1. I have tears in my eyes. You aren’t just writing to yourself at 16 but to many of us when we were 16. Thank you for writing this and sharing it.

  2. nan postel says:

    Thank You,

    You are gifted – ‘cuz i’m crying (in the best way possible!) – I was in a serious accident at 16 which left me scarred and broken and it took God and I over a decade of wrestling to get to a place where I stopped fighting Him. (I even was left with a limp like Jacob) – I didn’t get married till I was 37 (to the man God chose for me rather than the one I told God to give me) and had a little girl at 39 (the most amazing time of my life that I never thought i would be able to experience!) – God told me many years ago as I was allowing Him to heal my wounded heart that this was the easier path – that as hard as it had been, having my physical life turned upside down at 16 and being emotionally stunted for so long at such a delicate age that THIS life was easier. I took time to go back and think about my 16 year old self and think about all the things you spoke of above, process the emotions and say goodbye to the hurt, scared, rebellious, lonely teenager I had been (even before the accident) and allow Gods Word to heal me.
    You put into words so much I want my daughter to know, so much I want her to understand early – and not waste so many years wrestling with the creator of heaven and earth.
    Isabela is 2 now, and every year we’ve made a video of her year, record a video message for her and write her a letter – I will take inspiration from you in my letter to her this year and write her things I want her 16 year old self to know and maybe spare her a bit
    Thank You Kayse…Keep writing…I’ll keep reading! 🙂

  3. Awesome! I love the part about marriage. I think every young woman needs to hear that! 🙂 I can’t imagine doing this Mothering business without my Mom. For that I am praying for you. The part about the Christmas breakfast casserole brought unexpected tears to my eyes. Great letter! 🙂

  4. Hi Kayse,

    I’m Nannette, #119 on the Chatting at the Sky link-up. Your letter resonates with me and I know it took courage. The part about your mom made me tear up. Thank you for the reminder! Many blessings!

    1. Thanks, Nannette! Heading over to check out your letter now!!

  5. Wow! Love, love, love your letter. So beautiful!

  6. Very cool, and lots of parts resonated, but I feel compelled to comment on…the cookies from the Sonora cafeteria. They were SO GOOD. I occasionally crave one to this day, though you’re right, I would have done myself a big favor by laying off of them.

    1. Right? They were amazing. Also, Chick-Fil-A’s cookies are almost an exact match, just on a smaller scale. So worth it. You know, every now and then. 😉

  7. So thankful I found your blog! Beautiful letter. My life didn’t turn out anything like I wanted either. But this was a great exercise in looking back and realizing God blessed me with an even cooler life than what I wanted. Blessings girl to both you and your younger self!

  8. Ahh hindsight. 🙂 Great post. Hope Em gets to read this someday.

  9. Just beautiful, my friend. And just for the record – you are even more beautiful now, you are still more than enough just as you are, I think you’re pretty amazing and some of those old friends, they still feel pretty out-of-this-world blessed to know you.

    1. Ha. Just to clarify, I don’t count you as a high school friend. You’re a lifer. 😉 Love you!

  10. All I can say is wow. It’s no surprise I enjoy your writing or I wouldn’t subscribe to your blog, but this has to be one of my favorites. I just gave birth to our second daughter and predictably even though I should be sleeping while my baby girl is I’m completely awake in my hospital room. Doing what? Reading, writing, playing with pictures on Shutterfly, anything but sleeping. 🙂 This post ended up in my email inbox and I am so glad I read it tonight. It had me laughing at times, and in tears at other points. It reminded me of what I want to tell my girls as they grow older. Thanks for this! It was a real blessing to read for reasons I can’t even begin to explain.

    1. Thank you, Mary. 🙂 Now what are you doing reading my blog when you just popped out a baby! Go to sleep!! 😉 (AND CONGRATULATIONS!!)

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