S: James Akers
BC: The Living End
1: James was identified early on as Mom’s “Dream Baby”. Not just because, though born ten days later than anticipated, he was delivered in only three hours of labor; Nor just because he was such a happy baby; by six months old he had already figured out how to make us laugh; entertaining us by tickling his own armpits and giggling hysterically - and a comedian was born! Nor was he the “Dream Baby” just because he slept through the night almost immediately, would sleep anywhere and by 12 months toddle over, tug on Mom and ask to go “nigh-night.” Nor was it because he was so independent and capable that by nine months old he would crawl over to the pantry, open the doors, pull out a box of Graham Crackers, eat some and then replace the box in the cupboard! Then, much to his Mom’s dismay, he even weaned himself at ten months old so he could eat and drink like the big kids! This “Dream Baby” was affectionate and loving; he delighted in smooching on Mom! The real reason Mom called him her “Dream Baby” really started seven years before his birth. During each of her four pregnancies, Mom had baby birth dreams. In each dream the babies were always blond, blue-eyed, chubby cheeked, golden skinned, smart, and usually came out of the womb talking and walking - thus articulate and athletic! Erryn, was born in 1970 with the blue eyes and smart, but was an olive skinned, brunette girl! Kaijah was born in 1973 with blue eyes, bald with blond fringe, fair skin, chubby cheeks, but a girl! Gavin was born in 1975 - finally a smart little boy with blond hair and blue eyes! But no chubby cheeks! Gavin just didn’t look like the baby in the dreams! On November 1, 1977 James Barak Akers was born with blue eyes, blond hair, golden skin, weighed 6 pounds and 8 ounces and had chubby cheeks! Even the first day Mom recognized him as the familiar “Dream Baby!” Within a few weeks it became apparent why he fit the bill. He began to look more and more like Mom’s baby brother, Tom, born when she was almost 13. He was chubby cheeked, blond, golden skinned, smart, athletic, loving, entertaining, and, of course, the perfect baby of her dreams. So, here was James as a baby and later as he grew up; emulating his mentor uncle in so many ways; looks, voice, athleticism, even work ethic and always his Mom’s Dream Baby!
2: James was born at 3:15 AM PST, November 1, 1977 at home. He was delivered by his father, Paul. He was welcomed by his Mom, Kathie, & sisters, Erryn age 7, Kaijah age 4 and brother Gavin almost 2 years old.
3: James Baby Hair | S w e e t B a b y J a m e s
4: James Growing Up
8: Coquette & Sabrina
10: School Days | Second Grade | Third Grade | First Grade | Kindergarten
11: Fourth Grade | Fifth Grade | Sixth Grade | Seventh Grade
12: Eighth Grade Graduation | High School Graduation | Creekside James interviewed other grads and told their stories at graduation
13: James Baptism Qualcomm Stadium | Friends Mark Elrod and Ryan Good
14: Excellent Athlete | James went into the Jacuzzi at about 6 weeks old, held his breath, floated and swam under the water. He could swim and jump into the pool before he could walk! | Jumped on trampoline at 10 months old | Baseball | Surfing | Skateboarding | Swimming
15: Snowboarding & Skiing | Ping Pong | Fishing | Seadoo at River | Goal in life is to beat Uncle Tom 3 for 3
16: Family | Paul and Kathie | January 14, 1967 | Yosemite National Park Where our instant obedience rule saved their lives from bears | Big Bear Mountain
17: Decked out for Tom's wedding | Adopted sister Lisette"s Graduation
18: Erryn, Kaijah, Gavin and James
19: Gavin and James
22: The Boyds | Jim Boyd | Alice Kosier | Kathie Akers Parents Jim and Alice Boyd | Kathie Akers | Jim, Alice and Kathie | The Boyds/Akers/Bowers | Kathie and brother Tom | The Boyd Family
23: At Gavin & Anna Wedding | Tom & Shana's wedding April 16, 2011 | Kelsey & Savannah | Bower Family 2012 | Gavin & Anna | Jevon's High School Graduation | Kaijah & Bills Wedding 1992
24: The Akers | Paul's Mom Mary | Paul with Sister Margaret | Paul's Father Harold He died when Paul was 7 | Paul & Older Sisters Rosemary, Jeannine and Margaret | Mary married Jack McElheny June 7, 1968 | Paul with nieces Juli and Cathie | Jack and Mary with Mary"s Niece Libby | Rosemary with sons Teddy & Michael and nieces Cathie and Juli | Paul's youngest sister Ginger who died before he was born | Paul Akers | James with sisters and brother and cousin Jamin, Rosemary's youngest son | Rosemary and grown sons
25: Juli and Cathie Dodd Gavin&James | The Dodd Family | Jack Marries Shirley. The Dodds and Shirley's Son Damon & Family | June 16, 1956 Jeannine married Jack Dodd | Akers, Dodds and McElhenys | Bowers | Gavin and Anna
26: Family Tree
27: Gavin's Wedding September 21, 2007 | January 1, 1985
28: Family Days
30: Friends and Family | Adopted sister Rochelle & Azariah"s Wedding | Lisette, Dave, Caden & Cole
31: Rochelle, Ashley, Audrey and London | October 1992 with Cantwell's at Bethel | Ephraim Wecker | Adopted brother Scott
32: Hooray for Hollywood!
33: James and Jayla
34: Interesting Facts about James & Jayla They were both born on the same day James is youngest of four siblings and Jayla is the oldest of four siblings.