Sunday, March 09, 2008

Happy First Birthday, Jacob!

One year ago this morning, at 7:34 a.m., we welcomed you into the world (with just a little encouragement, since you were all too happy staying inside mommy).

We nicknamed you "The Poky Little Puppy," which was appropriate, since you were over a week past your due date and took your time joining us. We have few pictures of you from that first day, since your mommy and daddy were so exhausted from being up more than 30 hours that we all collapsed into slumber by noon. It was appropriate, then, that today we celebrated by having an extended family afternoon nap.

But your first year has not been characterized by sleeping. From the moment you arrived, you opened your eyes wide to the world and have been on the lookout for something new ever since. The nurses at the hospital said you were the most alert newborn they'd ever seen. You slept a lot, sure, but when you weren't sleeping you were always looking into our faces or finding out about this new world. Even now if you are somewhere new, you will not nap. There is just too much to see and do. I love you, my little explorer!

Little Jacob, I pray that you will always have eyes open wide with wonder at God's great Creation. May you grow in the knowledge of the glory of the LORD. If the eyes truly are the windows to the soul, I pray yours will continue to shine brightly, reflecting Christ's love for you to everyone who peeks into your baby blues.


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