Sunday, June 20, 2010

Juan

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They are celebrating teenagers.

Our family was blessed this year because Juan

moved into our neighborhood.

Juan is from Columbia.

He spent his Junior year learning English

and going to a local public school.

Juan taught us about his culture.

He taught us about being thankful

to live in the United States of America.

He played with Shoshi and Kaishon

and treated them like brothers.

Today we hugged Juan goodbye

as he headed back to Columbia for the summer.

He is going to try to earn enough money there

so he can come back for his Senior year.

He will be greatly missed.

How many teenagers do you have in your life right now?

What is your favorite thing about teens?

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A young boy had just gotten his driving permit. He asked his father, who was a minister, if they could discuss his use of the car. His father said to him, "I'll make a deal with you. You bring your grades up, study your Bible a little, and get your hair cut, then we will talk about it." A month later the boy came back and again asked his father if they could discuss his use of the car. His father said, "Son, I'm real proud of you. You have brought your grades up, you've studied your Bible diligently, but you didn't get hair cut!" The young man waited a moment and replied, "You know Dad, I've been thinking about that. You know Samson had long hair, Moses had long hair, Noah had long hair, and even Jesus had long hair." His father replied, "Yes son, and they walked everywhere they went!"

72 comments:

Buckeroomama said...

Awesome shot, Becky!

You sure live in quite a multi-cultural neighborhood. Kaish is so lucky!

Kristina P. said...

I have a lot of teenagers in my life right now. Unfortunately, they are all drug using juvenile delinquents. Love 'em anyway.

Sarah said...

Oh no! I hope he gets to come back! I'm sure Kaish and the boys loved having an older boy in the neighborhood ;)

Linds said...

great shot! I love how culturally diverse your neighborhood is!

inmyperspective said...

What a lovely young man to have in your neighbourhood! Great Shot!
And thank you so much for your kind words on my blog, it is so sweet of you. It's winter here in Australia and my inspiration is lacking at the moment, so it was a nice surprise when you stopped by :-)

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

Great shot (as usual).
I have a lot of teenagers in my life: my daughter, her friends and some great nieces and nephews too. We're surrounded!!!

heather

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

Great shot (as usual).
I have a lot of teenagers in my life: my daughter, her friends and some great nieces and nephews too. We're surrounded!!!

heather

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

Great shot (as usual).
I have a lot of teenagers in my life: my daughter, her friends and some great nieces and nephews too. We're surrounded!!!

heather

lifebythecreek said...

I love the angle and the movement in your picture; I love the story behind it even more. I hope Juan makes the money he needs to in order to return; he sounds like a good friend to your boys. As for us, right now we have no teen influence, but the oldest girl next door turns 13 in September, so we are on the cusp....

lifebythecreek said...

I love the angle and the movement in your picture; I love the story behind it even more. I hope Juan makes the money he needs to in order to return; he sounds like a good friend to your boys. As for us, right now we have no teen influence, but the oldest girl next door turns 13 in September, so we are on the cusp....

LceeL said...

My favorite thing about teenagers is that they do, eventually, grow up. Eventually.

Muthering Heights said...

LOL, LOOOOOOOOOVE this joke!!

Juan sounds like such a nice guy. :)

Kelly said...

I have a 14 year old nephew who let me take him shopping this weekend. My favorite part? Encouraging a lanky skater boy to wear shorts. What's up with these teenage boys?!

Shelle said...

so great to hear of a boy who's working so hard to have what we take for granted. With my oldest 2 children teens and another coming up in September...there are quite a few teens in our lives. it's so wonderful to watch them grow and mature into young adults...and see our years of tolerance rewarded (;)

Chasing Dreams Photography said...

what an awesome shot!!!

Leslie said...

Oooh, that is awesome!!

amy said...

I love seeing teenagers today being dedicated to their interests and their education.

Jessica said...

Great shot! I have two teens...and one ex-teen...and I love how all three are so different!

JAN said...

What a great shot and fun kid. I also love that haircut story. I'm going to have to use it someday. :)

Danielle said...

