My Big Girl Sofia Anela,

You are taking on the world, my girl. Have I told you lately how proud I am of you? All day long – you chatter about all you’ve done and seen and heard. I love our date days. We go, hand-in-hand, to the shops or for a cupcake and coffee – just you and me. It’s so lovely to find these pockets of time during the day now that you aren’t tied to your afternoon nap. They mean so much to me, and — I hope — to you.

The more you do and see, the more you shine. Your world is broadening – it’s before you – big and bright. And you love it all, especially getting older and doing more.

You turned four just last week, with a ballerina princess party. I had such fun decorating for it. When you saw it all, you gasped in delight, placed your hand in mine, and said, “Thank you mommy, for making my party so pretty.” You’ve always been so expressive. For a long time, that talent was turned toward fighting against the things you couldn’t do. But now, more and more, you are using it to express your joy, your delight, your charm, in the beauty that surrounds you. You wake me to open the curtains, “so I can see the pretty day.” You tell me how you love watching the sunset every night. I pray you keep hold of this deep capacity for delight.

The world is there opening for you, my girl. You are poised, watching, waiting.

And like most mothers, I have this worry. This fear. This mantra. And it is this:

Be shiny and bright. Please world. Be shiny and bright, for my girl. 

On the 10th day of every month, I will write a letter to my daughter and attempt to capture her essence in photos and words. A few other special ladies will do so as well, and we will link our blogs in a circle of  love and letters. After mine, please visit the blog of the lovely photographer, Heather Meyer, to read her touching and beautiful post.

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[...] month I blog a letter to my daughters, as part of a blog circle. To read another letter go to Sunshine Lane Photography by Sarah Cunningham Vaughn  (no relation! but I wish she was because I would visit this cousin on the beautiful island of [...]
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February 11, 2013
this is so touching and beautiful, Sarah. Sofia has the innocent and unquenchable curiosity that is only found in the heart of a young child. I love that curiosity - so honest and pure, not yet soiled by the disappointments of life. I can understand why her joy would be like a shining light. <3
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February 11, 2013
You have a beautiful way with words, Sarah. <3
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February 12, 2013
oh Sarah, I almost melted a little when I read where she said "thank you mommy for making my party so pretty" - makes all that work we do worth it doesn't it?
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February 12, 2013
Sweet letter and really lovely image! <3
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February 23, 2013
Such a sweet letter, Sarah! Sofia sounds like such a joy! I loved that she said "so I can see the pretty day". I hope the world stays shiny and bright for all of our girls <3
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[...] month I blog a letter to my daughters, as part of a blog circle. To read another letter go to Sunshine Lane Photography by Sarah Cunningham Vaughn  (no relation! but I wish she was because I would visit this cousin on the beautiful island of [...]
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