Bubbles and Rasberries

Scout is healing up pretty well here at home. I think I’ll have to do a separate post sometime about Scout’s teeth, but I wanted to share some nice moments and let you know she is doing well.  There is so much hurt and negativity that this world has to offer, that in order for us to not be sucked into that vortex, we try to focus on the small victories and blessings of the day.  There is a lot of good happening too, we just don’t hear about it as much because it doesn’t get ratings or sell papers.  I offer you some light for the day, and a video of one kid’s discovery of a simple pleasure that this life has to offer.


Her eyes are healing up and looking much straighter.  No more daily eyepatch wearing for now.



Scout has been talking non-stop about visiting the Animal Kingdom.  Here she is pretending her bed is the bus that takes you there. She insisted her brother join her and that we all wear hats.  She has even made up a song with the lyrics “I was born in the Animal Kingdom, I was born in the lions den, I was born in the circle of life



Camping in the backyard


Since her cleft palate repair, Scout has discovered two very important things in childhood -blowing rasberries and bubbles


And finally, This



17 Comment

  1. Kathy McGee says:

    Love the video!
    Love Scout!
    Love Gabe and Mandy!
    Love Ash too!
    (with a little tear in my eye!)

  2. Aunty Lauren says:

    Ahhhh i love her soooo much! She looks so adorable as usual and this made me cry as usual. I cannot believe the change in her eyes! What an awesome God we have to allow us the knowledge and technology to help my little Scouty Pants. Give her and “baby ashes” and hug and kiss from me!

  3. CeeCee says:

    Everything they said.

  4. Tara says:

    I never knew bubbles could make me cry so much!

  5. Stephanie Moody says:

    I love this post! What a cutie pie! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Crystal Whittlesey says:

    You are right, this is a ray of light to my day! I love it and y’all!

  7. Tawnyer says:

    The little things are the big things.

  8. Sharon Tegg says:

    Love the bubbles! Love seeing her so well!! Her eyes do look so good! I sure see “crabtree” in brothers face! Love to all of you!
    One of your Mom’s buddies,

  9. Elizabeth says:

    I love the look of joy on her face! So thrilled to see she is healing so well! Continuing to pray for her and you all!

  10. Meredith Moeller says:

    She is so beautiful and it is such a joy to see her so happy!

  11. Darla says:

    Thanks, Mandy, for reminding us that life’s smallest blessings can bring us the greatest joys. :) (And can make us smile and cry at the same time!)

  12. She is just so precious! I would love to be able to give her a granny hug. From a wanna be granny!

  13. Lauren Bingham says:

    What a lovely ray of sunshine Scout is! I am so glad to see her smiles! She is very good at blowing bubbles! My daughter enjoyed watching the video hundreds of times. :)

  14. Amanda Hooie Nunley says:

    Mandy and Gabe,
    Scout is so beautiful and I am so happy things are progressing. I have been following Scouts progress for a while with this blog. Mandy, you may not remember me but I went to FC with you(seems many moons ago). Just know that there are prayers being sent up for Scout even in places you would not realize. Lots of love and prayers!

    Amanda Hooie Nunley

  15. Debbie Reeves Lanphear says:

    I love the pictures! Scout looks so cute. SO glad to hear that she is doing better.
    Blue skies,

  16. Shannon and Rachael says:

    Oh, what a joy to see Scout doing little girl things without tubes, or monitors, or iv-s. What a blessing that she is still able to discover new wonders and bring so much happiness and sunshine to so many lives! Every day Julianna prays for Scout, and especially that “she doesn’t have to be in the hospital anymore.” We all pray for that.
    Love you guys!

  17. elaine metcalf says:

    we are so delighted to see Scout’s progress; she is adorable and lovin’ life. I know she’s a great big sister and your family is blessed with love for each other and support from so many! Take care.
    Elaine and Earl

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