Friday, September 13, 2013

Dear Libby...

Dear Libby,
I cannot believe you will be 4 years old in less than a week. It truly feels like yesterday that we brought you home from the hospital. A baby who was planned by God. A baby who was meant to be here. Meant to be a wonderful addition to our lives. And here you are, almost 4 years old, and I want to say a few things to you. These are things I have learned simply from being a mom. Being a mom to Abby, Keely & Connor. I don't know much, but I do know these things:

1. Never treat other people poorly. Treat them as you would like to be treated at all times, even when they anger you. Even when they hurt you. Even when they are mean to you.
2. Always say please and thank you. Look people in the eyes when showing gratitude.
Smile at their kindness.
3. Bully no one. Stick up for those who aren't able to stick up for themselves. Erase this negativity from your world through your gentle heart.
4. Continue to give hugs. Sometimes, they are the only things that can make someone feel better.
5. Do not forget who you are. Do not change to fit in. Do not ever think anyone is better than anyone else. We are all God's creatures.
6. Forgive others. Wrap your arms around their hearts and truly, truly forgive.
7. Have fun. Continue dancing around the house, singing at the top of your lungs. Do cartwheels. Play. Every day.
8. Remember that your words affect other people. Refrain from hate & speak with love.
9. Be one who leads people positively, rather than one who follows negativity.
10. Never, ever forget how much you are loved. Yesterday, today, tomorrow. 


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Handle with Care
House Rules
More Than It Hurts You
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