New Driver

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Yesterday was a turning point for my son Joshua. He’s been 16 since last December, but we make our kids wait and get their license when they’ve had more experience. Yesterday was THE day. He is now a full-fledged driver. Yikes! The mama in me always dreads this day. I am a worrier when it comes to driving, though I’ve gotten better. Letting go and believing they can handle emergencies and critical situations is a big one for me. But I can’t lock him in the closet forever. Shoot. If you don’t have kids this old, your day is coming. And I have two more to go. You really will have to pick me up off the floor when M and S are old enough. They’ve got a long ways to go to earn that trust. And be able to pay for half the insurance 🙂

Joshua is an amazing young man. He works at our church part-time for our music pastor and loves it. He plays keyboard and sings in the church youth band. He’s playing Above the Rim basketball and is the leader on the court. God has gifted him with many amazing qualities and strength of character beyond his years. It is so humbling to have adults tell us what an enjoyable, godly young man he is. Even as a young boy he was different, with a maturity and understanding that God knew he would need. He was saved at the age of 5 and he knew exactly what he was doing and what he believed. At age 11 he surrendered to God’s call on his life at summer camp. I have seen God preparing him and using life’s circumstances to mold him. I am just proud to be a part of his life, glad that God gave him to us to enjoy and guide. The road has not always been easy or perfect. But I’ve enjoyed watching the journey, and I so look forward to the future with Joshua (If I can get used to this driving thing….)

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  1. Congratulations to Joshua. I’m a worrier too so I’ll worry with you!

  2. the yancey's says:

    way to go joshua… and marty you let me know how all that worrying goes cause i know i’ll be the same way! i think its genetics, LOL

  3. I’m new to your blog and I haven’t gone back and read much, but congratulations to you and Joshua. I have a sixteen year old too, but he’s not ready to drive yet. Sure requires a lot of faith doesn’t it?!

    I found you through a comment you made on Christine’s blog about how few people there are in this community with older adopted RAD kids, and I had to agree. Looking forward to getting to know you!

    Mary in TX
    Mom to biokids Ponito(10) and his sister Bob(13)
    Sibling pair adoptive placement from NE foster care 11/06
    Finally finalized on Kitty(14) on 3/08 – 2 weeks before her 13th birthday!
    RAD, C-PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, ODD, ADHD, learning disorders, cerebral dysrhythmia
    Finalized on her brother Bear(16) 7/08. He turned 15 the next day.
    RAD, C-PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, ADD, cerebral dysrhythmia

    ” Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.”

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