Saturday, July 15, 2006


Happy 13th Birthday Stephen!

What a joy it is to add another teenager to our ranks (especially as we older ones are rapidly moving into the 20s)! The last couple years you have grown so much -- not merely in inches, but in character and skills. We never cease to be surprised with the projects you bring up from the basement or the way you quickly catch on to 'how things work'. Your smiles, team-work spirit, and mandolin music add so much to our household.

May God bless you abundantly in the coming year, and may you continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. We love you!!!

"But also... giving all diligence, add to you faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.

For it these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ."

2 Peter 1:5-8


BrittLeigh said...

Happy Birthday, Stephen! It's been fun knowing you... Your skill at volley ball, speed in bike riding, and the way a cast on your arm doesn't deter you! May God bless you in this new phase of life and I pray you will continue to become a strong man of God!

Anonymous said...

HAPPY 13th BIRTHDAY, Stephen!!!
Have a super terrific day. Just try not to break any more bones.
See you soon.
Love you BIGGER!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Stephen!!
Hopefully now that you're a teenager you can leave those merry go rounds alone! :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Stephen! Enjoy your special day to the fullest. We wish the best for you always. Love, Uncle J and Aunt D

Coeur d'Court said...

Happy Birthday Stephen! I'll never forget your successful endeavors to pluck your mandolin with a broken arm. I hope you have a special day and aren't too deterred by your broken arm.

Monica said...

Happy Birthday!

4everHischild said...

I think your blog is a great way for us to keep up with your family and to be reminded to always keep you in prayer! So often we forget to pray for one another, but with a daily reminder that is so interesting we look forward to it. :-) This way we never miss a bithday, and we feel closer even if we can't be there.
Stephen, You are really growing up into a mature man. No one ever really stops growning up. Even the oldest of the old. Keep your eyes forever fixed on Him, and we will know as we see His Glory shine forth from you life. The Glory Of The Lord is a beautiful thing to behold in a life fully surrendered to Him. Everytime I see you play I thank and praise God that He still enables you to play! I thank God for you! I pray for you by name, and ask that He will use you to do much for His Eternal Kingdom.
1 Chr. 29:12 Both riches and honor come from You, And You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great And to give strength to all.
Isa.40:26 Lift up your eyes on high, And see who has created these things, Who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, By the greatness of His might And the strength of His power; Not one is missing. Isa.40:29 He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.
Eph.6:10 Finally, Stephen, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
Rev.7:12 "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen."
Have a Blessed Birthday Stephen!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! Hope you had a great day, and have a blessed year ahead. hope your arm heals well!

Michael, Brandi, Kris, & Micki :)

Kori said...

Happy Birthday Stephen!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear Sephennnnnnnnn!
Happy Birthday to you.

It's just so hard to sing on a blog. God bless you on your special day.

The unidentified Poster

Anonymous said...

Sorry to mispell your name but I was just concentrating so hard on not going flat.

Happy Birthday Stephen.

The unidentified Poster

rehm family said...

Happy Birthday, Stephen! We hope that your day was just great, and that it was as special to you, as you are to everyone else!!

Thank you for always having such a big grin to hand out to whomever you see. Jesus Christ's love shines through you to others!

May you only grow closer to Him in the year ahead!


The Rehm's

The Ulmer Family said...

Happy Birthday Stephen!!! We hope you had a wonderful day!!!!! God Bless You!!!
The Ulmers
P.S. (Sorry we were late in wishing you a happy birthday!!!)

Amanda R said...

Happy Birthday Stephen! You are such a wonderful person to be around. I hope you had a great day and I pray your arm is getting better! God Bless!

Guppy dude said...

Happy belated birthday to you stephen! Sorry that we missed the exact dated but were about a month behind. I bet you feel older already.

Keeper of the chairs said...

Hey, when we heard it was your birthday we rushed over here right away to help celebrate your special day. Sorry it's so late. Maybe next year we can do this right. Happy birthday, Stephen.

Thinking of Ice Cream said...

Happy birthday Stephen. I know it's late but just had to wish you a super birthday. I hope that next year you will be a year older.

Late Sleeper said...

Hey Stephen, we know that birthdays only happen once a year so, I just had to wish you a Happy Birthday this year and see that you already had yours. Happy Birthday late.

Got the wrong pieice of pie said...

Stephen, it has been said that into a person's life a little rain must fall, but if you really like birthdays then I want to wish you a Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy Belated Birthday.

The Unidentified Poster 2 said...

Hey my famous friend. I hope your birthday was special just like you are. Just wanted to send this belated greeting out to you. I know you were famous, look you have 20 posts, amazing.

Bakers Dozen said...

Oh-my-Lands! How could I have missed this day. I just want to say a belated happy birthday to you Stephen. Hope is was special.