Dear 9 Year Old Jackson

The last night of your 8th year
Here's where I posted about your 1st Birthday! 
This one is about your 2nd Birthday
Apparently I skipped your 3rd year. Oops. Here is a really good post about having a 3 and 2 year old though.
But I did write about your 4th. And here it is.
This is about your 5th. 
This is your 6th
Here's the 7th Birthday! 
And the 8th

And now, for the current!

Dear Jackson Chase, or Jack as we have affectionately started calling you,

You are the best! Just a minute ago you brought your keyboard up to me so I could write this post and you did it without complaining...even on your birthday. That's a big deal to me, because I use the birthday card allllllll day. You even started to pick up the living room because I told you it would be nice if it was clean for the party later tonight.

Right now, you are running back and forth like you do every day imagining who knows what. I've always wanted to ask but I don't want to interrupt you or make you stop doing it because I LOVE your imagination.

I love how caring you are. Two nights ago we came home from our trip to Legoland. All 3 of you were sleeping but when you woke up to come inside you grabbed Sadie's stuffed animal Pug and brought it to her because you know how much it means to her.

You are currently reading the 5th Harry Potter book and secretly, this is probably my proudest parent moment. Because, well, Harry Potter. Oh man. It just makes me feel so happy. You read incredibly fast. Lightening speed fast, yet another trait I think you inherited from me. You also inherited my stubbornness and my short temper both of which I love you so much for. It's easy to relate when you get so super mad and run upstairs to your room. I used to do the same thing.

I get compliments from friends who say you are so sweet. You are kind-hearted and gentle and I pray and hope and wish that never changes.

You really enjoy being around adults. You no longer want to sit at the kid table. You enjoy adult conversation even if you're still a little awkward. I can say that right? I'm thinking you won't read these posts for awhile. And if uou do, I hope you know I say that with love.

Just like me and your dad, you are a teaser. You tease me and you tease your sisters and you tease your dad. My favorite thing as of late is to ask you to drive to get me stuff and you play right back.

You've got your own YouTube channel and you have such a good video voice! I'm so proud of you for having the desire and for bugging us enough to make it happen! Here is a link to your channel (readers of mine, please subscribe! That would make an excellent birthday present!)

I love you so much Jackson! I'm so glad you were born 9 years ago! Thanks for being the best son ever! :-)

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