Happy Adoption Anniversary, Sweetie! It’s been eight years since we were declared your forever parents; the ones who would walk you through the rough times and celebrate with you in the good ones.
There has been some rough times, hasn’t there? There has also been some incredible times. I know this. You do, too.
I watch you. I see the way you watch my every move, as well. There is great pressure raising a girl in this world; raising one who is strong enough to be fierce when it matters and soft enough to be empathetic when no one else will. Well, I’m here to proclaim that you are both of these things. You’re fierce when you need to be and you are soft when it is necessary. (Although, Mommy wishes you were a little more soft with me…especially when our shared strong-wills clash.)
It’s different raising a daughter. Not bad, just different. Us girls are complicated. We feel every ounce of emotion that enters our psyches. We over think and overthink until our brains are just done. We love big and we grieve big. Often, we are our worse critics.
It’s because of this that I want to tell you to never underestimate yourself. Allow those strong emotions to come but do so in a way that will always respect yourself and those in your life who matter. Don’t stop grieving for the homeless and others who are in a bad place. That kind of empathy may not be rewarded on this Earth, but I believe it will be in Heaven.
Stick to your guns. Stand up for what you believe in. Don’t shy away from expressing your opinion (even when it’s not how others think you should feel). Don’t give yourself away; to a job, to men, to anyone. It’s hard to get yourself back once you do.
You, by far, have challenged me more than your brothers. However, you, by far, have taught me more about myself and about this parenting life. You question everything. I mean EVERYTHING. Don’t stop doing that.
You leave me nearly exhausted each day but you also give me the gumption to get up at each new dawn and try harder. This, sweetie. This is what it is like to watch your heart dance and prance around in the form of a little girl. This is both challenging and incredible all at the same time.
It’s been eight years since the Judge declared you to be our forever daughter; although you were always “ours” from the minute you were brought to our home. I need you to know that I’m constantly thinking of you. I’m constantly considering how I can make a positive impact in your life and how I can protect you from the harshness of this world.
Yes, it’s been eight years since the Judge declared you to be ours forever, but to me, time is sifting by at too quick of a pace. If there is anything I can teach you, it is this.
What you are right now is not who you will be in the future. You will grow and stretch and sometimes, it won’t feel good, but it will be good for you. Life is neither easy or hard. It is both at the same time.
There will be times when you feel less than the girl sitting next to you. There will be other times when you feel that you can climb the highest of mountains with ease. Both are relevant, but both are fleeting.
No matter what, always remember that as much as we love you, you have a Heavenly Father who loves you more. Our love will never compare to His. While we are your parents, you belong to Him. He knew you before we did. He knew you when you were in your birth mother’s womb. He was present when you were born. (We were not and that is something that has always grieved my own heart.) You are wanted and you are cherished by us and by the Lord. Don’t ever forget that.
It’s been eight years since the Judge declared us as your forever parents; eight years of laughter and tears. Eight years of talking-back and saying “I’m sorry”. I literally cannot imagine my life without you. These years seem to have come and gone so fast.
Eight years from now…well…I don’t even want to think about that, yet.
Happy Adoption Anniversary, Sweetie.
We love you.
We always have.
We always will.