I wanted you to have a letter from me for your first night at Meridell. I know you must be feeling very scared and lonely and homesick already. I am praying that God will be your comforting Father tonight. We will miss you so much. Contrary to what you may think, we are not sending you here because we are tired of you, or don't love you as much, but because we DO love you SO much! We want you to have every opportunity to heal and grow so that the rest of your teen years might be a little less tumultuous. We want you to achieve your dreams, and never be held back by bipolar disorder. You are a beautiful, smart, funny, loving girl who brings us so much delight. When you are happy, we are overjoyed. I look forward to your letters and phone calls, and I can't wait til our first visit with you. When I look at pictures of you growing up, you are just so precious to me! God has given you many talents and gifts and we look forward to seeing how He will use them to bless many others. I had a lot of fun on our Mother-daughter birthday weekend, seeing you get all pretty for your dinner. You ARE feminine and beautiful--don't ever believe the lies of the enemy who wants to convince you that you aren't. You are His dear child, and He will bring beauty out of ashes.
With so much love and hugs and kisses,