I strive for this verse:

"Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all." Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." Proverbs 31:28-30

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Josiah turns 10!!!

Happy 10th Birthday Josiah!!
(November 19, 2011)

My dearest Josiah,

My oh, my, where has the time gone?! I can't believe that 10 years have flown by in a blink of an eye since the first time held you and took on the role as a mommy. I love being a mommy! You have blessed me so much, son. I am amazed at the young man that you are turning into. I can't believe that I only have a few more years left with you before you leave the house. I get teary eyed thinking about that day, as I can't imagine you not being with me, your mommy. God has grabbed you so close to Him as you are very sensitive to Him in your life. I love to watch your relationship grow with our Heavenly Father. At this point in your life, you have made known that you truly feel that God has called you to be a missionary. I know, without a doubt, that God will use you in a special way to reach the lost people. It makes this mama's heart smile seeing you read your bible, praying, and talking about God in such a personal way. I am so thankful that you are my son that God has given me to raise for His service. I love you so much Josiah! You are such a sweet gentleman as well. You are more than willing to help complete strangers just as much as you are willing to help those you know well. People comment to me all the time about how sweet, friendly, and helpful you are. Your younger siblings adore you, more than you realize. Malachi looks up to you and wants to be with you all the time. It brings joy to me, to see how close of a relationship that you have with him. I'm so thankful that you all love each other so much. This past year, I have noticed how you have changed from little boy conversations to bigger boy conversations. I have enjoyed these moments in which we learn more about each other as we get to talk about all kinds of things. I enjoy each new thing you learn and am so blessed that I get to have you at home learning with me rather than send you off to school. It is so wonderful that I get to spend my days with you and your siblings. I am so proud of you Josiah, for the young man you are turning into, for all the things you do, for who you are and your vibrant love of God. I love you so much!!!! You make me smile, my sweet boy.

Happy Birthday Josiah!!

love always,
your mommy

You sure have some wild hair when you wake up!

Wow! Money from Grandma Carr! Judah loved your card by the way and just growled when he saw the dinosaur!

The book you wanted and a book light from Papa and Grandma Andrea!

Your little brother being cheesy :)

Malachi and Aliyah were so proud that they picked out this lego set for you and spent their own money on it too!

Opening up our gift to you.

The same race car that Malachi and Daddy both got for their birthdays....but in your favorite color.

Bowling for your birthday.

My handsome 10 yr old!!

Daddy's friend, Larry, joined us for your birthday. Fun sparklers on your requested chocolate cheesecake!

Favorite Things:

Food: this changes often, it was nachos, but now I think it is chicken and dumplings....maybe a close tie with shrimp!

Sport: soccer, hands down!

Season: I know you would say Colorado's summer, but you really love winter b/c you love the snow.

Pastime: reading and playing board games

Game: star wars monopoly and risk

Color: red

School Subject: science.....or rather anything you can read...so maybe reading???

Movie: The Last Airbender

Book: you will say your Bible...but besides that, you love anything by author Rick Riordan

Toy: Legos

Birthday Meals Requested:

Breakfast: sausage gravy and bisquits

Lunch: Daddy's french toast

Dinner: Chicken and Dumplings

Dessert: Chocolate Cheesecake