One of the blogs I read regularly is, "Mama's Losing It". Over at Mama Kat's, she gives writing prompts for those who might like a little inspiration to post more often. Check out Mama Kat's writing prompts here. I don't know where this lady gets all her ideas, but she's one creative and hysterically funny blogger. You've got to go check her site if you're not familiar with her already. I especially love her vlog's. This one slays me. Rudy the Labradoodle / Seriously, when I am laughing my head off whilst sitting at my computer someone in my family inevidbly comments, "you must be watching a Mama Kat vlog again." Yep, and you should too. It's good for your soul to laugh that hard. Her most recent vlog is about her movement to stop the word, "Woot." You gotta love her. I do, and for the first time, I'm going to use one of her prompts and write a post on it.
Write a love letter to someone (some thing?) you love.
Dear first daughter and son-in-law,
Tara, you are the mom every mom should strive to be. Patient, loving, kind, self sacrificing and always willing to seek wisdom and grow. Not only that, you are as beautiful today as the day you were born. My daughter with the golden curls. Your mommy loves you.
First you had the good sense to choose for a husband the most awesome, giving man of character, virtue, and strength this side of your dad. I've said it before and I'll say it again. I couldn't have hand picked a better man for you to be married to. (Note to self: self, write a thank you note to Jason's parents for raising such an amazing husband for my daughter and father to my grandchildren.) The beautiful thing is, you know how wonderful he is and appreciate him and together you are the strength and example of how to raise great kids every day.
Also, I want to thank you and Jason for the rest of these, my grandchildren. You've blessed me with riches more valuable than gold.
They are the smartest, funniest, most well behaved and obviously cutest kids on the face of the earth.
Dear second daughter and future son-in-law,
1. He graduated from University of Texas the same week my daughter graduated from University of Dallas. He loves Texas but he has the good sense and
2. He is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico and is, as we speak, looking for a good job out here in California. Anybody need an educated, good looking, CPA qualified businessman to add to the productivity of their company? He double majored in finance and ummm, something else my daughter tells me is equally important but, right now I just can't take my eyes off that cute bite sized dog. That little tidbit belongs to Justin's mom. Do you think that means when my daughter and Justin get married, Lola will be my little puppy-in-law? But I regress.
3. Justin is a good Catholic boy who understands the value of faith in marriage. Not only that, his grandfather played tennis in the olympics in his day and Justin followed in his footsteps and played tennis on scholarship in college. Plus, he mans a mean kayak, is learning to surf, has two cute sisters whom I plan on match-making with equally cute single boys I know -
Dear laddie, my boyo, my first born son,
Dear second son,
Dear baby girl,
You are my girl on a skate board, in heels, and goofy to boot! She's a corker friends. You really must go read about her because you'll fall in love with her too.
My baby makes an apple pie from scratch that is the best dessert ever. Anywhere. And she'll make it whenever you ask her. And we ask her. A lot. Just look at the roll around my tummy to see it's true!
Darling girl, you are growing up way too fast. Please remember who you are and what your parents stand for and stop growing up so fast. Stay here and be our baby forever and wear your pink ballet/tennis shoes and make your pies, and steal boys hearts but save yours for your mommy and daddy.
I love you because you've been down on your knees beside me praying every time the need be. We've been through it all and back again. Together. You and me. You make me laugh and cry and I am in awe that you can juggle your life and make it all work. Beautifully. Every single day.
And besides all that
My precious, precious family. I'm writing this love letter for you because, just in case I don't say it enough - I LOVE YOU.
This love letter has been brought to you by the sacrament of marriage and the graces it provides. You're welcome.