Monday, May 14, 2012

To My Son

Dear Westin:

Happy 3rd birthday, baby! I've spent the better part of this past week reminiscing the last three years of my life--  thinking about how much you have blessed our little family just by being here & being you. You are a precious gift from God & I hope no matter what may come, you will always, always know how loved you are. 

What a great year we've had! You've really developed such a great little personality & you are an absolute joy to be around. You are so smart, so funny, and so charming! You love to be a part of our conversations and you constantly amaze me with how much you understand and pick up on.  I just can't believe how easy it is for you to learn and how much you enjoy learning... Whether it's watching you with your Daddy learning how to play ball or whether you're memorizing your memory verses, or a book, or a movie, or playing Angry Birds & Rock-a-bowling on Daddy's phone... you just pick things up SO quickly.   

I've enjoyed watching you in your new role this year as "Big Brother."  I can already tell that you will be very protective of Tucker.  You're proud that he's your little brother and you are so quick to let someone know if he's upset or needs something.  You enjoy making him laugh and are really enjoying beginning to play with him now that he's getting big enough to start playing with you.  Sometimes you're too rough with him, all in good sport, but I know that YOU are the only one who is "allowed" to be rough with Tucker.  You're good at watching out for him already and that makes my heart so glad :)

Some days I think you're a little too smart for your own good :) It's impossible to "pull the wool over your eyes" already... you know your way in & out of an argument and sometimes it leaves mommy's head spinning... and I'm a pretty good "arguer" myself.  It's crazy to think that a year ago you were just barely able to speak in sentences... and now you can form full thought processes and explain what is going on inside your clever little mind.  You are ALWAYS entertaining me... I am never, ever bored when I'm with you.  I'm so blessed to be able to spend nearly every waking (and sleeping, for that matter... I'm sure one of these days you'll decide your big boy bed isn't that bad and you won't be making the late-night or early morning trek to my bed to cuddle anymore... and I will probably be very sad because I will be the first to admit I treasure our cuddle time) moment with you.  

I can't think of anything more rewarding or enjoyable than watching you grow up.  I am in nearly constant prayer for you & the man that I hope you will become. I know our God is watching over you, blessing you & loving you & it is my prayer that I will be a tool in His hand to help shape your character and to instill in you a desire to be a man of God-- to be a pillar in your home, your church, and your community.  You are so, so loved.  Happy Birthday, sweet boy!



  1. What a beautiful expression of your love for this precious boy! Love you all!

  2. I loved this letter to Westin! The "protective-ness" you spoke of reminds me so much of the way Joshua was when Caleb was a baby. so much.

    Happy Birthday to Westin! Being a three-year-old boy is a great adventure!

  3. Just read this. A little late? Well, yes. But made me cry just the same. Thanks for sharing your sweet boys with me. I love being with them and watching them grow and develop. LOVE THEM. LOVE YOU!