Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
My absolute favorite part of the year is officially here – the HOLIDAYS!!! The weather is changing, stores are already decked out, and neighbors are beginning to put up lights and decorations. I love this time of year. :) Most of us begin the holiday season reflecting on the last year and thinking about what we are thankful for. I cannot believe how fast time has gone by and that 2011 is already coming to a close. At this time last year, we were anxiously awaiting Sophie’s CI surgery. It was going to be being Sophie’s first Thanksgiving and Christmas, but the surgery was really the most important thing that was happening. I had many hopes and expectations for what CIs would mean for Sophie and our family and I can honestly say that my hopes are now reality and my expectations have been exceeded. The days and weeks sometime feel like a whirlwind and are increasingly difficult to balance, but the time and dedication is worth it because Sophie is HEARING and TALKING. A lot. ;)
I am thankful for many, many things this season, but most of all, I am thankful for Sophie’s VOICE. While quite a simple pleasure, hearing her voice is the sweetest sound I can possibly experience. It brings me incredible joy and hope, yet also reminds me of the continual journey we are on to hear her speak her sweet words. To me, Sophie’s voice is like that of an angel - uplifting and inspiring, but also grounding and humbling. It constantly reminds me of what is truly important and to never take anything for granted. Although some may regard it as routine and repetitive, a simple “Mommy” uttered from the lips of a deaf child is purely remarkable. I am lucky enough to experience the extraordinary miracle of this sweet voice every.single.day. And because of that, I am eternally thankful.
What are you thankful for??