This post and corresponding video were produced for three reasons:
1. Gratuitous Pride - Not the kind where I get all puffed up and full of myself...but rather the kind a dad feels when he realizes how amazingly blessed he is to have kids like mine. I couldn't have ever imagined when meeting Rachael that these three miracles would enter my life and bring to it even more love, deeper meaning, and a passionate desire to be better in all things.
2. Baby Steps - Upon watching my infant son (who is actually not even close to walking yet) make the herculean effort to move himself a few feet across the floor, I've concluded that Baby Steps are misunderstood. We use this phrase to imply a gradual and somewhat easy progression of growth or conquering goals and problems. But for an actual baby there is LOTS of effort involved. Just to take a couple of steps without falling or aid of a walker is incredible. The amount of learning and neural connections being forged combined with the exhaustion of just a few minutes effort is eye-opening. To truly take Baby Steps in life is to accomplish much more than we often give credit.
3. Encouragement - As you will see in the video below, Joshua had a cheering section. Made up of his older siblings and parents we celebrated his every victory as he claimed an inch of ground at a time. His brother and sister were chanting..."Go Joshua Go!" or telling him "You can do it!". How many of us could benefit from such a display of love and inspiration? I believe this is something we should all strive to do more often with one another. Encourage and "cheer on" your friends, loved ones, co-workers, and fellow man!