Monday, August 1, 2011

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

“Happy Birthday, Dad. I hope you’re having a good day so far.”

Thanks, Jenny.

“Want to go out with mom and me for lunch for your birthday, Dad?”

Sure, Kristin!

“What book do you want for your birthday? Something by John Ortberg, or a book about Tim Tebow?”

Either one, Wes.

These are all calls I’ve had from my three kids in honor of my birthday. It’s a good feeling.

Family rituals are important for establishing cherished traditions and allowing the children to be fully integrated into the family’s life. Each nuclear family needs those rituals, and it is healthy for the extended family to share them, as well (such as enjoying holiday meals together, occasional reunions, etc.).

For years Cheryl and I made a big ritual out of our kids’ birthdays. Now it is coming back to bless us.

Thanks, kids.

Warren Baldwin


Denise J. Hughes said...

Hey! Happy Birthday! It's so great to hear how Kristin is up and around and able to celebrate your day!

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

i know that you had a great day! It is amazing how God uses our own children to bless us as they grow older. You have taught your kids well and brought them up in the Lord, so naturally they have that love of Jesus in their hearts that just flows to you and Cheryl!

Love to you Warren!

Sonya Lee Thompson said...

Sowing seeds into our future and leaving a legacy. That's awesome! And happy belated birthday, Warren!

Warren Baldwin said...

Denise - Thanks. Kristin is doing great now (thanks to changing her diet) and is heading off to college in about two weeks. Empty nest.

Beth - That is the prayer of all of us parents, isn't it, that our children will be brought up "in the Lord." Even as they are grown we continue to pray that they "stay in the walk." Thanks.

Sonya - This is a great statement - "Sowing seeds into our future and leaving a legacy." I think you have a future blog post there!

Thanks everybody for the nice comments and birthday wishes. It was a good day.