Tomorrow my sweet girls will be starting school. Kinley will be entering the third grade and Hadley will be going into second grade. The summer went by at an amazingly fast rate but not without leaving us with many wonderful memories!
A Letter to my girls…
Dear Kinley & Hadley,
Tomorrow is your first day of second and third grade. As I sit here tonight I cherish these days that you are still small. I loved every minute of our summer together but it is now time to start another chapter as you enter a new school year. Your Daddy and I have so many wishes for both of you. We pray each day for your health and safety but our wishes extend far beyond that. We want you to be quick to help others, to not pass judgement and to be a good friend. We want you to try your best in school, extracurricular activities and in life. We do not care if you are the best or if your are the smartest but we always want you to give it your best effort.
We want you to be happy and we want you to learn how to choose joy. Life is not fair and things will not always go your way so we want you to understand that God gave you the ability to make your own choices as to how you will react to things. No matter what you are handed you can choose to have a positive attitude. If someone hurts your feelings we hope that you will choose to be kind anyway. Please do not ever tease another child and please treat others the way that you would like to be treated. Childhood is a sacred time and I hope that you would stand up for another child who was being left out or made fun of. You always have a choice and your Daddy and I pray that you will always choose kindness. Be brave my sweet girls and do not be afraid to help someone or to be a friend to a child that may not have any friends, make a difference in someones life and make others smile.
There are so many things that Daddy and I want for you. We want you to eat healthy, brush your teeth, do your homework, get good grades but mostly we want you to find what drives you, what excites you, what makes you want to be a better person and what makes you sparkle. You were given gifts when you were born and now is your time to discover them. I want you to try new things and I want you to get excited about life. You have blessings to offer and the time is now for you to start figuring out what your passions are. Don’t sell yourselves short with one thing, you have more than one gift. Daddy and I don’t care if you want to do underwater basket weaving but we want to see you light up, we want to see you get excited. Life is a blessing and your opportunity to live is now.
Do not be afraid to make mistakes, that is how you will learn and we would never expect you to be perfect. Follow your heart and listen for God’s voice i n all that you do. It is not important to impress others so always go with your gut and do what you know is right.
Maybe you do not understand everything that I am saying so I pray that you will live by a few golden rules:
Always be kind to others no matter how you feel
Be quick to apologize and quick to forgive
Think before you speak
Do not Hold Grudges
Choose a Positive Attitude
Do not judge others
Try your Best
Be a good Listener
Have Faith in the Lord and Pray Everyday!
Daddy and I love you both so much and we are so proud of you!