To my Dearest Elsie, Ben and Olivia,
Life does not come with an instruction manual, there will be ups and downs, times when you’re right and times when you’re wrong. In times when you are right, Uncle Tom and I hope and pray you stand your ground and hold fast in your morals and standards. Don’t ever compromise your self worth for the sake of a soul who doesn’t love and cherish you. In times where you are wrong, we hope you find courage in your heart and compassion in your soul to say, “I’m sorry” and mean it. Words have power and once they are said there effects can never be erased so reflect before speaking and forgive yourself for being human. Those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
Life is a roller coaster, of ups and downs and highs and lows. There will be days you look at the world and wonder “why am I here? What am I doing? Where should I go?” There will be days you feel a strong sense of ambition, purpose and direction. There will be days you look at the world in awe feeling blessed to be alive.
As your Aunt and Uncle, we want more sunshine for you three then rain but we also know God has a plan for each of you; for every rainstorm he’ll send there will be a rainbow to follow. If we do not suffer we cannot appreciate the good without the bad.
We hope you never lose that sense of wonder, that you work hard and build your dreams even if it takes forever, and that you never give up or give in but stay resilient. We hope you love others more then you criticize. That you live life in abundance of love, laughter, honesty and compassion. Like Rascal Flats our wish for you is that this life becomes all that you want it to, your dreams stay big, your worries stay small and you never need to carry more then you can hold and while you’re out there getting where you’re getting to we hope you know somebody loves you and wants the same things too; but most of all, in the words of Tim McGraw we hope that when you get where you’re going, you don’t forget turn back around and help the next one in line and that you always stay humble and kind.
We know we cannot shield you all from disappointments, heartache and the cruelty of life’s tough lessons but we can offer you a promise.
That you three know no matter where you all go and what you do Uncle Tom, Draco and I will always be right here for you.
Love and Prayers Always,
Aunt Britt, Uncle Tom and Draco too.