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Happy 18th Birthday, Joshua!

It’s true that time really does fly. I can’t believe that today we are celebrating our firstborn’s 18th birthday. It truly does seem like yesterday we were bringing home that 9 lb. 12 oz bundle of cuteness. In honor of Joshua’s birthday, today I’m sharing 10 favorite things that have to do with Joshua.

1. His sense of humor. He’s so funny with his sly jokes. One time Jeremy commented that Joshua and I have a similar sense of humor to which Joshua replied, “No, we don’t.” I was shocked, because we actually do. Then, he added, “I’m funny.” Yep. There it is. That sense of humor!

2. When Joshua was about 7, we were living in Texas for a sabbatical time. Jeremy told Joshua he would pay him $3 to pick up all the sticks in the backyard. A couple of hours later we find Emma Grace picking up sticks and Joshua in his room. We asked Emma Grace what she was doing, and she happily replied that her brother was paying her $1 to pick up all the sticks. We didn’t know whether to be mad or to laugh in that moment!

3. His sensitivity to the feelings of others. It’s a beautiful thing.

4. His love for learning and reading. I’m always impressed by his thirst for knowledge.

5. When he was 3 or 4, we had a weekly evening gathering at our house. It always went way past Joshua’s bedtime, so we would put him to bed while everyone was still there. One night in particular he couldn’t stand being in bed while everyone was downstairs, so he got up and sat at the bottom of the stairs in a spot where it was hard to see him, but he could hear what was going on. Of course, we discovered he was there and took him back to bed. It happened again, so we told him to stay in bed or we would take his nightlight out of his room. We thought that would do the trick, so we were shocked when we discovered him at the bottom of the stairs again. We were even more shocked when he handed us the nightlight. Guess we chose the wrong punishment!

6. I love being able to have an intelligent conversation with him while learning interesting facts about just about anything. It always keeps the conversation interesting.

7. This video of his 12th birthday.

8. I love that he’s not afraid to say what he thinks or wants.

9. That smile of his. Melts this mama’s heart!

10. Most of all, I love Joshua for who he is, because who he is is pretty great!

Happy 18th birthday, Joshua! I love you with all my heart!

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Throwback Thursday

Is that even still a thing? Probably not, but today, in this space, it is. I’m starting to see bluebonnets popping up, so in honor of the season, I thought I’d post this from 2012. I highly doubt they will ever be interested in recreating this, so I will just look at this image and comment about how fast the time goes. The oldest turns 18 tomorrow, and the youngest is studying driver’s ed. Sigh…

Kids Thoughts

kids doing big things for god

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Jesus makes it very clear in the parables that children are precious and that if we want to witness the splendor of heaven, we must become like children. It’s no surprise, then, that God would use kids to do big things for Him. Click over to Tommy Nelson to read the story of God using a young child at the laundry mat in the Atlanta ghetto…

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the light

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My thoughts have been inundated lately with light. There’s such power in light. It pierces through darkness like nobody’s business. I recently wrote an article on Tommy Nelson about how to teach our kids to live in the light of the Father’s love. Do join me over there, and let me know what you think!
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books of the bible for kids

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There’s some really great books nestled in the Bible, ones that are full of adventure, suspense, and life lessons. I recently wrote about my top Old and New Testament picks for books of the Bible for kids to read and included some discussion questions to check comprehension skills. Do click over to read my list and comment with your top picks for books of the Bible for kids to read!