Letter's to Noah

A letter to Noah

Dear Noah,

The more you grow, the more we see different traits from us. I know it
probably doesn’t work like this but I wanted to give you some ideas of what
traits would do you well…

I hope you get your mom’s compassion and your dad’s passion.
I hope you get your mom’s beauty and your dad’s soft heart.
I Hope you get your mom’s free spirit and your dad’s organization.
I hope you get your mom’s tender heart and your dad’s strong sense of
belief.
I hope you get your mom’s love and your dad’s luck in choosing a beautiful
lady to be his wife.

I love you,
Dad


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Letter 74

Dear Noah,

January 20, 2009. What a great day in history. Today is the day that our first African American President was inaugarated. What a great moment in US History. One day in history class a lecture will be taught on this day or you will read about it in a book. I went and picked up several papers for you, Erica and Jackson.

Also today, you began standing up by holding onto the side of your crib. It was incredible. You are growing so big and I cannot begin to tell you how much I love you.

Oh, one other thing…Mom took a pregnancy test tonight and guess what????? YOU’RE GOING TO BE A BIG BROTHER!!!!! Mom and I have been thinking and praying about this and we really wanted for you to have a sibling to grow up with. This will be someone that you will never turn your back on and they will never turn theirs on you. There will be a special bond between you and this baby that I can’t even begin to explain to you. All I ask is that you look out after each other. Love each other, protect each other and always be there for one another.

I love you,
Dad

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Letter 73

Dear Noah,

Last Sunday, your mom and I launched The Bridge. It’s a new church that didn’t exist a year and a half ago. We started it in our home and it has grown to the point that we have begun weekly services. Someday when you can read, I want you to go to Matthew 15 and read the story of Peter walking on water. It’s one of my favorites.

I want you to always know that God has an adventure planed for your life. There are a couple of things that you need to remember. 1. It’s usually something that you don’t feel qualified to do. I have felt so inadequate in almost every point of this process and what ever God calls you to do, you will probably feel the same way. 2 The adventure that God calls you to will have risk involved. You will need to remind me of this when I don’t want you to do something big because I have calculated the risk and making my decision based on my love for you. And 3. When you do those things that are not possible for us to do without God, it’s the biggest thrill of your life.

Last Friday night we set up at the school for worship. It was hard work but more than that was my insecurities about what might happen on Sunday. This had been my dream/vision for the last 10 years. Everything I had done on a professional level this was always in the back of my mind. I have dreamt about this night, prayed for this night and imagined what it was going to be like. It was like a rock star about to step out on the stage in Madison Square Garden for the first time or like an astronaut getting ready to go into space. (Well maybe not those extremes but it was big). After everyone had left, I’m standing up front getting used to the lights and pacing the worship area to get a feel for it, I look and there are you and your mom. Sitting midway back, watching me. That was one of the greatest feelings in the world. I’m taking this leap, risking a whole bunch, not knowing what is going to happen but the one thing I know for sure is that your mom loves me and we go together where ever that may be.

I love you,
Dad

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Letter 72

Dear Noah,

I know it’s been a while since I have written you a letter, but I am going to try and do much better. I haven’t been too good at this since you have been born as I would rather just hold you in my arms and whisper it in your ear. Tonight was one of those nights. You got really grumpy around 7:00PM and we try to keep you awake until 8:30 but you were not having any of that. So, we went ahead and made your baba. You took about 3 sips and were down for the count. I held you for a while in the living room but your brother and sister were making all kinds of noise, so you and I went back to my room. I sat in the recliner and held you in my arms. You laid your head on my chest and your little arms were wrapped around my neck. I held you, kissed your head, and patted your back for about 2 and a half hours.

Mom came in the room and said (in a loving way), “You’re going to spoil him.” I replied, “I hope so.” You have been the most incredible thing that has ever happened to me. I no longer look at the world with quite the selfish eyes that I used to. I am no longer the most important person in my universe. You, your mom, and your brother and sister are. I thank you for being my son.

I love you,
Dad

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Letter 71

Dear Noah,

I cannot believe how fast you are growing!! You’re becoming so round. I believe you got your eating habits from the Hill side of the family as it is pretty much like your dad’s.

