Wednesday, March 21, 2012

another birthday!!

Today is Andrew's birthday!! 16!!!! It's just getting harder to grasp I have so many "older" children!! Two 24 yo's, almost a 23yo, a 21 yo, a 20yo this fall, an 18 yo and now Andrew 16!!!! There are more "older" ones than younger ones now!! What gifts they each are, their own individual uniqueness, personalities, skills, abilities, if you think about how many people we have and all those aspects, there is alot of diversity in our family!! It's neat how we can all be so different, yet work together and Lord willing fulfill plans and be vessels for God's kingdom and lights for His glory as a family! Thats my prayer, always no matter where they go, what they do, may they always honor and glorify the Lord!! Happy Birthday Andrew!! Celebrating with a special dinner of his choice and a giant choice Snickers Cake!!

Spring is here!! Plus with the rain, everything is just popping with color!! I just stare at all the buds and blooms that announce "life!!" I am always blessed by Joel's tree in our front yard! So thankful for the reminder that Joel is alive and well and safely waiting for us!! So thankful that as long as we are on this earth, that in every season whether Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter or even in seasons of life of sorrow, pain, health, aging, sickness, or even raising children.... He is with all seasons!!

"And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know, from the first day that I came to Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons." Acts 20:18

I asked Mercy what she told Anna when she was in the girls room late after her big birthday night. I guess Anna walked into the room and Mercy was talking.... she was talking to Joel and telling him all about her birthday, that she missed him and when she was telling me the story she said "and (Joel) he knows all about it, right, cause God is in heaven!!" oh, that girl!!!

Yay for Spring!!!!


Sarah said...

Oh, your yard and garden looks so lovely!

Daniel and Jaynee Lockwood and Family said...

Awww...sweet Mercy, girl! I love Joel's tree! And I got to see it in real life! It's so much more special in the pictures now :)
Happy Birthday, Andrew! 16 is sooo grown up! Our oldest will be 16 in October. One of the reason's I've always loved "watching" you is that I am right behind you as far our children go. Thank you for the blessing, encouragement and faithful friend you are!!!
Even though the days are busy and I haven't been in communication much this year, know you are thought of often!!