(And yes, that says, "Your adoring DAD," not "God." Freudian slip perhaps, but more likely, problems with my picture editor...)
I thought I should make a comment here and clarify some things. First of all, you should know that Allie is a NORMAL, occasionally hormonal, fourteen-year-old. We definitely have our moments!
This note complimenting her beautiful character is, in part, a "faith statement." Yes, we are seeing it, but we are not seeing it 24/7. I wish it were so, but then she wouldn't be 14...or human...
She (like all of us) is a work in progress, and we spend plenty of time focusing on those areas that need shoring up. I'm sure she feels sometimes that ALL we see are her flaws.
However, the things we want to put in writing - to be stored for all eternity in her sock drawer - are those words that give her a glimpse of how crazy we are about her as her parents. And at the same time, encourage her to see herself as the person we know God has designed her to be and to become.
Beautiful, on the outside and on the inside.
Believe me, children of any age never tire of hearing this.
Or reading it.
For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.