Dear YoungerMe…What would YOU say….iftime travel werepossible, and you had theopportunity? How wouldyou encourage or advis...
Dear 36-year-old me,Because you love theLord, does not mean youMUST lead a ladies Biblestudy, head up the educationcommitt...
Dear 25-year-old me,  I’m hesitant to offer you any specific advice becauseif you actually take it, your life might turn o...
(Continued…)… It’s too expensive, it’s boring, you’ll never get a job,it’s too stressful, etc. Remember though, these peop...
(Continued…)  Finally, you are not too old to make anychanges. I know you think you are, but someday,believe it or not, yo...
Dear 25-year-old me,Do not be in such a hurry for your kids to go throughthe different growing up stages. Before you know ...
Dear 18-year-old me,Dont be so self-conscious. You think everybody islooking at you and judging you, but theyre reallyself...
Dear 8-year-old me,Good and exciting things will happen foryou in life. Good and exciting things willalso happen for your ...
(Continued…)…Sometimes others will get those honorsand when they do, no amount of poutingor thinking that “it should have ...
Dear 49-year-old me,Continue giving loving support to your husband as he hunts for a newcareer. Building him up at this cr...
Dear 15-year-old me,You are beautiful just the way God created you. You dontneed to worry yourself with trying to look lik...
Dear 38-year-old me:My husband tells me we have to leave ourbeautiful home in Illinois with its grand oaktrees and green, ...
(Continued…)…Everyone seems to shop via catalogs! Butour house has sold and there is no turningback. My husband is a man o...
(Continued…)…Bogus Basin is covered with sparkling whitesnow against a backdrop of the most brilliantblue sky Ive ever see...
Dear 74-year-old me,  Here you are, still living in Boise and filledwith contentment and joy. Little did you knowthat with...
(Continued…)…what a first-class philharmonic orchestraBoise would have, or an opera company, orballet, or wonderful art mu...
(Continued…)…So dear 74-year-old me, what have youlearned? Ive learned that God has given methe gift of hindsight! I can l...
Dear 30-year-old me,I wish I could just give you a little hug and say: ―Don’t worry so much aboutgetting it absolutely rig...
Dear 17-year-old me,I know you think this is love. I know youfeel sure you will be married and spendforever together with ...
(Continued…)…The Lords wisdom says "A wife of noblecharacter who can find? She is worth farmore than rubies. Her husband h...
Dear 18-year-old me,Be confident about what you can do, andbe honest about what you cant. I am nowtrying to live by that!!...
Dear 12-year-old me,When a boy you like tells you that he wants to get"dirty" with you, it does not necessarily mean that ...
Dear 22-year-old me,This is the day the Lord made, 38 yearsago, when Steve and I wed. The journeytogether has had many pat...
(Continued…)…My heart has grown to understand theJOY of marriage, raising two beautifuldaughters, embracing three precious...
Dear younger me,The future is all about choices and memories. Strive tomake good ones.Love,Sheila (Current Age: 71)
Dear 18-year-old me,Dont give in to thetemptation to pouryourself into yourcareer...save yourvaluable energy for yourfamil...
Dear 43-year-old me,  Okay, so you thought you knew everythingwhen you were fifteen. And when you finallyhit 43 at least y...
(Continued…)  …You are stronger than you think. You arehard wired to handle these unanticipatedchallenges. Just wait, you’...
Dear 20-year-old me,Beware-every stage of your life has its challenges. Be accountable, responsibleand respectful. Know th...
Dear 18-year-old me,Be thoughtful and decisive about your major. Liberal Arts classes are terrificbut if you are remotely ...
Dear 21-year-old me,The person you are today is far from the one you will be in 10 years.Your goals, dreams, and hopes wil...
Dear 61-year-old me,Life can change in an instant...beprepared by being firmly rooted inyour faith.. God IS enough!Love,Ma...
Dear 24-year-old me,Embrace your strengths. If youre good at something, help someone who struggles in that area. Ifyoure N...
Dear young 24-year-old me,Stop and enjoy your kids.Dont fret so much about the housework being done.Take the time to sit d...
(Continued…)…When others ask you what you do for a living, tellthem you are forming the lives of the next generationsof Ch...
Dear 30-year-old me,Slow down enjoy those tiny people – they’ll soon be grown and leaving. Your heart will long tohold tho...
Dear 29-year-old me,I realize youre trying to be a perfect wifeand mother, but let me share a few secretswith you. First o...
(continued…)…And what you think of as a perfect childor perfect home is really what society has putin your mind....please ...
