Sunday, July 27, 2014

Letters from Dad: #16

(Once a month, I invite Sean to take over the blog and write a little note to our kids. I love that he is willing to leave little nuggets of wisdom for them to look back on when they are older!

Dear Children,

First of all, let me apologize for not getting you a letter last month. I don’t have an excuse, and even if I did, it wouldn’t be a good one.

This month has been crazy. A lot of emotions have been going all over the place. Caleb had his heart surgery. The doctors kept telling us it was nothing to worry about, but as a parent, you worry about your kid having any type of surgery, let alone on his heart. Praise God he made it through and has been doing better than ever. He has a lot more energy now.

Unfortunately, while in the recovery room, I received notice that Two-Ma’s (your Great-Grandmother’s) health had taken a turn for the worse and some other bad news. It was a rough day. The day ended up going well. Caleb was full of energy when we got home, and then once he was settled, we were able to see Two-Ma before she made a complete turn for the worse.

We miss Two-Ma. I am having a hard time writing this month. I feel like I’m holding back to not get too emotional. I hope that when I’m done with this letter it makes sense.

You kids feel me with joy and laughter most every day. Around Mother’s Day, I told Two-Ma that Abby had her laugh. So true. Caleb and Ellie have her smile too. It’s hard to say what Elijah has inherited, but sometimes when he asks questions, I swear the look in his eyes reminds me of her.
Kids, my Grandma, loved Jesus. There is no doubt in my mind that she is now with Jesus. I hope so much that I will reflect the same love of Jesus to you kids that she did to everyone she met in her life. 
It was important to her that her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids continue her legacy and not let people forget about her Jesus.

She was a woman full of joy, laughter, and encouragement. Children, laugh and enjoy each day. Look for the good in all situations. That’s the way that your Great-Grandma would have done it.

Stay off the drugs also. While I never recall her explicitly saying to stay off drugs. I know she wasn’t a fan of addictions, unless the addiction was breakfast or laughter! In regards to addictions for other things besides drugs, anything that doesn’t help you or make you a better person needs to be avoided.

Your Two-Ma saw a lot of worth in staying joyful, full of faith, clean from addictions, and full of humor. I think that’s one of the reasons that she lived so long and had such a full life. You can learn a lot of lessons about living life by looking at how she did it.

Kids, sorry this letter has been all over the place, but the lessons I want you to take from it are important.




  1. What a wonderful post!!! I have not stopped by to read your blog for ages and I have missed a lot!!! I love the Daddy posts---great idea and a wonderful gift to your children!

  2. I love this post. It gives us just a glimpse into the life of your grandma and the wonderful woman she was (most grandmas are, but regardless it applies here). I think your children will really enjoy reading this throughout their lives as they remember a woman that they didn't have nearly enough time with. Much love Ishums. :)


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