I never was able to understand the love the Father has for us in sending Jesus to earth until I met my first born child. Then I knew an inkling, just an inkling of that great love.
Having a child changes you forever. I remember the early days of sleepless nights, learning to nurse and care for him, The feeling of helplessness with his first ear infection. I remember thinking, "our lives will get back to normal soon". Guess what? Normal is just a setting on the dryer. Your life changes completely and forever. A new "norm" is established.
With the birth of Daniel came our introduction to home education. If you think about it, the minute your child is born you start teaching him. A child turning 5 doesn't mean that you have to give up your right to educate your child to the state. And so when he was 5 we started formally schooling him, (and Sarah who was 3) at home.
As I told him at graduation, it has not always been easy. But the journey has been so worth it.
I have a 19 year old son who is my friend. I don't think we would have this relationship if he had been gone for hours every day.
Anyway, I feel I'm rambling but want to say one more time, "Happy birthday Daniel. I love you".