Dear 27-year-old me,I spent a lot of needless years trying to “work my way to Heaven”until a special friend shared God’s l...
Dear 30-year-old me,Relationships are always THE most important thing in life - not honors and professionalaccomplishments...
Dear 28-year-old me,Your first son is now born and you arescared, but you will raise him to be afine man. So, dont stress ...
Dear 16-year-old me,Listen to your parents, they want the best foryou, follow their teaching, you will turn out well.Be bl...
Dear 24-year-old me,Stop spending so much time looking foranswers in parenting books andmagazines. Instead, be more intros...
Dear 31-year-old me,"Dont blink....before you know it your 3 precious girls will be grown-up". How many times I heard thes...
(Continued…)…Oh, and our 3 precious girls are now 4 - Sarah, 15, who has been part of our family since age 11, will beadop...
Dear 30-year-old me,            So you thought you knew what lovewas when you married that amazing man?Buckle your seatbel...
Dear 40-year-old me,You have a wonderful husband and twoteenage sons who keep you hopping plus afull time teaching positio...
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Dear Younger Me...A Mother's Day post
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  1. 1. Dear YoungerMe…What would YOU say….iftime travel werepossible, and you had theopportunity? How wouldyou encourage or adviseyour younger self…knowingwhat you know now? www.theironingboard.org All Rights Reserved
  2. 2. Dear 36-year-old me,Because you love theLord, does not mean youMUST lead a ladies Biblestudy, head up the educationcommittee at church, teachSunday School eachweek, and mentor four youngmothers while you raise yourown family. Take time topray and listen for guidancefrom the Holy Spirit.I doubt that all youractivities were intended foryou at this age.Love,Jean (Current Age: 68)
  3. 3. Dear 25-year-old me, I’m hesitant to offer you any specific advice becauseif you actually take it, your life might turn outdramatically different than it is. And frankly, yourfuture life is good—you have a husband who lovesyou and three great kids. You are happy. Part of yourhappiness comes from your good attitude—you’redoing that right, so keep it up. However, you could still use more mental toughness.There are naysayers and negative peopleeverywhere. You’ve already noticed that, but youhaven’t yet realized what damage they can do. Thesepeople are negative about everything, and theirwords make you question your own dreams and goals.For example, you have already completed yourcollege degree, and you have been working in yourfield for 3 years now. Unfortunately, you’ve discovered that it was thewrong choice, and you don’t know what to do next.Some things that you are interested in, you hearpeople say negative things about… (Continued on next slide…)
  4. 4. (Continued…)… It’s too expensive, it’s boring, you’ll never get a job,it’s too stressful, etc. Remember though, these peopledon’t have your same aspirations, and they don’tpay your bills. They make their offhand commentsand move on. You, however, have to make decisionsand live your life. Don’t make major life decisionsbased on flippant comments. Some of the naysayers are family members or evenclose friends. They want to tell you what to do withyour life. Be careful about listening to them. Haveyou noticed that they haven’t asked you what youwant, but rather they assume that they know? Don’tlet them push you in directions that you don’t want.Be your own woman. It’s all right to take suggestionsfrom others, but only if they are well thought out.Remember—the ultimate decision is yours, and youare the one who has to live with your choices. (Continued on next slide…)
  5. 5. (Continued…) Finally, you are not too old to make anychanges. I know you think you are, but someday,believe it or not, you’ll think 25-year-olds areyoung and inexperienced. Also, time will pass, nomatter what you do. One day, you’ll be 30.Someday, you’ll be 40. Do you want to be in thesame place you are now, or do you want to usethat time working towards your goals?Love,Me (Current Age: 43)
  6. 6. Dear 25-year-old me,Do not be in such a hurry for your kids to go throughthe different growing up stages. Before you know it they aregrown up and making their own lives. Just enjoy everymoment with them.Love,Jeniffer (Current Age: 46)
  7. 7. Dear 18-year-old me,Dont be so self-conscious. You think everybody islooking at you and judging you, but theyre reallyself-conscious about themselves. Theyre lookingat you and wondering how THEY measure upagainst YOU.Love,Susan (Current Age: 49)
  8. 8. Dear 8-year-old me,Good and exciting things will happen foryou in life. Good and exciting things willalso happen for your friends. Whensomething great happens for a friend, begenuinely happy for them! This is theirmoment in the sunshine….help themenjoy it to the fullest without selfishlythinking that you deserve somethinggreat too. Your turn will come.This is an incredibly important lessonthat will carry you throughout life. Youwon’t get the lead in every schoolplay, you won’t be named to the All Starteam for every sport, you won’t alwaysget the best score on a test… (Continued on next slide…)
