Sunday, November 22, 2015

Yesterday and Today

Yesterday and Today

Dear Alex,

     It seems like just yesterday you were born.  Full of promise and hope. A new beginning. Our family's first chapter.

Today, you are getting married.  Full of hope and promise. A new beginning. Your family's first chapter.

Just yesterday, you were our little boy and we held you close.  We cherished you, protected you, nurtured you, taught you, laughed with you, cried with you, prayed for you, encouraged you, disciplined you, and by the grace and mercy of God and the help of so many raised you to become...

 The man that you are today.

 Just yesterday, we were blessed with two...

 Then three...

Then four...

Then five...

Then six...

Today, we will be blessed with our seventh. Your sweet bride Kelsey Rae will become our daughter-in-love.  She is one of our precious pearls. We have prayed for her since you were both little. God  answered our prayers above and beyond what we ever imagined with Kelsey.

Just yesterday, your dad modeled for you what it means to be a man of integrity. He challenged you.  He encouraged you to do what you love, to be a good steward of you time, money, and energy.  He showed you what it means to cherish a wife and a family.  To honor your mother and father. To be an amazing brother. To remember that people are precious and relationships are more important than anything else. To be a provider.  To work hard and take nothing for granted. To be thankful everyday. To stand in the gap.  To be a protector. To be a Godly man. To worship the Lord with all your heart, soul and mind.

Today, you are a young man of integrity and you have learned so much. You will continue to walk in your father's footsteps as you become a husband and one day, a father. We are so thankful for that!

 Just yesterday, you found your love of music.  Your passion.  You heart song to God. You have led us in worship as a family, just like your dad has.

Today, you will led us in worship yet again during your wedding ceremony as you sing praises to God and your precious bride.

Just yesterday, you were building birdhouses and loving life.

Today, you will begin building your own home with the love of your life.

Just yesterday, you were hanging out with your best buddies. Cracking jokes! Having fun! Doing life together.

Today, you will get married with all of your best friends by your side.

Just yesterday, you were falling in love with the girl of your dreams.  Having adventures.  Getting to know each other's heart.  Weathering the tough waters that life can bring.  Learning to love someone more than yourself.

Today, you are marrying her. 

And today Alex, we could not be more proud to call you our son.  We know that the time has come to no longer hold you tight.  It is time for you to fly.  You have become everything we prayed that you would become and so, so much more. Your faith in the Lord is so strong.  You are a beautiful human being.  We are forever grateful to God for the gift that you are to all of us. 
This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it. 

We love you forever and we are overjoyed for you and Kelsey today!

"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh."  Ephesians 5:31


Dad and Mom

Monday, November 16, 2015

Big Brother!

Alex is our oldest child.  He has always filled the role of "big brother" like a pro. He is such a good role model for his younger brothers and sisters. Alex was quite shy as a young boy and he has a more introverted personality, but when he is with his siblings he is is quite the opposite.  They have always had so much fun together...

Dancing, singing, playing practical jokes on each other (like Operation Octopus!).

Playing tickle torture, video games, and board games. 

 He has shared his love of music with them.  In fact, they were his first audience. 

He has read countless books to them, with voices for the characters :-)

He has made time to sit and talk with them, to get to know them.

He has carried them to many destinations, pushed them in strollers for miles, and held them for hours.

He has encouraged them to be creative.

Alex, has always let his brothers and sisters know how much he loves them.  

He has always been proud to be called their big brother. 

He has been so patient...

So gentle...
So loving...

So in awe of them...

So protective...

So nurturing...

Alex always has been and always will be a blessing his brothers and sisters. 

He has always been there for them and he always will.  He is loyal.

He is kind.

He is full of adventure.

 He is compassionate...

He is goofy...

He is affectionate...

He is brother....

 And we love him so!