Happy Birthday, Joshua!!

Dear Joshua,

Good morning! It tickles me that you come down every day and read the blog first thing. Soon you’ll need a warm blanket to ward off the morning chill. Settle in to my comfy chair and let me be the first to wish you a happy birthday. We’ll just call this little blog my Birthday Note to you. :)

I am so proud of you, Joshua! You are an amazing 14 year old and I am constantly struck with wonder that God placed you in our family and allows me to be your mother. You are growing to be an intelligent, kind, careful, diligent, serving, fun, and godly young man. I love hearing your thoughts on books, friendship, youth group and life’s daily events.

I looked aside for just a minute and turned back to find you confidently striding down the path to adulthood. How did that happen?

Merry Christmas!

The years go by too quickly.

Thank you for being kind and patient with your brothers and sisters. Thank you for holding me accountable in areas of purity, honesty and self-lessness. Thank you for modeling obedience and a cheerful spirit. Thank you for wrestling David, talking with Rachel, tickling Sarah, and playing with Daniel.

Joshua, you are a true servant and I am so grateful for all the ways you serve and bless our family every day. I love your passionate and creative mind, your discipline and strength of character. I admire the way you think through things carefully and hold firm to your convictions.

It would take too long to list all the ways in which you have added joy to my life and sweetness to our family. I have to leave something for your father and grandparents, friends and family to share as well.

The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son brings joy to his father… (Proverbs 10:1 a)

Your father and I pray earnestly for you. We pray that you will continue to walk steadfastly with the Lord, that you will have a deep and abiding relationship with Jesus Christ, that you will be pure and righteous, that you will be wise in your time and friendships, that you will treasure God’s Word in your heart, and that you will live for Him.

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Just another day in the life of a teenage boy.

Happy Birthday, Beloved Son!


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14 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Joshua!!”

  1. HI Joshua! Happy Birthday! You do not remember me, but I held you when you were a tiny baby in Stamford Connecticut. We passed you around between games of Pounce and Nertz up in the little 3rd story apartment. You sound like you have grown up to be just like your parents, and that is a good thing in my book! God bless, Anne Chamberlin

  2. Happy Birthday, beloved son. Your Mom is right, we are very proud of you, and very excited to see what God is going to do in your life. You are a fine boy, and you bring me joy nearly every day.

    I love you!


  3. Happy Birthday Joshua from the Dilley family!!! I can’t tell you how many times your mom speaks so highly of you. I know God has great plans for you!

  4. I’m always so, so, so happy to see young homeschooled men. It’s refreshing and makes my job raising daughters all that much easier. I worry all the time that other parents aren’t going to stick it out when the stuff gets hard. You guys are, HOORAY for you guys.

    My 12 yo would like having an older guy to hang with. Too bad we’re in Arizona now….far, far, far away. :(

  5. Happy Birthday Joshua! If it weren’t for you I would probably have written boys off as useless several years ago. As it is, your are one of the best boys I know in all areas of life. And, coincidentally, one of the few people I talk to who’s actually read books I haven’t! Have a great birthday.

  6. Happy Birthday Joshua: We will be celebrating your birthday some more next week but Grandma & I did want to send along greetings. Between your Mom & Dad, they’ve about said it all. But, we can add that we, too, love you and are encouraged by your good spirit and godly attitude. We are exceedingly proud of you, and look forward to a bright future for you as one of God’s “front line” warriors. Have a great day, Josh.

    Love, Grandma & Grandpa

  7. I love you, too, Joshua. It’s fun being your aunt. You were the lst of Nana’s great grand kids!! I saw you roll over for the very lst time- in Stamford, CT.

    I hope for more times of being with you in the future!

    Happy Birthday! Love, Aunt Kate

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