You entered our life on March 5th at 4:50am during the middle of a blizzard here in Nashville. Your arrival was unexpected (16 days early) yet gratefully welcomed. Your Mom and I are super in love and so proud to be your parents. You continue to take our breath away, and you have changed our lens about life and family forever. We love you so much!
As you grow up, life is going to beat you up and kick you when you are down. It owes you nothing. Remember that always. All I ask is that you continue to get back up. Again. Again. Again. And again. Never quit.
Not only do I not want you to quit, but I want you to:
Fight for what is right.
Trust your gut.
Aim for consistency.
Pick your battles.
Make smart choices everyday.
Take the high road.
Go the extra mile.
Do what is right.
Eat your greens.
Respect your elders.
Don’t get comfortable.
Don’t let others determine your self-worth.
Do what you love.
Don’t chase money.
Stay away from debt.
Find a wife you adore and who will make you a better person.
Get a dog.
Don’t be afraid to hire people smarter than you.
Maximize your strengths.
Remember that life rewards the dogged.
Know that grit always beats IQ.
Always be curious.
You have one fun, crazy, exciting, challenging, and deeply rewarding journey ahead of you. Welcome to the world! We can’t wait to show you around.