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with words and sound…

September 9, 2014




She had  speech issues as a little girl. Her baby language never seemed to evolve.  When she would try and talk no one could understand her.  They would look at me… often I would shrug.  There were times none of us knew what she was saying.   I called around but all the speech therapists were a minimum  hour away.  So I worked with her everyday. I could feel the judgement from others.  Judgement that my three year old spoke differently than their child. Judgement that I thought I could help her…. ” you aren’t  a professional”. She felt the judgement too… or the frustration, and she became quiet.  I used to sit outside her playroom door and listen to her voice playing with dolls…. no judgement there…so she would prattle on.

I had to do something…. and we did.  Her and I .

I can remember sitting on the kitchen floor and going over sounds

and over sounds

and over sounds

and over sounds.

days. months. years.

And I am not going to lie to you…. somedays , I just went through the motions …. and truthfully I am pretty sure she hated it somedays,too.

But what could we do… so together we kept at it.

By the time she was five her words were very clear and no one knew the difference between her and her peers.

there was a plan to thwart this day… but she is fearless…



So when she sang on Sunday  and lead a room in worship…

She lead them with words…she once could not say

She lead them with sound … she once locked away

She sang with an overcomers authority…

“…You’ve never failed and You won’t start now.  So I will call upon Your name………And my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Savior…”


6 Comments leave one →
  1. Jean permalink
    September 9, 2014 12:15 pm

    Bel sounded awesome!!!! I have a grandson who is 2 and we struggle to understand almost everything he says. Your words were very encouraging to me! Thank you for sharing.

    • September 9, 2014 12:20 pm

      aww thanks… she is a pretty awesome daughter.
      I am glad we could encourage you.

  2. Opa Cassel permalink
    September 9, 2014 12:42 pm

    Bel is definitely an Angel sent by God. Love from Opa.

  3. Megan permalink
    September 10, 2014 4:46 pm

    Her singing blessed my heart…please tell her!

  4. Loraine permalink
    October 3, 2014 11:37 am

    I’m just catching up in your blog……my son had an extreme stutter when he began speaking sentences. I saw his frustration in trying to get his point across….I saw him pulling at his tongue to try to get the sounds, syllables, words to come out….or his anger when he threw himself to the floor when he just couldn’t get it to work. Years of speech therapy, him making the sounds, me counting sound, syllable, word, phrase repetitions, hypnotherapy. After 8 years he learned to manage it. He is now 42 and still stutters when he’s not on guard. Despite the years of therapy, taunting from classmates, sympathetic stares and prodding from well-meaning adults, he has grown into a fine man. He could have withdrawn, but he didn’t. He has grown into a man we are proud to call our son.

    I say all this to encourage others who might be going through a similar challenge. Stick with it. God will work through it all, whether the problem is completely removed and the person sings like an angel (like Bella) or lives with it and grows into a fine, giving, loving man. To God be the Glory for both Bella and my son.

    Thanks Tricia, for giving me this forum to be encouraged and to encourage.

    • October 7, 2014 10:56 am

      I love this.
      The whole speech issue thing is so shaming. People associate it with intelligence and that is just ignorant on their part.
      Thank you for your testimony and encouragement.

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