When you were born, my heart broke wide open. My first niece. The girl with my sisters eyes and my name as your middle. So tiny, so full of big bright life.
The first time I held you, I thought of how much it takes to be a girl in this world. How hard it can be, how scary it can feel. But also: how special it is, how much it matters.
You matter so much.
These letters are thoughts I collect as I move through my days and think of you. Small bits of encouragement in the form of my messes, my mistakes, the things I'm figuring out as I grow up, too. I hope that no matter what you're feeling or facing or fumbling through, these can bring you the kind of comfort that comes from knowing you are not alone.
I love you so big, little magnificent one,