A Letter to My Daughter on Her Tenth Birthday

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Oh Meg, I don’t even know where to begin. I’ve been both dreading and anticipating this day for awhile. Dreading because you’ve reached double digits and it signifies you’re out of the “little” stage. You’re growing up. But that’s also what I’ve been eager for—to watch you bloom from little girl to young lady. It’s been a struggle with conflicting emotions, but as always joyful expectation won out. I’m excited to see what God has in store for you. We’ve witnessed His hand on you from day one, watched Him perform miracles in you and through you. Meg, you’ve touched so many hearts, with your resilience and perseverance. I’m so proud of you.

When thinking about what to write to you, the story behind your name kept surfacing in my thoughts. Yes, I’m the queen of nicknames, and you’re so forbearing with me as I would call you everything from your dubbed superhero name Megatron, to Meggy, Miracle Meg, Megaphone (for when you’re loud) to the Beany. But your name has significance and here’s the story behind it.

When your dad and I discovered we were having a girl, immediately I conjured up the names I always loved—Audrey (after Audrey Hepburn of course 😉 ) , Eliana, and McKenna. Even though those ones sounded pretty, it just didn’t fit the precious tiny face on the sonogram picture. In the end, we had narrowed the names to three—Kelsey, Gabrielle, and Maegan. Kelsey meant warrior and Gabrielle meant God is my strength, but I couldn’t get past the meaning of Maegan which is pearl. Pearl. I loved the meaning so much. Even dug into what a truly pearl is. For centuries pearl has become a metaphor for something rare, admirable and valuable. And sweetheart that’s you! Your personality, your genuine affection for those around you is so priceless, so beautiful. And I learned that the very best pearls, most exquisite, have a mirror-like luster. They reflect. And Meg you reflect your Creator. You’re a breathing testimony of His faithfulness, His love. Your heart for scripture and worship blesses me more than words can describe.

So on this special day, let me tell you how much you are loved, cherished. So shine on, my pearl. Reflect your Savior, my pearl. And never stop challenging the impossible.

 

 

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