It appears I never made a bio thread for Jake, so I'm going to share this here.
Jake is doing well. Since they moved, I've seen him twice now - over the Columbus Day weekend, then he arrived this past Saturday.
Jake and I do e-mail almost every day, and chat or Skype occasionally. He loves his new school and has made a ton of friends, though he misses us a lot. He does have a new gaming group, but it's hard to move on from friends you've known growing up and into your interests.
The funny thing about Jake and Christian (if I've never said this before), is that, while they look a bit alike in the face, if Mom had AB genes, and Dad had EF genes, then Christian must have gotten AE and Jake got BF. The rest of the kids look like AF. Jake is taller than Christian (though still shorter than me), leaner, and much less hairy. He has filled out a bit since I saw him in October (he's probably putting away his own body weight once or twice a day right now).
Jake was able to get his Eagle project finished, and we got all the paperwork turned in. We had a bit of problem, because his birthday was this month, not next month (that's Christian's), but he finished all the work before his birthday, and he just had to come down to put a couple of things into place. Considering his special circumstances, I think they're going to allow it (I talked with several people ahead of time, because this is really important to him, and we did document when the work was completed, to avoid any questions).
Monday night, Jake asked if I'd do his back. He doesn't have the acme problem Christian does, and he's never lived with me, but I was willing to do it. Jake's leaving boyhood behind, but right now he's definitely rocking that geeky-cute thing I love so much. He's generally kind of shy, but he wasn't showing it around me. I got a towel around his waist before he got on the table, and then we were able to have a long talk.
Things were a bit hard for the younger boys when they got there. They're going to a private school now, since Wendy has a lot more duties in a larger congregation. I think they're loving that. It's a lot less structured from what they're accustomed in some ways (they're out and about more, and interacting with other kids on a much more regular basis), but more structured in other ways. Beyond that, the move itself and having to make new friends (and the changes in Dad's schedule and responsibilities) has also caused a lot of adjustments. I'd assume any of those would be a challenge.
David and Ike (14 and 12 now, I believe) are both getting the belt. David had been receiving it before, but not often. As the oldest at home, Jake has stepped in a bit, and David (9?) and Ike have both found themselves over his lap. He used a brush on Ike, but didn't want to use one of Mom's kitchen spoons, so David got hand spanked a couple of times, but it left his hand too sore, so he found a wooden spatula like the Tailblazer, which now stays in the younger boys' room, and has been used on both of them.
As for himself, Jake has been staying out of trouble.
One lesson he learned from Christian - he's politely listening to what his mom says about going to college, then completely ignoring her. He did really well on his SATs, but he had the results sent to one school his mom wants him to attend, then his top four colleges. He's a bit worried, because his top four choices are all private, but I'm sure the public schools will see his results and pursue him, and if a kid as smart as Jake gets accepted to a top college, we'll find some way to make sure he gets to go.
In the meantime, he's been contacted by Mom's first choice, so she's staying off his back.