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Dear 7 year old Torie,
You and your family are about to make a life changing move from Pennsylvania to Orlando Florida. This will sound so awesome to you because you will be so close to Disney World, but so many other great things will come out of this move! You will definitely miss your family, but living in florida will sculpt you into a new person. You will make so many great friends. You will become an excellent competitive dancer and all the people there will become family to you. You will spend many hours at the dance studio practicing and practicing, but it will keep you out of trouble (stick with it!) And you will eventually go to college in West Palm Beach. Embrace this move you are about to take because great things are to happen Florida.
Dear 13 year old Torie,
You will get teased this year for no reason at all. Don’t listen to the boys that will call you tree trunk legs (your future husband will love them!) Don’t let words that come from 2 dumb boys impact you for years to come. Listen to the people who tell you that you are beautiful, because you truly are.
Dear 14 year old Torie,
Don’t give your mom such a hard time. She loves you more than you know and always will. Even though you think she is being “mean” or “not fair” she actually knows what she is talking about and wants you to be safe. Things may not seem “fair” now, but you really have it easy. Just tell her you love her and appreciate that she is your mother.
Dear 15 year old Torie,
This will be the last year you get to spend with your Mammaw. She will pass away on your 16th birthday. Cherish every moment you have with her. Ask her about religion and God. Ask her about how her and Pop-pop met. Ask what it was like growing up. Take lots and lots of pictures of her. Listen to her wisdom about the Lord. Let her know how much you love her and appreciate her devotion to her family. Enjoy this last year you have with her because you will miss her when she is gone.
Dear 16 year old Torie,
Ok, so you are going to go out drinking and lie to your parents. First of all, they will find out! But I don’t think I want to tell you not to do it. Honestly it will make you turn your life back around to God and recommit to Him. I will say not to worry so much about boys. There will be lots of time later on to think about them. Focus on your dancing! And don’t quit! You will wish you never had!
Dear 18 year old Torie,
You made it through high school and are about to go to college. And that break up you just had…he will later become your husband. Embrace your college years. The people you meet will be some of the most influential people in your life. You will have an awesome roommate who will become a friend for life. Don’t waste your time on the internet talking to a long distance boy. Go out and meet people at school. Get involved with clubs at school. These people will impact you more than you know later on.
Dear 20 year old Torie,
Don’t change a thing! Stay involved with your school. Keep the great friends you have! Keep praying for those around you. Just one word of advice…don’t worry about trying to date that boy. Seriously, it is not worth the hurt of rejection and fighting with your roommate. Remain friends with him. He is a great friend, but you will soon come to find that there is an even better catch that will be head over heals for you.
Dear 22 year old Torie,
This year you will get back together with an old boyfriend. Go for it! You may be hesitant at first, but it will turn out to be one of the best decisions you’ve made so far! You are also about to graduate college. Make sure you tell your friends how much you love them and appreciate their love and prayers. College has been a great time of growing in your faith and has been the best time of your life. Never forget it.
Dear 23 year old Torie,
You are getting married soon! You’ve waited all your life for this one special day! Enjoy it because let me let you in on something. It will unfortunately rain on your wedding day. I know, that is so upsetting but you know what? That doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you are marrying your best friend and you are surrounded by people who love you. Just enjoy the day and don’t get upset about the rain (the pictures will turn out great!)
Dear 24 year old Torie,
This upcoming year will be life changing. In February you will get pregnant with the greatest gift that God could bless you with. It may be a little earlier than you were thinking, but it is really perfect timing. Love your pregnancy body and keep taking care of it. You will do a great job at that. Keep praying for your baby everyday. She will be born in November a couple of weeks before you turn 25. Try not to worry too much about the delivery. It will be smooth and your baby will be healthy. Just enjoy the moments you have with her as a newborn because it seriously goes by so fast!! Cuddle her just like you will and take lots of pictures. You will want to remember her that small. The lack of sleep will seem so daunting, but in a couple of months she will be sleeping through the night and you will miss that tiny newborn.