Tribute from Leah to her Mom, Rachel

Earlier this month, Leah wrote an essay for her 5th grade class about her hero-her mom! We asked Aaron Coleman, Rachel’s husband, to record Leah as she expressed her appreciation to her mom. Since Mother’s Day has come and gone, we thought it might be kind of cool to share this with you!

27 thoughts on “Tribute from Leah to her Mom, Rachel”

  1. Wow Leah! You and your mom are both amazing people! I agree with you, your mom is pretty special for all she has done! You are pretty special too…without you, she wouldn’t have been able to achieve all these wonderful things! You & her, along with the rest of your family are a wonderful team!

    My 9 month old son, Anthony also loves your mom, you, & Alex! 🙂

    Keep up the GREAT work!

    Nicole-Proud Mommy of Anthony, who has recently started to sign! 🙂

  2. Leah,
    I am also grateful to your mom for creating such fun and educational videos. I have two children, Julia is 4 and Max is 20 months. Max has Down syndrome and is not talking yet, but he is signing! Our entire family loves watching the Baby Signing Time videos together and learning ways to communicate with Max. Your family has touched the lives of people far beyond the hearing impaired community. THANK YOU!

  3. Leah-
    You have a wonderful Mom. She has helped me help my children. My son couldn’t hear until he was two and my daughter needs help with the pronunciation of words. Signing Times has helped both of my children communicate.

    I was so very proud of you when you won the Spelling Bee. You have inspired me to know that both of my children will continue to learn. They are only three and five now so they will have you to look up to.

  4. Aww. Leah you are amazing and so is your mom and every one involved in signing time. My Daughter loves to watch it. She refers to Signing time as Leah it is so cute. Well keep up the great work. Your video really touched me. It is great to see how proud you are of your mom.

  5. Leah,
    You and your mom have changed our world and made it better! Thank you so much for your courage and strength. I’ll bet you get that from your mom! : )

  6. Leah,

    It is wonderful to see your tribute to your mom – she must be so happy to know how much you appreciate her and what she’s done for you. We have seven children, and all of them have seen the Signing Time videos, so they have all learned some sign language! It’s a beautiful language, and we hope to keep learning more. Keep up the great work!

    God bless your family,

    Ellen in New Hampshire

  7. Hi Leah, That was a wonderful tribute to your mother. She is a wonderful mom, but you are a terrific, fabulous, wonderful daughter!

    I have a baby learning signing time and we just delight when he signs to us. He loves the attention he gets from signing. His favorite sign is dog!

    Thank you for helping us teach him sign. I think he has a crush on your Mom!

    – Katy in Maryland

  8. Leah, that is a beautiful tribute to your mom! Both of you are amazing people!!! Thank you so much for sharing your lives with us and for teaching us to sign.

  9. Patrick Skovran

    I found this to be absolutely fantastic!!! I am not deaf myself (not yet, but my age is helping that along), and have no deaf family members. I have met a few deaf people in my life, and I love signing with them. I love what you girls are doing. You go girls!
    Pat aka Spyder

  10. Dearest Leah,
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful tribute to your Mom. She is a Super-Hero for sure. I love the way you and Rachel are making a difference for deaf and hearing children and their grown-up families and friends. The world is a better place because you are in it! Love always, Grandma Linda

  11. Hi Leah!

    How wonderful to see you again. My son KC, who is 9 3/4 has a huge crush on you!!! He says (and I quite agree) that you are beautiful and lovely and he just wishes he could be penpals with you. 🙂

    We live in Spain, Europe and started learning from you, Alex, Hopkins and of course your lovely mum. (We spell mum like that in England, where I’m from) when I was pregnant with Alexia. And we started her on your DVD’s when she was just 4 months old. Thanks to you all, she started signing her first signs at just 5 months!! and at just an amazing 6 months she was asking for the potty!!

