Here he is making a wish at the Trevi Fountain. My wish for him is that his life is all he dreams it will be.

Although Jay’s 6th birthday was on Wednesday, I’m dedicating this week’s Gratitude Sunday post to him, just as I did for my daughter on her birthday.

Jay is quite a character.  He has so much enthusiasm for life and a great sense of humor.  But he has a very sweet and sensitive side too.  Consider this conversation we had over the holidays.

Jay: The heart is the most important organ in your body right?

Me: Right (through a mouthful of food). I was just getting ready to add, “It pumps all the blood through your whole body,” but before I could say it, he said…

Jay: That’s because your heart is where you feel love.

Which of course, made my heart practically explode with love.

Quotes on Gratitude for Sons

“[Sons] are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded.” — Jess Lair

“Before you were conceived I wanted you. Before you were born I loved you. Before you were here for an hour I would die for you. This is the miracle of life.” — Maureen Hawkins

“Making the decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body.” — Elizabeth Stone

Reasons I am grateful for Jay

  1. He says things that are so funny, but somehow wise at the same time.
  2. He is not shy about expressing himself or talking to people, even when he’s just met them.
  3. I wouldn’t call him “still waters,” given how much he runs around, but he IS a deep thinker.
  4. When we snuggle at bedtime, he still puts his head on the same spot on my shoulder that he did as an infant.
  5. Speaking of snuggles, he is a VERY snuggly boy, which I love.
  6. He loves reading AND math, and especially loves school.
  7. He adores and looks up to his big sister, and although they argue, he lets her know how much he loves and appreciates her.
  8. He reminds me of my father with his “big personality,” as one of his teachers called it.
  9. He loves his family and friends, but he is very independent.  He can entertain himself for long periods of time.
  10. He is very imaginative, especially when it comes to building things with Tinker Toys, Legos and other toys.  His building is his “art.”

What are you grateful for this week?

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  1. Jay: That’s because your heart is where you feel love.

    OMG! I am grateful for Jay, too! He is a cool little guy with great wisdom.

  2. That is a precious list, Julie! This morning I am grateful that my husband got home safely from the conference he was at all week. 😉

  3. What a beautiful list! Aren’t we all lucky to have such great kids? I am grateful for mine every minute of every day!

  4. 1. I too am grateful for my son. He has moved out of the house and is doing great on his own, but still doesn’t forget about his momma!
    2. I am grateful for all the lovely people…yourself included…that helped promote my blog in January so that my readership increased 53% in one month!
    3. I am grateful for my “old man” cat, Tommy, who tries to hold my hand while I type just to let me know he’s there. As if the fact I have a 20 pound lump sprawled across my lap AND laptop as I type this isn’t clue enough!
    4. I am grateful that the misunderstanding with my best friend got cleared up on Friday, otherwise this would have been a horrible weekend for me.
    5. As always, I am grateful for this wonderful writing community that helps and supports me every step of the way in my quest to achieve my dream of becoming a published author.

  5. What a sweetheart. He looks like he’s concentrating so hard on that wish! I hope it came true. The Elizabeth Stone quote says it ALL. 🙂

  6. I’ve wished at that same fountain a few times over the years—as did our son when he was about five years old. And right after, he went in to grab a few of those coins. Had to tell him those were wishes other people had made….

    Happy Birthday to your son and many happy returns of the day.

  7. What a beautiful quote from him! And an adorable picture as well. =)

  8. Great quotes . . . great post . . . FUN son! 😀

    Happy Birthday, Jay!

  9. My son has been back in town for a couple of weeks. I am grateful that he is such a nice man. He was a lovely little boy and has grown to be a delightful 38 year old.

    • That’s so nice. I know that in a blink of an eye my little guy will be 38. Probably not as snuggly by then, but I hope just as lovable!

  10. Such a beautiful tribute to your son. He sounds like a very special boy who thinks very deeply and loves abundantly. Love your list. I hope you shareed the post with him. Sounds like he takes after his Mom. 🙂

  11. Awwww, this post is so warm and fuzzy. I love it. 🙂 Happy Birthday to your little one and I hope all his wishes come true.

  12. Happy birthday to your amazing, creative, love-filled son. I love the Trevi Fountain in Rome….and the many ofther piazzas and historic places in Rome as well. Thanks for the photo and post.

  13. What a beautiful gratitude post, Julie. Our children are our greatest blessing.

    Happy birthday to Jay!

  14. What a great tribute to your son! I, too, have a cute snuggly boy! (age 6)

  15. Love the photo, Julie…what a wonderful tribute to your son! I’m grateful that God gives us second, third and fourth chances when we make mistakes in raising our children. It’s a tough road, but well worth the journey!

  16. I read your post this morning and then went out on my walk thinking about Jay and his heart. It completely made a switch occur in my brain over something I’ve been wrestling with. I am so grateful. Thank you.

  17. What a great list. Happy Birthday Jay. And, I’m grateful to hear that boys continue to snuggle with their moms.

  18. Oh what a lovely tribute to your son Julie, he is such a sweetie, love the picture. I am totally greatfull for all the lovely friends I have made through our internet connections, such as yourself. Thankyou for a sweet post.

  19. You have been blessed indeed,..

  20. What a sweet picture and a lovely boy. x

  21. He sounds like a great boy. Enjoy him while you can. Video a few of his best engineering projects. Those videos of your kids become very valuable as time marches on. Before you know it he will be an adult. He’ll still hug you but he won’t want you around at bed time.

    Love them all that you can. No child ever turned bad from love.

    • Jay – I do dread the day when he gets too old for snuggling, but I agree that the videos and photos are at least one way to freeze time.

  22. Wonderful post! So sweet.
    Today I am grateful that although my daughter is 6000 miles away, she arrived there safely and is ready for her big adventure learning overseas!!!

    • Oh Coleen, she is going to have such an amazing experience, but I have a hard time imagining my kids so far away from me (even though I know that one day they will be). Where is she studying? Good luck!

      • Thanks Julie! She is in Jerusalem, Israel. I think my mind is not letting me truly comprehend how far away she is, but I imagine as the days go by this will sink in!! 🙂

  23. Thanks for sharing Julie. I needed that and am going to remember those quotes often as I raise my three boys.

  24. So sweet! My youngest son turned four this week, so your post touched a special place in my heart.

  25. You’ve so inspired me with your Gratitude Sunday posts that a friend and I have started Gratitude “scrapbook” journals! Thank you for sharing!

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