Sunday, April 11, 2010


Wow, I just found this in my draft items... Looks like I got side tracked and never got the chance to post it. This is from early and mid April:

My silence in the blogging world has largely been the result of all the wonderful company we have been able to have here in KY. Spring in KY is outstanding and also a great time to visit!

First, we had a visit from my mom and dad. They were here a week and we had lots of wonderful opportunities to spend time with them, play, and just enjoy each other. Then, we had a visit from my sister in law, Shelley, and her two boys William and Benjamin. Jacob had a great visit with his cousins and also enjoyed all the extra time he got with Andrew here in KY!

Thank you to all who traveled to see us. It is such a long trip and we are so thankful you made it to spend time with our family. We love you and miss you all already!

Backhoe Birthday #2

Jacob got to celebrate his birthday with Mommy and Daddy on March 25, 2010. It had to be a day late because we had church on the 24th, but it worked out. We just had a small dinner, some left over cupcakes from the Burris Family party over the weekend, and opened gifts from Mommy and Daddy. It was a wonderful, quiet, family celebration and enjoyed by all. Our boy is two......

He got to blow out his own candle this help from mommy or daddy required!

Mmm! Birthday cake!

Opening gifts. I was so thrilled to find backhoe wrapping paper at Target!

A new dump truck! Just what he needs! Ha, ha. Now we have a full fleet!

Enjoying the bubble blower mommy and daddy bought. I love the look of pure bliss on his face. Such fun!

Backhoe Birthday #3

Grandma and Grandpa Ruth came to KY for a visit and we were able to have a Ruth Family Birthday party. Jacob really had it figured out this time around...this was his final of three celebrations. We had a party with Chris' family, a party of just the three of us, and a party with my side of the family. Poor kid is going to be disappointed when he doesn't get to have another birthday party next week!

Mommy made the birthday cake for this party. How festive!

Jacob basking in everyone singing "Happy Birthday to You" or "Happy to you" as he likes to call it.

Jacob is thrilled with the "rocky horsey" that Grandpa Ruth built for him! What a treasured gift.

The Ruth Family Birthday Party. Another good looking group!


We've had so much company and we've been so busy that I never got the chance to write my 2 year old letter to Jacob. So, here it is...late, but not forgotten.

Dear Jacob,
You are two years old now! It seems that once you hit the "magic" two year old point a switch went off and you have decided to really start to flex your independence and show that you are autonomous! You are still obedient, but not like you once were, especially with mommy. You are able to have conversations and answer questions. You are interested in the potty and have actually started to go in it at least once per day. You are obsessed with construction equipment. Obsessed probably isn't the best word. I need something stronger than even that. Truly, construction equipment is an idol in your life right now. You wake up talking about it, go to sleep talking about it, and ask incessantly to drive by work sites or walk down to the construction project in our neighborhood. You are able to recognize our route to places based on what backhoes we drive past. It is hilarious. Your vocabulary is growing exponentially. There are new words every day and most of your speech is pretty clear and easy to understand. You still cannot jump. Not one bit. Not even hop a little bit. We're working on it. You are able to understand some basic gospel truths and can tell us that God is good, big, and faithful and that Jesus is risen! You love family worship time each night. You still like to snuggle with mommy and daddy and you still suck your thumb (the right one only) while holding your "B" in your tight little fist.

The weight of the importance of being your mommy really struck me on this birthday. Before you were still a baby. My primary role was meeting your needs; feed you, bathe you, diaper you, clothe you, snuggle you. Now you are becoming little boy and my primary role is going to be to train you and disciple you. My job is to evangelize you and teach you to know and love Jesus. That is such an overwhelming, daunting task and I am so glad Daddy and I love Jesus and can depend on Him to guide us through this task. My prayer for you, sweet little Jacob-boy, is that you will love God with all your heart, mind, and soul. I pray you will grow with a heart that is tender to His word and open to His love.

My heart breaks with bittersweet sadness as I see you grow, sweet boy. I love that you are getting so big and so strong, but my heart aches for that itty bitty baby we brought home from the hospital two years ago. I find myself asking, "how did we get here so fast?" Two years brought so much change and it all happened in a flash.

I love you more than you can ever imagine. Happy birthday, my Jacob-boy.


Jacob Allen Burris, just born...March 2008.

1st birthday, March 2009.

2nd birthday, March 2010.