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November 2013 - Chris Schuette

Toddler Update

November 11, 2013 | By | No Comments

SmileOK, I did go a long time without writing. What’s up with that? Like most people, my family and I are very busy in the Summer, and we spend more time living and less time writing. Isla turned 3 in June, and we’ve been chasing her ever since.

Daddy HatDespite my prolonged absence, I actually enjoy writing a blog. Since I have the memory of a 150 year-old barn-watcher, this blog provides something at least resembling a journal. My hope is that Isla and any other hypothetical descendants might find it interesting. It could happen. More likely, Isla will find all of this incredibly mortifying and I’ll be forced to delete the whole thing.

I am amazed at the wonderful young girl Isla is becoming. She was born with such a distinctive personality, and it has been incredible to see that personality develop from week to week. With the help of her cochlear implants, the incredible teaching staff at Northern Voices School, and countless others, Isla is talking up a storm.

Isla is also becoming more proficient with her first language, American Sign Language (ASL,) and most of her speaking is accompanied by ever-improving signs. Patty and I also continue to work on signing with the help of an amazing teacher.

Despite the challenges Isla faces, she is above all, a happy, excited little girl. And that’s the most important thing.

Running Girl

Finding Home Now on DVD

November 8, 2013 | By | No Comments

Today is my friend, Chars Bonin’s Birthday. I forget how old he is, but I am certain that he is much, much younger than me.

I’ve mentioned this before, but Chars wrote, directed and performed in a great film called, “Finding Home.” I am proud to have composed and performed the film’s soundtrack. (I also recorded the music for the film’s trailer, which was actually a blast to do!)

A lot of people have asked how they can purchase a copy of the film, and I am happy to say it is now available on DVD at

I loved working on this film, It’s all locally filmed and produced, and I am amazed at the performances and hard work of everyone involved. Seriously, you should check out the credits; there are, like, a TON of talented people who made this happen. So, support Independent Film and pick up a copy today.

Finding Home poster

In The Spotlight

November 5, 2013 | By | One Comment

A few months ago, my sister-in-law took this video of Isla at Grandma & Grandpa’s house. Wifey described it on her Facebook page very well:

Since Elisabeth was born, many people have expressed concern about all she’ll miss out on being deaf. So, I wanted to share a short video of her dancing. It was taken by Auntie Colleen in July. To set the scene, there is no music playing. They were outside and the motion detector light switched on…

I’m not sure where she learned to dance but I guess all you need is a spotlight and a camera rolling. I’m certain that she will not be missing out on anything in this life!

I couldn’t have said it better myself. If you watch only one video of a deaf girl dancing to the music in her head, make it this one.

Future Baby

November 4, 2013 | By | 3 Comments

Guess what?  We’re pregnant.  That’s right; pregnant. Mostly Patty.

Future Baby Human is due in early 2014 and we couldn’t be happier.  If you’re keeping score, this is baby #2.

Isla is now 3.467 years old

I had help with the math

I had help with the math

And she is slowly starting to comprehend that Mommy’s bump represents a future brother or sister (we’ve decided not to find out the sex of the baby until it arrives; did you notice that I still use a lot of parenthetical references?) I’m amazed that Isla even noticed the bump, because it’s a very small and not-all-noticeable bump.

51UomYA+HEL__SX258_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_We have started preparing Isla for her new role as “Big Sister” by reading Baby on the Way to her, and explaining that there will soon be a new baby in the house. Feel free to let me know if you know of any other good “second baby” books.

We’ve also clarified that the baby is not to be sat upon, covered in toys, or looked-at weird. OK, I’m actually the one who received those instructions, but they’re good advice for anyone.