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Three years ago Marije heard about a boy named Jacob that had special needs. After some time she decided to call us and see if she could help us out in any way. An appointment was set up so she could see for herself what was involved. The day dawned as a dreary, cold Labour Day holiday. In she came to a household that wasn't running at it's prime. With four children under the age of 9, one with special needs requiring constant supervision, many things had be let go. As Marije dealt with Jacob, I was assured we had a great fit as a respite worker.
Since that raw September day, Marije and Jacob have developed a close and loving relationship! They have grown to know and understand each other. Marije's ability allows me to leave the house knowing Jacob is well taken care of. That's huge! Not everyone can provide that level of support. Without her care, I would be unable to do the normal tasks that are required of me as wife and mother. Groceries, appointments, lawn cutting, swimming :) shopping, and spending time with Paul are just a few of things that I'm enabled to do with.
Marije has walked this path beside us and has witnessed Jacob's contagious smiles and heart warming giggles. She has also witnessed those times where every breath is a struggle and wondering how much longer he can fight. Marije's ability to think outside the box is continually beneficial for Jacob's overall well being.
This picture shows one of Marije's great ideas - using a pool tube as a different positing tool. Jacob has since outgrown the pool tube, but it sure worked well for quite some time.