Later today is Theo’s baby naming… a few months later than usual because of all the “fun” we had this fall with him.
This is the poem I’ve asked my mother to read. It really speaks to my hopes and values to him.
A Wish For You
by Donna Dargis
If there could be only one thing
In life for me to teach you,
I would teach you to love.
To respect others so that you may
Find respect in yourself.
To learn the value of giving,
So that if ever there comes a time
In your life that someone really needs,
You will give.
To act in a manner that you would wish to be treated;
To be proud of yourself.
To laugh and smile as much as you can,
In order to help bring joy
Back into this world.
To have faith in others;
To be understanding.
To stand tall in this world and
To learn to depend on yourself.
To only take from this Earth
Those things which you really need,
So there will be enough for others.
To not depend on money or material things
For your happiness, but
To learn to appreciate the people
Who love you, the simple beauty
That God have you and to find peace
And security within yourself.
To you, my grandchild, I hope I will teach all these things,
For they are love.
For those folks who feel like there hasn’t been enough of the boys… here’s a movie of Jakob singing. Theo movies to follow soon!
It’s been a while since I’ve posted some family photos, and let’s face it, pictures of Jakob and Theo are a lot more fun than anything I could write.
The boys are doing great… Jakob loves being a big brother, and after all the horror stories people told us about how Jakob would change and get jealous when there was a baby in the house, I’m pleased (o.k. — thrilled) to report that he’s as sweet as can be. He gets very concerned when Theo cries, ("Mommy, Daddy, Theo’s crying!!!") and when he and I leave for school in the morning, he loves to kiss Theo before he leaves.
And Theo just gets cuter every day. The hardest part has been making the transition to thinking of him as a healthy baby. Kat and I still get more nervous when he has an extended crying jag than we did with Jakob. Fortunately, those crying jags are pretty few and far between. After all he’s been through, he’s an amazingly sweet, good-natured little boy.
And we’ve got Kat’s family in town this weekend. Today, Kat’s mom got to make cookies with her two oldest grandchildren, and judging by the pictures, a good time was had by all.
I hope everyone out there is getting a chance to relax, recharge the batteries, and spend some time with loved ones over the next few days. I’ve got a ton of thoughts rolling around, and I’m hoping to get some rest and then do a ton of blogging over the break.
Happy Holidays all!