Letter to My Daughter – About Time

A Letter to My Daughter About Time

My Dearest Daughter,

One of the happiest days of my life was the day you were born and I can’t believe your second birthday is coming up so soon!  Your birthday will always be important to me because it’s the day I became your mother.  That’s something that nobody else but me can be.  Your ten little fingers emerged into the world that day and grabbed hold of my finger and my heart.  It seems like yesterday that you were born.

The sad truth about life is that it always goes by so fast.  James 4:14b says, “It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

Baby Girl in a Box

Each day I try to soak in precious memories of time spent with you.  Sometimes I take pictures, record videos, or jot down notes about you but many of the memories have to stay just that.  Memories.  Today you learned how to scoot down the stairs on your bottom.  It has taken weeks to teach you but once you found the confidence to do it for the first time, this afternoon, you wanted to do over and over all day long!  Today you wanted to call PawPaw {which you say with an adorable southern draw} so we called PawPaw.  It made his day!  He’s been laid up in bed with a bad back but when he was talking to you today and listening to your babble and giggles I could hear the smile in his voice.  Tonight, when your Daddy and I put you in bed and waved at the door as we always do saying our “Goodnight”s and “I love you”s you surprised us by saying, “I love you” perfectly.  It made my heart swell up and I hugged your Daddy tight after we shut the door.  I feel so blessed to have you in my life.

Life passes very quickly.  Try to remember that and enjoy what you have.  Right now.  There will always be another goal to achieve but there will never be another today.  I used to get caught up preparing for tomorrow and missing out on today.  For instance, I would work all spring and summer trying to get a good tan so that I would have one when I went to the beach.  Then I would lay out non-stop at the beach so that when I came home everyone would comment, “You must have been to the beach.”  I did this ritual for years without realizing it was pointless.  Not to mention, it was horrible for my skin!  I don’t advise it.

Don’t live for your peers approval.  This is a lesson it took me a long time to learn and am still reminded of every once in a while.  No matter what you do someone won’t like you.  Or they won’t like a decision you made. Or your dress that day.  That’s okay!  Seek to please God above all else and don’t worry about what people say.

Precious time.  I cherished the time with my grandparents and still do with the ones who are still here on earth.  I can remember sitting as a little girl on my grandfather’s porch {who I called PaPa, pronounced PawPaw with a southern draw}.  We sat together often, played often, and talked often.  He was a wonderful man and I wish you had the opportunity to meet him.  If you ever have a baby brother he’ll be named after my PaPa.  I remember one afternoon sitting on that porch step drawing as PaPa was in his porch chair.  He asked what I was drawing and I remember trying to keep my voice from shaking as I told him I was drawing him.  I was a young girl at the time and I’ve never been much of an artist but I tried my hardest to make a realistic image of my Papa.  I wanted to remember him just like he was, right there on that porch.  I don’t know whatever happened to that picture but I’m sure it was thrown away by now.  More importantly I have that memory.

I have the memory of us taking turns scratching each other’s back.  I have the memory of him driving me and Nana {pronounced Nanny with a southern draw} to the mall many Sunday afternoons and him sitting in the car listening to the race. I have the memory of coming home from college and after spending a few minutes with him remembering how precious people are and that I need to slow down and not always be in such a hurry.  I have the memory of making cheese and cracker sandwiches with him for our tea parties.  At the same table you and I have have tea parties at now.  I have the vivid memory of him hugging me at my college graduation and telling me how proud he was of me.  That meant the world to me!  I have the memory of the last time he spoke to me.  We were leaving his hospital room and he was sitting up and in good spirits.  I was sitting on the side of his bed.  I hugged and kissed him goodbye and told him that I loved him.  Oh and how did I ever!!  I remember his last words to me were, “I love you too, Dollbaby.”  He always did call me that.

