Welcome to the world, little one. You are finally here, created of love and wonder; your arrival joyously anticipated! How eager to begin this journey called life!
Some of life's lessons will not be easily learned, lessons such as there is more joy in giving than in receiving. Remember, possessions are meant to enhance life, not to become the focus of it.
Learn to be generous of spirit. Love unconditionally and trust that those you love will love you in return. Let dignity, faith and strength be your constant companions.
Expect to stumble and fall occasionally, in all manner of things, for such is learning. There is no shame in this, only in failing to pull yourself up again.
It is such a wonderful world! Walk it in wonder. Get the most from each hour, each day, each age of your life. Time will teach you that some of the most beautiful things in life are things never actually seen by man, things like faith, forgiveness and inspiration. These things we see with our hearts.
From this day forward others will surround you to guide, help, and protect you; both learning and teaching, listening and speaking, leading and following. May they be gentle in dealing with you, holding your hand as tenderly as you are held in the hand of God.
One day, all too soon it will seem, you will have become the teacher instead of the student. Welcome to the world, little one.
-- Author Unknown