Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
— Mark 10:14

When I found out I would be a parent, I started keeping a journal in hopes that I could somehow put into words the feelings that began that day. Hope, Fear, Apprehension, Love, Family… no single word could describe what many have had the opportunity to experience. I wish those same feelings for my dear friends Dan and Patrick. Again, the word friend is inadequate. It isn’t only through blood that we are tied to our families. There are some that we choose and these two men have shown unparalleled love to mine and I’m happy to consider them part of my chosen family. So it’s no surprise we have asked them to be Godparents to our kids. Only after our twin boys came into our lives did I realize how much I truly rely on Dan and Patrick. I don't think our family would function without their generosity and compassion.

I’ve never been one to wear my heart on my sleeve. Showing emotion doesn’t come easy to me – so writing this letter had me at a standstill for weeks (or more accurately, months). It really wasn't until Thanksgiving when I found myself speechless while offering a prayer before dinner. I looked around the room at a sea of loving, supportive, heartfelt, and challenging faces which brought tears to my eyes. I've been blessed in so many unintelligible ways.

It’s been said before how Dan and Patrick are God-fearing men. Asking them to be Godparents was not an easy decision, but one that I know will continuously lead our boys to the Lord. Just as Jesus calls the children to his side, I truly believe he has placed certain people on this earth to safeguard His children. It’s up to us to guide these young minds and it’s up to Dan and Patrick, alongside us, to help them grow into the full stature of Christ.

So, all that said, I don’t address this to the mother questioning the future, I write this to the child. The child God is sending into this world; the child entrusted to lucky parents; the child meant for Dan and Patrick… The Lord has a plan for you and there is no better plan than beginning your journey in the care of these strong, intelligent, and passionate men. You are already loved so have no fear.

Yours in Christ,

x Adam