Lonely no More:)
And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. Matthew18:5

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Just Kids Doing Summer

My morning bed heads.


Teague is Sherman's cousin that's his age.  He spent 2 weeks with us.......SO much fun :)

When did they get so big???  Wahhhhhh!

 Bubble long as you don't mind small lakes puddles on the floor!

 Those eyes! My China dolls!

 Hang on to your seats people......some serious cuteness ahead!

 Feel free to kiss the screen!  I mean seriously!  Be still my heart.

Those eyes...those cheeks......that little mouth!!!  YUM!

Ella has been working with Iley and 2 other little girls this summer, tutoring them.  This is the room a local church allowed her to use for it.  Thank you Ella, and C.O.B. for your generosity!

 This is the favorite shelf! The big tin is full of prizes to pick from when your homework sticker chart is full.  Then books to be read to you if you work hard and finish before Mom comes.

 When I look out the window to check on Scout and Cricket... I never know what I will see.......the first time I looked, they had the striped towel on the table for a table cloth, and Iley had slipcovered her lawn chair with the flowered towel.  The next time I look, Scout/Wren is in the process of draping the towels over the center beam for their roof.  She figured out how to throw it over, then grab the tip hanging down and pull it.  She is VERY resourceful! 

Monday the girls and I head to Colorado Springs to stay with this gracious family..............

Wren is doing a 3 week stint of audio/verbal (listening/speech) therapy sessions.  We are hoping for some direction, and breakthroughs with her speech and listening.  At the very least, we will know what direction and approach to take with her in the future.   We are hoping to continue some online therapy sessions when we are done.  We will spend an hour a day.....Mon-Fri... for 3 weeks...with 2 different therapists.  One is located in the Springs, the other in Denver.  The Simpson family has graciously opened their basement, and home to us for the duration!  What a blessing it is to be a part of the family of God!  I am overwhelmed by His provision through His people!  A huge thanks to them, and  to my parents for helping make it possible :)

We have been working REALLY hard here at home too.  Every day Wren has to go through her picture/vocabulary cards (we are working towards 100 + 11 family name cards, we are up to 70!!! since March)  I say the word, and she signs/says it to me, if she gets it right the first time it goes on the "done" pile.  If she misses it, it goes back in the stack to try again.  If she pronounces it right the first time, she doesn't have to work with me on pronunciation on that one either.......if she leaves off the beginning or ending sounds...which she does a lot......then she has to sound it out letter by letter with me.  This is what causes her the biggest frustration.....that, and trying to differentiate between words like "blue" and "balloon"  "cut, and cup"  "monkey, and cookie"  We get in a toe to toe, glare to glare, YOU WILL DO THIS......or........YOU WILL NOT WATCH A down.  Every. Single. Day........1 hour a day(at least)...6 days a week.  We are both exhausted when we are done.  SHE is MUCH more forgive and forget than me!  The verse "unless you become as a little child".......has rebuked me many times!!!  When we are done I am feeling...(not saying)......"JUST GO AWAY"....she always wants to come and love on me.  God help me to return the FEELING!!!!  I love this child fiercely......and desperately want her to TALK, and know what is being said!!!  But oh she brings out the ugly, ugly, ugly in my flesh.  So I thank God for this trial........when I'm not on my knees in despair.......and take comfort in the verse "when you have been tried by SHALL come forth as gold".......assuming I don't wring her neck first :)

I will leave you with a Cricket Quote :)  She is working hard, and learning too!  I was putting her to bed, and doing the routine smooch smooch, hug hug thing.....she grabbed my face planted a smack on my lips and said "THE END"  Bwaaahaaa haaa.  Guess she'd had enough!


  1. Yay. We are so excited you are coming to stay. Make sure to bring suits for the girls. They can attend the YMCA pool with us for free & we have a bouncy water slide for our back yard!!

  2. So, she is not getting therapy on a regular basis where you live???

    1. Unfortunately, NO! We are doing therapy with her at home 6 days a week, but for her to be evaluated, we have to drive 4-5 hours to the nearest AV therapist. We are going to start online skype sessions soon.