|brand new ava|
|Mommy & Ava's 2 week adventure before Bubby came|
|Driving to Ft. Worth to start the journey|
|Big sister day!|
|The only way she would get in the big bed with mommy|
|meeting Bubby for the "second" time|
kept me smiling. Through everything, she made it better. I cannot imagine going through it all without her. I am certain that God knew we would need her gorgeous eyes, silly smile, funny laugh and constant energy. God knew I would need her snuggles, kisses and hugs to keep going. I just know that God has huge plans for her in every season of life. She certainly has shown us that from the day she was born.
|waiting room fun (always in a waiting room)|
|footy jammies at RMH|
|Pop & Ava spent lots of time on the slide|
|brushing her teeth like a big girl|
|Playing on the Cook's playground|
|playing with Daddy|
|Skyping with Mommy|
|Mommy & her babies|
Sometimes Ava gets pushed to the side
when it comes to the story
of Bubby and I felt like it
was time that I showcased
her and her amazing
journey as Big Sister.
|visiting her bubby|
|Ava's first plane ride|
|waiting room nap (again)|
|Bubby's valentine from Sissy|
|Valentine's Day with Mommy|
|Snow cones with cousins on Bubby's Memorial Day|
|First family photo|
|Last Family photo of 4|
|More hospital fun|
|another waiting room nap|
Ava has been and still is Mommy's Sunshine. There are weeks like this one, where I do not want to raise another child. I do not want to have sleepless nights, potty train again, etc. Lord knows what he is doing and what he has planned for us, but I learned from Noah that I must be surrendered to His plan and not count on my own. The frustrating days are deeply frustrating, but the amazing days are more than incredible and remind me that our toughest days are always worth it. Ava has been and will continue to be our sweet girl and we are so thankful that we get to watch her grow, develope and learn. The other day I looked in the mirror in the car and saw her worshiping. She had her eyes closed, hands raised and was moving her head back and forth and singing along to "Forever Reign"... She's smart, she's aware, she is amazing. I realized that without her Bubby and his story, she might not have such a deep knowledge of Jesus as she does. I'm thankful for that.
|Meeting Bubby and Nurse Kathy gave her a "magic wand"|
I'm thankful for nurse Kathy, who informed us and made us aware that Ava could come into the PICU and meet her brother. We didn't realize it until she let us know, because we were used to the NICU rules. Without Kathy, we might not have our first family pics or have the sweet moment of Ava seeing her bubby for the first time. Thankful for the nurses that would always go out of their way to make Ava feel at home and loved on at Cook's.
Bad days come and go, often, but Ava always makes even the worst day bearable with her love and her smile. She is my precious girl and I will forever and always be thankful.
LOVE you Ava! Mommy and Daddy are so thankful for you and your part of our story.
Blessings to all,