Monday, December 03, 2007

Using my Hands!

I was so blessed to be able to do sign language along with Angela Wernke singing yesterday in church. It is just something I love to do - but it seems to be the only thing that I get nervous about! I can get on that stage & talk, or sing with the Ensemble & not feel the least bit of nerves. But when I know I will up in front of everyone signing - I can feel those butterflies like nothing else! Maybe because its something that is so dear to me! When I sign, I can feel the passion behind it - imagine myself standing in front of God - doing it for Him! I can't imagine how that will feel when that day comes! Its bad enough my leg was shaking like Thumper on the stage yesterday!

I have to say - if you've ever been to a Christian concert around this area & seen an amazing signer - its probably Tyra Lokey - who has inspired me in so many ways. She is my goal of where I would like to be one day! I catch myself watching her more than the concert sometimes. One of my best days in my life - she signed at a Steven Curtis Chapman concert - could it get any better than that?

I thank Lynn for getting me started doing it for the church & I thank Angela for asking me to sign for her Sunday - & I especially thank everyone who encouarges me when I do feel those nerves churning in my stomach!

Finally - I have to say, the best thing that ever came out of my signing - I taught my twin nieces when they were babies to say "Aunt" in ASL (American Sign Language) - & even though they can talk now, they still remember some of the signs - especially "AUNT"-aahh, it does my heart good! Look at this video & see how easy kids can pick up on this skill - pretty amazing!


  1. Yay!!! I can comment now!!! I just wanted you to know how much I love to see you up in front of the church is so just flows and I think it is great!!!! (I also love it when you sing too!!!!)

  2. I really enjoyed Sunday. I couldn't tell that you were nervous. Job well done!
    That video is amazing! I never knew that was possible. Man- I wish I would have seen that before Christian was almost 2, and trying to learn to talk. Also that baby in the video is very verbal for her age. I wonder if that baby is gifted or if all babies could pick up on signing at that age?

  3. Jennifer - I think Christian would still be at a great age to teach him. I know there are books that show how to teach babies & little ones. What's great is they can tell you what they want across the room without even opening their mouth. I think it comforts them to know they can communicate with you in more than one way - that is, besides screaming & crying :)

  4. It was beautiful! And I didn't see you twitter-pating at all! I think we were all blessed.

  5. AND - I got to spend some time with Megan, my best friends' sister's daughter. She's almost 2...and she sure knows how to sign MORE! She ate all my cheese dip!

  6. My 9 year old niece has cerebral palsy and it took her longer than normal to talk, so she was taught some sign language to help with the frustration that she had when she would try to communicate with us. It was great! It was so nice to be able to communicate with her, and it helped her not to be so frustrated all of the time.

  7. "hay" Beck
    We Baptist believe there will be no need for signing in heaven. All there will be healed. Now, there will be horses there so maybe you need to hoan up on your rideing skills.

    Love ya Dad


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