Our oldest child and oldest son is 17 today! Somebody please tell me where the time has gone! We were married 4 years before Samuel was born. He was a much anticipated baby, let me tell you; the first grandchild on both sides of the family. He's been a joy to us all his life, and as we watch him growing into a young man, he brings us more and more joy and satisfaction.
Samuel is pretty quiet . . . until you get him talking about sports. He's the ultimate baseball fan! He has also developed a strong interest in hockey and is becoming a regular Canucks fan. Since he was just a little boy, his interests have been baseball and the weather. He used to watch the Weather Channel for entertainment when he was a preschooler . . . and when we go somewhere that has it, he still likes to watch it.
Samuel was saved when he was almost 7 years old. He finishes high school this year, then plans to stay home a year before going off to college. After college, his ultimate goal is to come back to Canada and work in a ministry here, not necessarily with us. I think one of the greatest privileges the Lord has allowed me is to be not only the daughter and wife of missionary preachers, but also the mother of one. Although I dread the separation that will eventually come, I have no greater joy than to have my children serving the Lord.
Samuel, your daddy and I love you and we're very proud of you! Have a happy birthday!