Eight years ago today my wife & first three kids met this handsome new addition to the family, and we have all been abundantly blessed by his presence on every single one of the 2,920 days since then... give or take here or there for a leap year.
Joseph is one of the most compassionate, kind-hearted people I know. We recently had a family member comment on how he often searches out the person who may be lonely in any setting and loves on them. And anyone would be encouraged to hear him pray. I always am.
As you can see in the picture above, one of the things he enjoys most is playing with weapons. He also loves being with his friends, learning more about the magic of reading, living life with his brother & roommate & best buddy Jaden, wrestling, bike-riding, and having a good book read to him.
Joseph, my prayer for you on this birthday is that you will walk blamelessly (through the repentance of sins) and do what is right, speaking truth in your heart. May you despise all that is vile---slandering with your tongue, doing evil to your neighbor, taking up a reproach against your friend. May you always honor those who fear the Lord. May your word always be completely trustworthy. May you be a wise steward of all that God has given you. And in following Christ, may you not be moved. (Psalm 15)
"Build me a son, O Lord,
who will be strong enough to know when he is weak,
and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid,
one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat,
and humble and gentle in victory."