Let me tell you what the best feeling in the whole world is…It’s the feeling of you laying on my chest (stomach down). You have your arms wrapped around each side of my neck holding on and your little head is nuzzled in the cradle between my chin and neck. I’m holding your little butt in the cup of my hand and all is well with the world. I can feel you breathing. I can feel you stretching your tiny fingers. I can smell your hair. I also know that you trust and security is in me and that you love me no matter what. That’s the best feeling in the world and I pray that one day you will experience it.

I love you,
Dad

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Letter 70

Dear Noah,

My favorite part of the day is the morning. Why? You might ask…it’s because I get to spend it with you. It’s our special one on one time. No one else in the family is awake except you and me. I feed you your “baba” and then you will swing for about the next hour. When you awake, we go out on the porch where I will read to you. Our special time and I love it.

Thanks for being my son…I love you,
Dad

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Letter 69

Dear Noah,

The more you grow, the more we see different traits from us. I know it probably doesn’t work like this but I wanted to give you some ideas of what traits would do you well…

I hope you get your mom’s compassion and your dad’s passion.
I hope you get your mom’s beauty and your dad’s soft heart.
I Hope you get your mom’s free spirit and your dad’s organization.
I hope you get your mom’s tender heart and your dad’s strong sense of belief.
I hope you get your mom’s love and your dad’s luck in choosing a beautiful lady to be his wife.

I love you,
Dad

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Letter 68

Dear Noah,

It’s been a while since I have written a letter to you but I think that is because I can talk with you personally now. You are even beginning to respond. I can’t begin to tell you how special you are and what a blessing. I never knew that I could love as much as I love you. It’s the greatest joy in the world to hold you and take care of you. Here is how our days go for the most part…

You wake up between 4:30 and 5:00 AM. (This morning it was 4:15) I take you into your room and change your diaper. Then I fix your baba and feed you. You usually go back to sleep during the feeding and then I put you in your swing. ( you LOVE your swing) Around 6 or 6:30, you will wake up again and we go outside and sit on the patio or the porch. You swing and I’ll read. I have found that you like for me to read out loud and you just smile and coo. It really doesn’t matter what I’m reading, I think you just like the sound of my voice. I do think your a big John Maxwell fan though.

After mom wakes up, she begins getting you ready for the day and then on Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s you hang out with me. On Tuesday’s and Thursday’s are mom’s days. Sometime around 4:00, we will come home and make our nest for the afternoon nap on the leather sofa. You curl up in my arms and sleep like it’s the safest place on earth.

I love you more than you will ever know and I thank God every day for blessing me and your mom with you.

I love you,
Dad

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Letter 67

Dear Noah,

I wish you could always stay the age you are now. You are so beautiful and carefree. All it takes in your world to make you happy is a full belly, someone holding you and a clean diaper. I wish I could always hold you and protect you. I wish I could always keep you safe, your heart from being broken, and from being disappointed. However, I don’t have that power. Yet, I can offer you some advice about how to experience those hard times with an understanding that they are a part of life and also give you some tools to help. Here is some advice about how to be successful in this world.

1. Friends. If you are anything like your dad, you will have a whole bunch of acquantices and a few “great friends”. I have valued friendship since I was in Jr. High School. When I was living in Pearl, I had a group of friends that was second to none. We did everything together. They were Jay, Frog, Rusty, and Derrick. We were very close and still are to this day. It was in this group that I started to form who I was going to be as a friend. There’s a secret that not many people will acknowledge. You have to decide what type of friend your going to be because you cannot determine for someone else. You can’t make someone be what you want. The only person you have control over in this life is yourself. So determine your values, what’s important to you and decide what type of person are you going to be.

Loyalty – When I am friends with someone, I want to be as loyal to that person as I can be. That means I stick beside them no matter what they are going through. This is probably the most important aspects of being a friend. I cant tell you how many times I have been going through a hard time and it be my friends that I counted on.

Honesty- If you’re going to have any kind of relationship with anyone which last, there is going to have to be honesty. You must build a good relationship on being able to tell the truth. Hiding the truth, telling lies or misleading someone has broken many a heart and relationship. Always be honest.

Respect- A good friendship has to have respect as a huge part of it. Be respectful of your friends and they will return the favor. Treat them how you want to be treated, say to them the things that you want to said to you and be the friend that you desire to have.

Caring- Noah, to be a friend, you’ve got to care for those who you will call friends. You’ve got to care what happens to them.

What you will find is that when you are these things to your friends, your “true” friends will be these things back to you. Friendship is a two way street in that to be friends, you’ve got to do your part but the other person has to do their part also. It’s this way in any meaningful relationship. The best advice I can give you is to be the friend that you would like to have and all else will fall into place.

