Saturday, November 1, 2014

They're Another Year Older

I'm late with the birthday posts this year.

Dear Riley,

I'm so happy (and relieved) to see you thriving in high school! Your priorities are still very much in line, you have lots of good friends, and yet you still love to hang out with me. Yes, we have more "moments" than we used to, but they are still far outweighed by the good times we have together.

You are strong, smart, friendly, funny, and your smile still lights up a room. I am very proud to be your mom!

Dear Sylvia,

My 17-year-old dancing queen, you are truly blossoming this year! I'm sure I don't tell you as often as I should that I am well aware of how much you've grown and matured lately.

I've always struggled with how much to guide you, and how much to let you learn on your own, but this year, I can see that you've taken that on yourself. You know that I am always here for you, and you are learning how much you can handle on your own. We are communicating so much better these days, and I am so looking forward to seeing what you do next!

To both my daughters, 

Please don't ever forget that you also have each other, as well as your mom, cheering you on. You are not alone. You will never be alone in anything you do. You are loved by me, by each other, by our friends and family. And you deserve it.

I love you both fiercely and completely,