Dear Logan (27 Month Newsletter),

My Little Man. (AKA Lo-Man.) Nothing suits you better. You want to do everything “by myself” now and only need Mama as a playtoy, a snuggle, security, or to make something “better”. You get so frustrated when something new doesn’t work for you the first time. I hope this doesn’t hold true for you in all things. “Keep trying, Nonnie” Daddy and I say to you daily. The other day I heard you tell yourself this, so I think you are finally understanding that if you don’t get it at first, you keep trying until it works. 
As a baby, you were so diligent in try, try again. Don’t lose that. Life doesn’t always come easy. Have patience and keep going until you find something that works. There is always a way—even if it doesn’t seem the way that would be easiest. Sometimes the roads worth going down are the hardest to travel. This I learned on our journey to you. It was one of the hardest journeys of my life, and also the most rewarding.
You are practically potty trained!  You have some accidents here and there (as to be expected), but you are definitely to the point where we can say that you are trained. The pride in your face when you “did it” makes me so happy for you. It’s the little things. Take pride in every accomplishment, no matter how small—it’s a great lesson for you to learn. You love seeing the pride in our faces as well. 

It’s my hope that you always see how proud of you we are. We are proud of every step you take in the right direction. Even when you make mistakes and do things that you regret, we are there to say “it was not good, but it’s okay—make it better next time”.   Mama and Daddy are far from perfect.  We never will expect you to be. It truly is hard to see the disappointment in your face when you do something that you know disappoints Mama and Daddy. But you live and you learn. You always learn.
The outdoors still rings true as your favorite place to be. The more dirt the better. You love the grass in your toes and the dirt in your hands. Let’s just try to keep it out of your mouth. “Nasty”, you say. You just love “Mama’s garden” and everything that it entails.  We are just beginning to get fruit from the garden and you absolutely LOVE gathering it to bring inside.  It makes my heart happy that you’ve learned to appreciate nature at such a young age. The moon, the stars, the wind in your hair. You love it all. Speaking of stars…you are just fascinated with them. Someday soon we will take a blanket outside at night just so you can watch them. You will be in awe. 
I have always loved how impressed you are with nature. I hope you don’t fall victim to the “technology era” and lose that…ever. It’s so easy to do as a kid these days. (Yikes, I sound like my mother!) Those things are good too–just don’t ever lose your love of God’s creation. 

We went to the beach a couple of weeks ago.  This wasn’t your first trip, but the first that you remember.  You are still reeling in the excitement of it all.  The sand, the waves, the people, the vastness itself–it was so impressive to you.  It should be.  There isn’t much in the world that is so beautiful as the big, wide ocean.  You couldn’t get over that it as “ALL the water”.  There was no fear with you in that water.  You hesitated at first, but it within a few minutes you were venturing out to the “big ones” (waves). 

Anything that is small and tiny is so “CUUUUTE” to you. “Awww” you say when you see a tiny baby, a kitten, a lizard, or an ant. You are just as impressed with one as you are another.   You’ve realized that you are bigger and are so sweet with anything smaller than you.  This (to me) is a reflection of how other people have always been kind to you as the smaller person.  THAT makes my heart so happy. 
Bath time is still your most favorite time of the day.  You love to float, pour, swirl and drink (yes drink) your bath water—I wish sometimes that I could be inside of your tiny head to see what you are imagining. I’m sure it’s something beautiful. 

Your imagination never ceases to amaze me. I’m SO happy for that. I’ve seen so many children without any real imagination. Your imagination will lead you great places. It’s that thinking “outside of the box” that shows me how creative and visual you are. 

I ove you more than I could ever say.  There are no words.  Every day you make me smile and remind me of how blessed I truly am to have you in my life.  You are more than my son.  You are one of my favorite people.  You are going places, Logan.  You touch so many with your smile, your heart, and your sense of humor.  Something tells me that you are going to be one of the most loved people on the planet someday.  You are already the most loved kiddo in all the world.
Love always,

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