I used to hear preachers talk about their experiences with their children and roll my eyes. They’d always say things like how God was teaching them trust through watching their kids grow, or how they watched their own inner turmoil by watching their kids wrestle with tough questions. And I’d think to myself, “Sure.”
But I get it now.
I have learned more from being Eden’s father for the last year and a half than I ever have from reading a book or listening to a sermon. I’ve learned about joy and faith, trust and fear, beauty and silence (or how to appreciate it when it’s there). There’s a reason that Jesus often chose children as a visual aid.
Last week Leslie asked me to make a video for Eden to have when she grows up a little more. A video that looks back to before she has siblings and had to share our attention with others. Just to let her know how much she has always been loved.
So like any video about Eden’s life must have, it begins with L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole, the only song that entire first year that could calm her down when she was upset. The video’s nothing special, but for us it’s great, kind of like Eden’s greatest hits, or at least the ones we had a video camera around for.
I hope one day Eden you drag this old video up and dust it off for to watch with your family. As you laugh at our haircuts and weird clothes, just know that we will never love anybody more than we love you.
You’ll always be our first baby, thanks for being so great.