That Wonderful Man I Married: My husband, MatthewLJacobson, of 21 years is an author, blogger, speaker, literary agent, teaching elder and, most importantly, loving husband and devoted father to our eight children. A man with a vast array of interests, he enjoys growing things, current politics, the life of Winston Churchill, beekeeping, and so much more (he certainly keeps my life interesting and exciting!). Above all, he is a man of God with a strong love for the Savior and His church.
College Boy: Our eldest, now 19, is in the Strategic Intelligence program at Patrick Henry College in Virginia, where he is a sophomore this year. When he is not studying, he can probably be found playing ultimate Frisbee, soccer or some other outdoor activity. He also enjoys music and plays the classical guitar.
Steel Butterfly: Our 18 year old daughter appreciates beauty and courage wherever she finds it. Whatever she does, she invests fully – from her studies to her friendships. When she has a spare moment from her many responsibilities in our home, she’ll likely be found writing her book, or maybe playing her flute…and then writing some more. She enjoys running and recently completed her first half-marathon and is now training to run a full marathon.
Design Girl: Our next daughter, age 16, is a blessing to us all – what would we do without her? She has a good head on her shoulders and is our Get-It-Done Girl, the one we turn to when anyone needs help with a project (this blog, for instance!). She enjoys blog design and management, as well as working as administrative assistant to Dream Man. She also plays classical piano and has an interest in photography.
Pixie Girl: Our third daughter, 15 years, is a deep, thoughtful and caring young lady. She also has a wonderful imagination and is full of creative ideas, adding both color and spice to our daily routine. And, if that wasn’t enough, her gourmet cupcakes are to die for! She also enjoys creating stories, snapping thousands of pictures and playing the violin.
Small Sparrow: Our fourth daughter, now 13 years old, was never expected to see her second birthday. She suffered a massive stroke before birth and the resulting brain damage was both severe and extensive. The doctors were brutally honest with us that our Sparrow would likely never walk, talk, or eat on her own – if she lived at all. Though she depended on a feeding tube the first few years of her life, she now feeds herself completely. She is also rather adept at getting around in her wheelchair, will talk your ear off, and is even beginning to read! You can read more of her story in One Small Sparrow by Jeff Leeland.
Stick Bug: Tall, both serious and a big tease, our 11 year old son is a dependable, detail man. He probably gets handed the most jobs in our family because if you want something done carefully, then he is the man for the job. He runs Farm Boy Eggs and often operates as “crew boss” for the three younger boys.
The Astronaut: Our 9 year old son is wild about math and science, but above all – SPACE. His long stated goal is to someday fly up to the moon and “look down on God’s creation.” He is a very, very busy young man, but also has a tender heart for people too. He is especially kind and patient with Small Sparrow.
Little Man:The “baby” in our family is anything but a baby. No, he’s more of a Mr. Command and will happily overlook the fact that he is 2, 3…or even 5 years younger than the other guy. He is quite determined to keep up with “The Pack” and never lets on that he is only 7 years old, except maybe to run over to one of us and freely give one of his wonderfully sweet snuggles.
Now just in case you’ve mistakenly pictured us as “the wonder family”, let me reassure you we are far from it. No, we struggle with our sin nature just as much as the next guy – or gal! Yes, my husband and I have been blessed with an uncommon love, but that is not to say that we never experience moments of frustration, hurt, or disagreement. Yes, our children are delightful, interesting young people, but they’d be the first to admit that they have all kinds of areas they are working on and wanting to grow in.
For that matter, so do I….!
…being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:6).