The Two of Us
He's spontaneous; I'm a planner.
He's tall; I'm short.
He's big; I'm little.
He's brown; I'm white.
He's right-brain; I'm left-brain.
He's mellow; I'm intense.
He's smart; I'm...smart, too. :)
The Young Men
Pretty goofy picture, huh?
Joseph loves numbers and math, and is very good at them. He has become a voracious reader, and is intensely interested in what is going on in our state and national governments, and even in worldwide events. Joseph is incredibly honest and speaks his mind, without intent toward malice or teasing. In fact, he can't abide teasing. That's a good thing!
I love this image I took of Joseph, when he decided to go rock-wall climbing with us. For a few moments, autism faded as he climbed that wall!
He has grown into a fine young man, passionate after Jesus, and loves to spend time with Godly men. He can be a goofball sometimes, trust me! Jacob is now the proud possessor of a Bachelor's degree in criminal justice/law enforcement, with a computer science minor (WIU). The leader, the work-til-it's-done man--that's our Jacob!
He survived those years of mischief, and he, too, has grown into a young man passionate for God. Tenderhearted, with a love for singing and theatrics, he is a magnet for children. And, he doesn't mind that one bit. He's looking ahead to the possibility of medicine as a career, which he is currently pursuing as a biochemistry major at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).
As a little guy, he had a penchant for flipping the lock on the front door, stepping out onto the porch, and either ringing the doorbell incessantly (okay, after two days I solidly put a stop to that), or escaping out the back door and running as fast as his little legs could carry him across the field toward the four-lane road. One of the brothers always chased him down and brought him back. He was always smiling, too...
I think the Lord gave Thomas to me last, because He knew Thomas and I would benefit from special one-on-one time together during our waning months of homeschooling. I treasured that time, and now he has graduated. He is currently enrolled in an auto/diesel tech school--we even let him work on our car!!