Winner + Speechless

How could I resist this:

would love to win the class. I promise that I'll participate while
wearing my Little MisMatched socks – I have 2 pair already and I love

I love personal commitment. It is how things get done. So … CONGRATULATIONS DEBBIE! Make sure you are registered on the BPS Website and then email me [] and I'll put you in Kelli's class.


Remember the cute little coin purse?

I let it inspire a scrapbook page I've been wanting to create for little miss Addie.

It seems she may be dealing with Childhood Apraxia of Speech and as I have been studying up on this fairly common condition where a child struggles with verbal programming and planning of speech, I thought about the many emotions I've had over the two and half years that I have been her mother. I have been "speechless" so many times as I've tried to describe the miracle of adoption and the magical and instanteous love that felt for her the very minute I laid eyes on her. I feel it will be important for me to document Addie's words and progress in expressing herself and this is my first attempt to do that.

It's a very simple page, but I enjoyed the process of smashing together some colorful inspiration with a story I've wanted to tell. I also love (for the benefit of my current LOM students) going to my category drawers to pull out three or four personality pics of my children — I can easily find photos that feature the expressions and colors I want — that's cool!

Think about creating a layout that records a loved one's words:

1. Could be a young child developing speech like Addie

2. Could be your teenager and the "adjectives" he uses most often

3. Could be your spouse's most common expressions

4. Could be a family idiom of speech


Whatever you decide, consider using just two embellishments. One that draws attention to the focal point image and one that points to your journaling—a simple hierarchy of design that is surprisingly effective. 

The Creativity Project I'm speaking at my local Rotary Club today and counting it as my exercise in creativity. I'm issuing a challenge to ALL others also engaging in this effort of daily creativity to (sometime before the end of March) SHARE something you know with a group of people. Yes, I said group of people. This sharing will require some planning, but more importantly it will require you to step outside your comfort zone and extend yourself and your creative talents. Maybe you'll invite a couple of friends to come over and spend an evening making something with you or maybe you'll do something a bit more formal. If you accept … let me know how and when and WHAT you learn.


  1. Stacy, I love the page about Addie! My daughter also had Childhood Apraxia — she’s come a VERY long way, and unless you know what you are “listening” for with her, no one can tell now… We did speech, occupational, and developmental therapies with her…she’s come a very long way, and now is not even in any speech therapy.
    Just thought I’d share our success story with you! I am a LOM alum (07) and enjoy following along with the new class. I absolutely love my drawers, and my albums! Thank you for sharing your inspiring vision!

  2. Oh Stacy I love that layout for so many different reasons. My six and a half year old daughter was “speechless” for almost three years despite therapy and us trying very hard to get her to talk. Still to this day she goes to speech therapy but we’re working our way out of the “speechless” cloud with her. Unfortunately we’re moving into one with one of our twin boys, thankfully the other one is a little parrot and talks up a blue stream but his brother thanks to countless ear infections that have given him a “mild” hearing loss will be working with a speech therapist to get the words out. I think I will have to make a page like yours.

  3. Meredith S says:

    I loved this layout Stacy. Thanks for sharing it. We are dealing with the exact same thing with my 2-year old, although the speech therapist isn’t willing to “tag” him with it just yet. I look into his eyes and know that he is trying to communicate and just can’t yet. But I am confident he will…and Addie will to, in their own time. Boy – that’s a hard lesson as a Mom isn’t it? Their timing, not ours. But a good one. Thanks for inspiring me to “color” my life!

  4. What a great page!
    i want to accept your challenge, even though i’m already a little ahead of it. i am a LOM2007 alum, and your system has inspired me so much that i have had time to share my love of creativity with others. i started a Live Out Loud group with 3 other moms based on the book. That has been going well, even when all our kids are there! And i accepted a speaking role for our local MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group. i’m going to share my love of scrapbooking & organizing with 65 moms who i know are overwhelmed with the “caught up” syndrome. i used to belong to this group and every time scrapbooking was brought up their eyes just glazed over. So my goal is to get some of them to remember that it’s FUN.
    Thanks for your blog, i am very inspired by you.

  5. Stacy,
    I have met you on a couple of occasions and am a LOM 07 alumni and LOVE the system.
    I have a child whom we adopted from Guatemala who dealt with speech delay as well. He was babbling in Spanish by the time we got him (9 months old) and totally quit speaking when we got home with him. Thankfully we got him referred to speech therapy through our local ESD and they did an assessment and started him at 2 1/2 yrs old on speech therapy in our home and then he went into developmental preschool at the school district with speech therapy twice weekly the day after his 3rd birthday. He is now a happy thriving kindergartener and just got released from speech therapy and is more than caught up with his classmates and is doing excellent in his class. His teacher, who did not know he had been in speech for 3 years prior to kindergarten said she would have never guessed he was ever delayed. As a fellow mother of an internationally adopted child with similar challenges, I encourage you to contact your local ESD and check into the services offered.
    I am so glad that I did although it was something I had difficulty starting as I felt a failure but indeed it helped me to relate to my son better and he is starting out in school on the right foot.
    Good luck and know you are not alone. I do love the page you did!!

  6. I’ve been teaching scrapbooking classes – only one per month since I’m already a busy person – at my local scrapbooking store & I get such a kick out of doing it. So, I’m not on in March & I’ve been thinking I’m going to miss it this month – but maybe I’ll plan a little crop at my house instead. Thanks for the idea to do this.

