For two years, I have written weekly letters to my children, both HIM & HER. It was at a time that they were babies/toddlers and wouldn’t recall all that was going on around them from our family adventures to passing many milestones. I wanted to document them here for them to someday look back on and experience again through my eyes and my words. As they get older and older, things change less frequently. Their milestones and big adventures happen more monthly than weekly.
So this year I am writing letters to HIM & HER each month. Even though they may start to remember these adventures themselves, I love writing to them and expressing how amazing it feels to be their Momma.
I hope you will enjoy my letters too.
My Dearest B,
You have a heart of gold that is bursting to share. You let love flow out of you to everyone you meet, to friends and family alike. You are the hugger, the kisser, and the lover. I love that you love so much and so hard. It’s a great quality to have especially at your age. You protect your sister and your mother even from Daddy’s tickling. It’s great to see that immediate instinct to protect those that you love. I have always admire how well you take care of your sister when she is upset. Lately, your love has blossomed. It’s gone past your immediate family and friends to your school friends and even now an older girl crush. While I wasn’t ready for you to start crushing on girls, this first crush is big and a milestone to mark. There is a girl in year four that you never stop talking about. You blush when you speak her name at the dinner table and when you are naughty you beg me never to tell her. It tickles me, intrigues me but also pleases me that you have so much passion naturally built into you. I hope that never ever leaves you. I hope you grow up to be the gentleman all mother’s want their son to be and more. We had a tough half term this past week because you just wanted to get back to school, routines, and see hello to the girl that has you mesmerized. While it lasts, I will smile and love every moment of it. It makes you want to be better at school, better at home, and there is only positive things that come from all that. You even want to learn more so you can impress her and at age four I didn’t think those instincts present themselves yet. It just shows me how much you really are growing up and changing on me. How much you aren’t my little baby anymore and soon you won’t want to share with me who you have a crush on and why you want to show off. So I am soaking up this new little phase for as long as I can while trying to adapt that you are truly a baby no more. No matter who else may steal your heart, always have a little place for your Momma because I am here for you forever and ever.
Love, Mommy xo
My Dearest MM,
You have willpower like your mother. You kindly tease your older brother the way I remember teasing my old brother. You are smarter than anyone gives you credit for batting those beautiful blue eyes and tilting your head sideways to melt hearts and get away with something naughty, just the way I used to. I am seeing more and more similarities in you and I, everyday. While I know you are your own person and your own personality, it’s funny to watch you and see pieces of me and Daddy in there too. It makes me understand a little more what is upsetting you when you cry, or what you want when you are shouting. But then there is the other pieces of you, your pieces that are changing too. Your voice is sounding older. You talk clearer and more everyday. We are long past diapers now. We are creating your big girl bedroom and I think I will truly cry my eyes out when I sell the nursery set you and your brother both spent your first years in. Times are changing in our house where you and your brother are no longer babies and that era is truly over. While I try to keep you younger longer, you think otherwise. You are constantly doing things that prove just how independent and older you really are now. I am adapting to the idea that you are a little girl now. You like making your own decisions and doing things yourself. I have to respect that I am needed a little less and in other ways. I need to treat you like a little girl and not a baby now. That’s so hard to do sometimes but either way know I am always here for you when you do want some guidance, my little leader, forever and ever.
Love, Mommy xo
See HIM & HER in January here.
Linking to #OrdinaryMoments
Katie @mummydaddyme says
Aw this is so lovely Jenny and I love that B has a little crush- that is just so so so so adorable. I love that he blushes and how he just wanted to be at school. So sweet. It’s a gorgeous photo of MM too. x
These are such lovely letters. I have a girl and a boy too, a little younger but still I see a lot of similar traits in mine as you do in yours, so this was really interesting for me to read.
Your kids are gorgeous too!
Mama OWL Blog | Jooleroo says
So sweet, precious memories to cherish forever. They really do grow so quickly, mine are between 17 & 5 now with my eldest preparing to leave for Uni this year, enjoy every moment and keep writing these letters because it really does fly by and they will be lovely to look back on x #sharewithme
Thanks lovely and glad you enjoyed reading these as much as I do writing them. I always worry I will forget the small things so I document them here as much as possible for them as much as for myself in the future to look back on.
Jessica Powell (Babi a Fi) says
These are always such lovely posts ! The photos are gorgeous too – they both look so full of life and adventure! x #sharewithme
John Adams says
What great records to keep. I think your whole family will love these in the years to come. Thaks fo rhosting #sharewithme
lynn @ More4mums says
What lovely letters, such a good idea to keep for the future. I wish I was so organised ! #sharewithme
An imperfect mum (Catie) says
I love your idea of writing letters to your kids it is so special and as others have said such a great memory for them when they are older. Your love and warmth shines through as always as does your immense pride in what great little leaders and heart throbs your kids are becoming x
Thanks Catie that’s lovely of you. I do it for their memory as much as my own. Glad you enjoy reading them.
