To our dearest Ella
As much as I want to hold your hand, tightly in mine and keep you young forever, tomorrow I will let it go as you start your biggest adventure yet. Tomorrow we will kiss you and send you off as your start school.
I swear it was only yesterday that we brought you home, that we wrapped you lovingly in your cot, that we rocked you to sleep. I swear it was only yesterday that you spoke your first words (Dadda of course). When you took your first steps, when you slept through the night, when you met your brother for the first time. I swear it was only yesterday, but yet, here we are. A big girl, grown up before our eyes.
There are so many things that I hope and dream for you. So much that I could say. So much that I want you to know.
As a teacher
I hope that you continue your love of learning.
That your spark and curiosity flourish.
I hope learn for school to be a wonderful place
That your teacher will nurture you and guide you
That you see yourself as someone who can take risks
I hope that you learn to listen, and be listened to
I hope that your creative mind gets bigger and bigger
I hope that you feel proud of your achievements
I hope that you learn through your mistakes
That you know that not everyone is perfect
That mistakes are ok, more than ok!
That you are ‘smart’ in lots of ways
I hope you explore the world in all it’s glory
That you find your talents
That you learn to appreciate others
That you learn about yourself
As your Mother
I hope that you are happy
That you feel safe and secure
That you make beautiful friends whom you will cherish your whole life (like me)
That you experience success, and learn from failure
That you see yourself as important
I hope that you experience the joy of being part of something glorious
That you laugh, that you smile, that you grow
That you use your voice to make things happen
I hope you know how wonderful you are, and
How wonderful others can be
Our darling Ella, tomorrow is the biggest day of your life yet.
I started this blog to remember the big milestones in our family, and tomorrow is one we will never forget!
You are so ready
Oh’ the places you’ll go sweet girl!
We love you.
Love Mum & Dad