Dear Jack: Your Final Week of Elementary School

11 years, 7 months.

Dear Jack,

Exactly a week ago, I took you to STREAM Night at your school, where each class of each grade sponsored a unique science activity or craft for the rest of the school to participate in.

You were chosen for a 30 minute shift to host the “Snap Circuits” activity for your 5th grade class. Once we got there, you noticed there wasn’t a teacher there to explain what to do.

But leave it to you, it only took you a minute to figure out how to put the circuits together to make the gears move.

And from there, you were successfully able to show the younger kids how to do the activity.

Yep, I’d say your ready for Junior High!




Dear Holly: Your Final Week of Kindergarten

6 years.

Dear Holly,

A week from right now will be your first day of summer break; meaning that you’ve now got less than a week left of being a Kindergartner.

And this makes your final week of ever being at the same school as your brother.

It has been such a perfect year for you!

This past week I took you to the final school sponsored event of the year, where you and I got to make some crafts together.

You were so proud of the robot we made: “Daddy, it looks just like R2D2 from Star Wars!”

We now have it on display in our living room.

You are so special and I am so honored that I get to be the Daddy of such a sweet little girl.



Dear Jack: When Mommy Joined You for Taekwondo

11 years, 6 months.

Dear Jack,

This past Saturday at Taekwondo, all the moms were invited to join in on the action; a special event the day before Mother’s Day.

I admit, I had the impression it would just be a somewhat easygoing event.

But then I saw the picture of Mommy breaking a board for the first (and last?) time in her life. She made it look easy, though.

Fortunately, she had you there to hold the board steady in place for her.

You started Taekwondo at the beginning of this school year- and now here you are, still at it strong, at the end of the school year.

Nice work!



Dear Holly: A Father’s Letter to His Daughter on Her 6th Birthday

6 years old today!

Dear Holly,

You are so excited about today!

You are finally 6 years old.

We had such a fun birthday party for you at your gymnastics center yesterday.

You love your gymnastics- that is such a big part of who you are right now.

I am so happy to see you at this age. You and I are totally buddies!

Not only do we love to play chess, checkers, and Rummy together…

But you’re also the only person in our house who not only is willing to watch Star Wars movies with me- and actually enjoys it!

Happy Birthday, Holly!

I love you!





Dear Holly: A Saturday Night Easter Egg Bash

5 years, 11 months.

Dear Holly,

Last Saturday, we celebrated Easter weekend at Nonna and Papa’s house in Alabama.

They had some special “confetti eggs”, which were actual egg shells stuffed with rainbow paper sprinkles inside.

You and your cousin Darla loved getting to stomp and smash your way through them in the driveway.

I’m pretty sure that for Easter 2022, most little kids didn’t end up spending their time making such a big mess.

Instead, most kids made things tidier by picking up eggs in the yard.

As for you, you definitely made a mess… but Nonna didn’t mind.

What a fun Easter weekend!