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Posted August 21, 2016
Jacob, 19, is my eldest and only son. Jacob gave us a big scare during birth and the next 48 hours, but he is excelling now. Humans need oxygen. My testimony, here, is that he was healed by the direct power of God, and I cherish him with that knowledge. Only his motor skills were affected, not his charm. He walked very late, but rode a bike early. He took a little physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, and that was all of what he needed. My heart leaps whenever I see him run, and he recently ran as far as three miles. Jacob is also the most articulate prayer-giver in the house, and has been for a long time. His heart is as purely for Jesus Christ as any young man on earth. While I tend to hope for him with the standards set by two perfectionist older girls, everyone else that meets him thinks that he is the sweetest young man that they have ever met. He is exceptionally well-behaved and definitely likes to please everyone. He will do extra things around the house to get the recognition. Jacob is also outgoing, an idea person, exceptionally funny, and does things his own way but does them right.
Teaming up with Jacob’s teachers, I have brought him up to speed with a strong foundation for his future. He went from special services to the honor roll, and has a 3.5 GPA. He has always excelled in memorization like spelling, reasoning like math, and imagining such as in science. He is brilliant and innovative, and learns songs on the piano or clarinet by ear without ever having a lesson. Besides, is just so cute that no girl will ever care if he could cut straight with a scissors in fourth grade. He already has a little harem of girls, and I mean the cutest ones in class, that follow him around school, keep him organized, and send him flirtatious emails. Jacob says that he is shy, but he makes friends more easily than his sisters and is always in a crowd of well-behaved young men at school. Facebook and texting have been great for him, as him communicates intelligently, properly and grammatically in writing without an speech therapy. Jacob is now a student at the University of Missouri studying engineering.
Jacob has enjoyed walking, running, and biking with his family. He has participated on teams or classes for baseball, gymnastics, swimming, and walking club; and most recently taekwondo which has been his favorite. He goes to 24-Hour Fitness with his own lifetime membership. He is also playing the clarinet and electric guitar. He loves bowling, which I do not, and when we were in Hungary he wanted to go bowling in the hotel instead of see the sites, which of course I did not allow. He loves science and exploration, like snorkeling or hiking. When we were in Hungary, he slipped racing down a mountainside and needed stitches in an industrial Eastern European city hospital that was entirely gray. The doctor snuck us in and out of the back door and did not charge us for our two visits since we were not citizens of Hungary. Jacob has been to 20 countries and is anxious to visit New York at night and the Statue of Liberty.
Interests for Jacob come easily. He likes photography, music, his limited video game time, writing on the computer, remote controlled cars, building with educational toys, exploring, home construction, sports, boating, fishing, the color red, cooking, restaurants, drawing, nature, and animals. He enjoys watching the Animal Channel, as well as news channels and even the cooking channel. Lately, his chief interests are his smart phone and his hockey skates and hockey stick, and of course his own laptop computer.
Jacob is the family entertainer. He loves to imitate, animate, act, tell jokes, make people laugh, and sing out loud/ He is also an extremely clever writer, and inventive. He can do things like demonstrate different flying techniques for one hundred different flying animals, and imitate any animal he has ever seen. His poetry and creative writing astound me; and I know that everyone thinks that they are a poet, but Jacobs writing (much likes his prayers are) is profound. My best word to describe Jacob is imaginative.
Jacob wants to be a scientist/inventor when he grows up. Jacob is highly independent, with high expectations that he be self-sufficient in the morning and responsible with his homework. Of course, I am home when he goes to school and when he comes home. Generally he cares much less about nutrition than the other three of us nutritionists in this house. But when we were in Hungary, he decided to be a vegetarian, at which he succeeded remarkably until he saw a Thanksgiving drumstick four months later, and that has been his favorite food since then.
Jacob is pictured below as photographed by me, 2013.
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