A birthday letter to my five-year-old son

Judah Oak. The boy that made me a daddy, you’re five today!

It seems like only yesterday that we were thrust into the ways of parenting through your arrival.

Yet here we are, you’re five and growing up so fast.

I remember being engaged to your mummy and we spoke about the name Judah.

When we found out we were pregnant, there was no doubt in my mind that you were a boy and that you would be Judah.

Baby boy asleep on blanket

You were built for and hand selected for this family by God!

I can’t begin to put into words my pride in seeing you and knowing you.

You are an absolute joy and delight to be around.

Your smile, laugh and giggle are infectious, and you have a twinkle in your eye.

Son, I am well pleased with you!

You are adventurous, wild, daring, strong, fast and yet so tender, caring, kind and thoughtful.

I love watching you find delight in anything and everything from the woodland walks, to car logos, to toys in shops, to just finding a new place to run and hide and play.

I am your biggest fan!

This year getting to visit Mexico with you, go to Wales and all the parks in Yorkshire have been amazing.

I’ve gone from standing below the rope bridges to provide support, to watching you navigate them all on your own!

Oh, how you’ve grown up.

Gone are the mornings of Hey Duggee and PJ Masks and it’s almost entirely Bluey and DipDap.

You still love Rockets (your Mum made an amazing rocket cake today), you love trains and you LOVE Ferraris.

It’s definitely been a highlight visiting Lamborghini, Ferrari, Rolls Royce, Bentley and Supercar garages this year and seeing your face light up as you discover a new car you love. Especially when we saw the Bugatti!

The meaning of your name Judah Oak

Judah Oak, we named you that intentionally. Judah means praise and Oak means strength.

As a declaration that Praise (to Jesus) would be your Strength.

And you are always singing, always worshipping and 99.999% of the time joyful ;).

I love driving you out for a croissant.

I love that you know the road and the direction of the route you take, and know we’re off for a croissant before I get there or tell you.

boy on the bed in Mexico

I love your drawings and doodles.

Your mind is a wonderland of whimsical splendour.

My son, I am so proud and pleased with you.

The best is truly yet to come.

My prayer for you this year (and always) is:

Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

May the light of Gods face shine brightly on you this year and you would experience more of His kindness and love.

Te amo príncipe hermoso.

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