It’s A Happy 21st Birthday Alyssa
Happy 21st Birthday Alyssa! You are an odd number on an odd year. I know that irritates the crap out of you. I also am aware that you are a “legal” adult. In fact, by the 8th of March, I will officially have more “adult” children then I do little people. That’s a gut punch for a mama.
Over the last 21 years, you have broken my body, my heart, my mind, and my spirit. You have also given me much joy, happiness, excitement, and laughter. It has been a journey in raising you because I feel like I am raising myself.
You take such pride in looking like your daddy but acting like your mama. What you don’t know is that you very much have my younger self-tendencies. Lucky for you, I usually know what you are doing before you do it.
I have let you fall a few times…just to see how you get up and dust yourself off. That has been hard on you and on me. As a mama, I want to protect you in all that you do. I want to keep you safe even if that means keeping you safe from yourself.
My prayer is that you continue to grow in the light of the Lord. That you remember who you are and Whose you are. I want you to know that you merely breathing brings me such joy that I cannot explain.
This is the year you will probably move out and start living your life out from under our roof. Please be mindful of your self-worth. You are a treasure and never let anyone steal your Light. In fact, never let that Light dim because you can do anything you set your mind too.
You are loved.