On Saturday night we celebrated our older son's passage from boyhood to manhood. He invited men who have impacted his life through the years to come and share a meal and celebrate with us. Each man had an opportunity to share a fun memory from the past or some sage advice for the future.
Everything was very simple. Dinner was chicken pie, green beans, pineapple casserole, fresh veggies, watermelon, and homemade biscuits. We finished with apple cobbler and homemade vanilla ice cream.
Centerpieces for the tables were collages of "man items": a pocketknife, money clip, small New Testament, pocket watch, electric shaver, etc. The grand finale was a digital slide show of photos chronicling the life of our dear son. It was truly amazing to watch him grow from a newborn to a young man in a matter of 15 minutes. In a way, that is exactly what it seems we have done since the beginning of his precious life.
I'm not sure who originally said it, but I heard it from Pastor Adrian Rogers:
Children don't make a rich man poor. They make a poor man rich.