Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Happy 11th Birthday, My Oldest Son!
Here is my Joshua. He has a huge responsibility being the oldest of six brothers and sisters. He is a very special guy.
You are growing up so fast. Instead of counting the years that I've had with you, I start counting how many I have left. I realize (tears are streaming down) that I'm over half way done raising you. Where has the time gone? I love that you are older and all the help you give me (I know changing diapers aren't your favorite thing), but I sometimes forget to think about when you were smaller and more dependent. I know you would love to have more freedom. But I think you understand how important it is to be a good example to your brothers and sisters. As I release you, bit by bit, I pray for wisdom.
I also want to compliment you on your heart for God. You truly know right from wrong. I don't worry about you in that regard. You have a solid foundation and your faith is strong. You are an encourager and it makes me so happy to watch you use that special gift that God has given you to build up others.
I LOVE your imagination! You are so creative and can turn ANYTHING into a war item. I have watched you excel in sports and know you must have gotten that from your father (not me!).
Many blessings, Joshua, on your birthday. We chose your name well. Joshua means "The Lord is My Salvation". You know that salvation comes through Jesus.