Sometimes we all need a reminder to slow down and enjoy the special people in our lives…but my friend had a rather scary reminder…she was diagnosed with heart failure in May and had a 50% chance of survival. I was shocked and it hit home for me even more because our little girls are about the same age. I am in awe of my friend because she gracefully accepted the news and decided that this would be a summer to remember forever. Her and her husband took their girls to amusement parks, fairs, parties, and also just relaxed and enjoyed each other. I caught up with them in the fall and we took some photos in a park near their home.
These girls are everything to their parents and it is easy to see…children are angels on earth…
I asked my friend to write a letter to her daughters to mark this time in their lives.. it is included below..
My Dearest Gabrielle Britten & Isabelle Madden –
I enjoyed our late afternoon at the park watching you dance, play and giggle in the sunshine. I wanted to catch the sunshine bouncing off your cheeks and to capture your pure delight in the little things… like blowing the dried seeds off a dandelion and watching them shimmer in the air. You have taught me the importance of those little things like taking the time to truly listen to your laughter, to memorize your beautiful faces, to hold tight to your tiny hands, and to kiss your sweet lips.
Just as your namesakes, with their wagging tails and unconditional love, taught me how to love and be loved, you two have lived up to the honor of their names by teaching me how to truly live. I never quite understood the cliché, “Stop and smell the roses” until I spent the summer taking walks with you. You two stopped to smell the roses, to pick the apples, to lay in the grass, to touch the bugs, to collect rocks, to jump over the cracks, and to splash in the puddles… and I am learning to do it, too!
Perhaps one day you will understand how truly special this summer was to all of us. I praise God for the opportunity to be your mom as it truly is a gift. Your Dada is so proud to be your “Prince” and would be thrilled if you really could marry him one day.
There are moments that I wish I could freeze this age in time, but then I’d not have the pleasure of watching you grow into the amazing young ladies and the smart, beautiful, loving, generous, empathetic, tender, Christian women that I know you will both become. Thank you for being our daughters!
With Forever Love,
Mama & Dada ~ XXOOX
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