As I reflect upon the past 17 years, I think of my son and when he was first born. He was a big bundle of joy; 8 lbs 1 oz, 20". A Beautiful baby boy and now a Handsome young man.
Tonight, as we continued to celebrate Josh's birthday at The Twisted Root, we enjoyed burgers, fries, root beer floats, and root beer soft drinks. As we sat enjoying each other's company, I thought of the journeys we'd taken together and how wonderful they have been. The highs...and even a few lows, have helped to balance out our lives in such an awesome and blessed way. We work hard, play hard, and pray even harder!! LOL...
I KNOW God is real and that He truly watches over us because of some of the battles we've fought and won! Trying to be positive role models without being ridiculed and ostracized for being who we are as a family....as parents, doing our best to teach and train him in the way he should go...giving him the Christian foundational tools needed...teaching him about God/Jesus and how to pray for himself...offering him the best education [even though it has been a major financial sacrifice]...all of it has been a joy and the sacrifice has been worth it!
As parents, we've managed [with the help of the Good Lord] to teach and train up a Christian son and Honor Student. He also has a little P-T job, which is a bonus within its self because - working teaches him responsibility and discipline, as well as how to save and manage money.
Life is full of classroom lessons. I hope and pray that we have been that constant teacher and mentor to our son. I thank God for allowing me the opportunity to be his mother, for without the experience, my life may have taken a different turn. Either way, I know that God has been with me...with us and good to us; and I KNOW He will continue to be Lord over our lives, as we journey together and prepare for college now. Whew...it's funny how time flies when you're really having fun!!!
I thank and praise God for my helpmeet of 15 years, for helping me rear such an accomplished young man. Thank God for my co-parent and extended family too!! God IS good and He is trusting all parents to teach and train up His children accordingly.
I pray that God's protection, favor, and covering continue to surround our lives, as we journey through this Christian walk together, by faith in Christ - Amen.
Happy Birthday son!