Hello sunshine!! As I sit down to write you this letter, my heart is so full of love for you. I am so happy to welcome you to our family, and I hope that you can feel some of that love right now as you read this.
So… come on inside, make yourself comfortable, and let’s sit for a while. Oh wait, before you do that you better take a minute to pet Casey or you’ll never live it down! She’s getting old but she’s still got lots of energy, and she’ll keep nudging you until you give her some attention. She did just have a bath yesterday so her fur is nice and soft. Your brother and sister are going to be so excited to see you when they get home from school today – they have been missing their oldest sibling so much. I can’t believe I managed to keep your arrival a secret so you can surprise them. I almost slipped a few times, but I did it!
We still have a little quiet time before Drew and May get here, so I can fill you in on our plans for the week. But first, I want to hear about you. I’ll make us some tea, and you can fill me in on everything… what’s been going on in your world….how you’re feeling. I am here to listen – to celebrate your accomplishments, to support you with your dreams, to encourage you in your challenges, but mostly just to be a source of love and hope for you. So go ahead, I’m all ears…. I’m just thankful to have you all to myself for a little bit 😊
For tonight, we’re going to hang out and have some family time. Although we have lots to do to get ready for the holidays, that will have to wait till tomorrow. After dinner, we’ll make hot chocolate, with your choice of marshmallows or whipped cream (or a little of both- as you sister likes it!). And even though it’s chilly, we’ll sit outside and warm ourselves by the fire pit- and probably roast some more marshmallows!
Now, just a few heads-ups for you. Your brother Drew has been working on some new magic tricks, so he will probably want to try them out on you. ( please be kind and act amazed- he’s still an amateur- lol) Plus, I’m pretty sure there will be a few nerf wars this week, as well as many WWE matches on the PS4- so be prepared, he’s been practicing!!
You sister May will have to show you her piccolo that’s she’s been playing in marching band. It’s a lot of work but she loves it. I’m sure she’ll also play some tunes on piano and ukulele. I can guarantee you that music will include selections from Hamilton, Legally Blonde, and other broadway musicals – so warm up those vocal chords!
Tomorrow, we’ll go and pick out our tree. Dad usually likes the tall ones, I like the shorter fluffy ones, and Drew likes whichever one his sister doesn’t! Lol Hopefully you can help them to agree on one. Once we get the tree home and the branches settle, we have these beautiful mint green lights that I just love because they give off such a calm and peaceful glow. I also love all of our decorations. Some people like to have fancy glass and ceramic ornaments, but I prefer the ones that were made with our own hands. They are so special and bring back so many memories. One of my favorite things to do during this season, which I hope you will enjoy too, is turn off all the lights in the house except for our tree, and then sit in the dark and take in its beauty.
Honey, I can’t even tell you how happy I am to have this time with you. Your smile lights my world, and I am so proud of you. This holiday season, I have many hopes and dreams for you.
First, I hope you will know how precious and beautiful you are inside and out, just the way you are.
I also hope you know that you are one in a million. There is no one else on this earth who is quite like you, and you have special gifts and talents to share with this world.
Last, I hope that you will follow your dreams, and share them with others. This world needs the love, compassion, and kindness that are in you, and I know that it is already a better place because you are in it….
… Ok, I think I hear the school bus coming down the road, so now the fun begins! Get ready for some “hoop-la”, as mom-mom calls it – and if you think Casey was happy to see you, wait’ll you get some hugs from Drew and May!!!!