Monday, November 11, 2013

Welcoming Into the World . . .

~ Ava Rose ~

Born: November 10th
Weight: 8 lbs 2 oz.

 The Lord has blessed Ryan and Ashley with their third little daughter! You can well imagine the great excitement, joy and thankfulness that we all have had as we welcomed this newest little blessing into the family! Both Ashley and Ava are doing really well for which we are all thankful, and little Ava is so precious!!! It was so very special meeting her yesterday afternoon, and we all relished that time together. 

Beautiful Ava

There is much to share and more will be coming later, but I am just a little busy enjoying time with Adelyn and Gracen while they are here staying with us :) . . . right now as I type this post while using my Dad's laptop in our living room, Adelyn is 'reading' a book out loud next to me, Gracen is talking with me, and the three of us just finished singing "Trust and Obey" and "Jesus Loves Me" together. :)

For now, here are some photos that were taken yesterday during our much enjoyed time meeting little Ava!

The first few moments there . . . Adelyn and Gracen were in awe, and Ryan and Ashley were excited to show them their new little sister!

Such a sweet moment!

Adelyn loves her baby sister!  (And Gracen does, too :) Adelyn was very excited all day to be able to see her, and while there, she kept hugging her (so gently!) giving her kisses, and looking into her face with the sweetest loving look. It was precious to watch!

Sweet little Ava . . . a precious blessing from the Lord!

"For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well." Psalm 139:13-14 


Mom loving holding her newest little granddaughter

Aunt Leah so happy to be holding her little niece

Leah with all three of her nieces

Holding my precious niece for the first time . . . I loved just looking into her little face . . . much of the time her eyes were flickering open, her little mouth would open in a yawn, and varying expressions were playing across her face.

Adelyn kept giving her hugs and laying her head down on her :) 
I loved this time with both of them!

Her eyes opened again while her Grandpa was holding her for the first time and talking with her

Her tiny little feet


"Behold, children are a gift of the LORD . . . ." Psalm 127:3


Daddy with two of his granddaughters . . . this was a precious moment!

 Not the greatest photo, but the first one with Dad and Mom with all of their grandchildren!

There will be more to come later! Adelyn keeps asking, "go see baby sister?" :) . . . we'll be visiting them again at the hospital this afternoon, and we're all very much looking forward to that!


  1. Congratulations to Ryan and Ashley!! I love her name (my mom is Ava and Abby's middle name is Rose!). So exciting!!! ♥

  2. How lovely! What joy can be seen on all your faces. Welcome to baby Ava!
    I believe that the name Ava was originally from Latin and means 'like a bird'.

  3. Celebrating with you and your family for the addition of another beautiful blessing!

  4. What a sweet post! I loved the photos of your two little niece's seeing their baby sister for the first time. Precious!


  5. What a surprised post to read. Congratulations Sarah for having another niece! Ava is beautiful! The girls are so close in age. How old are Adelyn & Gracen again? I love seeing all the pictures especially of the ones of Adelyn & Gracen loving their new sister.

  6. How exciting!!! :-D Congratulations all around! Ava Rose is a beautiful name. She looks so much like her sisters. :-) Those girls are going to have such fun growing up together; I can see that already! Thank you for sharing the wonderful, joyous news!

  7. Congratulations on your little niece, Sarah!! I'm so excited for you all. :)

    My parents had three girls first and I'm the second/middle one. It's been a lot of fun for us to be the "three girls", and I know Ryan and Ashley's girls will have so much fun together, too!

    May God's blessing be upon you as you take care of Adelyn and Gracen during this time and enjoy the newest member of your family!

  8. Beautiful little girl! Congratulations to the whole family!
    God bless,

  9. Oh so precious!! I am so happy for all of you! I've been checking your blog a lot lately as I knew the baby was due, and was excited to see pictures! I'm praising the Lord with you for the marvelous, wonderful gift He's brought into your lives. Thank you for sharing these precious pictures with us. Some of them just melt my heart - especially the ones with the "big sisters."
    I'll look forward to more photos later on! Have fun with your new niece!

    Love in Jesus,

  10. Oh, how lovely! Congratulations to you all. Ava is a little darling, and how nice for you to have another small niece to cuddle and read to and teach and love! I hope Ashley is well; and as others have said, the big sisters are just adorable!

    I know people say this so often, but children grow up SO FAST, don't they! My youngest niece is 3 and a half now, and my sister says there won't be any more coming! Their littleness is a precious thing. It's lovely for you all to have a third little girl in the family :) Happy days for you all.

  11. Oh my, she's beautiful!! What a lucky family to have three such beautiful little girls! Congratulations on having another little niece to hug and sing with, Sarah - you are such a lovely aunt! :-D

    Congratulations to your whole family!!


