Garden of Learning is doing a gratitude challenge. I don't know if I will participate every day but today is truly a thankful day. Nine years ago today (see our youthful selves above) Andrew's cochlear implant was activated. I remember it like it was yesterday. Recently there have been some youtubes floating around of both babies and adults and their reactions at activation. They are astonishing. I recall that day because I told our audiologist I didn't feel much...not happy, not sad, not excited. She said that was good because it was going to be a long process. I love that she said that because our video was NOT like the youtube videos. There was very little reaction. But those of you that know Andrew know now how well he talks. (Last night he told an elderly neighbor, "you are all old and wrinkly.") So even though the road is long, I am so thankful for the cochlear implant. There is a book I bought awhile back and in it says, "God gave me my ears so I could hear." We change it up and say, "God gave me my listener so I could hear."