50 Things to Tell My Daughter on Her First Birthday

I started writing a letter to my little girl a couple of weeks ago when she turned ONE years old. It was a little difficult to write and has taken me some time but I have finally finished it. Read below to find out the 50 things I hope to teach my sweet girl as she continues to grow up.

 

A Letter to My Little Girl on Her 1st Birthday

My Sweet Sadie Grace,

Where has the time gone? I feel like it was just yesterday that I walked into the doctor’s office and they told me that I was going to be delivering you that next day. You see, I was only 39 weeks at that appointment but my blood pressure was pretty high. They knew that you were looking great but they were a little concerned about me. So they decided they wanted to induce me to reduce any possible complications.

I remember asking the lady at the desk, “So I’m coming in tonight and not leaving until I have my baby?!” I called your daddy and it was go time! I went into work and wrapped things up there. Then I came home and we got our things and made sure our home was ready for when we brought you back. We went in to the hospital that night and they induced me the very next morning. Once that happened, you were ready to come out! It was a quick and easy delivery (well as easy as delivery could be)!

At 2:24 pm on Friday, February 20, 2015 you arrived into this world and your daddy and I were blown away by your presence. You are our little miracle and we couldn’t be more grateful to be your parents! You are an incredible gift from God and I don’t want you to ever forget that.

Here are some things that I hope I teach you and that I want you to remember for the rest of your life.

50 Things For Sadie

  1. God created you-every part of you and you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalms 139:13-14 is the verse to go to if you need to be reminded. It also states there that God’s works are wonderful and baby girl-you are one of God’s works!
  2. You are unique. No one in the entire world is like you!! Embrace that and love that. Be YOURSELF and don’t compare yourself to others. It will cheat you of the glorious gifts God gave you.
  3. You will not succeed at everything you do in life and that is OKAY and just the way it should be. If you never failed you wouldn’t be reminded of your need for Christ. We all need Christ and we all need the reminders to turn to him.
  4. Be the girl who is kind to everyone. Smile and say hello to those around you-even strangers. You don’t know what they are going through and they might need a little extra love.
  5. Love everyone around you. You don’t need to agree with their actions, but you are called to love them and to be kind.
  6. Love your body and treat it well. Exercise, eat foods that make your body strong and take care of yourself. Your body is God’s temple and we are called to take care of his temple.  1 Corinthians 6:19
  7. Have a treat every once in awhile. It’s good for the soul!
  8. Dream! Set goals and go after that dream. Sometimes setting small goals at first helps to get you on your feet and started. Starting small is never a bad thing!
  9. Stepping out of your comfort zone is hard but worth it. Try it, you’ll be surprised at the way God moves when you step out of your own way.
  10. You will NEVER do ANYTHING that will stop your Heavenly Father, your daddy or I from loving you. We will always be here for you no matter what!
  11. Read God’s word. It has the answers for everything you will ever face. If you can’t seem to find those answers, look harder into scripture. I promise it’s there.
  12. Serve others. Put them ahead of yourself. It’s completely worth it and what God has called us to do.
  13. You are stronger than you think you are.
  14. There will times in life where you feel completely helpless. Turn to God and let him carry you through those times. He won’t let you down.
  15. Be honest and loyal. Always tell the truth and stand by those around you.
  16. Be the friend you want to have.
  17. Money does not bring you happiness but God brings you joy. Fill yourself with Him instead of money.
  18. Avoid debt at all costs. It will rob you of a lot of things!
  19. Love is a CHOICE-not a feeling. Go read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 if you need a reminder of exactly what love is.
  20. Your daddy is an extremely hard working man who loves us so much!! He would do anything for our family and he loves Jesus with his whole heart. Find a man like your daddy to marry. You won’t regret that decision!
  21. Take time for yourself every once in awhile. It’s important to replenish yourself so you can fully invest in others.
  22. Understand your worth. If someone isn’t treating you like the daughter of God that you are-move on. They aren’t worth your time. Don’t ever let being “alone” push you into a relationship with someone like that.
  23. Take ownership of your actions. If you did something wrong, own it and apologize and make it right.
  24. Forgive everyone no matter what they have done. God has forgiven us and he calls us to do the same. Forgive even if the other person never says sorry.
  25. You can’t change those around you. You aren’t responsible for their actions or words but you ARE responsible for how YOU respond and act.
  26. Be proactive, not reactive.
  27. Take time to really listen to those around you. Don’t always be the person that has to have the last word.
  28. Pray. It changes things.
  29. Learn how to take an interest in others and don’t turn every conversation back to you. No one wants to be around someone who doesn’t take an interest in them and their life.
  30. Show God’s love through how you treat those around you.
  31. It’s okay to cry.
  32. Try to smile daily. There is something in every day that you can be thankful for. Some days you may need to look harder than others, but I promise it’s there!
  33. Play outside.
  34. Find a topic you enjoy reading and then READ.
  35. Find an activity or a hobby that you really love and go after it with your whole heart. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.
  36. Work hard at everything you do. Remember that you are working for God and to bring him glory. Colossians 3:23
  37. Patience will get you far in life. Learn that from your daddy-not me!
  38. Let the little things go. Don’t hold onto grudges. They aren’t worth it.
  39. Being strong-willed (aka stubborn) can be a good thing, but it can also be a bad thing. Learn the difference and back down when necessary.
  40. Learn how to laugh at yourself. It will make life more enjoyable.
  41. Take time to sit in God’s presence daily. Read his word, talk with Him and listen for Him.
  42. Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to get angry. James 1:19
  43. Surround yourself with friends who will push you towards God, not away from him. Be the light to those who are far from Him, but don’t let them bring you down to the darkness.
  44. Be polite and have manners.
  45. Know what you believe and why. Then, stand up for that at all times.
  46. Love yourself-God doesn’t make mistakes. There is nothing wrong with who you are. Embrace your differences and learn to love yourself in the way that God loves you.
  47. Your attitude affects those around you. If you think positively, more than likely, you’ll turn their thoughts into positive ones as well.
  48. There are times when life isn’t fair or there is something that you don’t want to do. That’s just how life goes. You don’t always get what you want. Sometimes, you need to do things because it makes those around you happy. Life is not all about you.
  49. Be silly and don’t take life too seriously.
  50. I will always want to talk with you and I will never stop loving you!

