Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Happy 20th Birthday, Reuben!!!

We were so very thankful to meet you...20 years ago.  Through the years we have been so thankful for you, as well...I asked your brothers and sisters for things they enjoy about you...or things they enjoy doing with you...so...here come just 20 of the list in honour of your 20th birthday, along with 20 pics...walking along memory lane...   #1  Matthew and Caleb love playing games with you.
Here you are...already flying!  Preparation for that long flight to Taiwan!  #2 Someone mentioned how thankful they were for the cozy fires that you make.   Hmmm...what does that thermometer say???
"Look, Mom...No hands!"  #3 Elizabeth has enjoyed climbing trees with you...very high...in the wind!

#4  We have always appreciated your generous spirit!
#5  The girls have enjoyed the fine gentleman who has taken them out for ice cream on their birthdays!
#6  We have enjoyed your amazing sense of humour.
#7  Everyone has enjoyed skating with you.
#8 Caleb & Matthew enjoyed shooting with you.
#9  Camping together is always fun...you're a great camper.
#10  We enjoy singing with you at home, church, at the care center...or in the van on the way home from Illinois...your joyful noise is sounding better all the time!
#11 Working with you is so much fun...sometimes hilarious fun!   And the work even gets done! (most of the time, that is!)
#12 Esther loves it when you carry her up to bed!
#13  Marie loves the names you give her.
#14 JoAnna loves your emails...they make her feel special.
#15 Your enthusiasm greeting folks...and in so many things is great to see!
#16  Working together on VBS skits has been fun...
#17  Your teaching skills in Sunday School are so appreciated...by more than just your brothers and sisters!
#18 It has been fun to watch your diligence in learning Chinese!
#19  Oh...and about enthusiasm...we love to see how you use it in your teaching...I bet all of your students appreciate it!!!
#20   Your kindness and love for all of your family makes us all smile!

"I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you making request with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ...and this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgement. That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ:  being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ unto the glory and praise of God."  Ph. 1:3-6 & 9-11    We love you so much, Reuben...and are so glad you are a special part of our family!  May our great God bless you today, and fill you with His love, wisdom, strength and joy!   Happy Birthday!!!!!

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