Monday, December 23, 2013


Faith Victoria Smith in December 2008 not long after being born.

The Volcano kept her attention, but it was really everyone else who got to enjoy eating it.
She really had a great time walking around the restaurant.
Faith kept looking up at the ceiling which was quite cool at the Rain Forest Café.
Hope is helping Faith walk around Rain Forest Café earlier this evening.
Momma did Faith's hair for her birthday today.
Loving that cotton candy at yesterday's party.  Grace continues to give her more.
Faith loves cotton candy and can handle it without gagging.  Her palate is too high to swallow normally.
Enjoying the candle for her 5th birthday party at home yesterday.

She actually tore off some of the wrapping paper from her present this year.

Doesn't she look like a little girl who will never enjoy life and will only be a burden to her family?  The geneticist warned us that this little child would destroy our marriage.  Well, he's right....without Christ.  That is what is great about serving Christ...He makes a way where there seems to be no way.  Faith has only made our marriage and family stronger because we put our trust in Him.

5 years ago Faith was born on December 23, 2008.  We actually chose the date for inducement.  We could have picked Christmas Eve, but it is also my birthday and I wanted her to have her very own day so we picked the 23rd.  We spent that Christmas in the hospital with specialists coming to see her.  The original cardiologist came in on Christmas Day to examine her.  He discovered several holes in her heart including one so large that the blood flowed through it without causing a murmur.  Well, they didn't know at the moment that Faith had Trisomy 18 so they took care of her like a little girl.  It wasn't long after this that we got her T18 diagnosis and quickly found out how the medical industry would not help her.  This began quite the journey and learning experiences over the past 5 years.

We are so grateful to God for his faithfulness and continue to pray that He will complete the work which He has begun in Faith.  HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY 5th Birthday Faith....we love you and would go through it all again!