On Tuesday, the 43-year-old shared a photo gallery of her little boy’s birthday festivities to Instagram, writing, “We celebrated Kase’s birthday today with my Alaskan family. It was so touching.”
Kase, who was born on July 11, was all smiles in the photos, posing alongside his mother and grandfather in a series of sweet moments. One shot had him holding a bouquet of peonies, his blonde hair dyed with red and blue accents.
“He is kind, curious and works hard every day to be the best version of himself he can be … and to play,” Jewel praised her son in the Instagram caption.
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The day was filled with homemade gifts, Jewel explained as she detailed the presents Kase received. “My dad wove a basket, Kase helped!” she wrote.
“A rock with the word courage, as that’s what it takes to live your values; a bear tooth to represent honesty; a carved shelf mushroom with ‘Diversity’ written on it; a jar of honey from Otto, where they told us that it takes 12 bees their whole life just to make one tablespoon; a song; a few words… it was all so touching!” the “Hands” singer added.
Perhaps the most personal of all was a heart-shaped rock Jewel painted, featuring three layers of colors. In the center was pink (“Kase’s favorite color”). Next was gold, Jewel’s favorite color. Surrounding them all was blue, Kase’s father Ty Murray‘s favorite color.
The design was there so Kase could “see he is surrounded by love from us both,” Jewel wrote, adding, “I feel so blessed have such a deep, soulful and talented family. I’m so glad they came out to honor my son.”
Jewel has often documented her relationship with her son on social media, taking the stage with him in March for an adorable duet.
She co-parents Kase with ex-husband (and rodeo cowboy) Murray, 47. The two married in 2008 after 10 years together, but Jewel announced they were separating on her website in 2014.
“It’s work. I don’t want people to think it’s effortless – it’s work to do this because you obviously don’t get a divorce because things are going well,” she told PEOPLE in May 2016. “But it’s letting those things live in the past.”
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The poet and author also spoke to PEOPLE in January about instilling in her son the sense that he’ll always be an evolving person — and for him to know that that’s okay. “My greatest wish for my child is that he learns that he’s constantly able to reinvent himself,” she said.
“I think that life is refining who you are through time — becoming more yourself with time,” added Jewel. “And who you dream yourself to be as a child is very different than who you’ll hope you are as a teenager, and that’s very different than who you hope you are as a 20-year-old. Because we have more life experiences.”