Jack’s 1st Day in Grade 1

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I stood at the bus stop this morning, holding Jack’s hand, waiting for the bus. It is a big moment for both Michelle and I. I looked over to her and said, “I cannot believe that Jack is going into Grade 1.” Her response triggered 6 years of memories simultaneously. She said, “Did you ever imagine how big he would grow and imagine this day when you held him as a baby?”

My mind time-traveled back to the Neo-natal ICU. The smell of the soap every visitor has to wash in before the doors would open. The constant heart beat, oxygen level and pulse, amongst other things, flashing on the monitor above his heated crib.  I remember holding him on my chest while he was attached to all those wires.  Have you been there? If you have, all you need to do is close your eyes and you find yourself back there again.

And now, 6 years later, I get to walk him across the street and up into the bus with his friends to begin 1st grade.

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I couldn’t help be reminded of Ecclesiastes chapter 3.  This chapter is famous for the first paragraph…but it’s the second part of the chapter that filled my heart.

It says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.  I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.’ (Ecclesiastes 3:11-13)”

Today is a beautiful day. After all the constant aiding, feeding, sleepless nights, emotional exhaustion…God has made everything beautiful in its time.

To witness Jack climb up the stairs into the bus to go to school to learn alongside his peers. To see the joy in his face that turns into uncontrollable excitement…is beautiful. This is the gift of God.

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Be encouraged,

Jack’s Dad.

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  • Jill
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    You got me at the smell of the soap in the NICU. I remember it so well!!

    This morning, Tim got on the I U bus(the short bus) and rode off to his first day at Project Search. I said to Tim sr., it seems fitting that he ride that bus today, he rode the same type of bus the day he went off to kindergarten. Yes, everything is absolutely beautiful in its own time. I’m so blessed to call myself Tim’s mom, I so proud of the caring and compassionate young man God has molded him into. We’re on the other end of the education track, God has been there every step of the way, even when I thought he wasn’t. I know he was there; and he’s right there with Jack too!!

  • Danae Murphy
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    Bobby,
    That soap! Yes! Everytime we visit a St Lukes facility and use the soap we are transported immediately back to the NICU. Hope Jack has a great day!!!!

  • laura
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    Have an awesome day – and school year – Jack. Where has time gone? It seems like only yesterday, we were emailed photos of tiny Jack in hospital, just hours after his birth. Be encouraged as parents, you both do an awesome job. I know there are days you wonder how you’ll ever get through, and these mountain top experiences remind you that God carries us through the other times. xx

  • Donna
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    I’m a mom of 28 year old deaf triplet girls. I really though I was the only one that remembers (and loves!) the smell of the nicu soap! Lol I was a single mom from when they were 1 years old and can really relate to what you said on the news this morning about the therapies! One of my daughters has 3 sons..the oldest is 8 and autistic … So she is currently going through it too! So happy to see a positive blog from a parent with a special child, although I feel we are the special ones for being chosen to be their parents!

    • Jack's Dad
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      Donna…who can forget that smell. Keep in touch. Thank you for watching this morning.

  • Peg
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    I take care of my granddaughter Mady who has Down syndrome and she just started kindergarten. My friend told me about your website and I will be following you so I can get some tips and encouragement. So far things at school are going good if you have any advice let me know.

    • Jack's Dad
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      Peg, Great to hear from you and thankful we can be on this journey together.

  • Melissa Adams
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    Go, Jack, Go!! Praying for a fabulous first week of school!! Awesome interview this morning, Bobby. God be glorified!

  • Mr Jay's wife
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    Bobby,
    Just finished reading your book “Extraordinary Love”. I do not have a special needs child or grandchild but have the awesome honor of hearing second hand everyday how “Big Jack” did for the day. Your book encouraged me in a way I may not be able to explain. Everyone should read it whether they are facing your tasks in life or just dealing with other kinds of challenges. It brought perspective back to me that I am a child of God and he loves me with a love I could never even imagine and he Loves Me As I Am.
    I do not have to achieve or gain anything to receive his Love. Every husband who struggles with “man” things of needing to do more for his family can learn from you that those “things” mean nothing, but an unfailing faith in our Lord and being the head of the household by being a faithful, obedient and humble man is what their family needs.

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