{dear friday} my sunflower

Friday, September 20, 2013

(written on the road through Southern Utah, headed to fish lake for a family campout)

Dear Darling Daughter,

We're on our way to a new adventure. As we wind our way along the highway, I watch the multitude of early September sunflowers as they pass. They seemed to come out of no where, covering all of our Lovely Deseret seemingly in a matter of days. They run wild through the fields, pop up in no man's land, and line up along the shoulder of the desert highway waving their sunny faces to the passersby like children at a parade. They remind me of you, strong and wild, so bright and happy, sprouting up when I wasn't looking, growing taller by the day.

You'll be one year old soon, and I can't hardly believe it. I remember the first time I heard your tiny little cry in the operating room at the hospital. My heart stopped and suddenly I couldn't breathe. My life ended and began again all in that moment. In the next your daddy was holding you, bringing you close so I could see you and beautiful tiny little face. I'll never be the same.

Every day since then has been a joy. I used to sit and hold you endlessly for hours, just staring at you and snuggling you close to me. Now I am lucky if you'll let me snuggle you for a few seconds before you wiggle out of my arms in search of a new adventure. Every moment and every object holds such wonder and excitement for you. I have so much to learn from you, baby girl.

You are my wild and happy, bright and shining baby girl, and there is nothing I could say to tell you how much I love you and how much I love the adventures we have everyday. I'm so lucky to have you and know that you are mine forever.

Daddy and I love you darling girl, and don't you ever forget it.

Loves and Snugs,

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