Today, my son, Mitchell, turns fifteen years old. I am thankful for his smile, his exuberance, and his sweet spirit each day, but this year is extra special for me. I am so thankful to be getting to celebrate this birthday with him. On October 22, 2016, while out on one of his regular bike rides around our block, he was hit by a car and left unconscious in the middle of the road. While I was not with my son in his time of need, the Lord was. At that moment, a very kind man and his girlfriend were behind the vehicle that struck Mitchell. They got the license plate (still no arrest, however) and stopped to help him. They called 911 and within minutes of the accident, a firetruck, ambulance, and two police cars responded. He was able to walk – yes, walk! – to our van and go home. He needed some x-rays and some pain pills, but he has had no lasting damage. I cannot tell you what a blessing the Lord gave us that day in protecting Mitchell. Our children belong to the Lord; He has graciously allowed us to have them, and we have no guarantee of tomorrow. Which reminds me, Mitchell’s favorite song is “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow”. How fitting.  My heart overflows with gratitude.

Here’s a look back at our mischievous, musical, marvelous Mitchell:

Our Older son at One.

Turning his back on the ocean at Two.

Teasing me at Three.

Fine and dandy at Four.

Fun with Friends at Five.

Smiling Sweetly at Six.

Super at Seven.

An Enthralled Elder brother at Eight.

Near to my heart at Nine.


Tender at Ten.

Excited at Eleven!

His Trademark (piano) at Twelve.

Thrilled to volunteer at Thirteen.

Almost a Foot taller at Fourteen!

Fantastic – and Fearless! – at Fifteen.

Mitchell works hard at school and plays the piano for us at church whenever the need arises. Even if I had musical talent, I would never have had the courage and character to play for congregational singing when I was fourteen, and Mitchell has been playing for us in church for several years already.

I am proud of all he has done and I pray he will continue on the path of righteousness.

Mitchell, I am so thankful the Lord sent you to our family. You are a joy!

With love,


2 thoughts on “Mitchell: Fantastic at Fifteen

  1. elnasmith says:

    Happy birthday Mitchell. Lovely photos by the way. Oh, and he’ll start dating soon. 😉


  2. Carolyn Courtney says:

    I love the photographic history of MItchell’s growth! They bring back many wonderful memories. He is an outstanding young man who exhibits meekness–strength under control. He is a joy to be around, and I love him.
    I love you, too.


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