Friday, October 05, 2007

Music to my ears...





We had our regular school day today...PE, special art project, snack time, phonics lesson, pizza for lunch, recess, more seatwork and then finally time to head home. A long week when you have full-day kindergarten for three days and rehab/therapy sessions on the remaining days. We came home for snack and rest time. Then played outside (mid 80's today!), dinner, more playtime and then baths.
I wrapped Wyndham in a towel and sat her up on the counter so we could smile at ourselves in the mirror and brush teeth. She was glowing...we rubbed noses and signed 'I love you' and laughed at ourselves in the mirror another time or two.
Then I mouthed the word 'momma' and asked her to "use your words...say 'momma' ", I said. She smiled at me and said, "momma". Clear as day. My heart leaped...I was grinning and signing happy! "You just said 'momma' Wyndham! You did it!", I exclaimed, "say it again"! She smiled back at me and said in a more quiet, higher tone, "momma". This time I held back the tears. My heart was in my throat...and it felt amazing. So I pushed it and said, "Wyndham, you just said 'momma' with your words. I am so proud of you! Can you say 'momma' one more time?" and I signed the word "more".
She said "momma" three times in a row tonight. I may never hear it again...or maybe not for months...or maybe I will hear it tomorrow. I don't know...and I don't know who was happier to hear it- me or her. =)
Another ordinary day turned extraordinary. Just the way I like our days to go around here. The simplest things make all the difference in the world.

48 comments:

Laura said...

Ohhh JODY. that is AMAZING. what a beautiful blessing!!!!! i love it!!!!

amanda said...

Sounds like a perfectly beautiful ending to a busy day to me...precious!!! And that girl has some gorgeous hair Jody!

Bridget said...

Yay, Wyndham! How awesome is that! My friends have an autistic son, and he was completely nonverbal for a long time. He's seven now and is finally starting to speak. I have an idea of how you must feel. I remember the first time Adam actually said my name. I melted! Give that beautiful girl a hug for me!

Bridget in Meraux, LA

halfbakedscrapartist said...

Jody:

What joy you must have felt! I am celebrating Wyndham's milestone with you! I'll bet you broke out the whipped cream tonight! Wyndham looks absolutely stunning in these photos.

Blessings,
Nicole

Sonja said...

Wonderful!!!! My heart is leaping for joy:)

Sonja

angi said...

Awww....that is WONDERFUL :) And I agree, she does have FABULOUS hair!!

Heather said...

What an awesome moment!
You must be a very proud mommy.
Beautiful photos of her, she has so much joy in her face.

Anonymous said...

That is amazing!

karen in ca

Living His Grace said...

Jody,
God has given you a kiss today! and Wyndham a big hug.
Good for you both!
Rose

Wade, Melanie, & kids said...

Jody,
That is AWESOME!!!! I know you must be proud!!!! I agree as well, she has fabulous hair and she looks so happy and full of life in these photos!!! Hope you have a WONDERFUL weekend...
Love, Melanie Smith

Adrienne said...

Jody, that is AWESOME!

Jackietex said...

Wow, that is wonderful! I was thinking how beautiful those pictures are and then I read your post, and those words are even more beautiful.

Sheri said...

What an amazing gift and what a reminder of all that I take for granted. She is beautiful.

KatieButler said...

Jody, how absolutely wonderful! :)

Amy said...

oh that is wonderful!!!! so happy for you!

jackie carl said...

PTL !!! Jody !
Your post made me cry !
So happy for you & Wyndham.

She is a beautiful girl !

Much love,
Jackie Carl

Julie said...

Awww, Jody! What a blessing! I'm celebrating for both of you!

kirstenjuenke said...

Tears in my eyes - happy tears! Beautiful girl and her beautiful momma.

Britney said...

such beauty to hear! sooo happy for you jody!!!

janna said...

:) :) :) :) :) :)
Big hugs to Wyndham from her "old" speech therapist! I love hearing about her progress. She has come SO far and only God can fathom where she's headed!

Allison said...

That is awesome news! Congratulations to both of you!
Allison was in TX now GA

Anonymous said...

What joy you must have felt to hear her voice speak....and it was your "name"!!! She's a beautiful little girl!

QallieQ said...

Ohh Jody, what a blessing Thank you so much for sharing your story, you are such an inspiration.

