An Open Letter to My Son’s Future Wife

Dear Future Daughter-in-Law,

I do not know who you are yet, but I know that tonight I am praying for you. And I vow to pray for you every single night. While I am nowhere near accepting the thought of seeing my baby boy marry, I do commit to begin praying for you and your parents as you navigate through life and different circumstances that arise.

Parenting is not easy, but it is SO worth it.

As I write this, my boy is asleep right beside me and all I can think about is our desire to raise him to be a man who loves you well and treats you like a lady.

My son, my little Liam, has changed me in ways that I cannot even begin to express. If often brings me to tears thinking about what this little boy means to me. About how he’s opened my heart. About how my dreams and goals changed the day he came into my life. ♥️

I pray that the day you meet my little Liam is a day where your world also seems brighter. That the light seeps through parts of your heart that have been darkened by heartbreak, circumstances, and unfortunate events. 

I am praying now for your lives together. I want him to dream big – to know that with God, all things are possible. I pray that you, too, are told to dream big and that you and Liam change the world together. I pray that you will love his strong-willed personality that is developing a little too rapidly for my liking at two years old. 

I do not have a set career in mind for him, I just want him to be passionate about his career the way his daddy is passionate about his firefighting career. I want him to care for you the way his daddy cares for us.

I pray for you and your zest for life. I pray that you and my Liam find a way to encourage and help one another in your career goals. To realize that family is more important than a certain income.

Liam’s future wife, I don’t know if you are going to be loud or soft spoken, if you will have a dry sense of humor, or if you will dance off beat the way my boy does, but I hope you dance together. I hope you dance in the kitchen. I hope you stay up late, talking about your dreams together. I hope that you treat each other well and have a fire and zest for life. I pray that you love Jesus together. I pray that Jesus is the center of your marriage and your love for Him is what binds you together. I pray that you both get excited about church the way Liam giggles when we pull into the church parking lot.

I don’t know why you came to mind tonight. Or the last several nights, for that matter. Maybe your parents are up cuddling you as you deal with growing pains or sleep regression. Or as they fight certain spiritual or emotional battles of their own while trying to raise you. Maybe your mom is in labor with you or your sibling right now – who knows!? 

I also pray for your parents: for strength as they raise you and help you navigate the fierce and raging waters of life.

Stay strong, Liam’s future wife, and all of the other ladies and parents who may be reading this. 

Guard your heart.

Be passionate and let God use that fire in your heart for His good.

Protect your body and know that the best things are worth the wait.

Never give up on your dreams.

Wait for the man God has for you.

You don’t have to kiss a million toads to find your Prince.

To all the parents raising little girls – I don’t know if your daughter will be Liam’s future wife, but keep doing what you are doing.

To all parents – parenting IS hard. Tears and tantrums seem to appear daily, but the love and laughter far outweigh the challenges. Every bottle you give them, every Puff you feed them, every song you sing, book you read, and every prayer that you pray over them MATTERS.

You matter. Keep on keepin’ on.

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