Dear Dada: A Letter from Ella

Newborn Ella and Daddy Dear Dada,

You are the best! Whenever I hear your voice–or even your name–I get so excited that I just have to say Dadadadadadadadada over and over. That’s because you are my favorite DaDa. When you come in the door from work I love showing you my biggest smile because I am so happy that you are home!

Visiting Dada at work

This last year has been really exciting for me! I learned how to roll over, how to crawl, how to eat (and spit out) food, how to say some words, and I even learned how to walk! You have always been so encouraging. You even think that little things are important, like when I started dancing and when I learned how to clap. It makes me feel so special that you pay so much attention to me. I think it’s soooo fun when you roll on the floor with me. You are great for climbing on and snuggling with.

Dada and Ella adventuring

Snuggling–that reminds me!  I love when you hold me and sing to me. I feel so safe in your arms. You are so big and strong and your voice makes me feel like everything is going to be ok, even when I am really tired or scared. Even when it’s in the middle of the night. Even when you’re tired, too. Thanks for always scooping me up and telling me that you love me.


By the way, I’ve noticed that you tell me that you love me all the time, and I hear you tell Mama the same thing. It makes her smile. You give us both lots of kisses and snuggles. We sure are glad to be your girls.

Our little family

Mama tells me almost every day that I look just like you and that you and I are two peas in a pod. I don’t know what that means, but I like eating peas so I think it’s a good thing…

Kisses on Memorial Day

And Dada? Thank you for praying for me. Mama tells me that you pray for me every day. She tells me that we are so blessed to have you as the leader of our home and that I have the best Dada in the world. I believe her. You are my favorite Dada and I love you with all my heart. Happy Dada’s Day!

Ella Bean

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