Me and Jacob

Me and Jacob

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Ten Things I Love to Love about Jacob

I've been thinking a lot lately about all my posts and although I created this blog to share the reality of autism and the struggles it entails, I feel like I should give you guys a different side of the autism story. The parts of Jacob's story that make me proud, happy, smile and most of all blessed. So here are ten things that I love about Jacob:

10. I love the fact that when I'm cracking and peeling my boiled eggs in the morning he comes and tells me that the eggs are hatching.

9. I love how excited he gets when he finally accomplishes something he's tried and tried to do. Especially when he asks for my help and I encourage him to do it on his own. When he finally get's it, he's beyond excited for himself. He also loves to tell everyone about it.

8. I love how Jacob can spot something that he loves from a mile away and I still never see it. For example, in the car he'll say "I see a blue zebra!!" Now, I know that you're thinking that there aren't blue zebra's around, but let me tell you friend, if Jacob says he see's a blue zebra, by god there is a blue zebra somewhere! You may never find it or see it, but HE does and that's all that matters.

7. I love Jacob's sense of humor. Humor is not a strong suit for kids with autism. They usually don't make jokes and they certainly do not understand jokes...not so for Jacob!! He loves to make you laugh and he loves it when you joke around with him. In fact, joking around is one way to get him to obey and mind. Even when Jacob was younger he loved to answer questions wrong on purpose. For instance, we could say "what color is your hair?" and he would say "purple!" He would then bust out laughing and say "that's not right." My favorite joke that he's ever told was "knock knock, who's there? Cockadoodledoo! Cockadoodledoo who? I'm a CHICKEN!!!!" Lots of laughter followed this one!

6. I love watching Jacob learn. It's very fulfilling!

5. I love how honest he is. I remember when his aggression was a lot worse than it is now and Erick would be scolding him for hitting Caleb. Erick would discipline him and then ask him "Are you going to hit Caleb again?" The answer was always "yes." I mean, obviously we wanted the answer to be "no," but Jacob was just answering the question honestly!

4. I love watching him run. It is so ungraceful!! It reminds me of Phoebe on Friends. She didn't care what other's thought she just loved running crazy cause it made her feel good. Watching Jacob run all crazy makes me feel good.

3. I love that Jacob lives for the small things. He doesn't ask for all the latest gadgets and toys. He's completely content with the small things.

2. I love watching Jacob overcome obstacles and hindrances. It's more of a blessing than anything else I know.

1. The thing I love the most about Jacob is the fact that having him strengthens my faith. Not because anything that I've done but it's Christ lifting me up and reminding me that HE is Lord over all, even the parts that are hard and messy. I'm reminded daily that this fight is not my own. I am nothing without Christ. I am a horrible mother, a horrible wife, a horrible friend. I'm selfish, I'm lonely, I'm rude, I'm self seeking, I'm arrogant, I'm impatient. I'm weak. If you see anything else from me, then it's because of Christ.

2 Corinthians 12:9-11
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, 
for my power is made perfect in weakness." 
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses 
so that Christ's power may rest on me. 
That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, 
in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. 
For when I am weak, then I am strong.

I relate so much to the following song. It's a fun uplifting song but the chorus is oh so true!!

Where would I be without you?
I'd be packing my bags when I need to stay
I'd be chasing every breeze that blows my way
I'd be building my kingdom just to watch it fade away
It's true
That's me without you.

Check it out and enjoy!!!

1 comment:

  1. I get so excited when you post a new blog. Thank you for sharing your struggles and triumphs. It makes me feel "normal" which is a word I despise but you know what I mean.