I almost wanted to include all of your funny nicknames your daddy has given to you at one time or another. How we love our “D…-Buster”!
Well, D1, it is your turn to have a blog written specifically for you. I didn’t want to wait ’til your birthday so I thought I would take the time right now to write a blog that is just for you. This blog is part of the legacy I want to leave with you. I want to make sure that I say the things I should say to you while I have the gift of time.
When it comes time at some future moment to say a good bye on this side of life, I want you and your siblings to know without a shadow of a doubt that you are loved and to know the heritage that you have been given.
D….-Buckles, I still remember the first time I held you. You were so alert and so calm. What a cutie too! Once we posted pictures of you, we had people telling us you were one of the prettiest babies they had ever seen. You were a cutie, and I am not just saying that because I am your mommy.
You loved to be held. What a cuddler! You were also a very happy baby. I have lots of pictures of you smiling and laughing. You still have that special twinkle in your eye — that look of mischievousness. 🙂
You have a tender personality. You play very well with your sister and love to hold her hand and take her places to show her things. She is only 18 months old but already loves you.
You are also artistic and creative. You love to draw, build things, and make crafts. You are also good at math, and you are really taking off with your reading. You say you want to be an engineer like your daddy, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that is exactly what you will be some day.
Physically, you have great upper body strength and are good at rock climbing and playing on Monkey Bars. (Even as a toddler you seemed to climb everything.)
Drew, you are our sunshine! You still love to be cuddled, and we so love your hugs!
It is so special to see you developing into a nice boy who is thoughtful, creative, and well-behaved. You have your moments, but so do we all. We are so thankful to see you growing into a fine, young man!
Drew, you have the same middle name as your daddy. The meaning is also the same as your mommy’s first name. As it implies, you are very loved!
Your first name is also special. It means “Manly, Strong, Handsome”.
God made you for a special purpose. He has unique plans for your life, Son, and they are good and excellent plans! He made you to be a leader, to use your strength of character and physical strength for helping and serving God and others.
Your sense of humor will be helpful in relating to those whom you are called to serve and lead. Your sensitivity will help you to have the heart that is needed to truly be an effective leader. Your creativity will help you to be flexible and to inspire a new generation of leaders. Your physical strength will help you to have the endurance needed to selflessly serve those whom God has called you to serve.
Precious Son, you are such an amazing and special little boy! You make me smile when I think of you. Just thinking of you makes me picture your gorgeous blue eyes with their special twinkle and that adorable giggle and delightful smile of yours! You are a joy and treasure to our hearts!
I can’t wait to see the man you will become. Your daddy and I pray for you regularly to become a godly, young man and that you would be fully confident in your identity in Christ. You are God’s son! He loves you and says that you are marvelous! He has beautiful plans for your life.
Son, when life looks drab and uninspiring, never forget that you are a testament to a God of life, of love, and creativity! You were made in His image!
Precious Son, when you find yourself completely depleted of all energy and creativity (and you will at some point), remember that you are not the source of your true life, energy, and inspiration. God is. So long as you hold onto Him and look to Him, He will fill you up.
God’s Word says that He will do exceeding, abundantly above all that you can ask or think. This speaks of an overflowing and continuing supply of sustenance and His grace. Just as a spring continually pours forth its refreshing liquid supply may your life be a continual channel of God’s grace to a thirsty world. May you be an inspiration to this world through the energy, creativity, sensitivity with which you pursue God and serve others!
Precious Son, just as you meticulously work to create a lovely piece of art, your Heavenly Father is working to create a beautiful piece of art from your life. He uses the “dark” times as well as the “bright” times to produce a beautiful masterpiece with our lives. As you allow God to work in your life, your life will be a source of inspiration, encouragement, and testimony to the hand of the One who guided you, creating the Masterpiece of you! You are a Masterpiece, Son, and will be even more so when your work is completed!
My Precious Drew, take up your creative tools and create and inspire, but in the process allow God to use you as his canvas, upon which He will create an amazing Masterpiece whose purpose is to glorify God and bring hope and healing to a world!
Son, I love you! You are precious to me! Never forget that. Never doubt that. Always know it!
P.S. Kisses and hugs…