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Letters to My Daughter: January

Hello, sweet girl. I haven’t written to you since you were a few weeks old, when I was still so overwhelmed with the joy of your arrival (and with figuring out this whole parenting thing!) I held you in my arms and couldn’t imagine life getting any better. But it has… in the past year and a half I’ve watched you grow into this amazingly smart, silly, and ever-curious little girl, and I find myself in a state of perpetual awe.

You bring so much joy and laughter to my life every single day… and since we don’t get to spend that much time together during the week, I pretty much live for the weekends. I love our morning cuddles, having breakfast together in our PJs, going to the park, throwing the ball for Rocco… your excitement to play and learn and find new adventures is so infectious. I love watching you “read” your books aloud, in words I can’t quite make out, wondering what story you’re making up in your head to go along with the pictures. And I love how determined and focused you get during your independent play… it amazes me how creative you are with your toys, and how quickly you learn to use and manipulate them.

Mostly I love how completely and utterly silly you are. You’re constantly singing and making up sounds, or dancing to whatever music we have on with the most ridiculous dance moves I’ve ever seen. Even after you’ve gone to bed, your dad and I find ourselves still laughing about something you did during the day, or because when we check the monitor we find you in your signature sleeping position – on your back with your arms folded behind your head like you’re lounging poolside. We find you endlessly entertaining, and your love of life endlessly inspiring. I feel so immensely blessed – not just that I get to be a mama – but that I get to be your mama. So thank you… thank you for being you and for bringing me so much more happiness than I ever thought possible.

I am joined in this “Letters to our Children” blog circle by an amazing group of photographers and moms. Together, we’ll be writing these letters every month in honor of our love for our sons and daughters. I encourage you to head over to Davina’s blog to read her letter, and then continue on around the circle!

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  • Geneva January 20, 2013, 9:23 am

    I truly adored reading this letter. It, along with your great images, creates the impression of a fun and amazing little girl.

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  • Sarah January 20, 2013, 12:43 pm

    So beautiful Allie!

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  • Kristy January 20, 2013, 7:49 pm

    Loved reading your sweet letter Allie. :) Beautiful girl, beautiful words, beautiful mama! :)

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  • Carrie January 20, 2013, 7:57 pm

    Allie, that was a beautiful letter to accompany your beautiful photography. Nice work on the close up portraiture.

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  • Davina January 21, 2013, 12:28 am

    Oh, gosh, she is such a picture of adorableness! Loved reading your letter!

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  • Dana January 21, 2013, 3:05 pm

    Beautiful letter, Allie! Your little girl is so adorable and I can definitely relate to a lot of the things you said!

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  • Danielle January 21, 2013, 4:24 pm

    Love your letter ;) Her pictures are wonderful!

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  • Bobbi-Jo January 22, 2013, 7:37 am

    What a sweet letter!

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  • Ashley January 22, 2013, 5:07 pm

    Such a lovely post. And your pictures are beautiful…wonderful light!

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  • Alisha January 24, 2013, 10:08 pm

    Adorable…love the little pig tails!

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  • Jessica January 25, 2013, 11:35 pm

    Oh gosh her little piggies!!!!! I can’t take it! She’s so darn cute!

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