Time and again, we hear from families about the ways Jacob’s Ladder has changed their lives for the better. How we gave HOPE to a family who’d previously had none. How we LOVE their children not in spite of their differences but because of what makes them special. How we’ve transcended the limitations of mere disorders and established a new TRUTH based on the child’s abilities and potential.
We are so thankful for these families and the job that they bring to us. And it warms our heart when they remind us of the impact we’ve had in their lives. Thank you, Jennifer, for the letter below- a beautiful reminder of why we do what we do.
Hello. My name is Jennifer B.and my husband Tim and I have a 10 year-old named Jackson, who is in his first year at Jacob’s Ladder. We are thrilled to do anything we can to help anyone who is struggling through the journey of helping a special needs child find their place in the world. And realistically, their personal place in the world too.
My family is probably the poster child for Hope. This time last year we were home-schooling after a quick departure from public school. I can find the humor in it now, but at the time it was a really low point. We were in a really bad place-emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. We have been through all the phases-sadness, denial, anger, bargaining with God. We have seen all the specialists. We have thrown everything against the wall to see what would stick. I believe that through prayer (ours and so many people who love Jackson), love and faith we have worked our way through some dark times.
We are continually building a village around us that keeps us connected to the right resources. We are in search of our community. We have been so fortunate to have so many talented and connected people along our journey. We are in the best place we have ever been in our lives since acknowledging that we had a child who was not “ordinary”. Nothing Pollyanna here-we still have our trying times. The difference is the good days far outweigh the bad. We have just gone from fearing our child’s future (and our own) to the hope that he was put here for something meaningful and it is our job to guide him on this path. We now enjoy our family life. That is not something I could honestly say over the last 4 or 5 years.
Jacob’s Ladder is the catalyst for the change in our life. Those people have a calling and a direct connection to God. They have patience and a skill set for bringing out the best that those kids have in their little souls. I have always thought in my core that if I could just find the right place for him… if someone just understood how he was wired…if someone who could teach just loved him as much as I did… if the importance of the classroom was teaching and connection instead of paperwork and government cya – then there was a Hope for his educational future.