Rockin’ a new hairdo & lip

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  • Ella - How precious!!! Love those new looks!

  • Jessica - She’s just as beautiful as she was before. <3

  • Joanna - Looking good, actually looking GREAT!

  • kate - praying for you all morning…

  • Maureen - Sweet as ever! Looks like she is handling it quite well. Sweet baby!

  • jessica - amazing! praying for ya’ll!

  • Missy - Oh look at those pink cheeks! What a beauty!

  • Erin - She is stunning just as she was before the surgery. She looks like she is doing so well after such a long two days. Sending prayers your way for continued success and health with her surgeries.

  • Jessica P - I’m so happy that the surgery went well. Been praying for you all morning. Little One looks gorgeous as ever. :)

  • stephanie griffin - And there she is! Beautiful as ever! Thank you so much Ashley for taking the time out to share:) My heart skipped a beat!

  • Ashley - She looks so peaceful!!

  • Renae - I had no idea this would be complete today! She does indeed look different but no less beautiful! We will ALL remember what she looked like when she became yours. God bless!

  • Keely K - What a trooper! Sending prayers for a swift recovery your way!

  • Carol Paxman - Wow, she looks amazing, as always. Isn’t it funny that even though her lip has changed when I look at her I see her first smile, the one we all fell in love with. I’ve been trying to explain to my daughter that no matter how grown up she becomes when I look at her I see that little girl with the big grin and the messy hair. Guess it’s the same with little one, that first look, the one that made all of our hearts melt,is still there, under the new look, and probably always will be. Hope you and the rest of your family are doing well, surgery is stressful for everyone. Prayers will continue to flow.

  • Jess - aww! Love the hair and the lip :D Thank you for sharing your journey with us!

  • Meg - It is amazing how fast little ones recover from surgery. My daughter had cranio facial reconstruction at 7 months old and there is nothing worse than handing over your baby over to the surgery team and then waiting, waiting and waiting. Good luck and speedy recovery.
    I know what it is like to need to hold your baby close post op but don’t forget to take care of yourself too. Blessings to you and yours..
    http://www.timandmeg.net/?p=1691

  • Sonja - Wow, I can’t get over it! Are there any more surgeries or just this one? I mean I know this is prob. just a cell phone pic but it really looks great! And her hair is getting so long! Love it!

  • Amelia - Praise God! Continued prayers for all of you.

  • Becky - Oh, those lips sure are still kissable! What a cutie!!! Congrats on a successful procedure today, I’m sure it was just as hard on the rest of you as it was on her.

  • kiley - Praise God for a successful surgery! Praying the remainder of your hospital stay and that Little One’s recovery goes smoothly. She’s beautiful…always has been!

  • Pip - Wow. What a blessing. Beautiful before, beautiful now. I hope her recovery is smooth.

  • Brandy - Love her heart. It looks like she is doing well. I’ll keep you all in my prayers.

  • Elizabeth - Look how precious she is. Her face is as beautiful as ever. Praying for you all!

  • Susan - So glad the surgery went well and she is back in your arms. I will keep praying for your family.

  • Lennie - She looks beautiful as always. Glad it went well and she is back in your arms!

  • jenny - So glad that she is doing well. :)

  • Elizabeth - Wonderful that things went so well…and that she is awake and alert!!

  • Trista - Ashley, Thanks for sharing your beautiful journey with us.

  • elizabeth - What a precious girl!

  • Kristin S - Seriously, why am I all weepy looking at this photo? Absolutely amazing what doctors can do!

    She’s just as beautiful as ever.

    Thanks for sharing this journey with us, Ashley (and family)

  • Paige - Success! Can’t wait to see her new smile :)

  • Katherine - Hello, brave girl! No matter what looks you choose to rock, you have always been and always will be beautiful.

  • sylvia (elora's mom) - Amazing, so special to see this transition before our eyes!

  • Annie Page - Oh My Stars – she is just precious – look at that sleepy face. I am so grateful to God for her successful surgery, let the healing begin, in so many ways.

