Sherry Blackledge knew that God had made her little girl Brooke "extra special," so after she and her husband Craig had adopted Brooke, Sherry laid out her thoughts on the privilege of being Brooke's mother in a letter. Sherry then kept that note secret for two whole decades, revealing it at the perfect moment in the perfect way: on Brooke's wedding day, printed onto a swatch from Sherry's own old wedding dress. Cue the waterworks.
Sherry's motivation was simple: "Being adopted, I wanted her to know how much I loved her. And I thought it would be extremely precious when she opened it up and read it on her wedding day." We couldn't agree more. And as you can tell from Brooke's reaction in the video, she concurs, too.
The December 1994 note read: Our Dear Little Baby Brooke,
As I write this you are sleeping soundly in your baby bed. You are 18 months old.
We just want you to know how very much love and happiness you have brought to us. You have made us a truly great family. A little precious baby girl to me and Daddy and a baby sister to Brian.
Before me and Daddy were married we always said we wanted a little boy and a little girl. When we were dating, we said if we had a little girl she would be a little Brooke. You are our little Baby Brooke.
Brooke, we just want you to know that you are very special to us and that God picked you extra special and he sent you to Mommy, Daddy and Brian.
We love you
Mommy and Daddy
Brooke Zugg, who was married in March and is due with her and husband Tyler's first baby in January, now plans to continue the tradition of writing notes to their kids and presenting them on their respective wedding days. We can't think of a better gift from a parent to a child! As for the note her own mother gave her, it's going in a shadowbox in the Zuggs' Laurel, MS, home.
via Huffington Post