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 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 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 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”