An Open Letter to the Graduate: “To Sweet Baby Girl”


To my Sweet Baby Girl:

As your graduation approaches I’ve pondered what I would get you as a gift. Should I buy you a car, diamonds, purses, or just give you money? I questioned what you would want the most. Lord knows, I would give you the world if I could. Being as though we both know the world is not mine to give, I had to go back to the drawing board. Finally, I decided to give you something that the entire world could see. 

I fell in love with you the moment I laid eyes on you. You were the prettiest baby I ever saw. You were and will forever be my everything. I vowed that I would always take care of you and give you all that I had to offer. 

Whenever I felt like giving up, I was reminded that I had someone looking up to me. I desired to lead by example. I wanted you to experience all that life has to offer. I wanted to show you that there are so many wonderful opportunities for you. I also wanted to show you that we serve a God that is ABLE and through Him you can do ALL things because He gives you strength! One thing that I know for sure, we can’t make it without Him. 

Now you are a young adult; you are going to be doing your own thing. It is my prayer that you continue to stand strong in your faith. I pray that you continue to trust God in all that you do. 

Baby girl, you are about to embark on a new chapter of life. Take it one day at a time. There will be people and situations that try to challenge your beliefs; never let them get to you. 

Each and every one of us have been tested. Just remember all tests are open books (keep the word of God with you at all time!) 

As you walk across that stage and prepare for your future, I want you to know that I am proud of you. I shed a tear every time I think about you not being a little girl anymore, but you will always be my baby girl.

I miss the days of you wanting to hold hands while we were walking through the malls. I still can’t believe at four and five-years old you didn’t want McDonald’s or Wendy’s, you just had to have Applebee’s! 

Though those days are over, I’m grateful I have those memories. 

Akkeyvia, you are so special. You are so deserving. You are blessed. God has great things in store for your life! 

I could go on and on about how much I love you and how I am proud of you, but I’ll end with one of my favorite scriptures…

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not onto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths! (Proverbs 3:5-6)

I love you with all that is within me!

Mommy Arica

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