I will forever be grateful

I’m a 36-year-old adult male with learning disabilities and mental health disorders.

Eight years ago my family was forced to move from their home where my three siblings and I grew up due to a home foreclosure.

We eventually found a home to rent in the same community but in the country where I was totally out of my element due to the fact that I was use to living in town.

Our landlords, a new order Amish family with seven kids, quickly took a liking to us and their 8-year-old son Joel took a huge liking to me personally.

Joel and I began a friendship that still continues to this day. We’ve done so much together; camping, doing farm chores, going out to dinner, riding ATVs and just spending time together.


This boy, now a 16-year-old mature teenager, has done a lot for me when it comes to helping me with various small jobs that my disability keeps me from doing.

He has one of the strongest faiths I know. We’ve been through a lot in the past eight years. Just this past year he lost a friend in a tractor accident and several months later we said goodbye to my dad who succumbed to colon and liver cancer.

Never underestimate the kindness of teenagers because they can definitely prove you wrong when you least expect it.

Joel has taught me so much about faith and the value of hard work. For that, I will forever be grateful. Below is a picture of us. Joel is in the sunglasses.

He’s definitely God’s angel sent to me from above. – Shaun 😇

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