    Alexia is now nearly 16 months old and signs over 120 words. She can’t finger spell very well yet but she can manage “K” and “C” ok to sign for her brother who she adores.

    We have ALL of your DVD’s and I’m just about to buy the latest 3.

    We have a dustbin man that comes to collect our rubbish (that’s what we call trash) and he is deaf. He can’t speak either, which you manage to do REALLY REALLY WELL, and so each time he comes I can communicate with him a little more.

    He “told” me that ASL is a little different to Spanish SL but that it was nearly the same and he can understand me.

    I get so excited when I get the chance to communicate with him and just want to learn more and more signs.

    We love fairytales in our house and we hope that soon you will bring out a “Magical Moments” DVD that shows us how to sign FAIRIES, ELVES, PHEONIX, PEGASUS, CASTLE, KING, QUEEN, PRINCE, PRINCESS, WICKED WITCH, DRAGON, MARRIED AND OF COURSE…HAPPILY EVER AFTER!

    Good luck Leah and please send our love to Alex too. And if you ever have enough time (and would like to) to have a penfriend who is half Spanish and half English (and who is very handsome, even if I do say so myself, lol) then KC would loooove to get an email from you!

    Lots of love and kisses,


  12. I think you have a GREAT family…I love to watch with my daycare children and they learn sooooo much! My family even love to watch and my youngest is 14…I love the weeks that you are on daily or even all day, but usually you are only on Friday’s at nap time. Leah, you are such a WONDERFULLY APPRECIATIVE young lady, and I am glad your mom helped others know you.

    Miss Tracy
    Miss Tracy’s Tots Childcare Home
    Cushing OK

  13. Dear Leah,

    Thank you so much for sharing your tribute to your mother with us. I can’t stop crying and my daughter, who is 15 months, keeps signing “again” and wants to see your video clip over and over. We love you!
    Because of your beautiful gift of deafness, that I believe God has given you, it has inspired your mother to use her talents to bless so many of His children. That’s what it’s all about, right?…”when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.”
    You and your family have helped us here in our home and we are so grateful. My daughter, Liberty, is considered the smartest baby in the neighborhood with all her signs. She signs “signing time” to watch your videos every day, and when it comes on and she hears the baby giggle, she giggles and starts to dance around with excitement. She signs “excited” and then we all get so excited.
    We love Signing Time! Thank you Leah, Rachel, Alex, and your whole family for who you are and what you’ve done for so many.


    Janet in Arizona

  14. Leah:

    Hello from Portland, Maine. You and your mom are great. I loved watching your tribute to your mom. Your signing times videos have been a gift of communication to my family. I have two daughters (Sally 3 years old with down syndrome and Grace 11 months old) and they both love learning sign language from you.

    I hope you come to Maine some day. Please consider doing a signing time video based in Maine – I can imagine you teaching signs for lobster, moose, bear, lighthouse, ocean, boat, rock and the like. I have a group of kids in mind to help with the signing and I would love to host your stay. Thanks again for all your great work.


  15. WOOW!!! Leah amazed me…her speech is really good, you can’t even tell that shes deaf!
    My 5yr old is deaf too, so hearing Leahs speech, gives me hope…

  16. Please come back to Abilene Tx, we want to see you guys again….we enjoyed signing with you at the chidrens museum, 2 yrs ago

  17. Leah,
    You are beautiful and so lucky to have have a beautiful mom. As a mom I am so glad that your mom has created Singing time. You might believe she has changed the world with Signing time but I believe with out YOU the world would have not changed. So a big THANK YOU to both of you Keep up the great work ! THe world has become a a MUCH BETTER PLACE BECAUSE OF THE BOTH OF YOU. Your tribute was beautiful and brought tears to my eyes!!!!

    Thanks again
    Beth nimeh

  18. Leah, YOU have made this World a better place. Without YOU, there would never have been Signing Time. What a wonderful tribute to your Mom.

