Joel is four-years-old today!
I love to throw big parties, but this year, before his last MRI, I was really looking forward to a simple no-frills family birthday party. Then, just like we do every year before Christmas, we got the news that Joel was dying. So, my simple plans were out the window, and I began to look into how I could rent or purchase a giant Barney costume for an outrageous party.
However, Joel began to feel better a few weeks ago. His turn around helped me realize that any impulse I had to make a big deal of this birthday was just based on fear that it could be his last one. I believe Joel will live to see many more birthdays, and I wanted my actions to match my heart. There is much to celebrate this year, of course! Every birthday Joel has is a tangible reminder to us that God has been so faithful. We went swimming for Joel’s birthday. We invited family and a couple family friends. We had cake, ice cream and presents at home. It was very sweet and very normal. I loved every minute of it. I think Joel did too!


There are 2 comments for this post.

  1. Jim Rutherford on January 12, 2013 10:12 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOEL! #4 of many, many more to come!

  2. Terri on January 14, 2013 10:58 am

    Happy Birthday Joel!!!!

Write a Comment

Let me know what you think?