A Letter to Baby Mia

March 4, 2013

Sweet little Mia.

Hi.  I’m your Aunt Becky.  Not your blood Aunt, but your friendship-runs-deep-and-long Aunt.  I actually consider you my first niece because while my brothers don’t have children yet, I’ve know your mom as long as I’ve known my brothers.  She is a sister-friend.  And you.  You are deeply loved.

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{pillow from this ETSY shop}

A few things you need to know about life {aka – lessons I’ve learned while being friends with your mama}.

1. First of all, you need to know the amazement of a mother you just entered the world with.  Your mom is incredible at All. The. Things. She will always be able to make the cupcakes, plan the party, find the perfect outfit, finish the project, and do the hair – with no trouble at all.  All while looking cute and carrying a Starbucks drink.  So, don’t you worry about a thing.

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2. Family doesn’t stop with blood.  While your Grandma Stephens will always be top of the line, you have a handful of Mommas and Grandmas just waiting to spoil you.  That sister-hood your Grandma developed with her friends is something special.  Something your mom and I have benefited from, and something I hope that you can establish with a group of girlfriends someday.  Long lasting.  Deep.  Meaningful.  Creative friendships.

3. Bathrooms should always be kept neat and tidy.  I was never good at this one, but your mom always helped me out.  She was pro at organizing my bathroom cabinets.  I like to think a little rubbed off on me as I got older.  So start young.  This is speaking your mom’s love language, girl.

4. Start sleeping early.  It might help if you and your mom got matching pajamas.  Pink ones, probably.  Although, she will probably have amazing hair no matter how restless the night was.  Don’t be jealous.

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5. Other people are more important than you.  I know.  This one is really hard to believe.  Especially considering that your entrance into this world was much anticipated and you are being ogled over by many eyes over email and phones as we speak.  But, it’s true.  And a good lesson to learn.  One your mom was excellent in showing and I was not.  Point being: other people will have birthday parties where THEY get presents and attention.  And you probably should just start smiling at them.  Your turn will be soon.

6. Take vacations.  Read magazines about Leonardo DiCaprio on the beach. Get charm bracelets in Door County.  Visit the “city of the future” (which really seems stuck in the past) in Sedona, Arizona.  Go on dam tours.  Get lost in Las Vegas.  Decide that the sister-hood of Grandmas and all their families should vacation every other summer together in Cape Cod.  My kids and I can’t wait to spend that summer with you in 2014!

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7. Learn how to cook early.  And probably from your dad – not your mom.  Trust me on this one.

8.  Love well.  Love Jesus well.  Love people well.  Love yourself and your passions and your family.  And show it with your actions.  With your gifts.  And your visits.  Your mom is great with this one.  She will teach you well, little one.

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{polka dot onesie and matching hat from this ETSY shop}

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1 Nicole March 4, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Such touching words from my lifelong friend to my precious baby girl :) We will treasure this special letter always. We love you, Aunt Becky, and our blessed to have you and your family in our lives!

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2 Diane Ringenberg March 4, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Becky, that was awesome.

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3 Cathy Stephens March 4, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Becky, your letter made me smile, laugh and cry. It is such a beautiful tribute to your long friendship with Nicole and our family and to new little baby Mia. You and your family have a special place in all of our hearts. Love, Cathy:)

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