Project 365: Days 278 – 284

To My Daughter, on Her 4th Birthday

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder

You get your fill to eat
But always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
I hope you still feel small
When you stand by the ocean

Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
Promise me you’ll give faith a fighting chance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Living might mean taking chances
But they’re worth taking
Lovin’ might be a mistake
But it’s worth making

Don’t let some hell bent heart
Leave you bitter
When you come close to selling out
Give the heavens above
More than just a passing glance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance

~ “I Hope You Dance” lyrics by Tia Sillers and Mark D. Sanders, performed by Lee Ann Womack

Happy birthday to my beautiful, creative first born! I was going to write a sappy post to you, Ava, about how much we love you and have hopes for your future, but when I was editing your pictures for it, this song came in my mind and would not go away. You are an incredible daughter and big sister, and it is a privilege to be your mommy!

Happy 4th Birthday, Ava!!!


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