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Happy Birthday my sweet girl. I thank God daily for blessing me with you and allowing ME to be YOUR mama. I love you Sadie Grace, always!
Mama

7 Things to do During Nap Time

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7 Things To Do During Nap Time

Being a mom can be tiring! We can get so caught up in taking care of our families and homes that we tend to lose ourselves. This is something that I’ve definitely struggled with at times. When we get caught up in this but don’t take any time for ourselves, we tend to not be the best moms and wives we can be-the ones God has called us to be. So I’ve created a list of activities that I like to do during Sadie’s nap time. These are ways that I can invest in myself so that I’m refreshed and ready to love and invest in those around me.

I have found that nap time is the best time for me to invest in myself and get stuff done. I’m not a huge morning person so I only wake up about 30 minutes to an hour before my little one gets up. In the evenings, my husband is home and I want to spend time with him so I don’t get a lot of alone time (because I choose that) and I also don’t get a lot of other stuff done. So nap time presents itself as the perfect time of day for me to get stuff accomplished.

7 Things To Do During Nap Time

Take a bath.

Something that I really enjoy doing is taking a bath. That is my way to relax and decompress. I often will take a good book into the tub with me or sometimes I’ll move our little tv into the bathroom and I will watch Netflix. I normally do this at night time but have found that another perfect time to do this is during my little one’s nap time. By doing it at this time of the day, I’m not taking away time spent with my hubby but I’m still enjoying all the same effects!

Read a book.

I LOVE to read. My favorite type of books are fiction books. I love finding a good story line and getting lost in the book. One of my FAVORITE authors is Karen Kingsbury. You should definitely check her out! I also really enjoy books that challenge me and grow me in my faith and in myself. Nap time is the perfect time to get caught up in a good book without any distractions! It’s also a great thing that you can take into the bath with you. But sometimes, I just can’t seem to find a good book so….

Find a series on Netflix you like and watch it.

Netflix and I have a love/hate relationship. I can very easily get caught up in a TV show and then somehow end up losing my whole day! But, I love that Netflix has shows that start from season one. Nothing like being able to watch a show from the very beginning!

Take a short nap yourself.

It’s important to make sure that we are caught up on our sleep as well. Being a mom is extremely tiring some days! It’s okay to take a nap when your little ones are sleeping.

Find something you really enjoy and make time for that.

I have recently started to blog. Nap time is the perfect time for me to sit down at my kitchen table and blog. I turn on some soft music from Pandora and sit in the sunshine and let my creative juices flow. I love this time that I use for myself!

Workout.

I have found that working out brings me a lot more joy than I would have ever thought. It let’s me release endorphins and gets my blood pumping. I feel so accomplished after I’ve completed a workout. Doing this at nap time ensures that I can get it in without any distractions. My personal favorite is the 21 Day Fix workout videos. They are 30 minutes and I love them! I feel challenged but can also step it back if I’m just not feeling it that day but still want to get something in.

Do something on your TO DO list.

We all have this. A list of items that you need to get done. Sometimes I have a list for a specific day and other times I have a list of something I want to get done that week or even month. Nap time is the perfect opportunity for me to get something on it checked off.

 

I have found for myself that I feel the best when I do a variety of these things during nap time. There are definitely days where I get caught up in Netflix and that’s all I do…for days even. But, when I do a variety of activities during nap time I am the happiest. I feel accomplished and I feel like I have invested in myself. When I am feeling this way, I can be a better mom to Sadie. Every day I want to be the best for my little one and for my husband. I want to be able to give the best of me to them and take care of them and our home in the best way possible. I want to honor the job that God has given me. I want to bring Him glory through how I live my life.

 

I’d love to hear from you!! What are some ways that you invest in yourself? What are some of your favorite Netflix shows? What books would recommend that are easy to get caught up in? I am always looking for new TV shows and books to read. Plus I love to hear how others are being creative and investing in themselves!!

 

kylie