Sunday, July 15, 2007


Happy 14th Birthday, Stephen!

As in God's great plan little boys grow into men, it's been quite a year watching you grow and change! I think I was still taller than you at your last birthday, but today I stand eye level with your smile -- and enjoy listening to your bass voice. Not only that, but it has been a delight to see your energy and skills active in tackling "whate'r your hand finds to do" -- from loading our huge trailer with backyard junk and limbs, to scraping the house, to milking cows, to creating unique and practical items with your wood tools, and pouring yourself into children's ministry drama roles.

How grateful we are for the skills and talents God has given you! Continue to 'press in' during the coming year -- not only in the physical, but in your walk with Jesus as well. May you continue to grow and stand strong in HIM! We love you!

"Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the firey darts of the wicked one."
Ephesians 6:14-16

Little known facts about Stephen --

  • He was born with a large birthmark across his forehead (so cute!)
  • Walked his walker down a set of cement stairs at 11 months (adventuresome guy!)
  • He has started playing acoustic guitar on our latest songs
  • He likes ketchup and Catalina dressing on his tacos
  • Unanimously voted 'gained most heigth' this year -- having passed Matthias and closing in on Andrew
  • Is keeping up with Josiah's shoe-growth legacy -- wears size 14
  • His favorite books of the Bible are 1 & 2 Samuel


BrittLeigh said...

Happy Birthday Stephen! I really hope it's a special day for you, and I pray the Lord will use this next year of your life in a mighty way. God bless you today and always!!

The Ansons said...

Happy birthday from the Ansons. God bless!

Kori said...

Happy Birthday Stephen!! I hope you have a wonderful day!! God Bless you!!

Bob said...

Happy Birthday Stephen. Hope that you have a great day and the God will bless you today and in the coming year.

Bob Payne

Ben said...

Howdaay, Stephen! and btw, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Keep smiling, it ministers a lot, to alot:)

Esther said...

Happy Birthday, Stephen!
Yes! Ketchup on tacos is great! Actually ketchup on almost anything is great, but on tacos it is especially good! I like Catalina dressing, too- I haven't tried it on tacos, but I'll have to do it when I get the chance.
God Bless You!

rehm family said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, STEPHEN! We hope you had a super wonderful day!!! Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus! You're a blessing, and we look forward to see how God will use YOU in the year to come!

Happy, happy, birthday!

Much love,
The Rehm's

Two From The Pew said...

Hey, buddy Stephen. I mean how can we not comment and wish a happy birthday to the one who was trying to make us shark bait at Sarasota and the list could go on and on. We always knew you'd be a bass. Happy Birthday to you our friend.

David Kent said...

Happy Birthday from the 49th State Stephen!

Gem said...

Happy birthday! Welcome to the world of 14 year olds!! :)

Anonymous said...

Hope you had a great day, Stephen. I'm sorry for the misspelling of your name on the first message. I was in a hurry, and just didn't think. Uncle J likes ketchup on cottage cheese and just about everything. Love to you, Aunt D

Melanie said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEPHEN...a day late. Hope it was wonderful! It is fun hearing your family brag about what a blessing you are. It blesses me to see a young man who loves the Lord and isn't ashamed of the Gospel!

Praying that this next year will be a wonderful one for you!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! May God bless you in your walk with Him!

Anonymous said...

Happy Belated Birthday Stephen!! Sorry we missed the exact day! May God continue to use you and bless you. You are a great guy to be around!! JConner Ps.31:19

( I think all the letters made it in this time :) )

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Stephen!
From Duane Atnip

Goldfish said...

Happy 14th birthday, Stephen (a couple days late!)!

And Rachel, you NEED to update the schedule! I need to know if I can see you guys before June! :)

MIchael said...

Happy belated Birthday!

Camp was a lot of fun, hope we can hang out again next year, if not before. Water frizbee was the best we will have to do that again too.

Well hope you have a good summer, who knows next time we meet I could be in seminary school... haha

Anonymous said...

Hey Brother Man,

A very Happy Birthday to you-----
You da' man!!! So glad you found such a wonderful spot to spend your birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wonderfully
C[][]L!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Lord is looking for those who will love Him with all that they are. May your focus be on Him and His love as you begin another year!!!!!!!!

Your Friend,
The Other Brother Man