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Monday, January 16, 2012

Nikki and Joshua

Joshua and Dad  

Tomorrow's the day we've been waiting for forever. Joshua leaves for Job Corps. He's my kid with autism/aspergers and has been a challenge from day one.

He tries his best, but sometimes his disability gets the best of all of us. He's really excited to be leaving and beginning his new life.

He's never been away from home and I'm afraid he'll be scared and homesick and I'm worried about bullies. He's all gung ho and knows it's going to be hard, but he seems determined to make a go of it.

His area of study is Culinary Arts. If he does well in the program there, he'll be transferred to San Francisco to take advanced Culinary Arts for a year.

After that year Job corps will work with him for another year transitioning him into a job and into independent living. He'll also have the opportunity to have two years of college paid for.

The program is a God send, especially since he was found ineligible for our County Developmental Disability services for his autism. We're hoping he'll listen more to the counselors at the center than he does his parents.

Job Corps is an incredible opportunity for him. The first two weeks he will have a counselor that will work getting him acclimated to the program. The second two weeks he'll be in training 8 hours a day working on independent living skills, budgeting, paying bills, finding housing and making it on his own in the world. After that he plunges full force into his area of study.

Here's to Joshua, here's to us and here's to his new beginning!


Unknown January 16, 2012 at 9:43 PM  

OH man congrats to him.. and hugs to you.

Dazee Dreamer January 16, 2012 at 9:49 PM  

Good luck to Joshua. It sounds like a great program for him.

joanne January 16, 2012 at 9:52 PM  

Congratulations to Joshua!! This sounds like a fantastic program and I send all my best wishes for him and his success.

Kristy January 17, 2012 at 2:18 AM  

How wonderful! Wishing him many successes!

Outcast January 17, 2012 at 4:55 AM  

Best of luck to Joshua. Autism surely is a horrible thing that doesn't deserve to be looked upon lightly, I'm sure after a lifetime of looking after the guy you know this more than anything. Let's hope Job Corps does him a world of good!

pamlovesbooks January 17, 2012 at 5:04 AM  

Job Corps is a great program! My cousin went through it many years ago when we were younger.

good luck to him and HUGS to you!

Rob-bear January 17, 2012 at 5:18 AM  

Yes! Way to go Joshua! Congratulations!

(Relax, Mom; they'll help him along.)

Tami January 17, 2012 at 6:55 AM  

Congrats to Joshua! and Congrats to you for the love and support you have given him to get to this point in his life! I wish Joshua much success!!

Christy January 17, 2012 at 7:38 AM  

I'm so happy for him, but is Mom okay? We become so focused on what's best for our kids we don't always realize how much it will affect when they grow up and leave.

The Bipolar Diva January 17, 2012 at 9:13 AM  

Thanks everyone! He looked so handsome today all dresses in his "business attire" that he has to wear. My husband said Joshua was up and ready to go at 4 AM this morning. I hope he does well. Thank you for your wishes!

highheeledlife January 17, 2012 at 9:53 AM  

What fabulous news you are sharing! Joshua is going to do amazing~ after all he has had some wonderful role models in his parents and siblings.

Be confident on the foundation you have provided for him. And just think when he visits home all the yummy meals he will be dazzling you with. Don't worry his Angels will be right there beside him , giving him a helping hand. xo Blessings, HHL

Babes Mami January 17, 2012 at 10:55 AM  

Congrats to him and lovins for you! It's a big step, a great step but I'm sure you are in need of some virtual hugs!

Classic NYer January 17, 2012 at 11:04 AM  

Here's to Joshua, here's to us and here's to his new beginning!

I'll drink to that! ::takes three sips::

Gucci Mama January 17, 2012 at 2:55 PM  

That is fabulous. I wish him every success!

Anonymous,  January 17, 2012 at 3:41 PM  

Hip hip hooray! Congrats and best wishes to Joshua and his mom & dad! January 17, 2012 at 4:28 PM  

Congrats, Joshua!
This is the first day of the rest of your life! :)))

Pat January 17, 2012 at 6:07 PM  

This sounds like a wonderful program and a GREAT opportunity for Joshua! I wish him all the best!

Velvet_Heaven January 17, 2012 at 7:20 PM  

Congrats and best of luck to Joshua! :)

middle child January 17, 2012 at 9:37 PM  

Yes. Here's to Josh. Praying he does well.

Copyboy January 18, 2012 at 4:54 AM  

Wow! I never knew what the Job Corps did. Now I'm so happy they exist and happy for Josh and his new beginning!

Anonymous,  January 19, 2012 at 12:02 PM  

Wow! Good for him! I hope he does well, and big hugs to you!

Momma Fargo January 19, 2012 at 7:34 PM  

Congrats to him! Woot woot! What a great opportunity and culinary arts is so exciting!

Liz Mays January 20, 2012 at 10:42 AM  

This is no doubt going to be a journey with some ups and downs, but he'll grow through it and so will you and the family. This is a wonderful thing, and I wish him the very best!

Monkey Man January 20, 2012 at 2:26 PM  

I wish him much success and to you all the happiness you deserve.

Unknown January 23, 2012 at 6:06 PM  

Good Luck can do it!

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