In many ways, he is different than his older brother, Benjamin, whom he idolizes. Benjamin has always been able to entertain himself for hours; Jared has to be in the mix. Jared has an intense scowl of concentration: a warning to everyone, "I'm serious now."
Jared seems more curious about things and objects. Benjamin gets focused on one thing, and it becomes his universe. Dawn and I were discussing this just the other day, and when I asked her whether she thought they were more similar or different she wisely asked, "Well, how different would Benjamin have been if he had an older brother like Jared?" It's interesting to consider the different ways we influence one another.
We're blessed to have two beautiful boys, who bring joy, and sometimes frustration, into our lives. I am including some of my favorite pictures of Jared in celebration of his adorable, yet independent, spirit. Happy birthday, Jared.