Monday, April 22, 2013

Matthew E. {for Josiah} Baltochet

8 lbs. on the nose, 21" long, April 19th, 17 years ago....

I know I say this every time we celebrate a birthday , but I just can't believe it! 
17 years ALREADY! From a happy, chubby baby, to a young MAN in the blink of an eye.  {at least it sure feels that way!}

One of Matt's favorite things is a maple bar.  What better way to start your birthday than with a quick run to the donut shop.  A maple bar with bacon pieces on it for the birthday boy.  {He claims everything tastes better with bacon.} Assorted other types for the rest of us. 

Matt really, really wanted to have a birthday bash, but friends' incompatible schedules coupled with rainy weather meant we will plan an un-birthday party for a future date.

That figure he is holding was one of his gifts.  It is pose-able, and is a great tool for drawing, one of Matt's favorite hobbies.

Being Goofy  {another favorite past time}

A very special gift from his Great Aunt, a bolo tie that once belonged to his Great Uncle Bob.

Look out, Robert Downey, Jr.!

Anything with chicken is a fave of Matt's.  He asked for chicken pesto pizza for this birthday dinner and carrot cake with cream cheese frosting for dessert. 

17 candles!
Top 10 things about Matthew that you may or may not know....
  • He does 600 push-ups each day!!!
  • His favorite car is a Mustang {both classic and new}.
  • He has a banjo and would like to learn how to play it.
  • He has great taste in clothes and really enjoys wearing suits, vests, and ties.
  • He collects bolo and bow ties and cool neck ties too.
  • His favorite color is blue.
  • He still wants a Husky dog.
  • He has an eclectic music taste.
  • He was born on his due date and was the biggest baby of all our children.
  • He just finished all his high school homeschool studies .... 1 year early!
Matt is intelligent, and witty, and just plain fun.  He is also a man of  integrity who is willing to stand alone to stand for what is right. {God's unchanging right, not the current opinion of right!}
We are so proud, so privileged to be his parents.  Matthew means "Gift from God" and that he is.  
 :-)  Happy Birthday, Matt  :-)


  1. What a special post, and what a handsome young man! It was delightful to read about him. I remember his lighthearted, fun-loving personality well. Happy birthday Matt! See you soon!

  2. Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday Matt!!!!

  3. I miss you Matt! I love you and can't wait to see you to give you your birthday present. :)


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