Friday, November 14, 2008

a letter from daddy

From Daddy.

Almost a year ago, I was given a special birthday present few other dads can say they have ever received. Since that day my life has never been the same. It has been a year of joy and laughter. Pride and strength. It has also been filled with tears, worry, scares, and despair. Now this first year of your life is done and you journey into year two. I will be there with you. I will be there to hold your hand when all your hard work pays off and you take your first step. I will laugh and sing with you when you can hold your head up high and clap your hands.

The road this far has not been kind to you. The roads ahead may not be any less rocky. But at least now we will know different paths to take and if not we will get a bulldozer and just push right through. Because I know nothing will stop you from being the best you can be. The world is sometimes a cold and cruel place, but whenever I see your blue eyes shine at me and hear your gentle little laugh I know that there is hope. Hope for all of us.

You are strong. You are brave. You are Milo James Speed. You are my son.

I love you always, Dad

milo was born six weeks early last year on the day of his dad's was a very unexpected birthday present since we were definitely not expecting him to make an appearance quite yet, but it was a very special day and we like to say that milo came early just to wish his dad a happy birthday.


Poppy said...

a very touching birthday tribute from Dad. Nicole called and told us to read it ASAP for a good cry. I like your new page format. Since Nanny & I are probably not getting back to Dallas until early January, I asked Jamie to try to video some of Milo's new repertoire: She said he has had some real developmental leaps in the last couple of weeks & we are anxious to see them! It is real exciting about his interactions with Ariel on Little Mermaids Movie & how much he's laughing now! Miss him desperately! We are proud of how you 2 fought for Milo's best interests this past year Love Poppy

Nicole said...

Seriously. Buckets first thing this morning.

I am SO proud of both of you. You both have much more fight in you than I could have ever imagined.
Milo does too and I know you all will continue to persevere.

We all miss you terribly and hope to see you soon.
Give BIG kisses and hugs to that little muffin for Sophie and I.

Love you,

Lisa/Nanny said...

beautiful letter with words that every child should hear
we are looking forward to seeing some video of the little muffin to get us through til january
love you all and very proud of you