Ten years ago.......
Ashlyn Nicolle came into our lives....
She came home to us after a week in the hospital because she mysteriously stopped breathing within the first 24 hours, and she did this over and over and the doctors couldn't figure out why. You can see the cord to the monitor she was hooked up to all the time for the first couple weeks.
Six weeks old, off the monitor and FAT!!
She's here with her friend, Olivia, who is exactly one month older than her.
One year old at Easter.
Nearing two years old.
Our sweet dolly on her 3rd birthday.....
......and now she's TEN!!!
This child has been through so many physical issues in her short life.
After the incident at her birth (which I mentioned above),
she was suddenly hospitalized just short of her third birthday with
a "septic hip." She had to have surgery to drain the infection in her hip,
and then remained in the hospital for a week and had to go through
a little bit of physical therapy.
Then, just over a year ago, she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.
And though all of those things have troubled her right at first,
she has graciously accepted those times and joyously goes on with life.
She has adapted to each thing, and not made them the focus of her life.
She just weaves the finger pricks, and insulin corrections,
and the highs and lows into the tapestry of her life.
She brings tremendous joy and hilarity to our lives.
This is the Scripture verse I have claimed for her life:
"For I know the plans that I have for you,declares the Lord,plans for welfare (peace) and not for calamityto give you a future and a hope."Jeremiah 29:11 (NASB)Happy Birthday, Sweet Girl!!!