Dear Laura Kate

by Andy Wood on May 12, 2008

in Five LV Laws, Life Currency, Love, Photos, Principle of Legacy

Laura Kate 3We welcomed you into the world today after a lot of prayer and waiting, filled with joy and anticipation.  You didn’t disappoint!  Other little girls have been and will be born.  Other grandchildren will surely grace our family.  But you will always be our first.  And your arrival will always be a memorable moment in our lives.

On this day, May 12, 2008, it’s a crazy world.  But I guess people would probably have said that on the day I was born 49 years ago, too.  It’s an election year in America.  Here in Lubbock, our mayor just lost a reelection bid two days ago.  Soon the Democratic party will choose between Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama for their nominee for president.  Either one will represent an unprecedented step in American politics.  Republicans already have their candidate – John McCain.  An earthquake hit China today.  American soldiers are fighting in Iraq in an unpopular war. 

We worry about the world you are inheriting.  But we don’t fear as those who have no hope.  We know in whom our (and your) hope lies.

For a short time, I get to be your pastor.  That’s really cool.  But I’ll always get to be your grandfather.  And that’s even more cool.

Your parents are wonderful people.  I’d like them and love them, even if they weren’t my daughter and son-in-law.  They’re really different from each other, and that’s a good thing.  Your mom has always had this thing about being everybody’s favorite.  Just humor her.  Your dad is a Calvinist.  Just humor him.  They both love Jesus Christ.  Don’t just humor that – follow their example.  They’re starting you on a journey that welcomed you today with the sounds of praise music in the room.  You will follow them as they follow Christ wherever He leads them.

Over time, you will hear a lot about family legacy.  You’ll hear stories about a farm in Alabama and adventures in Thailand.  Believe them.  They are doubtless all true.  You’ll hear about Texas Tech University, rugby, bubblegum bandits, The Edge, various dogs and cats, and a place called Turning Point.

Most importantly, you will become a part of your own adventure.  And you’ll become the latest story we all love to tell about.  Some of it will embarrass you.  Oh well.  Get over it.  Most of it will make you proud.  You have a great heritage, beginning with your name.  Ask your dad and mom about it often.

Your grandmother and I love you, though we’ve just met once.  And we always will.  You will fail and succeed.  We will love you.  You will bring us pride and disappointment.  We will love you.  You will wear us out, and we will ridiculously spoil you.  And we will love you all the while.

Welcome, little one.  Now let’s have some fun.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Daddy May 12, 2008 at 6:57 pm

To Button,

Your Great Grandmother and Great Grand Paw welcome you also. We’re really anxious to get to see you and begin some spoiling of our own. We can’t wait ’til you can come to the Farm so we can get to show you off in Millry.

Love ya,

Great Grand Paw and Great Grandmother

Tree Newt May 12, 2008 at 8:20 pm

Congratulations Andy! Those little girls are something, eh? My father-in-law looks at me much differently since we brought our little girl home nearly two years ago! Amazing what those little bundles of joy do to an in-law!

Seriously, congrats! She’s beautiful!

Ed and Dona May 12, 2008 at 9:12 pm

What a beautiful start. Everyday we learn of FIRST FRUITS and how truly awesome God is!! Laura Kate, welcome. You are a First Fruit. We are so blessed that God has picked us to be in the audience [ so to speak ] of your entry. Laura Kate, I guess your dad will have to explain that to you at a later date, HA. Kerri, Kyle ….CONGRATULATIONS. Andy, Robin and rest of family ….now you can start slowly with braggin’ rights. We’ve seen this movie and wouldn’t trade one thing, period. We love you and your growing family. This makes Agape understandable.
May God continue to bless your family, Ed and Dona.

John & Lora Turpin May 12, 2008 at 9:55 pm

Congratulations!!! She is so beautiful. I know everyone has been waiting for sweet little Laura Kate to arrive. I hope we have the opportunity to meet her before they leave on their journey. Congrats !!!

God Bless,

The Turpin Family

carissa May 12, 2008 at 10:43 pm


Diane Rosenthal May 12, 2008 at 11:43 pm

Congratulations! We know how proud you are and she is just beautiful!
David and Diane

Robin Wood May 13, 2008 at 12:45 am

Laura Kate,

I cannot begin to tell you the joy that this day has brought to your PaPa and my life. You have only been here a few hours and yet you have captured our hearts. We already adore you and are loving you change even now – we eagerly await tomorrow.



JoAnne Wood May 13, 2008 at 9:53 am

She is beautiful. Welcome, we love you.

John & Chris Faubus May 16, 2008 at 11:33 am

Andy & Robbin
First Congratulation, the two of you know already that you are holding the most precious of precious. She is beautiful.
Kyle and Carrie, God has blessed you with a wonderful and beautiful baby girl, love her (as I know you will, Papa and Grammy will make sure of that).
May God bless and take care of you through out you lives.
John & Chris

Blair and Gayle Willson May 19, 2008 at 4:09 am

What a blessing, and all bundled up in that little blanket is a small example of how very much we are loved by Jesus, just to imagine He loves us even more than we love our children. We are rejoicing with each of you, what a beautiful little girl, and her Mommie and Daddy! All praise to Him, from Whom ALL blessings flow! Our love to you, Blair and Gayle (PS we have a beautiful LK too! Lisa Kay)

Ella "GiGi" Stapp May 22, 2008 at 10:11 pm

It has been a joy and a blessed privilege to me to get to know you two, Kyle & Carrie, and to be allowed to share in your joys and sorrows. The Lord is so good to us all and what a beautiful blessing He has given you. I will pray for your family as He starts this new chapter in your lives. It is going to be exciting to watch what the Lord is going to do through all three of you. Praises to our Father for beautiful Laura Kate!!

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