Friday, September 16, 2016

happy 18th birthday, Ruth


Psalm 127:3  NASB
Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward.

We don’t play favorites at our house.  That is just the way that it is.  But you need to know that Ruth Megan Harrison is my favorite middle child, and today is her 18th birthday.  We are so proud of her.

Of our three children Ruth was the only one who decided to show up when we planned, or when Dr. Fisher planned if you must know.  It was early Wednesday morning when we checked in to the hospital in Vidalia, Georgia.  That hospital is gone.  Not too many hours and incisions later Ruth Megan Harrison arrived.  Her sister had a little sweet cry, but this new sister was different.  Her Aunt Mona said that Ruth’s cry was one of those that grabbed your spinal cord and yanked it out.

Fact of the matter is that Ruth is one of a kind.  All three of our kids are different and special.  Ruth is very special.  She is the first child to move many hours from home as this is her first birthday away from family, and I am getting to spend a little of this day with her.  I am glad.

Ruth is the first child to excel with an instrument, clarinet, in band.  She was the first to do many things.  We are so very proud of our baby Ruth, and she will always be just that.

My prayer for our children is this:

3 John 1:4  NASB
I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.

That doesn’t come by chance.  You have to plan this.  You have to instill in your kids faith.  Julie and I are not perfect, but we are so blessed to have our children believe in God and to walk with Him.

It has been such a blessing to watch Ruth live by faith.  And we know that there is more to come.  We have and continue to place you, Ruth, in God’s hands.  Just being proud of you is not enough.  We are so glad that God chose you to be part of our family.  You make our family stronger and brighter. 

We love you and have a very happy birthday!

Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.

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