  • Candice - She is absolutely precious! So happy everything went great. Still praying that she recovers well:)

  • Tela - so glad she made it through surgery safely! she is beautiful, as always.

  • Amanda @ Our Humble Abode - So glad the surgery went well. She is an adorable little girl! Thinking about you and your family and hoping for a quick recover for Little One.

  • Kathryn - After a few months reprieve the tears are following again as I read your blog. Blessings to you Little one, you are, were and always will be loved. Praying for a speedy recovery.

  • Jackie - Precious! She looks so wonderful! Prayers for a speedy recovery.

  • Julie - Yay!! What an amazing surgery! Thank you for sharing, and praying for a gentle recovery.

  • Susan - Thanks so much for sharing photos of this emotional time. She looks so at-home in your arms! :)

  • Layla - Yay! Hi sweet baby girl! I really hope we get to meet you (and your family!) one day- y’all are inspirations! :-D

  • nancy - Oh baby girl! she is dreamy in this way that I don’t recognize yet. But she was dreamy all along. I think I’ll get used to it eventually. Please snap so many pics of her that I get to know her again.
    nancy-of the crazy 9

  • Nicole - Aww, sweet girl. Glad she’s got her mommy so close right now.

  • Joan - Oh Ashley….thank-you for letting us be a part of your family this way! I’m praying for you and Little One and also the rest of your family.

  • molly - simply beautiful. as always. God is so good!

  • Angela - Look at that sweet little face and bed head! How is she feeling? How are YOU feeling?

  • Ryan - Love that beautiful little girl! So happy that she’ll be able to enjoy more of your yummy confections soon. Hang in there guys! Sending you love and prayers!

  • sangeetha selvaraj - Adorable. Glad its over.

  • Angela - Wow, you would never know she just came out of surgery! She looks so lovely and content. I pray for a speedy recovery and hope all are doing well!

  • Kelleyn - Glad the surgery was a success and that she is doing so well. How long do you stay in the hospital?

  • amber - Oh sweet baby…breaks my heart. Glad she’s at least not crying in that picture! Hope she’s not in a lot of pain & that you’re full of strength & joy!! She’s such a beautiful girl.

  • Lisa - Oh my gosh! She looks so great!

  • Deanna - Oh, she looks like she is doing good! I hope you are all feeling happy and enjoying all the cuddles. Much love to your sweet family <3

  • Tammy C. - Oh my goodness. Beautiful before, beautiful now. As always, thank you for sharing your photos.

  • Staci - Oh yea! What a relief! I have goosebumps for you… I’m so glad everything went smoothly :)

  • Ivy - Beautiful before, beautiful now. Thank you. It has been such a privilege to get to join you and your family through this journey. You are an amazing and beautiful person. Xo’s from South Florida

  • April - I’ve been checking your blog off and on all day for updates. And OMG, Little One’s story has touched my heart, and she sure looks like she’s coming through it all like a Super Woman after all. I can’t wait to see that scrunched up little nose in a big ol’ smile soon! Praying for a speedy recovery & everything that comes with it. Lots of love and prayers for you ALL!

  • Sandy - WOW!! That’s amazing!!

  • Sherry Eckblad - That is totally amazing! I guess I didn’t realize they could change it so drastically in one operation. So happy for you all.

  • Megan - I’m so happy that you posted and that it went well and that she is alert and snuggled in her mommy’s arms. Can’t wait to hear more about how you are feeling as well and how she’s dealing. I think you have said she needs multiple surgeries?? I’m not positive about that but hopefully you have the biggest one over with first. Praying for you all — I’m a newer reader and just love your blog.

  • Amber D - What is amazing to me about this photo is the lack of visible signs of the surgery. I mean, yes, her gorgeous little lips are changed, but I don’t see stiches, blood, etc. I’m sure there are more signs to those who are there, holding her close, but I’m kind of in awe and wonderment about the process. I pray that it’s a bit of a symbol of the rest of her life – that the pieces of her past that could leave so much trauma and rawness would be so shrouded in God’s grace, that only the beauty comes shinning through.

