Jake is seven today.
Yesterday he was only six.
Then he went to bed, (so excited) and woke up a whole year older.
And now he’s no longer six he is SEVEN: Yes, times flies, but the memories last forever. The memories he has given others and me will last a lifetime, some funny and some serious moments.
Every year when I sit down to write your birthday letter I want to write something inspirational, I pray for the right words, the right thoughts that will seriously and appropriately convey what it is I am wishing and hoping for you, while at the same time wanting so much to be able to reach in and touch your heart and hope that you hear me and know how much I love you.
This is the year you began first grade, it is the beginning of more activities, and frankly it is a sign that the little boy that once was, is trying to be the big boy that will be. You struggle between the two sometimes and it makes me happy and breaks my heart at the same time. It makes me happy because we work hard to help you love God, grow and learn to be independent.
I want you to know how much I adore, admire, respect and love, love, love you. Where ever your path will lead you in life I will always be two steps behind cheering you on.
I love you more than you will ever know this side of heaven. You’re honest, caring, crazy, and ready to live every minute to the fullest. My prayer is that you will, with the heart of God, fulfill what He intends you to be and do. Please forgive me when I do not always appreciate your energy and independence. I am blessed to be your mom, blessed to watch you grow and help in that process. I am proud of you and who you are becoming.
Watching you grow these past 7 years, experiencing the little joys of childhood through your eyes, seeing all that you’ve accomplished already, skiing, swimming, and being such a bright star in our lives has really enriched our life.
Let’s go over some stats. I don’t have the official measurements, but you are _____ inches and _____ pounds. You’re 2-3 in shoes, 8 in pants and 8 in shirts. Your reading and comprehension level has sky rocketed. I can’t believe that you’re reading Little House on the Prairie level books! You devour books and I just love seeing you grow. I just pray that you always remember that the Bible is the most important book you will ever read.
You are fearful of many things, which we are praying that you will remember to trust in the Lord when you are afraid.
Happy Birthday to the best first son a Mom could ever have! You are full of energy, love, happiness, silliness and so much more!!!! I love you Jake, thanks for calling me Mommy!