Monday, January 17, 2011

secret friends

dear little leah, 

i don't think it's a secret that you have lots of friends. so many people like you. everyone knows who you are and you seem to bring a smile to many faces. but, i bet you didn't know that you have special secret friends. friends who watch you - and you don't even know! friends whose days you brighten just by being you. 

at christmas, our dear not-so-secret friends, the mcphies, handed us a beautifully wrapped gift. red with white polkadots and beautiful ribbon. they said someone dropped the gift off at their house and asked them to deliver it to you. and they asked to remain anonymous. so, on christmas day, we opened up this beautiful gift. and inside we found the loveliest of lovely fairy princess dresses. a full, frilly, fabulous tutu with the softest, daintiest pink leotard you have ever seen. 

also included was the most darling book "the jellybeans and the big dance." we've already read it lots. 

and then there was a letter, addressed to you. the letter made me cry. in front of my friends. on christmas day. 

"Dear Leah" it started. "Christmas is such a wonderful time of year. There are so many things about it that make me smile. I love the decorations and the good things to eat and listening to the story of the baby Jesus and the angels and the star that appeared when He was born. The music is also one of my very favorite parts, but I also love the present part and seeing the smiles on people's faces. You probably don't know this, but you make me smile every time I see you! I love your bows and your beautiful hair. I love watching your mommy and daddy and how much they love you and I especially love your beautiful eyes. So, since you give me so much to smile about by just you being you, I hope you won't mind if I give you a little gift for Christmas. I know lots of three year old little girls and they seem to like dressing in pink things...and they usually seem to pick something with lots of layers, so when I saw this in the store I thought it might be something you might like..."

The note then went on to say, "We also heard that there is some amazing technology that might help you, so we wanted to give you something to add to your technology fund. Hope it might help in some small way. I hope you have a very wonderful Christmas. Thank you for helping me smile! Much love, Your Special Friend"

included in the card were some stick-on earrings and jewels and a much-too-large sum of money. leah, i'm not sure what it is, but you get to people. you make them smile and you brighten their days. so thank you for being you. 

and a sincere thank you to your special friend: you put a smile on our faces and brightened our day.



  1. Oh my goodness, she is so beautiful!

  2. What a wonderful gift! Her smile truly is contagious, and she looks absolutely gorgeous in her new tutu!

  3. wow! sometimes people are just too awesome. :) i dont blame them for wanting to gift give to that little cutie!
    what gorgeous pics!

  4. Leah makes me smile every time I see her, too. Not all kids have that effect on me. Your secret Santa is amazing, and Leah looks stunning in her new dress. :)

  5. Just precious...the whole thing. And thanks so much for sharing so much of your life with all of us.

  6. Oh, that made me cry too. Little Leah you are an angel! I love all the pics but my favorite is you kissing the mirror!

  7. okay, till crying but they are good tears. bean, you are a beautiful princess with you tutu!

  8. So gorgeous! Chickadee made me cry too. She wanted to have her hair curled for picture day, wear princess dress-ups, and get sparkly light up shoes from Santa.

    I would never think of those things! Good thing she has a big sister. Great job mj. You are an awesome momma.

  9. She looks AMAZING! The pictures are beautiful! and she has beautiful secret friends!

  10. leah, you must be 1 awesome kid! maren, thanks for sharing. I had a good little cry :-)