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

Maddux, Grandfather and the beautiful watercolor painting

In June of 2007, Maddux was 7 months old. One afternoon, we went to Jason’s Deli with my parents and sister. While we were there, there was a man with a very fancy camera sitting close by with 2 friends. He was watching Maddux closely and soon a friend approached and asked us if he could take Maddux’s picture. He explained that he was in America from China. He was a master watercolorist and had an exhibit in the museum district. They handed us a card and we agreed that he could take photos of Maddux – in Jason’s Deli. He even invited us to his watercolor exhibit and we went later that week. It was the most beautiful watercolor work I had ever seen. The details were simply amazing. I had hopes that one day he would paint a beautiful watercolor of Maddux and that I would somehow discover it on his website. Well, today was the day. Randomly, I went to his website, clicked on 2008 and there was a painting called “Love of Grandson.” This is the one! Perhaps we’ll be able to get a print of it someday. It is just so beautiful and captures our sweet baby Maddux and the love of his Grandfather perfectly. I just love it.