|March 28, 1995|
I am so very proud of you. I can't believe that we will be watching you graduate high school in just a few short hours. It seems like only yesterday I was the one graduating. Little did I know, a few weeks later I would be starting a family. Although not the perfect timing, you were perfect. I remember your sweet little personality and how your eyes would light up when you smiled. Your imagination ran wild and you could entertain yourself in just about any situation. From cowboy, to professor, to musician and artist, your creativity has never ran dry.
Becoming a mom at 19 years old left me at quite the disadvantage, still being a kid myself. I am sure I could have done many things differently, and I know I made my share of mistakes. But, we made it through. Even during my time as a single mother, you kept me going. Leanna was just a baby and you were my bud. Your energy and ability to adapt amazed me. I could always count on you for hugs, and you made me smile in my loneliest moments.
Although our personalities and interests may differ as you grow and change, I hope you know how special I think you are. You have always been kind and considerate of others, and that is a quality far more valuable than anything you could have learned in school. I know you will go on to do wonderful things. I encourage you to see the world, do what you love, and let God direct your path. If times get rough, He will always be there to help you get back on track. I am living proof of that.
I am so excited to see what God has in store for you. And....just so you know, there is nothing you could ever do to make me stop loving you. I will always be here for you. Always.
All my love,