When my girls, Paige and Kelsey, still lived at home, I wrote them a letter every Christmas. It was a review and reflection of their year and of course a reminder of their individual, unique and special qualities. Each letter consisted of the same topics but as they grew older the paragraphs varied accordingly. Below is the general outline :
- Age, school, teacher or GPA (high school)
- Dad, Mom and God
Age, school, teacher or GPA (high school)
During the elementary and middle school years, I included the school year that ended and the new year that had begun, any highlights from the summer and basic achievements like honor roll or perfect attendance. As they entered high school, I included their current GPA, really tough classes and any occasions to speak to the school deans.
The friends paragraph really changed as they progressed through school especially when the ‘mean girl’ drama came into the picture. For the most part, they each had that one solid friend who remained consistent in their lives, which was and is a blessing. There were many opportunities for life lessons in this paragraph.
Paige and Kelsey were both very athletic and they both played softball until they entered high school and then they both played volleyball and softball. They were different and yet the same. They were both driven, determined and very competitive. Paige was a libero in volleyball. The libero is the player with a different color shirt who guards the court before she will let an opponent score. Perfect for my Paige. In softball, she was the best center fielder you could find. She only had 3 broken noses between the two sports in 4 years. Now Kelsey was the player who guarded the net (a blocker) in volleyball and waited for the opportunity to smash the ball back at the opponent. She wasn’t letting anything get by her. In softball, she was the the pitcher who struck out the boys varsity baseball team and a catcher who would never let the opponent score. No broken noses for Kelsey. Thank God! Paige and Kelsey had multiple accolades for their sports that I included in this paragraph.
Dad, Mom and God
The last paragraph was a reminder of their beauty inside and out. It was also a reminder of God’s love for them and his plan for them. (Jeremiah 29:11) This is where we talked about the boys, the tears, the crushes, the heartbreaks and the fact that their daddy would always be the first man who loved them unconditionally. This is the paragraph where I reminded them that as they grew up God already had the perfect plan for them. Some Christmas celebrations were not so merry when there was heartbreak but they knew that their daddy…. and mommy were always there for them.
Of all of our traditions…baking cookies, church plays, driving to see Christmas lights, watching Rudolph, this is one of my favorites. When I read those letters now, I can see the most amazing reflection of God’s hand on our lives. Yes, I have the letters in a special place and I have the memories in my heart.
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Merry Christmas and Be Blessed!