Thursday, October 29, 2009

364 days, 24 hours and 8 minutes

Dear Luke,

As I sit here contemplating what I want to express to you in this letter, I am completely overwhelmed with emotion. When I think about what our lives were like 365 days ago, and how much I thought I loved you blows my mind to see how far we have come.

You have grown and learned so much - it amazes me every day. From the little things like learning how to play peek-a-boo by yourself, from learning to walk and go up and down all seems like so much.

It has brought so much happiness into our lives to be able to watch you learn and grow every day. I can still remember the first time you smiled at me, the first time you recognized me and got excited to see me walk into the room. I remember the first time you reached out to me, and the first time you saw a basketball and almost exploded with excitement.

I want you to know how much we have enjoyed the last year with you being a part of our lives. It has been a great time, full of fun and happiness. We are so excited to see what the next year is going to hold.

We love you very much Luke. I hope you never forget that, and that someday, when you are 17 and hating us thinking we are the worst parents in the world, that you will able to look back on these letters and realize how much love we have for you. No matter what.

You have helped/transformed me into a much stronger, patient and loving person. You have had more of an effect on my life than I ever could have imagined, and more than you will ever know. You have brought friends back into our lives, and built bonds with them that can now never be broken. I am so grateful for that - it's something I guess I will always owe you for.

You are growing up to be an incredibly little boy, who is full of energy and curiosity. We love you very much.

Mom & Dad


Kaitlyn Flanagan said...

It is so weird that he is already one! I bet Lukey will never hate you, unless you're still calling him Lukey when he's 17, then he might. haha.

P.S. Who took that picture? It's fabulous!

P.P.S Tell Luke I love him and happy birthday!

Michael and Michelle said...

He is so cute!!! I remember we were texting the day you were in Labor! That seriously feels like yesterday!!!!

Tyler and Megan said...

I am like crying that was the sweetest letter. Seriously tearing up. I am also so happy you have the greatest little boy ever. He I think was the glue that patched our once shaky relationship. What would we do with out Lukey! I know Ty would be much more sad every time he came over....wink! jk! I love you and your sweet family so much. We are so lucky to have best friends like you! Cant wait to see you in like a day!