At a roadside stop on vacation in 2018.
Myron and Smith,
It’s my birthday and I’m 39 years old today! Neither of you really understand how old that is yet. But in just a few years you’ll both think that I’m ancient! And in a few years after that you’ll be convinced (like I am) that 39 really isn’t THAT old!
One of the things that I’ve always found to be difficult about my birthday is telling people what I want for a gift. When I was a kid I wanted everything, especially the things that I knew were out of my family’s price range. As an emerging and young adult I wanted things that I thought would confer status and prestige, like fancy cars and the like, which were always out of reach.
Today, at 39, when people ask me what I want, I really don’t know how to answer. I don’t need anything in particular. And when I do need something, your Mom and I budget for it and purchase it. There also aren’t a lot of things that I want because I try to live as simply as possible so that I have lots of space in my schedule for the two of you.
However, if I’m really, really honest, what I’d most sincerely want for a birthday gift today is a nap!
But in the final analysis, one of the best gifts I receive, on my birthday or not, is time with the two of you. The picture above is from our road trip to Texas this year, a road trip that was amazing because I got to spend so much time with the two of you and your Mom!
And today some of the best parts of my birthday will be spent with you two, eating breakfast, getting ready for pre-school, going to my favorite restaurant as a family, and doing our bedtime routine together.
I can’t wait to “open” those gifts in a few hours!
~~ps~~ Sorry I’ve not updated these letters nearly enough. The last two years have been crazy! Parenting two boys, beginning a new job as senior pastor, and finally graduating with my PhD have been time consuming. Hopefully I’ll get back into the swing of writing y’all these letters. Either way, I love you both!