Thursday, May 29, 2014

dear kenzie,

I’m sitting here with a heart bursting full of emotion and a mind overwhelmed by it all.  I wish I could convey to you just how surprised your dad and I are that the years between kindergarten and grade 12 passed by so quickly.  

When I look at you I see the beautiful strong woman you are becoming and I see all the versions of you that you have been. 

You are the curious baby girl who was full of wonder and happiest when she was held looking out on her world.  
You are the sweet toddler who would enthusiastically greet each new day with a cheerful “Mommy, the sun is up!”  
You are the preschooler with the golden curls who found new ways every day to get messy, explore and learn new things.  
You are the girl with the thick glasses and scraped legs who kept getting back on her bike no matter how many times she fell off.  
You the girl who refused to be confined and longed to be independent. You are the girl who stands her ground and fights for what she believes in, even if it meant marching into the principals office in protest.  
You are brave and bold.  
You are authentic.  
You are emerging. 

“The world is your oyster”.   

There are so many opportunities for you to explore.  Don't be overwhelmed by it all instead:
Be curious.  
Be full of wonder.  
Be happy.
Be enthusiastic.
Get messy.  Explore.  Keep learning.  
Get back up ( which means you have to try and fail first - you have permission to fail )
Be yourself.  Stretch your boundaries.  Stand your ground.  Believe in yourself.  
Be brave.  Be bold.  
Be authentic.

We love you and couldn't be prouder.