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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Life (06/15/06)

TITLE: Keep on Frogging
By Allison Egley
06/21/06


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Some people have a radiance about them that naturally draws people to them. They have a smile that can light up a room, and a contagious laugh. Jacob was one of these people. Even though I never met Jacob face to face, he touched my life. Jacob is a courageous little boy who was taken to his heavenly home much too soon by our human standards.

I never met Jacob in real life. I only knew him through the website his mom updated nearly every day. Yet even through the cold plastic and glass of my computer monitor, Jacob's life shone through and touched many. Some days I cheered, as Jacob walked out of the hospital with a "do not resuscitate" bracelet on his arm after he was given days to live. Other days, I cried, as Jacob was placed on a ventilator. But even then, his life shone through and he amazed everyone, doctors and nurses included, by standing up while still connected to the ventilator. Nobody does that; no one except, of course, for Amazing Jacob.

Jacob's motto throughout his fight with cancer was "FROG," or "Fully Rely On God." He and his family lived that out to its fullest extent. His family's hope never wavered, even when the physicians gave them the hard news. They knew the Great Physician, and fully relied on Him.

Even in his last days, Jacob let his personality and life shine through. One night, his IV started beeping. He moved his hands and his head to the beeps, like he was dancing. His mom chuckled, and said "Soon you'll be shaking your booty at home with your brothers." He then proceeded to shake his bottom while lying in the hospital bed.

Jacob and his family taught me many things. They taught me to believe in miracles; not just a surface knowledge that God can perform miracles, but a belief that God WILL perform miracles, while still realizing that God's will may not be our will. That may seem like a contradiction, but it's not. It's a delicate balance of acknowledging God's omnipotence while at the same time submitting to His sovereignty. When asked whether his brother still had cancer, one of his triplet brothers said "Oh no, he had that a long time ago, but God took it away."

God has taken away Jacob's cancer. While Jacob did not receive his miracle here on earth, he received the ultimate miracle. He received his crown from his Savior, Jesus Christ. He has heard "Well done, my good and faithful servant." He has received his mansion. I'm sure it's the gathering place for all of heaven's frogs. Jacob is now shaking his booty in his eternal home, laughing and playing with others whom God has called home. He is now living the ultimate abundant life in heaven. Someday, Jacob will be waiting to greet those of us who loved him, both in real life and through the cold confines of a computer screen. He will be smiling with us as we hear "Well done, my good and faithful servant."

Whenever I see a frog, I think of Jacob. I think of his miracles, and I think of his ultimate miracle. I am so glad I was able to hear Jacob's story and am looking forward to the day when I will meet him and my Savior face to face.

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Author's Notes:
[1] Please visit http://www.caringbridge.org/fl/jacob/ to learn more about Jacob and his family.
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terri tiffany06/22/06
Beautifully written! This story kept my atttention and started and ended nicely. Very good writing!
Sherry Wendling06/26/06
This just shines with joy! Great job writing a very tender story...I love your style, especially the line, "Jacob is now shaking his booty in his eternal home!" Very strong testimony here, with just the right tone!
Dr. Sharon Schuetz06/26/06
You did a good job on this piece. It's well written and uplifting.
Steve Uppendahl06/26/06
Very nicely done. Your emotion and admiration come through easily and effectively.

My one (small) complaint is repeating that you never met Jacob in real life. You mention it twice within 3-4 sentences. I think once is enough.

Very effective story.
Edy T Johnson 06/26/06
Your writing is polished and you certainly know how to connect a reader to your appealing character. I suspect you are not long for level one!
Rita Garcia06/27/06
Love this story! Well written! Thanks for sharing!
Trina Courtenay06/27/06
Allison, I've been enjoying our brief encounter here at FW. I say 'brief' because after I read your entry this week I fear you will move up a level and leave me here in beginners. Will ya promise me if you do move up that ya will come back and comment on mine again?! Good luck & here's hoppin that ya'll place!

Trina<><
Jan Ross06/27/06
Seems I've "met" Jacob, too. FROG has become a daily reminder as I think of this little guy and his family and so many like him fighting the battle of terminal illnesses. Wonderful article that captures the uniqueness of these special children. This is beautiful! Thank you for the reminder -- FROG. Yep! "Keep on Frogging"! :)
Marty Wellington 06/28/06
Great story; very well written. Kept my attention throughout . . . nicely done! Bravo!
Garnet Miller 06/28/06
It sounds like Jacob was a very special young man. Thank you for sharing his story with us.
Joanne Sher 10/03/06
GREAT title - and a fabulous, heartfelt story. Thanks for sharing this with me - likely never would have had the pleasure if you hadn't!
Jan Ackerson 03/29/07
God has taken away Jacob's cancer. While Jacob did not receive his miracle here on earth...

This touches me deeply.
Julie Arduini03/29/07
This was so well done Allison, I can see why you advanced quickly and do so well.