"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." - Psalm 139:13-16

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Past 6 Months

Here, Heather and I have created a slide show of Abigail and her journey over the past 6 months:

This girl is impossible not to love.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Abby's tape fell off today. Yay!!! The nurses and doctors said it would fall off between 7 and 10 days. Today is day 8. We love it. We can finally kiss our little girl without anything in our way.

We want to thank everyone again for everything everyone has done. Prayer is the best thing everyone did for us and I will tell, God answered those prayers. Thanks you all so much. God is truly the one to thank for everything. There is no doubt He has been with us every step of this journey.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

We are Home!

Thank you to everyone for your prayers, thoughts, and comments. Abigail is doing great. Tonight it doesn't even seem like she has skipped a beat. She is already Miss Houdini and can get out of her arm restraints. She is not eating as much as the doctors want her to but she isn't doing too bad. Her pain seems to be under control as she has rarely been crabby. Thanks again to everyone for everything you all have done. We really appreciate every bit of it.

This video is of Abby in the hospital. Heather was scaring her by popping up from her crib.

Here we are at home swinging. You can see how she is pulling her arm restraint off.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Colton didn't want to feel left out, so he gave himself a new smile today by loosing one if his front teeth.

Colton is absolutely the best big brother to Abigail.

Here Colton was making Abigail smile and laugh for the first time after surgery.

There are no words that describe how Heather did through all of this. She was Abigail's strong hold through everything. I have my hands full with two of the strongest women. I couldn't be more proud of either one of them.
Abigail is already taking to the haberman bottle again. It has been slow going at the beginning here, but she is picking it up like a champ. Again, I can't thank God enough for such a strong, smart, and beautiful girl. She has yet to cease to amaze me. THANK YOU GOD!

Thanks again to everyone for your kind and loving words of encouragement and support. We love you all!

Praise God!!! Abigail is doing Awesome!

We just got up to our room. The Dr. Allen said everything went awesome. He said everything fit together just perfectly. We feel so blessed. Thank everyone for your prayers and thoughts. We are so happy.
Here we all are right before surgery.

Here is her new and improved lip.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The Last Post Before Surgery!

At this time in our lives we are getting the true meaning of bitter sweet. I don't even think bitter sweet does justice as to how we feel. We are excited, but scared. We are ready, but nervous. We can't wait, but we don't want to go. Our little Abigail is the sweetest thing ever. I can not find words to describe the emotions that are running through our bodies right now. I know God created Abigail to be tough and to be able to handle everything she has to go through, so we are doing our best to trust Him and allow Him to guide us through this. We are so blesses and honored to have such an amazing God who gave us such an amazing daughter. We really want to thank our families for their continued prayers, support and help. We haven't even needed to ask for help this next week because everyone has just offered it up. Beyond our greatest blood related family we have our family of friends that we could not say enough about. We thank you also for all your prayers and support. And I could never leave out our online cleft buddies who has helped guide us up to this point. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. Although this is not the end of our journey, it is the next step of it. Thanks to everyone.
"I wonder what is over the front of my boat?"

The cutest smile ever

BUSTED! Abby's favorite place is on the shelf of our coffee table.

"I would rather eat my bib than that bland cereal."

Mom and Abigail's version of tug-of-war.

"Thanks for my cute hat Mima!"

Abby trying to scare the pumpkin

Colton feeding birds at the zoo and Abigail wondering, "what the heck is that?"

Colton feeding giraffes at the zoo and Abby wondering again, "What the heck is that?"

I couldn't resist but show this. She could have just told us she was tired.
I believe our hospital room will have internet so I will be posting pictures as soon as I can on Tuesday. If there is not a post on Tuesday that means they don't have internet. Thanks again to everyone and Abigail sends out her love to all of you.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

7:30 AM, November 11th

We got our phone call today about Abigail's surgery. She is going into surgery at 7:30 AM, November 11th. I can't believe it is already here. We are less than a week away. Abigail is doing awesome right now. She is just the happiest, goofiest, most mobile baby ever. We already can not leave her alone or she will army crawl into something she is not supposed to be in. Thanks to everyone for your love and prayers. Thanks to my mom for watching Abby on days we needed. Thanks for all the comments everyone has left. We are so appreciative of all of the support people have given us. Having to take care of a baby with a cleft is not always the easiest thing to do, but you all have made it possible, along with Abigail's sweet, sweet spirit. This little girl is on the move so don't blink, or you might miss where she is going. Abby sends he love out to all of her cleft buddies, her family, and her friends. Thanks again for everyone's support.