Friday, May 1, 2009

Keeping the Spanish Alive!

Well, hello everybody...I'm back!

And Sarah I can totally relate to how easy it is for 5 or 6 months to pass by without reading, writing, or doing anything with blogs.

Along with starting a children's ministry at my church, dealing with a child's (then children) illnesses, my Mom in and out of the hospital, and driving my children to and from school, another big adjustment for my family and I is having 2-3 therapists come into our home 6 days a week for 3-4 hours to work with our son. I also take him to school for 2 hours in the morning.

You might remember in one of my e-newsletters, I mentioned that his speech was delayed. Well, in August or so, he was diagnosed with PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified). At the moment he's not saying any words and, according to the dr., demonstrates some characteristics of autism. I started a blog about it called Jaden's Travels.

I thought long and hard about whether to close my blog and bid every one "adieu" or should I say "adiós." But then I saw that there are 2 people following my blog. That really encouraged me to get it going again. ¡Muchas gracias!

And the desire for my children to be bilingual never went away. So, here's to overcoming challenges and keeping the Spanish alive!


Tati said...

I'm glad that you are coming back to this blog! You have such great ideas! I started a new blog dedicated to Spanish teaching-

You have been through a lot! I'm sure that it is a challenge with PDD-NOS. I'm sure that you are doing such a great job helping him! You will definitely be in my prayers.

Welcome back!

spanglishbaby said...

Welcome back!
There´s a growing community of parents teaching their kids Spanish or other languages. Many of us to encourage you and cheer you and your little one on.
We are definitely here for you.

Jessica said...

Gracias Tati and spanglishbaby, I truly appreciate you both stopping by and cheering us on.

I look forward to visiting, participating and learning from your sites often again.

Diane said...

Jessica, so glad you're back! You have so much incredible knowledge and unique experiences which are greatly valued whenever you are able to share. I'll be praying for the challenges you're facing with your family.

Jessica said...

Thanks Diane, for your kind words and prayers (and for those cool language ideas on your site :)

rdmami said...

Welcome back. We value your ideas and we are so happy to hear that you're continuing with your blog. We wish you and your family well and look forward to updates.

Karen said...

Glad you're back! I've slowed down a bit due to a new job, but I hope to start back up again soon. :)

Jessica said...

Gracias Karen...I'm glad to be back. And you know, I'm always checking out your site.

Luigi said...

Hi Jessica!

If someone in this blog want to practice conversation in English / Spanish feel free to add my mail in "google talk" (

My native languaje is Spanish and my english is very basic but I think that we can communicate.

Greetings and congratulations for your work!


Hola Jessica!

Si vos o alguien de este blog desea practicar o conversar en ingles/español puede agregarme a sus contactos en "google talk" (

Mi lengua natal es español y manejo un inglés muy basico pero creo que podremos comunicarnos.

Saludos y felicitaciones por tu trabajo!