The verse we used at our wedding was, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:21). When we were expecting our first son, I loved the name Jasper and when we found out the name meant “treasurer”, we knew it fit our boy.

This boy truly does hold things dear to his heart.  He loves little ones: babies and small children.  He doesn’t want any kids to be left out. He is very attached to things that bring him stability and comfort. He treasures being known and loved, and likes to know and love others. He’s sensitive and emotional and yet sometimes completely oblivious to trying to fit in. He has a soft heart. He’s learning and maturing this year and sometimes that sensitivity has backed him into a corner.  Yet he’s choosing to grow and we’re proud of him.

The other night Jasper and I took a walk in the evening sunshine to take his eight year old birthday pictures. Eight seems like a lot of years but those years peel right back when I  remember tying on his soft blue leather shoes, kissing his fat belly until he laughed like crazy and rocking his sweet little self, thinking that no mother had ever loved a baby boy like I loved my son.

He is a treasurer and he is our treasure. We are thankful that God has given us the gift of Jasper. 

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