  • Lyn - So I have posted everywhere you have posted this beautiful pic. Glad she is in your arms.

  • Sara - Oh these pictures are bringing such tears to my eyes. After reading your post yesterday I decided it was time to watch “Smile Pinki” with my kids (ages 6,4,1). We’ve had it for a while and was waiting for the right moment. They LOVED it, then we had a time of prayer for Little One’s surgery. They’ve been seeing pictures of Little One since you brought her home from China and we’ve been talking about cleft lips. My daughter has always exclaimed how beautiful she is, but just now when I showed her this picture she squealed with delight to see her “new lips”. My four year old son even said “mom, she’s still so cute!” Thank you for sharing this journey with us! We will continue to pray for her recovery and all the changes she has ahead of her, and for you too. Blessed be!

  • Cara Yeh - Wow, that is amazing — I thought it would be all stitches or something! Many continued blessings to you and your family!

  • Emily Morrice - WOW!!!!!

    amazing what modern medical technology can achieve, isn’t it?

    was praying for Little One all day. Thankful for her health and will continue as she recovers.

  • Monica - She is adorable! Beatiful! is there another word to describe beauty? I think should be in the dictionary ” Lttle One: means beauty” :). I am so happy for you and for her that everything is going so well. Kisses for that precious baby that you have in your arms. I can’t wait to see her “new smile” It will be perfect how it was before. The smiles from kids are the most beutiful thing that our eyes can see and they make our heart melt. I have two girls (3 years old and the other 4 months)and when they smile they conquer the world at least the conquer the mommy and dady. LOL! :)

  • Alicia Johnson - I can’t believe how good she looks considering she just went through major surgery. She’s really something!

  • ellie - YAY!!!!!

  • laura - Thank you so much for keeping us updated! All the pictures from the day made me cry tears of joy for your family. Will keep praying!

  • Sarah Teske - That is amazing. I was expecting her to be all bandaged-up. So glad to see your precious pumpkin.

  • Jane D - Basking in her sweet mama’s love.

  • kasia - Beautiful before, beautiful now!!!!

  • Sharron - Oh how wonderful! I was reading through some of your old posts and it looks like we had the same coordinator in China! We actually had two, maybe because we were part of a group. Helen and Genie were both so wonderful.

  • carolina - It`s so good everything was ok. How long is the surgery?

  • Katerina - She is soooo beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us!

  • Marit - What a sweetheart! I hope you all make it through the recovery quickly! My heart is with you!

  • gale - She was gorgeous before and still is – so happy for all of you and still praying!!

  • jill - she is a DOLL and always has been!

  • Ashley E - I have to say that she looks just as beautiful before surgery as she does with the surgery!!

  • Amy - I was thinking of you guys all day, and my heart stopped when I saw her picture…thanks for sharing so soon. She’s awesome and so are you!!!

  • marie - Wow! It’s amazing. She is beautiful! I’m praying for her and hoping she doesn’t have too much pain.

  • Amy - My sister-in-law has been updating me about your daughter’s surgery. I’m so glad to hear that everything went well. Our son is 13 months old and is preparing for his cleft palate repair next week. He had his lip repair at 3 months, and I remember his surgery vividly. As excellent as the surgery staff was, it was heart-wrenching to hand him over and wait in the waiting room that felt worlds away from where he lay.

    I too was scared that I wouldn’t recognize him after the procedure and was prepared to grieve the loss of the face we’d loved so dearly. Maybe you found this to be true as well, but we were amazed how much our son just looked like himself after surgery – much more then we were expecting.

    I predict your night in the hospital tonight will be a sacred one. I remember holding my son the whole night as he slept sporadically.

    Blessings on your family during this time,
    Amy

  • Nanette - Love the new hairdo…praying for an easy recovery. Thanks for sharing your story – it is inspiring that there is so much love in the world!

