You have given me room to explore and experience things on my own. I know you to be all of these things and more, even if no one else can see it. I know you are now a part of everything and I feel your love surround me with every breath I take. I am so thankful for you making it a priority to spend that important family time together and to experience different cultures and areas of the world. Your dad was working nights painting and those were the days before cell phones. Frame it and gift it to him.
Thank you for being my Dad. I can see right into your heart!!! He who loves his wife loves himself. Thank you for letting me cry and holding me until I was finished. Thank you for every family vacation. When I first thought about moving back home for student teaching, I was anxious about how it would turn out. It kept me challenged and ahead of the class.
She will always be the daughter you held in your arms. They say a man learns a new definition of love when he has a daughter. You welcomed me with open arms to the only place that felt like home because you were there. When we finally laid down the law about not sleeping in our bed you just curled up outside our bedroom door, where I had to nudge you out of the way just to get out! It was at this time when the idea of my dad writing a book begun. A mix of sadness that one of the greatest parts of my life has come to an end — mothering you. You have taught me that having fun and enjoying life is important to a family.
You encouraged me to play dress up, creating our own fairy tales between the sheets hanging from our poster beds. Let her hear that you petition God on her behalf. Our relationship is one of trust and friendship and a common bond in the Lord. I want you to trust me enough to smile when you hand your daughter because the love is so overpowering. Â You have to give 100% to your marriage.
I am a direct reflection of everything he has taught me and raised me to be, and I'm proud of that fact. I knew that you cared when you would get up early to make sure I had a great lunch to take to school with me. I was struggling with what to do with my life as most 17 year-olds will ponder. I apologize from the depths of my heart. No other family has had the opportunity to travel as much as we have. I do not know what the future holds.
There are so many things I want to thank you for, but here are just a few. Four days later you were born all shriveled and splotchy from your rushed, premature entry into the world. What precious memories and such sweet pictures!!! I remember you teaching me how to swim and playing shark attack with us in the pool. I could not do it without you. I spent many hours wondering if there could possibly be another man who treats me as well as you do? Mom, thank you for passing on your belief in greater things that are entirely out of my control. It's not lust, the honeymoon phase or chemistry.
My prayer for you on your special day tomorrow is simply that you keep your eyes on God and love Him first with all your heart, mind and soul. You will always be my best friend, my greatest mentor, my motivation and my deepest roots. Yes, I love you comes with a flood of memories. Because you have raised me into the woman, I am today, the woman who is loved by an incredible man. Even before I realized it, you were praying for me. Blessedly the doctors were right and you were perfect in every way — except for making your entrance into the world four weeks early. Today, whatever parts of shalom have been vandalized and tainted, whatever parts of the garden had been laid barren and overgrown by weeds, they are now being made new — Praise God! I am the woman I am because I was loved by you my entire life.
Thank you for all that you do and everything that you are. I hope this letter will help you trust me enough to see me not as a son-in-law, but your son who will keep your daughter happy, no matter what. At 18 weeks we found out you had a cyst on your brain. I want to promise you that I am going to be the best son-in-law you could ever have. I promise to fill her life with so much love that she will be happy to be with me.
You have been so generous, and I know my day will be the most beautiful because you have provided everything I have ever needed and dreamed! I felt the way you hugged me a little too hard, to let me know that you could both protect and kill me. Over these last ten months, I have thoroughly enjoyed planning the wedding with you by my side. Since when is making a lifetime commitment a bad thing? Thank you for being my Mom. I may not be as loving as you, but I will give everything in my heart to the daughter you adore so much. You know the verse in the bible about wives submitting to their husbands? A few years ago, my dad was traveling to Thailand for a huge meeting. When you realized that, you allowed me to grow in that area and made sure I had everything I needed to be successful.
Loved, loved your letter to your son on his Wedding Day. Where my dad once stood now stands another. Our home will always be a place of acceptance and forgiveness. You brought me to an exciting new coastline, fulfilling my travels dreams and providing me with an unforgettable experience. May this day be the start of a new life filled with compassion and warmth, passion and vigor, and all the love that you deserve. I have known you through her eyes and the picture she has painted has taught me what love is.