Wow!!!!! Hard to believe that Jessica turns 18. It's unbelievable because I can remember with clarity the details of the day she was born. I'm sure that the details of the day are not what I want to share. I do want to share some of the events that are unique and special to me about Jessica.
#1. As the first born in she has always lived up to being an example to her siblings. ( When she was about 3. On one particular Sunday morning, she asked me what important meant. I explained it to her. She then went and picked up the Primary Song Book brought it over to me and said, " This is important". I understood what she meant. We have rarely missed church since.
#2 Jessica is happy! I can't ever remember not being able to read Jessica's emotions. They are always apparent on her face and the way she carries herself. It's not that she has never been sad its that she has a happy disposition and enjoys life.
#3 Jessica is a leader. She's had to be with her brothers and sisters following behind. She has grown from her experiences as a leader in church.
#4 Jessica stands up for what she believes. Several times in high school Jessica has asked to leave classes when teachers have shown rated R movies.
#5 Jessica loves her family. She would do anything for any of her brothers and sisters. It will be hard for us when she leaves, because we will miss her goodnight hugs.
#6 Jessica is reliable. She always does what she says she'll do.
#7 Jessica loves Math and Chemistry. She has declared Chemistry as her major at BYU I!
#8 Jessica cares about people. She has always been one to make sure that everyone is involved. She wants everyone to be accepted.
#9 Jessica has a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
#10 Jessica likes to serve others.
#11 Jessica is a hard worker she can see what needs to be done and she does it!!!
#12 Jessica likes to be early. She likes it best when Willy and Emily are ready for school early so that she doesn't feel rushed when Bill drops them off at school. She is like her mom this respect.
#13 Jessica loves little kids and babysits often.
#14 Jessica is a good friend. You and Emily were always together. You were always the first to try out new things and then you would get Emily to join in. I can see you in those twin striped dresses walking into school together. You were asked if you were twins. You said no I'm helping my little sister. You glowed as if to say Em I'm here for you.
#16 Jessica loves girls camp. She is so sad that she can't go this year.
#17 Jessica has the skills to leave home and be a positive influence in the world.
#18 Jessica is a light to a dark world. She shares the gospel with the way she lives her life.
Jessica your dad and I love you very much.
Thanks for teaching us how to be parents because we didn't know how to parent until we became parents!!! I guess you could say you were our first lab experiement in parenting. Thanks for helping us learn the ropes.
Have a great Birthday!!!!!