Today is Brandon's birthday. My oldest son is 13 and I just can't believe it. My husband took him away for the weekend for some "Manly" time. Actually, the best gift he received was a book that my husband compiled with the help of 21 other men.
A month ago, David wrote a beautiful letter to the men in Brandon's life who have meant something to him. Each man was to write a letter to a 13 year old with the best "life" advice they could give him accompanied by a picture of themself. He received so many amazing letters from the heart of men we so admire and respect. He got one from his youth pastor leader where he loooOOOves to go every Wednesday night. He got one from Pop in Australia with incredible advice about life and having lived through so much experience. He received one from our pastor Bob in Orange County where we use to live...one of our most favorite people in the whole world. I could go on about the particulars, but this was one gift that could not be bought.
Our friends here in town lent them their cabin for a Man to Man retreat to talk about what it means to become a man. What a great time they had together.