scan00023You are 18 today, and although I am only 6 years older than you, I can still remember the day you were born, holding you when you came home from the hospital and so many other wonderful memories that have spanned the years to bring you to this very moment in your life.

I remember fun little “facts” about the 2 of you.

Andrea: I won’t lie, our first years together after you figured out how to talk (ok, scream) were a bit tumultuous. You were pushy, stubborn, and just down-right mean at times. Then again, don’t they say that you usually see in others the ugliness that you possess yourself? Either way, watching you grow into the selfless, sweet and caring young woman that you are today has been an incredible blessing. I am proud to call you my sister and my best friend.

Jacob: You always had the sweetest disposition. You were happy, active and always had the sweetest little smile on your face. Though time has changed those tiny little features into the rugged features of a young man (and ok, some of that sweet disposition has changed into just plain weirdness) you still have that beautiful smile that I look forward to seeing, scan00013whenever you decide to flash it to us, and not your bum.

I could say so much more, but I’ve decided to condense (as much as is humanly possible for me) all of it into 18 bullet-points for you. Or 18 for your 18th.

1. Read your Bible daily. God, in all of His infinite power and wisdom, saw fit to not only send his Son for us, but to leave His Word for us to grasp tightly to until he returns again one day.

2. Dad and Mom actually do know what they’re talking about. I know you’re both infinitely wise and without the need of anyone’s advice; however, just save yourself the time and trouble and adhere to this little nugget. I promise that though it may not seem like it initially, it’ll work out for you in the end.

3. Go to college, even if you have no idea what you want to do with your life. Apparently, you don’t actually figure out what you’re good for until you’re 40 anyway, so you may as well make some money in the process of figuring that out.

4. Money isn’t everything. Sure, it buys you food and puts a roof over your head, but it isn’t worth the sacrifices that some people make to get it.

5. Andrea: Treat yourself every now and then to a manicure. I know this seems silly, but trust me on this one; sometimes, it’s the only thing that’ll take your mind off of everything. Jacob: Wet a line every now and then. There’s nothing like sitting in the quiet of God’s creation and thinking about absolutely nothing.

6. Watch out for “red flags”. People tend to reveal them relatively quickly. Pay attention, and if possible, GET OUT while you can!

7. Stop to smell the roses. This one is actually pretty self-explanatory.

8. Always remember that today is your only true chance to live because tomorrow is never guaranteed. Don’t worry about yesterday, it’ll stop you from living your full today.

scan000339. You will never look this good again. I know you can try (and you should) but your skin is great, (elasticity is NOT overrated) your “bods” are great, and let’s face it, you both have great hair. Enjoy it now. Please.

10. Wear sunscreen. It will help with the whole looking good thing. Leather skin is NOT attractive.

11. Always remember where you came from. We were not born with silver spoons in our mouths and we are much better for it. We understand sacrifice, work ethic, and living below the comfort level of most. Don’t hide from this, embrace it and let it affect how you live and treat others.

12. The opinions of others are not as important as you think they are. God made you an individual and it pleases him. If he wanted us all to be the same, he’d have made everyone look like me. (Ha!)

13. Andrea: Let men pursue you. If he’s that into you, he should have the guts enough to say so. If he can’t step out in something so simple, he won’t step up on the important things. Jacob: You should be the pursuer. Watch out for women who are overly domineering, they will make your life (and marriage) miserable.

14. Consider the opinions of your family when choosing a mate. We may not be right all the time, but we’re so close, it’s scary. Plus, we only have your best interest at heart.

15. DO NOT open a credit card! The government does a good enough job of stealing your hard-earned cash; don’t you blow the rest of it.

16. Visit another country. You will never fully appreciate this great land until you do.

17. Make sure if you get a tattoo, you really, really, REALLY like it. They hurt, they’re (semi) permanent, and I hear it’s quite a bear to get them removed. Also, avoid getting one spur of the moment, they’re the worst. Oh! And never tattoo the name of your girl/boy friend. Cause that’s just stupid.

18. Don’t worry. Until God’s finished with you, you’re invincible. Once he is finished with you, you don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell anyway. So go skydiving if you wish.

I love you and can’t wait to continue watching you become the people you’re supposed to be.

Happy 18th Birthday!



2 Responses to “1/13/91”

  1. 1 lifelemons January 13, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Truer words were never spoken!

    Happy Birthday Andy and Jake! Love you both bunches!

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