Yesterday was such a special day for me! I got to spend some of the most amazing time with just Jackson. I’ve always been sensitive about the feelings of the little ones in our family, so usually if I do something with one of them, their sibling or cousins are more than welcome to come too. But we’d been noticing that we have all these adorable little girl pictures of Reagan and now Baby Madison, but somehow little boy pictures were fewer and far between. So we made a date. Just him and me. We would go somewhere fun and take some pictures, then….. as a reward for his hard work, we would make a trip to the toy department at Target. Yes! He was in for that deal. He coined our special day a “Jackson Day”.
I picked him up at 9:00am on a beautiful (for photographers anyway) cloudy morning and we headed to the Japanese Tea Gardens. My heart still gets all warm and mushy when I think of how amazingly sweet and cooperative he was about posing for one picture after another. I mean. He’s 4!! Yet, with every suggestion: “Can you turn a little more towards me?”, “Can you put your hands away from your face now?”, “Ohhhhhh…. Can you kick that ball one more time??” he obliged like a little pro! We giggled and laughed, and gave high fives when we nailed one. Auuugh… I adore that little boy!!
Oh, and I have to add: When we got to Target, I asked him if he would mind also helping me pick out a little something for Reagan too since she didn’t get to come with us, and he spent so much time and genuine effort in trying to find just the right thing for Reagan that I finally had to tell him, “Hey, Sweet Pea… this is for you … let’s pick something out for you.” His heart is so pure!
So here’s the story of our day. A day I will treasure forever. It’s not lost on me for a second how precious these times will be remembered someday (all too soon) when he’ll be way too busy with friends and sports — and his music — to need a “Jackson Day”. “Thank you, God for this one!”