Dearest Christian,

I’m sorry that we live so far away from your grandparents, aunts, and uncles.  I hope that you will still grow-up knowing and loving them.  My fear is that by the next time we see them all at Christmas — you may be in the “stranger anxiety” stage that most children go through at one time or another.  I hope that they will look and sound familiar to you.  We try to show you pictures on the DVD player and computer and let you listen to them on the phone — I pray that they will not be like strangers to you.  They love you so much, too!  🙂

Daddy is away a for teachers’ conference for a couple of days and nights.  You seemed to be waiting for him to come home tonight.  Even while you were playing one the floor it sounded like you were trying to say “da-da.”  I know that Daddy misses being away from you.  We only have one more night without him.  I miss him, too!

I suppose that I should try to get some sleep while you’re sleeping.  Those teeth haven’t come in yet, so you have been getting up every hour or two at night yet.  I love you, kiddo, but Mommy really needs more sleep.  I got spoiled when you had been sleeping through the night — I hope you go back to that again soon.

All my love,  Mommy

P.S.  Jesus loves you more than I do!  Isn’t that great?!?  🙂