To my little brother, Jake:
Ok, so I guess at 19 years old and 6’3″ you aren’t considered so “little”, huh? But just between you and me, you will always be my cute, blond-haired little brother, happily smiling and singing (with that incredible voice of yours) through life, bringing fun (and destruction) wherever you go.
The boys and I sure had a fun time spending the week with you and the family. The boys adore you, you are their favorite “Uncle Jakie-Poo.” I’m afraid that name is going to stick for quite a while. Once a child decides on a name, it usually does. Honestly, I think it fits well. You really are a good sport about it, what other 19-year-old boy lets his nephews call him “Jakie-Poo.”
Can I just say what an inspiration you are to me?! You choosing to serve a two-year mission for our church is pretty remarkable. And not being compensated for your time, and saving up to pay for the whole thing yourself shows a lot of sacrifice and dedication. It’s a pretty incredible thing when I think about it, to give up two years of your life to go and serve others. You are an example of incredible faith to me and everyone else.
I just wanted to say thanks for being who you are. For teaching me to de-stress, relax and enjoy the ride. Thank-you for being so authentic, tender-hearted, and genuinely full of love… and especially for being so absolutely funny. Your optimism and zest for life is contagious and you are a joy to be around. Thanks for bringing such sunshine to this earth! You are going to do and have some incredible adventures! Jake, have an amazing time! Enjoy every day and serve with all your heart. I will miss you! I sure love you. See you in two years, Elder Jacob Downey! You’re a stud muffin!
your big sis, becca