Wednesday, March 6, 2013

on staying tenderhearted

To my oldest child, my firstborn son, Noah,

I wanted to write this down so I don't forget.

Please stay tenderhearted. Don't let this world crush you and make you cynical. Don't be overcome by your disappointment and anger when you don't get your way.

You are so sweet. And you love your brothers. So very much. I pray it only strengthens as the years go by.

The other day you walked into my room with a bit of an attitude. And then you saw that Blaise was awake and playing and you went right over and started talking your baby talk and letting him claw your face and grab your fingers. You absolutely adore your baby brother. And the feeling is most definitely mutual.

Later in the evening when Jude was running laps up and down the hill as a form of his discipline for being too rough {for the millionth time} with Blaise, you decided you would join Jude, even though you weren't being disciplined. You did it together with Jude and I melted a little {okay, a lot} at your compassion for your brothers.

I pray that God keeps your heart soft and tender and compassionate toward others.
Two thousand years ago, love changed the world. I pray that one day you will know that love and let Him change you and teach you how to love above and beyond your natural inclinations. Because He's created you fearfully and wonderfully. Know that. Believe that.

I love you fiercely,



  1. WOW!!! I pray Michael grows up to love his TBD siblings! :) Way to go Noah! Love your heart for your boys Vanessa!

    1. I'm sure he will. He has some pretty awesome parents so he's off to a good start, that's for sure!

  2. this made me cry. it's so lovely to read about your blessings. i love YOUR tender heartedness V. xo

  3. Neatwad. I don't like following links through Twitter but ya got me. :)

  4. alsothephotomakeshimlookasuperhero. :) :)

    1. Haha. It does! I'll tell him that. He's Mr. Super Hero these days.


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