Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Night Before Fifth Grade


Dear Anna,

So here we are again. It's the night before the first day of school. In some ways it seems like we've been doing this for a long time. And in other ways I can't imagine how you're not still on my hip as I carry your around.

When I looked at the pictures of you tonight there was something different. That really little girl is disappearing quickly into such a beautiful young lady. Fifth grade! Fifth grade! There were days that I never thought you'd ever have a first day of school without crying. Now I know that tomorrow not a tear will silently trickle down your cheeks as they used to. It's hard to put into words how proud I am of you and how you've grown and found ways to love us and others. You've filled my heart to overflowing; I just love you so much.

I loved being with you and watching you this summer. Oh what a marvelous big sister you are. Your little mei mei adores you and you really are best friends. I think you've been together every minute since that last day of school. I love the way you play with her. We have lots of happy memories from this summer tucked away to keep forever.

Be brave tomorrow sweet girl. And as you told me tonight, "the angles will watch over me." Yes they will. (Psalm 91) And I love what you highlighted in your devotional tonight, "don't be afraid to be different; it doesn't matter what other people think. Just stay on the path of Life with Me - trusting Me with all your heart." Galations 5:22-23

I love you and adore you Anna Jiang Qian.  I can't wait to see your smiling face as you walk out that school door at the end of the day.  ~ mommy



  1. Tara, this is beautiful. And I sent a prayer up for you as I know they are getting off to school as I type this this morning!

  2. Tara, you paint such beautiful pictures of the heart with your words. I hope that the First Day of 5th Grade was successful. Your daughter is so beautiful!

  3. these letters tara...what an amazing idea! I think you did them last year and I loved them then and meant to copy you right?!:)

    anna looks so grown up! I mean it, I see a change from this time last year. more confident maybe? such a beautiful girl.

    have a happy day tara