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I love you.

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Hey kid,

The other day, I had the best conversation I have ever had with my dad.  Time and this blog will explain more, but for now, know that it was the best.  The conversation stemmed from some heart searching that my dad has been doing over the last few years.  Things relating to his life and relationship with his mom and dad, your great grandma and grandpa.

You will never get to meet them as they both died before you were born.  I never really meet my grandpa, he died when I was 2.  My grandma died only a few months before you were born.

But, the conversation revolved around how my dad now sees that he never learned how to love or be loved.  In turn, he now sees that he didn’t teach me or my siblings much about love.  This is huge.  I hope that as you grow, I will be able to better show you love.  Better than my dad I, or his dad him.

By God’s grace I will.

I love you,

Dad

Written by Jason

December 26, 2008 at 7:52 pm

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1 week and not dead

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Ian,

You are one week old today.  Things have been going well so far.  Eat, Sleep, Poop, like all babies.  You are rather quiet too.  I hope that is a sign of things to come.

I was going to watch this show, Heroes, with you, but mom mentioned that I won’t be able to get these “quiet alert” times back, so instead, we did some stretching.  Heroes is a TV show about these ordinary humans that obtain extraordinary powers.  I have never been a fantasy type, but I really enjoy this one.  I have always been a pretty pragmatic, realistic type of guy, not a big imagination.  I think that plays into my engineering side.

Imaginations are an interesting thing though.  Not a lot of them happen these days, what with all the TV, Internet, Youtube, and video games.  Who needs an imagination anyway.  Well, I hope we can foster that in you.  I think they help with brain development and I know it will encourage an understanding of God.  I think faith takes some imagination because faith is believing in that which you can not see.  God is sometimes hard to see.  He is always there, but hard to see at times.

I hope to help you see Him.

Love, Dad

Written by Jason

December 10, 2008 at 6:25 pm

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Another one for Gator Nation

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Ian,

We watched our first football game together. The Gators beat the Tide in the SEC championship game. It was a great game and you cried the first time Bama scored, so that is a good sign.

I never played football growing up. Too small. I graduated high school at 125 pounds. I was a runner. I played soccer. I was on the math team. I played one season of baseball.

One thing I hope to give to you is perseverance. I didn’t have a lot of it growing up. I would jump from thing to thing, activity to activity. Never really staying with something after it got hard. And everything gets hard at some point. If it doesn’t get hard it isn’t worth having.

God calls us to persevere. Romans 5 says that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance produces character, and character produces hope. And hope does not disappoint us. Perseverance will get you through a lot.

Here is to hope. Go Gators!!

Dad

Written by Jason

December 6, 2008 at 9:13 am

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Good morning son

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Good morning son. I hope to introduce myself and the world to you over the next 20 years of your life, and beyond if you let me. First, I have decided to name you Ian. Ian is Scottish, as you are, loosely. Ian also means God is gracious, which He is and I hope you grown to learn that well.

You were born yesterday at 11:07 in the morning. You weighed 8 lbs 5 oz and are a long 19 1/2″. You are so handsome already and your mom says you look like me. The squinty eyes at least.

Today, the sun is out. It is nice to introduce you to the sun. I hope that we are able to spend many many hours and days in it. I look forward to being your father.

I love you my boy.

Dad

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December 4, 2008 at 1:20 pm

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