Some of these writing prompts are so much more boring than my life that I’m skipping them and boring you with the ongoings of the Hunt family instead. Enjoy. Or endure. :)
We are planning on participating in our church’s Baby Dedication in January to celebrate our little dude. As part of it, we have to write a letter to Wyatt that encompasses different topics. My notes made me cry while I was writing them, so I thought I’d share. The little person has made such an impact on my life in his short (almost) 3 months that I cannot even imagine who we will all be in the next year, five years, ten years and beyond.
WRITE DOWN THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, TOUCHING ATTRIBUTES AND QUALITIES OF YOUR CHILD.
Wyatt, you are so full of happiness. Laughing from the top of your head to the tips of your little toes, your smile brightens our day every time we see your little face. We love your “spunky” personality, our after bath “conversations” where you voice your opinion on life, your impatience when it is time to eat and your interest in everything that surrounds you. Each day you teach us to stop and look at the small things. Through your eyes, our world is so beautiful and new.
DEFINE THE CONTENT OF YOUR LOVE AS A PARENT.
Never before did we know what it felt like to love something so unconditionally. Words cannot even describe the joy, the excitement, the pride, the amazing love we hold for you Wyatt.
NAME THE ACTIVITIES/RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARENTING THAT GIVE YOU MOST CONTENTMENT/JOY/PRIDE.
Spending every moment with your is the best times of our lives. From rolling around on the living room floor to night conversations on our bed, watching you grow into a little person has brought us such joy. We are so proud of all the achievements you’ve already made and burst with pride in the man we know you will become.
NAME THE ACTIVITIES/RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARENTING THAT CAUSE HUMILITY/WONDER.
Parenting in itself is a daunting job that only God can help us with. Knowing that we are responsible for your walk with Christ, your health and happiness is a terrifying blessing – one that we are so grateful to have. Each day we pray for guidance in raising you as God sees fit.
DESCRIBE SOME MEMORABLE MOMENTS IN THE BIRTH OF YOUR CHILD… MOMENTS THAT YOU WILL NEVER FORGET.
Wyatt, the day you were born was one of the best days of our lives. Mommy will never forget the doctor telling me, “open your eyes mom… he is here”. Seeing you for the first time was the most amazing thing I had ever seen. Knowing that God had blessed my life so wonderfully made me cry then and cry now as I remember your sweet little face, your long fingers and huge feet!
EXPLAIN THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE NAME YOU CHOSE FOR YOUR CHILD.
Wyatt is an English name meaning “brave” and “strong”, which is what we want you to be. We want you to be brave in life, take chances and prosper. We want you to be strong, stand up for your beliefs and inspire others to live lives full of God’s Grace. Daddy and Mommy also selected it for its southern ties, to celebrate your heritage and because it is unique and we want you to stand out from others.
WHAT ARE YOUR DREAMS FOR YOUR CHILD? WHAT ARE YOUR DREAMS FOR YOUR FAMILY?
Wyatt our dreams for you are to live a God-centered life in which you find health, happiness and prosperity. We pray that you grow into a man that loves your Lord, your family and your life. As a family, our dreams include family vacations, a sibling and prosperity.
WHAT IS YOUR PRAYER FOR YOUR CHILD? WHAT IS YOUR PRAYER FOR YOUR FAMILY?
Daddy and Mommy pray for God to rescue your heart Wyatt so that you will have everlasting life. Our prayers for our family are simple – to continue to place God in the center of our home, to grow together and to always be happy.
HOW WILL YOU NURTURE AND GUIDE YOUR CHILD TOWARD CHRIST? THROUGH FAITHFUL ATTENDACE AND PARTICIPATION IN CHURCH? THROUGH BIBLE STUDY AND OTHER SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES?
Wyatt, we promise to always nurture and guide you in your journey to Christ by faithfully attending and participating in church. We will continually encourage your walk through family prayer time, Bible discussions and stories, and by living our lives as Christ would want us to live.
REGARDING YOUR CHILD’S FAITH DEVELOPMENT, WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU MOST WANT/NEED FROM YOUR CHURCH?
Wyatt, as your faith develops we are excited to be able to have a place like 12Stone to call our church home. Their love and dedication to children’s ministry is such a blessing in our lives that you will appreciate so much.
DEDICATE YOUR CHILD TO GOD IN YOUR OWN WORDS.
Dear God, today we bring to You our beautiful gift, our son Wyatt. We ask Your guidance as we raise him in Your name. We dedicate him to You, Lord. Please rescue his heart and guide him as he grows into a man who follows Your Word. We thank you for Your blessing us with this beautiful child and pray for Your Grace in his life. Amen.