rejoicing in the day

This is the day which the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.  Psalm 118:24

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no ficklenss, neither shadow of turning.   James 1:17

My darling Ethan Gregory made his appearance on a beautiful but cold March afternoon, making our little family all the better and giving Rich and I an amazing set of boys to watch grow up together.  I can’t even believe that Jacob is 19 now, and Ethan is 18.  It has been the joy of our lives to see these two brothers together throughout their childhood.  Times, they are a- changin’, and the brothers will be going their separate ways within the next year, and indeed have already begun growing apart slightly as Jacob is in college now and working.  They do not share a room anymore for the first time.  David shares Ethan’s room and Jacob moved down to the basement with the little boys and sleeps on the couch.  Such is the way of life, and it is all very good indeed.  Whatever happens or where they go, I know our family will always be close and always be there for each other.

Ethan has plans to go into the service as a SERE specialist (he is in the first steps of making this happen so we can’t say definitely that he is accepted into the program yet) which he considers a dream career.  Even if he isn’t accepted into this particular program, he will no doubt do something similar and he will be a great addition to any program or company.  As for now, he is finishing up his senior year in High School, active in sports year round, has lots of friends and a sweet girl friend named Tessa, he is involved in church and loves Jesus, likes playing Clash of Clans and Skyrim, trying new recipes in the kitchen (especially pancakes), playing the guitar and singing, and watching Harry Potter movies. Ethan is the strong silent type and does NOT talk much, he enjoys dressing nice, but he does NOT enjoy cleaning his room..  He’s a great guy.  Truly.  He always has been, always will be.   I’m very very proud of him, to say the least, and so is his Dad and the rest of our entire family including aunts and uncles.  🙂

We took some portraits this morning to mark the occasion of 18 years old.  These young adults years are going to be great years for Ethan!  He has so much adventure ahead of him and it will be fun to see what he does.

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Ethan Portrait

Happy Birthday once again to my son, someone I admire and love with all my heart.  I rejoice in the day that God gave him to us.

“Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude”. ~Ralph Marston

6 thoughts on “rejoicing in the day

  1. You did a really nice job with these photos, Shanda! Nice looking kids…all of them. 🙂 Happy, Happy Birthday Ethan! Many blessings for your future!

  2. Wow,what a nice looking young nan! I know yall are proud of him! As a mom of 3 college kids,and a daughter graduating this year,I can tell you that times do change,but it makes the time you do spend together all the more precious. Happy birthday to your son. Thinking of you today. Christina

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