This is the first of a set of letters, a bit different from others I've written you, in that these will hold my feelings and hopes for you based on specific prompts (this first one is culture) that the lovely ladies of Sakura Bloom have given me. :) Their incredible slings have made for the sweetest of memories with you, my little love. When I wear you, we have the same perspective of the things around us and I love it! Our perspectives won't always align though, and I'm okay with that, because we are individuals. But I hope we'll always trust and share with each other.
Aves, as women we are part of a subculture...and it is awesome. Well, at least you can make it awesome. I believe it is what we put into it, that determines what we can gain from this great culture of womanhood. You're my baby girl now, curious and innocent and lovely. As you grow older you will discover that the world wants so badly to define what a girl and woman should be and how she should act. They'll have grueling expectations and call for perfection--whatever that is. But as women we have a responsibility to embrace each other, to lift each other and encourage each other in our beautiful "imperfections" and differences!
From sisters in the same house, to friends in your neighborhood, to strangers you'll meet when you travel and explore new places...I hope throughout your life you'll be lucky enough to know women that embrace their individual gifts and who respect others for doing the same. We all see and do things differently, but our hearts are oh-so similar. Our hearts long for love and acceptance. Ava girl, you have a chance--every day of your life--to make a difference. You are a daughter of God, an incredible Heavenly Father, who loves you unconditionally. And each woman you meet is loved by Him too, which makes you sisters. So be kind to them. Give them the benefit of the doubt, and have faith in them. Look at them through His eyes. I promise that when you do, your heart will grow and make room for the most incredible relationships that will bless your life. There is nothing quite like the bond of a sisterhood.
I can't tell you how lucky I feel to have the chance to raise you, sweet daughter. Before I know it you'll be a woman out on your own, making your beautiful mark on the world. So for now, I'll just soak up the naps you sometimes take on my chest as my sling holds you snug. Wearing you, with our hearts as close as they can be, is a privilege.
I love you sweet girl. Never forget that.
** I'm wearing Ava in a Simple Linen sling, in silver. Thanks to my sweet Adam for taking these pictures as we wandered around lovely Park City on Thanksgiving. :)