I remember the very first time I saw your hearts beat. My eyes fixated on an ultrasound screen as I held my breath waiting. You were tiny, but your heartbeats were there. I remember the comfort I found in seeing that rhythmic motion and how I would eagerly look forward to my next appointment for another chance to hear that precious heartbeat. I have said this before, but I imagine that for the 40 weeks and 39 weeks (my Little and Littlest, respectively) you lived in my belly you listened to the sound of my own heart beating, and you found comfort in those sounds just as I found comfort in yours.
From the moment I knew of your existence I couldn’t imagine life without you. I knew what an honor and a gift it would be to get to be your mother. And so, it has been my heart’s desire to guard your heart, to protect it, and to cherish it all the days of my life. But because I can’t be with you every moment of every day I have to rely on my faith and hope that the lessons your father and I teach you will prepare you for life — a life that we pray is always filled with love.
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, here are 14 love lessons I hope to teach you:
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These are some of the lessons that I hope to teach you, my daughters. I will always be thankful that God saw me fit to be your mother. I will cherish the days I have shared with the two of you. Love is a powerful force. It gives us strength, courage, and a reason to fight. It makes our journey more joyous and even the greatest of challenges bearable. The heart, although fragile and precious, is strong. It allows you to carry the people you love most with you no matter where they are. I carry the two of you in my heart always. And no matter what happens, no matter where life takes us, I will always be in yours too.
Love forever and always,
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