Things I learned in September



I took this photo on Sunday at the park while my kids ran out any energy they still had left after a double-header birthday party weekend. I love this time of year when there are little pops of color on just about every tree, but no tree has completely turned yet. Only the bravest, most excited little branches turn in September. Clearly they are the toddlers and the preschoolers of the trees, shouting, “Look at me!” “Watch me!” “Look what I can do!”

September was a big month here. Not unlike those trees, I experienced little pops of change, so many twists and turns. So I saw no better month to join Emily at Chatting at the Sky in sharing things I learned in September. A few serious and a few silly mixed in as a reminder that even when things feel heavy, there is always some lightness.

Things I learned inSeptember

1. Friends are everything. Friends that instinctively know when you need them. Friends who can perform the magic of drying your tears across phone lines. Friends who listen to you, support you, and remind you that you’re doing ok. Friends who check in on you the next day to see if you were able to raise your head up a little higher in the hours in between. I survived September on the strength of my friends.

2. My daughter has figured out Pandora. I learned this when I watched her stare at the screen for a moment, as if thinking about something, before reaching out to ‘thumbs up’ a song from The Little Mermaid. I learned that she’ll thumbs up and down whenever she wants, turning the sweet kiddie music station that I play for baby boy at lunchtime into a Disney princess bonanza.

3. Apraxia. Motor Speech Delay. Developmental Pediatrician. Prompts. I learned these terms and I can define them to you like I used to define vocabulary words in high school. I also learned what an ENT does, how toddler hearing is tested, what the easiest consonant sounds are to make, how to model speech for my son, and how to observe, listen, and wait.

4. I also learned that when he smiles, giggles, or wraps his arms around my neck for a squeeze, none of those lessons matter at all.


5. To-do lists and weekly plans keep me organized and motivated. I live for drawing a straight line over words.

6. I learned that I am not the only one who yells sometimes. And that sounds strange but it’s true. I’ve never felt more alone than I have when my voice is echoing in the air between me and my kids and all I can think about are all of the other, wonderful, amazing mamas I know and how I am absolutely certain that they would never do such a thing.

7. It it more fun that I thought it’d be to see your own creation on top of a cake.


I am usually quite against having a photo put on top of a cake. It just feels so odd. But this is what the bakery could do, three days before the party, with a photo I had taken of a mermaid painting I had done. All the girls wanted a piece with the mermaid on it so I consider that a success.

What did you learn in September?


  1. Ah, yes, yelling. I am glad you linked to that post and I’m glad I went back to read it. Good, brave words there. You are not alone.
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  2. It always weirded me out when my friends or family had pictures of themselves on top of a cake. They always wanted to eat the part that had their face on it.
    The mermaid is lovely 🙂
    I also love drawing lines through tasks. Sometimes, I’ll write down a task I forgot just so that I can scratch it off 🙂
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  3. Fantastic summary of a busy month. I learned that answers aren’t always easy to find and that making changes is hard.
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  4. You learned good stuff! 😉 I love this idea for a post by the way.
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  5. #2 made me laugh out loud! #3 and 4 made my mama heart ache a little. Knowing God is in control and leaning on the friends he blessed you with has to be the best kind of encouragement. Nope, you’re not the only one who yells. And that cake is amazing!
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  6. So much good stuff…friends, #4, to do lists and marking things as done! Seems like it has been a pretty good month!
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  7. Great cake!! I want friends like yours and I think special kids are the best 🙂 Hope your October rocks!
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  8. No doubt your cake is a HIT!
    And that’s so funny about the Pandora. We have a Disney station but I’ve never had Scarlet use it. I bet she’d thumbs down anything not princess.
    And I also love the foliage right now – it’s like.. half in. Half out. Half out in summer still.

  9. You’re definitely not alone on the yelling thing. And #1? Oh, how my friends have gotten me through the past few months. Friends are just the best.
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  10. Your words reminded me of my kids and when I had to do similar therapies and see ENT for their hearing impairment and speech therapy. Oh sweet mama… you are strong and prepared and equipped more than you know.

    I love this, as I always love your words. I too love nothing more than drawing a straight line across words. Ah… yes.

    And that cake! Your pic is amazing!!!
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  11. Oh the yelling. I really loved and appreciated that piece Tricia and it has made me so much more aware when that happens in our house (and conscious to try to avoid it). The cake looks amazing! My kids always want me to decorate and while I think that I can do it, it’s not always pretty. But this might be my favorite lesson of yours – “I live for drawing a straight line over words.” YES!
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  12. Oh yes, to #1. I would not have survived the month with out my friends. Praying for you on #3 (been there!) and ditto on #5. The cake is darling!
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  13. September is so much learning. and change and turning of the tide… and yes, so thankful: Colour!!
    Love the cake. I’ve taken a photo like that to the bakery before. It’s easy to do, and the kids always enjoy it.
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