My name is Ellyn McCall. You can call me El. If you want. I'll answer to either one of those, or any variation of Honey, Mom, Mama, Mommy...what have you. I just moved back to the place I grew up, Indiana, after seven years in the Florida sun.
I have six zany, silly, dramatic, beautiful, closely spaced children. My daughter Ava is 7 years old, then come the boys...the oldest, Jace is 6. Eli, the son who was lost to stillbirth during labor, would be three in March and my rainbow baby, Seth, is 3 years old. My second daughter, Evany, just turned two, and the caboose to our family train is Coen, who was born in July.
Since I got married, my life has been anything but routine. As if having two babies in the house wasn't enough, our third child dying made my husband and me into very different people. Seth, our personal miracle baby, has gone a very long way toward healing our family's broken hearts. Seth was born prematurely, and during his NICU stay, he received antibiotics that caused him to lose his hearing. It was after he was diagnosed as profoundly deaf that I started this blog to record our experiences with deafness and his journey toward bilateral cochlear implants, which he received last April at 8 months of age.
I have been overwhelmed by the love and support everyone in our family has received. If it weren't for the community of people who read this blog, Seth would never have received his surgery when he did. Being able to witness the good in people through this blog has been an amazing blessing to me, and I have loved being able to form relationships with so many people who can relate to our family in some way.
Over time, this blog has become less about just Seth and more about daily life in our family, the things that make us us. Our lives got even more complicated when my husband left our family. We had a couple of rough years, but are now reconciling our family and our marriage. It's a process, to be sure, but I'm so thankful to God that He has seen fit to give our family another shot.
I strive to make our lives full...full of laughter and even tears, when they're needed, full of love and understanding, full of wit and joy even as we face hardships, and I love being able to share that here...the good, the bad, and everything in between.