On May 14, 1976, Joshua was born. He was my dream...
This picture was taken on July 16, 1976. Joshua was 9 weeks old. My dad thought he was the best thing in the world... "Big Josh" he called him!
|A year later, on May 22, 1976, Joshua was one and his Aunt Jane was pushing him on a hot wheel. I have no idea who the Hot Wheels belonged to...was it Ray's? I know it wasn't Joshua's!|
|Joshua wasn't walking yet, but his 2nd cousin, his "Aunt Patti" was trying to assist him.|
|It must have already been hot in Texas on May 22, because Joshua was loving playing in the water hose.|
|On May 25, 1977, we were down at the farm. Joshua was loving hanging out with Nor (that was RON spelled backwards) and Big Foot. I don't remember Big Foot, but that's what I wrote on the back of this picture!|
|When we took my dad to the airport to fly out, we spent the day in Ashland, Oregon, mostly at Hawthorne Park...so Joshua could play.|
|Sliding with his dad...|
|Playing on the bars with his dad...|
|swinging by himself...oh, such a big boy!...|
|See-sawing with his mama...|
|and after a long day, brushing his teeth before he went to bed...|
|Joshua has always loved the outdoors. Here we were at a roadside park June 25 1977, outside of Prospect, Oregon.|
|We had a wood stove where we lived. It was a small garage apartment...with a small wood stove. Joshua loved to stack things. You can see some of his favorite toys...2 cups, a ball, and a hammer!|
|In 1978, Joshua became a big brother to Gabe. They were buddies, usually. This picture was taken in July, 1979. Looks like it's a day they weren't the best buddies...|
|Also in July, 1979, my cousin, Patti, came to visit. Those of you who are usual readers of the JohnstonChronicles may note that this is the same Patti who is the mother of GRITS and Elizabeth!|
In Texas, Joshua got to hang out with his cousin, Brenda. I always loved taking photos of them together. Brenda with her olive complexion and dark hair...and my fair skinned, tow-headed, blue eyed Joshua!
|Here they are with their Grandpa...their dad's grandpa. This is Grandpa who lived at the farm...the same farm where Grammy lives now...|
|The boys loved to play in the tub, making a mess, of course, and singing and/or yelling at the top of their voice.|
|Joshua's best best friend for several years was Justin. I kept Justin several days a week while his mama worked.|
|Inside, he and Gabe would climb up and rock in the rocking chair together...|
|In March, 1981, Joshua was learning how to ride a bicycle. The training wheels were still on in this photo, but they didn't last long...at all!|
|In February, 1981, Joshua became a big brother once again..this time to Lindsey! In this picture, Lindsey was a month old. Joshua always was so very careful with her!|
|In April, 1981, Joshua caught this 12" rainbow trout. He was in a fishing derby, I think, at Stuart's Fork in Trinity County. We kept telling him that to be a true fisherman, you had to hold the fish once it was caught.|
|Another great friend of Joshua's was Marc. This was in May, 1984. Michael Jackson was popular and the boys all liked his music...and his break-dancing. People were starting to say "awesome" a lot!|
trying his hand at riding his daughter's rip stick...this is the most flattering photo of that attempt.
Happy Birthday, Joshua!!!
I love you so very much~