  9. 9. (Continued…)…Sometimes others will get those honorsand when they do, no amount of poutingor thinking that “it should have been me”will change the situation. Put a smile onyour face and congratulate thatperson. Putting this lesson in to actionwill bring you great joy throughout yourlife!Love,Tara (Current Age: 39)
  10. 10. Dear 49-year-old me,Continue giving loving support to your husband as he hunts for a newcareer. Building him up at this crucial time will help him more than yourcriticism.Love,Shirley (Current Age: 92)
  11. 11. Dear 15-year-old me,You are beautiful just the way God created you. You dontneed to worry yourself with trying to look like someone else.God designed you to be special in every way. And He is waymore interested in your heart than in your weight or youroutward appearance. The fun magazines you sometimeslook through are full of articles and pictures that can bedangerous to your mind. Those people who seem to have itall on the outside are sometimes empty and hurting andbroken on the inside. Dont waste your time wishing youlooked different. Instead, look to Gods view of who you are.Fill your mind with His truth. Be an encourager to others.God is your creator. He is your forever friend. You delightHim just by being YOU.Love,Me (Current Age: 40)
  12. 12. Dear 38-year-old me:My husband tells me we have to leave ourbeautiful home in Illinois with its grand oaktrees and green, green grass for a move toBoise, Idaho. It also means leaving my sweetrecently widowed mother and taking her 2grandsons and only granddaughter away. Myheart is breaking. Ive seen Boise. Its ugly.They say you can see the mountains, but thetwo times we visited I never saw them.Once, in the hot summer, there was so muchhaze the mountains were invisible. Again inthe winter there was so much fog that the pilotwasnt certain we could take off for our returnto Chicago. Mountains? Ha! And wherever Ilook I see pickup trucks with gun racks and bigdogs riding in the truck beds. I wouldsay, most definitely, this is not a city filled theculture Ive been used to!! - no symphonyorchestra, no Brookfield Zoo, no Museum ofScience & Industry, no touring Broadwayshows, no Art Institute, not even decentshopping! … (Continued on next slide…)
  13. 13. (Continued…)…Everyone seems to shop via catalogs! Butour house has sold and there is no turningback. My husband is a man of his word, hesays he made a promise to his employer, andso I honor him for that and for the man he is. Irealize I have two choices: I can either bemiserable and make the whole familymiserable, OR I can have an attitude ofexcitement -- were going on an adventure.We dont have to stay there forever, after all.Maybe just a few years.... And so were on our way, leaving Chicago in ablizzard on the 4th of March. Arriving inBoise, the sun is shining, the temperature is inthe 60s, and, YES, there are mountains! As themovers are carrying our stuff into our lovelynew house, I look out the kitchen window andquickly call to my husband to come and look atwhat I see… (Continued on next slide…)
  14. 14. (Continued…)…Bogus Basin is covered with sparkling whitesnow against a backdrop of the most brilliantblue sky Ive ever seen. I tell my husband, “Thisis so beautiful. I think well retire here!” Helooks at me and says, “Are you crazy?” So, 38-year-old me, now 36 years havepassed, youve grown much older and hopefullymuch wiser.Love,Elvia (Current Age: 74)
  15. 15. Dear 74-year-old me, Here you are, still living in Boise and filledwith contentment and joy. Little did you knowthat within 6 months of your arrival yourmother would sell her home of 40 years andmove to Boise (because she really LIKED it!) Little did you know that you were in for thesurprise of your life when you gave birth todaughter #2 at age 44! (Thats a story in itself!)Little did you know that your 4 children wouldexcel academically and professionally(well, maybe you did have a clue aboutthat!), but you didnt know that all of them andtheir families would end up living in theNorthwest. Little did you know what an outstandinguniversity (and football team!) would develop… (Continued on next slide…)
  16. 16. (Continued…)…what a first-class philharmonic orchestraBoise would have, or an opera company, orballet, or wonderful art museum, that thehistorical museum would "come to life" everySeptember, that Zoo Boise would grow andobtain many exotic animals, and that duringthe summer and fall you would enjoy theCapital City Farmers market on Saturdaymornings. And then theres the breathtakinglybeautiful scenery that surrounds us in Idaho!Its all just a short drive away! Little did youknow that you would no longer be able to lookout your kitchen window and see Bogus Basinbecause your beautiful huge maple trees (aswell as the neighbors trees) obstruct the view.This is a beautiful place to live!!... (Continued on next slide…)
