Thursday, May 9, 2019

What is resilience?

To my sweet, precious little girl,

At a mere four-years-old you’ve lived in four different states and moved into about 10 different homes. Your resilience and ease amazes me. You never complain and are always eager to get on an airplane or hop in the car for a long drive. You’ve walked with me through some of my biggest life challenges. You’ve held my hand in my biggest life victories. You’ve helped me to be more patient, to be more sensitive and to love with gentleness. Without even understanding the whole picture, you love exactly like Jesus does. I am taken back at how at such a young age, you’ve experienced so much, and how you’re not fazed by anything that is difficult. You left your favorite stuffed animal at “the Army house”, and your painting supplies at Grandma and Grandpa’s old house, but you don’t mind. It never matters to you where we are as long as you are tucked in at night and given little eskimo kisses. You have made friendships that lasted an afternoon, but somehow you remember all of their names. You remember details and cherish memories that such a young mind wouldn’t normally retain. You’ve adopted resilience as a part of who you are, and I admire you so much for it.

I’m intrigued by you, sweet girl. I long to understand you and your little life more. I want the tools to understand your brain, our experiences from your eyes. I am in love with being your mommy, and I adore our time together. Thank you for your grit and your forgiveness and your precious love.

I love you forever, Emma.


  1. I am more proud of you, Tyra, than you'll ever know. You are an incredible mom to precious Emma. I know she has grit and determination in her DNA but you model the best qualities in a human being and she soaks all of that up. As we approach Mother's Day, I want you to know that I admire you as Emma's mom, as a woman, wife, my daughter, a sister, friend, college graduate, graduate school student....I am in awe of you and so very much in love with Emma too! Love you always, Mom

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