Rebecca | AAUBlog says
B has a crush?! that is just too cute! lovely post x
laura dove says
Aww these are so sweet. I love writing letters to my children, it’s such a lovely thing for them to have in years to come. #sharewithme
Jodie Allen at Makeup to Motherhood says
I do love reading your letters 🙂 they are always so heartfelt and I am sure as your little ones grow up they will love to read back through them! #ShareWithMe
So cute about the crush! but I know what you mean with wanting them to keep a little space for you too, ahh time needs to freeze! MM is such an adorable little thing, her piercing blue eyes are amazing! her head strong character reminds me of my littles 🙂 x
Mummy's to do list says
So sweet, especially that first crush! I have a girl and boy too, though the opposite way around age-wise and each a year younger than yours. #ShareWithMe
Such lovely messages, and they really are both growing up so fast. I notice it especially in your daughter. #sharewithme
Esther @ Inside Out and About says
Jenny! I can’t believe he likes a girl in Year 4 – that is the most gorgeous thing to read. Aim high B! Begging you not to tell her when he’s naughty. What a precious boy xx
Such lovely heart-warming letters, how cute that he has a crush! They sound like amazing, wonderful kids, a credit to you 🙂 #sharewithme
Silly Mummy says
Lovely letters! So sweet that B has his first crush! #sharewithme
Mrs Tubbs says
So lovely. 🙂 I’m sure they’ll love reading these back when they’re older
Lovely words, Jenny. I love reading your letters to both your kids because they’re so heartfelt and loving. They are so lucky to be able to read these someday! Thanks so much for sharing these and for hosting us on #sharewithme this week!
Shawna | That Mom Lady says
This is a very sweet idea. It’s hard sometimes to find the time to do these kinds of things regularly, but it’s something you know they’ll cherish one day. These letters are just beautiful, Jenny! I look forward to reading future letters that you write for your children.
Yes I think so too and that way I don’t forget the little things either. I used to write them every week for two years but as they get older they don’t change as fast and so monthly will still be nice to document their milestones along the way.
Lori Schumaker says
Sweet and precious letters to your babies that they will cherish someday! I have done hand-written letters to my children on each of their birthdays. I seal them and place them in our safe deposit box and will give them to them on their 18th birthdays! I have missed a few though. When it is the thought of a whole year, it takes awhile to sum it all up and not miss the important parts, so when we had an extra challenging season in life, I didn’t complete the letters ;-(
Hugs, my friend,
Aww that is so beautiful! What a wonderful idea! Letters that will truly be treasured always. I used to record special memories when mine were really small. I read recently about doing this exact thing, writing to them regularly so they can read it when they are older. Thanks for sharing 🙂
I really hope they are treasured by the kids when they are older as much as I do them now and for myself in the future too. I always feel like I am forgetting the little things so I want to keep them documenting somehow.
Erin @ Nourishing My Scholar says
Awe, this makes me want to cry thinking of my own little boy and little girl! They grow up so fast!!!
Sarah | Digital Motherhood says
What a lovely idea! Will be so nice for them to look back through when they’re older 🙂
Thanks Sarah, I really hope so. Either way, I will like to look back at them too as time goes by I start forgetting the little things too.
Mum in Brum says
Aw these are so beautiful and heart-warming. I’m sure they will both cherish these when they’re older. It sounds as thought they are both growing up so fast xx #sharewithme
Me, You and Magoo says
What a lovely post & what lovely children you have. As a Mum to a very independent daughter, I can identify with your letter. My daughter’s favourite phrase is “No Mummy, I can do it”…which is great, but it does highlight that the baby phase has well & truly gone. But there’s always something to celebrate at every stage don’t you think? That’s why your letters are so nice, because it makes you focus on the here & now #sharewithme
I love these letters that you write to your lovely kids. MM really isn’t a baby any more is she? Toby is the same, every day he is sounding more like a little boy than a baby, and he wants to do everything for himself! #sharewithme
I love these little letters. They will be so lovely to look back on in future years. Xxx
Thank you Catherine so kind of you. I am putting them all into a book every year for them to keep. I have done them for about three years now and love them.
Carol Cameleon says
This is such a great idea Jenny and I’m sure you’re building some fantastic memories that will be cherished forever 🙂 Thanks for hosting #sharewithme