Over the years I have felt a particular burden as the mother of three young girls. My desire, of course, would be that they grow in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with God and man, to be strong yet tender women of God. But I also find it utterly daunting that their example is me.
I so desire to communicate to my daughters (and sons, for that matter) that I love them extraordinarily. But as a homeschooling mother of six, I often feel my days have pressed me out of the opportunity. I had been praying about this recently, and God in His gentle providence saw to it that I would be reviewing Beautiful Words: Letters of Love from Mothers to Daughters, written by two homeschooling moms like me, Lorrie Flem and Wanda Gibert. Lorrie Flem is the mother of eight children, and Wanda the mother of six. They are busy doing the job of homeschooling, but they have both learned the art of communicating through meaningful letters written to their children and have endeavored to share the process through this helpful little book. Beautiful Words: Letters of Love from Mothers to Daughters is a lovely primer on writing meaningful letters of love to our daughters.
Initially I thought that Beautiful Words: Letters of Love from Mothers to Daughters was a book simply containing the authors' letters to their daughters but was pleasantly surprised to find it is much more. The back of the book describes its contents well: simple tips on how to begin writing letters of love to your daughter, ten ways to ensure your daughter will treasure your letters the rest of her life, twelve glorious and simple ways to present your beautiful words to your daughter, dozens of actual letters to show you how, and seventeen meaningful topics to cover in your letters and what the Bible says about them.
The greatest portion of the book contains letters written not only by the authors but also by other mothers and grandmothers across time. If you feel you need inspiration, it's hard to imagine you wouldn't be able to find it in the appealing letters included here. I did find that the ornamental font used to print the letters was difficult to read, and I gave up halfway through several because I found it strained my eyes to read them. The remainder of the book, however, is printed in an easy-to-read script.
In addition to letters, the authors have included nine wonderful tips for getting started, such as keep it short and simple, limit your topics, and pray over it. There is also an alphabetical list of potential topics for your letters: attitude, beauty, body image, boys, contentment, and many more. I feel that the list is worth the price of the book, for I found that the topics were issues close to my heart and definitely subjects I want to cover with my daughters over the course of their years in our home. Without the list to guide me as I write, I might have forgotten some of what I wanted to share with them.
We homeschool because we care deeply about our children and we strive to tie lasting bonds of love between them so that they always feel nurtured and sustained by the family God has given them. To commit those thoughts and emotions to paper will only serve to remind them of their heritage, their roots, their strengths, God's vast and unending love for them, and hopefully will aid in reminding them for a lifetime that they were made by God to glorify Him and enjoy Him forever.