Elisha’s beginning to transition to verbal.

Elisha said “Mama” yesterday, very distinct.  It was so clear I didn’t realize at first it was him talking.

He also managed a distinct, polite “no” today, in answer to a question.  Up till now he’s communicated that by shaking both his head and shoulders (like he knows the body language, but hasn’t figured out the muscle isolation).  I think it’s adorable.  I also think he looks a little dizzy every time he does it.

Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow!

Happy New Year!

And I just *had* to share my delight.

In October I attended a writer’s workshop where I recieved back my novel’s first-chapter that had be reviewed and commented on by one of the editors present.  For almost three months now I’ve thought my folder from there– holding both the marked-up manuscript and my skip-the-slush-pile cards– had been thrown away.

But I found it this morning.

I’ve been re-organizing my bookshelves (what do you do for a thrill?) and found it buried on a bottom shelf.

All I could say was, “Bless God!  Bless God! Bless God!”

I brought out the cards and plopped them in front of Jay.   Natasha asked what they were and I said Jay would tell her.  He read them, only half paying attention, and two beats later the light went on and he was excited too.  (“I’m so happy for you!”)

He had wondered if he were the one who had thrown it away during a house blitz.