Dear “Peanut”,

We have had quite a number of excursions to the pool this year already.  You are one that Daddy and I need to watch very closely.  You don’t fear the water and will run right up to the edge of the pool and jump in if we’re not careful.  Perhaps some sort of survival “swimming” lessons would be ideal for you.  It would be good for you to know how to float face up in the pool in case you fell in!

We are driving up to see family again in 1-1/2 weeks.  We are driving through in one straight shot (trying to get it over with at once).  We’ll have to see how that goes.  We get to spend 2 weeks up there this summer.  Week 1 will be with Grandma & Grandpa V. and week 2 with Grandma & Grandpa H.  We decided this year not to travel so much between the two places, hoping to have a more relaxing vacation and that after a couple of days in one place you will maybe “warm-up” to the grandparents a little more.  You are so used to being around Mommy & Daddy pretty much all of the time that you really don’t take to anyone else too eagerly.  You should be able to see all of your aunties and uncles, too, except for Auntie B and Uncle N, who just moved out to the southwest this week.  We may not get to see them very often with the distance between us.  That’s too bad.  (I miss your Auntie B.)  Anyway, we hope you travel well in the car!  :)

May God bless you as you sleep tonight, my dear child.  May you sleep long and wake well rested.  Tomorrow will be another wonderful day to explore new things in God’s creation.  :)

All my love, Mom

P.S.  This is the Bible verse your father and I had used as a sermon text for our wedding: Ecclesiastes 4:12 – “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.  A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”  If you are blessed with a wife someday, may the two of you, along with your Savior, be the cord of three strands.  With the Lord on your side, you can never be broken!  Let him be your strength when you are weak.  Nothing is ever too big or too small for Him to handle, just take it to Him in prayer.  :)

(I just had to slip in my piece of advice for the day.  I am your mother, you know!)  :)