Life is a journey, as they say. Elijah and I have been on such a journey since his birth. I think we are finally on a good path. I am finally really beginning to accept and understand his Tourettes, OCD and ADHD. How they work together and how his brain is just not built like my brain. I am more at peace with it. I can better deal with him, which makes his life easier and makes it easier for him to be accepting of himself. I still think we have a journey ahead of us and he has his own journey to make. I am going to be there with him for as long as he needs me though.
Jacob's journey is more typical of most kids, but he is his own person. He has a lot of choices in the next four years as he enters high school next year. He is a good kid, and I can only hope that I have raised him to make good decisions.
I have my own journey too as a single mother and as a single person. I don't know if I will find someone to share this journey with or not. I'll just have to keep moving forward!
THE SHADDOX BOYS
Jacob and Elijah Shaddox are brothers. They live with their mom, Mary, who is the writer of this blog. Jacob is 19 and is now four inches taller than his mom! He also has ADHD and gorgeous red hair. He is a freshman at a technical college studying computer maintenance. Elijah is 15! He is in 9th grade and he is not in ROTC at his high school. He also had red hair, but it is lighter and not as thick as his brother's hair. He is hearing impaired(auditory neuropathy) and wears two cochlear implants. He also has tourette syndrome, ADHD, OCD and anxiety! Mary just started her 25th year as a teacher of the deaf. She is also in her last semester of graduate school to be a diagnostician! She will graduate in December of 2015!