  19. Leah — You are as amazing as your Mom is! We love you! We found your Signing Time show by accident one morning on PBS about a year and a half ago. We were having a really tough time – we had just found out that my youngest son (then 18 months old) was hard of hearing/deaf. Thanks to your shows I am now able to watch my 2 boys sign together and am so proud of who they are. I feel like you are one of my best friends and we haven’t even met – weird huh? Thank you for sharing your gifts with all of us — you are an Angel on earth!
    My 5 year old son wants to be just like Alex, he even has his hair cut like him! He has gotten quite good at signing and that is all thanks to your wonderful family!

    You may have heard the saying “what would Jesus do?”, at our house it is more like “What would Rachel do”! We think of you and thank God that you are who you are every day and someday we hope to meet you – until then, we send many “cyber hugs” to you!


  20. Leah, your tribute to your mom is so touching. Your mom is a great influence on my two children ages 6 and 4. They love to sing and sign with you all. You all actually helped me to remember some of the sign language I learned when I was in middle school 20-something years ago. Thank you for re-introducing me to this great way to communicate. I am a pharmacist now, and I have 4 hearing-impaired customers who were shocked and very appreciative when I “spoke” to them using sign.

  21. Dear Leah,

    I just watched your tribute to your mom! How wonderful! and you are right your mom has changed many lives. She has impacted and changed our life. My son is 5-1/2 years old with Down syndrome and Signing Time is still the only thing he watches and LOVES. He has learned so much from these videos not only about signing but about life. We will never be able to thank your mom, you and your whole family enough, but THANK YOU!!!! Keep up the good work, we love you!!!
    Eileen and Devon

  22. Dear Leah,

    I just watched your tribute to your mom!! How wonderful!! and you are right your mom has changed many lives. I like your mom she is coolest. so goods bye see ya latter.

  23. Hi Leah!

    That was a beautiful tribute to your mother. She is very blessed to have you as a daughter.

    I want to thank your mom too — signing time is fantastic! My 19 month twin boys love the videos and songs, and they love to sign. I am so happy that there is a fun and easy way for children to learn how to sign.

    The boys love when we catch daddy singing the songs throughout the day:)

    Keep up the great work!

    Michael, Nathan, Nadia and David

    Ontario, Canada

  24. Hi Leah…
    I was introduced to the Signing Time videos when my now 10 yr. old son was almost 2 and was taking speech therapy. The speech pathologist recommended your mom’s Signing Time videos. We ordered the first two and my son really enjoyed them. It did not seem like they were working but out of the clear blue, he started signing!! I was thrilled. I eventually had about a 20 word vocabulary which I loved. Before the videos, all he did was point and grunt at me. Now, he is almost 11 and he won’t stop talking. I just had my 4th baby in September 2011 and I am now showing him the videos. I hope starts signing soon!! Thank you for such amazing videos!! You, Alex and your mom are helping kids learn language even before they can talk.

    Christine from Pasadena, MD.

  25. My daughter Isabel loved this video of Leah talking about her mom. We use sign language in our house because Isabel’s older brother James has Down syndrome, and he is still learning to talk. We signed with him since he was born, and it’s been so great that Isabel got to learn, too. We’re signing with our new baby, Bjørn, also. We love that Rachel has made ASL signs such a popular thing for children to learn–sometimes kids at the park, or kids in kindergarten, will know some signs and be able to understand James. They can even watch Signing Time during choice time! Thank you for making the world an easier place for James to communicate, too. We admire you, Leah and Rachel!

  26. Grandma and Billy

    I enjoyed your tribute to your mom! Our grandson learned sign-language from watching Signing Time videos. He has autism. Now, he is beginning to say a few words but he still likes to sign too. Our love to your family!

  27. Leah,
    I am just finding Signing Time and learning to sign for my 10 month old son, Seth, who is also deaf. I am thankful, too, for your mom – much better than me. It is making our journey a little easier.
    God Bless,

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