Month 78 – Letter to Quinn

by Rumour Miller on September 23, 2016

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Dear Quinn ~

School started.  You are in grade one.

My sweet third baby is now my sweet little girl.

Grade one.

And I wonder about how you feel about it, in your six-year-old mind.  Are you nervous or excited or both about what this year will bring.  Or maybe you don’t even think about that … yet.

I do.

I worry that you will find math difficult.

Or struggle to read.

Or feel picked on.

I worry that you will get hurt.

I worry that your feelings will get hurt.

And I go to bed each night with a prayer in my heart that your dad and I are raising you to be a strong and confident little girl with a heart of compassion.  That you will navigate your world strongly and fiercely but also that you will have the sensitivity to see those around you who may be suffering and help them out.

That you handle with confidence, grace and sensitivity the little girl in your class or on your team that tells you the two of you can’t be friends because she doesn’t like you.  It hurts to hear that no matter how old you are.  My dear Quinn, hold your head high and simply say “I’m sorry you feel that way because I am a great friend.  I love fiercely and I’m lots of fun.”  Then just let it be.  Not everyone is going to want to be your friend… and you aren’t going to want to be everyone’s friend either.  Handle it with grace.  Be kind and simply walk away.  That little person isn’t your people.  Find your people, and I know that you will.

Those are my hopes for you this year.  You really are my spirited child and you have a fire in you that is stronger than mine ever was.  I know that you will feel passionately for so many things.  So be passionate and fierce about your school work, your friends and your dreams but don’t forget about your compassion… for your “enemies” or the school work you would rather not do.

It’s because of that spirit inside of you that you will soar.

Mama loves you, Quinn.

Love Mama.

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Month 126 – Letter to Piper

by Rumour Miller on September 6, 2016

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Dear Piper ~

Another year older.

Just a bit bigger.

Another grade higher.

Growing up.

You started grade 5 last week.  I went to work wondering how we keep reaching these milestones so fast.

You started grade 5 last week.  I went to work thinking about all the first days of school that you have had.

Growing up.

Another grade higher.

Just a bit bigger.

Another year older.

But still my Magoo.

Mama loves you.

Love Mama.

 

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Month 98 – Letter to Davilyn

by Rumour Miller on September 2, 2016

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Dear Davilyn ~

You started back to school on Tuesday. Grade 3. In my mind, it was only yesterday that you were starting Kindergarten. The first day back to school is always so exciting. Who will your teacher be. Who will be in your class. New shoes and new dresses. 

But, for me, in the middle of all that excitement is your Mom. Looking at you thinking how grown up you are, how beautiful you are, how smart and funny you are and seeing in her mind stills of that toddler singing to Rapunzel soundtrack and wearing dress up shoes with princess dresses. 

And I can’t remember the last time you did that. Put on dress up shoes and a princess dress and ran around the house. 

But you did and as you start another school year that will be full of learning and adventures and friends old and new, I’m reminded that in fact the days are long but the years are short.

Mama loves you Dudes. 

Love Mama


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Month 77 – Letter to Quinn

by Rumour Miller on August 23, 2016

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Dear Quinn ~

The summer is winding up and you are spending your last week in camp.  It’s been another great summer for our family.  We started it off with our trip to Las Vegas/California and we will wind it up on the lake.

This year was a great year for movies too.  We were able to sneak in quite a number of movies this summer.  It was fun.  Last weekend we spent a day at the Emo fair, where you ran from one spinny ride to the next.  We said so long to the little kids rides this year…. but you did ride with Aria.

It has been a fun summer and I am always sad to see it end.

Thanks for the memories Quinn.

Mama loves you.

Love Mama.

 

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Month 125 – Letter to Piper

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