Two was a challenging age, to be sure -- lots of learning obedience -- but it was another year of tremendous growth for Jackson and for us as parents. Two is not terrible.
Our sweet Jackson is cautious and sensitive. He doesn't take too many risks and doesn't like things that are remotely scary.
He is bright and attentive. He loves to read, learn new things, listen to people talk, and notice details.
He is playful. He loves playing sports, using his imagination with toys, riding his little bikes, exploring playgrounds, and running around with his buddies.
He is social. He is excited when other kids join him on a playground, and he enjoys having people over or visiting people in their homes. He loves going to church, too.
He is musical. He sings songs and plays the drum, xylophone, piano (exclusively original tunes, of course!).
He is loving. As busy as he is from dawn until dusk, he always demonstrates a big heart and a deep love for the special people in his life.
It is difficult to capture the essence of such a small and complex and wonderful human. Raising a child is not simply trying to survive perpetual exhaustion, nor is it just carefully making sure you check off all the developmental boxes. Raising a child is investing your heart in the life of a precious creation, made in the image of God, who needs wisdom and love and discipline. As you seek to teach truth to a wayward soul, you find yourself on your face, acknowledging how little you know, how much you need God's wisdom, and how profoundly you love that soul that God has entrusted to your care.
Jackson is a joy to know and a privilege to raise, and we indeed love him profoundly.
Happy birthday, sweet firstborn.