14 Things I Love About My Boy

  1. He loves Jesus. My son is serious about being a fully-devoted disciple of Jesus and he orders his life in obedience to the scripture. He studies his Bible and goes with me to prayer meetings from time to time.
  2. Joshua is kind. He sword-fights with David, reads books to Sarah, plays with Rachel and Daniel and helps them with their schoolwork.
  3. He likes to laugh. Even the dumbest jokes that I tell, often get at least a chuckle. He has a hearty, un-self-conscious laugh that delights the listener’s soul. One of my favorite things to do is to watch him read one of my funny blogs.
  4. Joshua loves to read. Whether it is whipping through Ivanhoe or savoring Losing Joe’s Place, he has a keen appetite for good books.
  5. how do I choose what to read today?
    So many books, so little time.

  6. He is a faithful servant. Just try keeping him away from church, when tables or chairs need to be set up or taken down. And don’t get between him and the car when groceries need to be unloaded!
  7. Joshua loves games, the more complicated, the better. Whenever I want a good game of Puerto Rico, Citadels or Settlers of Catan, my son is all over it. Sometimes he lets me win, too.
  8. He is an excellent baker and cook, delighting the family with delicious meals and confections. Always one who likes to know where his next meal is coming from, his can be counted on for simple but hearty fare.
  9. Joshua is creative and inventive — his stories and drawings are sure to delight and amuse audiences young and old alike.
  10. He is an excellent actor, with a superb stage-presence and flair for the dramatic. I still get a chuckle whenever I think of his portrayal of Mr. Wunderman in Comic Book Artist a couple of years ago.
  11. The head honcho himself
    Joshua played an “old” man rather convincingly.

  12. Joshua has nearly perfect memory, and can be relied upon to have the correct details about almost any event (for which he was present). Coupled with good story-telling skills, he can always be relied upon as our resident historian.
  13. He is scrupulously honest, to the point that I am more likely to doubt myself than I am to doubt him.
  14. Joshua has a passion for history, particularly the Civil War, and can name all the U.S. Presidents, in order (something I never learned to do). He is probably the only person you know (if you know him) who can give you a detailed assessment of Millard Fillmore’s Presidency.
  15. He is gentle and careful with his strength, a quality I am coming to appreciate more, now that he is taller than me.
  16. Joshua listens carefully to what I say and seems genuinely interested in learning from me. He even pretends to like my Army stories.

joshua's tavern sign
Rachel and Tim designed this sign for Joshua’s room. Rachel did the painting.

I’m sure Joshua has his faults — he is, after all, descended from sinners whose only claim to fame is that they were loved and chosen by Jesus. But we’ll save the discussion of his shortcomings for his Anti-Birthday, to be held on the 18th of April.

Project 365 – Day 291

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10 thoughts on “14 Things I Love About My Boy”

  1. What a beautiful blog, dear daddy Tim. A treasure for the birthday boy, to be sure!!

    I love the way he laughs LOUDLY at your jokes!! He seems quite in tune with his dad.

    Love you kids. Aunt Kate

  2. Cheers to Joshua!
    “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.” ~Proverbs 22:1 KJV

    “A good name is to be more desired than great wealth,Favor is better than silver and gold.” NASB

    “A good name is more desirable than great riches;
    to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” NIV

    “A sterling reputation is better than striking it rich; a gracious spirit is better than money in the bank. ” The Message

    “Being respected is more important than having great riches.
    To be well thought of is better than silver or gold. ” NCV

  3. Dear Joshua: Grandma & Grandpa echo what your dad has written. Seriously, may we suggest that you continue to make good use of the good memory that God has given you to “hide God’s Word in your heart” – aka – memorizing Scripture. It will stand you in good stead in the years ahead. We love you, dear grandson. G’ma & G’pa.

  4. I think our sons were separated at birth. Sounds like my Nate. Down to the Civil War and presidential interests.

    Isn’t it nice to have a nice kid? Esp. a boy? They’re seeming rare lately.

  5. Anti-Birthday, a fascinating concept. Is this where I have to give the presents back? I don’t like the sound of that… There will be some anti-Anti-Birthday propaganda around this house, let me tell you.

    Well, Joshua’s OK for a cousin, I guess. I mean, it’s not like he’s tried to kill me (more than anyone else), or called me names (again, more than anyone else). All in all, I’d say you should keep him around, at least until tomorrow.

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