January 11, 2005 God answered a long time prayer. Wesley Kenneth was born! This answer to prayer was several years in the making. Not just myself and Ry, but also dear friends at church and close family. Our little family now was given the responsibility to raise a child. Little did I know then that I would be learning more than I would be teaching! Over these last seven years you have taught me so much. I never realized how much clearer my sin could become until you showed me. Oh, how I thank God for you!
I can’t really tell you just how much I love you. Watching you grow up has been delightful. You have become such an amazing little man. I can remember from a very early age you have always wanted to be just like Daddy. At the ripe old age of one you figured out how to call from Daddy’s cell phone to his boss. I’m not sure if it is genetic or not, but your fascination with all things techy has been most amusing to watch. Your first “no touches” were the television and remote, the phone and the computer. Eventually we discovered that the only way to make you crawl was to have you chase a computer (Uncle Julian’s laptop in particular). I love that you love the Toronto Maples Leafs, just like Daddy. I love that you love baseball just like Daddy.
God has made you an amazing older brother. I watch you encourage, protect, love and delight in your sister. I also watched as you learned that God really does answer prayer, when Toby arrived. I just love watching you plan out new things to teach Toby.
Watching you this last year or so has been really neat. You became really aware of the world around you. You began to realize that not everyone loves Christ. I think that shocked you, but it didn’t leave you hopeless. Your response was one of “well we need to pray that everyone would know Jesus”. Not long after this you started praying for those in our family who are not saved. Many times you reminded me to be praying, so thank you! Last year in particular you learned how to read and now your favourite book to read is your Bible. Several times I have asked you to go and sit in your room and think about your behaviour, only to come in and find you copying out sections from Proverbs. It has been amazing to watch the Lord softening your heart to the truth.
May this next year be one that brings you closer to Christ, for the glory of God.