  12. Wow, Sarah! Y'all certainly know how to spring a surprise!:-) Congratulations to everyone! I just know that the coming days will be filled with so much joy and excitement! Auntie Sarah and Auntie Leah will have some wonderful times ahead with these little girls. They are certainly beautiful, and so precious!

    ~ Betsy

  13. Linda Andrews SmithNovember 12, 2013

    Oh Wow, congratulations to Ryan and Ashley, and all of you! New babies are so exciting~~~beautiful sisters and Aunts too.

  14. Congratulations to you all.
    What a beautiful blessing to receive.

    I love seeing the love that flows when looking at the awesome blessing bestowed upon themselves.

    I love big sister looking at her baby sister, I can almost her saying I am your big sister, I am so happy to have you here.

    They are going to be great sisters like you both are Sarah and Leah.

    Enjoy every moment as its so true, they grow up too fast and blink they are grown up, so enjoy that babyness.

    Happy to hear that all went well and she is healthy and so loved by so many.


  15. How perfectly wonderful for you all. A big congratulations to Ryan and Ashley. I know this baby is so welcomed and treasured and that is such a beautiful thing. God bless.

  16. She is very much so, Tabitha! If I am remembering correctly, you are due soon, too? I have been thinking of you and will be praying that all will go well for you and baby!

  17. Thank you, Joy! It looks like we have some family name similarities now. :) I had forgotten that your Mom’s name is Ava and didn’t know Abby’s middle name is Rose. Yes, it is very exciting! We are thrilled and so thankful to the Lord for this newest little blessing! I wish you could meet her in person!

  18. It is very much so, Elizabeth! And thank you for your kind comment! That is interesting about the origin of the name Ava . . . Ashley mentioned that she had seen that, too, and also that it can mean “bearer of good news.”

  19. Thank you, Mrs. B., for sharing in our excitement with us! We are thanking the Lord for this newest little blessing!

  20. I am glad that you enjoyed those photos, Sarah! They were some of my favorites of the day as well . . . it was so precious seeing their love for and excitement over their little sister!

  21. Thank you, Leah! And I would agree wholeheartedly :) . . . she is beautiful! Yes, the girls are quite close in age - Adelyn is 2 years 4 months and Gracen is 1 year 5 months. I’m glad that you enjoyed the photos, and those were some of my favorites, too!

  22. Thank you, Katie! :) It is a beautiful name, and it really seems to suit her as well. Yes, they do look a lot alike! And yes, I can just imagine how much fun they will have growing up together and how close they will be to one another. Already they are really close!

    You are more than welcome! It was exciting to be able to share!!

  23. Thank you so much, Anna! I can imagine how close the three of you must be . . . sisters are definitely a blessing, and I know that Adelyn, Gracen and Ava are going to have a lot of fun growing up together and will be really close as well!

    We had a wonderful and special time with Adelyn and Gracen while they were here, and I hope to have a post put together soon about that!

  24. I would agree wholeheartedly, Mrs. Anne! She has captured all of our hearts. :) Thank you!

  25. Your comment made me smile, Karen! Thank you so much! Well, the post was a little late in coming as Ava Rose decided to take her own sweet time in getting here. :) She was 10 days late which made us all anticipate her arrival all the more!

    You are more than welcome in regards to sharing . . . I was excited to be able to! Those photos melt my heart as well, and even more so seeing it in person. It was so precious to watch!

    More photos will hopefully be coming soon!

  26. Thank you, Rena! She is indeed . . . and yes, I am loving having another little niece to cuddle and love and am very much looking forward to the special times we’ll have together! Ashley is doing well (albeit quite tired!) and they are all at home now enjoying their new life as a family of five. :)

    They do! It is bittersweet at times seeing how quickly Adelyn and Gracen have grown and changed, but so fun, too, to see them growing, changing and learning. With how quickly time goes by, it makes one want to treasure and make the most of every moment! Aww, I am sure you love the times with your niece . . . three and half is a fun age!

  27. She is indeed, Vicki! They are very blessed with their three little girls . . . the Lord has been so good!

    Aww, thank you. :) Being an aunt to them is so fun and special!

  28. It was a bit of a surprise, wasn’t it, Betsy? :) It was a little hard to keep it a secret :) (Ryan and Ashley preferred to wait to share about baby online until after Ava arrived), and I was excited to finally share the news!

    Thank you! And yes, the days have been filled with quite a bit of joy and excitement as of late! And you are quite right :) . . . Leah and I are both very much looking forward to those times with these sweet girls!

  29. Thanks so much, Linda! They are indeed, and such precious blessings from the Lord!

  30. Thank you, Kathy, for your kind comment! We are so thankful for the blessing of little Ava and that everything went well!

    I loved watching Adelyn with her as well . . . she’s such a good and loving big sister! It will be special watching all of them grow up together.

    They do grow up so quickly . . . making each moment one to cherish and enjoy!

    Thank you again!

  31. It is, Suze! And thank you!! She is indeed . . . very much so!


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