When my boys were young, I thought I would write letters to them as they were growing up. My idea was that I wanted to leave a legacy of sorts – a catalogue of my thoughts about them and about what God was doing in their lives as they grew up.

My deepest regret is that I did not pursue this more faithfully. In the busyness of life, I failed to follow through on this project.

Recently one of my boys – Wesley – asked if I was still writing these letters. I explained how it fell through the cracks of the business of my life and he asked me to continue the practice. So now, in my later years, I decided to follow through on this intention. I want to redeem the days that I have left by leaving as much of my heart for my sons in writing so they have a way to continue to know me better going forward.

Michael, Wesley, Nathan and William: this is for you – because you know who you are.


For Michael, Wesley, Nathan and William Hey Guys. I saw a post come across my Facebook feed the other day and it made me think of you guys. I think you’ll know why when you read it. I’m not sure where the story came from but I found it pretty good. This is the story. Every month, Martin’s parents took a trip to see Grandma and

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I’m writing because I see you. Maybe not all of who you really are. Maybe I see my vision of you. But it’s where I start. We don’t get as much time together as I’d like. In my perfect world, I would not have made as many mistakes as I did, and I’d be retired by now, and we’d have more time to spend together. But

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Michael; Do you remember the day I picked you up after work and brought you home from your grandparents’ house? Grandma had invited you to come up to their house and stay for the weekend. And on Monday, when I finished work, I drove up there to pick you up and bring you home. And on the way home, we saw him crossing the road in

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For Wesley – because you asked. Hello, Wesley. It’s January 10th, 2020. And I don’t know if you remember this, but I’m certainly anticipating you will. I just found this in my notes on my laptop. It’s a note I had written to you a little over three years ago. I think I will just copy and paste here. Yeah. That’s as good a place as

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