  7. Stacy, we went through two and a half years of speech therapy with our son (also apraxic). Twice a week appointments – it was a hassle, but totally worth it. He finished before he started kindergarten, and now you wouldn’t know he ever had issues. Be careful when dealing with your insurance company as they will try everything to keep from having to pay for treatment. Document everything. Apraxia-kids dot org was extremely helpful during that time.
    Best wishes and I’ll be praying for you and Addie.

  8. Stacy, my son has some apraxia as well (he has Down syndrome). I’ll second the advice to get a referral to Early Intervention (your pediatrician can direct you) as quick as possible. In most states this kicks in before age 3 and therapists will come right to your house, and continue to do so until your child is 5. I’d strongly suggest starting sign as well. We didn’t do that with my son because we got conflicting opinions/information and now we regret it. When we do sign with him, he actually talks more! If your local PBS station carries Signing Time, check that out. Their website is (I think you’ll really like Rachel as soon as you see her cool sweater! :-D). XX’s

  9. Hi Stacy-
    My daughter also has childhood apraxia of speech and I am a speech pathologist. It is a long haul but a joyful one. My daughter is the most happy,joyful child and we have come a long way. It is an emotional struggle at times, but also the most rewarding. Work with her as much as you can-it can’t be accomplished at therapy alone. Just know you are not alone in the journey. I’ll be praying for Addie as well.

  10. I might have to use that title with a pic of my son and his speech folder. He is in his first year of speech therapy and he really does not like it. He has fun when he gets there and it has helped wonders in his speech but he LOVES the days that for one reason or another he doesn’t have to go. So I think I would title it Speech LESS! haha

  11. My son had/has apraxia of speech, In February of 2007 he could say 15 words, that was it. But between the best speech therapist ever (and also my neighbor) and a great preschool program (luckily they took him at 3) By June 2008 you couldn’t stop him from talking. In fact from February 2007 till September 2007 he crossed major mountains. He’s my youngest and my snuggle buddy. Even when he’s driving me crazy going mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy it’s a sweet sound because it took him 3 1/2 years to say it. Good luck with the therapy. And watch out because when she starts talking, nothing will hold her back.

  12. Hi Stacy,
    Like almost every comment here, we also have a son with Apraxia of Speech (also high functioning ASD) and we began researching The Kaufman Center in Michigan, went to a few of her seminars and learned a lot ( Nancy Kaufman is very inspiring and so positive. You might want to glance through her info.
    Sam has come a long way and after working with a few Speech Pathologists he is finally making tremendous progress and we are seeing less of his own struggle with day to day verbalization.
    Thanks for sharing this layout with us. You have, once again, inspired me. Thank you.

  13. Laura Lee says:

    Apraxia is treatable!!! That is the best news! :) I am a Pre-K teacher for 3 year olds. In Florida they have all day programs for children with language impairments. Do teach her the basic needs in sign that way she can communicate basic needs without terrible frustration. Sign Leads to Speaking. My one caution is not to give “more” as a sign as it then leads down a road of “more what?” frustration.
    Whatever path you choose with Addie, have fun and use lots of play as a time to communicate. It will take time but it will come! :)
    Hugs and love to you and your family, you will be in my prayers. She will be talking to you before you know it.

  14. Good luck at the Rotary Club. My dad is a Rotarian, and I have been to many of their event. It is a wonderful service organization and I only wish I got to hear you speak too.

  15. Stacy thank you for sharing Addy’s story. My son has Down syndrome and is still non verbal at 6. We use a combination of Sign language (thanks Signing Time) and PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) and have had wonderful speech pathologists. We are on the verge of talking but for now are just thrilled he can tell us what he needs/wants without getting frustrated.
    All the best to the cutest little girl ever and her supportive family.

  16. Stephanie says:

    Hi Stacy,
    My “miracle” baby who is now 3 1/2 has apraxia (now been upgraded to dyspraxia) after 6 months fabulous therapy…the miracle for us has been PROEFA (fish oil)…google it and read The Late Talker by Lisa Geng…it has transformed my sweet boy’s language and artic. Blessings to you and darling Addie!

  17. that photo of addie grinning is just priceless!
    i recently stood up in front of a group for th efirst time in over 1o yrs. had to do a presentation for a grad school midterm. everyone else had a power point presentation but i didn’t. it was just me up thee. but it went really well!

  18. Amy Emery says:

    Hi Stacy–Another LOM Alumni, class of ’08, and another parent of a child with dyspraxia. Our son is now in 2nd grade and is completely at skill level and reading great. Our pediatrician caught it at age 2 1/2, so we had 3+ years of speech therapy before Kindergarten. So great that you also caught it early. Speech therapy started with just learning to move and work mouth muscles, then sounds, and onward–but all about learning through play which we so appreciated. We did learn a couple of signs, but our little guy was very calm and happily never frustrated with not being able to communicate–until he was probably 4 and then his 14 mo. younger sister could finish his sentences for him. :) In first grade, at conferences, his teacher said he needed to learn when not to talk–which we got a HUGE laugh out of. Addie has all she needs to succeed with you all on her side. God bless!

  19. Stacy, I, too, have a litte one with Apraxia, and it’s been so difficult to watch him work so hard. But we’ve had 4 years of pretty intensive therapy, and it’s paid off in spades. He is considered now at 5 1/2 to have a “normal” speech delay. I also second the fish oil. We use Nordic Naturals brand, recommended by the Feingold diet, and it is amazing, both for my apraxic little guy and my 9 year old with ADHD. Good luck, you are such an amazing mom!

  20. LM Evans says:

    So much inspiration here I used to needlepoint and latchook, now I am bed ridden and need things to keep me going. Your little journal was inspiring I am a member of and I think making journals for the little girls there would be awesome!!!! Thank you for inspiring me!

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