(To read Part I, click here)
Praise God everything looked normal in the MRI.
My husband and I definitely know that God has his hand in our journey with Ella Marie. We know that "our plan" is not always the same as his. Looking back, we can see how God has prepared us for this point. For instance, my degree is in elementary education. I have had the opportunity to work with a child with a cochlear implant. I love to teach children how to read. Since Ella Marie will most likely have difficulty in her oral language development and reading and writing at first, I have the patience to work with her and try many strategies with her. My husband is the most loving and patient person I know. Ella Marie already has him wrapped around her little finger. He is such a hands-on daddy. We are fortunate that Ella Marie will have parents, family, therapists, and friends committed to her pathway of learning.
Where We Are Now:
Learning to Hear God. In the blog, I try to cover all of the activities and developmental play that we engage Ella Marie in which has made her blossom.
How God Has Worked In Our Life Through Ella Marie
I titled this “Looking to the Light” a very special reason. Being our first child, Ryan and I had nothing to compare Ella Marie to. If she was crying, we didn’t know if she was hurting or if it was due to just being a baby. Being prone to ear infections, we knew that she cried a lot from those. One thing that we noticed when she was very small was that when she was crying or very upset there was one thing that would make her feel better and comfort her. She loved the chandelier light in her bedroom. When she would start crying uncontrollably, Ryan or I would stand under the chandelier and raise her up and down under the light. She was fixated on the light. It always made her feel better. What a lesson to us! Throughout this process there have been a lot of ups and downs. There have been a lot of days where I cried and wanted things to be different but Ella Marie taught us that we need to “Look to the Light” just like she did. Just like Ella Marie, when I looked upward I felt better. When I feel like life has gotten so complicated, Ella Marie was teaching me a simple lesson “Look to the Light”, Jesus Christ. Although Ella Marie’s hearing loss was not what we wanted, when we focused on the Light, God began to unfold His plant on how he had prepared us our whole lives for having a little girl with hearing loss. From teaching a first grade student in a previous year with a cochlear implant to my career choice as first a first grade teacher and currently university professor where my focus is early childhood language and reading, to providing us with supportive family and friends who all pitch in and are committed to supporting Ella Marie. God taught me this lesson through our little girl. We are committed to serving as a resource for parents of children with hearing loss.
Below, I have listed a few Bible verses that have spoken to us throughout this journey.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12 (NIV)
Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. I Chronicles 16:11 (NIV)
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
Lisa Clayton, mom to Ella Marie
At that point it was almost as though I knew something was wrong. Of course, my husband was just talking about Ella Marie and did not think that this statement would linger in my mind. I too know that Ella Marie is special and will accomplish great things and look forward to watching what God has in store for her.