Our little worm, he's out there learning...the depths of the water, the smells that are all around, he's seeing things for the first time, learning where all the fish are but even in very sheltered ponds, with the parents as the fishermen....that little worm doesn't always catch the fish, sometimes it gets off but most of the time that little worm learns what went wrong and the fishermen does too...and hopefully they do it right the next time.
My Jacob is 9!!!! and I say this every time but it feels like I just had him...
but like I have had him with me forever.
I have big kids now and I am learning that they are a lot different then little kids. We have conversations-with deep meanings, these big kids have opinions, know interesting facts, they can do jobs by themselves, help out with the littles and are simple fun to be around most of the time.
I am really loving...Having Big Kids!!!
Like every Birthday...we have family celebrations. Just a fun-filled day all about the Birthday kid. The rest of us just make it as special and celebratory as we can and enjoy making it a big day for the special one.
This is Jett's first Oliver Birthday morning.
John and Julia got to stay up a little later on Jacob's Birthday Eve, they helped decorate, make part of the cake, blew up balloons and wrapped presents.
I am not sure who has more fun the ones preparing or the one getting the surprise.
So we woke up and celebrated.
This boy is special. Jacob is such a undemanding, helpful, hardworking, sweet spirited child.
He is very easy to be around and brings so much joy to this family.
After the singing and blowing out the candles, we hide the gifts. ( I wish I remembered when we started this and why...but it has been going on for a long time now)
The rest of the day is just fun, no school, no chores for the birthday boy...just a day to play with new things and to enjoy being 9.
And a day for me to reflect back 9 years before when I had this great kid!!!! I love telling the story of the past and Jacob loves listening to it....of being born in Hampton, VA one cold winter morning on an Air force Base. He loves that he was the biggest kid I have had at 8lbs 12oz., two weeks late and not wanting to make an appearance. When he finally did...I remember knowing that my God was amazing because he not only gave me another healthy boy but he showed me that I could love one child just as much as the other without one taking the place of the other.