Sammie with a Crew!

Sammie at school with Nick News crew


We are so excited that Sammie, the family, and her friends will be on Nick News with Linda Ellerbee in a couple months. Last week a GREAT producer came in town, interviewed Sammie and the family at home one day and then at school the next. It is about being deaf as a kid and how it is different for different kids. It’s pretty exciting!

Mom Moment 2


Jake and Mom

I love you, Jacob. You are witty, kind, and loving. When you care for someone, they know it. You ask about them, open up to them, and cherish their place in your life. You value rules and truth. It makes me so incredibly proud to watch you grow up. You amaze me every day. I love that when you have questions for me, I need to Google the answers. You are so much smarter than me!

I have no doubt in my mind that the world will benefit greatly one day because of something you invented or a problem you solved! You are truly a gift to us all and I love you so very much.

A Mom Moment


I love you, Sammie. Every day, I see your struggles and even more victories. I see your strength, the tears in your eyes when you are unsure and insecure. I see the standards you hold for yourself. You expect the best. Nothing short of greatness. You are AMAZING, STRONG, FUNNY, and incredibly SMART. Every day I look at you with such love and pride. You are much stronger than I ever was as a child. You can do ANYTHING you want.

Do not EVER doubt your strength, talent, beauty, and intelligence. You are PERFECT.

One Week After Jake’s 2nd Activation

I am happy to say that Jake is doing much better a week later. He has had only a couple complaints. The kids moving papers around and tapping pencils on the desk are the worst. His hair is growing back where his incision is, he has been working through his programs, and he has gained back the couple pounds he lost after surgery. 

I am thrilled that this chapter is over. The past decade has been filled with anxiety and worry about their hearing loss. There has been denial, guilt, anger, and worry mixed in with all the great things. I am glad that I do not have to wait for the hearing to be gone and the emotions that go with dips. My kids get upset when they feel like they are missing something. It breaks my heart. I know that they feel more confident in their lives with their CIs and I do to. 

Cheers to Dr. Bauer, his audiologist Janee, and the entire ENT for Children office. 

Insurance Approved Jake’s 2nd CI

After a hard summer of losing another 20 db in hearing, Jake is ready for his 2nd CI. We just found out yesterday and we are so very excited. It is frustrating to Jake to not be able to hear out of one ear. He melted down in the grocery store onSaveInputImage(3)e day because he was having such a hard time hearing us talk. I know that having this 2nd CI is going to help him. Next Friday, the 16th, he will go in for surgery.