Wednesday, June 13, 2012

happy birthday jace

Happy 10th Birthday Jace

It is really hard for me to fathom that a decade ago you entered in to my life and forever changed it.

I know I don’t always get it right, and sometimes I blame you when it was Josh`s fault.  I yell too much, swear too much, and talk too much when I should just be quiet and listen.  My standards for you table manner may be too high and I often scold you for not being quiet or behaving when you are just being a kid. I am easily frustrated, short tempered, and cranky, especially when I hear a hint of whine.  I’m working on it.  Some days I get it right, others I fall way too short of the mark.  But despite my shortcomings as a person and as your mom, I hope you never spend one day of your life ever doubting my love for you.

And so with that sentiment there are a few things I want to you to know today, your 10th birthday.

I love your dry sarcastic wit that is similar to your Uncle Victor, yet all your own.  That humor will sometimes land you in trouble, but it will also will help you power through tough times. And you have no idea how much the girls will flock to you for it.  One minute you are running and talking in a manner that may be a bit too immature for your age, and the next you are pontificating your profound insights about life and our family. It stuns me how clever, smart, and sophisticated you can be for a boy your age.  Your intense love of food and all that is fun in life will carry you through the rough spots. It already has.  Keep loving life and seeking out the best it has to offer…that is one of life’s little known secrets.

I know deep down you love your older brother even though he bothers you, but you bother you him too.  And he loves you back more than you know. I hope you nurture and grow your friendship for the rest of your lives, because you will regret it if you don’t. No one else in the world will share the history of having me as your mom.  And when I grow old and crotchety you will need me to help you remember your past and where you came from.

I love how no matter where you are you;  You know more about yourself at 10 then I do about myself in my late thirties.  You know what you want and what you need and you are not swayed by much, unless donuts/food are involved.  Trust me when I say your teenage years will test your resolve to stand apart from the pack.  But I think that your good judgment will steer you through.

As you embark on the second decade of your life I hope that you will never forget that you are indeed loved for exactly who you are right now and for the young man you are growing into.  As I say often on our house, we are your family and you will always be loved no matter what.  This is the soft place you can land where you will always be OK, you will always be welcome and you will always be loved — no matter what.  You are one of the most unique and amazing individuals I have ever met and my love for you is unconditional, forever, and always.

Happy Birthday Jace
Love Mom

baby Jace 2002/203



tub fun 2008

Jace and mommy 2009


silly Jace 2012

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