Dear Ava,

It has been a month since my 5yo passed away, and every day still feels like a battle; it’s difficult to imagine how I can go on without her.

But as I look to the months ahead, I realize I cannot give up. She would want me to keep going and keep striving for the goals we had set together.

May 6th, her birthday, is fast approaching and will be a painful reminder of what I have lost. We had wanted to bake a Princess Tiana cake together. But I will use this day as a reminder of the joy she brought into my life and the times we spent together. I will bake the cake in her honour, remembering her rare beauty, and warmth.

I know there will be moments the pain will be unbearable. But I also know that I must keep going and striving for the things we had wanted to do together. My daughter may no longer be with me, but her memory will live through everything I do.

I will continue to hold onto the hope that someday, somehow, I will find a way to heal.






Ava Bello is a stay-at-home mum who loves to bake and write. Originally from Benue state in northern Nigeria, Ava has lived in Lagos with her husband and child for the past five years.

She started baking as a way to relax and unwind, and soon discovered that she had a real talent for it. She often shares her recipes on her socials @avabakes. Ava is also an avid writer. She keeps a journal where she writes about her experiences as a mother and the joys and challenges of raising a now-late child. She also writes short stories and poetry in her free time, and dreams of one day publishing a book of her own.


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