9️⃣ Y E A R S 🕘 | January 1, 2010 . Happy anniversary to the wife that now has to put up with another Jones boy! Thanks for loving both of us so well. Even though I still don’t understand why it’s cute when Jack burps or is a messy, loud eater but it’s all of sudden gross when I do the same things 😝. . Looking back over this last year I’m starting to realize how much transition there’s been. Lots of it has brought so much joy to our lives, especially with the arrival of Jack (affectionately referred to as the little Duck 🦆) and becoming parents. Watching you become a mom has been the highlight of my life, and it continually amazes me how effortless you make it look, and how you juggle it all. And, of course, how much Jack lights up whenever he sees you. . I know that it has been a challenging year too, especially moving out of a home we loved and adjusting to a new work routine. But I’m so, so glad that you’re the one I get to face these challenges with. . I’m already looking forward to making our tenth year the best yet. Jack and I both love you very much ❤️
Me and the boy have been S I C K this week. It’s our first experience with a cold traveling one-by-one through the house—although I’m sure there’s more of that to come. . But that’s not stopping us from celebrating the start of Advent. We’ve got the fireplace rolling, Christmas music playing, and hopefully by the end of the day we’ll have gingersnap cookies (the best holiday cookie of all time) baking. . What’s your favorite holiday tradition?
My boy 💙 I recently read an excerpt from CS Lewis’ “Mere Christianity” where he says—in regards to giving oneself to Christ—that we’re often like an honest man paying taxes: we hope there will be enough left over to do as as please with it. . He goes on to say Christian way is paradoxically both harder and easier. That in one breath Christ says, “Take up your Cross...” and in the next “My yoke is easy and my burden light.” . And I feel that excerpt has pretty much summed up fatherhood so far. It has simultaneously been one of the easiest and hardest things I’ve ever done. . On the one hand, it’s this person that demands all of you all the time (and this is so much more true for @kristaajones—shoutout to all you moms out there). There’s no reasoning with him to keep a more consistent routine, or asking for a few hours to yourself, and I never know if I’m doing the whole dad thing “right” (evidenced by the amount of times I’ve asked our pediatrician, “So, what do I do with him?”). . But on the other hand it feels so natural. I’ve felt a love that’s qualitatively different than I’ve ever felt before: instantaneous and unbounding—and in that respect, easy—for someone I had never met. Different than the love that’s grown over many years between @kristaajones and me, that probably like many marriages required lots of work. . The whole thing is good, though. And I think it’s taught me what Lewis meant when he states towards the end of that excerpt: “I must be ploughed up and resown.”