Family Profile Part 2: Michael, Faith and Anthony

by Chris on October 21, 2009

Father's Day 2007. Faith, Michael and Anthony

Father's Day 2007. Faith, Michael and Anthony

Before Alex, these three were the “babies” of the family. They were born within a seemingly stable marriage, and all three still appear to be well adjusted and happy. Our two separations, while I’m certain they had some impact on all of our children, left no visible (as of yet) long term damage on these three. Each of them are to this day very sweet and special, and interestingly each of them have varying levels of delayed development.

Michael with Dad, 2009.

Michael with Dad, 2009.

Michael, born in 2005, is almost 5 years old. He’s very silly, very very playful, and has always reminded us of the famous monkey, “Curious George.” His nick-names growing up were “Monkey” and “George”, and everyone who meets him falls in love with him. He’s speech delayed, but is finally starting to catch up with his peers.

Faith, Easter 2007

Faith, Easter 2007

Faith, the youngest of my two beautiful daughters, looks just like her older  sister. She left her mother’s womb in 2002, and is 7 years old today.  She is extremely affectionate, delicate and loving, with an occasional stubborn streak when things aren’t quite going her way. She just recently stopped ending every sentence with “Right, Dad?”, which, while it sometimes wore on me, I will miss it forever. That girl just waits for me to sit down somewhere and cheerfully climbs up on my lap, pulls my arms around her and makes herself comfortable. Many a difficult day has been made bright by her glowing affection. Like Michael, Faith has been mildly developmentally delayed, but is doing very well now in 1st grade, is very social and making great progress academically.

Anthony leaving Gradma's house, 2007.

Anthony leaving Gradma's house, 2007.

Anthony, the oldest of our “babies”, was born in 2000 and is nine years old today. Anthony has a very mild form of autism, making him emotionally immature compared to friends his age, but he has made amazing progress over the last two years forming strong friendships at school, and excels in academics, athletics and social life today as a 4th grader.

These three kids are eager to please, full of love and desire to do what’s right, and are all-around examples to me of what it means to enjoy life, living in the present, accepting the past and having excitement for the future. It’s my hope that I successfully facilitate getting my family’s act together very soon, since Anthony is almost through with his simple innocent years, and the difficult pre-teen years are just around the corner. The more I can accomplish in the coming year to help my family make the necessary course corrections, the more likely these years will be more positive and rewarding for all of us.

That’s why I’m getting this all written down in a public way, with only our names being changed.  I want to be held accountable as a father.I want to be shown new ways of thinking that will help me be successful, and to share what I learn with everyone who crosses this site’s path on their own journey.

In my next post, I’l talk about Daniel and Kaye, my troubled teenagers, how our separation affected them, and what our overall situation is today.

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