My dear "Little Dude",
While watching you from across the room I can see how much you have learned and see how much you have grown in such a short time. I can't believe how fast the last 3 1/2 years have gone by.
I remember the first time I saw your face, I couldn't hold back the tears! You were so beautiful and so innocent. That moment changed my life forever. I couldn't believe you were mine. That I was going to take you home and do my very best to teach you everything that I know and more. It almost didn't seem real, but then I would take one look at you and see how much you look like your daddy and know that you were here to stay!
I am writing you a letter today because I saw something in your eyes today that I never want to forget! And I hope that someday you will be able to read this, then look in the mirror and see what I saw today. Putting it into words will be really hard for me to do because that will mean that I have to admit that you are not going to be little forever. I saw a little boy that for 3 1/2 years has been so dependent on his mommy and daddy that is now excited and eager for a new beginning with stepping into the world on your own and facing the challenges that are ahead. That is a big step for a 3 year old, but the excitement and confidence in your eyes would make anyone think that tomorrow morning you will be starting college or a new job. We all know your not, you are just starting Pre-school, but that is a big deal!
School can be challenging for many people. Some people take it for granted, and some people don't take it seriously at all and just don't care. I hope that this excitement that you have to learn and grow will never fade. I hope and pray that knowledge is always just as important to you as it is tonight.
Tonight your daddy made you a big promise. One that has a lot of meaning, and that will take you many years to understand. He gave you what is called a "Father's Blessing". In our church your daddy holds the priesthood and is able to give blessings. When you asked me why it was important I told you because in the blessing you get to hear what our Heavenly Father wants you to know. He blessed you that you will have fun learning, and that you will be kind and that those around you will be kind. He blessed you that you will learn and that you will grow and that you will feel the love of your family and your Heavenly Father always. What great blessings to have! I know that with your faith and with your love and hard work you will see the great importance of this wonderful Father's Blessing that daddy gave you. His big promise to you is that every year when you start school he will give you one. This will always help you to have more strength even when you feel that it is really hard.
I can't believe how fast you are growing up! Your daddy and I love you so much! I think that the only way you will ever truly know how much is the day that you will be able to watch your own kids grow. We are very proud of you and the things that you do everyday! You are a very loving little boy, with so much to give! Be strong! Know that your daddy and I are always here for you and no matter what happens we will always be by your side!
As you say to me every day " I love you so much and I think you are a cutie pie!"