29 September 2015

Dear Reese

One of your favorite things to do is chalk on the sidewalk.  It's also one of the easiest ways for us to get out of the house while Riggs is sleeping. Score!  The walls tend to close in on us tighter and tighter and tighter if we stay cooped up all day. Lol.  Not only do you love chalk though, but you love chalk with your dad the most.  A lot of times when I'm making dinner, he'll ask you if you want to go outside and do chalk and you smile SO big and "jump" in the air, running to get your shoes.  It's just about the cutest and funniest thing e'er.

I was watching the LDS women's general meeting this past Sunday evening, and all I kept thinking about was you.  I missed it Saturday night 'cause your dad and I went on a hot date, so I curled up to watch it Sunday night after you and your brother went to bed.  I can't lie, I fell asleep for the last talk, but the first part was so amazing!  It was just the encouragement and positiveness that I needed.  During it though, I got super stoked for when we get to go together.  We can get all dressed up, maybe get our nails did, go eat some yummy grub, and hear from our apostles and prophet.  Ain't nothin' better.  Last year they made it so that ALL girls ages 8 and up go to the meeting now.  Before it was typically just for ages 18 and up.  Now it's for all the girls in the church!  It will be such a joy to go with you.  

I thought a lot about your dad and you and the special relationship that you have with him.  I hope you're always close to your dad and feel like you can always talk to him about things that are going on in your life.  He's a pretty cool guy to talk to.  He loves you so much.  I want you to know how much he respects and loves me as a daughter of Heavenly Father.  I feel so beautiful inside and out because of him.  He loves you the same way.  He sees all the wonderful things about you.  Your humor, your independence, your sweetness, your intelligence, and your uniqueness.  He see you as a special daughter of God.  Someone who has purpose and strength.  Someone who has goals and drive.  Someone who can accomplish anything she sets her mind to.  I hope you always feel that love from the both of us.  

I hope you always remember to not settle.  In anything in life.  But especially when it comes to who you date.  I hope you surround yourself with people who are happy, inspiring, and respectful of who you are and what you believe.  I hope you find the balance of sharing your light with others but also recognizing when someone is not worth your time.  You never need to be mean or rude, but sometimes you have to distance yourself from people who bring you down.  I pray you'll be a contagious light to those around you just like you are to your dad and I.  

One of my favorite messages from this General Women's Meeting was this...
"Live your life to feel the measure of your creation."

I hope you live your life passionately and purposefully.  Not to say that things will always be easy or you'll always know what you're supposed to be doing at every moment of your life, because sometimes you'll be unsure of the future and sometimes life throws you curve balls, BUT I hope that you remember to enjoy the ride.  Find a way to laugh at the hiccups of life and live each day with happiness in your heart despite whatever tough stuff you may be going through. 

Bottom line...I just love you baby girl.  You have so much of my heart, it's insane.  I think you're awesome, and I will always be here for you.  You will always have somewhere to turn.  Because you'll always be my Roni.

, Momma

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