Day #3 – 30 Days of Thankfulness

Today, I am thankful for the two wonderful children that God has blessed me with.  I could not even begin to imagine my life without them!
Jacob William was born on November 29, 1998.  (And yes, in case you noticed, this was our first anniversary!)  He was born at 6:24 pm and had a lot of hair!  It was love at first sight!  I remember the day that we took him home and how nervous I was. I couldn’t believe that the hospital was really going to let me take this precious baby home with me.  I had no idea what I was doing!  Tim and I walked into his room, laid him in his crib, looked at each other and said, “Well now what do we do?”  It is almost 14 years later and I still don’t have all the answers!  Jacob was a very sweet baby.  He never cried, never asked for food (by crying), and he could sleep through anything (still does in fact!)  He was always a very easy-going child.  He was so easy-going in fact that when he got in trouble and decided to throw a fit, all he would do is throw himself face-first at the ground and just lay there.  No kicking.  No screaming.  Just laid there until he was done with the fit!

Once he started pre-school, he always had lots of friends.  I have always called him a “social butterfly.”  His teachers used to tell me that they couldn’t quite figure out his personality.  He was not aggressive and bossy, but all the other children followed him as if he was the leader.  He has always been goofy and just fun to be around.  He talks incessantly, ever since he started around birth!  He is very compassionate and loves animals.  We always call him the cat or dog whisperer because even animals that don’t like other people always like him!  Even today, at almost 14, Jacob has a wide range of friends.  He is very non-judgmental and generally likes everyone.  He is very intelligent and does well in school.  He hopes to work for Nintendo one day designing new video games.  Unfortunately for me, he wants to be at their headquarters in Japan.  I never want to discourage his dreams, but I do pray that he can follow them on this continent!

 Jacob has always liked to be the center of attention and is usually referred to as the class clown.  He likes to be goofy and crack up jokes whenever he can.  He is a lot of fun to be with.  He is often referred to as “a source of useless information” due to the number of books he reads and the amount of time he spends looking stuff up on the internet.  Besides my dad, or my brother, Jacob would probably be my “Phone a friend” for Who Wants to be a Millionaire!  I also enjoy our conversations.  Because he is becoming more mature, we have a wide array of topics to choose from.   We talk about school, future career plans, church and spirituality and movies and books.  He and I generally like to read the same type of books.  It is fun watching him turn into a young man, but scary at the same time!  I miss the baby years!  But, I wouldn’t trade the years I have had with him with anything.  I have enjoyed each stage and age and I look forward to the future as well.

Jonathan Thomas was supposed to have been born on June 7, 2002 by a planned cesarean  but as we quickly found out, he likes to do things his way and decided to grace us with his presence on May 25, 2002.  Because he was 23 days early (I was actually due on June 17th), he had a rough start.  He spent those 23 days first in the NICU at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and then at All Children’s hospital in St. Petersburg.  He was very sick and there were a few times that we did not know if he would make it or not.  But, God is good and he came home with us on his due date, June 17, 2002!

When I first found out I was pregnant again, I couldn’t imagine loving someone else as much as I loved Jacob.  But, as any mother will tell you, when you see your baby for the first time, that love is instantaneous,  and, as I soon discovered, different for each child.  I bonded very quickly with Jonathan I think probably because he was so sick.  Except for the times that Tim dragged me away, I was at his bedside constantly.  When he came home, I stayed up for three nights in row just to watch him sleep and make sure he was okay.  Jonathan has always been a momma’s boy.  I nursed him for ten months and even after that he was always with me.  Even today he still likes to sit with me and cuddle…although, don’t tell his friends that!

Jonathan has always been his own little character.  He is definitely not a follower!  In fact, I usually call him a “non-conformist.”  If someone else is doing it one way, you can bet that he will do it another way!  When he started kindergarten, he decided that his name would be “Jonny”.  Not Jon, not Jonathan…Jonny.  And, he will correct you if you are wrong!  Because he has always had such a strong personality, he has gotten in trouble a time or two.  I have had to explain to him many times that there are some things you have to do even when you don’t like it or don’t feel like doing it!  Jonny has always been a bit more stubborn and willful than Jacob.  When he threw a fit, you knew it!  Maybe one reason I get along with him so well is because he gets that willful and stubborn streak from me!

The older he gets, the more I see his personality emerge.  Although generally a quiet observer, he is quite astute in his observations.  Even though you cannot tell he is actively listening, he is!  He likes to make up jokes, but I would say his jokes are not side-splitting, but more thought provoking.  You come away with, did a 10 year-old just say that?  And you see him trying to control his laughter in the background.  He still definitely has his own mind about things and is not easily dissuaded,  though his brother does try!  He loves to read and will spend hours doing so.  It is amazing how much he reads and he retains it as well.  He is consistently top in his class in number of books read.  He is very loyal and loving, though he tries to look “cool” among others.  I have enjoyed my time with him and I am sad to see him getting so close to starting middle school next year.  It will be a new chapter for us, and while I will miss all the things he has been and done in the past ten years, I look forward to the years to come and the new memories that will be formed.

My children are everything to me.  I am so thankful that God entrusted these two souls in my care and I cherish every moment I have with them on this earth.  They are so uniquely different and I love their differences!  They make my life fuller and I cannot wait for what the future holds for us.  (Hopefully some nice daughters-in-law and a granddaughter!!)

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