4th Annual Thanksgiving Gratitude Featured Post | McKenna

Here is a letter from one truly wonderful woman to her selfless and rising-star of a daughter. To know them is an honor.

 August 2017

August 2017

McKenna,
On one of the hottest days on record, God blessed me with the most beautiful lil’ bundle of love I could have ever imagined. I remember looking down and you thinking how could I have had ANY part in making anything so absolutely perfect in every way!?!? You make my heart smile.
The last twenty two years have brought more memories, more giggles and yea , even some tears than I ever expected! From writing your name in permanent marker in four foot letters on your babysitters living room wall, to all but shaving your eye brows off, TWICE, to developing a love for shoes that rivals Elmelda Marcos, to your love for God, to developing a heart for service, you my love, you are a keeper.
I have watched you grow from a little rotund baby with tiny cupid bow lips, to a gangly teenager with pig-tails and a mouth full of braces to a stunning beautiful young woman with a heart for serving others. In each of these stages, I was convinced I could not love you more than I did, but lo’ and behold, my love continues to grow for you.
It is a joy watching you find your purpose in life. I am so proud of all you have done and CONTINUE to do - so proud, I could just bust. As a high school senior, you brought our community together in a jean collection project supporting survivors of sexual assault. A few years later you are working to create your own nonprofit to support survivors and are in the process of creating another powerful event at Drake University on the issue of gender based violence. Your commitment to make a difference in this world inspires me. The world needs more of you McKenna!
Your light shines so bright and I am honoured to sit in its glow. The world is a better place because you are in it. I love you more than you could ever know.
McKenna you bring me joy!
xoxo
Mum
— Kimberly Nerone