Thee Farm Wife

Thee Farm Wife

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Jaiden's first video!

Another trip down memory lane - cleaning up old posts!

11 months old! Proof that miracles DO exist!

Jaiden was mute. As you can tell in this video that I forgot to publish way back in 2007, she only made two sounds. You can tell that she can hear because she sways to the music and responds to me saying her name. 

Jaiden began to speak four years later. We prayed and prayed and went to speech therapy. She worked so hard to find the voice that God had given her!

Now, 10 years later, she never stops!

Future cheerleader

Jaima is in the back row on the left behind the tall girl in the the photo her back is turned - she was staring at the boys until the began cheering - she was so enthralled/distracted by the team! We got a good laugh out of that one! Kiersten and I were yelling at her to turn around!

Rock star! because this one is worth sharing, too!

He's 25 now...and married to his beautiful bride, Abby...but these pics make me so happy. He was probably 17 here...

Here are the pics of Cody and his band, Graduating Summer, from their show on Saturday night!

Communicating with Jaiden a forgotten post

This is a forgotten post from 2010! But I think it's worth sharing a snapshot of our lives at that time...

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. 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!

A Book Review

*I received a copy of this book at no charge from Tyndale House Publishers 
in exchange for my honest review*

Let me just start by saying, "Wow!"

I introduced this book to a group of women at our church. We studied it chapter by chapter and savored every single word.

We didn't make the assumption that all in our small group were believers. We let them go through the first part and decide for themselves. You can't be a disciple if you don't know the Discipler!

As with any new group, it takes awhile to build trust and open up. This book taught us how to do that. We also learned about the Word, how to share it and when (which is pretty important.)

By the time we were finished, we didn't want to quit! So we each made it our mission to find one new person to add to our group. 

We discipled. It wasn't that hard.

If you are looking to learn how to share your faith, or even grow your own, then you need this book. Now. Don't wait. Don't wait like we did. We didn't know that we were hurting, needy mamas. How we've grown!