My Sweet Ellie Girl,
Today you are four years old, and I know that I should say I don’t know where the time has gone, but the truth is that I can hardly remember what life was like without you. It’s as if you have always been apart of me, and I am so grateful that the Lord chose me to be your Momma.
You are everything that a little girl should be. You’re sweet and sassy; silly and giggly. You spin and twirl until you wrap us up in your charm, and you captivate our hearts with your precious spirit.
You have exceeded my every dream of what it would be like to have a daughter, and I cherish these fleeting moments of childhood innocence. As we spend countless hours painting our nails, playing dress up, giving each other make-overs, and pampering ourselves, I can’t help but wonder what the future will hold as you grow into a young woman.
Will these childhood pastimes turn into teenage drama as we trade our little nail-painting parties for mother-daughter dates with real manicure chairs to wash away a broken heart?
Will we pack up your Texas-sized bows, plastic crowns, and cheap jewelry only to replace them with trendy fashions, designer shoes, and the perfect accessories? Will those tiny princess dresses give way to homecoming dresses and prom dresses?
Will we continue to take time to indulge ourselves in pampering until we are sitting side-by-side getting prepared for you to walk down the aisle on your wedding day?
Will I be able to let you go with the confidence of knowing that I have succeeded in giving you both roots and wings?
I have no way of knowing what the future will hold for you, Sweet Girl, but I can rest in the blessed assurance that Christ knows every precious moment that awaits. When you were born, I started praying Proverbs 4:23 over your life. “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the well-spring of life.”
Four years later, that verse has a completely new meaning to me for reasons that you couldn’t possibly understand right now. So more than ever before, I pray that you will hold on to that truth tucked into the Proverbs. This world will try to steal your innocence. Our culture will want you to believe that you aren’t enough. The messages you will read and the images you will see will try to tell you that you should be something else, something more, something different, something that is impossible to achieve.
Boys will break your heart. Friends will come and go. People will let you down, and sometimes it’s the very ones we love the most who can leave us with greatest wounds. But don’t let this scare you…you just be brave, Ellie girl. Guard your heart, and keep twirling through this life with the truth of who you really are tucked deep inside your heart.
Because no matter what this world may tell you - you are created in the image of an amazing God. You are fearfully and wonderfully made, and the King in enthralled by your beauty. You are loved with an everlasting, never failing, always perfect love that can never be replaced. No one – not me, not your daddy, not some silly boy, not even your future husband can come close to matching the depth of your Father’s love for you.
I will remind you of this truth through every season of your life, until the days of princess dresses and plastic crowns give way to wedding dresses and veils. That’s my job as your momma. You just keep doing your part by guarding your heart and always remembering who you are, and WHOSE you are.
I will always love you sweet, precious, sassy, silly, and ever-so prissy, four year-old Ellie.