Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Happy Birthday Toby!

My Daddy's Hands

I came into the world,
And reached for your strong hands.
My tiny fingers knew you,
Before I could understand.

Your hands proudly held me,
And smoothed my newborn hair.
They'd grow to love to tickle,
And toss me in the air.

Your hands are the teachers,
That catch and throw a ball.
That steady my two-wheeler,
And soften each new fall.

Your hands are the guideposts,
That set and keep the rules.
Offer good advice and wisdom,
And cheer hard work in school.

Your hands are my anchor,
As I leave my childhood home.
Shake my hand and pat my back,
As I live life on my own.

One day I'll have a child,
And come to understand.
The power of the love,
Held in my Daddy's hands.

~T. Harrison~

Toby, it's so special to watch you and Patrick together. Each time you enter the room he gets a huge grin on his face and lets out that funny little squeal. He sure does love his Daddy! Although the poem encompasses much more than just six months it reminds me once again how quickly Patrick will grow up. The days seem to slip by so fast but you have a way of putting everything on hold to savor each moment with our precious boy. I found a quote that reminded me of you:

My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, "You're tearing up the grass." "We're not raising grass," Dad would reply. "We're raising boys." ~Harmon Killebrew

Thank you for always having your priorities straight and for ever so gently reminding me of my own when I stray;) Happy Birthday sweetie. We love you!


Unknown said...

Toby, Angie is right. Patrick loves you so much! You are such an amzing father and I know that you and Angie have what it takes to raise Patrick. Toby, you are such an amzing person and I am so glad that you are that one with my sister. You have done so much for our family and I know that you are a huge blessing to yours. I hope that you have a great birthday and we all love you very much!

Anonymous said...

That was so special and thoughtful Angie. Happy Birthday Toby and continue to let God be your guide!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Toby. You deserve every good thing in your life. We are so proud of the wonderful man you have become. Angie, that was beautiful. You two are just amazing together. We love you both.