Ooohhh baby, look!

“Appears disinterested or unaware of other people and what’s going on around her.”

“Prefers not to be touched, held, or cuddled.”

“Socially indifferent. Doesn’t play with others or share interest and enjoyment.”

These words once described her social difficulties.


Yesterday my friend and babysitter extraordinaire – Laura! – took Rhema and Hope to visit her family. Her sister just had a new baby, sweet Lisa Joy. Laura texted me the play by play:

“She’s totally checking out the baby… so cute!”

“She doesn’t want to leave my sister’s side!”

“She just kept running her hand over the baby’s forehead and checking everything out!”



*Dear Mama, I know what it’s like standing at the bottom of that mountain. Being stuck in the mire of assessments and diagnoses, discouragement and heartache, catastrophes, endless days and sleepless nights – with seemingly little or no progress to show. Please take my word for it. There is a lifting. There is hope to be found. Growth will come. One day you turn around and realize how far you’ve climbed together, how God hauled you up. And the things you could never have imagined… happen.


Thank you Laura, Lisa, and Lisa Joy.

25 thoughts on “Ooohhh baby, look!

  1. Oh I love this! And I agree with Tjada – might be time for another one Jeneil! Bwahahahaa!! But seriously, the look of pure delight on Rhema’s face is just so uplifting to see 🙂

  2. I grabbed for a tissue as soon as I got to the italics and read “*Dear Mama”. I just knew you were talking to ME. And I just knew I would cry. The pictures are wonderful. 🙂 They say so much more than most people would realize.

    • Me too! Bawl city over here. N is 4 1/2 and minimally verbal. This gives me so much hope! DH is a WONDERFUL father but also calls himself a “realist” and says since N isn’t talking now he’s really fearful he never will. I just tell him it will come in time…and it has a little. He has been singing the ABC song and twinkle twinkle little star out of the blue for us… Its sweet music to mommas ears. *hugs mommas* You’re babies are stronger, smarter and tougher than we will ever know!

  3. i have no words.

    everything you have done – fighting to stay here – all of it – every single moment had meaning, all of it was right, all of it led – here. i love you so much and i’m so, so happy for all of you. keep climbing, rhema girl – you are never alone.

  4. Wonderful! These big break-throughs are the demonstration of 1,000 little steps of internal progress and then WOW – you get to see the sum result. So happy for you and Rhema!

    My daughter just demonstrated “shyness” in a new group of strangers at a class. Two months ago she wouldn’t have noticed if they, or an elephant, was in the room. At our house shy=progress. 🙂

  5. I have to say I despise those medical descriptions of our kids. What doctors see and what they *assume* about our children’s wants, desires, and intentions are filled with bias and incorrect conclusions.

    Your daughter, our kids, will prove them wrong. Proud of you for believing in her, mama.

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