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  1. Molly
    November 27, 2017 @ 8:38 am

    Rose, this is wonderful and you are a beautiful person. Thank you.

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  2. Jeannie
    November 27, 2017 @ 8:38 am

    What a darling girl. You must be so proud of how she is with Jack.

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  3. Debbie
    November 27, 2017 @ 9:30 am

    There are angels on earth.

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  4. Kay
    November 27, 2017 @ 9:38 am

    Rose,

    I’m 28 – I, too, prefer pants and t-shirts to dresses, and I also have a brother who is a little more than 3 years older than me. In the 1980s, they weren’t as good at diagnosing autism in kids – my brother was diagnosed with a genetic disorder as a baby, and ADHD as a kid, but never autism, though he definitely displays some of the traits. We worry about our brothers because we love them and want them to be the happiest they can be, but I want to let you know that things will work out. My brother still lives with my parents right now, but he works at a job he likes, volunteers at an animal shelter, and takes my grandmother, who is 92, grocery shopping. They also like to watch TV together. I’m afraid that people judge him for the way he looks and acts, because people tend to do that. We can’t control those people, though. We can only control what we do. We can love, and be kind and patient. I admit that it’s not always easy, but you seem to be on the right path. Take care, we are rooting for you and Jack always.

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    • Gabriel's Angels
      December 1, 2017 @ 5:27 am

      I love your comment! Thank you for posting this, Kay 🙂 And thank you for being the wonderful human being that you are Rose! <3

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  5. Jeannie Prinsen
    November 27, 2017 @ 9:53 am

    I admire you, Rose, because you’re kind and have a really beautiful way of seeing deeply into others’ hearts. I appreciate that you’ve shared these thoughts with us today.

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  6. Glenna Toyne
    November 27, 2017 @ 10:28 am

    Dear sweet Rose, you have a beautiful soul. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us. If only all the Jacks of this world had a sister like you. Sending love xxx

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  7. Carla Ellis
    November 27, 2017 @ 11:10 am

    Rose, You are as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside! What an awesome sister you are! I have a 13 year old grandson with autism and he is also blessed with a wonderful older sister. It’s as if you both can sense their needs and can “calm the storms”. God has blessed us all! Sending Love to you and your entire family!

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  8. Jill Laufer
    November 27, 2017 @ 11:14 am

    Rose, you are a wonderful sister. Carrie – you should be proud of your girl!

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  9. Joann D Carlson
    November 27, 2017 @ 1:04 pm

    Rose – you are obviously a very bright sister. Thank you for giving me a view into Jack’s life. May we all be more observant and caring when we see other’s who have Jack’s in their life. I actually have a friend who has a son Jack. He is like your brother Jack. May this the Christmas season bring your family many moments of Joy!

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  10. Joann D Carlson
    November 27, 2017 @ 1:08 pm

    Love reading about your brother Jack from your perspective Rose. You are a very bright and loving sister.

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  11. Scott Wilcox
    November 27, 2017 @ 2:42 pm

    Hooray for you Rose. You have an insight into your brother that no one else is able to access. And you have chosen to use it in a way that promotes Jack and helps you both to be a blessing to this world. I pray that you can continue to assist Jack in his very unusual journey that he faces in the future. God only gives these difficult tasks to those He knows will handle it, with the help of Jesus, and your family walking along side.

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    • Janet Anderson (Grandmother)
      November 28, 2017 @ 6:21 pm

      May I add to your beautiful comments? God and his Son Jesus keeps a watch over all of us, as he sees beauty and wholeness in each person he created. Nothing is too difficult for God to handle. How blessed we are to have Jack and Rose to teach us God loves everyone. Wishing you all a Very Holy and Happy Christmas.

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  12. Kelly
    November 27, 2017 @ 10:19 pm

    God bless you Rose

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  13. pianorox
    November 27, 2017 @ 10:24 pm

    What a beautiful soul she is.

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  14. Sue Nicholson
    November 27, 2017 @ 11:34 pm

    Dear Rose, you have found the gift God gave you to use….a gift of such blessing which many fail to even look for….,that of a loving, kind, patient, persevering and understanding sister to the brother who needs it most, Jackaboo. I am sure this beautiful gift, albeit often challenging, extends to all your loving family and others who meet you along the way. Keep following that path Rosie, Jesus will be right beside you to help guide you and keep you strong, and Jack will never be lonely….like you say, “he has needs like we all do” and you are there with mum, dad and you brothers to help his.

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  15. Michelle
    November 28, 2017 @ 12:31 am

    Rose, my two daughters also have a brother who has autism. They are also his best supporters and best friends. Thank you for sharing your love for your brother–as a mom, it makes me feel better knowing that my boy will always have his sisters to care about him and know him deeply. I bet you make your mom feel better too. xo

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  16. Mary
    November 29, 2017 @ 6:11 am

    Rose is perfectly named, beautiful with a lovely scent of love. She gives and has the greatest of gifts: love.
    Love is always patient and kind; love is never jealous; love is not boastful or conceited,

    5 it is never rude and never seeks its own advantage, it does not take offence or store up grievances.

    6 Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but finds its joy in the truth.

    7 It is always ready to make allowances, to trust, to hope and to endure whatever comes.I Corinthians vs. 4-7

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  17. Dana Vance
    December 2, 2017 @ 9:33 pm

    Rose, you are a wonderful sister and friend. What a gift you give to Jack just by your gentle way with him. I am a mom of two boys. The younger one has similar needs as your brother and his older brother doesn’t speak to him at all, he thinks his younger brother is weird and difficult. It breaks my heart. You are going to make a big difference in this world somehow, just with your kindness.

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  18. Holly
    December 4, 2017 @ 5:23 pm

    Rose if my jacklynn is half a good a sister as you my son ray is VERY lucky

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  19. Deena Marie Peterson
    December 6, 2017 @ 2:37 am

    Dear Rose,
    Thank you for your beautiful essay, and for sharing about your brother. You are very wise and very observant. I had a little girl and she struggled with many things. People called her different, but we are all different. I always said she was unique, and that God knew what He was doing when He created her.

    She is an adult now, and even though life was a challenge for her, she worked hard, did her best, and now she is a wife and has a good job. One day she wants to be a mom, and she has told me she hopes she has a little girl who is unique, too.

    I’m so glad your brother has a sister like you.

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