Tuesday, December 6, 2011


I bought a birthday card for my daughter Maricelle who will officially turn 24 years old at midnight. It wasn't until I was driving home that I realized I always write a birthday blog so why the heck did I buy that card? I was immediately taken with the words "What I learned from my daughter" and the sentiments along with it. So this birthday blog will elaborate on the sentiments excluded on the card. 


that forgiveness doesn't have to be long and drawn out. It could be instantaneous, releasing oneself from a self-imposed prison of hatred, resentment, and bitterness. 

that having a confrontation with a friend, loved one, or relative doesn't require banishing them from your life. There are ways of resolving conflicts in a mature manner and moving forward in the relationship. 

that mother doesn't always know what's best when her own daughter has to knock her upside her head with some good ol' common sense. 

that it's okay to display emotion and cry your eyes out. It's not indicative of weakness in someone's character. 

that someone describing her as my "mini-me" is actually a compliment to me. 

that an adult daughter is the walking equivalent of redemption, reconciliation, and restoration. Despite my past mistakes as a mom she still loves me. 

that I can admire her for her passion in nursing. While she helped my dad on the porta potty during his stint in the hospital I was in the corner of the hospital room trying not to pass out and vomit simultaneously. 

that your own daughter could take your dreams, breathe life into them, and make them soar better than you can imagine. 

Dearest Maricelle, 

Thank you for growing into the strong female that you are. I am constantly surprised by my children and you continue to teach me lessons every day. Today, on your 24th birthday, I want you to reflect on the value of your life. It is the gift God and I gave you 24 years ago when people tried to convince me otherwise. I'm proud of you for not treating this gift lightly and for living the purpose that you were meant to live. I can't wait to see what this year will bring and I will be the diligent pupil always learning from you. 

Happy Birthday!!!

Love, Mom

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