Jake said “I love that my heads not hot” to his summer hair cut. ❤️😊 Today he had swimming lessons and did fabulous! He also saw the eye doctor…our best appointment yet! Love this kid! Love the progress! 💙 #ourjourneywithjake
Schools been out for a couple of weeks and I have to say, I love it!! I love not rushing around in the mornings, I love that there is no homework and I love all the time I get to spend with Jake and Allie, when she’s home. The past two weeks have been spent with me packing and explaining to Jake over and over again that I am not selling his toys or throwing them in the trash but boxing them up to take to the new house. If any of you have ever seen Toy Story 3 then you remember when Andy’s toys got mistaken for garbage, well Jake doesn’t want that to happen. Therefore, he inspects each box to make sure they aren’t in garbage bags and the boxes are labeled with his name. We still have a couple of weeks until we actually move but he seems to be excited and understands for the most part. I’m already praying about our first night in the new house; it will be strange for all of us but hoping Jake adjusts quickly.
Last week Allie had new student orientation at her college. I got a little teary when we pulled up to the campus and began our day; it just didn’t seem possible that we were finally beginning this journey. Quick flashbacks went through my mind of when she was Jake’s age, 7, and how this day seemed so very far away. Allie had a great time and met some new friends. We got a lot of information and by the end she had her schedule and student ID; in about 2 months she will be living on campus. Again, it seems like yesterday she was 7! The last day of orientation Jake and I went to pick Allie up and as we were driving by the university Jake was looking out the window with wide eyes. He said “Sissy’s college is HUGE! How will she know where to go?” I told him she would have a map and he said “that’s a good idea, she’ll need that!” Then he asked “Can I go to this college when I’m big like my sister?” And I got a little choked up. The thoughts of taking him to college one day has crossed my mind but like many parents with a special needs child you wonder if it will ever be possible. I do know a couple of people with kids on the spectrum and those kids are going or have plans to go college and that is one of my hopes for Jake. Of course I told Jake, “you bet you can go here one day!”
Over the past few days I’ve thought a lot about where Jake will be in 11 years when he is 18. The things that cross my mind are ‘what will he be like, will he be ready, will he be able to live in the dorm, drive a car and will he have the ability to live on his own’. These thoughts scare me to death but they also excite me at the same time. Jake will be ready; he will be able to do anything he wants to do when the time is right. Jake has such determination when he is on task and it won’t surprise me one bit to write one day how I took Jake to his orientation. We’ve got a lot of work to do in the meantime but there is hope and I have faith that no matter what Jake’s future looks like; it will be fantastic!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11