To My Daughter on Her 9th Birthday

Finishing up a book before leaving for camp yesterday

My Dearest BookGirl,

Happy 9th birthday! I am so proud of you. I have seen you change so much over the past year. You have matured in ways I never expected this soon. It doesn’t seem that long ago that we greeted the day—your first BIRTH-day—shortly before 6:00 a.m., with your dad and grandmother in attendance. It was a fitting end to a long night, and I am thankful for every moment of the time I’ve had with you since.

This birthday is a bittersweet one for me. I feel like it’s the end to one chapter of your life and the beginning of another. It is a year of firsts:

  • going away to church camp
  • spending your birthday away from home (at camp)
  • asking for no toys for your birthday
  • spending birthday money and gift cards solely on books and a camera case for your new camera

And it has been a year of growth and change:

  • showing an inclination toward science and medicine
  • developing closer friendships with other children your age
  • entering the tween years, that region between childhood and teenage years
  • experiencing a lot of changes, especially emotional ones, which are all part of growing up

I am thankful every day that I have the privilege of being your mother. Thank you for opening up to me and sharing your life with me. I pray that the lines of communication will stay open and that we will continue to enjoy our talks in those quiet moments we carve out each day.

Again, happy birthday! I love you!

Mom

BookGirl and Princess Roo just before the vans left for church camp

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19 Responses to To My Daughter on Her 9th Birthday

  1. Joy says:

    A beautiful letter to your daughter! Happy Birthday, BookGirl!

  2. Cristi says:

    I hope she has a wonderful week at camp, full of lots of memories to treasure for a long time.

  3. Lara V. says:

    what a lovely heartfelt letter to your daughter.

  4. I hope she has a wonderful time. And I hope you Princess Roo enjoy your time together, as well. How special for all!! =}

  5. Carmen Propps says:

    What a lovely letter to a lovely girl who is beautiful inside and out. I feel privileged to have known her since before she was even born. I am sad that she’s growing up so fast, but I enjoy watching her reaching every new milestone. She is transforming from that caterpillar of a child into the butterfly of a teenager, and I wouldn’t miss her life for anything. Thank you for letting me be a part of your wonderful daughters’ lives. I love them very much. Happy 9th birthday, BookGirl! You’ve come a long way, baby. <3

    • Thanks, Carmen! She has come a long way, indeed! I am blessed that you are a part of my daughters’ lives and am thankful that God crossed our paths before they were born so you could be part from the very beginning! <3

  6. Holly Nelson says:

    Jennifer, I just realized that we almost share a birthday. Mine is today, isn’t hers yesterday? Lovely letter, made me cry. Reminded me of things I have written to my sons.

  7. Robin says:

    Very cool and very sweet~ Happy Birthday, Book Girl!

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