August 9, 2008
You were a desire in your parents’ heart -
Our hope right from our marriage’s start.
God chose the timing of your arrival;
At times we questioned our sanity and survival!
With a household of nine before our first anniversary,
Our busy days included some adversity,
But mostly we sensed deep gratitude and joy
For our newly-formed family and our new little boy!
It took five days to select your name;
After much deliberation it finally came.
It so well suits you – Joel Barnabas –
“The son of encouragement God has given us!”
We fondly called you our “group project”
To love and teach and enjoy and protect.
Your many interests and gifts and talents
We tried to encourage and build and balance.
God spared your life when you were just three,
‘Though it nearly scared the life out of me!
Sometime before the age of seven
You trusted Christ and became a citizen of heaven.
You were baptized in Burns Pond at the age of eight,
So committed and excited, you could hardly wait!
Your early schooling was at home with Mom,
You learned math and reading and flutophone songs.
You snuggled with Dad and watched him draw.
Now your artwork is the best I ever saw.
Your music has expanded to guitar and original songs
About your Savior, to whom your life belongs.
God has abundantly blessed your life,
And now, today, as you’ve taken a wife,
A new blessing has been added and responsibility too –
Someone you must take care of, and who’ll take care of you.
Michelle is a treasure – a gift from above –
An eighth grade friendship that blossomed into love.
We are placing you both, as you’re launching out,
Into the care of the Savior and know without doubt
That He will faithfully protect and guide
Our precious son and his wonderful new bride!