  • J Whitaker - Beautiful girl! So glad to hear the surgery went well.

  • Sandi Leonard - Simply amazing

  • Linda - Awe she has a cute little button nose now too.

  • nicole - She was beautiful before and she is beautiful now. Above all she is loved always. Glad the surgery went well.

  • Mairi - I remember when my son’s cleft palate was closed – he was 18 months old and I remember wishing He could understand why he had to go through everything. He is now 11 and knows all about his surgery but can no longer remember any of the discomfort etc. God has the control and he is such a tender father. Wishing you all strength and a speedy recovery for Little One – her lip may be different but she is still beautiful. look forward to seeing her new smile when she is ready to share it.

  • Jane in Canada - Oh Ashley, I am so happy that the surgery went well. It must be so bittersweet…all of this. You are an amazing mom. Will continue to think of Little One and your entire family.

  • Kimberly Dial - See momma, she’s the same gorgeous girlie. Praying Little One has a miraculously quick recovery. Hopefully, you’ll both get some rest. :)

  • Chris - So happy the surgery is over and she’s back in your arms!!

  • Delaney - Modern medicine is amazing! She looks just as beautiful with her new, but different smile.

  • Emily - Hello, Gorgeous!

  • Bron - Wow…she looks terrific and all while we slept here in Australia. xxxx

  • Jen @ RamblingRenovators - Shes as beautiful as ever and rocking her coif.

  • Tara - I literally gasped when I saw her precious little face.. amazing… can’t wait for healing and trying out her new smile!!! she was gorgeous before and gorgeous now.. praying for minimal pain and quick recovery!

  • Sarah{Handbags*N*Pigtails} - Wow, Ashley. I’m amazed at how one surgery can repair so much! We’re praying that she’s doing well-must be a scary thing for her to be going through. She’s just as beautiful as before(I love the pics of her in the WonderWoman gear:)) She IS WonderWoman!

  • Katie M - She is still a beauty! Thank you so much for sharing your journey. I don’t know you, but have been thinking about your sweet girl all day. Praying for a quick recovery and adjustment with her eating.

  • Dawn - This OS wonderful news! Lots of prayers being said for you all.

  • maria amélia - Great! she already was so beautiful and happy and now she will be much more. I’m so happy!

  • Jennifer - sweet girl–praying for a great recovery and thankful for God’s faithfulness today!

  • Jen - oh my goodness she looks so different but still a beauty!! so glad it all well went! love and hugs from montreal!

  • Lonna - She is super women! So glad surgery went well! I’ll continue to pray for a smooth healing.

  • vicki - amen.

  • Laura Clements - Awww, she looks wonderful, did they repair the pallet today or is that a later surgery?
    So glad everything went well.

  • Laree @ Ever Heard Of Euless - Wow. W.O.W. I know it’s a grainy phone pic, but I am stunned at just how . . .healed her face looks.

    And I’m waiting for pictures of that adorable nose all scrunched up in a grin again!

    I have NO clue what it would be like to be in your shoes. But I can sympathize with some medical drama, and the mamma bear in me is feeling for you right now. Thank you for sharing your journey!

  • Susan - Praise the Lord! So glad everything went well. Praying for an easy recovery!

  • Cathy Shealy - WOW!!! She looks absolutely amazing. They did an outstanding job. Hope recovery goes smoothly!

  • Stefanie - Yay! So relieved to hear she did so well :) And WOW, what a fantastic result. I know it’s not her sweet and oh-so-beautiful clefty lip, but they are indeed still very beautiful lips. Just a slightly different shape :)

  • Shelley - Look at her! Every bit the beautiful baby she has always been! And, she looks HOME when she is in your arms. We are praying for the quickest of recoveries.

  • shadi - I wish your sweet little angle fast and easy recovery.

