Garrett: an Update

Due to the overwhelming response to my post about our journey to independence with Garrett, I thought I should give you all an update. This past Friday I met with Garrett and the staff of his group home to see how his 30 day trial turned out. Would he be moving home? Were there any deal breakers in his behavior? Would he get to stay?

To our grateful delight, we learned that Garrett will continue to live with his new friends indefinitely! He has officially moved out of the nest, is spreading his wings, and learning to be a part of this new family of guys that he can so easily relate to.

And although it took awhile for the habits of listening for him, looking in on him, and wondering about him to fade, the rest of us FitzGerald’s are slowly adapting to life without our G-man. My husband and I have enjoyed some spontaneous jaunts, whether for dinner or a road trip, and still shake our heads in amazement that things have absolutely turned around from this time last year.

Seriously, one year ago we were in the throes of mental instability and having to visit our son in a hospital. And yet because of that  experience, Garrett has arrived at this wonderful opportunity today. We are so very thankful for God’s kindness towards him and towards us. Truly He has a way of redeeming all things to Himself!

Thank you, friends, for following along in this journey with us. I know that many, many prayers were released on Garrett’s behalf and that we have witnessed the Lord’s answer through this provision.

Since this has been a topic of interest for many, here’s another  article I wrote for a website, describing how Garrett’s autism has influenced my writing. Check it out if you’d like.

Now please, share with me how God has answered your prayers this new year!

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  1. So happy to hear such good news about Garrett ! I know he will continue to thrive and live life to the fullest!

  2. I am rejoicing with you friends. I brings my heart deep joy at God’s care and his heart. Thank you for your beautiful picture of faithful committed devition to you son.

  3. Thanks for the update. I’m happy for his new home and new chapter of life.
    It’s easy for me to remember Garrett as a pre schooler. So amazing.