…he seems so much more positive and in control of his emotions which certainly wasn’t the case a few months ago.

Hi Chris~

I just wanted to send you a quick note about Joe’s pass last weekend.  Overall, we had a really, really great time.  He was fun to be around.  We set up some more boundaries and structure this weekend as it related to diet, bedtimes, chores, etc, to try and more replicate what life at home will be like when he returns.. and he was very agreeable and we had no issues.

Sean pushed his buttons a few times but Joe never reacted negatively.  It was a new experience to see Sean being the one who was having a harder time controlling his emotions during those sensitive moments.  It is so nice to see him maturing emotionally– he seems so much more positive and in control of his emotions which certainly wasn’t the case a few months ago.  There were also several times during the weekend where Sean and Joe were hanging out and just laughing and enjoying each other’s company.

While I know there are many more challenges ahead of us and we all have work to do, I am overjoyed and optimistic that Joe is going to come back home feeling like he is in charge of his life and not the other way around.

Just wanted to pass this along and if you could please forward this to Aaron Huey also, that would be great.  I was telling Joe on the ride home how well I thought things went and how proud I was of him for all the hard work he has put in and he said “you should send a note to Aaron” as I think he was proud, so please share this.

Thanks so much,

-Mike