Two years ago we were given the gift and responsibility of a son, John Donald Bryan. Every girl needs a brother and Carlie is certainly better for having him in her life. I love this age but feel the pressure every day to make a difference for him in training manners and character that will be the skills he will need most in life. For Donny’s birthday we took a day and went to Build a Bear together. None of us had ever been to a Build a Bear and it was impressive all the options and details they give to letting the children create their animal friend. Here are a few pictures from the last two years with Donny.
Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid; one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and honest and gentle in victory.
Build me a son whose wishes will not take the place of deeds; a son who will know Thee- and that to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge.
Lead him, I pray, not to the path of ease and comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulty and challenge. Here let him learn to stand up in the storm; here let him learn compassion for those who fail.
Build me a son whose heart will be clear, whose goals will be high, a son who will master himself before he seeks to master other men, one who will reach into the future yet not forget the past.
And after all these things are his, add, I pray, enough of a sense of humor, so that he may always be serious, yet never take himself too seriously. Give him humility, so that he may always remember the simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, and the meekness of true strength.
Then, I, his father, will dare to whisper, “I have not lived in vain.”
-Gen. Douglas MacArthur