Lucky 13

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Dear Jacob,

Well the day you have been waiting for is finally here!  It has been an amazing year.  I think the one with the most growth inside and out.  I bet if we stood side by side you probably would be taller then me today.  🙂

On to the mushy stuff. There are so many things that I think back on and think, “I’m not sure I could have done that if Jacob hadn’t have helped me the way that he did.”  From serving at Redeemer to watching the kiddos while mom and dad worked hard on the house or helping me paint our bedroom that night in fifteen minutes!  From helping me pack or moving or learning how to plug in microphones on a Sunday morning.  I don’t say it enough ~ thank you.

Thank you for the way you pour out your life.  Thank you for the way you live your life, it is an example to me. Thank you for living it the same way at home as you do outside the home.  When I look and see you holding Emery or taking care of other kids at Redeemer, I just smile because I know and see you trying to work on your relationships at home when no one is looking. When you feel like you are messing up a lot don’t be discouraged, it is just another time for the gospel to be on display in your life and that is more encouraging to your parents then you doing everything right and being perfect.

The way you are humble and seek to change when mom or dad point out sin or you are convicted by the Holy Spirit in your life blows me away. Thank you for being real and hashing it out with us when you don’t agree or don’t understand how or why something you are doing is wrong or when you think we are wrong.  The way you are gracious and forgive us when we make mistakes is incredible and a gift that I am grateful for.

I love seeing the fruit of your hard work in basketball and football. It is paying off and so fun to watch! I love watching you be silly and you funny jokes and all of your “Did you know the Jaguars….”   I can’t believe I get to be your mom and your friend. I can’t wait to see what this year will be like with the ups and downs of teenage life. I don’t claim to know exactly how to do this, but I’m confident God will be with us and help us.  🙂

Mom and dad are proud of you and love you.

Here’s to no more free cookies at Publix, ordering your own food, and to make this the year to “Do Hard Things.”

#standunited

Love,

mom

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