  • Ana Mi mundo los míos - She looks almost as beautiful as before. congratulations
    Esta casi tan guapa como antes. Felicidades

  • able mabel - Oh sweet Little One! I am happy all went well with the surgery!

  • Cathy - I go to bed tonight with tears of happiness for Little One and you. Godspeed in her healing.

  • Leila - I just can’t believe it! How can this all happen so quickly? She looks amazing and just as wonderful as ever!

  • Erin - It looks like she handled surgery well! Thanks be to God! She is so beautiful–thanks for sharing Hope your hospital stay is uneventful and speedy. We’ll continue to pray for you all.

  • Alida - She’s just as adorable as before:) I am so happy the surgery went well, prayers of recovery and adjustment headed your way! Thank you for posting, I didn’t realize until today just how emotionally invested I am in this little girl:)

  • Jill - I have been following your blog for awhile and praying along with you on this journey! My son was born with a unilateral cleft lift and palate (he is 2 now) and it has been so special that you have shared your story! The surgeries are always hard but God is so good and in blessing these kids with resilient little bodies. I will continue to pray for you and your family. What a testimony!

  • Kelly - Wow! Modern medicine just blows me away. But I agree, she was beautiful before and beautiful now. Sending good thoughts and prayers.

  • Theresa - Sweet baby girl! My heart is so happy to see her! She is an amazing sweet soul! Glory to God for a successful surgery! Prayers for healing. This has been tough for all of you but you are such a strong family you will get through this…you have so much love and it shows. Peace and Gods love and blessings to you.

  • Cheryl - What I see is a girl who has a mom holding her every step of the way. A mom who will love her unconditionally. A girl who looks like she knows she will be ok because her mom is showing her she will be ok! Whoo Hoo for moms like you!

  • Amanda torres - I prayed for you all today. She looks beautiful as always.

  • Heidi - Awwwww love her and love you guys!!! She looks beautiful as she always has!!!!

  • Laura - Beautiful before and beautiful after. Hope you all fine rest soon.

  • Ann H. - Oh my, she is so pretty!….with that precious button nose and lucious lips. So glad you can check off that surgery and move forward…hope and pray for her eating to become easier and easier. Loved having coffee with you the other morning….let’s do it again soon!!!

  • Jen - Oh my goodness. She is as beautiful as ever! Praying for a swift and smooth recovery!

  • Stoich91 - Wow thank you so much for posting through all of this! :D I know you said you wouldn’t be, but I seriously would’ve been so worried having to wait a week for more updates! She is a beautiful girl and you are a beautiful family! :D Get some rest and I hope you all weather the wonky meds like pros! Lol

  • Maria - Loving that crazy baby hair!

  • Marie - Praise God!
    Thank you so much for the updates.

  • Kristina Carter - she’s absolutely beautiful!!

  • Tricia - What a sweet precious girl. Hoping for an easy and quick recovery for her.

  • Suzelle - sweet angel…..

  • Shannon - SO glad she made it through surgery! Love her bedhead, and sweet, precious face.

  • Shannon - Whoops – meant to say, “So glad she made it through surgery and is now safely in your arms, where she belongs!”

  • Kristin - Look at that face… she just melts me, Ashley! Way to go, Wonder Woman!!! <3

  • mindy t - My first thought…GORGEOUS!

  • becky - so help me, but you were right…i teared up a bit this evening when i linked over and her precious little smile had changed. me, a mere stranger, felt a pang of sadness that the face you/all of us fell in love with is so thoroughly and permanently changed. but what a beautiful new smile she will have and beautiful new future. you’re in my prayers – both of my babies have had to have surgeries (nothing serious) and that is a lot of emotion to handle when they wake up and are so disoriented and not knowing how to express their fear and pain. it went all my mommy instincts. best of luck.

  • Caitlin E. - Good job big girl! And look at her all cuddled up. Good job Mama too! We’ve been praying for you both!! Here’s to quick healing.

