Here is this year's letter for October 27. 2010...
Torin Christopher Jarrell
2nd Birthday Letter
Happy Birthday to our amazing son! It has been two years since you came into our lives and changed our lives forever. You are definitely a gift and a blessing from God. These last two years have flown by very quickly!
Over this last year we have watched you grow physically and grow mentally as well. You continue to blow us away with how smart you are, from counting to 10 in both English and Spanish, to not only, knowing your alphabet but also identifying all your letters perfectly. Even identifying your name when you see it. You know your colors and many shapes as well.
We also love how you are so interested in books and reading at such an early age. It is our hope that you will continue to love reading and learning.
Outside of spending time with you, we absolutely cherish those times when we can pray with you and pray over you. We also value the opportunities when we get to read with you and read to you.
Over the last year, we have seen you move from stumbling around the house to walking with confidence to climbing the stairs and running around. We also took you for your first haircut. Your vocabulary and the things you say continue to amaze us. We also gave you the incredible opportunity to start going to school…and we love your excitement and enthusiasm as you anticipate your day at school. We are grateful for your teachers, Ms. Summer and Ms Jenna, who love you and invest in your life while you are at school. They have told Mommy and Daddy many times what a blessing you are to them and to everyone at Little Acorn Patch.
We have really watched you go from our baby boy to our big boy. Son, you have brought so much joy and laughter. Our hearts are so filled with love for you.
Some of our biggest prayers for you this past year are that God would use you to be a boy of influence and inspiration to others and that God would use you to be a blessing to all those who come in contact with you. We also continue to pray that God will continue to grow you spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically so you can become a boy and eventually a man after God’s own heart. We have also been praying recently, that past cycles of addiction within our family would be broken in your life.
Torin, as we look forward to the next year, we are anxious to see what God will do in you and through you next. We hope to see some of your talents and gifts begin to come out and even begin to flourish. We also know that this next year will be a year where you are going to grow in knowledge. We also pray that your imagination would grow. We pray that God will help you to imagine Him and that He would reveal Himself to you through your imagination.
We also pray that we would more creatively share with you God’s Story and God’s Word. As you grow, we desire that you continue to understand who God is and all that He has done and that you would grow in knowledge of the foundation that we have in Christ.
We are looking forward to all that God has for you and for our family over the next year. We are always praying for God’s favor over you!
We love you so much, Son! We are proud of you! We appreciate who you are and we are looking forward to who you will become.
Oh God, take our son…mold him, shape him and help him to become more like You. Help him to continue to grow in wisdom and stature and that he would find favor with You and find favor with others who You place in his life. Develop his gifts and talents even now so that he can use them for Your purpose and to bring You glory. AMEN!
Daddy and Mommy