Hello My Little HoneyBunch ~
This here is Grandma Pat and all your friends from Day Care! Everyone is sure growing bigger day by day. You must be too 'cause you were never one to be left behind in anything, Cullen, including growing!
And you really turned on the power button whenever your little hands were racing those cars. Nobody could catch up with your success rate at making wheels spin and engines "vroom" real loud. Actually your little friends didn't even notice who was ahead or behind because they were just too intent on getting the most out of every second. Just like you!
You all packed more into your days together than any 5 grownups I know 'cause you focused on everything good and right and happy and didn't get lost in yesterdays or tomorrows.
Wanna know something interesting, Cullen? I heard a report the other day that said kids laugh about 200 times per day! Whoa!!! That made me wonder how many times a day I manage to smile and laugh. Not just at BIG funny things...but little humorous thoughts or actions that I do or someone else does. I made up my mind that maybe I should be a kid too and get more out of my day by regularly checking my "laugh meter". Us Grandmas gotta keep up with all you young whippersnappers so maybe that's the key. Anyway, I've been finding out that I AM laughing more - and it's fun!
For sure I know that each and every time I think of you, Cullen, I get the biggest, broadest, happiest smile ever - right across my wrinkled face! I just can't hold it in, nor do I want too. 'Cause that moment brings me oh-so close to you and I love that!
Cullen, am I gonna have to stand in line to hug you when I get to heaven? I'm sure the good Lord will make a way for all of us to "pass to the front of the line" just because we can't wait to enjoy your hugs again! If I know Jesus, He's already figured that one out. He's wonderful, you know. Well, of course you know. You're with Him! You're seeing all His marvelous creations in that place where we never tire of His company. And He never tires of ours!
Know what, Cullen? There is a new boy and a new girl who come to Grandma Pat's house. They just started coming. The boy's Dad is military and their family got stationed here. The little girl was just born 2 months ago so she is still pretty tiny. But these future friends of yours will meet you one day and you can tell them all about the cool things you must be doing now.
Well, little man, Grandma is gonna sign off on this message now. But you know I never sign off my heart from your sweet love. Receive my hugs 'cause they are coming Special Delivery!
My dear Johnny and Anna ~
You should be so proud and should consider yourselves incredibly blessed to have been chosen the parents of wonderful Cullen.
My Bible says that before anything was ever created, God called Cullen by name. He was His idea. He planned his life. He chose the time for him to be born. He numbered the hairs on his little beautiful blonde head. He made Cullen in His image and with a desire to follow after Him in all his ways.
You remember my sharing about Cullen dancing here one day. I was playing a child's praise and worship CD and all the children were clapping their hands, dancing or marching, and just celebrating the music and the moment. When I looked over at Cullen, he had his little hands raised high in the air and he was turning and turning, laughing gloriously in the Lord's presence. It was such an unusual sight for a child of his age that all of the other children stopped to watch too. I marveled at the complete joy on Cullen's face. He was caught up in his own personal praise experience. He was beaming! And we were all privilieged to witness it! Honestly, I thank the Lord for that amazing moment that gave us a glimpse of heaven-on-earth. Those times don't happen often. And when they do, it is unforgettable.
I realize that this past year must have been challenging in your lives, as it certainly was in all of ours because of the incredible impact Cullen made on each and every one of us. You have braved times that others would not have survived emotionally. You have been able to face each day because Christ Himself has been with you, keeping you and protecting you and harboring you for His infinite perfect plan. We are all grateful for the Lord's faithfulness and His insurmountable goodness!
I rejoiced in my heart to hear the news of your new home! Young tender sprouts of a new beginning...fresh hope for the promise that good things lie ahead...a new chapter in your lives together.
Cherish each other, as this is indeed the will of God for you. Most of all, cherish Him Who is the author and finisher of our faith, our very lives.
As we give Him the liberty to take our lives and make something beautiful with it, He does. In ways that always bless others. And bless us too.
Our home is ever open to you. Our phone too. Our hearts, always.
With much love for His Kids,