Richard Is 16
Jeanette Berry October, 1975
Birthdays are special celebrations
at our house, and some birthdays are even more special than
others. Our son, Richard is sixteen this month.
From the moment Dr. Foltz told me
we had a big boy (9 lbs, 4 ozs) the Lord impressed on my heart
that he would be someone special for Him. Special he is!
He is special because he is like
his father. As a little girl playing "house", it was a rule
that the boy had to look just like his daddy. When Tom and I
were engaged we dreamed of our family to be. Always I
insisted on a boy that would look just like him. Little did
I realize just how those dreams would be fulfilled. Baby
pictures of Tom and Richard are so alike. He has Tom's
build; straight, strong and broad shouldered, but even more
wonderful, he has his father's character.
If I were to describe Tom, it would
be like this; mature, unselfish, wise, determined, hard workers,
stable and solid. In Richard I see these same wonderful
attributes developing. Whatever he sets out to do, it may
take time, but he will do it. Even at 16 he is showing
emotional maturity and wisdom. Other personalities will rise
like a comet, streak across the horizon and disappear, but Richard
will be like his father,---still working, plodding, praying.
The end result will be success.
As I look at my three wonderful
children (totally biased, I know) I am reminded of the promise of
God in Proverbs 10:22, "The blessings of the Lord it maketh
rich and he addeth no sorrow with it." God has made us
rich by giving us our three children. No wonder we celebrate
Life is a wonderful adventure under
the blessing of God.
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