I can't get over it.
When I tell you these guys are world changers, I mean it.
They are all different and wild and full of life.
These guys are all bright and spread out all over the map in every way.
When they come together it's a feeding frenzy.
They feed on food and knowledge and friendship.
They are not going with the flow of the world or taking the easy route in any aspect of their lives.
They do the hard stuff. They work hard and play hard; they learn and love hard things.
He has learned to mature and to own who he is and what he knows about himself and the world.
They had a class together their freshman year and they were literally going to fight, and walked away best friends. I think they felt a connection and it was going to be a fist and face connection or a heart connection. I'm so glad for the connection they decided on. Claiborne's freshman year, he came to Oregon and met us, and when I learned a little bit about him I knew he was in our lives forever. He remembers the day we were taking family pictures and I told him it was a commitment. I don't take family pictures lightly. It's a bit like a covenant to me. He made the decision to be in the picture and from that day on he has been a part of the family. Claiborne was pretty quiet when I first started "mothering" (pelting with questions) him, so I learned that he loved cookies. I would bake cookies and tell him he owed me 10 minutes of conversation per cookie. He liked my cookies, and I liked baking them and learning more about him, so I got to know him pretty well when he lived with us for a summer.
Claiborne had us cheering on one side, and his family cheering on the other side.
He is a special guy and we are blessed to have him in our lives.
We ended our time together with Charlie and I getting the privilege and honor of praying over these guys and also for Claiborne's beautiful girlfriend, Erica. We joined hands right in a simple Mexican restaurant and felt connected to God and to each other. We left knowing more and loving deeper.