He gave me a beautiful mahogany box several years ago. It sits on our dresser and contains precious words.
This man I married who isn’t a writer, writing stunning letters to his wife, a writer.
He gave our oldest daughter a box and fills it with letters for her eyes only each year on her birthday and milestones.
Our son received his box next, it holds the treasure of father and son.
A few weeks ago, our youngest opened her coveted box on her birthday.
He read her first letter to her:
On your 5th birthday I want to give you your first Daddy letter.
Daddy letters are special words that I write every year just for you. They are words from my heart!
I remember the day you were born. You were called a “premie” because you didn’t get to stay in mommy’s tummy long enough.
You were so little and you were hooked up to lots of tubes and wires. I was so scared, because I didn’t know if you would live.
I loved you so much, but I couldn’t help you. So we prayed to Jesus and he healed you.
You are a special girl and you came along at a very happy time for mommy and daddy. God gave you to us as a special gift to let us know that he cared about us and loved us!
Today, you are five years old and you are more special to me now than ever before. I want to tell you a few things that make you special to me.
You are so smart and know all of your ABC’s and numbers. Soon you will be reading all by yourself.
You have a great imagination! I love to play house with you and hear all the great stories you make up about your dolls.
Your blond hair is bright and wild, just like you.
I love to snuggle with you.
One of my favorite things to do is to kiss you and make you laugh.
You are a great bike rider!
You can do a lot of things by yourself without any help.
You still like me to carry you to bed at night.
You draw the happiest, most beautiful pictures and you save them for me.
You like to lay down in bed and play “would you rather.”
You are always the first to pray about any needs that we have at dinner time.
You love Jesus.
You help me drive my car into the driveway.
You make me laugh!
You’re a big helper when it comes to helping clean up and do chores.
You love your brother and sister.
You always talk me in to giving piggy back rides.
You are a good swimmer
You like to dress up like the princess that you are.
You know lots of good Bible stories.
I love to take you on date nights.
You always jump in the car with me and go to the store.
I am so thankful that you are my little girl!
If I had to pick from all the girls in the world…I would always pick you! …and Madi…and Mommy…and Sasha…and Shina…
I love you!
She’s carried that box back down the stairs and I’ve lost count how many times I’ve heard her say, “Read it again to me, Daddy.”
Everyone needs a letter box.