Awakened to the chaos this morning that is my household: two dogs barking to go outside and two kids engaged in the epic struggle of the love-hate relationship they have with each other called brotherhood. The difference today? The battle involved a nine year-old and a THREE year-old. Andrew has left the terrible two’s and has engaged in the tyrannical three’s. Yeah, I’m exaggerating quite a bit, but…well, maybe not that much. All I can say is, in spite of the disturbances of the peace, I am one blessed guy who has two great kids! So, today, I celebrate the day this wonderful kid name Andrew David Price came into our lives three short years ago.
To say that I’m proud of you would do how I feel about you such an injustice. Even when you’re “naughty,” you make me smile…usually. Your laugh is infectious and your quirky personality is a joy. In short, I love you so much.
On the one hand, I can’t wait to see what you will become and see all that God has for you, while on the other, I want you to slow down! You are growing so fast and I am thankful to God for all that you are and the health and energy He has given you, but I realize how fleeting these moments are. It seems like yesterday I was writing to Jacob on his 3rd birthday and now it’s your turn. Sigh.
I want you to know that as long as the Lord has me here I will always be here for you. I am on your side. I am in your corner and you can always come to me with anything. My greatest prayer for you is that, as you grow, you will trust the Lord with all your heart and won’t lean on your own understanding. That in all your ways you will acknowledge Him as Lord of your life, and watch and follow as He directs your steps.
I love you, Andrew, with all of my heart. Happy birthday, Son.