It Was Worth It: A Letter from Father to Son

June 10, 2016
What a precious letter from father to son.  No matter the hardships parents go through for their kids, it's all worth it!

I’ve been blogging for over four years now.  In those four years I’ve wanted Nate to guest post because I think he’s awesome and I’m pretty sure each and every one of you would agree!  Since he was in grad school and super duper busy I never pressed him to do it.  He was writing enough.

All that being said, THE DAY HAS COME!  In honor of Father’s Day coming up, Nate is sharing his heart on my blog.  He wrote a precious letter to our little man and I’m so grateful I get to commemorate it here for the world to see!  Now, Nate also told me that he expects it to go viral so please share accordingly.  I don’t want him to be disappointed.  😉

Without further ado…  Nate’s going to take it away!

My darling son,
I remember the day you were born. For some reason I wanted to be the one to catch you and hand you off to your mom for some precious skin on skin. I hadn’t really heard of any dad doing that but I wanted to, and I am so glad I did. I fell in love with you the moment I had you in my hands. I knew at that moment I would go through anything for you and it would all be worth it.

As a very young one, you loved staring. Not at me, not at momma, but at the shelves above us and at the world around you. We would try to get in your line of vision but you would strain to look around us. We knew from the beginning that you would have your way of doing things and that was that. I remember the first time we bounced on that yoga ball together and from there you would have it no other way for the next 9 months. I spent many hours on that yoga ball with you to try to coax you to sleep. And it was all worth it.

You would wake up early, and that was our time to hang out together or whatever it is called when a 26 year old and a 4 month old are together. I would visit with you, read you one of my nerdy theology books and teach you the importance of eating bacon at least once a week for breakfast. Eventually it was time for me to go to work, and you would know I was leaving as I handed you over to mom and you would start to bawl. That was the first time you showed me that you knew me and loved me. The next biggest memory of you showing affection was at the zoo, when for some reason you thought chewing on my nose was the best way to show me you loved me. You still do that from time to time. All those late nights, dirty diapers, early mornings and temper tantrums fade to grey and all I have left in my mind is the thought “It’s all worth it” as you show me your love and adoration.
You are now sleeping all night, eating anything you can get your hands on and giving momma and I a workout as we chase after your running legs. I can’t really express how deeply I love you and how excited I am to come home and see you and your mom every day. Seeing you grow up and become your own person and develop your little stubborn, wonderful, loving personality all I can think about is how thankful I am for you and how it is all worth it. Every last bit.

What a precious letter from father to son.  No matter the hardships parents go through for their kids, it's all worth it!

With Mother’s Day having recently passed and Father’s Day quickly approaching, Gerber is inviting you to think of what makes it worth it for you!  Share your favorite #GrowingUpGerber moment on Instagram and you could be chosen as Gerber pic of the week!  Find out more about that here!

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