My Daughter’s Birthday – An Open Letter

She loves letters, so tonight, I wanted to write her a letter.

Dear Julia,

I felt elated. This is the emotion I had when I first held you. I had labored for 14 hours without any kind of medical assistance, and when you finally came into the world, it was love at first sight. This was 19 years ago today. I imagine tonight, you are celebrating your birthday with your college friends who now feel vested in your life.  It’s weird to not be present for the first time in 19 years for your birthday. I miss the candles, the cake and the party.  

“The years roll by like stones over rushing water,” (Needtobreathe)


These words often ring loud in my head.  Over the last few months, we have had to adjust to the change of you not being home. I would be lying if I said it was easy. The fact is, it hasn’t been easy at all!   Grace and Isabel were lost without you. You have always been an AMAZING sister to them.  Grace and Isabel had to redefine not only their relationship with each other, but also their own role in the family.


 Despite the changes, it seems that God has forged an amazing plan for you and your sisters. I can’t wait to see it unravel.

Tonight, my heart is full of emotion as I think about you and how you love so much, and how you have this ability to communicate and influence others in such a powerful and beautiful way.

Julia, you are inspiring and your faith humbles me. Thank you for being so faithful, honest and true to your word. Thanks for being an amazing daughter.

Happy Birthday.

I love being your mom. I can’t wait to go to Africa with you in less than two weeks.

 Goodnight sweet girl. You are always on my mind.



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