  • Hagit - So so happy to see her!! I hardly comment, but I love your blog, and have become so attached to your story! So happy and relieved to see her looking well!!! All the best to all of you :)

  • susan leah - we’re all here for the both of you. God heals.

  • Kirsten J - She is just so sweet – thank you for letting us love your Little One.

  • Gill - Wow – she looks amazing and not at all like she has just come out of surgery! I am sure it will take some getting used to her looking different but I hope it is as easy as possible for all of you and that Little One recovers well. X

  • Mayara - Ohhhn, how beautiful!
    Have a quick recovery, Little One. And you, Ashley, you are so brave.
    Best wishes from Brazil!!!

  • Jennifer - God is so good! She is beautiful!!! Always was just a different beautiful……Heavenly Father, thank you for your unfailing love all you provide. Please bring healing, peace and comfort to this sweet girl and her family and allow them to rejoice for you make all things new again and every perfect gift comes from you. In Jesus’ powerful and precious name, Amen

  • Genelle - She’s beautiful! I hope everything’s going well.

  • samantha - Oh what a sweet one. Prayers to you. I can’t wait to see the new beautiful smile those lips will make. Never the same, but still as beautiful.

  • valerie - Sweet, sweet baby…may her pain be short and manageable and may your arms comfort and support her always. Such a beautiful family you have.

  • Jules - Beautiful, radiant, sweet as ever! Praying for healing.

  • Katie - She looks beautiful!! So glad to hear that her surgery went as planned and that she’s doing ok.

  • Caitlin - She was beautiful before and she is beautiful now. Praying for a speedy recovery.

  • Carol - So beautiful. Thank you for sharing! (I love the post where you write of loving your daughter and her smile!) What a gift you are to each other!!

  • shauna - wow, what a change…I can see how that would pull on a mothers heart. but i must say…boy does she look cute!

    so glad all went well with the surgery.

  • Becky - Praise God. I wasn’t sure if you’d post yet or not. So thankful for a completed surgery. So great to see that beautiful face! I’ve been praying with you for so long about so many things – this if my first “comment”. Thank you for your blog which brings me daily inspiration, tears and joy. Ashley, you are beautiful.

  • Wendy - Life is good :)

  • Annie - Those cheeks! Praying for continued strength and speedy healing. So thankful it went well!

  • Lisa M - So glad to hear the surgery went well. Was praying for you and Little One. She is as beautiful as she’s always been. Now, to embark on another journey…one that I’m sure will be as fulfilling and touched by the hands of God as always.
    God Bless you and your family.

  • Jenni - Poor little momma! Looks like it went great! I hope that things are going good!

  • Amy @ PaintWineRepeat - So thankful that she is doing well. Gorgeous as always.

  • Jen - Beautiful! Beautiful before, beautiful now. Praying for you all in the recovery!!

  • Suzanne - Beautiful as ever! Praying for a smooth recovery for everyone.

  • Deb C - Whoa, I missed a lot of posts yesterday! She looks so beautiful. So glad the surgery went smoothly and well! Praying for a good recovery.

  • LIndsay - So precious! Sending lots of prayers your way!

  • Hili - Amazing .even though my first reaction to this photo was ‘how strange’ . I’ve gotten so used to her cleft lip . Wishing you all easy recovery.

  • mafalda - I am so happy for little one and your family. god bless you.

  • Amy at Fig Milkshakes - Bless her heart and those sweet, pink cheeks. Prayed for you yesterday…

  • maggie may - well she bounced right back, didn’t she? :)
    hope this day after surgery is going smoothly. i know sometimes it can be rough.
    hope you are getting some rest in and enjoying the increased snuggle time ;)

  • Anna - Gorgeous girl, just as before. She looks so peaceful all snuggled in with her mama. Thankful that surgery went well! Will be thinking of you all!

  • Lacey - I’m so glad the surgery went well and she’s again comfortably in your arms!

  • JoAnn - Wonderful! She has been a beauty from the begining!Hugs to you all!

