12 Important Thoughts For My Son Turning 12

alex-02 My son turns 12 today. Hold on, are you sure?! Twelve!? As in one year before 13, …gulp… a TEENAGER?!? Okay, so this is getting serious. I can’t be old enough to be a dad of a 12-year-old. Can I?

All kidding aside, it’s been amazing to have a son and what an amazing son he is.  I’m sure many of you know Alex and would agree; he’s pretty awesome. He’s smart, funny, good-looking, and has a huge heart of gold. This heart shines bright in a world that desperately needs people like him. He’s not afraid to stand up for what’s right. He’s compassionate and kind. I pray that he’ll stay that way. My wife and I would like to take some credit for this but only so much of his character comes from genetics. I tell people he’s the best of both of us and I believe that 100%.

What would I tell my 12 year-old self if I could:

  1. Laugh often – especially at yourselfalex-04
  2. Love more often – even yourself
  3. Listen – before speaking
  4. Watch – before acting
  5. Respect your elders – even if they don’t make sense
  6. Success comes from hard work – failure is part of success
  7. Hard work comes from persistence – but it’s okay to get lucky once in a while
  8. Siblings can be your best friends for life – even if they don’t know that yet
  9. Crying is healthy – especially when it’s for someone else
  10. Life can be hard – but you’re not alone
  11. Trust in God – He doesn’t give you more than you can handle
  12. Remember that your mom and dad love you – more than you know

Happy Birthday!

Love,

Dad

alex-03

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  1. oma January 1, 2014 at 11:04 am Reply

    To Alex—-Love with our whole hearts our first, #1, super-special, amazingly extraordinary, God-blessed Grand-man [he’s not a kid anymore!] So glad he is a part of our world—for everybody’s sake! Great advice from Dad. Sorry your birthday gets caught up with Christmas—but you make people think of Jesus so that’s okay. We are privileged to watch you grow—thanks for being so special and being a part of such a special clan! Thanks, Nathan, for your way with words! Much Love from Oma and Opa

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