Thee Farm Wife

Thee Farm Wife

Friday, January 29, 2010

In three weeks, Jaiden has gone from not being able to tell us anything to being able to sign almost 20 words! Jaiden and Daddy working on her sign language cards everyday. I have a video of it but it is too large of a file to upload, so I will make a smaller one tomorrow. We have speech therapy this morning and I am looking forward to more suggestions to help her communicate. We are still not sure of why she is not talking. One website you can look at is This will give you an idea of what she is experiencing. She certainly has a high level of comprehension - for example if you name animals she can point to a picture of everyone of them - but she cannot say "cow" or "kitty", etc. She knows signs for: more, drink, milk, eat, please, cow, kitty, mouse, dog, cookie, pig, bubbles (her favorite!), bath, goodnight, light, etc. She can even put signs together like "more milk please" - she still can say "Chloe, Daddy, Mommy, no" that's about it for her speech. (Chloe is our dog.) John and I don't want you to worry - JaidenIlo is a gift from God. She will speak in her own way and in her own time. If you want to learn some signs, we are using ASL - American Sign Language. We bought a card set and book from and local libraries have them as well. I am not sure of a good website to use yet. This morning we went to Jaima's school. The second graders were in charge of the worship service - it was so cute! Jaima had to buy a new outfit last night at the mall. Thank goodness Aeropostale has clearance racks - it's her favorite store! Cody is being measured for his cap and gown today - graduation is right around the corner. We are trying to decide when to have his party - graduation is Memorial Day weekend. We also have Jaima's dance recital that week and our anniversary! The basement continues to be a challenge for us. Water is still flowing through the tile lines. But with this cold weather, the pump sometimes freezes up. I am not looking forward to the spring thaw! Dan is going to fix the tile lines around the house as soon as he can this spring, and then we won't have to worry about the yearly water problems. I bet in the ten years I have been here the basement has flooded 50 times - yep, about 5 times a year. Can you tell I am frustrated?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


We are in a black and white world right now - I haven't taken any pictures but Julie has!

Let's see, I haven't blogged in awhile - this is probably the busiest I have ever been! "Spring" cleaning is done - we have donated two truckloads to the local thrift store. Julie is proud of me for getting rid of more junk - and it sure makes life so much simpler with less clothes to wash and less toys to put away! Less is more!

Jaiden has begun speech therapy - right now we are still in the diagnosis and evaluation stages. Thank you to everyone for all of your prayers - we continue to trust God - because John and I know that Jaiden will speak in whatever way God has planned for her! Right now we are using sign language, pictures and words - she continues to make new sounds as we work with her - when she speaks we get so excited! Daddy works with her everyday with her flashcards of sign language. She knows: bubbles, mouse, light, drink, book, cow, milk, goodnight, more, please and thank you. They add new signs each day, saying the word and making the sign. It is so great to be able to have her communicate with us and tell us what she needs! I will try and take a video of her and daddy signing tomorrow - right now she is busy watching Khyle play the Wii.

Well, Jaima needs help with math homework, then it's bath and bedtime!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Jaiden had her first assessment with AEA267 - a local agency - for her sppech and communication problems today. She has more than a 25% delay so they will begin working with her next week. Today she had playtime with Jackie and did really well. They played with blocks, puzzles and colors. She is actually advanced in her skills - she just doesn't have the words to express what she knows or feels. We continue to trust God to bring her to the level she needs to be at.

John had a great time last night with some of his old friends at a Hawkeyes football party. Go Hawks! They won the Orange Bowl. I didn't watch the game I was too busy chasing my girls around and getting them ready for bed. Neither one of them wanted to go to sleep last night without Daddy here!

Another snowstorm is on the way - if there is a snow day tomorrow we will work on the girl's bedroom. I bought bunk beds for them yesterday. They are so excited! i was lucky to find nice bedding for each of them at the local thrift store. Yellow butterflies for Jaiden and lots of pink for Jaima. We will get rid of a lot of the extra "junk" accumulated intheir room and make it a quiet place for them to spend time together.

John and Dan are cleaning the garage today and burning trash. Too cold if you ask me!

I went to the dentist yesterday becaue my jaw was hurting. Last week it had "popped" out on me - and I couldn't eat, chew, or close my mouth. The muscles are pulled and I need to go to physical therapy. No, it is not from talking too much!

Stay warm - I am hoping there is a snow day tomorrow so I can cuddle with my kids!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Dear God, Thank you for my friends! Thank you for the help and inspiration to get my house clean!

Kiersten came tonight and helped me with the girls. Then she and Jaiden did the dishes for me and cleaned the kitchen. Jaclyn helped me with the playroom and living room this week. The only rooms I have left are the laundry room and Jaima's room (which I will tackle when she goes back to school on Monday!).

I am laughing because my Grandma Wagner and I always had a contest to see who would start their spring cleaning first. We would start in January. Well, Grandma, I going to beat you this year! I know she is up in her heavenly mansion vacuuming - trying to get done before me!