Her sarcasm and wit came through the camera loud and clear and I’ve been a fan ever since. Seriously, I may have peed in my pants a little. Go watch it after you read her very touching letter Stephanie has written her children with a message we all hope for when it comes to our children.
Tonight I watched you go through the routine of bed, your eyes grinning at me as you shared the memories of your weekend. A special weekend. One away from your father and I, one spent with your grandparents. A weekend full of movies, games and laughter, love and probably more chocolate than I ever want to know about! And, as your excitement filled my heart I realized that you are growing up. Beginning to take small steps away. Beginning to learn who you want to be. And so I began to pray…
… I pray that you will always look at the world through eyes of wonderment and possibility. That a rainbow will always have the ability to make you stop and look up. That the smell of a summer storm will make you breathe deeply and savor the air. That you will ALWAYS want to catch the biggest snowflake on your tongue.
… I pray that you will be close to each other. Maybe not in distance, but in your hearts. I know that you will fight and make up. You will slam doors in each others faces and that one of you may question me one day “Are you SURE that we are related?!?!”. But when it matters, may you always find your way back to one another.
… I pray that you will always have the strength and the confidence to stand for what you believe. To know the difference between what is right and what is wrong and to have the ability to walk away from the wrong choice when it is offered to you.
…I pray that you will both know that you can talk to us, your parents, with no fear of judgement. To know that, while we may not always agree with your choices, we will always love you. That your place in our heart is guaranteed.
…I pray that you will not be afraid to take risks. To step outside your comfort zone and experience something new. To look at a new challenge with excitement and not dread.
Eventually you will grow out of weekends with your grandparents. You will have jobs and a driver’s license and parties. You will graduate and move out. You will get married and start your own families. But no matter where you are or what you do, my prayers will always stay the same.