To my daughters on Fathers Day - It's because of you that I get to celebrate! I thank God for each of you and am sad to be apart today, but the drive up to Michigan has given me a lot of time to think about you girls.
Madeline, my oldest, you never ceases to amaze me with your inquisitive mind. I love watching people's reactions when you baffle them with your vocabulary and mental capacity. You're a critical thinker and a problem solver. You're also very tender hearted and empathetic. You're creative and adventurous. When you're being silly I call you crazy and you always reply with, "I'm crazy because my Daddy's crazy!" I love that. We can always be crazy together!
Hazel, you are quiet and observant. And that's not just because you don't talk yet. You are very easy going but you are also very determined. The limitations of infancy really frustrate you sometimes and when they do, you make sure we know about it! I love watching you push your limits and helping you reach your little goals because the joy expressed after success, is priceless. Your quiet determination and sweet smile will get you far. I can't wait to have conversations with you!
What I love the most about you girls is that you spread joy everywhere you go. And many places will you go! May it always be so.
Today is Hazel's First Birthday! My wife made a pretty sweet video for it and we all sang one of her favorite songs, "you are my sunshine" for the soundtrack. She's a special girl, Here's to many more!
We're on the ferry - headed to the Statue of Liberty!