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Dear Daughter: A Letter to My Soon-to-be First Grader:

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To my beautiful daughter on her weekend before school starts:

I remember the day I found out I was to have you. I was scared, worried, and most of all I had no idea what I was doing. Every day with you has been the most incredible blessing as I have grown as a mother and it's because of you. You have been the most wonderful thing to have ever come into my life and I am so proud to be your Mother. You have grown already into such a sweet little lady, and so many have told me so. You're so polite to other people when we're in stores, you try to help any chance you get when we're moving things around or putting groceries in the cart. You're also so incredibly intelligent that it makes me worry that I won't keep up with you. Unlike me, you'll go so far in school because you've got an incredible support system. Between your Father, Grandfather, and Grandmother you're so ready to begin your challenges of 1st Grade.

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I watch videos of you from when you were a baby and I tear up almost every time. I wish I had held you more, had spent more time with you but I didn't know what was right and what was wrong. But now? I hug you every chance I can, I hold you at night even though you barely fit on my lap anymore. I sneak in every night and kiss your forehead while you sleep because I know someday you'll never want me in the room. Every time you sneeze and cough I look over and begin to immediately wonder if you're sick or just dealing with the weather because I want you always healthy and safe.

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You are my most beautiful creation in this world, and for the rest of your life I will always love you. It doesn't matter how we argue, it doesn't matter what is said between us. I will never stop loving you my darling. I love you one billion jellybeans, and I love you bunches and bunches.


- Forever your Mother

Elizabeth is a wife to her wonderful husband, a work at home mother to her beautiful little girl and a blogger for some time now. When she isn't spending time with her "Livvybug", or laughing with her husband, she is looking for new review opportunities and writing or singing along to classic rock and pop music!