Today is Jake's birthday . . . he turned 26. Where did those years go?
I have always thought he looked so sad in this first picture . . . we found out two weeks later that his collar bone was broken during his birth.
He was the sweetest little boy and so easy . . . although he has a definite grumpy side to him. Maybe that is what was really showing in that newborn picture. :)
. . . I love this picture of him. Put a ball in this kids hand or under his feet and he can do anything with it. It was a little hard on us the day he decided to quit playing baseball . . . he is truly gifted. He struggled around this age - because so much of his identity was tied up in his ability on the field. I remember telling him there was so much more to him . . . and he seems to have figured that out for himself.
Peace . . . love my boys!
I am posting these pictures of him dressed up for Halloween because as a young boy he was extremely shy and never really liked to dress up for Halloween. He would have a costume and then end up wearing his soccer uniform and going as a soccer player . . . something he was more comfortable with. He seems to have overcome that shyness . . .
Jake has always been wise beyond his years . . . something it took me awhile to recognize, but I can see now that has always been there. He is hard to read sometimes . . . you never quite know what he is feeling. One of his baseball coaches said one time . . . that he could go 0 for 4, or 4 for 4 - and the expression on his face was about the same. :)
Happy Birthday Jake!