A letter to my nephew:
I told someone just the other day that when you were born it changed my world. It’s true. I have always had close ties with family, I have always loved deeply and with everything I have, but you brought a new depth to that love when you were born. A depth that speaks to the innocence of life and the beauty of the bonds of family.
Just watching you live and learn brings so much joy to me. On your last visit you had grown and matured so much, our conversations were actual chats and less one word exchanges. I enjoyed taking you on our little field trip to the farm, watching you interact, and learning even more about you. You reminded me of so much on this day. I first noticed your gentle spirit as you carefully and tenderly held the baby bunny taking extra caution to be quiet while they slept in your lap and hold them with such gentle hands.
Your childlike spirit I noted, in more ways than one. You would gather the hay and dump it on your soft blonde hair. You approached life as fun and adventurous, I hope you never lose that! You were a little timid to be the first to ride the horse but you worked up the courage and jumped right up like a pro.
You are a true Holloman, everyone you meet is your friend. This was your first day meeting Knox and Kuyper and you would think you had known them all your life. How instantly you make friends was a great lesson for me. As adults we tend to pass judgment, have pre-conceived notions of people and slowly become friends. Many of the kids you met on this trip were your best friend within second of you meeting. I remember you telling me “we had visitors” at the office one day and then playing for over an hour with the kids that came to visit. No gossip, no drama, just lots of laughter, good times and a vivid imagination!
Your smile still melts my heart, your voice brings a warmth to my soul, and I love you more than you could ever know little Gavin! You bring a depth to my life I had not yet know until you arrived and for that I am grateful. You did change my world and for the better.
I also made a new friend while visiting the farm, Faye. She opened up her home to us (twice now) and ever since I’ve been trying to find excuses to visit this beautiful, sweet lady.
Parents, if you are looking a wonderful birthday party location or even a summer camp opportunities, please check out Old McFaye’s Farm. Her summer camps are genius, you need to check into them! You can also learn about spring break camps, buy farm fresh eggs and more. Follow the farm on Facebook!
One huge thanks to Faye for all of your hospitality. Hugs to you from us, we value your friendship and are thankful for your generosity!