My hopes and dreams for you are pretty simple:
I hope that you always follow your heart and listen to your gut.
I hope that you have big dreams.
I hope that you keep your innocent sense of humor as long as possible...don't become too jaded too soon.
I hope that your never settle. You can do anything you set your mind to.
Most of all, I hope that you are happy....whatever happiness means for you. Your dad and I will be there for you every step of the way. If you fall down, screw up, or just have a bad day, you can always count on us to listen and help in any way that we can.
We love you so much!!
P.S. This topic reminds me of Tina Fey's "The Mother's Prayer for Its Daughter" from her book Bossypants.
Here is an excerpt:
Grant her a Rough Patch from twelve to seventeen. Let her draw horses and be interested in Barbies for much too long, For Childhood is short - a Tiger Flower blooming Magenta for one day - And Adulthood is long and Dry-Humping in Cars will wait.
O Lord, break the Internet forever, That she may be spared the misspelled invective of her peers, And the online marketing campaign for Rape Hostel V: Girls Just Wanna Get Stabbed.
And should she choose to be a Mother one day, be my eyes Lord, That I may see her, lying on a blanket on the floor at 4:50 A.M. all-at-once exhausted, bored, and in love with the little creature whose poop is leaking up its back.
"My mother did this for me once," she will realize as she cleans feces off her baby's neck. "My mother did this for me." And delayed gratitude will wash over her as it does each generation and she will make a Mental Note to call me. And she will forget. But I'll know, because I peeped it with Your God eyes.