Dear Mason Blake,
The name sounded strong to us and since Mason was just one letter away from Jason we decided to go with it. Mason Blake. Our firstborn.
We have to admit that you’ve been our guinea pig. Being the oldest hopefully the other three will benefit from our trial and error. Not that we’ve got it all figured out. But you have always had a way about you that made everything right. Your optimism and enthusiasm and sense of humor continue to bring such joy to everyone who knows you, and especially to us.
You bless us. You’ve blessed us since day one. You’re heart and spirit are like none other. Your soul is as deep as the ocean and wisdom beyond your years. You make everyone around you better, just for being near them. We know this more than anybody else, because you make us better.
And so today we want to thank you. We want to thank you for who you are and who you are becoming. To thank you for the leader and friend you are to your peers. For the way that you live. For the way that you love. For the way that that you love others and the way that you love God. For your kindness and your compassion. For the way that you call others to commitment. For your zeal, and for your tenacity. For the confidence (and sometimes over-confidence) that you’ve always had. And for the “in-with-both-feet” way that you approach life.
Mason remember this: you are respected and loved by everyone that knows you. You are our oldest, and granted at times this carries with it its own responsibilities, but you are ours, and we love you. You have always had greatness within you. We’ve seen it in you since day one. And although we are anxious as to where God will lead you in life, we are very excited. Always remember who you are and whose you are. “Finally be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power” (Ephesians 6:10). “Being confident of this that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).
With all that we are: Dad, Mom, Kacey, Jacob, and Bowen
Our oldest graduates high school tonight. Tomorrow he starts paying rent!!! 😉