Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Our Elephant

It's been a while since I have updated what is happening with SJ and A LOT is happening, so I will do my best to get everyone caught up.

First off we are moving. In October we toured a deaf school in Ohio and felt like it was a great place for SJ to learn and develop with her new cochlear implant. I know I have mentioned it before, but getting the device is only half the battle. It takes years of therapy and training to make the whole operation worth while and give a child the opportunity to hear and speak. This facility seems like a wonderful resource for her, but it is an hour and a half away so we are going to move in with my brother and his wife. We will still be about 40 minutes from the school, but this will get us one step closer so that SJ can begin classes and J can find a job in the area. We are nervous, but excited about this next endeavor.

SJ starts at her new school in a couple weeks. It really is a dream school. She will have students just like her to learn beside. She will get private time with a speech therapist. There are two activity centers. One mimics a house where everything is toddler sized. This is a way for SJ to learn about all of her environment like dishes, dress up, laundry, bedtime. They even hang photos up of the student's families. The other activity center focuses on a different theme each month.  When we were there it was farm. They had a little barn and  real hay bails. The children play games learning about animals and farm related vocabulary. Last month the theme was restaurant where they learned about food and mealtime.

I was hesitant about putting SJ in preschool, because I really cherish the toddler age as a time that I have to teach my kids and have them at home with me, but she has special needs and needs special support. I was really pleased with the environment at the school. I don't have to worry about her childhood being consumed with therapy because they have an extremely fun, loving, playful approach to it. They keep the parents involved on so many levels and I like that too. I know she's going to love it. I've compared it to going to Sesame street!

The other BIG BIG news is that a month from now SJ will have bilateral hearing. This means that she is having her second cochlear implant (the left side) put in on February 14th. We wanted this from the beginning. In fact we wanted her to have a simultaneous bilateral implantation, which surgeons are doing more and more of these days, but our ENT does not. While I do not look forward to having to go through the surgery itself, I feel extremely blessed that SJ will be able to have "two ears".

It's all good news and yet a slightly terrifying. I feel like I am preparing my self for the trenches and asking God for a lot of endurance. The quote that comes to mind is "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time". It's a weird saying.

I don't want to eat an elephant, but the point is we are going to tackle these transitions as they come, one step and one day at a time.

Do you have a favorite verse that encourages you in stressful times? I would love for you to share it. 


{amy} said...

I'm so glad she'll have such a great opportunity at the school! It really sounds like the best thing for her. Of course I have several verses. They are probably all familiar, but here you go anyways...

"You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, whose thoughts are fixed on You!" (Isaiah 26:3)

"As for me, I look to the Lord for help. I wait confidently for God to save me, and my God will certainly hear me" (Micah 7:7)

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving make your requests known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6-7)

“When anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul.” (Psalm 94:19)

Messy Mom said...

YAY! Thank you Amy! I posted this on Instagram too. I want to put all the verses on my phone so that I can go through them and meditate on the truth when I am feeling overwhelmed.

Lauren Duke said...

The following verses remind me that God's plan is for my good...even when it doesn't seem like it or I can't see it:

Jeremiah 29:11-For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Romans 8:28-And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been called according to his purpose

And the following verse helps me to look back on past hard times, and remember how faithful and merciful the Lord has been to me. That gives me comfort NOW

Lamentations 3:19-24-I remember my affliction and my wandering,the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning;great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.

Messy Mom said...

Those are great Lauren. Thank you for the encouragement because believe me I am already feeling the pressure.