"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."
As you all know, Hannah was born with a cleft lip and palate. Many of you may not be aware of the long road of speech therapy our girl has ahead of her. We are talking years of therapy, folks. This is not a developmental delay that can be overcome in 6 months of twice a month sessions. No. This is going to require intense, focused intervention over a long period of time.
In the start of September we finally (hallelujah!!!!) secured Hannah's spot for speech therapy at our local University Hospital. We had been waiting for a long, long time. Finally, as I was about to despair, God provided yet again--the perfect time slot and a great day of the week for us.
During our initial meeting, it really hit me. Hard. I knew this speech road was going to be long. I knew it in my heart and my head, but something about that first session and watching the therapist try to coax Hannah to make various sounds and hearing them all come out of her mouth sounding all the same....it just rattled me a bit. The road ahead is long. Really long. With no end really looming or remotely visible. But I know several things that keep me grounded. First, I know my God and I know He's totally into doing big and insurmountable, seemingly impossible things, especially in this little dynamo named Hannah. He loves her and has so many great things planned for her. He most certainly won't abandon her as she struggles to find her words. Second, I know my daughter. She is a force to be reckoned with and fights with a level of ferocity that can only be borne in a life of struggle. She has overcome so much, yet still, she finds joy. She can overcome this. Last, I know God has equipped me especially to be her mama, to work on finding those sounds at home between sessions, and to advocate for her needs during her sessions. She.....can....do....this.....through Christ who will give her strength.
|Ready to roll! Let's do this speech thing!|
|Phew! Speech is hard work, folks!|