In honor of your seventh birthday, here are seven things we treasure about you, Jacob:
Your passion for life. You just want to see it all, do it all, live it all. Right now. (You've asked us many times why you can't go straight to college.)
Your artistic ability. And wild imagination.
Your fearless determination. When you really want something, you go for it.
Your dramatic enthusiasm.
Your patriotism. You are very into all things American: the national anthem (which has been your favorite song for years now,) the U.S. flag, and the presidential election.
Your fierce independence. You are not one to follow the crowd, but prefer to blaze your own trail. And you are not easily persuaded to do something you don't want to do. (I'm trying to see this one in a positive light.)
Your love for your family, and your righteous desires and goals.
Happy birthday, Jacob! We love you tremendously, and we're excited to watch you growing and developing the special characteristics that make you you. And we can't wait to see what you'll do with your life. Look out, world.