On Christmas Eve 1979, Dad and I were so proud and excited to bring you, our beautiful new baby boy, home from the hospital. You being our first child, we had a lot of time to rock you and kiss your fat cheeks. We dreamed of many things for you but our biggest dream was that you would always be happy and healthy.
You and I have some things in common. We are both stubborn and sometimes beat to our own drum. Also, neither of us finished earning our college degree. For years, I felt really bad about that and thought I would finish before our first child graduated from college. Life got in the way and I never finished.
I say that life got in the way but what I really mean to say is that Dad and I structured our life the way we wanted it to be and it turned out beautiful. We were able to spend a lot of quality time with you, Kelly, Corey and Bryan and you all brought us so much richness and joy. Education is important but it isn’t everything.
We all continue to learn every day just by keeping our eyes and ears open. We should all learn not for school but for life.
Chad, you possess so much kindness and love for people, this is probably your dominant characteristic, and it is showing up in the two wonderful boys you and Kathy are raising.
For Dad and I, the richness in our life did not come from formal education, it came through our faith, family and friends and our love for these things.
Never stop learning, whether formally or through life’s experiences. We are already so happy with the way you continue to grow in wisdom and love for others.
One very important thing that we have learned is that whenever we reach out to help another person, the rewards that are returned are much greater. That’s not to say we should act with anticipation of getting something in return, for the blessings often come in unexpected ways.
Live life to the fullest everyday!
Chad, we love you so much.
Mom and Dad
“Success is not measured by the position one has reached in life, rather by the obstacles one overcomes while trying to succeed.”
Booker T. Washington