You entered into this world clear and strong. All 9 pounds 13 ounces of you.
I remember that day 24 years ago. It doesn’t seem that long.
You were my first. The first of everything. The first to have colic-the first I rocked to sleep singing Christmas songs-because they were the only sweet songs I knew.
You were the one who was always so curious. Never accepting a closed door or cabinet. You grew to science experiments with anything you could find.
Your love of learning surpassed anyone I had ever known. I would smile with such admiration as you took the World Atlas to bed at night.
You loved speeches by Churchill and current events around the world-and you were only 10.
In your early teens-you heard the voice of God. You were listening-your heart knew just what He wanted from you.
I again smiled with admiration at your devotion to never turn to the right or to the left-you kept your eyes straight on.
You had times of struggle with all that you believed-but you sought the truth-and always seemed to find it.
You are stubborn and forgetful-the only two faults I can see. Your stubborness is part of your strength and your forgetfulness…endearing.
You went off to college-me wondering how you would stand. You not only stood-but you stood strong. When others around you were falling-you took hold of the One who could keep you.
Because I knew who was holding on to you-I learned to let go-my heart still attached-but trusting-because you knew the truth.
Then-you met her. The girl of both our dreams.
My heart still attached-but now to both of you.
A son is amazing-and Dustin-you most amazing-thank you for your love-and most of all thank you for your trust-
Trust when I didn’t always do things right-
Trust in He who does all things right-
Happy Birthday-my (and Andrea’s) Dustin-Happy Birthday
*His birthday was actually yesterday