Life Lessons, Motherhood

Dear Emi Grace

November 1, 2017

This is a letter I wrote to Emi almost a year ago. I figured it would be cool to share with you guys. Hope you enjoy!

Good Morning Emi:

You just walked out of the room with stinky breath, wild hair, and a wet pull up, but I’m so excited you’re awake. I know in just a short amount of time I’ll be yelling, ” Emi sit down! Emi stop! And Emi take nap!”. I’ll soon be stopping you from counting 2….5…8 (btw it’s 1…2…3 baby) right before you attempt to jump on your sister, but right now in this moment I just wanted to capture the wave of emotions I’m feeling. In a few days you will be two years old, and in honor of your birthday there are a few things I want to tell you. 

Two year old Emi:

1) You’re beautiful, smart, and kind

2) These meltdowns are temporary 

Five year old Emi:

1) You’re beautiful, smart, and kind

2) These meltdowns are temporary 

3) We’re training you to lead. All leaders must    learn to follow.

4) Your supply is nesscessary 

5) I value you

Eight year old Emi:

1) You’re beautiful, smart, and kind

2) These meltdowns are temporary

3) We’re training you to lead. All leaders must learn to follow.

4) Your supply is nesscessary

5) I value you

6) Enjoy being a kid, seriously don’t rush to be an adult.

7) Differences makes relationships fun

8) Remain teachable 

I’m sure you’ve notice that mommy repeated things from year to year. That wasn’t by mistake. No matter how old you are I believe you can be reminded of these things. At (2+5+8=) fifteen you will need to remember that you are beautiful, smart, and kind. Everything around you will be grabbing at your identity. May you stay grounded in the truth of what God has said about you.

Your emotions are a gift from God, but they don’t replace Him. Emotions are usually temporary and if you take the time to let them settle- truth will separate itself like oil from water. 

Baby girl, the essenence of true leadership  rests in your ability to remain humble and follow. There will be moments in life you will lead and others moments where you will be required to follow. Leadership isn’t about control- rather it holds you to a higher standard of living. It requires you to know what you are doing in order to lead others to a safe destination. 

Your days may be rough, and you just might not feel sufficient in the world around you. On these days quiet the voices in your head. Pray and remember you are indeed necessary. This world needs you more than it knows. 

I truly thank God for the opportunity to be your mother. You are everything I thought I needed and more. You are a constant reminder of God’s best for me. I’ll value you at two, five, eight, fifteen, and for eternity. 

I’m telling you, slow down as much as possible. Embrace the season of adolescence. One day it’s here and the next it is gone. You don’t get to go back and forward between being a child, young adult, and adult my dear. Please don’t rush into adulthood prematurely. Remember your present season is preparing you for the next. Build today what you want tomorrow and you will be ready for adulthood soon enough.

Please, please, please allow people room to be different and unique. Everyone will not think like you, act like you, or even agree with you. That’s okay, really! Be able to identify differences and learn to deal with people accordingly. You may even have a little fun while you’re at it.

Lastly (for now), never stop learning.  You won’t have enough time on this side of earth to know everything. Remain teachable. Allow knowledge to inform you and revelation to instruct you. 

I love you Emi Grace Brantley! 


God’s daughter. His wife. Their mother. Your friend.

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