Love, Helga

Ang said...

what a treasured sound! i can only try to imagine your joy.

Wyndham is one of the purest bright spots of my Tuesdays. She always participates in music class with so much joy on her face... and often in her voice too. It always gives Debby and I a special thrill to hear her singing. I love having the chance to know her better.

Lori B said...

Oh my goodness, that is so awesome Jody!!! I've got happy tears for you!!!

Anonymous said...

wonderful, WonDerFul, WONDERFUL news!!!!
(yay!)

Joy said...

Wow. I have dreamed of that moment with my daughter. It hasn't happened yet, but I hope one day. I know how much that meant to you. What a special gift from a special beautiful girl.

Cynthia said...

God is soooo good! I cried when I read this! Thank You, Jesus! What a blessing to share in your joy of the moment!

Hugging you in spirit!
Cynthia

jewell said...

Oh my I am tearing up. That is wonderful. I am believing she will say it again and again along with many more words.

Angie said...

Beautiful pictures of a beautiful girl in her shining glory! I love the pic of her smiling with dimple showing. How exciting for both of you!

Janna said...

Yay!!! That is so awesome!!! God is amazing, isn't He? This is one more reminder of His amazing power to heal and restore. Praise be to God from Whom all blessings flow. :)

Kate said...

Jody, girl you are terrible for a pregnant chick's emotions! I just dissolved when I read your post. Way to go Wyndham!!! You make your Momma proud little angel! Even my tough as nails police officer hubs shed a little tear for your girl. Happiness, her name is Wyndham!

susan opel said...

Jody - how incredibly awesome!!!

Gretchyn said...

Well, that is pretty darn, well...hmmm, how about the longest joyful word I know?

SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPEALIDOCIOUS!!!

Yea for Wyndham (and for Mama, too...)!

God is good in so many, many ways :)

Anonymous said...

Tears in my eyes. I love it!!

Kimberly said...

Awwww..Jody that is so WONDERFUL!!! So thankful for your blessing today! xoxo
YAY Wyndham!!!
(((hugs))) to you too Jody...I got choked up reading this sweet message too and those photographs are just precious! xoxo
Loves,
K

Anonymous said...

what a beautiful word spoken by a beautiful girl for her beautiful momma!!

Robyn said...

OHHHHH JODY, I can't imagine how wonderful that FELT! Your post brought tears to my eyes. Such a wonderful, special blessing!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jody! What an amazing testimony of God's blessings! Just last night during a time of prayer I heard the Lord say, "let the ordinary become extraordinary"! I was blown away by that and then I read this particular blog post just this morning! May the Lord continue to open up her mouth to speak audible words that will be a testament of His power! And may she declare the works of the Lord!!! Awesome!
Please keep my husband and me in your prayers...we will be leaving for a mission trip back to Uganda in East Africa this Thursday. We will be gone for a week and a half. Thank you and much love to you and your family!!! :O)

Anonymous said...

That last anonymous post was from me...Christy in AL...for some reason my computer is not letting me do a lot when I'm commenting...craziness! Anyway...
:O)

Anonymous said...

I am confused, I did not know she could not talk..she looks like in every picture she is a very outspoken little girl.

Laurie said...

oh Jody how exciting!!!!
you need to make a lo about this..
she is beautiful...

Anonymous said...

I'm a semi-regular reader and am just "catching up" today... this broght tears to my eyes. Reminds me to remember on the days when that's all my kids say that it is still blessing that they say it at all!
Thank you for that reminder!

CFCINA said...

I'm getting caught up on all the blogs I LOVE to read today! This entry brought tears of JOY!! What a wonderful thing--so Happy for both you & Wyndham!!!

~ Kathy in Hillsboro, OR

SingerMamaMelody said...

How precious, your sweet Wyndham! I have tears in my eyes and a smile on my face as I read this...

Coco said...

I pray that you get to hear that lots of times everyday - and more- from Wyndham! Beautiful!

Sister Melissa said...

OMG!!!!!! !!!! !!!! I'm so so excited to hear this!!! I've sent the news along to the family! ;)
Congrats Mom! :)
Melissa

betsy said...

Wow - I must say, I too thought Wyndham was very verbal. Judging from her pictures, she looks like she's always babbling and giggling. Who knew?? That is a huge milestone. How exciting!