Every card that he made for me had his picture on it.
I particularly loved this mother's day card.
On the inside it said Happy Mother's Day . . you did a good job. Thanks Stu.
The funny thing is, you were still so young.
My job of mothering was already seeing its end.
but I do know some about raising little boys.
I know that when they cling to you and people say . . .
"oh . . it looks like he's a momma's boy" inside you agree and the wonder
of this little boy loving you more than anyone else is staggering.
Deep inside, I knew that it at some point it would be time to start letting go,
but it seemed so far away. Twenty years at least.
To be able to be good husbands and fathers they need to
leave and cleave . . . .
and even though you did it gently . . .you did it.
I suppose it is a tricky business being a little boy.
On one hand you are learning to be loving,
and on the other hand you are learning to be strong . .
both so important to be a well balanced husband and leader of your home.
As a mom of a little boy you cherish loyalty.
Mothers of little boys encourage lots of hugs and promises to love no other.
Even when those promises were being made I smiled,
knowing that someone as special as you would be snatched up.
Would you choose wisely? Would you choose a girl worthy of your affection?
These are things a mom of a son wonders.
The transition seemed to happen overnight.
I still remember the first time I saw . .you see Karlee for the "first time".
I knew you were lost to me in the sense of "me being your best girl".
I applaud your leaving. It is as it should be.
A mom of a son dreams that a son finds true love.
Your Karlee is the perfect wife for you.
You chose well.
The two of you are a family unit.
Though you include us as parents into your life,
there is nothing the two of you can't manage on your own.
As a mom of a son my job was to raise you to be independent.
As a mom of a son, I am so proud that you only speak of Karlee to me with the highest regard.
As a mom of a son, I am so proud that you are motivated to work hard.
As a mom of a son, I am proud that you are a good steward of all the God has blessed you with.
As a mom of a son I am proud that you follow through on your promises.
As a mom of a son, I am proud that you are so much like your father.
As a mom of a son, I am proud that you have achieved your educational goals.
As a mom of a son, I am proud that you are developing leadership skills that are honouring to the Lord.
The verse that was given to your Dad and I at your dedication service when you were a few weeks old is found in Joshua 1:8.
Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Stuart you are embarking on yet another new phase of your life. Just as Karlee is already a mom carrying your little one safe under her heart, you are already a dad.
We are confident that you will be the best dad ever. You will raise your child in a Godly and loving home. Just as we have prayed for you every day of your life, so too are we praying for this new little life.
We wish you the best year ever Stuart.
May God bless you and keep you and make his face to shine upon you and give you His peace.