Love is Strong but Life is Hard

Love Dear Harvie,

I know this statement seems rather pessimistic in nature, but there is a point I am trying to make. Recently I was confronted with the issue of when is a good time to tie the knot. Now, I will say, I’m no expert in this area, but one thing I have learned is this. Although love is very strong, and can endure many things, its strength differs for each individual. You have to have experienced enough of life, and the hardships it brings, in order to truly know if the love you have, can stand the trials that life throws your way. So don’t rush when it comes to marriage. Experience life. The more difficult challenges you face, especially if its together, the deeper your love will grow for each other.

Love, Dad

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Laughter: The Best Kind of Magic

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. – Proverbs 17:22

Dear Harvie Sue,

I don’t think there is a sound that is more pleasant, than hearing you laugh. There are lots of videos out there on Youtube and elsewhere on the web, of babies laughing hysterically, and they always bring a smile to my face. Mostly because I dreamed of the days when I would get to enjoy this with my kids.

As you go through life, try to surround yourself with people that can make you laugh. Set a personal goal of at least making one other person laugh each day. Laughter is medicine for the spirit. It will lift you up during the hardest of times. Finding ways to make you smile, and even laugh, is something I strive everyday to do with you, and it boosts me up every time. If magic truly exists in this world, then it would have to exist in the laughter of a child.

Procrastination

Ok ok ok…I know, daddy has been a horrible example thus far. Here you are at 5 months old and I haven’t even started writing in my blog much less passing on my wisdom. So much for this category’s title. I just got so busy enjoying you that I haven’t spent the time documenting the things that I have learn.

So post #1…

1.Don’t put off today what you can do tomorrow.
Get off your lazy butt and just do it. One trait that both me and your mom have always had is the willingness to work hard, although I have to say your mom’s drive is a lot stronger than mine.

Your mother and I decided to take the proactive approach with you, instead of waiting. So at five months we have already enrolled in school…ok well not like the kind where you get on a bus with a bunch of kids and sit in a classroom all day. More like, we take time every day to read a book with you and teach you letters, shapes, and colors. Your mom found these really colorful flash cards with the alphabet on them at Staples and insisted on buying them. I have to admit it, my procrastinating spirit was very skeptical, but she was right (as usual). I have never seen a baby so young to be so interested in something such as flashcards. And yet every day you sit in utter awe as mom teaches you how to make the X sound. You just laugh and giggle and can’t wait for the next card.

Perhaps procrastination is not really a battle you will have to struggle with. With any luck you will take after your mom and will always want to get stuff done ASAP. I most certainly hope so. It’s a heck of a lot easier than feeling extremely guilty later.

Well that was my word of wisdom for today. Hopefully I’ll learn to take my own advice.

Love,
Dad