Friday, November 2, 2012

Emily and Ashley

Emily and Ashley just started kindergarten and they both have been doing great! They are working on their reading, as well as their sounds right now. In the first video, Emily is reading a book called "What will fat cat sit on?." She is able to read most of the words. In the second one, Ashley is going through her letters and giving the letter sound for each one.

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Emily reading a book

MOV009 from Roland Sanchez on Vimeo.

Ashley is practicing her letter sounds

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Family Calendar

This summer as I contemplated the school year with five children ranging in ages from kindergarten to ninth grade, I realized I needed to have a central place to organize and record everyone's activities. Between the 5 kids we have soccer, cross country, Good News Club, lawn mowing jobs, speech therapy; not to mention orthodontist appts, doctor appts, etc. So, after doing some research, we ended up with this color coded white board. Each person's activities is written in a different color ink.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


I've been dreading this day for many months. I have been overwhelmed with fear, anxiety and deep feelings of inadequacy....Emily and Ashley's first day of kindergarten. It seems silly when I think about it. I've homeschooled 3 kids from the very beginning-taught them to read, diagram sentences, write essays, do algebra. But they aren't deaf. They were not deprived of language for the first three years of life... The statistics are daunting...The average deaf child graduates high school with a third grade reading level. There is no 'proven' standardized way to teach a deaf child to read. The girls have cochlear implants which allow them to hear well; yet they have only had them for two years and do not understand much of what they hear. So will they be able to be successful with phonics? I told Roland that if they become proficient readers I will consider it one of the greatest accomplishments of my life. People have encouraged me to record what we're doing so that I can write a book about it someday. : ) I dunno about that. But I have decided to blog about OUR progress here...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

3 years ago today....

Three years ago today, we arrived at the Spokane airport from the Philippines with Crystal and Lavinia Pasco. I don't know who was more fearful, us or them. Our family of 5 had become a family of 7 overnight. We were exhausted and ill-prepared for what lay ahead. We had no idea the incredible pain, heartache, but ultimate joy that awaited us. We just knew that God had led us by faith to these two precious orphaned girls.... Emily and Ashley, we love you. We are so thankful that God, in his sovereignty, put you in our family. You are a blessing.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Yard work

We've been working on our front yard-we pulled out overgrown plants, groundcover, cut out new flower beds, hauled in 4 truckloads of soil, planted perennials, etc. It's been a family effort...Cade and Claire have hauled wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow of soil and bark, Emily and Ashley have collected worms. Kailyn prefers to serve the family by cleaning the house and making lunch for all of us, so we're thankful for that as well. : )

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


Having five children ages 5 to 14 ensures that there is a lot of variety in my day. I go from listening to Kailyn conjugate Latin verbs to helping Cade with his pre-algebra to singing the ABC song with the twins. One day recently, though, I was struck by the wide gap in their ages and abilities...Cade was working on his final project in geography-free-hand drawing a map of the entire world complete with all of the capitals and countries labeled (Did you know that the capital of Swaziland is Mbabane?) Shortly after admiring his amazing detail, Emily brought me a portrait that she had drawn of "mom" and "dad". (She was very proud that she had drawn in daddy's goatee.) I am so thankful for the privilege of being a mom!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Claire sings at church

Last Sunday Claire sang with the children's choir at church. She got to sing a solo, and I have the video posted here. Enjoy! :)