Baby with sunglasses

In your life there will be a lot of people who come and go.  Some are worth your time and your tears and others are not.  Try to find the ones who are worth it and enjoy being with them.  Don’t grow up too fast.  Stay a kid as long as you can, enjoy your high school years, make lifelong friends in college, when you’re married adore your husband, and enjoy every minute with your little babies.  Life goes by so very fast!  Dream but don’t live for tomorrow, hug those who mean something to you and let them know how you feel today, and above all, think of each day as a gift from God.  Because it is.

I love you, Sweetheart!

I hope all of this makes sense one day and doesn’t seem like a bunch of jibberish like it does to me right now.  I’ve written the majority of this letter with tears streaming down my face.  I don’t know how to effectively convey how precious time is but I hope you’ll think about it and figure it out on your own before you’re too old.

All my love,


A few bloggers and I decided to put together a Letters to our Children blog hop and we hope you’ll enjoy reading these heartfelt letters to our children.  There are 7 blogs in total and to hop over to the next blog please visit, Brandy.  She’s wonderful, I know you’ll enjoy her!

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About Ashley

Ashley is very happily married and the mother to a beautiful little girl, and she is the main voice behind Embracing Beauty.


  1. Love!

  2. BeingAlison says

    What a lovely letter!! She is gorgeous Ashley! 🙂

  3. awwitzlexi says

    Aw that letter makes my heart sing! A beautiful letter. I’m sure your daughter will treasure this for years to come!!

  4. Dawn Kropp says

    What a blog post to cherish! Your heartfelt letter to your baby girl was so very touching. It made me think of my grandpa, who now has passed too. Precious Memories!

  5. Sandy VanHoey says

    She is just such a beautiful little girl and you’re letter was wonderful!

  6. justmarriedwithcoupons says

    This is sooo sweet! Talk about tearjerker, thanks for sharing this with us too. Time is so important and we really need to appreciate every moment that we have. I have been missing my gram very much lately and there are so many things I wish that I did differently!

  7. Sigh. Okay, you letter made me teary-eyed. Your daughter is beautiful, and she will love the beautiful heart-felt letters you have written to her. My son loved getting into boxes when he was little… we have several pics of him in boxes. 🙂

  8. Jennifer Soltys says

    LOVE THIS…even though I am now teary. What a precious letter and something she can cherish and learn from. (Oh… and I can relate to the tanning thing, unfortunately!)

  9. Patti Purelli says

    So sweet, so true and so YOU!!

  10. Kristina L says

    I think this is beautiful! I started a book for each of my boys when I found out I was pregnant with them.. I wrote to them here and there throughout their lives. Those books are very special to me and I hope it will be to them one day!

  11. Melanie Roberts says

    LOVE this…. I started writing letters to my now 18 year old and looking back at them… AMAZING… I hope he will cherrich them as much as I would and I bet your daughter will love it, too.. LOVED the pictures… Thanks for sharing

  12. Jennifer Clay says

    What a lovely letter!

  13. Penelope says

    She is so lovely! She looks just like you, and this is an amazing letter!

  14. Daisy Tremorev says

    Your daughter is so beautiful. She looks like a little baby doll. I hope that I have a little girl one day too and that she is even half as cute as your baby girl.

  15. This is so beautiful and something your daughter is sure to cherish!

  16. A Mom's Take says

    your daughter has so much personality! What a sweet letter to her, too.

  17. What a beautiful keepsake for your daughter! Time does truly pass so fast and I’m trying to be more mindful and present in the moment.

  18. That is such a beautiful letter, Ashley! I know it will be treasured by your daughter when she is older. The time really does pass quickly!

  19. Beautiful Ashley. My son is about to turn 2 also and I can’t believe how fast time has gone by.

  20. Creativelyb says

    What a beautiful letter! She is so adorable. The photo of her in the box is so cute!

  21. Rockabye Parents says

    What a beautiful letter. I’m sure once your daughter is old enough she will know what a treasure it is. I loved that she wanted to go down the stairs all day. Nick is like that when he learns something new too.

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