Sunday, June 26, 2016

A Quarter-Century

June 26, 2003: Jacob turns 12!

We never seem to get to celebrate Jacob's birthday with him anymore. In 2011 and 2012, when he turned 20 and 21, he was serving his mission in the Santa Rosa Mission of northern California. When he turned 22 in 2013, he had moved back to the area of his mission to live and work. We did get to enjoy commemorating his birthday with him in 2014 and 2015, but this year he's far away again.

June 26, 2004: Jacob turns 13! (With cousin Marcus,
little brother Dylan, who was almost 7, and family friend Willy.)

And so today, on his 25th birthday, he partied with his in-laws in Utah. By all reports they made it a great day for him, and I appreciate them for that. Friday night they attended the Manti Temple Pageant. Yesterday they went to a Utah theme park called Lagoon. Today they had a grilled dinner, Danielle made him a wildly colorful cake, he opened gifts, and then they had a campfire and made s'mores. Just wish we could have been there with him!

June 27, 2005: Jacob had turned 14!

Instead, I thought I would share some pictures from his past birthdays, the ones when he was young and still safely under my roof. How I miss those days!

June 26, 2006: Jacob turns 15!
(with friends Kyle and Micheal)

July 1, 2007: The date was actually Dylan's 10th birthday, so
Jacob had turned 16 five days earlier, but they shared their party.

Danielle sent me this picture of 25-year-old Jacob today
with the crazy-cool birthday cake she made for him!
June 26, 2016

We did get to wish him a happy birthday for about ten minutes this evening through the miracle of Skype. He took a short break from his celebration at home to visit with us, and we made the most of it, as you can see in the video below.


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