My Pledge: When ‘Good Morning Sweetheart’ Means the World

As 2015 approached, I couldn’t think of a better resolution than to not make a resolution.

Instead of just going through the motions, I sat down and decided to make a No Barrier’s Pledge to spend 2015 helping my husband to understand American Sign Language. The Pledge would be focused on being able to have full conversations in sign with my husband, Travis.

When I lost my residual hearing back in 2006, I started learning ASL by taking college classes along with my sister Sammi. Since then my family has been nothing but supportive. My mother has completed two ASL classes and my dad has now jumped on board to take this same Pledge. My other family members are learning piece by piece and my nieces and nephews are watching “Signing Time.” I cannot tell you how blessed and proud I am of all of them!

Over the past several years I have worked very hard to make communication easy for those around me. Basically that means having an interpreter, writing things down, or the go-to Mandy standard of lip reading. I have made it my job to close this invisible gap between me and those around me, and it has trickled into my personal life. So this Pledge is to close that gap completely without having to struggle on a daily basis.

Travis is a slow study, but everyday he learns something new. I cannot tell you the feeling I get when I see him in the morning and he signs “Good Morning Sweetheart.”

Taking the Pledge has been one of the best things I have done. Everyone has something that they are wanting/needing/hoping to do and it is a great way to get things going. The hardest part about keeping a New Year’s Resolution is having people support you in your goal.

You don’t have to change the world all at once. And this year my world couldn’t be more beautiful.

Thank you all for your encouragement! And I am looking forward to cheering you on!