To the love of their lives, the ones that will make them feel family and feel like they are home.
To the ones that will make them the best version of themselves and will challenge them.
To the ones that will bring them joy and heartache.
To the ones that they will grow with, move through this life with, grow together with.
To the ones that will make them smile from across a room, allow them to be silly, allow them to be them, but a different kind of them.
To the ones that will make their heart burst open...
I'm so happy you are here.
I am so happy you too saw what we see.
I am so happy you too realize how much love and joy they carry.
I am so happy you too can see their heart right on their sleeve.
I am so happy you too get frustrated at what I do.
I am so happy you get to be the biggest part of them.
I am so happy I have my hubby reminding me this is all normal and that I have to let go and let you all be.
I promise to call but not often.
I promise to ask how I can help.
I promise to be helpful.
I promise to have a relationship with you.
I promise to let you have your own relationship.
I promise to never judge (even if I am biting my judgemental tongue to the point of blood).
And, I promise to remind myself that me loving them first only means I taught them healthy love.
I taught them respect, to give it to show it to demand it of themselves.
I taught them to be kind, even when you are setting boundaries.
I taught them to talk and ask questions.
I taught them to listen.
I taught them to care about those you love.
I taught them to treat people kindly.
I taught them that the littlest things mean the most.
I taught them all about the importance of traditions and how they make a foundation strong.
And I taught them to look for you, look for family. Wrap your arms around it and hang on tight, do not let go.
I taught them it will be hard and easy and most importantly, I taught them that it will be really boring most of the time.
I thank you.
I thank you for your love.
I thank you for your patience, with them and me.
I thank you for joining our lives and being a part of this family and I thank you for creating the start of your family.
I loved them first and I hope you can see and feel how love is all that we know and have.