My dear sweet munkee butt,
I have written you letters on all your big milestones, but I can’t believe I am already writing this one. I am so excited, anxious and amazed that MY daughter is starting school. You are my baby girl, my first child and light of my WORLD! From the first second I met you, I knew you were the beginning of a new and beautiful life. I couldn’t get over your perfect little face, long skinny fingers and huge head haha. You are the perfect physical combination of your daddy and me, and got all the best features. As you started to grow I realized you not only looked like us, but you inherited our personalities too. Confident, funny, loud and smart like daddy, then stubborn, dramatic, empathetic and positive like me. You are all the very best things that I wished you would be. I can’t help but stare at you day to day and feel proud that somehow god graced me with the ability to create you. From your huge grin to your blood curdling screams, you are EXACTLY the person you are supposed to. You are and always will be my BEST and PROUDEST accomplishment. As I send you to school today I am comforted that I don’t have to worry if you will succeed. I already know you will be an intelligent student, and I definitely know you’ll be the social butterfly you already are. As you start this long and amazing school experience I want you to remember a few things…
Always be YOU: There is a song I always listen to and immediately think of you. It says “God shook his head the day he built her, but I bet he smiled.” This is you to a T! You are insanely and perfectly outrageous and it’s the most beautiful thing to see. You are so proud of the person you are and I love that about you. Confidence is something you can’t be taught and girlfriend you OWN it. Not only are you beautiful on the outside, but on the inside too. You exude happiness, grace and love, and I pray you never let that fade. You are so intensely loved and have all the reasons in the world to be proud of who you are. Don’t let anyone make you feel lesser of a person, always speak your mind, and remember that your opinion matters. Don’t worry so much about making people like you, just make sure YOU like you..
Friends can be forever: I am so blessed to have went through my entire school experience with the best friends you can imagine. They loved me for me and accepted my flaws with a smile. I did the same for them. We went from riding bikes all day to prank calling all the boys in our grade : ) We shared secrets, laughter and tears throughout the years, and knew without a doubt that we could count on each other. I want that for you. It might be the girl your sitting next to today or it could be the girl playing all alone on the playground. Look for people that love you for you and make you happy. They will help mold your morals, your beliefs and your ability to trust. In 20 years you will want a second family when we are driving you crazy, and your friends will be there for you.
Being smart is a good thing: Society constantly bombards us with images of airbrushed models and ideas that try to make us feel inferior in so many different ways. You can do anything you want and better than anyone has ever done it, if you work hard enough. Throughout school you don’t have to be the BEST student in the class, but you do need to be the best you. That means you always try your hardest and you never give up. Whether it’s that amazingly hard math class or P.E., you don’t give up. You give it your all because that’s what you do. Stay up late researching, ask us for help, get a tutor, I don’t care! Just know that you ARE smart whether someone says you are or you aren’t. If you are the smartest girl in class, don’t be embarrassed, be proud! Your education will open all the doors in the world and you can use it do whatever you want. I promise that when you get to college you will be SO glad you decided to work hard. Life is competitive and the more you know, the better off you’ll be.
Love with your whole heart: In the upcoming years you will develop relationships with all types of people, girls and boys. Don’t be afraid to open you heart and let them in. Whether they are a friend or a crush, be free with your feelings and with your emotions. There will be joy and there will be heartbreak, but I promise it is all is worth it in the end. You will look back and cherish the memories that taught you how to love. I only pray that you feel confident in sharing your secrets with me so I can help you navigate the crazy world of relationships. You can always count on me to celebrate the good times and to be a shoulder to cry on when things don’t happen like you plan. The beauty of love is that for all the downs, there are way more ups. It all leads to the one person that will love you for life.
Take chances: I pray that you are a risk-taker and you try everything once. I was so shy and embarrassed growing up, and I never want you to feel that way. You have one life to live, so live it! It doesn’t matter what everyone else says or does, you do what you think is right. Stand up to a bully, perform in the talent show, go bungee jumping, whatever! You never want to look back and wish you had done something you were to afraid to try. It can be hard, but when you succeed, all the failures don’t matter.
Count on your family: We are here. ALWAYS. No matter what, we love you. Forever ever. We have been here since day one, and our love has only grown stronger each second. When you’re little we will be the ones putting a bandage on your knee and rubbing your back as you fall asleep. As you get older, we will help mend your broken heart and hold you close in your sweetest moments. Anything and everything you do, we support you. We are proud of you. God put you in our lives for a reason boopie and we will never forget that. Not only do daddy and I love you, but your brother and sister (and whoever else we pop out!) do too! They are and always will be your best friends. They know everything about you, and love you in spite of it : ) You are a Pierce little munkee, and that is a very special thing.
Of course there are a million more things I can tell you, but these are just a few that I promise will make it a little easier navigating your way around boys, school, and life in general. I’m your mommy first, but your best friend too. I can’t wait to watch you grow up into a beautiful woman Payton, I love you for life.
Love your mommy : )