He was a skater boy, I said see you later boy...(can't get that out of my head now!!) My kids would have loved to hang out with him...I bet he was a neighborhood favorite!

Trudy said...

Sounds like the boys were lucky to have Juan in their lives this past year...I hope he will be able to make it back next year too!

God bless you!
Trudy

Casey Freeland said...

We're in between teens right now. We have a 21 and 20 year old and a 10 and 8 year old. Taking a breather. Favorite thing is their fearlessness. I wish I was still as immortal as I was at 16. That felt good.

Casey

Frau said...

Gonna be quiet in your neighborhood this summer! I hope all the best for Juan I hope he makes it back for his Senior year. Love the you ending story ...too funny! Have a great week Becky!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

You have such a wonderful multicultural neighborhood. I love how the kids all seem to play together, no matter the age. That's sad that you have to say goodbye to another special boy.

tiff(threeringcircus) said...

Fantastic capture of teenage life.

Wishing Juan all the best.

Britney said...

awesome photo! love the angle. great capture!

blueviolet said...

I love his expression. Great shot!

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Juan is a natural ambassador of neighbourliness and friendship. Hope he 's back soon.

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

Juan is such a handsome fellow!

May said...

What I love about teens? The excitement in them on knowing they are teens!!! The joke was hilarious. Love your pictures and the way you write. Makes my day!!

Melissa said...

Love it!!!!

Sarah Halstead said...

Very cool shot!

Mental P Mama said...

What a fine young man Juan is...I have two teenagers in my life. And I love them to bits!

Bunch of Barrons said...

Great shot! :) My husband and I both work with youth at our church *he is a youth minister*, and I think one of the things I love the most about them is their zeal for life. They are young and energetic and excited about so many things. It makes me want to always stay young at heart and savor every moment God gives me. There is so much to learn from these guys! Great post.

JAMIE ANN said...

Of course Great picture like always! Also a great story..Thanks so much for sharing..You are a great family to hear from :)

bluecottonmemory said...

I hope your friend comes back his senior year! Don't you just love that work ethic!

Two of my boys are teens right now. One of the things I love most about them is their humor. And there smiles, which can be so rare. And I LOVE it when they, after struggling, make good, real-man choices!

Your joke is perfect! So funny!

bluecottonmemory said...

I hope your friend comes back his senior year! Don't you just love that work ethic!

Two of my boys are teens right now. One of the things I love most about them is their humor. And there smiles, which can be so rare. And I LOVE it when they, after struggling, make good, real-man choices!

Your joke is perfect! So funny!

Busy Bee Suz said...

I like Juan. It is nice for the younger boys to have a good influence to look up too...I hope he comes back too.
You know, I have teenagers all around me.
My favorite part? They are so much smarter than me...really, just ask them.

rachel27b said...

That is a really cool photo. I don't have any teens in my life now...:( I loved the vibe of them around the house and all their friends coming over bringing their unique senses of humor, the chatter and so much more. The house is way too quiet now!

Cheryle said...

I LOVE this picture and love the story about the boy who had gotten his driving permit!

I have two teens direct in my house right now (I still think of the third one as a teen, but he's actually 21 so I guess really isn't anymore!) and through the teens and young man, I have a number of other teens that hang out around our house a lot. It makes life interesting and funny and very loud! I also have a two year old who thinks he's a teen because he also hangs out with his siblings and their friends.

Josh, Steph, The Boys and Maddie said...

teens... I would describe them in this way... truthful, sassy, spunky, youthful, energetic, clueless, mischevious, adventurous, and most of all they have no idea how lucky they are to be at this age. It goes by quickly... it ends to soon and they should just enjoy every minute and chase their dreams. Nothing is out of reach... nothing! We live in a great country so go for it. That is my inspiration for the day. I love this picture of this young man. He is a glimpse into who he is. What an incredible young man and I hope he enjoyed visiting our country and I hope the best for him and his future!

TechnoBabe said...

The importance of teens is often overlooked. They are going to be adults soon. "Nuff said.

Suki said...

Wonderful shot, Becky!

jlo said...

Juan is a cutie patootie! I don't have any teens in my life right now. Just living vicariously through my friends who do...it will be a wild ride!

