"Little Joe" turns 12 today.
His big, brown eyes summon all who look into them. They peer deep and yet, reflect joy. This middle man of mine brings such joy and fun to the Puebla Ponderosa. His laugh is infectious to all who hear. Life without him would be so different.
He is a gentleman to his sisters and without admitting it, loves them very much. He protects them and takes time to teach them new things.
The trumpet is my fine young man's gift. He plays with great vigor and is very diligent to practice each day.
Then there is his lawn business. He has been part of 2 Brothers' Lawn Care since he was 9 years old. Since his older brother is not here right now, he is managing it himself. He has an eye for detail and keeps his customers very happy. Not to mention, there are not very many times that "Mr. Cartwright" has to remind him to mow his own lawn. He does not lack initiative. These are great qualities to be had a in young man...
His 12th year has brought much pain as well as joy. He misses his big brother and just recently lost his Gran. This is a lot for a man his age. Our prayer is that through these tough times, he will rely on His savior for strength and purpose.
Proverbs 3:5 and 6 is what must guide him.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths."
"Little Joe", Keep your eyes on your Master; not on the world around you. We love you and are so thankful that God brought you to us and made you our own.