And I'm being eased into this with the Lindamood Bell program where she goes two hours a day five days a week.
And we spend way more time on the road getting everyone where they need to be than I like.
It's the Lord first and foremost.
It's your prayers.
It's the program.
It's the removal of the stress.
It's all of these things.
But I so want to praise God for these little glimmers of improvement He is showing me daily.
She's happy and free and I love seeing her and her sister playing together.
But in the last week I've seen several of those little things organically (I like that word a lot .. and have been teased for using it in this way. But you know when it's just natural, child led, not forced at all).
She's reading signs as we drive by them in the car,
just because she wants to and she can!
She's asking me why the E in Zevia says E instead of eh?
It didn't matter how many times we'd go over ch, sh, th sounds and what letter made them, she wouldn't retain them.
But suddenly it's all sticking. And when I was telling her sister (who will talk incessantly which is usually awesome, but sometimes not appropriate) that she needs to 'shhhhhh'. My middle one said, "S. H." At first I was thinking, "What?" But then realized oh, she's noticing. She's noticing. And she's using these rules in life. It's clicking. And I'm so proud of her. She's working hard. And she's enjoying learning. It's such a blessing and so encouraging.
It was all of that inability to express herself that would build and build to the point of exploding. Who could blame her.
The best thing for me was hearing her tell me a story and using the words dangling and wobbling in context, correctly. I don't even know where or how she picked those words up. But they were in there.
It's like her mind and her words are being unleashed.
It's not all fixed and instantly better, but it's improving. And this is progress that makes this mom super happy. I take none of it, none of it for granted.
I also want you to know I don't take your words of encouragement for granted either. Those of you who've taken time to email me, even at great length, sending me words of wisdom and advice and letting me know you're praying for me. Praying for me, a complete stranger. It's humbling and has moved me to tears. I'm truly serious here. I wish I could thank you in person, thank you for walking a faithful walk. Even in the little things like taking the time to type words from the heart that brighten a stranger's day. Thank you.
"Therefore encourage one another
and build each other up,
just as in fact you are doing."
1 Thessalonians 5:11