Happy Eighth Birthday Micah (2014)

Dear Micah,

IMG_4959 Every year when I write this letter I am struck by how much you have grown up in the last 12 months. I am so proud of you and the young man that you are fast becoming. 2013 was a year full of fun and growth for you. You finished the 1st Grade with Mrs. Highberger and had more fun than any 1st Grader should be allowed to have. You learned all about animal habitats, the gold rush and most impressively you began to read A LOT!!! I don’t know if I told you this before, but I didn’t start reading ‘til the 3rd Grade, so you have already surpassed me in some pretty significant way.

2013 has been a great year for our family. Your brothers are getting bigger every day and you have so much fun playing with them. Sometimes I stand outside your bedroom at night just to listen to you tell them stories and play together. We had a lot of fun as a family this year. Mommy took you and your brothers to the pool every day during the summer, we went camping for the first time with Auntie Merri at Lake Tahoe, and we went to Pismo Beach for a few days.

You’re at the age now when many of the experiences that you’re having will turn into powerful memories that you will carry with you for the rest of your life. I’m sure that one of those memories will be of the “Great Buell Fire of 2013”. It was a Sunday night (December 22nd), you and your brothers were already in bed and I was just about to get into bed but something wouldn’t let me go to sleep. I went downstairs to check on the fireplace, but everything was fine downstairs. I went back upstairs to and discovered that we had a fire in the walls of our house that was about to burn the whole house down! I quickly woke up your mother, you and your brothers and we ran out of the house and into the safety of our mini-van.

I doubt that you’ll remember much of that night, but what you will probably remember is many nights spent in hotels and several months spent in a rental home while our home was being rebuilt. Memories are funny that way; they can be slippery things that come to us at the oddest moments and then leave us sometimes never to return again. I think that’s why one of the most common commands in the Bible is to “Remember”. You see, every one of us suffers from some form of spiritual amnesia. It’s not that we try to forget, it’s just that we fail to remember all of what God has done for us.

My prayer for you on your eighth birthday is that God would continually remind you of two things. 1) That you are a great sinner, 2) That Christ is a Great Savior. I don’t know where you’ll be when you read this letter next and I don’t know what kinds of events will have transpired in your life…or in mine…but I do know that these two things will never change and that they will sustain you throughout whatever fires may come in your life.

I Love You with All of My Heart,


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January 13 2014 05:00 am | Blog

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