How have seventeen years gone by so quickly?
Abby Kate is full of great ambition and drive. She sets high goals for herself and achieves them with her determination. She is also thoughtful; she is the embodiment of the phrase, “Still waters run deep.” She is rarely the loudest voice in the room, but she is always thinking, always contemplating, always putting it all together. She also has a tender heart filled with compassion for the outsider, the overlooked, and the ones at the margins. She doesn’t do “drama” — unless her brothers step out of line! But she loves with all of her heart; she values loyalty and honesty more than anything else. She has her sights set on the medical field because she wants to help those who are in need and hurting physically. We are so proud of our daughter, our firstborn, Abby Kate! May these words follow you throughout your life: “I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God.” Isaiah 61:10
Joshua is always on the go. From the very beginning, he has always been a ball of energy. He is the first to rise and never afraid to try something new. His laugh comes easily and often; he has a genuinely playful spirit about him. You can never keep Joshua down. He is persistent and driven. The formative phrase in Joshua’s life is this one: “Never give up.” From the NICU isolette to the ball field, Joshua has always embodied this wisdom. He is also a good friend who goes out of his way to include others and put them at ease. Joshua is the one to reach out to the “new kid” on the first day of school. He seeks justice but loves mercy. He makes peace when conflict arises. His heart is set on a career in youth ministry and preaching, just like his father. We are so proud of this son of ours. May these words continue to guide your life, Joshua: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
Happy seventeenth birthday, Joshua and Abby Kate! We love y’all so much!