Joe is 22

joe is 22Hard to believe that twenty-two years ago Josiah made his appearance into this world. He was born in Defiance, OH (it’s kind of funny to say he was born in defiance – get it?), moved to Kentucky, to Indiana and then back to Ohio. He is keeping busy with school at CCU along with working three different jobs on campus.

I was looking back at past posts about Joe that have involved marching bands, mission trips, his stroke in middle school family gatherings and even past birthdays. My how time flies!

This morning I was thinking about and praying for Joe and especially the opportunity he will have this summer for an internship. I’m looking forward to where God leads him in that venture and how that will direct His future.

Happy Birthday Joe!

Joe Turns 21 Today!

Joe senior 59On this day, a mere 21 years ago, Joe showed up! He was born in Defiance (the name of the city, not his state of being) Ohio and much has transpired since then. We have lived in three different states (Ohio to Kentucky to Indiana and back to Ohio) and a sister joined the group a few years after his arrival.

Kind of hard to believe that he hits 21 years today. I was thinking this morning that I remember when I turned 21 and find it somewhat disconcerting that I now have a son that is 21.

He’s played football and basketball, performed in many band concerts, traveled numerous miles with Solid Rock, marched on many a football field, participated in several musicals, graduated high school and is making his way through college. A stroke darkened the picture for a little while in junior high, but he still managed to go visit Uruguay while in elementary school, take a trip to Southeast Asia with his grandfather and cousin and go to Ireland with a crew from college. Not a bad itinerary for the first 21 years of life.

I know God has good things in store for Joe and look forward to what He will do through him. So, Happy 21st Birthday!! Here’s a “cup of Joe” to help celebrate. (Hitting pf changs later in the day for a good birthday meal)

Cup of Joe (Brackemyre)

Joe is Back From Ireland

Joe made it back from Ireland! They didn’t have any problems on the return trip and from everything I’ve heard so far, it was a good experience.  Joe loves to visit other places.

This picture was (once again) snagged of Facebook and is a photo of the Ireland group.and seemed to really enjoy the Ireland experience.  We’re looking forward to hearing more about it and seeing some pictures of the country.

Joe is in Ireland

As many of our friends, family and church family know, Joe is on a mission trip to Ireland with a group from Cincinnati Christian University.  They left Friday, but were delayed getting out of the Cincinnati airport due to the bad weather.  Once they left, they made connecting at JFK and flew to Dublin.  The only news we have received so far is a Facebook post that says “I am in Ireland safe and sound. Thank you for all the prayer!”  (The picture is one I snagged off his FB and I have no idea where they are or what they are doing.)

It’s a strange feeling knowing your son is in a different country, especially when you are used to sending a text to touch base.  I know he was looking forward to the trip and experiencing a new culture.  The group is doing a VBS and Joe is speaking one night to a group of teens.  Should be a great experience and can’t wait to hear all about it.