It's hard to believe that 27 years ago today, Nathan joined our family. He came very easlily (2 hour labor) into this world. He was a bit reluctant, as he was nearly 2 weeks overdue, but he was in every way worth the wait. He was our first son and what a joy he has been! He was a healthy kid, too!
As Nathan grew he had his fair share of challenges. Luckily, one of the most challenging, came while he was still young enough that he doesn't remember most of it. The staph infection he picked up in his knee when he was 2 led us all on a journey we would have rather not gone one. I feared that he would never walk without a limp. This brace he had to wear was BAD. UGLY. PAINFUL.
But, prayers were answered, good medical care received and he healed. Thankfully. We loved watching him grow. He played soccer (until he announced he didn't really like to run all that much), then he played baseball and was really very good. In high school, he played football & vollleyball. One of the best things about Nate is how he loves to spend time with his family; his siblings, cousins, even old mom & dad.
Time passes in a way that we can't even comprehend, sometimes. He went on his mission, met the woman that fits right into our family (and whom we love, tons) and brings him joy. Now, Nate is a GREAT dad, a Police-man, husband and super-son! He has brought more joy and happiness into our lives than I can even express. We're so proud of you, Nate! Happy birthday.