. I am happy that you like when I do weird dances and sing songs that make most people want to bang their head against the wall. 
Your Dad and I do some really ridiculous things to make you laugh. We screech and squeal and tickle you and make funny faces, all in the hopes that you will show us one of those toothless-squinty-eyed-grins that melt our heart. 
Here are a collection of photos I have taken recently that make me smile and remind me of your fun loving, goofy, and joyful heart. I hope one day I can show these to the man you love and we can all laugh about it together! 

You adore your baths. Splashing, kicking, exploring, and trying to stand up are your faves. I hope you will always love water like you do now… running around in the sprinklers when you are young and dancing in the rain when you are old. Unafraid to let your hair get wet or your makeup undone, laughing, spinning, and soaking the fun in. 

Your morning face. Is there anything more cute?! Always remember, you are beautiful in the mornings. Be yourself, and embrace that funny bed head. 

This is your first attempt to feed yourself rice. You had a blast! You love food. I pray you will always enjoy food as a gracious gift and blessing from God. Remember, it is meant to be enjoyed and goes well with friends and family. Don’t be consumed with worry over food. Everything in moderation is good for the heart and mind! 

I love this smile. Keep smiling. Smile when life gets hard, and smile at those who appear to be mean or sad. A smile can change someone’s day, or maybe even their life. Your smile stops hurried people in the grocery store to stop and laugh, and you bring delight to many a lonely persons face. The joy beaming from your heart is meant to be shared with this hard world. Your tender soul and laugh can change the world one person at a time. 

Me and you kiddo, making your first gingerbread house! Even as an adult, make crafts and have fun with the holidays. Your little hands can make beautiful and lasting works of art. Making something with your hands is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable things to do- especially if it is for others! 

Here you are going on a walk in the COLD! You are so bundled up- but you were a trooper. You love to be outdoors, you love to see trees and touch grass and hike! Remember as you get older- go out in the snow. Go on adventures outdoors, explore, and have fun in the beauty of God’s nature. It might be annoying to prep and plan, and sometimes the weather might be uncomfortable, but remember the memories and excitement you can have exploring the world! 

Be yourself. Authentic, real, genuine. There is no other person in the whole world like you. You are unique and beautiful and have the ability to make a real difference in this world. You have purpose beyond your wildest imagination. Don’t cover your flaws or worry about your imperfections. They tell your story. Your story is like a beautiful symphony being constructed by each day of your life- one note at a time- that one day will be beautiful music and will fit together in a way you would have never known. Love the challenges you will face and the people you are blessed with in your life. And above all else, be grounded and rooted in the love of Jesus. He sees you as a precious and beloved child, perfectly constructed to reflect the beauty and splendor of God, with a unique heart that will bring light to a hurting world. 
You are so loved:). Every little thing about you- the quirky and cool and fun Lillian you are! 
Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at it destination full of hope. 
Maya Angelou

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” 
Marianne Williamson

Love, 
Your Mom

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