Today was Jackson’s 9th birthday!
For all the grandparents…I’m going to walk you through his day!

We woke him up a little earlier than normal…
He was all grins knowing immediately what day it was. The whole family joined together in giving him a "birthday spanking".
As he left our room, he was surprised with balloons and streamers all over our door. The Whitenton Family had decorated it after we went to bed the night before!

At school, Jackson’s class had a party for him and the cafeteria ladies made him a HUGE chocolate cake! (jack’s favorite) After school, we had a party for him with several friends in our small group and others we know here at ILC.

ASHER...Jackson's smallest friend

Sarah made Jack a birthday hat! WAY COOL!

The Whitenton Family gave Jack a Frisbee and a water bottle.

Steven and Emily gave him a GIANT Hershey bar!

So…Jackson is 9 now and feeling pretty blessed I think. I remember a few weeks before we came here listening to him share how he was concerned that his birthday this year would be horrible because no friends would be around and we wouldn’t be with our family. It was a really good lesson for all of us. God provided precious friends to decorate our door and sweet ladies we don’t even know to make a WONDERFUL CAKE. Jackson has made TONS of friends since we’ve been here and we had to limit the people to just our small group that would be at his party so things didn’t get too CRAZY! God ALWAYS provides above and beyond what we could ever ask for. I think that was Jackson’s best gift this year. Realizing God’s sufficiency!!!


Susan said...

Happy Birthday from all the D'Souzas! It's only a taste of all the friends and "family" you'll make on the field. We're so happy you had a good time!


Mil said...

Happy Birthday, Jackson!

From your biggest fans,
The Ward kids (especially Will!)

The Byrd's Nest said...

Oh I am so moved by missionary families at ILC...they always seem to pick up the pieces and each time you turn around...there they are loving on your children.

Happy Birthday!