Happy 12th Birthday Jack!
Bear with me here while I write a few words about being Jacks mom. The reason we keep this blog, while it is nice if we can share our experiences with others, is so that we can look back someday on our adventures and remember where we have been.
For this reason, I would like to take a few moments to share that being Jacks parents has been the greatest of all our gifts and the greatest thing we have ever done.
It is because of Jack that we are on this adventure. Because of him we decided to retire early. Because of him we want to live more simply if FAR more boldly. It is because we want to share the world with Jack, that we hire tour guides, and venture further from the beaten path and it is in the boat schooling of the past 3 years that I have learned the most.
So happiest of happy birthdays Jack on this your 12th birthday. You have grown as we have so much these past 4 years. You have taught us more than we have taught you and we are so incredibly proud of you. Your humor, your talent for art and writing and your creativity delights us every day. Thank you so very much for coming to us.
Jack wanted to be on an island away from civilization for the day so that is where we went. An island in the middle Cyclades, Schinoussa is peaceful and offered just the perfect place to drop the anchor and spend the day in the water. Aunt Kelly was here and brought presents from home and from his Gram and we had a wonderful celebration. Filled with all his favorites from beginning to end – it was a day we will all remember.