Friday, May 11, 2007

Rachel and Lucy Coleman

It's no surprise that I love Signing Time! In any conversation with me, I usually find a way to talk about it. Not just because of the great things William has been able to accomplish since we began watching it with him years ago (like signing, reading, spelling), but also because of what Signing Time has helped me to accomplish. I have volunteered to go on Outreach Events with them... in the past year I was in Austin TX, Fargo ND, Harrisburg PA, Sarasota FL, Albuquerque NM, and New York City. I've been part of a testimonial video, and am one of the moderators on the Signing Time forum. I am always sharing our personal story and the story of how Signing Time was created, with anyone who listen. What began as a way to 'give back' what we've received from Signing Time, to thank Rachel and her family, has developed into friendship.

I remember sitting there after watching how William responded to seeing the first Signing Time video (which we had learned about from a friend on a Down syndrome messageboard) and being amazed at how he begain interacting and signing after that. One day I thought how great it would be to meet Rachel in person to thank her. A couple years later, I got to do just that after Robert & I entered an essay contest and won! Rachel and crew(and by crew I mean her and Emilie's families, plus their awesome PR person Renee) came to our town and stayed with us.
So for anyone wondering how I got involved with Signing Time and how I got to be friends with Rachel, that's how it started.

Whenever I see an opportunity to help promote Rachel or Signing Time, I grab it. Recently, I saw an essay opportunity for Rachel. I sent her the link, and joked that 'as if she didn't have enough to do already...'. She sent me an email the other day... She won!!! She blogged about it, and you can read her essay there and on the Mothering Heights website . If it moved you as much as it did me, make sure to leave a comment.
What did Rachel win? 1) A caffeine basket from Starbucks 2) A summer reading collection from Hatchette Books 3) A pair of rainbow sandals from Hobie's of Laguna Beach 4) A Mother's Day Tiara from and 5) Publication in The Laguna Beach Independent, May 11, 2007 and on the home page of
Way to go Rachel!!! Congratulations, it's a beautiful essay.

The title of this entry is Rachel and Lucy Coleman. I've talked about Rachel. Now on to Lucy. Lucy is an adorable almost 7-year-old. She has gotten 100% on her spelling tests for the past several months (I lost count of how many weeks Rachel!). She's bright, bubbly, and witty. She ends up on the news from time to time, including their local news last night! put a video up on their site (you may need to download their player for this, but it is so worth it!) It's about Lucy and her new swing at school. Rachel blogged about it in January. If you can, please watch the video on You get to hear Lucy talk about it and she has THE cutest voice.

Happy Mother's Day Rachel!!!!