Dante Paul Tomassoni

September 11, 2007

Dante Paul Tomassoni was born on August 21, 2007 at 10:55pm. He was 7 lb 7 oz and 20 inches long. It has been a challenging and growing time for me and April, but it has also been very rewarding for us as parents. What a great gift and responsibility it is to be parents to such a needy, helpless, funny little person! I guess the only things Dante can really do on his own are fall asleep and spit up…It’s wild to think about that. I’ve been reminded through these last few weeks of a few scriptures in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke when Jesus mentions little children…

In Matt 18 verse 3, in a response to his disciples asking about who would be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, Jesus says, “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Also in Luke 18 verse 15, when people were bringing babies to Jesus, his disciples told them to stop…and Jesus says here, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”

So within these verses I am challenged to think about our son Dante, and what he is like as a baby. What does it mean to “change to become like a little child”? What are Dante’s qualities and characteristics? Jesus was intentional when he communicated the importance of being like little children…so when I’ve looked at Dante, these are some qualities about him that I’ve observed that are challenging to my faith as a follower of Christ.

-he loves to eat
-he’s totally dependent on me and April in cleanliness, hunger, hydration, places to rest
-when he is hungry, he becomes desperate for his food, crying and squirming
-he has to be fed over and over again through out the day and night
-he is so small
-it’s easy for him to be “over-stimulated” as April says, when there are too many things going on at one time (TV noise and flashing pictures, bright lights on, airplanes flying over the house to BWI, room temperatures too hot or cold, etc…) When he”s on sensory overload, he needs me and April to quiet everything down, turn off the TV and lights, hold him and just be still with him. Then he seems to be fine.

Anyways, I’m sure these observations of my son will mean different things (if anything) to different people in their walk with Christ. For me, I’ve been realizing that in a world that has so many social, occupational and spiritual ladders to climb up, so many titles we can get in front of or at the end of our names, so much competition of what we own: houses, clothes, automobiles, etc…In a world like this, we have all been called to a spiritually simple, helpless and dependent life of a little child.
John T



2 Responses to “Dante Paul Tomassoni”

  1. Meemaw Says:

    Hi Dante,

    Hope you are doing well. Meemaw missing you so much. Your mommy and daddy are keeping us posted on how you are doing. I look forward to the time we can read you a story over the webcam. Granpa and I are praying for God’s provision of a good rate for flights where you and your mommy and daddy can come and visit us over the holidays.

    I love you!


  2. Hello Tomassoni Family…

    It’s so great to read about how you guys are growing and being challenged as a family. We too are hoping to get up there soon. We love you three very much.

    Kyle and Melissa

    Swahili Word of the Day for Dante: Kaka (brother)

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