Thankful Thursday


Well, today I am thankful for my son Josh! Friday is his 7th birthday and I just can't believe he is already 7 years old and will be starting 1st grade in just another week. Wow! They say time flies when you're having fun and I would certainly say that is true for us.

I never dreamed the fun I could have with my own children and especially with a little boy. I grew up in a house full of girls. I have all sisters and not a brother in the bunch of us. When we found out we were expecting a boy I honestly wasn't sure what I would do with a boy. I mean, I knew I would love him.. nothing different there. But, what do little boys do for fun? Play in the mud, you say? UGH! You know, though, he has confirmed for me that little boys do play in the mud from time to time. But, he has also taught me how incredibly sweet and loving little boys are. Who knew?! This little guy is always up for a hug... doesn't matter what we're doing or who is around. If he senses that I'm having a rough day, he is right there with a hug and an "I love you, Mom". At bedtime he tells me just about every night that he "loves me all the way to the moon and back 10 million, billion and a gillion times".

And, fun? Oh. my. goodness. This little guy is the essence of fun. His smile will light up a room and his laugh comes from deep down inside. I can not even think what's he's laughing at is funny myself and I end up laughing just as hard as he is!

As you can tell in the picture he is all about fun and relaxation this summer. He really knows how to sit back and relax and enjoy life. I have pictures of him in almost this exact pose at under 2 years old. I know I'm his mommy and probably just a wee bit prejudiced, but they are too cute!

So, this week I am thanking God for my kind, loving and sweet 7 year old Josh! Thank you, Lord.

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33 Thoughts Shared:

Nancie said...

Your son is such a sweetie! Those hugs and sweet assurance of his love must be really heart warming. I can almost picture how joyful your heart must be! Love the part where he said he loves you all the way to the moon and back 10 million, billion and a gillion times. Must be the love of God working in His heart to love with such immeasurable love! Thanks for sharing this beautiful thankful post, Melanie. I can't help by smile throughout. You are so blessed to have such a loving son and He is blessed to have such a loving mother. God bless you always!

JadeMerie said...

I was the same way before I had my son 3 months ago. What am I going to do with a little boy? Well, it turns out that even at 3 months old, they are a blast. What a wonderful thing to be thankful for! Blessings!

fmll said...

A very fine thing to be thankful for - have a great day :)

God Chaser said...

Happy birthday to Josh and I don't have aboy but a nephew they are just as precious as us girls. have a wonderful Thankful Thursday

Tänia said...

Great TT! I just love having boys in the house! My son was always such a joy! Big hugs!

Your fellow Texas blogger!

Tänia of Faith Prints

Princess said...

I agree with you 100% Melanie! After all I had fun with three sons and now having fun with four grandsons, the eldest being 6 years old. I can relate to everything in your post and I fully understand the fun and happiness your beloved Josh brings you. Boys are really worth being thankful for!
God bless you.

Cheryl said...


What a cutie! Boys are fun! I came from a family of all girls also. Then the boys came. So fun!

Happy TT!

Denise said...

Happy Birthday to your dear son, may he be sweetly blessed all the days of his life.

Anonymous said...

happy birthday, josh! i can see how blessed you are with your sweet and loving son. may you be blessed more, melanie.

Homesteader in Training said...

Boys are great. Our first was a girl and for 9 years every time she had to go to the bathroom in a restaurant (which she would have to do just as the food would get there),I'd have to take her. Now with 2 boys in toe, my husband gets to do it lol. Boys are great, and BUSY! Happy birthday to your son.

Erica said...

Hey is are not biased. I love that picture. I can tell you all have a very sweet family. Your love for them overflows from your heart as you write about them.
Thanks for sharing!

Susan said...

Hey Melanie,

Is this a Makeover to your blog?? It's GORGEOUS!!!

Happy Birthday to Josh, what a cutie he is.

Now you know I love my boys!!

Have a blessed day♥

Kristi said...

Happy Birthday to your son! I just loved his picture and your sweet thoughts and words for your him. He is greatly blessed to have you as his mom! Blessings to you!

Kim said...

You son is SO precious!!! There truly is something "special" about a little boy!!!

What a great Thankful Thursday truly bless my heart.


Marsha said...

Happy Birthday, Josh!

