Sunday, April 11th, Jake will celebrate his 35th birthday. We'll be meeting him at the airport, where he is returning from Salt Lake City. You see, above all else right now, Jake is a Seattle Sounders fan, and for his birthday we gave him a trip to the soccer match between the Sounders and Salt Lake. There he met up with his sister Jill, who flew in from Denver. They've been having a great time and have been keeping us posted on Facebook and phone texts. After he arrives in Seattle we'll have dinner together.
But Jake is much more than a soccer fan.
He loves the out of doors: hiking, orienteering, playing soccer, riding his bike.
He is a caring provider for his adopted cat, a rescue pet from an animal shelter. Her name is Jozy, named after a soccer player, of course. Jozy is antisocial, and runs to hide when others come, but spends a good deal of time on Jake's lap. When asked by the shelter worker "Why this one?", he said he felt they connected. They did.Jake is a beloved uncle. Although Isaac and Irene live far away, the time they do spend together with Uncle Jake is very special.
Because of the recession, Jake has had only part time work for the last year, but his Aunt Jan "hires" him regularly to help her with projects at her home in Gig Harbor. They have a special bond, too. All of us have been touched by Jake, from the Sounders gear he gave us for Christmas, to the very special place he has in our hearts.
Happy Birthday, Jake.