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Letters to Our Children – May

Some friends and I are writing letters to our children in a monthly blog circle! After you read mine, click here to check out my friend Kari’s letter next. If you click through each letter, you’ll eventually find yourself right back here!

dear emily,

Hi chickadee! Time seems to be flying. We’ve had a super busy month! Between birthdays, soccer practice, mother’s day, ER visits, pink eye, church functions, you name it – we did it! The weather has been super nice which means we’ve been outside a lot. You love picking flowers for all the people who are special to you. And every time you hand over a new bouquet and the receiver exclaims how much they love it, you just glow with pride! You’ve also conquered the hula hoop which fills you with pride too. Just a few months ago you would get so frustrated at all your unsuccessful attempts, and now you’re practically a pro!

We had a scary moment with your brother. He tripped while carrying a pencil and the point got stuck in his eyelid. Thankfully, he’s the luckiest kid ever and it was a very minor wound. But it’s said that in scary situations, your true colors show through. You were so worried about your brother. After it happened, you fell down on the floor and cried out that you didn’t want him to die – he was still so new. Despite the yelling and arguing you do with your brother on a pretty consistent basis, he obviously holds a very special place in your heart. And of course, that makes my heart very happy! I hope you two will always have a wonderful relationship.

Let’s see. What other fun things are happening in your world right now? You’re playing soccer at school once a week and you love it! Your favorite song is Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. You know just about all the words and you love “jamming” to the music. The school year is starting to wind down. Tomorrow you have pajama day at school, which you are really excited about. I don’t blame you; it’s going to be fun! We’ve had a few really hot days so you were able to play outside in the water. You have much less fear this year than you did last year. Last year, you wouldn’t even run through the sprinkler, but it’s no big deal for you now!

A not-so-fun event: next week you’re going to have a tooth extracted. Unfortunately for you (and our wallets), you got your daddy’s weak teeth. You’ve had a number of cavities and now one of those got infected and has to come out. I’m feeling pretty nervous about you having to go under general anesthesia. We’ve had to really crack down on the sweets, juice, and just general sugar that seems to be in every single food product there is. We’ve also had to be really good about brushing and flossing your teeth. Of course you hate brushing your teeth which doesn’t make any of this easier. It’s a pretty constant struggle.

All of these things are pretty typical in the life of a five year old. I love watching you experience all that life has to offer! There are times that I look at you and I think it’s all happening too fast. It won’t be long before you’re off to college and that’s a pretty scary thought for a mommy. I just want to hold onto you a little tighter and really enjoy these moments.

So that’s what I’ll do!

I love you my sweet girl!

Love always,

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