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Hey! Yeah, you there. Do me a favor real quick and look in the mirror. That person staring back at you is you.

You were the one brave enough to not give up.

You were the one strong enough to keep going.

You were the one to hang on to hope.

You were always there for yourself when it seemed impossible.

And yes it may feel like you have messed up, but you are still here and you are still fighting. If we are going to survive we have to focus on the positive.

This time I will ask nicely, please do me another favor?

Be proud of yourself.

Be proud of how far you have come because you are the only person that could have done it.

Be proud for making it this far and continuing even though you know it wont be easy.

I am proud of my baby girl. We have made it through a lot.. more than I can honestly say I thought possible. Today I am a better man because of the love I share with her. Love that has helped us overcome all of our challenges and continues to help us grow closer each day.

I am proud of us. It is no easy thing to deal with our struggles, but let me tell you it is oh so worth it.

I am proud of me. Sometimes I look in the mirror and I want to cry. I want to punch it. I want to look away. I think this is all because I see someone that is human. Someone that cannot fix everything. Someone that cannot take away the pain, but I remember that I have come this far. I survived yesterday, and I will see tomorrow. I will do whatever it takes. I remember that I have the most precious girl in the world in my life. I remember that we are surviving. We are healing. We are loving each other.

I know we cannot always do what we want, but I do not think that should be our goal in life. I think we should do our best. Simple as that. I promise you I can always accept your best, so I invite you to do the same. Try, sometimes it will feel like you did not do good enough, but if you tried then I assure you I am proud. I assure you your reflection is proud. And I assure you that is something worth being proud about.

Do not discount the small victories in life for that is what gives us the strength to carry on. Each day is a victory, so be proud. If I could be so greedy as to ask for one more favor? Smile. You look so beautiful with a smile :)

I have a secret...

I love you nikki <3


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