KrisFlower said...

Love the capture...he has the most intense look on his face! Thanks for the sweet comments on my blog...Your post are ALWAYS so beautiful and heartfelt! I'm hoping to post a photo in this week's challenge, I always have a photo in mind and then its midnight and I'm too late!

cheers,
Kristi

Alicia said...

What a cute teen!! I bet the boys will miss him this summer. It's always fun for kids to have someone a little older than them around!

Love the minister story too! I think I've heard that one before! Too funny!

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What an awesome shot! <3

Adrienne in Ohio said...

I absolutely love the angle and the action of this shot! He sounds like a great kid. :)

Stacey said...

I know y'all will miss Juan. He will miss you too. Your neighborhood seems so friendly and warm.

Love the joke. :)

Oh you know what I love about teenagers? Most of them are so good...we live in fear that they won't be but they are.

Jill said...

LOL! Great joke and shot!

Love,
Jill

Rebecca said...

Awesome shot....and I know him from the walk. Cool!

H.K. said...

I started loving teens when I worked with the youth as a counselor for our church. They're amazing kids...not all of them, but most of them including mine!

Oh, & I love the story at the end especially since my son just told me he was growing his hair out...we'll see how long he lasts with the hot weather!

Brooke said...

Sounds like an amazing teen! And I love that you captured him in action too.

Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) said...

That is a great shot. He sounds like a great guy to have around. i hope he has a successful summer and can return next year!!

Erin Cassidy Photography said...

What a great shot! I don't have many teens in my life... yet... I am about 4 years away from it with my oldest. But I have a friend whose teenage daughter is very interested in becoming a photographer herself and I also get to do her senior portraits coming up this summer. She is a wonderful girl and I definitely am wishing her the best!

Jules said...

That's a great shot! We actually don't have any teens around here right now. Just adults and babies...

My Photographic Eye by Irela said...

Great capture...love the story. :)

AubreyRose @ My Simple Everyday said...

Love the pic.. thanks for sharing his story! Please let us know if he returns to your neighborhood.

Also, love the hair anecdote :) It's great!

jennykate77 said...

What a cute little funny!! Love the pic of Juan! Sounds like a sweet guy. Hope he earns enough money to come back! I am surrounded by teenagers...lots of cousins under the age of 18! I love them because they help me stay young...at heart at least. They remind me how it feels to be care free and have your whole life ahead of you. Isaiah loves them. They give him cool (well-behaving) people to look up to! I love them all so much! Plus, they tell me all the time that they forget I'm 30...ish. LOL. Gotta love that! ♥

Dawn Camp said...

That is really funny! :-)

Sounds like you were blessed to know Juan, and vice versa.

I have 3 teens in my house! :-)

Becca said...

What a great entry my friend! :-) I hope he gets to come back!

Debbie said...

I have 4 teens under my roof! There's a lot of good and maybe a little bad:)

JennyMac said...

Love that pic. Pure happiness. Sorry you had to say goodbye though.

Florida Girl Meets the Midwest said...

I think it is beautiful how unexpectedly people can touch our lives.

Maddy said...

Great pic of Juan! Captured the essensce of being young and free! The only "true" teenager in my life is my nephew. He's such a good kid too. He's working hard in school and he's stoked about getting his car soon! I remember my first car...a shiny red Pontaic Sunfire! I felt like a rock star in that thing ;o)

Mighty M said...

Hopefully he will be able to come back! My step-daughter (14) has been home for a couple weeks and she is fun to have around (and very helpful too!).

Mary Lou said...

That joke left me laughing.
No teenagers yet. Oldest grand is 10 so coming fast.

The Mommy said...

LOL!!What a great picture and a hilarious story to go with it. Visits to your blog have been totally worth it!!

Caroline (Frogmum) said...

Great Entry!! I love the action ~ teens are all about 'action' :D!!

Scary Mommy said...

Love this-- sounds like you captured him perfectly. What I would give to have you as MY neighbor. :)

Karli said...

I really, really like this photo. What a great shot. :)

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

We are planning for the arrival of another teen to our already teen-filled house--Pedro from Brazil.