Sunday, August 21, 2016

Dear Vienna

First and foremost, we love you. More than you know and more than words can ever express. Before you have a baby people warn you about the negatives - the pain of childbirth, the sleepless nights, the diaper blowouts, etc. What they don't warn you about is how much love you are going to feel for your child. It's a literal physical feeling in my body that I can't control. I would do anything for you, no question. 

With that said, our love for you isn't going to keep us from making mistakes. We will make them as parents. We will probably forget important events, lose our tempers, give you bad advice, and any number of mistakes. We are human. So please, forgive us.

If I can offer you some advice...

In your life there will always be people who have their opinions of you. The good, bad, & ugly. Don't be so worried about what those opinions are. Be you, unapologetically. Have confidence. With that said though, follow our Savior's example in how you think of and treat other people. Always be kind. Try to see people through His eyes. We all have faults, but Christ loves us and everyone else regardless. Do as He would do.

Sometimes people say all you have to do to succeed in life is work really, really hard. While I agree that success takes hard work, I think opportunity plays a large role as well. I was more than blessed with my upbringing, given every opportunity to succeed in this world. I want you to know that we are going to work to give you everything we had and hopefully more. Not just physical things, but experiences, memories, and opportunity. I want you to take these things and run with them. Dream big. Don't let anyone ever tell you you can't do something. You get what you want out of this life. Make it what you want it to be.

As much as we love you and want to protect you, we are not always going to be able to do so. Without a doubt, you are going to go through trials in this life. It breaks my heart to even think about you hurting, but it's going to happen. It's how we learn and grow on this earth. The Lord is never going to allow you to pass through a trial that you can't handle though. Remember that. Ask yourself what you can learn from the hard times and use that to progress and improve. 

And sweet Vienna, remember, you are never alone. You have so many people in this world who already love you more than you realize -- especially your father and I. Friends and family are a gift from our Father in heaven. I hope you will value and cultivate these relationships and turn to us when you are in need of support. More importantly, always know you can turn to your Savior. He will never leave you. 

Your sweet spirit has already blessed our lives infinitely. We can't wait to watch you learn, grow, and succeed in this world.  We love you Little V.


Your Mama

*Photos taken by Olivia Russell*

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