A Letter to Chase: On Your 4th Birthday

Chase,

You might be on the small size compared to others your age but you have a giant-sized portion of heart and determination. You are 100% committed to whatever you do and I LOVE that about you. We saw more evidence of this recently on the soccer field where you are among the smallest, but constantly in the scrum for the ball. You even scored a goal in your first game! You were quite proud of that. And as your coach I had to try super hard not to cheer harder for you than the other kids on the team when they scored. I did not succeed.

This year you have moved up to a big boy bike with training wheels and we have a hard time getting you off of it. When you fall, you inspect for blood (cause you’re hoping to be rewarded with a Band-Aid as a medal commemorating your newest battle scar) and when you don’t see any you get right back on and keep riding.

Chase, watching you learn something new is one of my favorite things in the world! Whether it’s soccer, bike riding or a different kind of game like Jenga or Checkers, you absorb the instructions like a machine, ask really good questions, and light up with confidence when you have it figured out. You also make me work harder to beat you than I expected. Daddy is going to have raise his game.

Don’t even get me started on your newly learned skills in the pool! This summer you and Jackson started swim lessons with our neighbor, Ms. Kelly. The majority of the kids who she teaches scream and cry through the entire lesson. We know this to be true because it is what we have to endure as we eat dinner. Not you Chase. You took to swimming as if you were born with gills. Now you can swim the entire length of the pool and back either using a freestyle or backstroke AND you can kick your way to the bottom of the pool and grab the weighted toys! That is insane. I don’t think I could do that until I was seven or eight! Needless to say, all eyes are on you guys at the pool and I am regularly asked by impressed adults how old you are and where you learned to swim like that.

You have that same drive in everything you do whether it is reading books, doing your chores, reminding your mom and me that you need to do your chores, or showing your friends and family how much you care for them. I pray you will never lose that incredible willpower to do your best and that you will always love learning like the way you do now. God has such a big plan for your life and He has given you some amazing tools that your mom and I already see in you. We feel such an awesome responsibility to help mold you into the man He wants you to be but it is easy to see you are on the right track!

Your mother and I are so thrilled that we were chosen to have the best seats to watch you grow, learn, play and serve.

Four is going to be a great year. So let’s celebrate! I love you Chasers!

DaddyMatt