It is impossible to spend time with Jett and look away from him without him demanding my attention back. I’m sure you’ve experienced this with little ones grabbing your face and turning it to face theirs. Jett, like most kids, has always done this. But, now that he’s older, he doesn’t grab my face. He simply shouts, “Mom! You gotta believe this!” It’s his twist on “You’re not going to believe this!” I like his version better. Because, more than the things we don’t need to believe, there are so many more things we actually “gotta” believe. And, he reminds me everyday to believe in the good.
To believe that it’s important to be an observer of life and notice every inch of it.
To believe that life’s wonder and beauty are found in what most of us consider the mundane – the everyday life – the ordinary. To know that we don’t always have to seek an adventure, a destination, or some exotic place or people….but we can find God in every aspect of our daily journey. And, there is nothing mundane at all about that.
And, there is nothing mundane about being with Jett.
Jett, you replenish my soul. You fill my life with so much joy that I cannot contain it all. It pours out of me in the forms of smiles, laughs, stories, and tears. The good kind of tears. The kind where I sit alone and think about your very existence and I am flooded with emotions wrapped in gratitude and thankfulness. I am so thankful for you, and I love every single thing about you.
I love the way you look at me and tell me you love me.
I love the way you insist on riding your daddy’s back to bed.
I love the way you dream of becoming a pilot and flying “to outer space.”
I love the way you love your big brother and sister and light up when they play with you.
I love the way you get so excited when you tell a story.
I love the way you get so excited about EVERYTHING.
I love the way you love exploring nature on the farm. You make me love the farm even more, too.
I love the way you know when you are entertaining us with your hilarious dance moves, so you don’t stop dancing.
I love the way you get those dance moves from your Ga-Ga.
I love how creative your imagination is. And, how you believe you can do and accomplish anything.
You gotta believe this, Jett Takle. You make our lives sweeter. I recently read, “time stands still best in moments that look suspiciously like ordinary life.” You make time stand still for me. And, I will forever be grateful to you for making me soak in so many beautiful moments.
Happy 5th Birthday, Jett. We love you more than you will ever know.