Y’all remember my friend Traci and her boys, right?
(Us and the Hutchersons- 2013)
Well, I’m *finally* allowed to announce some really fun news about her eldest son, Jonathan, today- but first, I wanted to share a little bit about why his Gift is even more extraordinary.
On July 7th, two days after Jonathan was born, Traci rolled down the hallway at the hospital in a wheelchair, surrounded by “It’s a Boy!” balloons attached to the handle bars. Her heart full of joy, and her eyes swollen from crying because nestled in her arms was a little boy who couldn’t hear the sound of her voice. Or so she thought.
You see, Jonathan failed three separate hearing tests in the hospital, and the nurses told Cy and Traci that he would have to have special testing done to see if he could hear at all. Unfortunately, the first appointment available for that special hearing test was three months away.
Questions raced through Traci’s mind during that time:
“Can Jonathan hear us?”
“Will he ever be able to speak?”
“Will he ever hear my voice say “I love you?”
Through a series of events, Cy and Traci’s pediatrician convinced them that Jonathan didn’t need to take those special hearing tests, only to find out two and a half years later that he only had 50% of his hearing, and needed to be fitted for hearing aids. It was quite a roller coaster ride, but they were thankful for the very spirited, happy, and healthy toddler that he was.
Traci’s Mom paid for Jonathan to take speech lessons, and helped them pay for doctor’s visits and hearing aids because as Traci put it, “we were broker than broke“.
Those of you who have followed Traci’s blog for a while know how close she was with her mom, Wanda. If you aren’t familiar with her Wednesdays with Wanda series, I encourage you to click through that link.
Wanda adored Jonathan and was always so proud of him…especially when she heard Jonathan sing his very first solo when he was just two year old. He sang “Victory in Jesus” a cappella in front of their church congregation. Traci said, “Cutest thing you ever did see, and Mom was there grinning from ear to ear“. 🙂
Wanda was also at Jonathan’s school when he sang “How Can I Keep From Singing” by Chris Tomlin in his very first talent show.
Traci said, “Little did any of us know that a little over a year later, Jonathan would be singing Amazing Grace at her funeral, as she requested. I believe all of heaven opened up that day as my 10 year old son sang with all of his might for his Nana. It was one of the saddest, yet most beautiful moments of my life, and I will never forget it! I know that Mom was beaming with grandma pride in heaven as he sang“.
Now, just 6 years later, Jonathan will be singing on one of the biggest music stages of his life: NBC’s “The Voice”!
We’re not exactly sure which night they will air his audition this month, but if you’re interested in watching and rooting for “our nephew” Jonathan with us- The Voice airs at 8/7 Central on Monday and Tuesday nights!