I am glad to know that the random noters are still hanging around my diary just waiting to give me a vocabulary lesson. I can tell I have been truly missed., so thank you-
Yesterday was our islands first snow this year! Quite a bit too but since it was such a beautiful day, it melted by sundown. I'm sure we will have our fare share by January.
Winter is approaching and with it our much anticipated annual northwest swell. (surf!) There is an amazing energy the ocean has during this time of year. Beach, home, eat. Is pretty much how it goes. I am so looking forward to some much needed time off with the family. My Kauai ohana is coming for Thanksgiving this year and we are excited to catch up and play music together.
We had Leila's preschool visit last week and got to visit her class and teachers. I am praying all goes well with the process.
Coming to grips with the work and dedication that is required to raise a deaf child. 13 months hearing and Leila is learning to listen. Her words are coming slowly and I need to keep reminding myself that these things take time. I picked up the book “A Father’s Love” written by a father of a cochlear implanted girl that explained the enormous dedication and consistency it takes to raise a deaf child to eventually learn to speak and hear at normal levels. I immediately started to feel a little sick to my stomach because I knew that the countless speech therapy sessions since implantation and are still attending, mapping (fine-tuning) appointments, books, and research are still not enough. He also explains that it is absolutely crucial that we do not make a mistake in this process. We have one shot, a four-year window of opportunity that we will never have again. Talk about pressure.
I had a long talk with Joe, which started out with me being anything but pleasant or patient. As soon as the conversation/fight was over I found myself wishing I had taken a little more care in delivering my message. I don’t expect him to know exactly what to do, but I expected him to know what effort to make. With both of us working full-time jobs it is anything but easy.
But when I look at her, it is all the motivation I need. I just pray for the strength.