-advance notice-

Here is my twelve-year-old son at his Christmas program the other evening. Pretty handsome guy, huh?

It worries me a little that there already may be girls in his life who are just as charmed as I am by his sparkling brown eyes, his sensitive personality and his confident way of taking on the world. Here are seven things I have to say to them. (Taken without permission from my latest Thriving Family magazine – article written by Phil Calloway)

Rule 1: If you would like to talk with my son, please do so in the church foyer. Bring your Bible.

Rule 2: If you call my house to talk with my son, your conversation may be monitored by a customer service representative.

Rule 3: The following locations and activities are acceptable for your date:

Rule 4: My son cannot use my minivan to drive you to the mall. He has a bicycle. You may ride on the handlebars.

Rule 5: Please do not touch my son. Do not lean against him unless you are falling over and are in danger of plunging from a cliff. Do not even pull lint from his ear. He can do that himself.

Rule 6: I am aware that it is considered fashionable for girls your age to wear Fergie-style “shirts” that do not reach their low-slung pants. My wife and I want to be fair and open-minded about this, so you are free to show up in such attire. My wife will affix it properly to your body with a glue gun.

Rule 7: Above all else, remember that we’ve been praying for this boy since God gave him breath, and we will continue to. When he chooses a godly girl, we will be overwhelmed with joy. Until then, we’ll pray that you’ll chase Jesus first and watch everything else fall into place.

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About ruthie.voth

Wife of one, mother of four, friend of many. Lover of details, color, good conversations, finding balance, and being honest. Passionate lover of a well-crafted sentence - even more so if it's witty. Weird blend of cynical optimist. I'm the worst kind of woman. I'm high maintenance, but I think I'm low maintenance. Somehow, people still love me. Must be grace.
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3 Responses to -advance notice-

  1. Tama says:

    Love these pointers… in a way, I dread the next 20 years… 🙂 By the way, a friend of mine just had an article published in Thriving Family. I had never heard of the magazine till the other day when I heard her news, and then saw you mentioned it. Thought that was amusing. 🙂

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    • ten4ruthie says:

      Cool! It’s a pretty nice magazine from Focus on the Family. But it only comes every other month, so I usually forget all about it between issues. Every time it comes, it’s a surprise: “Oh, I still get this?!”

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  2. Mom says:

    What a handsome guy and sweet to the core!

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