We are thankful for all the Lord has done in and through Melody’s life. We stand in awe of how well she is doing in her little journey of life.
This past year, Melody has spent time with old friends…
…and made new ones.
She has grown in her mobility skills and…
…had lots of playtime.
Melody has grown intellectually. One of the many things Melody’s sister, Hannah, taught her this past year is the Romantic composers (with Glenn Doman’s teaching style). She has taught her their names and various facts about each one. Hannah also plays recordings of each composer’s music while Melody crawls to the card with that composer’s picture. Melody loves that! She is partial to Chopin and can be found playing with this learning card even after learning time is over.😉 Recently, Hannah tested Melody on her composers. She held up two cards at a time and asked her, “Which one is…” Can you guess how many she got right? All of them!
Melody has enjoyed brother time…
…and just hanging out.
She has blessed us with her adorable smiles.
She has laughed more than she ever has in the past (video above): Sometimes when we are talking about something funny, she starts laughing. It is so cute.
Melody has enjoyed Hannah’s musical talent (and attempted to accompany her at times).
She has spent countless hours reading books.
Melody has had some obstacles to overcome. Her life obviously presents some challenges for us, especially since she is non-verbal. This is an opportunity for all of us to grow in our astute detective skills to figure out what troubles her when she is uncomfortable (usually teething or her tummy). It definitely makes us more dependent on God for wisdom, as only He knows what goes on in her mind. We often associate difficult with bad. Yet, as Edmond Clowney notes, “Trials should not surprise us, or cause us to doubt God’s faithfulness. Rather, we should actually be glad for them. God sends trials to strengthen our trust in Him so that our faith will not fail. Our trials keep us trusting; they burn away our self confidence and drive us to our Savior.”
Above all, she has glorified God with her every breath, as that is what she does best!
“The Spirit of God has made me,
And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” Job 33:4