  • Barbara - I can’t believe that was it? So quick it seams! (of course for you it must have taken years in that waiting room!!) She looks like she just woke up, nothing more!! It’s amazing!!
    I kind of miss her before face! I guess it was the only one I knew… It takes some getting used to but she does look great! I hope the recovery goes as smoothly as the surgery!
    I am sure she will one day be so thankful for it!

    love to you all!

  • Ashley - She is beautiful, as always! So thrilled things went well. She looks so comforted to be in your arms. :)

  • jENNIFER - And she’s still beautiful!!! Will continue to pray for healing.

  • Kim McB - Precious girl. Hope you all are resting and recovering peacefully.

  • Melanie - I’ve only been reading along since sometime last month. I took a weekend last weekend to slowly read through your adoption journey and have been enjoying your journey together since then. Praise the Lord the surgery went as smooth as it could have. She looks beautiful still :) Thank you for sharing -Melanie

  • Renee - Oh my goodness, what an amazing surgery! She is beautiful, just as she was before. I’ve been praying. I pray that the healing is smooth and her pain is manageable. What a precious child! What a precious Mama!

  • Megan - Oh darling little ruffled haired sweetness! Hope her recovery is speedy!

  • ashlee - instant tears. im so happy surgery went well. she is such a beautiful soul!

  • stephanie - *speechless*

    in some ways it’s as if nothing has changed. she is still the same exquisite doll that she always was. i thought i would be more sad feeling like it would take away from her, but she is still the same wonderful soul.

    YOU DID IT!

    <3

  • Betsy C. - What an incredibly strong, brave girl you are, Little One! Big hugs to you and your Mama!

  • Kimma - Congrats to little one for being so brave and coming through her surgery like a champ! Has this surgery repaired both lip and palette too? Best wishes to you all in this time of healing.

  • Cat - Oh my gosh, she was and still is absolutely beautiful. That lip looks perfect. Such a little trooper.

  • angela - precious.

  • Vanessa - Melt. So sweet. Thank you, Jesus.

  • Sara Torbett - Awwww….what a sweet girl! So glad to read things went well. What a special story your daughter has. You are so generous to be used by God in her life in such a mighty way. I imagine you are just as blessed as she is because of it.

    Oh, and love the hair :)

  • Ashley - So precious!

  • Tracie - So glad her surgery went well. Can’t wait to see a new crinkle-nosed smile!

  • Cath - Loving the new hairdo! So pleased to hear surgery went well…such a precious beautiful soul Little One!

  • Deedy - ‘stumbled’ on your site via the stenciled floor. SO appreciated your adoptions story, as we’ve been that route, too. Thanking Jesus for you and your sweet-one with a new way to smile :) Blessings! (my sewing room will hopefully have it’s floor painted), D.

  • Amanda - Little One looks as beautiful as ever!!!

  • Selina - Love the crazy hair!
    Gorgeous!

  • Lisa - Simply beautiful.
    Prayers for speedy healing -

  • Kerry - Reunited…again! Radiant loveliness from the beginning, shining through in new ways. God is good.

  • Jackie - She is precious!

  • Tina - Sweet baby girl. How is she feeling? In pain? Seem like herself? How is she adjusting to eating, etc. I’ve prayed for her. For her mamas heart.

  • Angela - Hi Ashley—
    I’ve followed your blog for a few years and also the mother of an adopted child. He’s our only child however, I’m amazed at everything you do with your 5 children!

    Little One’s journey has touched me so much….she is so precious and full of life.

    I was in an antique store on Friday and thought of you…because I know you love antique stores even more than I do….and I knew that you would much rather be antique shopping than in a hospital waiting room. I stopped right there in that store and prayed for you, little one, and the surgeons. You’ve been on my heart ever since and I’m so glad to see and read that all is well…not easy, not delightful, but well. I continue to pray that this entire journey will be well with your soul.