  17. 17. (Continued…)…So dear 74-year-old me, what have youlearned? Ive learned that God has given methe gift of hindsight! I can look back over theyears (and I often do) and see how His handhas been working in my life. I know without adoubt that God has a plan and a purpose formy life. I know that His purpose for bringingus to Boise was to draw me into a deeperrelationship with Him, to grow in knowledgeof His Word, to trust Him and to continue togrow in my faith. I also know when the nextmove comes, either earthly or heavenly, Illnot move alone, because His love always goeswith me. Of that I am certain! It will be anadventure!Love,Elvia (Current Age: 74)
  18. 18. Dear 30-year-old me,I wish I could just give you a little hug and say: ―Don’t worry so much aboutgetting it absolutely right in everybody else’s eyes…the parenting thing I mean. Beconfident in your own self, trust without a doubt in your own mother’sinstincts, trust in your own self. You’re doing just fine!‖Love,Me (Current Age: 43)
  19. 19. Dear 17-year-old me,I know you think this is love. I know youfeel sure you will be married and spendforever together with him. I know youreally, really think you know what you aretalking about, but remember "The heart isdeceitful above all things and beyond cure.Who can understand it?" Jer. 17:9 NIV.Is he a Godly man? Does he serve andfollow the Lord? If so, he will wait for theproper time. He will love you as Christloved the church, enough to die for you. Hewill not rush you or push you into sin.Please choose the wisdom from above, notthe wisdom of the world or the flesh…. (Continued on next slide…)
  20. 20. (Continued…)…The Lords wisdom says "A wife of noblecharacter who can find? She is worth farmore than rubies. Her husband has fullconfidence in her and lacks nothing ofvalue. She brings him good, not harm, allthe days of her life." Proverbs 31:10-12.That means even now, be faithful to yourfuture husband, whoever he made be.Stand firm and let God write your lovestory. You will not be disappointed.Love,Me (Current Age: 35)
  21. 21. Dear 18-year-old me,Be confident about what you can do, andbe honest about what you cant. I am nowtrying to live by that!!Love,Dawn (Current Age: 34)
  22. 22. Dear 12-year-old me,When a boy you like tells you that he wants to get"dirty" with you, it does not necessarily mean that hewants to go ride motorcycles through the sagebrushand fields or play in the dirt, it means your body ischanging and he wants you to explore. It is ok to sayNO. God loves you inside and outside. Stay strongand learn to love yourself enough to say "no" this isnot what you need.Love,Me (at age 55 - and still struggling with this)
  23. 23. Dear 22-year-old me,This is the day the Lord made, 38 yearsago, when Steve and I wed. The journeytogether has had many paths. The love Ihad then has transformed into love andhope for many more tomorrows.Had I known lifes pain and sorrows wouldmake me a better wife, mother and friend,I would not have struggled so much. HadI known the Lord held His hand out to me,I would have grasped it much sooner.But this I know now...He will never leaveme nor forsake me. His promises are trueand His will be done, in me and throughme for His name sake… (Continued on next slide…)
  24. 24. (Continued…)…My heart has grown to understand theJOY of marriage, raising two beautifuldaughters, embracing three preciousgrandchildren and a life well lived with aman that loves me, despite my failings. Heloves me for who I am and what the Lordhas accomplished in me. Through thickand thin, till death do us part has greatrewards because we are held together byHis love.Hang in there girlfriend. After 38 years ofmarriage, I know the best is yet to come!Love,Gina (Current Age: 60)
  25. 25. Dear younger me,The future is all about choices and memories. Strive tomake good ones.Love,Sheila (Current Age: 71)
  26. 26. Dear 18-year-old me,Dont give in to thetemptation to pouryourself into yourcareer...save yourvaluable energy for yourfamily and home.The career doesnt give aflying fig about you, butyour family does, andyour home will give youfulfillment all your life.Love,Me (Current Age: 52)
  27. 27. Dear 43-year-old me, Okay, so you thought you knew everythingwhen you were fifteen. And when you finallyhit 43 at least you thought you had this motherthing figured out. But you were thrown a hugeleft turn—with your surprise pregnancy, 75 daysin the hospital on bed rest and then of course theunexpected diagnosis of Down Syndrome 45minutes after his birth. I look back on those lightless days, those longnights of whole-body sobbing into yourpillow, that whirlpool of fears that threatened toswallow you whole. How I wish you could haveglimpsed yourself today—nearly three shortyears into the future. All of that fear—forhim, for you, for your family would have meltedaway with the tears… (Continued on next slide…)
