Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend and while we’re all looking forward to honoring our mothers for the occasion, celebrity mom Tina Knowles decided to honor her daughters as part of a special Mother’s Day story for TIME.
Like several other celebrity moms, Knowles was asked to write letters to her children and she decided to pen heartfelt words for her biological daughters, Beyoncé and Solange, as well as her honorary daughters, Kelly Rowland, and her niece, Angie Beyince.
Read the letter below.
“To Beyoncé, Solange, Kelly and Angie
“When I was asked to write an open letter to you, I thought about the hundreds of texts and emails that I have sent to you on holidays and on Sundays, when I ask you to say a prayer to thank God for each other. Every day, I wake up thinking about how much I love, admire and cherish each of you.
“I gave birth to two of you, but I have four incredible daughters. Writing this brought to mind all the ways you guys have been such a blessing to me.
“When I’m feeling sad or not-so-cute or maybe a little sorry for myself, and you all include me in your group chat and tell me how hot I still look or how cool I am. Maybe you send me a crazy YouTube video. What actually works best is a cute photo of my grandchildren.
“I remember slumber parties after my divorce, when we watched old movies and ate a lot of ice cream. I felt so loved and supported. The roles were reversed, and it was ME who needed nurturing.
“I remember my first date when every one of you weighed in on what I should wear.
“The obvious things about all of you are apparent. You are all strong, beautiful, intelligent and smart businesswomen. You are so much more than that. You are all kind, generous and you treat people well. You are all amazing mothers, wives, daughters, sisters and friends. All of you have total self-respect.”
But Knowles touching words don’t end there. She penned sections for each girl in her letter and you can read them all after the cut.