Three Beautiful Boys

"Bad things don't happen to our family. I've always lived that way. I didn't think anything bad could happen to me."

That what Gina Hubert of Torrence, California, thought, before learning that her son Zachary was autistic. As this piece in the Torrence Daily Breeze reports, she and her husband, Jack, thought they could help Zachary deal with his illness. Meanwhile, their other son, Taylor seemed perfectly normal.

"Tyler was different," Gina said. "He'd play with Zach. He'd stop and look at the camera and smile. He was Mr. Animated. We were sure he was going to be fine. There was no doubt. If there was something wrong with Zachary, at least Tyler's OK. I knew God would only give me what I could handle, so this was going to be OK."

Soon, they discovered that Taylor, and their third son, Tate, also had autism. In a two part series, Daily Breeze writer Josh Grossberg reports on how the Huberts learned dealt with the heartache and disappointment that came with knowing that the dreams they had for their children would never come true.

Here's how part 2--titled "Recasting a Shattered Dream" starts.

Their first child was diagnosed with autism at an early age. So was their second. And then their third.

Each time was more devastating than the last, each time a new dream shattered. Greg and Gina Hubert's three little boys -- Zachary, Tyler and Tate, now 12, 10 and 6, respectively -- were never going to have the lives the Torrance couple had imagined for them.

So they abandoned what they imagined and started from scratch.

This is a beautiful story. No pulled punches, cliches, or glossing over the difficulties--which almost wrecked their marriage. But through it all the Huberts are sustained by faith and hope and grace.

"People think these kids are a mistake, but this is the way God planned them for our family," Gina said. "We view them as the perfect kids."


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