    Blessings from Houston TX
    Angela M

  • Lindsay - SO glad everything went well! she is just beautiful, no matter what. she was before and she always will be – she has such a tremendous little spirit and i am so glad i get to know her through your blog, thanks for letting us in on that! praying you all get some rest and sleep tonight!

  • Bonnie - She’s just so lovely, no matter what her lip looks like! And her crazy hair makes me giggle. :) Hoping for a quick and easy recovery!

  • mandi@herbanhomestead - Big, big hugs to you both…

  • ranee - hooray! i thought and prayed for you often this weekend. glad things went well and little one looks just a beautiful as ever!

  • tracy - Look at her! Still a beautiful little doll!!! <3 So glad things went well. I hope that her recovery goes quickly!

  • Jacqueline - Beautiful as always!

  • Rebecca - Hello Beautiful! I’m so happy to hear things went well.

  • Jessica - I have never commented or anything, I like to think of my self as a “silent follower”. I can remember when you all brought her home, and the pictures that were posted and you talking about all the milestones and it absolutely melted my heart. I have thought about her all weekend, hoping she done well, as well as you. I pulled up the site this morning to be greated by that messy hair beautiful little girl, the same little girl ive been watching for weeks, just with a different little smile. What a blessing. I can’t wait to watch her, along with the other kids as they continue to do great things, and make big leaps. Thank you for sharing.
    -Jess

  • Vicki - Prayers answered! I hope she is not in too much pain. Keep rocking her sweet self.

  • AlliW - What a little healer! she looks like she’s loving the cuddles from her mom. much love to you all.

  • Ellen - So precious and lovely, as always. So glad for you that this one is over… waiting while they are in surgery is so hard.

  • Karen - She looks a litte bewildered. Glad to see she seems to be doing ok. God bless you all

  • Leah Heffelfinger - Oh. My. Goodness. The most beautiful lips I’ve ever seen. What a doll!

  • Laura - Look at that sweet face! I hope you are both able to get some sleep. I have a prayer in my heart for you!

  • Susan A - Absolutely precious!!!

    Susan A in Illinois

  • Nicole - Great to hear that surgery went well – hope the recovery is just as smooth! I know that you have expressed a sense of loss in this change, which is understandable, however this is just one of many opportunities that your daughter may never have known if not for becoming a part of your family. Part of her story most certainly, but the story she has now has a chance to write will be tremendous.

  • Asha - She looks amazing.

  • RachaelB - Hope she is as comfortable as she can be right now and you are all healing well physically and emotionally. She’s STILL as perfectly beautiful as ever!

  • Jen H. - Glad to hear that the surgery went well. I am nostalgic looking at your last three posted pictures, as my son had cleft lip repair a little over a year ago. Best wishes on everything. They did a wonderful job.

  • Mary - Little One is such a strong young girl! She must learn it from her equally as strong parents and siblings. I’m assuming the new lip will change how she likes to be feed and I remember reading how feeding her was a struggle in the beginning when you first learned. I wish you all the best and will be thinking of you and little one as you begin learning a new way. I hope this time is easier for both of you. You have a courageous, beautiful, strong, smart little one.

    You survived this test and now you will THRIVE through faith in the Lord, in your family and in your friends.

  • Paige Y - I keep coming back to see you and your baby girl! I love her sweet spirit. I love to see your complete family. Praying for a quick and easy recovery.

  • Alison - Oh you sweet girl. Good luck, you wonderful family! Uncharted waters ahead. Everything heals in time.

  • Celina - Beautiful! Prayers for a quick recovery :)

  • Lauren - Love hearing an update about Little One and the rest of your family! Thank you for even having a giveaway amongst all you have going on :)

  • Jessica - I absolutely love this picture! I was born with a cleft lip and palate and my mom is the one that told me about your blog. I love how honestly and beautifully you are preserving these memories in your photos. I promise your little girl will thank you some day when she is able to look back and actually see all she has gone through and feel empowered because she conquered it all! She is so beautiful and I pray all the best for you and your family as you continue this journey.

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