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December 30, 2011


Dear Nathaniel,

Today you are two years old! I know that a lot of moms get weepy on their kids' birthdays, but today I woke up so excited to share the day with you, knowing that your enthusiasm for a day of partying is surpassed only by your adoration for CAKE! and PRESENTS!

This last year has been big for you; every day was spent learning something new. One day, you learned how to walk and you took your first steps as we dangled your daddy's phone as a reward. One day, you learned to say please and on another, you learned the toddler staple of no. Best of all, you are using these skills to express your highly extroverted personality as you eagerly scream hello to every person and animal in sight.

Right now, your favorite foods are spaghetti and pizza and you request them without fail every day. Thankfully, you're a good eater and you've even begun to voluntarily eat some of your vegetables too, especially when peanut butter and bunny crackers are at stake during lunch. Nevertheless, all of those foods pale in comparison to your passion for cake and ice cream. I've never seen someone with so much excitement for those particular treats and it makes me smile every time that I hear your little voice exclaiming, Ice cream! Oh boy!

This year was a lot of changes for all of us as our family grew to include your baby sister. Your daddy and I weren't sure how you would handle another little person, but we couldn't be any more proud of you. From the moment you met her in the hospital, you've shown her even more gentleness and love than we could've expected. Sure, there have been a couple unintentional bumps and bruises along the way, but the way that you ask to hold her and how you are so excited to teach her and share your toys makes me so proud of the little boy you've become.

Of all the things you've learned this year, I think my favorite is watching you pray. I know it's hard to be patient and pray before we eat (especially if spaghetti is involved) or to fold your hands when your eyelids are drooping at the end of a busy day, but you've learned that this is an important part of our family life. Any time of the day, you're ready and willing to talk to Jesus, something that means the world to your daddy and I as we do our best to teach you what it means to be a follower of God.

I know that these days of puzzles, toy trucks, and nukkies will be gone all too quickly so I'm soaking up every second of time I have with you. Whenever you come to me asking for a hug, whenever you want me to kiss a boo-boo to make it better, or whenever you ask me to hold your hand, those are the memories I'm going to treasure from this age.

Just like last year, I am so proud of the little man you are becoming. This has been an amazing year and I can't wait to see how you learn and grow over the next twelve months. Thank you for the wonderful little boy you are and for helping me be a better mom. I love you with all of my heart.

All my love,

P.S. There's more cake coming soon...


  1. Beautiful letter to Nathaniel! Happy Birthday to him! You're right, the moments pass quickly! One day I was writing letters to my daughter, and next month she turns 16!

  2. Isn't it crazy how fast the time goes? I feel like we just celebrated his first birthday!!

  3. It's amazing how much they've changed in the past year! I'm looking forward to all he's going to learn next year!