Three years ago today, I met you for the first time. I held you close to me and I whispered in your ear — “Hudson, God loves you and I love you. Both of us always will.”
From that day forward, your parents and grandparents have done our very best to make sure you realize that — God loves you and we love you…and we always will.
The “terrible 2’s” turned out to be just that…according to some. You are becoming more independent every day (if that is possible). You have spent this past year telling us that you can do it by yourself and your favorite phrase right now is — “Poppo, I told you…” Your momma and daddy are doing a great job teaching you right from wrong and how to behave, but you are waging a pretty strong resistance as well. When James Dobson wrote the book, “Strong-Willed Child,” I think he should have included your picture.
My theory is that your strong personality is going to serve you well as you grow older. You will be a leader. I’m guessing now that you will be a politician or a preacher. You sure know how to “work the crowd” and you are able to charm everyone you meet.
As usual, this has been a pretty eventful year for you. Your baby sister made her appearance in September, 2016. Harper is your opposite. She is stoic and quiet (for now) and the two of you compliment each other very well. You have been a great big brother. You help take care of Harper and you make sure that I give her to somebody else when you want me to chase you — which is most of the time.
I’ve never seen anybody who loves to run like you do. “Poppo, I bet you can’t chase me.” I do my very best, but you are a fast little rascal and we run through the house and in the yard and anywhere else you can find to just take off and go. Even Rosie has gotten in the game and you chase her and then she chases you. Rosie and I seem to get tired a lot quicker than you do.
As usual, there are some big changes coming to the family. In August of this year, we get a new member of our club. Aunt Deeves and Knuckle Nate are having a baby! Ellie Jean will be your cousin and we can’t wait to meet her. You are going to be outnumbered by the girls, but I’m pretty sure you will handle it just fine.
You love popsicles, hot dogs, The Dollywood (that’s what you call it), the Aquarium and Toy Story 3. To tell you the truth, after watching that movie what seems like 100 times, I’m ready to move on to something else! You aren’t too fond of naps, but if we can convince you that after nap time we can do something fun, you are usually cooperative.
My favorite time of the week is Sunday afternoon. You and your parents come to our house where Nana fixes us a delicious lunch. After lunch, you and I go lay down on my bed where we watch a movie and then take a nap. I know that one day before long, you won’t want to do that, but for now, I promise you it is the highlight of my week.
I thank God every day for trusting your parents so much that He sent you to them. Your parents are amazing and Nana and I are so proud of the way they are raising you. I will tell you this…when they discipline you, Poppo has to go outside. It’s one of those things that I know has to be done, but I don’t like it one little bit.
So we now begin this new trip around the sun and who knows what the new year will bring. I do know this…God still loves you — He always has and He always will. Momma, Daddy, Nana, Poppo, Nonnie and Poppy all love you — and we always will. It’s a troublesome world we live in and it’s nice to know that there are people in this world who will always love you and have your back. I promise you this…your backfield is FULL of people who will do whatever it takes to make sure you grow up into the man God created you to be.
I can tell you this…grandchildren make life funner and funner every day! Poppo loves you and there is absolutely nothing you could ever do to make me stop loving you. I can’t wait to see how we handle being 3 years old. Happy birthday Scooter.