Tuesday, September 13, 2011

the story of a lovely little lady

Today I share a special story with you.
A special story of a lovely lady...
my middle daughter, Amelia.
We call her Gracie.

With the help of the September Work in Progress main kit, I am telling the story of this lovely lady.

This lovely lady is indeed sweet.
She is ten.
She loves to be outdoors and explore and discover.
She loves to tell stories, and study about horses.
It's a mystery to me how she knows so much about horses...

because this lovely lady is at a first grade reading level.
Yes, we have done the vision therapy.
Yes, she has seen a therapist or two.
Yes she works at reading every day of her life.
But some say she is deeply dyslexic.

Can you imagine how hard it is for a bright little girl, with a desire to know so much, to struggle with her reading challenge. I mean...she really struggles.

So this is her little story. I used the 6x6 Kraft mini album from the kit to document this journey.
The left side of the layout is a pocket made with one of the pattern papers from the kit. The pocket is home to some sort of progress, or maybe even a set back, that I have documented.
The right side is a series of recent photos of Amelia. The composition is similar from layout to layout. Her photo is the focus. It is framed with stickers from the Basic Grey out of print stickers. More of the same stickers are used to add interest and color. Sequins are added, as well as butterflies. I want her to shine like the stars in the heavens, as well as find the freedom to fly even though she struggles. I used particular words from the DCWV Retro Sayings paper. Words like sweet, smart, good as gold, living art...because she is all those things. And more. That was how she was created. God knew she would have to be stronger than her struggle. And I guess, He knew the perfect girl to chose.

If you have a child who struggles academically, or in any other arena of their life, know you are not alone. There are a lot of us out there. Lot of tears shed. A lot of research done. And a lot of hope always renewed.

Thank you for letting me share this story today.

the album in it's entirety can be found here.

wip siggy


pickmepam said...

oh, my goodness...i'm crying reading this! thank you for the post, it certainly sounds like she will overcome her challenges! my brother has dyslexia, and he is always challenging himself to read more and learn new things.
you go girl!

Deb said...

God bless you and your dearest Amelia. He knew the perfect mama to give this beautiful child to!

XXOO AMY said...

Jamie: Thank you for letting others know they are not alone! As a mother of 3 boys 1 has velo-cardio-facial syndrome (19yr old at a 10yr old level) and 2 others with ADHD, one of which has A LOT of trouble reading too. Please mothers get help for your kids, they are soooooo worth it! Beautiful acknowledgement of your beautiful daughter!

BabyBokChoy said...

My heart breaks reading this Jamie. It's such a beautiful album!

Candace H said...

What a beautiful album, blog post, and daughter. You are a wonderful mom, Jamie and I'm sure have touched many by sharing.