On Friday, Justin had his commissioning ceremony. I’m so proud of him. I wrote him a letter that I wanted to make public.

Dear Justin,

Day to day life is so overwhelming and I sometimes forget that you are a part of something much bigger. I see you playing games with the boys, entertaining Audrey so I can grab a quick shower, fixing things around the house, and getting up at night to fight the kids nightmares.

And then- on days like today- I’m reminded of how much you do that I never see and never know. I’m reminded of how hard you have been pushed and how much is demanded of you. I am aware that you are remarkable.

Thank you for choosing to do the difficult work of being a faithful father and husband while you, simultaneously, do the difficult work of freedom fighting. I will never know what this demands of you.

Thank you for going to work every day and for coming home, too- neither of which is easy.

Thank you for being all in, all the time.

Thank you for chasing adventure and for taking me along for the ride.

Thank you for loving me.

Today, I want you to know I believe in you. I believe in us. And I am so incredibly proud of you.



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