Monday, May 17, 2010

Happy Birthday Jacob

On this day, May 17th 1992, Jacob Kirkendall was born.

The incredible thing about him turning 18 is the realization that he almost did not make it past 17. Here we are celebrating his LIFE...enjoying his LIFE...being so thankful for his LIFE. Andy Lewis, pastor at Faith Community Church, reminded me on Sunday that God desires for us to pause and celebrate, reflect, rejoice and remember the incredible way that he works in our lives...the blessings that we have received. Today I can honestly say that throughout this day I remembered. Jake and I went to breakfast - a father-son tradition since Rob, Jake and Jensen were toddlers. Just a normal day eating and sharing enjoying each other. Then Jake and I went about our day. But as I drove around for the Census I kept remembering the gift of Life we have been given. I went into the bank and told the teller that it was my sons birthday - not just any day - a birthday that he almost did not make it to - she had heard of Jake's story. Somehow this has shaped us and the story continues to come out. 

There is more to come over the next days as we celebrate together - birthdays and graduations - times to pause and remember, reflect and be so very thankful. 

I have said it so often but please know that we are continually thankful for each of you and the support, encouragement that you have shared with us. You have taught me what the Body of Christ is all about. You have modeled for me the ministry that I want to unfold for others - to surround those that are in the midst of their tragedy, praying for them, caring for them, and helping them to grip hope a little bit tighter. 

On Wednesday Jake will be receiving a hero award from the Santa Cruz Red Cross for attempting to put out the fire. Greg Hansen will also be recognized for rescuing Jake. They have a friendship - a bound that will continue as they continue to help others. Then on June 3rd Jake will graduate from Aptos High School. He had 5 classes to finish. He only has about 20% of 5th class left. It was done by computer as independent study. At first I was pretty involved in helping. Now Jake is on his own - even meeting with his teacher on his own. Then on June 11th Jake leaves for Champ Camp. He will be a CIT (Counselor in Training) for this camp for children ages 8 - 15 who are survivors. This is going to be an incredible experience for him. 

There is a lot going on as Jensen's birthday is coming up too (13) as well has his graduation from 6th grade. Amazing opportunities to pause and celebrate. 

So much to be grateful for, 

Tom (daddy)


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jacob...your life is an inspiration, not only for your self-sacrifice, but for your determination, enthusiasm and geniune heroic efforts!!! I applaud you and your beautiful family. Stories like yours touch the heart and fuel inspiration!!!

Noree said...

Such an incredible journey...with an amazing outcome...blessed indeed.
A VERY Happy Birthday to Master Jake.
We are beyond happy for you all...
SO so much to celebrate and be thankful for. For a gracious God.
Bless, bless, bless,
Noree and family

Anonymous said...

Happy late birthday Jacob. What a sweet birthday I'm sure it was. So thankful for all of the huge steps you have made. You are truly an inspiration for all of us. May God continue to bless you as you bless others.

Lori said...

A bit late, but a no less sincere... Happy Birthday! Hope Jacob's day was wonderful. You are all so blessed.