  28. 28. (Continued…) …You are stronger than you think. You arehard wired to handle these unanticipatedchallenges. Just wait, you’ll see. This will be thebiggest growing experience of your life. Embraceit. Enjoy it. A whole new world is about to beopened before you. Trust me; you hit theproverbial lottery with this little gift fromheaven. You will love him more than youthought it possible to love a child. His tinymilestones will surpass any accolade oraccomplishment in your life. He will harnessyour heart. So hold on tight, relish the ride andbreathe in deeply the new vistas and views.Much love,Lonni (Current Age: 46)
  29. 29. Dear 20-year-old me,Beware-every stage of your life has its challenges. Be accountable, responsibleand respectful. Know that it is better to be alone than pretend youre someoneelse. Be you. Find you. Be happy with that. Know your power and relish yourJoie De Vivre. Take comfort in your most precious possession-your family. Trustyour internal compass!Love,Meghan (Current Age: 35)
  30. 30. Dear 18-year-old me,Be thoughtful and decisive about your major. Liberal Arts classes are terrificbut if you are remotely interested in a health-related occupation in the future,take science courses now while you’re able to focus on school withoutresponsibilities.Love,Kari (Current Age: 36)
  31. 31. Dear 21-year-old me,The person you are today is far from the one you will be in 10 years.Your goals, dreams, and hopes will be far more meaningful after experiencing this time in between.Look forward to a world you never dreamed existed.....it is a miraculous gift you will not want tomiss out on.Love,Lanae (Current Age: 38)
  32. 32. Dear 61-year-old me,Life can change in an instant...beprepared by being firmly rooted inyour faith.. God IS enough!Love,Margie (Current Age: 62)
  33. 33. Dear 24-year-old me,Embrace your strengths. If youre good at something, help someone who struggles in that area. Ifyoure NOT good at something, find someone who IS good and ask them to help you. Nobody is goodat everything, so stop trying. Learn to be happy with your strengths and stop worrying about yourweaknesses.Love,Susan (Current Age: 49)
  34. 34. Dear young 24-year-old me,Stop and enjoy your kids.Dont fret so much about the housework being done.Take the time to sit down and read a book with thekids, play with them, be silly. Getting upset or evenangry doesnt help when the kids turn their ears offto you. Help them with clean up. Show them whatyou mean instead of spouting off words.By the way, do NOT neglect your walk with theLord. Let the kids see you reading and studying theBible...and yes praying. Let them see you on yourknees at your bedside. So much more is caught thantaught. Yes, I know you are busy. But making andtaking the time to be with the Lord will give youthe strength to go on, day by day with the unendingtasks of laundry, dishes, baths, and soothing scrapedknees… (Continued on next slide…)
  35. 35. (Continued…)…When others ask you what you do for a living, tellthem you are forming the lives of the next generationsof Christian leaders. Dont shy back. Be proud. You aredoing the most important job on this earth.And Amy, make the time to date your man. I know youare tired, and dont have a lot of money, but this isimportant to your married life. When you go out, donttalk about the kids all the time. Remember why youfell in love. Rekindle that. Do some fun things together.If there was only one thing I could tell you, it would beto develop a spiritual walk with your husband. Praytogether. Study the same passage and then discuss it.Also find another Christian couple that you can takethe journey of life together with. Being accountable toeach other only helps the bonds of friendship and yourChristian faith to grow stronger.Love,Amy (Current Age: 56)
  36. 36. Dear 30-year-old me,Slow down enjoy those tiny people – they’ll soon be grown and leaving. Your heart will long tohold those tiny little hands and feel those tight hugs around your neck. Take all the picturesand video you can so in the later years you can remember it all.Love,Jen (Current Age: 43)
  37. 37. Dear 29-year-old me,I realize youre trying to be a perfect wifeand mother, but let me share a few secretswith you. First of all, you and your husbandare Italian and face it - Italians just yell!We yell when its time for dinner and we yellwhen were mad. And thats okay. Let itout...and no (Catholic) guilt aboutyelling...just call it what it is, the way weItalians communicate.The word perfect? Theres no such thing as aperfect marriage and there arent perfectchildren or perfect homes. Please dont strivefor perfection; instead strive for goodcommunication and laughter, sharedinterests and good listening. Give to yourhusband and dont expect the same (the moreyou give, the more he’ll surprise you)… (Continued on next slide…)