Melanie, What a sweet, sweet tribute to your little man. God bless you and your time of training him up in the ways of the Lord.

Tiffanie said...

I know what you mean... I so wanted a girl, but God has blessed me with three boys thus far and they are so fun!
Blessings to you and your birthday boy!

Laurie Ann said...

I pray your son has a happy birthday tomorrow!

How precious your post was! I loved reading about your son and your thankfulness for him. I can so relate to growing up in a family of girls. My parents have one daughter who is older than I am, and I have a sister who is 13 years younger than me. When I married, Steve had custody of Kristyn, his daughter. Then came da boys! My uncle had twin boys (well, Susan did the work, but you know what I mean, LOL), Kristyn had our precious grandson, and is due with another boy Nov. 1 and Jennifer, my sister, is having a section Tuesday to welcome Ethan. Boys Boys Boys! Thank heaven for little boys. I love them so much. They have opened up my eyes to a whole new world that doesn't include dolls or pink frilly things. I do hope her next one is a girl, though, LOL. I kinda miss the pink cuteness.

Peculiar said...

Hey Melanie,

I smiled really hard when I was reading your post because I felt the exact same way (what am I going to do with a boy when I've only been surrounded by girls?), except the opposite. I had had two boys first and there were lots of years between them and my last child, a daughter. I'm a girl, and I know what we do, but trying to raise one properly...I was scared and perplexed. I knew exactly what to do with boys though.

I can just hear your heart on how much you love your son. What a blessing our children (oops, I mean God's) are to us!! I'm so thankful He allowed me to have them.

Have a good rest of the day!

Peggy said...'s because of the sweet mom he has...Happy Birthday Josh and Melanie ...for the sweet, precious life you brought into this world...may you continue to enjoy him as he grows and love each day! I'm so glad you received this blessing!Enjoy your fun!!!

Thank You Lord for blessing Melanie with Josh!

Jill said...

Josh and my daughter Lexi share the same birthday - and are 7 yrs apart. Lexi turns 14 tomorrow!


Your post is beautiful and know that feeling about a childs love running so deep in your soul!

He is precious - thanks for this beautiful reminder of what is important for us to be giving thanks for!

In His amazing grace,

Tricia said...

Happy Birthday to Josh! I too have learned how wonderful boys can be and what fun we can have with them. When I found out I was having twins, I just knew that at least one would be a girl, but I was wrong! I love my boys and can't imagine life without them, they have brought me tons of love and joy!


Toknowhim said...

I have 3 boys so I can relate... I thought I would be the perfect "girl" mom, but I learned that I through the Lord's help would become a "boy" mom... I have learned much from them :) Blessings on your son's b-day!!!

Michele W. said...

What a precious son! Happy Birthday Josh! Thank you for your sweet TT post. God Bless.

beverlybygrace said...

My son is also 7. He will be in
2nd Grade this year. I too feel like this time has gone so quickly.
Happy Birthday, Josh.

Diane ~Ever so Dear jewelry artisan said...

Children are a wonderful gift from God & you certainly have been blessed with Josh! Enjoy every minute Melanie because they grow up way too fast!!

Cheryl said...

Happy Birthday to your son!! He is such a cutie! It makes me long for mine to be 7 again. I love my son so much, it is so easy for them to slip inside your heart! Happy TT!

on the Rock said...

Well, a very Happy Birthday! He looks like tons and tons of fun!

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

So sweet. It still amazes me that I can love someone so much. Motherhood is awesome. Enjoy you little 7 year old.

Joan said...

I always thought I would have boys. God blessed me with 2 girls instead. Always wondered what if? I always figured little boys would be like having puppies. Sounds like you are blessed in deed.
Happy Birthday, Little Man!

Joyfull said...

What a cutie! I'll have to second the thought that boys are much fun! Loved hearing about this special guy.

lana said...

So sweet!

Glad you stopped by and liked my I will Survive. Isn't that a hoot!

Have a great weekend.

Sandy said...

What a sweetie. Boys can be LOTS of fun! I am just the opposite, I grew up with brothers, my first born was a boy. So when my daughter was born I wasn't sure what to do with HER. But I LOVE it now! :)
Enjoy that cutie of yours!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Josh! What a sweet boy you have. I love having boys. :)