I want you to know that the day you were born you fulfilled my greatest dream, to be a mother.
I want you to know that before you were even forming in my stomach I longed for you and the day I would hold you in my arms.
I want you to know that you have been a source of pure joy, happiness, love, and at times frustration (Don’t worry, I could say the same about your dad).
I want you to know that as much as I love you, I love God even more, and it is my hope and prayer that one day you too will love the Lord, and love Him even more than you love me!
I want you to know that your father and I, though we may argue at times, love each other so much. It is my hope and prayer that one day you will meet a woman who makes you feel so loved and that she would be a God-fearing and honoring woman who would be a Biblical wife to you and mother to your children.
I want you to know that even though I talk about my hopes for you when you are grown I want to keep you little forever, with me forever.
I want you to know that I love the hugs and cuddles you give me and I hope they never stop, especially when you are a teenager and taken over by hormones.
I want you to know that Jesus came down to earth to live a perfect life and die on the cross for your sins so that you might experience true redemption and inherit the kingdom of heaven. All He requires of you is to believe, repent and turn from things that are not of God.
I want you to know that it is my desire that you learn and accept this at a young age and strive to live a life that is honoring and glorifying to God.
I want you to know that when we have to discipline you (spankings, time outs, groundings, etc.) we do it out of love for you. We do it because whatever action you were doing to deserve that punishment is wrong or possibly harmful to you or others. For example, we discipline you when you touch the outlets because it could shock you and has the potential to really hurt you. We will discipline you when you talk back and disobey us because the Bible tells you to honor your father and mother (Eph. 6:1-4).
I want you to know that I will always love you. There is nothing in the world that will change this whether you like it or not. You are stuck with me kiddo.
I want you to know that we live in a world of darkness and though we may try to shield you from this truth as long as we can nothing can change this, other than the return of Jesus. In knowing this truth, it is my hope that you will be an ever shining light to others.
I want you to know that the only way you can be a light in this world is to have God in your heart and the Holy Spirit guiding you.
I want you to know that although it is easy to get in the spirit of being judgmental and critical, there is always something good you can find in each person that crosses your path.
I want you to know that even though God will be talked about often in our home, it is not the case for everyone. Therefore, you should be ready to share the gospel at all times and with anyone you meet. Always be mindful of this and ready to share Jesus.
I want you to know that you always say please when you need something, thank you when you receive it and mam and sir after saying yes and no to those who are in a position of authority (the mam and sir, always ALWAYS say please and thank you).
I want you to know that you can tell me anything. Really, anything. You can come to me anytime about anything and tell me what is on your mind or heart. Remember, earlier when I said nothing you do can change that I love you? Well that includes anything you say to me. If you can’t come to me or dad with something then who can you turn to for guidance and help? I never want you to have to feel like you have no where to turn or run.
I want you to know that there will come a time when you receive a birthday or Christmas gift that you don’t care for (while it is fine to tell me or your dad privately that you don’t care for it), you should always tell the person who has taken the time and thought into giving you something thank you.
I want you to know that all the things of this earth (including the cool tool or gadget you want) will fade away. So, when you receive a gift focus on the time and thought that was given rather than the physical item.
I want you to know the importance of caring for your community and the people in it. I want you to have a servants heart, always quick to step in and help where there is a need.
I want you to know how to be a good steward of your family and community at a young age. Whether it is volunteering in a nursing home loving on the elderly, or serving the underprivileged and homeless by serving them a hot meal and loving on them.
I want you to know that the Lord has given you talents and gifts so that you might use them to glorify Him. Be mindful of this truth and on the lookout for these gifts and talents so that you can grow in them and use them often for His glory.
I want you to know that we have absolutely nothing to be boastful or proud of, we can do nothing without God, therefore He is deserving of all praise. So, if people praise you for your talent it is my prayer that you would always be quick to turn their praises toward God, so as not to get a Big Head.
I want you to know that although you will most likely be joined by siblings one day, you will always be special, there will never be another Silas Alden Dent.
“I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
As Long As I’m Living
My baby you’ll be.”
I love you to the moon and back,