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“That Boy”

In Family on Monday, November 3, 2008 at 9:07 am

It all started about 11 or 12 years ago, when Jon started pursuing Erin. 


The phrase originated with Dirk.


It’s used in this manner, always with a bit of a smile.


And about 99% kidding.  Ok, maybe only 90%. (After all, no one…and I mean NO ONE is ever good enough to marry your precious daughter!)


“Were you talking on the phone to that boy again?”

“Is that boy coming to see you tonight?”


Erin married that boy.


We experienced it again when Brad pursued Ali. 


Ali married that boy.


When Alexander started coming around he received the same title of “endearment”.  That boy even worked with Dirk the summer before he and Katie got married. 

During the week of their upcoming wedding Dirk even asked his youngest daughter Katie, “So, you’re going to marry that boy?

She married that boy.


Now, it looks like we have a new that boy.  Anyway, he’s sure been hanging around an awful lot! 🙂


I even heard Dirk use the phrase on Anna the other night. 


“So, is that boy coming out to see us tonight?”


He did.


Dirk really likes these boys.  In fact, I know he would really tell you that he loves these men.  (OK – maybe he wouldn’t tell you, but I know he does).

These are the men we prayed for since our girls were very young.  The men we know will lead our daughters to be the women God has called them to be.  The men that are and will be the awesome fathers of our grands.


We have three sons of our own, one of which is already that boy to another family.  We only pray that our sons will be as much of a blessing to another family as all four of the men that have chosen our daughters are to us….even if they are that boy.







  1. That’s cute. I can’t imagine David ever thinking anyone is good enough for Riley, either. Thanks for the reminder to pray daily for those future spouses! I sometimes let that slip a bit.

  2. I love all of “That Boy” s yours and theirs. I have even had fun getting to know a little about Brad via the WWW. They are an awesome group of men.

    I pray that Hope is blessed enough to find a good quality “That Boy”. We have been praying. Of course she needs to wait quite a few more years.

  3. Yup, I am in looooove with “that boy” of yours! 🙂

    Thankfully, my sister got married first and broke the “that boy” ice for my dad. Andrew has had a much easier time than Ryan did. Living two states away and being several years older probably doesn’t hurt, either. 😉

  4. AHHHHHHHHHH!!!! So sweeet!!!! your family is wonderful!

  5. Yes, I love my “that boy”! After 10 years of marriage my dad even calls him by his name now! 😉

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