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Letter 66

Dear Noah,

I’ve got to share this with you…last night we went to Latham’s Spring Rivival. As we were sitting in the worship service, you tooted very loudly and “man-style”. Every one for three pews turned and looked at us. I pretty much got blamed for it because most people would not thing that someone so small and cute could let something like that fly…but my son did!! I’m not sure if I was embarrassed or proud. Maybe a little bit of both.

I love you,
Dad

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Letter 65

Dear Noah,

It’s six thirty on a Saturday morning. You and I have been up since 5:30, which is your normal wake up time. Here is our routine for the mornings. You wake us up and I come out to fix your breakfast and then I go back to the bedroom to get you. I bring you into the living room where we change the diaper. You still are not a great big fan of it but I must say that its getting better. Then we sit on the couch and watch the news while you eat. After you eat half the bottle, I burp you and it’s usually a good one. After all the feeding is over, I put you in your bouncy seat and turn on the Fisher Price music, which I have come to really appreciate. You sit there for a while and I do some work or like this morning, write you a letter.

I really enjoy this time with you and I realize that it won’t be long until you don’t want to wake up early, so I treasure these moments. I love you my son.

I love you,
Dad

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Letter 64

Dear Noah,

Yesterday you turned 1 month old. I cannot begin to tell you how happy you have made our family and what wonderful joy you have brought to us. On one hand it seems that you have been here for years and on the other hand it seems like you were just born yesterday. I still haven’t gotten over the desire just to sit and look at you. Son, you are truly the most beautiful baby I’ve ever seen.

God has blessed you in the fact that you look just like your mother. The two of you make my world go around. I thank you for being my son and I promise to be the best dad that I can be.

I love you,
Dad

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Letter 63

Dear Noah,

Yesterday (April 16) was your mom’s birthday. I cooked bar-b-q ribs on the grill and one of the members of the church brought over a salad. I got her a cake that said, “Happy Birthday Mom” on it. Erica placed all the candles on it, lit them and then we sang Happy Birthday to her. I held you in my arms and it was such a good evening. I can’t wait to have many more just like that!

I love you,
Dad

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Letter 62

Dear Noah,

Our adventures continue. As I returned to work this week, I realized how attached to you I am. I got to the office at 7:45 and by 9:45 I was texting your mother from staff meeting to see if she would bring you to the church. She did and I got to feed you the mid-morning snack. After lunch, she brought you back to me while she went to pick up your sister from school. This was a good thing except that sister had invited her friends to come to the car to meet you and you were not there.

I have also come to the realization that you are too pretty to look like me. The more I look at you I notice that you have been blessed to look like your mom. She is such a pretty woman and I am sure you will see her beauty also. I even go around the house singing, “Noah’s Mom has got it going on!”

On the bad side, I think you’ve got my temper. Normally, you’re a quite, loving baby…however, you have your times when you speak some really foul language. I’m pretty sure that comes from my side of the family. Oh well, no matter. Just know that we will always love you.

I love you,
Dad

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Letter 61

Dear Noah,

Here are a few of the things that I have learned in the first week and a half since you have been born:

1. I’ve leaned not to feed you 5 ounces of milk no matter how much you want it. The other day I was feeding you your bottle. You drank all of it and wanted some more and so I (being SuperDad) got you some more. You threw up all over me. I mean it wasn’t a little spit up, but a mass exodus from your tummy. So now I know, you only can hold 4 ounces of milk…not five unless I want to wear it.

2. I’ve learned that your dirty diapers didn’t stink when you were first born. They looked nasty and in reality, they missed a really good opportunity to stink, but they didn’t. It was some nasty looking stuff. I was always prepared for the smell to hit, but it didn’t…until you started drinking formula and then “Oh my goodness”. The smell had arrived. Mom had told me that it would have a “sweet” smell when it first started stinking…It Didn’t. Oh my can you poop in a diaper.

3. The next thing I’ve learned is that you don’t like being naked. When the clothes come off, the crying starts and you would think we were shoving bamboo splinters between your fingernails. It’s incredibly loud. The only thing you hate worse that diaper changes and being naked is getting a bath. You would think your world is coming to an end with a bath.

