A mom from Cornwall, P.E.I., hopes to pass along life lessons and reflections through a series of yearly letters to her two daughters, which she plans to give the girls when they're 13.

Christine Manley started keeping a journal more than eight years ago while she was pregnant with her first daughter, Kaitlyn.

The entries started a bullet point lists and eventually evolved into letters, which she posts them on her blog.

"I started as a record-keeping mechanism for myself," Manley told Island Morning.


In the most recent letter to Kaitlyn, Manley talks about her stepping up to take care of her little sister. (Christine Manley/Instagram)

"As she got older I found myself writing longer letters and talking about her personality and life lessons and things I want her to know when she's older.

"She doesn't understand when she sees people being mean to other people, so one of my letters talks about her heart, and her heart is not yet broken — and her heart is pure."


Each letter includes photos from years past as Manley reflects on how the girl has grown. This photo of Kaitlyn at the age of 2 was included in her most recent letter. (Christine Manley)

Manley said the letters aren't all "sunshine and rainbows" — she tries to be honest about the year.

Two-year-old Danielle's most recent letter references her temper, by talking about "her opinions."

"I hope it will bring us closer," Manley said.


Danielle, 2, has strong 'opinions,' which Manley said she doesn't gloss over in her latest letter. (Christine Manley)

Manley said the last letter — written for Kaitlyn's 8th birthday — was the hardest to write.

Kaitlyn's paternal grandmother died this year, and Manley said she had to ask her daughter to step up and take care of her little sister more.

"I realized that losing someone isn't a reason to stop doing the things that make us happy. And you have had many happys this year, too," reads the letter.


Manley says her eldest, Kaitlyn, loves to flip through pictures. (Christine Manley)

The girls don't know about the letters yet.

Manley plans to print out the letters and give them to the girls as bound books when they're 13.

"Thinking about her reading them, to me, means thinking about her as a teenager, which is a pretty scary thought right now," she said.