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50 Love Letters

February 19, 2017

Love Letter #31 (50 Love Letters)

Dear S, I love watching you do absolutely everything you put your mind to -- fiercely taking on the goals and dreams you set for yourself. There is nothing you can't do. There is nothing that makes my day more than your smile in the morning and your laugh and your funny one liners that drop out of nowhere. You went from being one of the little kids in this house to a strong, competent young woman.

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October 21, 2016

Love Letter #30 (50 Love Letters)

Dear H, I'll never forget the first few weeks you came to live with us. There's a line in my favorite children's book, I'll Love You Forever, that says "sometimes his mother wanted to sell him to the zoo!" That was me. I wanted to sell you to the zoo. Everyone around me thought I was crazy for taking in yet another kid, at a time when everything in our family was so calm. I started questioning myself. You were my wild child. You got in trouble a lot.

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September 19, 2016

Love Letter #29 (50 Love Letters)

Dear M, When you were little and we did the count off every night before dinner you would literally be the one missing from the table, every single time. One night after the bell rang and we realized you were missing, I went wandering down the hallway of the boys' bedrooms, frustrated because once again you hadn't shown up for dinner and when I got to your room I found you hanging off the top bunk bed upside down with your wrists turned up, swinging and flailing in the air. "I am Spider-Man. I am Spider-Man. I am Spider-Man" you chanted all by yourself as loud as you could in your best Spider-Man voice.

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September 17, 2016

Love Letter #28 (50 Love Letters)

Dear R, Julia took this picture of you and I think it captures you so beautifully! I love how you are wearing that bright orange kurta, (you've always loved bright colors) and I love how you are stretching your arms out to fly.

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July 09, 2016

Love Letter #27 (50 Love Letters)

Dear N, You turned 14 this week! Happy birthday my sweet boy. I know I say this a lot but I really mean it - getting you as a son was like winning the lottery. I don't know what it is about your smile but it makes my heart melt. You've always been a really genuinely happy kid. It's so rare that I see you upset, except of course when you first came to live with us. You were terrified.

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