Davin is a Missionary!!!
It is hard to believe, but my little chubby blond cherub is all grown up and doing amazing things with his life. He is a man - and a fine one. Intentional parenting can be demanding and exhausting, but I am putting in writing, "It is so worth it!!!" I have loved this child more than he ever wanted haha and more than he ever knew he needed. Now I love him even more. Every night I wrap my arms around him in the biggest warmest hug I am capable of, and I ask Heavenly Father to carry it to him. In his life, I tried to teach him that he could do anything but especially that he could do hard things. As adulthood has slowly descended upon him, he has had to do some hard things, but he is prepared. He is tender but strong, honest but kind, sensitive but resilient. Ok to be honest he is not perfect. At one point in my quest to be an amazing parent, I thought he should be perfect. Thankfully, a wise seasoned neighbor mentioned casually to me while I was complaining about something he was or wasn't doing, "You don't want him to have to be your perfect." It was as if she was shouting it at me, and I completely understood. I hope it wasn't too late. Because I realized that my job was not to change who he was but rather to smooth out his edges. He has been smoothed and I see will continue to have his edges smoothed out by his adventure called life. Oh how I love him, appreciate him, and desire for his happiness. We celebrate his choice to serve the Lord instead of mourning his absence. This does not mean that we don't miss him to no end. We love you Davin.