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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

A Letter to My Daughter on Her 8th. Grade Graduation!

My Dearest Alexandria,

Congratulations on this very special day! We wanted to write a few notes to let you know just how proud we are of you and just how much WE LOVE YOU!!

What happened to my little girl? Oh, yes, we have had many years of laughs, cries, challenges and growth, but it seem like just yesterday your mother and I were at the Hospital having our first Sonogram. The minute I saw that pudgy little nose and a thumb in your mouth, I knew you were our sweet Alexandria!! From the moment you were born I followed you through the Hospital and made sure you were safe and secure. I wouldn’t even let the nurse give you your first bath, I wanted to be the first to get you ‘all cleaned up’, get you bundled in your new clothing, and wrapped into a snuggle blanket. As I sat down to rock you for the first time, I offered you to GOD; that I and your Mother were but ‘caretakers’ of such a precious gift, and asked that he protect you throughout life. Today, I look at you – so grown and beautiful – and again Thank GOD for his precious blessings on us!

Time has a way of blending in with your feelings and so Today, I have many mixed feelings. I am so very Proud of YOU! You have been a loving and caring daughter, sister, friend, student, grandchild, and human being. You can be very patient, kind, friendly, inspiring, and faithful. You have grown up soooo quickly, and yet you’re still a ‘child at heart’. I Love YOU very, very much! GOD has blessed you with so much that sometimes I think – ‘She can’t be mine…” – but I know darn well you are! So much so that I didn’t even need to show my ID in the hospital nursery since everyone knew who you looked like and belonged to! I have spent 14 years of my life watching you grow up and praying that somehow we can do a good job in raising you to be the best that you can be. I pray all the time that GOD will touch your heart as he has touch your mother’s and mine. And, I know he is watching over you very carefully!

I am also scared! Scared that something terrible will happen and I’ll wake up and realize I wasn’t a good-enough father, or that we as parents failed you in some way. But I know that GOD has a Plan for you; as he does for each of us and our Family, and that it is out of our control. I need to learn to Trust and place more in GOD’s hands; to listen more to my heart and GOD’s plan for us. You too must do the same. Sometimes Life throws us a few curves… it’s not always easy and trouble free. And, what you don’t always see, are the challenges others have – although, you have had a glimpse into Olivia’s & Marissa’s lives – both having some tough challenges.

Life isn’t about how you live it, as much as it is how you deal with it. Everyone can live a life of ‘Easy’ & ‘Carefree’ living, that isn’t a challenge – it’s really a test of how WE all deal with the ‘Challenges’ in Life that we are measured. Do we give up? Do we turn to drugs and alcohol? Do we run away? Or do we face our fears, turn inward to GOD and listen to his plan for us? Yes, I said inward… GOD isn’t ‘UP THERE’ in Heaven, or out there somewhere in the masses of Space – HE IS WITHIN YOU AND YOUR VERY SOLE! He created YOU in His Image!! He knew you before you were conceived and he “Created” you with a special Plan in Life! Be sure to look “within” and “listen quietly” to hear what He has planed for you! Every answer in life is within you through Prayer and Listening to GOD in your heart. And the Angels are there to help guide you, all you need to do is ask for their help.

Life is like the Appalachian Trail. If you look at if from 10,000 feet up, it looks like a straight line from Maine to Virginia. But if you look at it from 5,000 feet up, you see more details, you see more curves, hills, and valleys. If you are on the trail, and you walk from one mountain to another, you will find that there are areas of flat fields, wooded trails, rocks, stumps and holes, valleys and mountains. Nothing is straight about it when you are experiencing it. There are times when you are on the top of a great mountain and you can see for hundreds of miles in any direction, even above the clouds at times, and there are times when you are in a canyon of rock, thicket, and darkness where the sun can’t penetrate the vegetation and stone walls. The question is do you give up when the trail gets tough, dark, lonely, scary, or difficult? Or – do you press on through thick and thin, knowing that soon there you will be, on the top of another great mountain where all can be seen so clearly and so beautifully? Life is very much like this… it’s not always easy, nor do we always understand “WHY” or for “HOW LONG”. That’s up to GOD to decide. We need to always give thanks for every day we have together, no matter what – knowing that in the end, we will be with him. Just as our Love for you – it’s unconditional!

Allie, be strong, be true to yourself, listen to your heart, and don’t forget that GOD is within you always! Someday, hopefully when your 40 ;o)) you’ll have children of your own, you too will have to learn and deal with them growing up - reluctantly letting go a little at a time. Maybe you’ll even write a letter for your children’s graduation. Try to remember that when you are ‘Ranting-and-Raving’ in the heat of the moment. Think before you speak! We only want what is best for you. Sometimes, that isn’t everything you want, when you want it, how you want it, and at any price. So, remember that we are on your side, we LOVE YOU VERY MUCH, and we want the best for you each day. We are always there for YOU Allie! Never forget that – EVER!

Love Always,


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