Monday, August 5, 2013

A Letter for Yuri

To my darling grandson Yuri:

I just wanted you to know that tomorrow as you get ready for your first day of kindergarten, that Nana is thinking about you, and praying that this new chapter in your life will be filled with excitement and wonder, and that you will enjoy every minute of it. I'm so proud of you and love you so very much.  I can't believe this day is already here.  It seems like just last week that I was getting the phone call to come to the hospital because you were getting ready to make your entrance into this world.  It's been a spectacular 5 1/2 years so far, and I'm looking forward to many more years ahead.  

 Here are a few wishes, hopes and suggestions that may help you through this new adventure called Kindergarten:

1.  Start your day with prayer and try to memorize 1 favorite scripture verse that will help you through the tough times.  My favorite is Proverbs 3:5:  "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding."  Or you could do Colossians 3:20 "children obey your parents in all things." :)  Also, eat a good breakfast!

2.  Bring your smile with you wherever you go.  Most people will smile back, and that makes you feel good.

3.  Be friendly.  It helps when you want to make friends.  Choose friends who are kind to others.

4.  Learn discipline by playing a sport.  Baseball, soccer, teaches you how to respect others and play as a team.

5.  Take the time to find the joy in butterflies and bugs!  Be nice to animals.  Help mom in her garden.

6.  Do your chores everyday without mom having to remind you:  clean your room and do the dishes!  

7.  Keep listening to music and singing with mom and your sisters in the car!  Music is an important part of life.  Good music can inspire you; cheer you up and make you think about stuff.  

8.  Listen to your teacher and respect her.  She will teach you things that will open your world up in ways you never imagined.  (I can't wait til you can read - that alone is one of the greatest treasures you can learn in school)...  Books can take you places that you only dream about....

9.  Tell your teacher that you love to write in journals.  Keep writing Yuri... I just have a feeling you are going to be an amazing writer one day.  Draw pictures; collect leaves and bugs.  Paste them in your notebooks (well not the bugs)... 

10.  Dream big... build things...use your imagination and create something amazing...  If you want to be an astronaut, then be one.  If you want to be a bug catcher, than be the best bug catcher you can be.  Nana Pam knows that you can be whatever you wish, and I believe that you'll be the very best at it.  Just pray about it first!  :)

11.  Pray before you eat your lunch.  Don't ever be embarrassed to bow your head for a moment to thank God for your food.  It's the little things that matter.  

12.  Stay away from nuts!  Please!  (I'm talking about the nuts you eat, not nutty kids)  :)

13.  Be kind and be respectful to others.  This is very important.  If you want others to be nice and respectful to you, you need to be kind and respectful to them.  Otherwise, you will be all alone, and no one will like you.  And that's not fun.  

14.  Take care of the things you have been given.  Treat them as if you may never get a replacement.  Mom and dad work hard to get you nice things; so be thankful.  ALWAYS.  

15.  Use your manners.  Say "please" and "thank you";  "yes ma'am" and "no ma'am".  And don't interrupt when someone else is talking.  Stay in your bubble, and don't get in other kids bubbles...  

16.  Have fun!  Learn to swim; climb a mountain; gaze at the stars; read lots of books and listen with an open heart and mind.  

17.  Don't be afraid to ask questions.  If you don't understand something, raise your hand and ask the teacher.  

18.  Stand up for what you believe in and never be ashamed of who you are.  You are a Burtamekh, and a child of the King!

19.  Exercise your body and mind in equal portions. 

20.  Laugh daily; at yourself and with others.

21.  Be curious, strong and forgiving.

22.  Always show kindness and compassion to others (and to animals).

23.  Always love to learn something new.

24.  Use your hands for hugging, not hurting.

25.  Do your part; accept responsibility.  

26.  I pray that one day you have a true and loyal friend, and that you also are a true and loyal friend.

27.  Always make time for silliness and play!

28.  Build a strong bond with your little sisters.  They are going to be with you for a long time!

29.  Always remember that people are more important than things, and God is more important than anything.

30.  Always keep your word.

31.  Remember that God, home, family and traditions really do matter.

32.  Communicate:  In big ways and little ways.

33.  Don't take anything for granted.  And...don't take anything that's not yours.

34.  Don't be afraid; but if you are, just know that there are lots of people who love you and are there to help you.  No matter what!  And Jesus is always with you, even when mom/dad or nana can't be.

35.  Build people up; don't tear them down.  (say something that makes them feel good)

36.  Be slow to anger and quick to forgive.

37.  Lead more than you follow; listen more than you speak.

38.  Keep your body, mind and soul strong.

39.  Don't be afraid to dance, sing, giggle, or dream.  Remember what Dr. Seuss says:  "Today you are you, that is truer than true.  There is no one alive who is Youer than You."

I love you my sweet grandson, and I will pray for you everyday that you will be safe from harm, danger, sickness and diseases, and that your life will be filled with joy unspeakable...

I love you more than a worm loves dirt, and more than the stars in the heavens!  You are my sunshine!

Love you forever,

Nana Pam 

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