A Letter to Our Oldest Daughter on Your 9th Birthday

Amelia! Today, you are nine years old! I used to be amazed at how old you were and how big you were getting and now I marvel at your maturity and how much fun you are to hang out with. Your favorite color is still turquoise, but you also really love pink and purple and can mix patterns like no one else. You love the Hamilton Soundtrack (who doesn’t‽) and can tolerate your sister’s obsession with the Frozen and Moana soundtracks. You’re still taking piano…Continue Reading “A Letter to Our Oldest Daughter on Your 9th Birthday”

A Letter to Our Youngest Daughter on Your 3rd Birthday

You are 3 years old today, Violet. You’ve grown so much over the past year and your personality has really shone through lately. Violet, you are still incredibly sweet and surprisingly considerate for someone your age. You can be stubborn and selfish, to be sure, but you also spend a lot of time making sure others are happy or comfortable. If you see something red you’ll say, “Dad, look, red! You’re favorite kind!” Or you’ll say, “Dad, look, that’s turkwiss (turquoise), Amelia’s favorite kind!” Your…Continue Reading “A Letter to Our Youngest Daughter on Your 3rd Birthday”

A Letter to Our Oldest Daughter on Your 8th Birthday

How in the world are you already eight years old? We’ve had such a big year! We moved–again. Although, this one should be for good. Amelia, you’re a great kid. You get upset with your sister sometimes, but that’s understandable. You still love turquoise and making cozy little nests around the house with pillows and blankets. You’re slightly less picky about your foods. You love pizza, but also brussels sprouts and salad. You still hate crust. We’ve been on a couple of longer bike rides…Continue Reading “A Letter to Our Oldest Daughter on Your 8th Birthday”

A Letter to Our Youngest Daughter on Your 2nd Birthday

How much you’ve grown! This last year we moved–again–from Dallas to Arizona. Every box was covered with little drawings of cats because anytime you saw a marker or a pen you’d say, “taaa taaa” until someone drew you a cat. That was 6 months ago and your words are already better. Now, instead of cats, you ask for us to draw a sad baby. Then, once the sad baby is drawn, you ask for a grandpa to come and hold the baby until the baby…Continue Reading “A Letter to Our Youngest Daughter on Your 2nd Birthday”

A Letter to Oldest Daughter on Your 7th Birthday

This has been a busy year. This is the year we are trying unschooling. It’s got pros and cons, but it’s been great getting to spend so much time with you. Your mom works really hard wearing all of the hats she has to wear and I know she really appreciates your help. You’re so good with your little sister. She doesn’t know how to share and gets really frustrated with you and you’re so patient and kind. You always forgive her. She’s been doing…Continue Reading “A Letter to Oldest Daughter on Your 7th Birthday”

A Letter to Our Youngest Daughter on Your 1st Birthday

You were born on one of the snowiest days I can remember Lubbock having. Your mom had been having contractions for a while, and we just couldn’t figure out if it was time. Finally, all of the pieces sort of came together. The midwife and her apprentice were in town. They would check on your mom, then go back to the hotel to wait for the call. It was nice to have that space. But as the weather got worse, I started to worry if…Continue Reading “A Letter to Our Youngest Daughter on Your 1st Birthday”

A Letter to Our Oldest Daughter on Your 6th Birthday

Every year I am amazed by how much older you are and how much you’ve grown. You are 6. It’s been six years since you were born. Six years! One Saturday this year you woke up early, fed the dog and the cat, then let the dog out all by yourself. Then you poured me a cup of chocolate soymilk, and set out the plates for breakfast. It was just such a big kid thing to do. You were so proud of yourself. This past…Continue Reading “A Letter to Our Oldest Daughter on Your 6th Birthday”

A Letter to Our Youngest Daughter on the Day You were Born

Today is your birthday. No, today is the actual day you were born. Hi, we’re your family. Laura–you can call her mom–is going to teach you how to draw, and sew, and cook from the heart and lots of other really amazing things. She’s sweet and generous and has a mouth like a sailor. You’ll figure out pretty quickly that there’s grown-up words and kid words and you should stick to kid words. For now, at least. Your mom is going to teach you how…Continue Reading “A Letter to Our Youngest Daughter on the Day You were Born”

A Letter to Our Daughter on Your 5th Birthday

I can’t believe you are five years old. I can’t believe how much has happened in the past 12 months. Amelia, you are becoming a really sweet and thoughtful little girl. You constantly have more questions than we have answers and your constant energy is exhausting. You started Pre-K this past August and so far you really seem to be enjoying it. Each day you come home and tell me a little something about your day and what you learned. It’s usually pretty brief and…Continue Reading “A Letter to Our Daughter on Your 5th Birthday”

A Letter to Our Daughter on Your 4th Birthday

You are 4. Four years old. It’s been a long year and we’ve asked a lot of you. We asked you to leave your home and leave behind your best friend, your school, and your cousins to move halfway across the country. It wasn’t easy for any of us, but least of all you. You’ve handled it really well and now that you’re 4 it’s really starting to show how much you’ve grown. You love your new preschool, though your mom and I have our…Continue Reading “A Letter to Our Daughter on Your 4th Birthday”