Monday, May 11, 2009

To Abby on the occasion of her confirmation

Dear Abby,

As I watched you and listened to your statement of faith yesterday I realized that I needed to tell you some things. I couldn't be any more proud of the girl you are and the young woman you are becoming. You are beautiful outside and in. You are thoughtful and kind and intelligent.

You were always a delightful baby and child. The moment I laid eyes on you I fell in love and I knew it would be that way for the rest of my life. Just like the song says, you smiled and then the spell was cast. When you were baptized, you gazed at me with those gorgeous blue eyes shining as if to say, "I know what is happening and I know how important it is, and guess what? Christ is in me." I thought I was crazy, but then you looked at the minister and he saw it, too. He told the congregation that day how he saw the light of Christ in your eyes.

I still see it and I cannot begin to express the joy that He brings me through you. When I heard you articulate your call to bring Christ into people's lives, it was an echo of your baptism. He has plans for you, that much is obvious. You are a special young lady, Abby; gifted and blessed. Being your mother is a gift from God.

I love you,


  1. OK - I should have known I needed to get my box of tissues before I read this post. I couldn't agree more, but you said it beautifully. Thank you. Grandma 'Nana'

  2. She is a wonderful young lady. I only hope Annaliese turns out as well! Congratulations on being an awesome mommy. I'll never believe that Abby's parents didn't have a huge hand in how she's turning out. :)

  3. congratulations to your daughter from all of us.