Your joys so much greater…

This week’s Small Moments Mondays guest poster is…me!

I wrote this letter to Katie last Monday and since today is my birthday, I’ve decided to share it with you here!

Thank you so much for reading…

Dear Katie,

When Daddy left for work this morning, he asked you to go easy on me today. Mondays are always rough, as we try to find our groove again with Daddy back to work. He told you that I needed some extra hugs and that you should snuggle with me as much as possible.

And you did.

You molded into me, stroking my arm and squeezing my hand.

You tickled my neck and “read” to me.

You simply loved me.

You are such a beautiful child, Katie. Kind and tender, intuitive and observant.

You aren’t yet four, but somehow you are so much older than your years.

It brings me so much joy to look at what a lovely person you are becoming. I see hints of the woman you will one day be.

I am so grateful to have you in my life.

Life is so filled with twists and turns, my sweet Katie. Sometimes I want to hold you you tightly and refuse to entertain the idea of you growing older.

But you will.

You will.

And I hope to be there by your side, sharing the bits of wisdom that I’ve gathered on my journey.

Small things, like always carry tissues in your purse, to bigger things, like reach for all of the happiness that your arms can hold.

Tiny things, like Dave Matthews must play a central part in any road trip, to more important things, like don’t be too hard on yourself. You will stumble. We all do.

I hope to be there to tell you where I made mistakes and where I made great choices.

And, like all mothers, I hope that your sad times are fewer than mine and your joys so much greater.

Because, if I know anything to be true in this world, it’s that I love you, Katherine. From tip to toe.

You are truly remarkable.

And I’m blessed that you’re ours.

With a heart just brimming with love,



I’m honored to be guest posting over at my lovely friend Natalie’s blog, Mommy of a Monster, where I am sharing one of my less than stellar mommy moments. It would mean the world to me if you would come over and say hello.  Come read, “To Be Sure.”


  1. Galit Breen


    Yes, Katie sounds lovely and you are an equal match to that loveliness.


  2. Rachel

    Ahhhh…..Nichole. I simply love this. From tip to toe! Just beautiful!!!

    PS- Glad to know that you guys also love Dave Matthews!


  3. Kelsey

    So much sweetness! I always envisioned I'd be writing these letters to my babies, and I've yet to document anything but the humorous and shocking events we've shared…

    Mommy guilt. You've remotivated me to get at it- thank you.


  4. Kris

    Awwww . . . what an amazing love letter to Katie.

    What a lucky mom you are.

    Happy birthday, Nichole!

    Much love from me.


  5. Wild Child Mama

    This is soooo beautiful! I'm going to snuggle my little girl RIGHT NOW! Thank you for sharing your letter:)

  6. Happy Birthday to you!

    I can't even begin to imagine how much joy Katie will get when she reads this later in her life. It is so very lovely.

  7. Tonya

    Happy Birthday, Nichole. This is a beautiful letter that Katie will one day cherish.

    I wish you only good things today and as you embark on this brand new decade of possibilities. xoxo

  8. Alison

    Happy Birthday! What a beautiful letter to your Katie. *sniff sniff*

    Have a gorgeous day, Nichole.

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  10. Melanie

    What a sweet, beautiful letter. Katie is so lucky to have you as her mother.

    I love how thoughtful your hubby was in that moment, as well as how responsive Katie was in just meeting your needs.

    Happy, Happy Birthday, Nichole! Wishing you a very special day and all the best for a very special new year (including the pitter patter on new little feet).

  11. Yuliya

    Happy birthday you gorgeous, talented human being. Katherine is so very lucky to be your little girl.

  12. Jessica

    Happy birthday to you and what a beautiful post to your sweet daughter.

  13. SquashedMom


    Then: What a lovely post, so beautiful, so heartfelt. Katie and you are so lucky to have each other. You made my heart smile.

  14. Mom

    Happy Birthday to my beautiful daughter!
    Lots of hugs and kisses!

  15. CDG

    Happy birthday!!! (April babies are the bestest!)

    Hope you and your whole lovely family have a fantastic day!

