Eleven years ago today, our son Jay was born at 11:00 a.m. and our whole world changed. God gave us a wonderful gift in a very special boy. Even though we loved each other, my husband and I had never known such unconditional love, as the instant bond we had with this little life. We got a glimpse into how our Heavenly Father feels about us.
Psalm 127:3 - "Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward."
As he's grown, each new stage has been both challenging, and rewarding. I wouldn't try to "freeze" him or go backwards for anything in the world.
When his brother came along, he was so protective of him. Like all siblings, they have their battles, but for the most part, they love each other.
He loves his Mom & Dad too (although I'm always the one behind the camera!)
Our family on both sides are very close to the boys - Jay was the first boy grandchild on my husband's side, and the first grandchild on my side. Needless to say, he's been showered with love, gifts & attention ever since he was born.
He's a total sports fanatic! So, of course he wanted a "Superbowl" birthday party. I can't tell you how many places I went trying to find Superbowl balloons with the names of the NFL teams playing in the bowl. I finally did it - I got the balloons, plates, napkins & cake. He had his friends over and they played football. My husband spray painted boundary lines in the yard, and in the middle he painted "2011 Jay Bowl". It was great & the kids had a blast!
Here is the "pretty" Superbowl cake that I ordered
Here is the "ugly" Superbowl cake that I made (because he wanted a chocolate cake & all the pretty ones had to be vanilla so it would look good)
My son Josh informed me that pretty cakes don't taste as good as the ugly ones!
So, after all of this, I will leave you with the lesson for the day:
Just like pretty cakes that are dry on the inside, and ugly cakes that don't look appetizing but taste great - there is a Bible verse to back this up!
1st Sam. 16:7 - "For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart."
Perfect example - Jay sits at the same desk everyday with the prettiest girl in the fifth grade. After only a few days in school, he could tell that she had a bad attitude and didn't treat him very well. He said "I still think she's pretty, but I don't like her anymore cause she's not very nice". I explained the above Bible verse and told him that "pretty on the outside doesn't always mean pretty on the inside" (just like my Superbowl cake, LOL!)
Thanks for letting me indulge a little and brag on my boy. Happy Birthday Jay! I love you very much.