Kate’s Day

March 21, 2012

Dear Kate,

Happy 18th Birthday!

This is the first playlist for your next iPod . Some of the songs in this list are there for obvious reasons. Most of these are songs that you know. “Summer Before the War” is a Connie Dover song about the summer before Great Britain entered WWII. When you put the songs together, they tell a story. We hope it will be your life’s story. Do everything you can to make it so.

  • No matter what life brings, “We Hope You Dance” through everything.
  • Celebrate your “Independence Day!”, the first of many waiting for you.
  • Don’t ever get to a place in your life when you have to say “I Wish I Had a Horse.”
  • Always remember that you come from a long line of folks who hail from the “Boondocks.”
  • Those same folks were “Born Free.”
  • When you look at your “Reflection”, don’t ever hide from who you really are because “You’re Beautiful, just the way you are.”
  • Go to “Ireland”, to Great Britain, to Europe. Learn as much as you can about the “Summer Before the War” , and the years and decades that followed it.
  • Share what you learn with everyone you know, so that you never have to ask the question “Have You Forgotten?”
  • Express yourself with the “Colors of the Wind” and be “That Girl” you know you wanna be.
  • Always remember to go “Down to the River to Pray.”
  • Once you get to “The River”, jump in and swim. Live your dreams.
  • Keep your eyes open. “Don’t Blink”, because if you do you will miss the important stuff, and you don’t “Wanna Miss” any of it.
  • “Years” will go by much quicker than you can imagine. Always remember that you have a home. Time, distance, life and death can never separate you from us. Nor can they separate you from God.

With all our love,

Mom and Dad

“ I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.”

Jeremiah 29:11 The Message

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One response to “Kate’s Day

  1. Absolutely beautiful for your daughter as she is so beautiful!! I know she knows without doubt how much you and your husband love her. I pray my daughters know how much I dearly love them and want the best for them. Thanks for sharing this beautiful writing!!! Love you so much!!! 🙂

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