Dear Nash…Love, Dada.

I love my husband. I love how he loves me, but my heart melts even more by the way he loves our children. Every few weeks an email pops up in my inbox from Bryson with a letter he has written to one of the kids. I love sharing these letters with the kids and look forward to them reading these notes over and over as they grow up…just affirming in them how much their father adores them. I think this is so important!

March 24, 2011

Nash,

My man. I have had the thought several times in the last week “Nash is growing up to be such an amazing boy”.  I wanted to share with you some things that I have noticed and that I am so proud of you for.  First of all, you have really grown in your ability to handle your emotions.  You have done a great job of verbalizing your emotions through words rather than by throwing tantrums.  This is something that all little people have to learn one day.  You have learned this and I am so proud of you.  I have also noticed the huge ways that you have helped mama around the house.  This is such a big deal because mama and I want to have kids that love to serve and help others.  The way that you help get meyer’s bottle or binky or burp cloth for mama is very helpful.  Also, you have started going to the bathroom all by yourself.  This is awesome.  You are growing up.  You are becoming more responsible.  I am so proud of you.

I LOVE to watch how you love on and care for your little sisters.  Meyer gets so excited when you talk to her and make her laugh.  Evyn loves it when you share toys with her and help her with something she needs.  Nash, the opportunity you have to love and lead your sisters is a big responsibility and you are doing a great job.  I know you are going to be the best big brother in the world.  You are going to care for, protect, and love your sisters in amazing ways.  You have already started!

Mama and I are so proud of you.  We are so happy to call you our son and to watch you learn and grow.

I love you Nash!

Dada

What practical ways do you affirm and breathe truth into your children? Please share!

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2 thoughts on “Dear Nash…Love, Dada.

  1. This is AMAZING!!!! Give “dada” a pat on the back for this one!!!

    One of the things we do is whenever Monkey does something really good when the other parent is not around (or even when they are), we make a BIG DEAL of it and call them and say, “Guess what monkey did? He did a good job eating his dinner so he gets cookies tonight, isn’t that great news daddy?”

    We also try to go over things at the end of the night…kind of a review of the day.
    “Today you did a great job sharing with your friend when she was over to play! Jesus loves it when you share, that makes him happy. But do you know what makes Jesus sad? When you yell and hit like you did when mommy told you you couldn’t have blah blah blah. But you know what? Then you came and said you were sorry to mommy and that was the right thing to do! My favorite part of the day was when you ….” (Always sandwich the bad with the good…you know!)

    Anyway…love this idea – great work…great post!

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