My Dearest Destiny,
Mama loves you so much Baby Girl! You are transforming right before my eyes, and I’m really not sure I’m ready for this one. I know I’ve had lots of practice, not just with your older brother and sister, but also raising up Daddy’s sisters and brothers for the last fifteen years. I have previously witnessed the beginnings of puberty, the changes in body and attitude, and the transformation of relationship that come along with one’s children becoming young adults. I have experienced this nine times with those that came before you but still, somehow, I am unprepared.
You are in the fifth grade now, the queen of the school, the mayor of your class (as voted by your classmates). You are truly a gift to everyone who receives the blessing of sharing in your life. Your teachers rant and rave, our friends and the parents of your friends can only sing your praises, and your cousins always want to either spend the night at your house, or vice verse. You are a tender and sensitive spirit with the heart of an angel, and that’s just what I call you. Your older sister is my Princess (and she really does think and act like she’s royalty D to the I-V-A), but you, Baby, are definitely my Angel.
Thank You Father for the gift of my Destiny, what an amazing honor to be her mother! I pray that you mightily and diligently protect her all the many days of her life. I pray that even in her softness, You also instill in her the strength to always stand up for what is right – and that what is right will always be what she believes in. I pray that her inner beauty is always evident as You continue Your works within her, and that her amazing outer beauty remains present, but secondary, to everything else You have given her to offer this world. Please continue to bless our youngest daughter, and the rest of our children, in the ways that only You can…In Jesus’ name – Amen.