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Hurts and Pains

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Ian my boy,

I told you a little while ago to stretch.  Let me tell you more of why.  Growing up, I have hurt my body on a number of occasions, the pains are still there so my hope is you can do better.  Here they are:

Right Ankle – Twisted while trying to jump down some stairs in HS drivers-ed class.

Left Ankle – Twisted while running in the woods and not watching where I was going.

Right Shoulder – Dislocated it while attempting a poor arm tackle during a rugby match in Flight School

Both knees – on going problems I discovered in HS, primarily from not stretching, ever.

Lower Back – ruptured disc while lifting nothing more than a bed sheet, most likely from poor core strength.

Those are the big ones.

Love you,

Dad

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April 10, 2010 at 6:49 pm

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You know that you don’t know.

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Ian,

I was listening to a Damien Rice song on the way to work this morning.  Your mom gave it to me in a Valentine’s mixed tape.  Now, I had heard this song dozens of times before, but the last line I heard as I was getting out of the car caught my attention.  “It’s not hard to grow, when you know that you just don’t know.”  This is a really great line about humility and one of its benefits.  There are a lot of things that I hope you learn and that I hope to show you, but humility is one of the big ones.

I love you,

Dad

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March 30, 2010 at 6:46 pm

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Little Foxes

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Ian,

There is a bible verse that talks about the little foxes that ruin the field.  I am not sure the exact meaning of that verse, but I think it has something to do with “little” sins and their destructiveness.  Son, be on guard!  I say this because today, I sinned against you, your mom, and God.  I directly exposed you to something I don’t want you to see.  Sadly, I am afraid of the fallen world you are growing up in, yet I routinely fail in that area and damage any credibility I have to point you in the right, holy direction.

I need humility to see that God will be there for you, and I want to be on his side, not my own.

Please forgive me.

Love, Dad

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March 21, 2010 at 4:15 am

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The world pretty much sucks.

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Ian,

I struggle with how to balance protecting you from the world and educating you about it.  A few months ago a bunch of guys did something terrible to this one girl.  It is awful what they did, but more than that, a lot of other guys stood around and let it happen.  Son, I don’t want you to be the guy that does something terrible or the guy that stands around and lets it happen.  Not on your watch, not when you can do something about it.

See, the world is not our home, we are visitors here.  As visitors we should act like differently.

I love you.

Dad

Written by Jason

February 28, 2010 at 10:50 pm

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Let’s read together

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Son,

I never read growing up.  I think one of the reasons was that I never had anything good to read, but another was that I didn’t think I was good at it.  That is something you should know.  If you think you can do something, you can.  OK, maybe not anything, but definitely more than you think you can.

So, I would love to read with you.  I love reading now and wish I had done more of it when I was younger.

Love you,

Dad

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February 20, 2010 at 10:46 pm

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If i could give you one piece of advice…

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Stretch.

Ok, if I could only give you one piece of advice it wouldn’t be that, but I will say that stretching is important.  I say this because growing up I didn’t and I hurt now because of it.  Also, stay hydrated!  I also never drank water and was consistently dehydrated.

This may be difficult advice to take, but I will try to help you along the way.

Love you,

Dad

Written by Jason

February 15, 2010 at 3:41 pm

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Worth Living For

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Ian,

I was reading some CS Lewis the other day.  He made a good point about the value of things.  He described how it can be a human being’s duty to try and save a drowning man, even going so far as to give their life for them.  But it is far from our call to live solely for the act of saving drowning people.  So I tell you now that I love you and will give my life for you.  I will die for you, but I won’t live for you.  My living belongs to Jesus and Jesus alone.

You will see the value of that someday when the weight of my life is not on you.

I love you,

Dad

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October 15, 2009 at 10:01 pm

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