Do you know what happens when women build each other up? MAGIC happens. WALLS crumble and women really start LIVING. I pray that whoever reading this would know how truly precious you are to JESUS. That you would discover your true worth in Him and live the life you were created for…This heartwarming story will melt your heart.💕
Look at these beautiful souls. Picture Perfect!Let’s welcome our beautiful GUEST BLOGGER: STEPHANIE S. PALAZZO
STEPHANIE S. PALAZZO is a 36 year old single mom and a native of Rhode Island, USA. She is a Licenced Mental Health Clinician with 15 years work experience. She has her Master’s Degree in Agency Counseling and currently practices her work in a private group. She is a proud mother to a beautiful little girl, Valentina, who was diagnosed at 29 months old with severe to profound deafness. She is a marathon runner and currently planning to run her 5th marathon. She firmly believes in the power of prayer and that God gives us what He knows we can handle. She documents their journey in an all encompassing blog, an attempt to reach out to as many readers as possible so that she can bring peace, love and hope to others. : https://wordpress.com/view/asinglemomanddaughtersjourneyofhearinglossandnavigatinglife.com
The Lord replied, “My child, I would never leave you. During your times of trial when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”
There are moments in time, when the tic on the clock stops without warning. Moments resembling time lapse photography; words streaming as quickly as they did slowly. Words perceived as an abstract expressionism. Initial chaos, later unveiling an array of emotions.
04.12.2018 – One day shy of 29 months old marks our journey into the realm of hearing loss, hearing aids and cochlear implantation. “This may come as a shock to you,” carefully stated by the Audiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital. Silence overcame the room as I stared blankly into her eyes. For those eyes spoke a tale that I had never read, but recognized as if I’d reached the final page.
“I am not sure how to say this, however, your daughter can not hear you.” As I glanced over at my daughter playing with toys, I thought for sure the tiny 8×5 room may be symbolic of Noah’s Arc. As I quickly realized a storm was approaching, I had wondered if my ship was built to carry us through to reproduce our new life. A life we had not planned for.
So, I began building our Arc, learning quickly how to navigate and welcome in all of those whom sail with us along the way. Diagnosed with Sensorineural Hearing Loss, Valentina’s right ear tested moderate/severely deaf with severe/profound deafness in her left ear. After further testing, and a trial of hearing aids, I was told that if I wanted Valentina to have access to sound and produce spoken language, cochlear implant surgery was the only option.
My only child can not hear me. What does this mean? Why? Why did God choose Valentina and I as her mother? How am I supposed to be the Captain of our Arc without a copilot? Has she heard me whisper “I love you” while rocked to sleep?
“God promises to make something good out of the storms that bring devastation to your life.” – Romans 8:28
Emotions felt like tidal waves, crashing against our shore. Salty raindrops, otherwise known as tears, streamed. Following 4 long and short months following diagnosis I held my child in the operating room. As I held the anesthesia over her mouth, cradling and restraining her strong fight in my arms, I prayed to my Papa Baldie; our Guardian Angel who passed when I was 8 weeks pregnant. A man whose spirit came to visit us in the weeks following surgery, certainly a sign from God. A reminder we are never alone.
My daughter may never forget to fear the damage water may have upon her “earrings” as she refers to her hearing devices, however she has learned how to dance in the rain. Raincoats, perhaps, are overrated. Some risks are worth taking. Rain that once poured upon our skin have left rainbows arched by angels. Prayer, hope and resiliency engulfs our spirit, creating wings soaring us higher than our sunflowers grew tall. Together we can fly.
“And we know in all things God works for the good of those who love him,..who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28
Together, we honor the blessings of God, Bionic Ears, ASL and pause to view the world through Rose Colored Glasses. Together, we pray our journey, most days a comedy act, may bring hope, support, humor, love and strength to parents, children and others in need of some uplifting hope. Life is best served by helping to serve others. We are strengthened by using experience and wisdom to benefit those who may be wondering how to move forward. Together, Valentina and I have more than enough love and strength to help you find peace amongst your struggles. “Knock and the door will be opened to you” – Matthew 7:7
Friends, consider it real joy when we face trials of all kinds because in this testing of our faith produces perserverance. Our faith is strengthened, matured and completed. I have never met Stephanie and her daughter Valentina but my heart does. They are AMAZING! Encourage Stephanie below – and gift her true words about who she is. You never know what ripple effect your words might have. Let’s also extend some love and hugs to all those who may need it today. Good words have power… And is so needed. Amen! God bless.💕
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Blessings and Love. ..😊🙏❤