Friday, April 06, 2007

Happy Birthday Josh!

Edited at 2:37 ! Ok- I now know why it isn't wise for one to write and post blog entries at 3 in the morning after spending one stressful day at the hospital with a sick loved one! I posted the wrong year for my son's birthdate! LOL I laughed so hard when I signed on today to read the comments that were left here, and my own son had to tell me in his comment that he was NOT born in 1997, but 1987!! How can he be 20 if he was born in 1997? That is the year of my 2nd son's birth, so please cut me some slack!
Josh Rios and Josh Vernoy in hammocks in Venezuela!
Fourth of July Sunday!
Josh,3rd from left, with Vernoy cousins!

2005- High School Graduation. Josh in gold with friend Hyondoe.Josh in his cap and gown!
I get a hug after his first sermon!
Taking baby Josh home!
Modeling hats in a shop in Queretaro, Mexico!
Josh and Shane with our beloved dog, Chance!
The first time Agustin saw and held his son (3 months old)!
Easter photo for 1989!
Josh and his dad take off on Sheikra at Busch Gardens!
My first born is 20 years old today! How did that happen?

A precious blessing came into our lives at 2:22 a.m. Monday morning on April 6, 1997,(see? this is what the edit above was about, it was really 1987!) in Welch, West Virginia! He surprised us by being born a little early and in much distress, but God performed a miracle for us and we are eternally thankful for this! Our son, Joshua Lee Rios, brings us great joy and many smiles. I have especially enjoyed watching him become a confident young man and a gentleman! He has a heart for God and approaches most things with passion and fervor. My prayer for him is that he will be a faithful servant of Christ, putting HIM first in all he does.

Today, Friday, we will follow a tradition that Josh himself started - a birthday trip to Busch Gardens! At 20, I thought he would want something a little different, but boy was I wrong! He came to me and said, "Mom, can we all just go to B.G. on my birthday? Uncle Johnny said I can have the day off and he and Shawn will even come join us."So it was decided that's what we would do and have our traditional meal of barbecue ribs from the Smokehouse restaurant! My nephew, Joshua Vernoy, will get to join us after classes too! I was a little worried we would have to postpone this birthday trip, thinking my dad would be in surgery Friday. It looks as though surgery wont' be until Monday, so I think we should go ahead and enjoy this 20th birthday which will only roll around once for a special young man!

To Josh - I love you son and am so very proud of you. Your dad says he couldn't ask for a better son. God has blessed you with certain gifts that are unique to only you. Have a great and fun day.

Love Forever,
Mom and Dad


Carol said...

Happy Birthday!!! Hope the day filled with lotsa fun and laughter and have a great time...and for some more fun and goodies also visit my blog on Birthday Greetings and enjoy all that i've posted there!!!

Kim said...

Happy Birthday Josh!

Pallacanestro said...

Thank's mom and dad! For 20 years of every thing that you did for me and just for being With me! But I was born in 1987 lol, not 97 haha!!!
Thank you Mrs.Leonard and Ms. Carol for the birthday shout out!!!

CaraqueƱa said...

Happy Birthday to Josh! Have a wonderful B.G. day--that place is the best!

Penless Thoughts said...

What a wonderful tribute to your son. Enjoy your day together. That is what family is all about.

Mishel said...

Aww, what a neat tribute! Happy Bithday to Josh! Love the picutures, Pam! Have a super-fun day!! : )

Jungle Mom said...

Happy birthday, Josh the Little Tamale!

jennifer said...

How great that as mom's we can get mushy and love our children! Tomorrow is my middle son's birthday and am going to do something similar!
I am continuing to pray for your dad. I hope you will continue to keep us updated.

Abouna said...

"My first born is 20 years old today! How did that happen?" YOU BLINKED!

Those are great pics. You have been blessed with a great family.

My youngest is getting married next Saturday in Virginia and I will be performing the ceremony. Guess I BLINKED once to often myself.

Ashley said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOSH! Man, 20?!? You're getting old!! Just kidding...:P

I am so happy you got to keep with your tradition this year!

(LOL yeah I WAS ABOUT TO SAY "he's not 10!!! maybe acts like it at times..." JUST KIDDING!!!)

I hope your birthday is as blessed as you have made those around you!

serendip said...

Such a handsome man. Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures with us. Happiest of birthdays to you Josh.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOSH. Your son is very special. I am still praying things go well for your Dad on Monday. I am glad you all were able to enjoy your son's birthday doing things that are special to you. Your children certainly are a blessing and especially at times like this in our lives. God bless you, connie from Texas

Lyndy said...


Please wish your Josh a Happy Birthday from me. It sounds like you have a very special young man and oh how it does my heart good to hear that “he has a heart for God”. What a blessing I know that is to you and your hubby. Hoping you enjoyed this special day.

Hugs, Lyndy

PS Great pictures...thanks for sharing.

Happymama said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOSH....although somewhat late. Hope you had a wonderful day.


BrittLeigh said...

Aw, what a sweet post! I hope your son had a happy birthday. God bless!