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A necessary part of January, along with looking ahead to the new year, is looking back at the one fading away. With that in mind, here are YOUR ten favorite This Side of Heaven posts from 2016. Thank you for joining me here!
At nearly three years of age, my son struggles with childhood apraxia of speech, a motor speech disorder in which the brain has trouble planning movements of the different parts of the mouth and coordinating the muscle movements that are needed for speech. A child knows what he wants to say, but cannot figure out how to say it. With intense speech therapy, we are hopeful that it will be mostly resolved before he finishes elementary school, but no parent wants to see their child struggle with something so basic for so long. This is my prayer for him. (2014)
There are no "red letter words" today, because on Saturday, Jesus was in the tomb. He said nothing. And I am sure the silence was deafening for those who loved Him. With that in mind, I am sharing an article I wrote several years ago, hoping that it will continue to encourage others, especially those "stuck in Saturday". (original post from 2011)
For the last year, our family has been learning a great deal about childhood apraxia of speech, a motor-oral disorder in which a child knows what he or she wants to say, but there is a disconnect and the brain can't get the mouth to move in such a way that the right sounds and words come out. It is the working diagnosis for our son, and I find myself giving the clinical definition a lot to help other people understand what he struggles with and that no, he is not just not talking for the fun of it and he is actually not going to just start spouting off full-length sentences someday. But the clinical definition does not come close to what apraxia is in our life. Because this is what it really is. (2014)
For a long time in 2009, I felt like I was going crazy. Over the course of the year, we had lost two babies during pregnancy, Naomi and Kyria... I found myself behaving and thinking differently than I had in the past, and differently than most people around me. It wasn't until I started talking with other parents who had lost children that I realized that I wasn't going crazy. The things I was doing were NOT evidence of unhealthy grief or lack of recovery or an inability to move forward. Instead, they were part of my new normal, common to most other parents who had lost a baby, and most of them are true for me even five years later. (2015)
Welcome! My name is Kristi. I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a teacher, a writer, a musician... but most of all a child and worshiper of God discovering that even in life's messes, God is still good. Learn more about me and my journey here!
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