Be Strong, my Daughter

To my sweet girl {on International Women’s Day} 

“Here’s to the strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”

I remember seeing this quote for the first time shortly after the ultrasound appointment when we found out you were a girl. The quote is a powerful one – one that left me thinking for a long time after reading it. It suddenly hit me, I had a lot on my plate. I obviously had a lot on my plate either way, but with a little girl to raise, the stakes would be higher, to raise a little girl would be much different than raising a boy. I won’t just be “Mommy” to you, I will be who you look up to from a young age on when you are learning how to be a young lady and later on a woman, and I need to remember how always impressionable you are and will be.  

I want to be someone you can always come to and I want you to know you can trust me. I will strive everyday to be the best role model possible for you. I know rough days will happen, but I expect you to always try your best too. I want you to know that I support what you choose to do in life – be it an astronaut, football player, or a circus clown. If you want to be a wife, be a wife. If you want to be a mom, be a mom, but don’t do those things because society and all your girlfriends tell you you should. Do what your heart says and know you will not be judged by me if neither of those are your choice.

Remember that beauty has absolutely nothing to do with looks, yet has everything to do with your heart, your soul, and the kind words you speak. Also remember that there is no perfect pant size, bra size or hair color. God made you exactly how you are and because you are more than enough in His eyes, don’t let any person tell you otherwise.

here's to strong women...

You are so full of wonder right now as you explore this world that is so new to you and I pray every day that you keep that wonder. Although everyday things won’t be brand new forever, know there are plenty of experiences and things in this world that can be – go explore them!

You are so full of goodness as well. Everyone around you talks about how sweet you are; don’t ever let anyone’s ill intentions let you feel otherwise.

True friends and true love will not judge you or pressure you. They will love you for who you are and be able to genuinely show it. You will know it’s real, although your heart and mind may play tricks on you in some cases. Be careful.

I know that you’ll grow older and I won’t be the only one you will confide in anymore, but regardless, remember I’m always here – a shoulder to cry on, a hand to hold, a listening ear, a word of advice – I’m always, always here.

And I pray that the day I’m no longer physically here I’ll have already been a role model enough that you’ll know your way without me.

I love you and hope you’re always proud to call me Mom because I sure am proud to be one!

 

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