Fourteen years ago today, Dad, I and Nana were anxiously awaiting your arrival at Prince William Hospital in Manassas, Virginia. We wondered who you would look like and what being a parent would be like. Your arrival at 7:20 pm during Wheel of Fortune changed our life. Being the first grandchild on either side of the family and the first nephew meant the entire family was smitten with you from the moment of your birth.
You have been animated, determined, full of spirit, strong-willed, smart, eager, and sensitive from the get go. You are a typical first born.
It is hard to believe that you can be 14 years old already. Your are ready to enter high school next year and looking forward to playing football.
You are definitely your "father's son." You want his approval above anyone else. My prayer for you this year is that you will be strong and courageous in your character and actions. That you would be generous with your time and talents and willing to share. That you would show humility toward others. That you will experience contentment in every situation and that your life would overflow with thankfulness. Most importantly, I pray that you would ask and seek wisdom from God; that you would commit all your decisions to prayer; and that you would be bold in your passion for God.
Happy 14th Birthday Jake
We love you!
"May integrity and uprightness protect me,
because my hope, Lord, is in you."