  16. Klz

    Happy birthday!! Hope its fantastic

  17. Jessica

    Well first of all HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

    And second, this letter could not be anymore beautiful. You and the gifts you give your children through your mothering and your writing are amazing.

  18. Jen Has A Pen

    How special. She is one extremely lucky little girl to have a mother who never takes a moment for granted and who appreciates her every move. This was really sweet, Nichole. I loved it.

  19. Jaime

    Happy Birthday Nichole!!!

    My daughter will be 4 soon and how bittersweet it is to watch her grow. I love it and hate it all wrapped up in one crazy emotion. It's so nice when you read something that kind of mirrors your own feelings. You so often do that for me.

    Plus…you love Dave! I love Dave…which makes me love you more :)

  20. Cate

    Happy Birthday! And this is just the sweetest letter to Katie.

  21. This is so beautiful. What a sweet sweet child. Happy Birthday Momma xoxo

  22. You had me at Dave Matthews…. no wait, I mean, you had me showing all that wonderful love for your sweet Katie :-). Seriously, it was a tender letter. There's no love like that of mother to child. Enjoy your birthday!

  23. Lori

    Perfect. Yes. All essential things we need to learn.

    Also: you do NOT have to shave your legs past the knee if you don't want to.

    And…yes, he will break your heart, but NO he is not worth gaining ten pounds over.

    All things I wish I'd known much younger.

    Happy happy happy birthday my incredible, beautiful friend.

  24. Absolutely beautiful. So sweet. Hope you have a beautiful birthday!

  25. tracy

    Happy Birthday! What a beautiful letter. Love you.

  26. JDaniel4's Mom

    I love remembering the success and failures to share and learn from.

  27. justaphillygirl

    Happy birthday Nichole! Wishing you all the happiness your heart can hold. And thank you for your repeated inspiration! Have a day as amazing as you are!

  28. Kir

    Happy Birthday Nichole…and how lucky for you to have a daughter like Katie who knows how to melt you and challenge you too. She is a very lucky little girl to have such an incredible mommy.

  29. sugarbowlmix

    Happy Birthday! Years from now Katie will probably cry when she reads this beautiful letter that her mom wrote to her and she'll find comfort and strength in the knowledge that she was loved so purely.

  30. ithoughtiknewmama

    Happy Birthday!

    Such a lovely letter!

  31. Jules

    That is such an adorable letter! She'll cherish that forever!

    Happy Birthday!

  32. Peggy

    Beautiful birthday post. She is lovely, just like her mom. Happy Birthday sweet Nichole.

  33. mad woman

    Oh Nichole, my hobbit, for so many reasons. I love to read that your daughter sounds like she's becoming a mini version of you. The world needs more Nicholes!
    I pray that through some form of osmosis I may too get a little Nichole as well.

  34. Melissa

    Beautiful letter from a beautiful Momma to her beautiful daughter.

    She will cherish reading this for years to come. I know I've only met her but once…but her kindness and the gentleness of her soul…it oozes from her.

    Happy Birthday! Hope you had a wonderful one. XO

  35. Sherri

    What a beautiful post to celebrate a beautiful birthday!

    And that Katie is just yummy…

  36. Absolutely beautiful…

    I missed this yesterday because my children did not return to school after spring break until this morning. I dropped them off, did a happy dance and set about catching up on posts.

    This one made me want to pull them out of class to give them one more hug. Each. So sweet. Not just a lovely moment with your little girl but also a memory you've preserved forever with your words (Very Shakespearean, I might add. Well done!)

    Happy birthday – a day late. Hope you woke up this morning feeling the joy and freedom of your forties. And if not, at least you've still got the love!!!

  37. Tammy

    She is so lucky to have a Mother like you!!!! Happy Birthday to you!

  38. tulpen


    Happy Birthday!

  39. sweetbutterbliss

    Happy Birthday. Beautiful letter, I hope she reads it later and gets so much joy out of it.

  40. knowitallnanna

    Nicely done…you wrote the letter I wish I had written to my daughter, you plan to do things I try and do. Very nice.

  41. MamaTrack

    This is so beautiful. It's the kind of letter every mom would love to write to her child. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  42. Perfectly beautiful! Tears….

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