Over the last month or so, Elizabeth and Anna have had to play second fiddle to their baby brother, John. This is nothing new as most older siblings (especially toddlers) have a hard time adjusting when the new baby comes home from the hospital. My parents can vouch for the fact that I had an especially hard time when I met my baby sister Denae for the first time. So on the occasion of their 2nd birthday, I thought I would write them a letter, to let them know how much I appreciate them.
Happy Birthday Anna and Elizabeth!
It’s so hard to believe you girls are two years old today. The past two years have flown by and now you are big girls. Your Mom and I are so proud of you and thank God every day for you. I can’t begin to describe all the things you have taught me. When you were born, I didn’t know much of anything about parenting and being a Dad, but somehow, we got through it – thanks be to God!
One of the surprises for me is how much fun it is being a Dad. Sure, you can be demanding and can stretch my patience level, but overall, you girls are a delight. Please forgive me for all the ways I have failed you as a father. For all the times I have been angry with you when I should have been more patient, I apologize. Being a father has shown me (even more so than before) what a dirty rotten sinner I am. I am grateful for a heavenly Father who, through His Son, forgives me and cleanses me. Remember that while your earthly father will let you down, your Father in heaven will never leave you nor forsake you. Trust Him with your life.
Your Mother and I pray for both of you every day. Our prayer is that you would one day become women of faith who love and serve God wholeheartedly. We don’t pray that you would have “safe” and “comfortable” lives so much as we pray that you would follow God’s will wherever that takes you. Following Jesus is costly we know that your lives might not match up to the world’s standard of success.
I look forward to all the special times we will have together. Other parents have warned us that you will grow up all too quickly. Before we know it, you will be grown up and having kids of your own. Ok, maybe I’m getting ahead of myself.
I do realize that this letter will be hard for you to understand, but maybe you will come back to it later and it will be meaningful to you. Please know that I love you very much and look forward to celebrating many more birthdays with you.