  38. 38. (continued…)…And what you think of as a perfect childor perfect home is really what society has putin your mind....please dont fall for societysview. Know that God has a beautiful planfor bringing children into your life and Hesequipped you with everything you need toraise those children. And please rememberthat your home is actually your family...notyour actual house. Put your energy into thefamily God hand picked for you, not intocreating the perfect house.So love one another, pray together, keeplaughing and yell if you want to...the yearsgo by so fast. Dont waste a minute of ittrying to be a perfect anything. You serveand are loved by a Perfect Lord and thats allthe perfection youll ever need.Love,Jennifer (Current Age: 42)
  39. 39. Dear 27-year-old me,I spent a lot of needless years trying to “work my way to Heaven”until a special friend shared God’s love with me. She told methat I could never do enough good works. God’s love was freeand salvation was His gift through Grace; it was nothing Ideserved but His free gift to me.Love,Lou (Current Age: 72)
  40. 40. Dear 30-year-old me,Relationships are always THE most important thing in life - not honors and professionalaccomplishments. The world tells us otherwise and makes us doubt our commitment to theLord, our family and others. In particular, as a young mother, the time you spend being withand teaching your children is worth all of the gold in the world. So dont doubt the value ofyour commitment.Love,Mary Kay (Current Age: 67)
  41. 41. Dear 28-year-old me,Your first son is now born and you arescared, but you will raise him to be afine man. So, dont stress abouteverything you do or dont do. Life willshow you that what you did was rightand now it is his turn to raise his twochildren, with all your help andwisdom.Love,Laurel (Current Age: 61)
  42. 42. Dear 16-year-old me,Listen to your parents, they want the best foryou, follow their teaching, you will turn out well.Be blessed,Ugochi (Current Age: 35)
  43. 43. Dear 24-year-old me,Stop spending so much time looking foranswers in parenting books andmagazines. Instead, be more introspectiveand put some real thought into your child,whatever the situation may be. Then, listento your instincts and be confident with yourparenting ability.Love,Heidi (Current Age: 41)
  44. 44. Dear 31-year-old me,"Dont blink....before you know it your 3 precious girls will be grown-up". How many times I heard thesewords, but in the midst of changing diapers, bandaging knees, satisfying "Im hungry," and barely able to keepup on all the other young-mother responsibilities, I couldnt even begin to grasp the reality of how true theywould become. Now, many days and years later, I feel those words with almost every heartbeat within mychest. In just a few weeks our oldest daughter will be graduating from high school - "dont blink" now resonatesdeeply. My easily flowing tears arent those of sorrow, fear, or regret - but truly more of "I blinked...and nowmy daughter is 18." But the Lord has been so incredibly gracious to our family. Through our ill and bestattempts at parenting, He has lovingly cared for our family and the raising of our daughters… (Continued on next slide…)
  45. 45. (Continued…)…Oh, and our 3 precious girls are now 4 - Sarah, 15, who has been part of our family since age 11, will beadopted very soon....forever weaved into the fabric of our lives. Looking back, I wish I would have left thelaundry and dishes to sit down and color one more Disney Princess, play hide-and-seek, or simply snuggle a bitlonger. But looking into the eyes and hearts of my children now, I know that they know how crazy theirmomma (and daddy) are about them! All of the "I should haves" that could linger in my mind I need not giveroom to grow, and be determined to live this day forward as the best mom for my kids today....eachindividual, unique and a priceless gift from the Lord! Love,Shauna (Current Age: 43)
  46. 46. Dear 30-year-old me, So you thought you knew what lovewas when you married that amazing man?Buckle your seatbelt sister! When you hold thatfragile little baby for the first time you willdiscover new heart strings you never knewexisted. Motherhood will be the hardest – andmost rewarding thing you’ve ever done. It willopen your eyes to an entirely new perspective. Itwill draw you closer to God – if you allow it. Now more than ever, lean on God.Seek His wisdom. Be aware that God is presentand available to you every moment of each day.This parenting thing will be a roller-coaster, butyou’re in good hands when you’re trusting God.Love,Jeannette (Current Age: 39)
  47. 47. Dear 40-year-old me,You have a wonderful husband and twoteenage sons who keep you hopping plus afull time teaching position. Dont sweatthe neat house and your "TO DO" list somuch; stop and enjoy your family. Thankthe Lord more often for what you dohave going for you!!Much love,Alice (Current Age: 68)
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