Happy 7th Birthday, Jackson

28 Dec

Today is Jackson’s birthday.

When you’ve had cancer, birthdays become an unspoken milestone. We threw a huge bash for his second birthday. All these birthdays we’ve had since feel like icing on the cake. I never imagined SEVEN. Or first grade, monster truck shows, riding his bike down to his friend’s house or being in charge of his own puppy.

Jackson made me a mom. He is thoughtful, kind. Wild and high energy. He will make you laugh when you don’t want to and  fill your heart with his sweet, unsolicited good deeds.

He is the hardest working kid I’ve ever met. He’ll spend all day raking leaves. He’ll go through my trash and scold me on what should have been recycled. He is a leader.

Jackson’s also my greatest challenge. He’s got his mom’s passion and his father’s stubbornness. If Jackson were a color, he’d be neon and glow in the dark. All the amazing qualities that are so strong right now are going to make him an amazing adult. I’m so curious to see where his life leads him…that is, if the privilege of being his mother doesn’t kill me first.

Here are my favorite pictures from this past year of my sweet boy. Dude, we love you so.


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