i remember the morning I went into labor with Jackson, not like it was yesterday, because 1461 days is a lot of time between now and then. But its still pretty clear. The excitement, knowing we’d finally meet our firstborn, a son, sometime in the next 24 hours or so. The nervousness, wondering how labor and delivery would go. The exhaustion after the hard work of bringing him into the world. The joy and uncertainty of being a new mom.
Now he is four. We celebrated his birthday this week with friends and family, cupcakes and lion cakes, balloons and banners. We celebrated HIM: the boy he is, a gift from God, the hopes we have for his future and the joy he brings to our lives.
He’s become such a BOY this year. No more toddler. He’s not quick to do things without us, but he’s becoming strong, more independent and very sure of what he wants to do with his time and energy.
I love hearing his animated re-tellings of what he did when ______ happened, or stories he’s read or things he has seen. All day long his mouth is moving; all day long the questions come fast and furious. Sometimes my answer is: “Because it JUST IS!” lol. But I love to see his mind work. I love to hear his heart, even when its frustrated.
It’s been very fun to have him old enough to talk about the new baby that is coming. He’s determined it is a boy. He’d really like it to be “chocoyate”, but we explained that is impossible since vanilla babies come when the mom and the dad are vanilla. 🙂
Jack has many talents, many things he’s good at and many things he gets very excited about. I’m so glad he enjoys family devotions and is learning Bible verses and the catechism. I hope the words sink into his soul and draw Him to Jesus in due time. I just love the little person he is and the boy he is becoming.
Favorite Four Year Old Things:
- The Big Picture Story Bible
- Ice cream and popsicles
- Cars and trucks
- Golf (putt-putt and the big golf course)
- Biking (balance bike or scooter or regular bike)
- Going for walks
- Being outside
- Playing with Taylor
- Digging in the dirt
- Annie’s mac and cheese
- Lecrae/Shai Linne’s music
- Helping with cooking and baking
- Going on errands with Dad
- Singing/playing guitar
- Songs: How He Loves Us, Church Clap, Blessed Be the Name of the Lord, Gone
- Books: Choo-Choo, The Day Louis Was Eaten, Hop on Pop, The Barber Who Wanted to Pray, Trusty the Train
- Movies/TV: How Things Work, Super Why, Blue’s Clues, Kipper, Daniel Tiger, Cars, Despicable Me
- What he wants to be when he grows up: police officer
Jackson, we love you. I’m so very thankful for these four years we’ve had to know you, love you and be your parents. You are a treasure. Love always, your mama.