i know i've written many times on this blog about how i never could have imagined the gifts i'd discover along the way because of having a deaf child. we've met amazing professionals in our school district, children's hospital, and school for the deaf, as well as other families just like ours: with a child unexpectedly diagnosed with hearing loss.
saturday night was m's oral deaf school's annual benefit, where the school raises money to continue teaching children with hearing loss learn to listen and talk.
the annual benefit is such a fun night- i get to run into people we have worked with since m was born: audiologists, speech therapists, implant surgeons, reps from her implant company, deaf teachers, teachers aides, staff from the audiology department at our hospital, and lots of other parents who have kids with hearing loss! it is so much fun to see people and catch up.
in the past we've brought family and friends with us to get a glimpse of our world at that school, and to experience some of what m's school has done to develop her speech and language.
this year we sat at our friends mike & katie's table; we all have daughters with hearing loss but who have all mainstreamed by kindergarten (or before!) we are all so grateful for the progress our girls have made, and for the lifelong friends we have made in each other. we've now journeyed together since our girls were babies! we also got to sit with one of m's favorite teachers, teacher karen, who we love, love, love!
who knew this would be one of the very special blessings of having a deaf child?
having friends who know what's way deep down in your heart because they, too, have experienced something similar themselves.
i love these women -
for how they teach me to be a better mom
for how they love my daughters
(i'll spare you the awkward prom picture the 4 of us moms took together)
here are the dads plus teacher karen's husband on the left
but nights like these always remind me that even life's darkest moments can deliver goodness and beauty. sometimes it just takes a while.