Josh turned 15. Imagine! We arrived in this town just over 15 years ago – I was pregnant when we arrived. We soon found friends and settled into our new community. It is home now – couldn’t imagine living anywhere else….. oops … this is supposed to be about Josh and his 15 years of life!
One of the things that is really nice about being a parent of a 15year old is that I can look back and connect the things that I saw in my little toddler, in my preschooler etc and see those same traces now at 15. This gives me confidence that we can see the “who” God has created our children to be and can foster and enjoy their uniqueness. When I look back and think of the little Joshie I remember a caring boy, with a gentle spirit with a heart for what is right. He has had a heart to read God’s Word ever since he could read and we have enjoyed his many insights and applications over the years.
What we see now is a young man who still has a heart for God’s Word, who reads and memorises and most importantly wants this knowledge to be applicable in his life and in the life of society. We see a young man who is responsible and caring for the needs of others. Though he doesn’t like the limelight he will step up quickly when there is a need. He is loved by many little people in our family life (friend’s children etc) and often has them clambering all over him, he thinks this is strange but secretly enjoys them I think! He thinks deeply and on topics that often take me by surprise – topics of politics, ethics and history. He reads continually though history, especially war history, is his favourite along with fantasy novels. He enjoys writing and is learning to express his opinions in the written form clearly and unemotionally, choosing words carefully for impact. He also enjoys writing stories, often influenced by his reading.
We are very proud of our 15 year old Josh! (You can visit Josh’s own blog, Spitfires)
I know this post is just asking for photos – but just can’t do just now – I’ll have to get my "blog master" (Jessica) to get a compilation together for me. In honour of Josh’s birthday!