Wednesday, July 27, 2022


 Dear Mancub, 

Today you are five, a most magical age, and one that has always been Nana's favorite. 

You are full of wonder, curiosity, sweetness and joy. You are 1 special little boy who still asks a million jillion questions and who never lets a new word go by without asking 'what's that?' Still never satisfied with a simple answer, always drilling down to understand completely every new word you hear. 

He's one-Tacoma Washington

You are wonderfully smart and too 2 sweet. Tender hearted and sensitive, in touch with other's moods and feelings. You love your family and your friends, a gentle tone, goodnight kisses and big hugs, Hunley-Bunley, and Hudson the bear who has been beside you since you were a tiny tot. 

He's two-South Korea

You are the oldest of our 3 grandsons, the one who made us grandparents, and we thank God every day for the gift of you. You gained a cousin this year which is pretty exciting. 'What's a cousin? We love the way you've learned to embrace the role of big brother (and biggest cousin)...the way you always call little brother by his full name, the way you lay your head on momma's belly and then when baby sister kicks you laugh with delight. Sissy is so very lucky to have big brothers who I know will protect, tease, and love her as she grows. 

He's three-still South Korea 

You love building robots, building anything, reading books, rough housing with brother, playing ball, outings with your Daddy, coloring inside the lines, riding your scooter, fishing, and most of all-the water. You had swimming lessons this year and your skill has grown by leaps and bounds. You spent a week with us at the lake where we held hands and counted 1-2-3 4-5 before running off the dock with a great big cowabunga!! 

Back in the US of A

And now you're 5. A whole hand. Still willing to be little but also wanting to be big. Soaking up the world like a sponge and digging yourself deeper into my heart with every passing day. Happy birthday mancub...

Keep shining and remember always Nana loves you deep and wide xo

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6


  1. Tears. What a beautiful tribute to your five-year-old mancub!! Love, love, love!! xo

  2. I love your idea of writing a letter to your grands on their birthday. So precious. I will have to borrow that idea. Happiest birthday to your oldest grandson. May God bless him and keep him!

  3. Oh, my goodness! I did not know that Maggie was pregnant and much less, a GIRL!!!! How exciting! And, Mancub is just precious! Exciting times!!!!

    1. Not Maggie...she just had a baby. Her older sister (with the two little boys) is expecting a girl in the fall.

  4. I love this! It is so beautiful and he is going to love reading this when he is older.

  5. Happy Birthday, Mancub! Grandchildren are certainly the best gifts God sends to us along the way!

  6. What a sweet post! Happy birthday to him!

  7. What a lovely post Joyce. Yes 5 year olds are at such a lovely age.