Monday, February 10, 2014

February 10, 2014...

My darling Grace,

Something in me changed when you were born.

It was if the center of gravity shifted, and my own happiness became inexplicably intertwined with yours.

When you cried, my heart rate increased, and the only thing I could think about was doing whatever it took to make you happy again.  And then you'd smile your happy little smile, and the world would feel right again.  Your Memaw told me this would happen, and, as usual, she was absolutely right.

 photo DSC_0549.jpgWith each day that passes, I become more and more aware that for the rest of my life, I will be consumed with an overwhelming desire to keep a smile on your pretty face.

I can't promise you that I will be a perfect mommy.  In fact, I can promise you that I won't.  But I did learn a few things from my mommy, your Memaw, and so I will promise you this:

... I will tickle your toes.

... I will kiss your boo-boos.

... I will rock you to sleep until you insist that I stop.

... I will read as many books to you as it takes to give you the gift of a love of reading.

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... I will hold your hand when you need me to, but I'll be ready to let go when you're capable of standing on your own.

... I will endeavor to comb out every ponytail until there are no. more. bumps.

... I will do the hard thing if it's what's best for you.

... I will let you pick out your own outfits, even if they include neckties and medieval headdresses.

... I will do everything in my power to make your childhood a magical one.

... I will not bat an eye if you tell your third grade teacher that your dream is to be a romance novelist.

... I will remind you that you are beautiful—on the inside and out.

... I will allow you to fall down because that's how you learn to pick yourself back up.

... I will admit when I'm wrong.

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... I will let you make up your own mind.

... I will give you every last bite of my tomato basil soup.

... I will share my bath time with you.

... I will let you do it, even if it takes twice as long.

... I will tell you about Jesus.

... I will encourage you to dream big things.

... I will believe you.

... I will shoot dirty looks at the boy who breaks your heart... even if he happens to be sitting in the next pew over at church.

... I will make sure you never forget that my love for you is unconditional and completely independent of anything you do or say or achieve.

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And when it's time for me to let go and to have faith in the girl you will have become, I will stand back and watch you shine.



karly from [kar[+]wade] said...

awww. She is so adorable, I love following y'all on instagram! This post is precious! :)

Joey said...

Oh friend this is so beautiful. So much truth (and strength) written into every single line. <3

Jessica K said...

Beautiful! I love it!!

Kristin said...

Ryan, this is so beautiful!! Isn't it so crazy of the love we are capable of with our little ones?

Leslie @ A Blonde Ambition said...

This is just beautiful, Ryan. It brought tears to my eyes. Every word was spot-on, and you can just see the love for your daughter practically radiating off the screen.

Nichole @ said...

I mean...did you HAVE to make me tear up before lunch?! sweet!

Joy said...

So sweet! I hope to be this kind of mommy to AC!

Hayley Chandler said...

Absolutely beautiful!!! I don't think I really loved until I became a mom.

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