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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Happy Birthday Matthew!

Dearest Matthew,

You turn four years old today. Your arrival as our first child less than a year after your Mommy and I got married was a bit of a shock. And as much as we prepared for your coming both in terms of practical baby care and parenting tips, these four years have been a roller coaster of unprecedented proportions in our lives. You are quite a handful, my dear boy. And yet, it comes to mind that the Lord has in mind not merely our happiness but our holiness. And in that vein, you have been much used in our lives. Where we might've trusted our own preparations or techniques in raising you, it quickly became clear that what we have needed most is the grace of Christ in our lives to raise you up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

These four years have been a whirlwind. We look forward with both anticipation and no small amount of leaning on God's grace. Happy birthday. I love you very much, my precious Matthew. I look forward to learning together with you of the riches of God's kindness, mercy and riches in Christ in the coming years.

Love,
Daddy

P.S. For our blog visitors who were unable to join our festivities this evening, here are couple of photos of our little birthday celebration.