When asked to write a letter to you, I thought of each of you individually, and how much you mean not only to me and this family, but to God.
Christopher, you were my first…my first-born son. You know, first-borns hold a prominent place in God’s heart and in His word. You came at an unexpected time in my life, but were never loved any less. Your big blue eyes and chubby features had you wrapped around my heart the moment I lay eyes on them. Positively precious!
You were always the stubborn one, ready to argue at a moment’s notice, yet underneath was a kind, caring heart, willing to serve. I know now those qualities are what help you succeed in your profession as a police officer. I am proud of you and it especially warms my heart to see the man and father you have become. Stay the course, son, you are dearly loved – by me, by God.
Cameron, you were my little toe head. Your dad and I knew from the start that you were destined to be different when your first words were, “Grey Poupon!” :-) You always made me laugh, even when I wanted to string you up by your ears. I remember you sitting in your room for hours reading your Bible, and somehow I secretly knew that God had His mighty hand upon your life. Now look at you! You are in Bible College training to be a Pastor or Missionary. What a blessing…what a gift. May He always be the wind that carries you, the strength that lifts you up, and the power that moves you forth. You make me proud, son, but prouder is your Father in Heaven.
Meghan, I prayed for you. I dreamt of having a little girl to hold…to do all the girly things that mommas and daughters should do. When I found out I was carrying a girl, I literally danced with joy, and joy you have brought me/us from the very first day. God knew.
With you, life has been a series of unending dramas…some difficult, but mostly all good. Your determined spirit has definitely tried my patience at times, “Me do it…let me!” Yet, you have grown into a young woman with the kindest, self-less heart – one that believes in all things, hopes in all things, and trusts in most when others would not. You love God and seek to please Him; how that warms my soul. I know that God has a plan for you, and will use you to do amazing things. Listen to Him, and let Him do it.
Amber, you are so precious! When you married our son, I couldn’t believe my child was old enough to be a husband, but you stole his heart and from day one we loved you. Now today, you are the wonderful momma to our precious grandson. I see your great love for Landon and smile, remembering what I have always felt for my own kids. You are one of my own, and don’t you forget! But more importantly, you belong to God and He loves you more than you could ever know. Never take Him for granted. Stay close to Him and He will guide you on your journey of motherhood, wife-hood, and womanhood. He has a plan and wants to enjoy the simple moments with you. Relish in it!
Landon, my precious grandbaby. I absolutely adore you. You rocked my world the moment you came into existence, but especially at your first yelp in this new, strange world. Your smile leaves me breathless and I absolutely want to drink in every moment we have together, for I know you will grow up and not need grammy as much later on as you do now. Trust Jesus, baby. Follow Him. Thirst after Him. If you do, your days will be filled with joy and fulfillment, and your eternity secured in the heavens. I love you always.
With these words, I encourage you all to stay the course, fight the fight, and finish the race. My prayer is that I have given each a little something to last a lifetime…my love…God’s love.
Forever and always,
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