Happy Birthday Lauren! You will always be my favorite daughter-in-law. It's been more than 12 years since I first suspected you might become my favorite. How well I remember Christopher's senior year of high school.
Typically around midnight, before heading to bed, I'd walk past the bedrooms of each of my kids. Most nights I found Christopher on the phone. "Christopher, get off the phone!" I'd hiss. "Who are you talking to so late at night?" The answer was always the same, "Lauren." He never seemed to mind that I got angry. I knew whomever he was talking to must have been worth it.
You were the first one to marry into our family. What a joy it was to see you go from the fun loving, always up for adventure girlfriend, to the devoted wife who gave strength, beauty, and order to Christopher's life. I knew you were the blessing I'd prayed for all those many years. You and Christopher complement one another very well.
Two summers ago, I watched you become a mom for the first time.
I knew the two of you would be loving, faithful, thoughtful parents but what a delight to see you in action. You've always exceeded my expectations.
I am excited to see your family grow. Your new little one should arrive in the next couple of weeks.
Ivydee will be a great big sister. Her mama has prepared her well.
I love you Lauren, happiest of birthdays.
"Your wife shall be contented in your home. And look at
all those children! There they sit around the dinner table as vigorous and
healthy as young olive trees." (Ps. 128:3)
Today is Elisabeth and Brian's First Wedding Anniversary.
It was a spectacular wedding.
So much has happened since this wonderful union.
Three of these lovely ladies are expecting babies.
And these two have the sweetest baby boy.
Congratulations Elisabeth and Brian, and a very Happy First Anniversary!
Can't wait for many more memories with you all!
"Enjoy life with the woman you love all the days of your life that will soon be over. God has given you these days under the sun. This is the good you will get in life and in your work which you have done under the sun." Ecc. 9:9
Sometimes I have grand ideas. I'm guilty of buying cards for others, but never sending them. In fact, I have several Father's Day cards sitting on my counter that were intended for my son, sons-in-law who are fathers, and my dad. I wish I believed the adage, "it's the thought that counts," as then it wouldn't matter if they were ever sent or not. Sometimes we have to do more than just think about being nice, we have to BE nice.
I looked at my neglected blog and noticed under the fifty label I had 14 posts. I pulled out my notebook where I began writing my fifty and today, in honor of my son's birthday, will share a fifty.
Twenty-seven years, (it's actually 31, but this was written 4 years ago,)where has the time gone? Looking back I remember a little boy who was 2, playing with his big sister. I smiled to see my children playing together. I watched you share with her as you held out the rope swing to her, "Here Chrisnina." As she reached for it, you snatched it back just out of her grasp, doubled over laughing. "Here, here, come get it!" I knew right then and there that you had a wonderful sense of humor, a love of fun and pranks, and also that boys are very different than girls.
You loved sports. You played hard. You were friendly, yet extremely competitive, striving to always win. You maintained a sense of fairness and good sportsmanship at all times.
You enjoyed riddles, figuring things out, and winning math competitions. You've always had a tender side, from the little boy who prayer for his mom when she was sick, to the young man who wasn't afraid to hug his mom in public, to the grown man who desires justice and a defender of the weak.
I'm proud of the man and husband you are. You walk with Lauren as a partner and friend, not ahead of her or behind but united as one. I am so happy you have each other. Together you are strong and will accomplish much in this life.
It wasn't included in the original letter, but now that it is 4 years later, I can also include what a wonderful, caring father you are. I love watching you parent Ivydee, teaching her, learning from her, and guiding her. Your love for your family portrays the love of the Father and your children will be blessed because of your gentle parenting.
A year ago today, we received the special news that Elisabeth was expecting. As I reflected on this event, I realized my first 4 grandchildren all have a connection with the month of July.
Ethan was born in July, 13 years ago.
Ivydee was born in July, 2 years ago.
On July 13, 2013,
it was announced to us that Christina was expecting Josiah.
As I mentioned, last year on the 4th of July, we found out about Beckham. That's a lot of celebrating in July, especially regarding the joy of grandchildren. Is it possible we will have more announcements/celebrations in the month of July? Anyone???
For fun, July 4, 10 years ago:
4 years ago
July, 1 year ago:
"Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!" (Psalm 34:8)