I still remember the feeling of that day. The mixed emotions that included excited, scared, and everything in between. It was the day that I received the most important title I would ever earn. It was the title of “Daddy.”¬†He would not call be that until later, but every time I hear it now, I realize how blessed I am.

So much has changed in these three years. Jacob has grown so fast. Much of his personality has emerged. And while he has his moments of naughtiness, for the most part, he is a very good boy that is driven by curiosity and a love of fun. That’s something that we as adults could learn from him.

Watching him meet his “friends” this week brought so much joy to my heart. His “friends” are named Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and others. Seeing Disneyland through his eyes was so very different for me. While I saw lines, crowds, and dollars flying out of my bank account, it was all worth it to see the joy he was experiencing.

And now, he has a little brother in Miles who he loves so much. A little brother that he wants to see first thing in the morning. A brother that he worries about when he is crying while trying to calm him by saying, “It’s ok Miles. I am here.” He is a great big brother and all of this is just one example of how big his heart is.

I cannot imagine my life without this family. It has helped me to grow and love even more than I thought possible. There are trying times, but through it all, I am thankful.

Happy birthday to my little man. I want you to never lose your sense of wonder and joy about the world. Keep playing. Keep loving. Keep enjoying life. It is an honor to have you as my son. I love you.

Jacob David Bonilla
Born 9:30 PM on May 6, 2013
6 lbs 7 oz and 20 inches from head to toe