Tuesday, September 15, 2009

It's a Part of Her

These are Rachel's official pictures for her kindergarten year and I love them! Sometimes when picture day comes I get a little nervous for how Rachel's, Hannah's too, pictures will turn out. But I'm always a little more nervous when it comes to Rachel's pictures - will they make her smile too big and therefore you'll see her cleft gum and jacked up tooth? Will she smile in such a way that her scar will look drawn up?? Will her nose look okay?? Will her repaired cleft stand out in the picture or will you not be able to tell?? Things that go through a mother's head when she's had a cleft affected baby, or a child with any facial deformities for that matter.

This picture captures her cuteness. A glimpse into her personality. I just want to go to her and squeeze her cuteness, but I can't, she's at school! :)

Sure, you can see the notch in her lip. Maybe you can't, but the Mommy and the Gramma can see it. But really when I sit and stare at the picture and think about it, that little notch, as little as it is, is part of her. It's how the Lord chose to make Rachel, it's a symbol of how great our God is- in providing a perfectionist of a plastic surgeon and a testament to all the prayers prayed on behalf of Rachel. She'll always have it. It's a part of her...

8 comments:

Joy Howse said...

Beautiful picture. Oh all the things a mom has to think about. And yes, God made her perfect just the way she is.

Kim said...

Cute, cute, cute picture!

Krissy said...

That is SUCH a cute picture :o)

I always feel so relieved to hear other cleft mommies voice some of the same concerns/worries I have b/c sometimes I worry that I am the only one who thinks that way!

Shannon said...

What a beautiful little lady who has been an inspiration to me for so long! And what a beautiful tribute to not only your sweet little girl, but all of our beautiful babies....it is part of them and tells such an amazing story.

Patty said...

Amen amen...this picture does capture her cuteness and her personality. God is good.

The Dawkins said...

She looks great!!

Kelly Rogers said...

She looks beautiful! Such a cute little girl. And you're right - it will always be a part of her just as it is with all of our wonderful cleft babies.

Allison said...

What a beautiful girl Rachel is . . . and yes, her cleft will always be a part of her, something to be so proud of! What a sweetie!