4.04.2007

Happy Belated 40th, Marlin

"As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate." Psalm 127:4
"That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth;" Psalm 144:12a

"That our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace:" Psalm 144:12b
On Friday, March 30, we celebrated Marlin's 40th birthday. This is a rather belated "Happy Birthday" wish to our dear husband and father. In the last 6 years we have seen his heart being turned to the children. What a blessing this has been to all of us!
Some of the great memories we have with this dear man we call daddy are:
  • listening to him read a book aloud in the evenings (the book we are working on currently is "Ark Fever")
  • riding in the tractor or combine with him
  • playing "hide and seek" in the house or going outdoors in the summer to play "piggy wants a motion"
  • hearing the daily news retold by him at mealtimes
  • getting to ride with daddy to the bank (Elizabeth usually gets this honor and the treat that goes with it-a cookie or doughnut)
  • playing football or basketball
  • discussing if we should sell a certain calf, heifer, cow, or bull

Some of Marlin's favorites:

  • food-taco salad, pizza, seafood enchilados, chocolate cake, and cheesecake
  • ways to relax-read or visit with friends
  • places to go-Barnes and Noble or a quiet restaurant
  • summer activity-walking by the IA City River, camping, or playing ball
  • winter activity-keeping warm
  • farm work-driving the combine
  • favorite verse- Malachi 4:6

In conclusion, we want to say "We love you, Daddy". We are so thankful that in God's providence He planned for this family to be in this time in history.




2 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday, Uncle Marlin! May God bless you! I hope you had a wonderful day.
    love, Wesley and Marissa

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  2. happy very, very, very, belated birthday mr. bontrager! love the chmelars

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