My favorite birthday memory is from when you turned 4. I walked into your room to wake you up singing "Happy Birthday" and then said "Jake, you're 4 years old!!!". You looked at me with so much excitement in your eyes and exclaimed, "Mom! I'm almost 5!" I wouldn't trade a day of these 19 years -- not even the hardest days. It a joy to see the world through your eyes. Even though you've almost always been the smallest kid, you've had the biggest smile and the strongest spirit. Your heart is so kind and your sense of justice so fierce. You've always had a Peter Pan personality and yet, you are wise beyond your years.
I thank God everyday that He chose me to be your mom. I could not be more proud of you.
Keep being you, Jake Brown, because you are amazing.