Welcome to the first of a 12-month series I have been invited to participate in — “Letters to our Daughters”. This beautiful circle of women is diverse, talented and woven together by a love we share for our daughters. Explore their links. Read their letters. They all have stories worth hearing.
My dearest Scarlet Quinn, The “Girlfriend”, Scouty-pants, my baby, the youngest, my girl. You are everything I dreamed a daughter would be and so much more than I could have hoped for. At 18 months your identity is just shaping and your personality is emerging. You are testing limits, but always stay close to mama. You have two older brothers and the bond you are forming with them is fascinating to watch. You are alike, yet, in your femininity, separate. You are rough and you are tumble, but softer. Feistier, but gentle. Your heart is tender. And, you love differently. There is a complexity to your spirit and emotion that is different from your siblings.
In a few months, a new baby will arrive. I must confess, I had dreamed of a sister for you–a relationship, from my mother’s perspective, that is vital to a little girl as she grows. While we are so joyful in welcoming your new brother, part of me has mourned for you this month. A sweet girl among boys. One of four. Where will you fit in? Will I be enough? Will you be able to embrace your identity in the chaos these wonderful boys create?
The answer is of course, yes. Our family will shape your character and your heart. You will be strong and independent. You will be confident and courageous. You will be protected and surrounded by love. You will always be special. God unfailingly has a better plan than I do, my dearest. It is perfect and complete. He has considered and crafted every moment of your amazing life. This much is true. You are exactly who He designed you to be, and right where He wants you. Sandwiched in this messy, mostly boyish family of ours.
In you, my sweet baby, I will always have an ally. A friend. A soul connection. A bond that is unexplainable and unbreakable. I love you unconditionally and will walk beside you, until the end of my days. I promise you this. You have completed me as a mother, simply by being who you are. You have fulfilled a longing I did not know existed. I love you my darling little girl, and every day, I am grateful for you. Loving you now and in these months ahead.
With all my heart,
Continue reading through this circle. Next, is a letter by the very lovely Amy Lucy Lockheart | Minneapolis Family Photographer.