Wednesday, January 11, 2017

SIXTEEN


I'm not sure how this day is already here, but we've blinked a few times and our sweet baby boy is 16 today.  Thank you for indulging me today as I gush and share about our boy...he is the "dimples" in Dimples and Tangles, after all!


Truly, when you're in the thick of raising babies and toddlers and hear others say "Enjoy this time, it goes by all too fast..." it's hard to see more than 5 minutes ahead of you and believe them.  But as our children grow older, it's all too true.  This time is fleeting.


 Baby Dedication- First Baptist Church, Broken Arrow, OK

This boy... I can't even tell you how my heart melts and bursts with pride at the same time at the thought of him.



Those cheeks!  Those little fingers!


 14 years later, he still loves trains!



We often receive compliments from friends about Caleb's sweet personality, responsibility, and kindness he shows towards others.  As nice as those are to hear, it's even more meaningful to me that he displays all of those characteristics at home, when no one is watching.  He does whatever is asked of him, usually right away and without a hint of a complaint.  He's always willing to pitch in with whatever we ask, and does the task with a happy heart.


He is loyal and committed to finish what he starts, and always considerate of others.  He's a pleaser!



As we cross milestone after milestone, I'm just so grateful for the fine young man he is becoming.


We could not be more proud of or more thankful for this boy, the Lord has given us a priceless treasure in him.


Caleb, we continue to pray Joshua 14:8 for you, which we claimed for you as we chose your name, that you would live a life faithful and obedient to the Lord, wholly following Him.  We love you, son.





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30 comments:

  1. He is such a handsome young man with all of his other attributes. You are truly Blessed. Happy Birthday Caleb.

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  2. Happy Birthday to your handsome son Jennifer!

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  3. What a fine and handsome son you have! Congrats to you and your husband and to God be the glory.

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  4. Best wishes to your fine young man and congratulations to you and your husband on doing such of wonderful job of raising an exceptional human being. Parenting is the most important job there is and all of you deserve kudos for a job well done. Happy Birthday, Caleb!

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    1. ...and the hardest job there is! Grateful for his tender temperament! Thank you Diane.

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  5. Happy Birthday to a handsome young man!

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  6. What a great tribute to an inspiring young man! I love hearing stories of young men who are walking close with God, serving their family and others with a cheerful heart....Happy birthday, Caleb and happy wishes many many more!

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  7. So sweet! Happy Birthday to a fine young man.

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  8. From a fellow Oklahoman, I wish Caleb a very Happy Birthday. I hear and feel that mother's love and pride in every word.

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  10. Caleb is such a handsome young man, Happy Birthday to him! You're right the time does go by so fast, as the song says "Don't Blink" is so true! God bless you and your family!

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  11. He is a very handsome young man...Happy Birthday Caleb!

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  12. Such a sweet post! Caleb looks so much like your husband, but oh my goodness, you look just like your mom (I assume that is her in the second picture?) ❤️

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    1. Yes, he's definitely a clone of my husband. :) And good eye, that is my mom! Thanks Tamara!

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  13. Happy birthday to your wonderful son! It does go fast but the best is yet to come!

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  14. Hi Jennifer--It's Necolle from Arlington, VA. I read your post with tears of joy. I am also the proud mom of a sophomore who will turn 16 this summer. Time races by....from picking the right preschool to sending her on a mission trip to Tanzania this year. Your son sounds like a wonderful young man and I'm sure that he, like my Alaina, will achieve great things in the coming years. Before you know it we will be college hunting....yikes! Enjoy the ride and praise God for our many blessings.

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  15. So sweet Jennifer! He is an awesome young man and you guys have every right to be proud! I totally get the melting and bursting heart thing - I feel the same way about my kiddos :). God is so good to allow us to raise them! He's going to go far!

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  16. Happy belated birthday to your son! It seems he is a testament to what raising a child in the nurture and admonition of The Lord will produce! As a first time mom of a 5 month old girl, I find that encouraging.

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  17. Who is standing next to you in the red jacket on the birthday? She looks to be your twin!

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    1. She's my middle sister, we're 19 months apart and people did often mistake us for the other one when we were young. She is a beautiful soloist and after she sang in church people would always come up to me and tell me what a great job I did... ha!

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  18. Jennifer, your blog is hands down my favorite so I'm embarrassed to admit I mostly stalk and don't comment often, but I just had to on this post. It brought me to tears! It's been so fun to see the glimpses of your kids over the years. The way you described Caleb shines through in the photos, as does his personality. I have two boys (11 "and a half!" and 8 "almost a half!") and I am finally seeing what you described .. our time with them is truly fleeting. I know my oldest will be 16 before I know it and I hope I will be able to describe him the way you did Caleb (definitely working on the responsibility part! *wink*). Raising our sons to be godly men in this world is a daily challenge so it encourages me to see the effort your family puts forth. Please tell Caleb to keep up the good work. XO

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  19. Belated happy birthday to Caleb! Hope he had a wonderful day (I'm sure he did with that big surprise you gave him!) He sounds like a wonderful kid.....blessed to have you both for parents!

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