Happy 20th Birthday, My Sweet Alyssa

by Sherry Riter in Alyssa,Birthday,Family

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“Many of the things you can count,
don’t count.
Many of the things you can’t count,
really count.”
~ Albert Einstein ~

Dear Alyssa,

My heart is full tonight as I write this post for you. I love you more than I can ever express and for more reasons than I can list. I’m actually already crying so much that I can’t hardly see the computer monitor. It seems that my love for you is so great that it has to escape in tears. I’m sure this isn’t a surprise to you at all.

I can vividly remember being pregnant with you and every second of your birth. They were the beginning of the greatest moments in my life. I still marvel at the miracle of growing you in my womb and being the conduit by which you entered into this life. I feel so honored that you are my daughter. I’m going to say that again just in case it didn’t sink in…I feel so honored that you are my daughter. It is such a comfort knowing that no matter what I fail at during this life, no one and nothing can change that you are forever my daughter.

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Alyssa, you have brought me soooo much joy and happiness. There are moments that have been forever etched in my mind and heart. You have made me a better person. Your existence made me stretch when I wanted to give up. You are the reason I have continued to push so hard because I want you to be proud to have me as your mother.

I hope that you will forgive me for all the stupid mistakes I’ve made that have affected you. I have tried hard to be a good person and to provide you with opportunities that I didn’t have growing up. I think loving parents always want to give their children a wonderful life experience. I’ve worked hard to help you see more of the world and to know that you can have as much of it as you desire.

Alyssa, you are and always will be beautiful inside your tender heart and your physical beauty takes my breath away. As you depart from your teens and move gracefully into your twenties, I hope that you will have all you ever desire and that your dreams come true. You were once a dream in my heart and I have been blessed to have my dream come true.

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“The woman who follows the crowd
will usually go no further
than the crowd.
The woman who walks alone
is likely to find herself in places
no one has ever been before.”
~ Albert Einstein ~

I believe that you can accomplish anything you work hard at attaining. Alyssa, I know that you are intelligent, hard working, ambitious, sincere, compassionate, caring, loving, honest and so talented. Make it a lifetime goal to never stop learning new things. Keep your mind open and take the roads less traveled. Be you because she is such a magnificent human being.

Happy Birthday, my sweet Alyssa. I love you with all my heart forever and ever.

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“In the end, only love matters.”
~ The Redhead Riter, Your Mom ~

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 Joan April 15, 2013 at 1:05 am

That was such a heartfelt letter to your beautiful and talented daughter, Alyssa. The pictures of Alyssa are phenomenal. You are right, Alyssa’s beauty takes one’s breath away, but she is so much more than just a beautiful face. She is kind, loving, generous and sincere. There is nothing left to say but have a wonderful twentieth birthday, Alyssa! 🙂


2 Sherry Riter April 15, 2013 at 1:06 am

Thank you Joan for your sweet comment and your wonderful friendship. Both Alyssa and I appreciate it. 🙂


3 teresa1944 April 15, 2013 at 9:21 am

I cannot believe that ole Joan was first to comment today of all days!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

The post was, well, I do not have words to describe it. How can you express love in words alone? Thank you for Alyssa. She gives sunshine to my soul and happiness in my heart. I am a blessed mom and Nanny. I have the most beautiful four women I can call mine in the world.


4 Sherry Riter April 15, 2013 at 11:03 am

LOL Yep, Joan was quick on the draw last night almost as soon as it was posted. 😀

We all four love you too, Mom. Thanks.


5 Teresha April 15, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Now I am crying a river. Red, if I can be half the mother you are then I will know I am doing a good job. Happy birthday Alyssa! It’s been a pleasure to watch you blossom these past few years into a stunning and whip smart young lady. watch out world!


6 Sherry Riter April 15, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Teresha, thank you and I know that you are a wonderful mother!!!!


7 Skip_D April 16, 2013 at 5:33 am

so much beauty in this post!

Happy Birthday, Alyssa!


8 Sherry Riter April 16, 2013 at 7:06 am

Thanks! 😉


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