Monday, July 19, 2010

Happy Birthday, Jot

Tomorrow my littlest character turns 8. A lot has changed over those years. He's grown more than three feet and gained sixty pounds. His reddish peach-fuzz hair has turned blond and grown longer, revealing several interesting (and maddening) cowlicks. He still has blue eyes, but they have brightened to a startling rich shade.

Some things remain the same. He laughs easily and often. He still wakens at the crack of dawn, ready to tackle the day. He still falls asleep as soon as his head hits the pillow. He continues to happily tag along to all his brother's activities and to join in his sister's crazy schemes. You can read more about him on the page titled, "Meet the Cast of Characters" or by clicking here.

God uses Jot to teach me lessons everyday. He reminds me to believe in the impossible. He teaches me to wonder at nature and all the creepy-crawly, slithering, hopping, "awesome" stuff it holds. He reminds me that every new experience holds mysteries to be revealed. He teaches me to look for the person who has no one else and be their friend. He reminds me that it is a good thing to laugh so hard that you cannot breathe.

Jot's addition to our home was eagerly anticipated and it's just gotten better from there. We will celebrate tonight by having seven of his friends come for a sleepover and then a trip to the swimming pool tomorrow. Will it be loud? Yes. Will it be messy? Yep. Will it be filled with "bathroom humor"? Surely. Will I get much sleep? Doubtfully. Will it be worth it? Most definitely.

Happy Birthday, Jot! May God continue to use you in mighty ways, develop your heart for the underdog, and infuse the world with silliness and laughter.