July 13, 2002

Doug is such a beautiful boy. It is so neat to see him grow and learn a little more each day. When I think of the commandment to become as a little child and watch Doug I think of patience and determination. Although his physical abilities are uncoordinated, he is patient with himself as he repeatedly tries to put a cheerio in his mouth, and finally he gets it. Also, when he gets fixed on something he wants he is undeterred in his quest to get it, no matter what he has to crawl over or how far he has to stretch and reach or how many times you take him away from it (it it's something he shouldn't play with). The sweetest part is that it is not a frustrated effort, no matter how hard or how many times he has to try to get what he wants he is never frustrated, he just keeps at it with the same zeal and excitement as the first time. It is beautiful to watch, and sometimes tiring, especially if you are trying to keep him away from something. He is a wonderful boy and the spirit he brings into the home is pure and beautiful. I love him so much and am so thankful that I can be his dad. I am also so thankful for the mother he has, Faye is the mother everyone should aspire to be. But even still, we both have lots of ways to grow into better parents. We were both thinking about making a quick trip out to L.A. tomorrow for a reception for entering students at Griffith but decided against it today. Mostly, we don't want to push our car too hard. Also, that's a heck of a lot of driving for a three hour reception. So we will enjoy the sabbath here in Phoenix, which will be nice since we missed church last Sunday because of travel. I'd hate to miss two weeks in a row. 

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