When we were asked to write an open letter to our daughter I thought, well that’s going to be easy, but then as I sat and contemplated what to write I realized how hard it was to put down on paper the overwhelming feelings of a mother for their child that it actually turned out a lot harder than I imagined it to be. How do you even start to express the joy, pride, frustration at times, and overwhelming love for your child and do her justice? So you start at the beginning, the day the doctor asked “would you like to know the sex of your baby?” What an absolute thrill when she said “I’m 75% sure it’s a girl except the baby is being a little shy so next ultra-sound we should know for sure” and I thought “Thank God, I won’t be outnumbered by boys anymore!” And sure enough, the next ultra-sound with your daddy and brothers present the doctor announced to us all “It’s a Girl!, she’s headed in the wrong direction, but we definitely have a girl”. So with a little trepidation as to how this would all work out as I was used to rambunctious, dirty boys, it was time for us to welcome our princess. And what a princess you were, you made everyone aware who was in charge as you quickly had your daddy, Pop-pop Jerry and your great-grandparents wrapped around your little finger and held your own against your 2 older brothers taking none of their crap but defending them loyally when others gave them crap.
As we have watched you mature and grow, we have seen such an amazing transformation into the strong young woman you have become. The girl who isn’t afraid to befriend, love on and stand-up for those that others just pass by and truly call them your friends and show them your love every day. The girl that has lost 3 of the most influential and meaningful people in her young life, but still moves forward every day despite the great loss and grief she feels with this hole in her life. The girl who has given her heart so freely to others to have it trampled on, rejected, betrayed and even broken, but never wavers in freely continuing to love on others even when they don’t deserve her love. The girl with a purpose and a dream that is bigger than even we could imagine, but such a love and enthusiasm for her future that you can’t help but be excited and joyous with her. We have seen you blossom into this beautiful girl full of confidence and love and we could not be prouder parents and are so looking forward to where God leads you and what He has in store for your future and are praying for the man that He will one day lead you to share your life and love with.
You are one of our greatest joys and are so very proud of all you have already accomplished and what you will continue to accomplish. We move forward in your future supporting and loving you with an overwhelming sense of trepidation (you scare the crap out of me some days!) and excitement to see all of the amazing ways you will change our world and the world at large.
We love you so very much,
Mom and Dad
Brianna was my intern for two years and was also part of my 2019 Spokesmodel Team. She is graduating from Plainfield North High School and will be enjoying the sun at The University of Tampa in Florida come Fall. I going to miss you sweet girl! You’re family now. -V