Visit Rebekah's Page to get updates, read messages and send messages to Rebekah and her family through comments. This is a public "diary" of a family whose little girl started a battle with inoperable cancer in April 2005. In December 2007 our house burned down. And in September 2009 Mommy was diagnosed with a terminal disease (a genetic form of ALS) that took her to Heaven in July, 2011, leaving Daddy and two young girls to make it on their own. Over several years of ups and downs, you will get into our hearts, minds and souls as we share joys and sorrows. It can sometimes be very difficult to read. We hope it is also uplifting. Please find joy in what you read here.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Rebekah and Her Speech

Rebekah is making some good progress with her speech. I've noticed it in several ways. For a while she was trying to say "I help Mommy" or "I help Daddy" and she started out saying "Mommy help me" or "Daddy help me". I have been gently correcting her and then she started saying "Me help Mommy" and now she's saying "I help Mommy". What a great improvement!

The other day, as we were driving home, she said "I see my home". Wow - a four word sentence! She continues to say that periodically when we come home.

We've been talking about street lights and using the phrases "Red Stop" and "Green Go". The other day, we were stopped at a green light and just ahead of us was the traffic light ahead sign with the picture of the lights. She pointed to it and said "Green Go".

I'm hearing more sounds from her and she's starting to put more than two words together. What a difference in the last few months. I'm really kind of excited about the changes. She's got a long way to go, but the changes and improvements are good.

We've been pushing Speech pretty hard - at school, two different speech therapists, at horse back riding and at home.

Please pray for Rachel. She is in desperate need. Check out her page for details. On the positive side, Rachel got to throw out the first pitch at the Twins baseball game Saturday. Rachel is a young lady who has been exactly where we are, having been treated for Ewing's Sarcoma and then gone into remission. Unfortunately, Rachel's cancer came back. She has survived far longer than anyone said she could (watch the video link on her site) but is not doing well.

Please continue to pray for McKenna as her treatment continues.

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At Tuesday, April 17, 2007 8:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous Left a thought...

I'm so glad to hear about her speech improvements. My niece is autistic and I know how exciting those seemingly little steps are. Those steps in basic development that children usually pass on their own, but when your child struggles and then suceeds - it's so exciting to see that progress. So congrats! One more step to celebrate in the right direction.


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