Dear Jack William, (adding William is usually reserved for my stern voice, but it kinda rolls off my to tongue and I like the sound of it!)
Happy birthday to the most excited birthday boy ever! You could hardly wait for this day! Even in Miss Molly’s class’s she said you, unlike your classmates, proudly wore your birthday crown ALL day. You are becoming quite the little boy. Somewhere over the past year you went from following your sister around to playing good guys and bad guys. You have ventured into Legos, octanots, superheroes and most recently teenage mutant ninja turtles. You are so obsessed with TMNT. I think you believe you are one of the ninja turtles, so for your birthday we bought you a few dress up toys to get into your character. You have also changed daddies identity to the shredder and rarely let him come out of character. You also love wrestling showing everyone how fast you are, being dirty and using your imagination. You also enjoy coloring and tend to spend quite a bit of time with Cora at the art table in the playroom. Over the past month or so, you and Cora are working pretty hard on all of your art for the art show- which I understand will be about 20 people at our house all here to invest big money into your masterpieces.
Your days have been filled over the past year with loving on your baby brother, whom you adore, and playing with Cora. Dean thinks you hung the moon, while Cora thinks you should hang it for her. With Dean you are a superhero that he admires and with Cora you are a little boy to lecture in her never ending classroom. You have enjoyed your 2 days a week in Miss Molly’s 3 yr old class and have loved making some good buddies along with continuing your love affair with Miss Caroline. Molly reports that you are very bright and can do most tasks very well.
Some of my favorite moments with you are usually putting you to bed. He went through a phase where you would grab my cheeks and tell me what is your “best mama” and I would tell you you are my “best Jack”. You’ve always been a bit of a romantic as you have a big heart full of love. I also have loved watching you care for your baby brother. You take full responsibility for him when he’s in your zone and have even asked me on occasion if I wouldn’t mind watching him so you could go to the bathroom. I also love the times when you and I can steal a few minutes to ourselves or have a mommy son date. Back in the fall we played with some of your John Deer tractors in the mud where we were landscaping and high-fived our wheels saying “hi wheels”. Moments where I can get lost in your imagination and give you all of my attention are So sweet and are never boring. I am very aware that you are now a middle child and I do my best to get away and still moments like this with you as often as I can.
Jack, you are such a sweet boy and I am so blessed to be your mommy. I believe that God will use you in great ways as you learn about his unconditional love for you. You want to following in Cora’s footsteps and ask Jesus into your heart. We have not ran with this desire just yet as we are waiting for you to have a better understanding and know what it means to be a disciple of Jesus’. But, I pray that this year you will get closer to understanding what it all means and finally make that decision! Daddy and I often pray that you are a leader using your smile and big heart to influence others for God wherever He takes you! Love Mommy!