Celebrating My Dad’s 70th Birthday

Ephesians 6:1-4 says “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”

Today, we honored my father on his 70th Birthday. It was a joyous celebration as he was surrounded by family: his wife, son and daughter-in-law, daughter, daughter and son-in-law, brother and sister-in-law and 6 grandchildren (5 grandsons and one granddaughter.) His family is his living legacy. We are raising our own children to walk with God and follow the example given to us by our parents.

Happy Birthday, Dad! May we celebrate many more birthdays!

Trinity & Grandfather

Doesn’t this one look like a classic baby doll?

Aunt Sally greeting the kids

Jimmie & his brother Evan Morris

Aunt Patricia & Trinity

Bakri patiently waiting for lunch.

James and the big ship

We had our celebration at a restaurant on the ship channel

Dad and his birthday cake

The papparazzi & Christian


Linda & Jimmie

Yummy birthday cake!

Linda & Jimmie and Sally & Morris. These four have been through a lot through the years. Their faith and love have gotten them through the good times and bad.

Somebody likes birthday cake, just a little!

Grandfather and ALL SIX of his grandchildren!

Dad and his three children

The original Maddux five.

Somebody REALLY LOVES her Aunt Patricia.

Christian, Bakri, Trinity, Anthony, Maddux & James with Grandfather

Bakri and Elizabeth- The Flashlight

Bakri stayed the night with my parents last night. And my mom emailed me this story this morning. I thought it was so cute, that I didn’t want to forget it and I’m sharing it with you.
When Bakri went to bed last night he asked my mom to get the flashlight- she needs it to get around in the dark. 🙂 Anyway, she must have named it once and so he asked “what’s the flashlight’s name?” and my mom couldn’t remember. This is the rest of the story as told by Bakri’s Grandmother:

“Bakri is still asleep. He went to sleep right after we went to bed. Bekah, he is so smart. I let him point the flashlight on the ceiling after I went in there. It actually looks like a face of a woman when it projects. Anyway, I told you I couldn’t remember the name I gave the “flashlight lady” so as he was shining the light on the ceiling he said “Elizabeth” “Elizabeth the Queen”. That’s it! I called her Queen Elizabeth and he called her Elizabeth the Queen. I said “Bakri, you are so smart”. He smiled and said “Thank you”. He is so precious.”