Some days I think we’re as different as night and day. Other days, like today, as she sits taking an AP exam while I type this, and I see her hard work and discipline to achieve, I think that maybe we’re more alike than I thought. Either way, I’m so proud of her.
This week we’re coming to the end of her freshman year (which has been the longest freshman year ever that started January 2019 and only ends now…that’s what happens when you change schools on different continents with different start and end dates). I can’t believe she’s already finishing one year of school in America. This move has probably been the hardest for her and yet she’s handled it with such grace and determination. I’m super proud of her for making the decision to make the best out of it even though it has been incredibly hard.
Grieving our move from South Africa to America has come in different waves and stages. We’re all still adjusting, even a year later. Today I’m just especially thankful for my kids and their resilience and intent to make something the best it can be.
Last May, Emma G and I did a fun little photoshoot. I used to take tons of photos, but in recent years, I haven’t picked up my camera much. Looking back at these reminded me how much I love it. Here’s to trying a new hobby or shaking the dust off of one you’ve put aside over the years!
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!
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…
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…