-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.


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. 🙂


    • 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?!”


  2. Mom says:

    What a handsome guy and sweet to the core!


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