Today I’m over at Writers Inspired talking about writing letters to your child. Be sure to go on over and say hello and find the clue for the Scavenger Hunt that’s going on!

I have three beautiful girls with three distinct personalities. But all three love to write me letters. My oldest will send me emails  – sometimes just simple ones saying ‘hi, I love you’. My middle daughter loves to send me forwards – whether they be emails full of pictures the make her laugh or devotionals that she thought I needed to read (yes, you read that right). My youngest loves to write me notes, send me emails (they all have iPods) or leave me voicemail messages. And in today’s world – emails, text msgs, voicemails and actual words on a piece of paper – they all classify as letters.

I love to read these from my girls. I enjoy watching how they grow and mature throughout the weeks/months. I cherish the voicemails  I get that say “Hi Mom, I miss you and just want to know when you’ll be home,” on the days when I’ve run away from home and am sitting in my car drinking a coffee enjoying the silence. I realize how important the text messages are when my girls are at home and just want to say “I love you” or even “my sister makes me so mad…” It’s their way of communicating with me, and I’ll take it.

I know I often joke that the day can’t come soon enough when my children are grown and out of the house – we are in the fighting stage and hormonal teen stage so you really can’t blame me – but I do cherish these little bits of heaven I receive from them. I know that one day there will come a time when they won’t want to say I love you anymore, when it won’t be cool to write your mom an email ‘just because’ or the pictures I find laying on my pillow when I go to bed disappear…

Actually … I don’t want those pictures or the letters to stop.

One day I may show my girls the gift boxes I keep full of their letters, drawings, cards and crafts they made me through the years. Maybe when they’re about to have their own children…

See there I go … daydreaming about the future…

 

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