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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Birthdays Matter

Today is Nathan's 3rd Birthday. We can't believe that he is so big! He was such a surprise blessing to us 3 years ago. We never saw it coming, but God did. We are thankful! He is 10 years younger than his next sibling, Jared.

Jared turned 13 before Christmas. We are so proud of the young man he is becoming. He has so much to offer the world, and Christ is living in him and growing him physically and spiritually. We are having a party for him and invited guests this Saturday. It will mostly be family and a few friends, and just for the guys.

Several years ago, Mel and I decided that we would make the 13th birthday a special experience for each of our kids. We try to emphasize how we see God growing them into the young man or (young woman in Hannah's case) that he designed for them to be before the ever took their first breath.

On Hannah's 13th she had a tea party - I wasn't there (Girls only)

Timothy's 13th was spent in the woods at Clinton lake because he loves the outdoors and enjoys time in quiet solitude - we had a fish fry and the mentoring men in Tims life were their to encourage him- (Guys only)

Jared's 13th will be at our house and we will spend time playing board games - because Jared is a socializer - he loves to spend time with people. My prayer is that this will be an encouraging time for Jared too. (Guys only)

Have any of you reading this blog done something similar to recognize your kids "Growing in Christ?" Please leave your comments below. I'd love to hear your ideas; things you've attempted and if they were successful or not. Maybe you have participated in one of our kids birthdays and have some feedback.

I hope we have been successful; we're trying. We love our kids so much and look forward, expectantly to the great adults they will become as the grow in Christ.


Tracy said...

For years on each child's birthday we would each write an entry in a special journal for them. Telling them about our hopes, dreams for them, about things we remembered from their year. Hopefully it will be something that they can enjoy when older to see about how much we loved them and wanted them to grow up as Godly men.

Alden Schoeneberg said...

That's a great idea, Tracy. Mel has let the each of the kids read her journal entry about the day they gave their lives to Christ. I think that was meaningful to them.