How many times can I say how lucky we are to live here! Yesterday, Rhett has his first trip to the beach and had the best of times. The weather was beautiful but the water was a little rough due to the wind. I was a little hesitant of the rough seas, but brave little Rhett went right to sleep. Guess it didn’t bother him as much as it did his momma. We headed out to a little island called Wassaw and met a few friends plus Gigi and GrandDaddy. We all anchored our boats and held down the fort for a few hours. With umbrella, beach tent, travel crib, blankets and oh yeah, plenty of sunscreen, we hit the beach with bells on. Fair little Rhett had to be lathered up with sunscreen – he does have two redheads for parents so needless to say, he will never be that super tan beach baby. He loved the wet sand between his toes and the small waves in which Gigi lifted him up to jump over each one. After a couple of fun hours, we hit the water back to the dock for a long deserved boat nap.
We were lucky enough to have many of Patrick’s baby outfits and since both Rhett and Patrick were born at the same time, all of the clothes have been fitting for each season. Here is a favorite – he looks so handsome in yellow! And my handsome, both father and son!
How do I even begin to explain how much joy you have brought in to my life and how you have given me a whole new perspective about what is really important. I know you’re still too young to read this but I am going to try to put in to words some of the things you get to look forward to in your life ahead. First of all take one day at a time and be thankful for everything you have, your grandfather always told me that the “Man Upstairs” is always in control so do not take a single day for granted.
There are going to be tough times ahead as well and people can be very cruel. At times they will tease you and make fun of you and you will come to your mother and I asking why this is happening. There is no good answer to this other than the fact that they are jealous of you so do not pay any attention to them and focus on making yourself better each day. Choose your friends wisely and only let those people in to your life that pick you up and encourage you now bring you down and make you do things that you know are wrong. That is something I learned a long time ago and still to this day have a few close friends that I can call on at any time and I know they would be there for me. Life is not always going to turn out the way you want to but be patient because something positive will come out of every situation and it will make you a much stronger man. Never give up on your dreams and goals and always strive for the best. You will receive a book in a few years that have quotes from trips I have taken with Uncle Maz,Jake and Mitch, I want you to remember one thing that you read from there and this was straight from your father “ anything worth doing is worth doing right the first time”. Keep that in mind in every task you undertake and it will give you pride in a job well done.
Your life is going to be a daily journey of changing events but keep three things in mind as you take. Make your life a journey of happiness, daily learning, self improvement and love. Now that I have mentioned love, let me go in to that a little deeper. Your mother and I both grew up in households that were very loving and supportive. Believe it or not it took you coming in to this world to turn your grandfather in to an old softy and it has brought our family even closer together. Love your friends, your spouse, your children and your parents with all of your heart.
Finally the number one thing you need to learn from me is to put God first in your life. There have been some things happen to me throughout my life so far that I cannot explain but I know He was there working in the background. I know there is going to be times when you want to sleep in on a Sunday morning and not go to church because your too tired or because you’re not feeling well but what would happen if you were on your knees one night praying to God to help you but he was just too tired to listen to you. Always put your trust in your faith and that will carry you through anything.
I know there is going to be times when you and I do not see eye to eye and yes you will feel like I am the worst person in the world but please know that I would never do anything to hurt you or to make you feel like I do not care. I tell you every night while I am rocking you to sleep that I love you and will never let anything happen to you. You have brought such an amazing change to my life it’s hard to even think about what I would do without you in my life. We are going to have so much fun as you grow up and I cannot wait to teach you everything about this big world that my dad taught me. You’re going to do amazing things with your life and I cannot wait to be there for you each step of the way. I love you son and I always will.
Both Patrick and I happen to have similar photos of our fathers holding us as babies. Of course, we wanted to capture this very same moment with Rhett. Sarah took the most precious photo of Patrick in the hospital – do believe we have a winner!
I just had to share this precious photo by Sarah of our little man in Patrick’s coveted baseball glove, blanket from his Gigi and a baseball with a story. Patrick was closer pitcher in college – pitched sidearm style which made him very unique. During his senior year at a game vs. SCAD in Grayson Stadium, Coach Howard decided to let Patrick be the starting pitcher. We all expected him to pitch is usual winning game, but we didn’t expect for him to last the entire game since he was typically a closer. His pitching style usually prevented such a long stretch of innings. Much to our surprise and complete adoration, Patrick not only pitched the entire game, but won the game with a no hitter. This ended his college career with such a wonderful memory in his hometown. He has always kept that very same baseball in which Rhett now treasures as a part of his nursery.