4. I’ve also learned that when the air hits a baby’s pee pee, it is a trigger for him to pee. You’ve got a pretty good range on it as you have pee’d on the wall several times. I can’t help but to laugh and enjoy it. You’ve also pee’d on your grandmother. That was pretty funny also.

I’m sure as you grow, each day will be filled with a new adventure in which I will learn something about being a daddy. One thing is for sure, I don’t know it all and so each thing that happens is an opportunity for me to learn something. If you will be patient with me, I do my best to be the best dad in the world.

I love you,
Dad

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Letter 60

Dear Noah,

You’re almost 2 weeks old and I must tell you something. You are the most beautiful baby I have ever seen. Now, I don’t want you to think that I’m being arrogant or cocky because I’m not. I’m just stating fact, you are a handsome dude and I am so proud to be your daddy.

When I hold you, all the rest of the world goes away and its just me and you. I can’t stop looking at you. A lot of people told me that I was going to love you more than anything in the world and I knew what they were saying was true. However, I have experienced it now and it is the most incedible thing I’ve every had happen to me. I love you, want to protect you, guide you, provide for you but most of all to be a part of your life. I will always be here for you.

I love you,
Dad

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Letter 59

Dear Noah,

Let me tell you some more about your first day…After we spent about an hour in the labor/delivery room, you and I traveled to the nursery. It was there you got your first shot (which you didn’t like nor did I). I then helped the nurse give you your first bath. I got to wash your chest, legs, back, feet and the other parts. I also got to wash your hair and comb it for the first time.

New adventures as a dad. We’re going to go through life together…me and you. I never thought I could love someone as much as I love you.

I love you,
Dad

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Letter 58

Dear Noah,

You had other plans! Mom went into labor on Thursday night about 6:00. Her contractions got below 5 minutes about 8:00 and about 9:00, we called the hospital and they said come on in. We got there and they started running all kinds of test. Mom stayed in labor. About 4:00, I asked everyone to leave except your Aunt Jo. I got the feeling that I wasn’t going to do to well with the video camera and she agreed to stay. I also think it gave your mom some peace knowing she was in the room during this time. At 5:00, we got the go-ahead to push and mom pushed about 3 times and your head was right here. The nurse said no more pushing and we waited on Dr. Nix to arrive. When he got there, mom pushed about 3 more times and you were here. 8 Pounds. I will never be able to describe the feeling ow seeing you for the first time. I just held you mom and cried.

I was so thankful for having your Aunt Jo there because all I wanted to do was to hold your mom. She kept filming and I think we got great footage of your arrival. I cannot wait until you experience this feeling for yourself. Let me tell you this though, I believe that one of the reasons it was so special was because of your mom and dad’s special love for each other. It’s so important to start a family with someone you love more than you love yourself. You’ll know it when you find it.

Let me tell you who all was here for your birth…Grandmama and Papa, Aunt Jo, Jackson and Erica, your Godmother Cathy, Uncle Cole and Aunt Paige. Your Aunt Joy came all the way from Wetumpka just to hold you.

Mom is making me go to the cafe for breakfast. I’ll write more later,

I love you,
Dad

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Letter 57

Dear Noah,

We went to the Dr. today and guess what!!! Unless you change the plans, we will meet you on Monday, March 31, 2008. We are to be at the hospital at 5:00 AM and we could not be more excited. It is heart stopping to think that everything we do next week, we will do with you. As we were waiting for Jackson today at his school, mom said, “this time next week, Noah will be in his car seat!”

It seems as if we’ve been pregnant with you for a lot longer than it has been and then it seems like it’s just been a couple of weeks. I guess it just depends on what time of day it is for me. Anyway, I just can’t wait for you to get here. I want to hold you, kiss you and just be your dad.

I love you,
Dad

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Letter 56

Dear Noah,

Today is Good Friday. It’s the day that we remember Jesus dying on the cross. I know you may not understand this but it is the foundation of our faith as Christians. God so loved the world that He sent his only Son and whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. I’ll explain all this to you when your old enough to grasp but just know that no matter what, God loves you. You are a precious child of God and me and Mom have been given a wonderful blessing with the opportunity to raise you, help you grow in to a disciple of Jesus and to live a life that brings glory to God. We are so excited about you and I can’t wait for you to get here.

Today mom and I went to the “Stations of the Cross” at the Aldridge Creek Greenway. As we were walking, we were thinking about what it is going to be like next year with you in the stroller.

I love you,
Dad

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