Arol: Growing into an amazing young man

By Amber Foster


This year we have all stood back in awe as we watched 14-year-old Arol transform from an angst-y, angry tween to an amazing young man with a heart of gold. Arol carries so much responsibility for his younger siblings on his young shoulders, and we’ve all tried to help him lay some of that down. He doesn’t have to be their protector anymore, we’re here to be their parents.  

But there’s a spark in Arol for little ones. He and my one-year-old are fast friends, and he prides himself on being able to put her to sleep whenever we’re away from home with friends. He will ride his bike over just to get a chance to play with her before bed, and then chat about his day while I clean up the kitchen.  

Arol’s anger will always be a sensitive area for him, but I am so blessed to get to watch him learn how to control that and overcome his rough beginnings. He is a typical young adult who isn’t a big fan of school but is pushing through because he knows it’s best for him. He has overcome so much, and he continues to amaze me with the gentleness that he is able to share when he thinks no one is watching.  

Help us celebrate this year of growth watching all of the siblings play freely together with their friends at the beach without a care in the world.