Welcome to Sweet Apples of Gold! 

About Me: Hiya, I'm Jenn.  I used to be a middle school English teacher, but now I'm a stay-at-home mommy, which gives me oodles of time to love on my two little lads. When I'm not chasing after kiddos, or driving them around to yet another speech therapy or occupational therapy appointment or playdate, or chillin' with the beloved hubster or doing laundry or dishes or....well then I'm reading or writing or blogging.  Oh, and most importantly of all, I love the Lord and without Him, I couldn't do anything, because He is my source of strength.  :)

Proverbs 25:11.  And the inspiration for the blog name.
About the Blog: The goal of this blog is to share the obstacles and triumphs along our journey toward speech with friends, family, and other parents experiencing the same struggles and victories of encouraging "sweet apples of gold" from their precious little ones.

I don't post much on this blog anymore, I mainly post at www.embracing.life about faith and special needs parenting.   Feel free to check it out! 

About the Kiddo: Kiddo turned 7 over the summer.  He loves Angry Birds and other games on the computer, tablet, iphone, etc.  He adores Despicable Me, Secret Life of Pets, playing with Legos, and anything technology related.  He's a little genius, knowing all his colors and numbers and letters by two-in-a-half and reading sight words by age three.

He has been diagnosed with moderate apraxia of speech with a mild receptive (comprehension) delay.  He has a severe hearing loss in his right ear which he used to wear a hearing aid for, but no longer needs.  He also has global apraxia/dyspraxia (effects his fine and gross motor skills and coordination), hypotonia (low muscle tone) and sensory processing disorder.  We also suspect he has hyperlexia (precocious reading ability with reading comprehension difficulties) and auditory processing disorder, though neither have been tested for due to his age.

He is now in first grade.  He is learning so much, his speech is really coming along, and he is flourishing, one word, one phrase, one skill at a time. :)

About Little Brother: Little Brother is five.  He has a speech delay, as well as a diagnosis of high functioning autism, sensory processing disorder, anxiety, and some behavior regulation issues so he does OT alongside his brother.  He loves farm animals (especially pigs!) puzzles, coloring, dancing, reading books, and doing whatever he can to get attention. He is a bundle of strong-willed energy and makes sure I get my cardio workout each day keeping him out of trouble.

He is in Kindergarten this year, and though the year started off a little rough with all the adjustment, he is now doing well in school and starting to learn to read. :)

I also have a blog for encouraging Christian special needs moms at www.embracing.life   Feel free to check it out! 

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. Hi Jenn! I am so glad you stopped by my blog. I feel like our boys are a lot alike. And this mama needs strength in numbers! I will definitely be following your blog. And PS. I love, love, love your blog tagline. It actually brought a tear to my eye. I can't wait to hear my son's sweet voice.

    1. Thanks for checking out the blog!! Yes, they do seem very similar and I hope you get to hear your little Cooper's own "sweet apples of gold" soon. Can't wait to follow your journey as well. :)