I want my daughters to know that they can do anything.
I want my daughters to know that they are incredibly made and incredibly unique.
I want my daughters to know that they can live in color or in black and white.
I want them to know that their world will be just as they view it. It can be crap or it can be beautiful, just depends on your lens.
I want them to know that I will be there, every step of every day, if only they ask.
I want them to know that my love is unconditional and unwavering. Nothing could make it diminish, and it only grows bigger.
I want them to know that I struggled when becoming a mother, and that if they do too, it's okay.
I want them to know they can feel anything they want to feel. It's okay. But what you do with those feelings, how you hone them, how you use them: that makes the difference.
I want them to write and draw and sketch and dance in the rain.
I want my daughters to know that joy is something that should be sought out and captured every second of every day.
I want them to know that the Lord is by their side. He is mightier than their mama and He will direct the winds in their lives. That they have someone holding them who will never let them down.
I want my daughters to know that kindness is imperative in life. To everyone.
I want my daughters to learn to forgive.
I want my daughters to stand up for themselves. Always. To not be walked on or brushed aside.
But forgive and be kind when they are.
I want my daughters to believe in people. Not just women or not just men, but all people.
I want my daughters to believe in themselves. That they can do anything. Because, my girls, you can.
I want my daughters to know that sometimes we all make crappy decisions. Every one of us. Don't get down on yourself if you do wrong. Evaluate the situation and if you can, fix it, if you can't, forgive yourself.
I want my daughters to taste the burning of love in their lives.
I want them to feel it in their bones and never be able to shake it.
I want my daughters to have a peace about them that is impenetrable. A peace that is strong and sturdy.
I want my daughters to speak loudly where they see injustice and to let their actions speak even louder.
I want my daughters to believe in humanity. I want them to know that there is good. I want them to believe that they can make it better.
Because, my girls, you can. You are strong and mighty and you can help to change the world, one eensy bitsy step at a time.
I want you to know that you can do a n y t h i n g .
Dance through your lives, my girls, and let joy emanate perpetually. And when your light dims, find the source and turn it back on with everything in your being.
I am here to help you, but even more so, He is.
In between tweeting, reading books to my daughters, and [not] burning mac n cheese, I am the Founder + Creative Director of Blessed is She women's ministry + community.