It was so much fun to be with you at a time I didn’t know you would be there. Uncle David and I went to see your Uncle Matt play lacrosse at his high school. Grandma was there with Aunt Kelly and Sam, Aunt Kim, and then, what a surprise, you and your sister with your mommy and daddy!
It was a real kick seeing you getting passed around like a little package to everyone who was there in the stands. Then, when it was my turn, I was really excited to hold you because I didn’t bring a jacket and you were my mini-warmer!
I know you are growing up quick, but I know something else. You want your sister to grow up quicker. You try to give her cups of tea, you dance around her when she is laying on the floor, and now with her new jumper, you are trying to get her to play with the toys surrounding her.
Kaylee, Elise will get there soon! You are going to have so much fun doing so many things with your sister, but in the meantime, you get to learn something Grandpa continues to learn:
So, keep talking to Elise, read her a book, show her fun toys, let her hold your “lovey” once in a while, and most of all, keep hugging her and kissing her because she really loves that!
We like to talk to each other on the phone or on Facetime. One of the things you say frequently is, “Grandpa, where you at?”
Now I don’t know who taught you that phrase, but I always smile when you say it. Then I will often reply, “Kaylee, where you at?” And we go around for awhile.
Many times when we talk, it is during the day and I will answer, “I’m at the church.” That’s when I am on campus at LIFEhouse. I used to say, “At work,” but that is not a location. I can say, “Where your pictures are,” because Grandpa Wall is right in front of me in my study.
It is a real treat when you come and visit me at the church on Wednesdays. That’s when you and baby sister come over sometimes with Nana to see Grandpa and his friends. You know the lay of the land, and soon you can show Elise where Grandpa keeps the toys and easel!
You are already two months old! Grandpa has been praying lots for you because you have had an infection. In fact, you had to stay in the hospital overnight. Your mommy stayed with you and your daddy took care of Kaylee. On New Year’s Eve we usually have a special dinner to celebrate the New Year. You were in Children’s Hospital on New Year’s Eve, and got to go home that night.
Here’s a picture of Grandpa, Uncle David, Uncle Greg, and Mommy having our New Year’s Eve hamburgers in the hospital cafeteria. Mommy is eating an ice cream cone, too. Oh, well, next year we will have steak and crab legs, OK? No more hospitals, little girl…
Dear Kaylee and Elise,
Jesus loves you and is your friend. You will know him more and more as you grow. Elise, Kaylee is ready to tell you about Jesus, just as your mommy and daddy and me and all the rest of those people who love you and love him.
Jesus makes sure we pass down his love through our actions, our words, and our traditions.
At Christmas we remember Jesus is the light of the world, and we worship him together at Candlelight Christmas Eve Communion. It is a beautiful time to celebrate Jesus’ birthday. Jesus also likes to eat a lot and so we have a special Christmas Eve dinner with your families. You can eat many different foods at Christmas, so this year Grandpa had Lobster Ravioli!
Whatever the traditions, ways for many generations to celebrate Jesus is what it is all about. You will learn this more and more.