Subscribe via: Email RSS

The sweetest sentence in the world!

“My name is Hadley.” That is the first time in all of my forty plus years that a four word sentence brought tears to my eyes!

I know we all get proud of our children and all of their accomplishments but when we are talking about special needs children who work doubly hard it just makes the reward that much sweeter.

Little Hadley has always worked so hard. She has had therapists in her life since birth and knows them as “friends” who come to “play” with her no matter how difficult it is for her. She is little the little engine that could she keeps on trying and trying no matter how much sometimes I know it actually “hurts” her. She has made great strides due to the work of many loving therapists and teachers.

But today, as she was sitting on the coach by herself I heard these four little words come out of her mouth and I was amazed to the point of tears! “My name is Hadley.” A sentence… A real sentence…. 18 years and finally a sentence…

It just doesn’t get any better than this!

About shelley

Shelley Kramm is the founder and editor of I'm Still Standing and The DC Ladies. Learn more about her and her inspirational family here and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Google+ and on

Other places to find shelley


  1. Oh my goodness. That is wonderful and warms my heart. You go Hadley!!!

    She's absolutely beautiful.

  2. That is fabulous Shelley. I'm sure you are just beside yourself. Absolutely wonderful!

  3. that is wonderful. very sweet.

  4. Oh, that is the MOST fabulous news!!! Truly, truly wonderful … :)

  5. OMG Shelley! How wonderful! I wasn't even there to hear those words and yet reading this makes me cry.

  6. Praise God, praise Hadley, praise you and praise her therapists! But mostly, praise God! What a wonderful blessing!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Wow. So wonderful, Shelley. You have an amazing daughter and you are an amazing mom.

  8. Yay!!! How awesome an accomplishment. I am sure that it would have brought tears to my eyes and ended with her being smothered by lots of hugs and joyful praise. :-)

  9. Woo hooo!!!!!! And she's a gorgeous girl, to boot.

  10. That is just profoundly cool. Thanks for sharing your joy. I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes. So happy for you—for ALL of you.

  11. That is a HUGE step!!! We are all sharing your joy along with you.
    By the way, I awarded you the "Cherry On Top" blog award today … that is for real. You can check out the details at Hope you're pleased!

  12. Hi, Shelley! I just finished browsing through your very touching blog.

    This is so wonderful! You sound like an incredible mom. Looking forward to meeting you.

  13. Shelley – I'm THRILLED you stopped by my Blog… just in time for Bloggy Boot Camp.

    AND OF ALL of the blog posts for me to land on… THIS ONE, about Hadley, IS SO profound… touching… amazing. I am at a complete loss for words.

    I am so going to go through your site right now… CAN NOT wait!

    I've been "meaning" to check in with most of the women going to Bloggy, but wasn't sure where to start/look for a list of them. Are you just going through BlogFrog? I would just LOVE if you wouldn't mind sharing with me how your identifying the blogs that are going.

    You are an AMAZING MOM. I admire you for even just the SMIDGE of what I've read so far!

    Hugs, and see you Sat!

  14. I added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit mine and become a follower if you want to.

    God Bless You ~Ron

  15. Crystal says:

    Beyond awesome. God is in everything good in life–and it really takes center stage here. She's lucky to have a mother who sees her daughter like you do!

  16. What a beautiful blessing to hear those 4 little words. Each milestone is so much sweeter knowing our children have to work so hard to reach them.

    Way to go Hadley!

  17. My cousin Chase just learned how to write his name…all over the walls :) I'm sure it will never get painted over. Such wonderful blessings.

  18. That is just wonderful! And beautifully written :)

  19. I can't imagine how amazing that was to hear…awesome!

  20. Congratulations! It must be wonderful to see all of her hard work pay off!

  21. Good morning! "Eight to the Eight to the Eight" was passed on to me, and now I'm passing it along to you … :)

  22. Well, I'm just sitting here in tears now. What a great moment! My first time visiting, I will def be back to read more!

  23. That is AWESOME ! I understand the significance of those seemingly small tasks.

  24. Stopping by from SITS.

    Your daughter is beautiful. What a wonderful moment to overhear.

  25. That is SO awesome, Shelley! That brought tears to my eyes – and gave me MAJOR goosebumps! :)

    Thanks for hanging out with me at Bloggy Bootcamp this weekend – I had so much fun getting to know you! :)

  26. Wow! That is truly beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  27. A lovely lovely post. I hope one day to be writing something similar xx