Twenty years ago today, our oldest son was born. This child has kept me on my toes, made me laugh and made me glad I am a mom. Through the years, he has entertained our family. On Friday, June 28, 1996, Dennis and I arrived at the hospital around 6:30 am for our scheduled induction. He was born at around 5:40 that evening. He was a dream baby in some ways. He truly is a blessing directly from God to our family. Oh and it would not be fair to talk about Jacob’s birth without mentioning my birthing coach – Dennis’ sister-in-law Lisa. She was truly amazing at all the births (she coached me for all four). I am not sure I could have gotten through the labor and delivery without her. Stay tuned in October, when all three others were born to read about their lives.
However, this grape ape would only fall asleep some nights by his dad holding Jacob with his head in Dad’s had and the rest of him laying supported by Daddy’s arm. From one end of our single wide mobile home to the other end of the home Dennis would constantly walk bouncing Jacob the entire time. The two had/have an incredible bond.
Two weeks to the day after he was born, he lived through his first hurricane. A few months later, he lived through his second.
This baby became a toddler who loved to be with his daddy. One day, Daddy took him to the garden to dig potatoes. However, I think all he really did was throw dirt over himself.
Then our second son came along. The two were inseparable, and quite good at being instigators. At the tender ages of about four and two, these two were able to put our minivan in gear (Jacob steered) and Joseph was down on the floor board pushing the pedals. Somehow the two managed to get the van in gear and drive it into our fence (a much better outcome than what could have happened – them driving the van into our mobile home.
The young boy grew and started school. On his first day, I took him and picked him up (along with his siblings). My young son looked at me that afternoon and told me, he did not want me to take him and pick him up; instead he wanted to ride the school bus.
He continued to grow. When he entered fourth grade, he started Cub Scouts. The following year we were forced into a situation that resulted in us homeschooling Jacob that year and then bringing all four children home the following year. He really came into his own through homeschooling.
Then he crossed over into Boy Scouts and just sort of took things as they came. In November 2008, we moved from North Carolina to Pennsylvania. Right before we moved, his brother crossed to Boy Scouts. Joseph had drive and determination, which helped motivate Jacob.
Soon the two were picking up each new rank at the same time. After all, as the song goes, “Anything you can do, I can do better.” This was their philosophy. Although I believe Jacob was less competitive than Joseph by nature. He just was not about to let Joseph outshine him.
He also became a Young Marine and did a fairly good job at that.
In July of 2012, both boys reached the rank of Eagle Scout. They had their boards of review the same night. So technically they achieved Eagle the same date. We did a combined Eagle ceremony for them, which was a tremendous success. We had an amazing turnout. My inlaws drove to PA, with two of Dennis’ aunts to celebrate with us. My father-in-law even cooked a hog for everyone. The aunts and my mother-in-law helped with cooking everything else. It was a wonderful day, although slightly bittersweet – since we had just moved a couple of weeks earlier from western PA to central PA. We came back just for the Eagle ceremony.
Today, we are in Texas and Jacob is starting his work as a Youth Pastor and will be pursuing college classes starting in the fall. I love him dearly.
So I just wanted to share a little with you. I have to say life is never boring with my JacobP. He is a true joy that God has blessed me to call son.