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  1. Ashley M. says:

    Today’s update (but particularly the first picture and the video) made this otherwise-rotten day so much better <3

  2. Charlotte says:

    Thanks for the update. Like Ashley said, you guys have a way of making a bad day good…

  3. Jessie says:

    The one of Valor in the stroller is my all-time favorite! So adorable! Looking forward to some Valor time at the Womens’ Retreat! πŸ˜€

  4. ncd1011 says:

    Thank you so much for sharing, especially the video; it is truly an honor to be able to see Valor take on the world!

  5. Jennifer says:

    He is so cute. I just want to squeeze him. But I won’t. πŸ™‚

  6. ironygirl says:

    Thanks for the update. I’ve been wondering how your little guy is doing. He looks so healthy and adorable. I am so happy for you.

    PS Both my kids have been or are currently thumbsuckers. I love that they can go to sleep and lucked out in that my son said, I’m five so I don’t suck my thumb anymore and actually stuck with it. Amazing!

  7. BlissG says:

    I love your site and check it frequently for updates. I adore this update of Valor. I never fail to smile when I see photos of him.

    I have a friend who is a children’s librarian and she also has story times with young kids like Valor. What is the “Thank You” song? If it has a familiar tune or words, please let me know (if it is not too much trouble of course) so that I can share it with my librarian friend.

    Thanks and keep those updates coming (I can always use the smiles!)


    • abby says:

      It’s more of a rhyme, there’s not much tune to it. I think I have this right:

      “My hands say ‘thank you’ with a clap clap clap
      My feet say ‘thank you’ with a tap tap tap
      Clap clap clap, tap tap tap
      And goodbye until next week, when we’ll sing and dance and read together at the library again!”

      There is a “hello” song, which has a tune similar to “So long, Farewell” from The Sound of Music.
      “Hello (waving), hello, hello and how are you?
      I’m fine (hand on chest), I’m fine, I hope that you are too.”

  8. Ann Jay says:

    It is always good to read an update. I love the pictures of Valor! God’s wonderful Gift!

  9. Gemma says:

    Aw, Valor is so adorable. The video of him laughing is possibly the cutest thing I’ve seen. It’s great to see him getting so big as well, and it must be great for you both to see him react to stories and play with his toys.
    As far as his invisible hair goes, I’m sure it’s the least of your worries, but it will come in eventually. My younger sister must have been about 2 before her hair really came in (in contrast, our cousin who was born on the same day as my sister had been for a couple of haircuts before my sister had enough to cut).

  10. chrisandlaura says:

    Will and I listened to baby Valor.
    What doting parents to import a dove and then uncork champagne for the shooting!

  11. Karen says:

    I know it’s normal for women to experience hair loss after pregnancy, but my mom’s suggestion was to wash hair/scalp in water that had been boiled with ginger in it (mix with cold water to create a sink full of warm water to wash with), and for some reason that actually really reduced hair loss to just regular hair loss.

    Thought I’d share her little remedy from experience with you, that actually worked!

  12. Cheree says:

    Oh how that laugh just brightens my day! Valor is such a special little guy!

  13. Tonya says:

    Love the photos and Valor’s happy smile (not to mention Mom’s and Dad’s). It goes without saying but I’ll say it–it’s OK to remember James. The memory of your firstborn and everything about them is burned into a mom’s mind. I’m sure you’ll not take Valor’s life for granted.

  14. Rena says:

    Hi again, just wondering where on earth you got that fun Viking hat??

    • Abby says:

      The Viking hat is from our friend Laura (commenter “ChrisandLaura” above). She made it just for him when she found out what we were going to name him, before Valor was born. I don’t think she’s planning to, but I know several moms that have their orders ready if she went into business! πŸ˜‰

  15. Kelly A. says:

    Love reading about your family and seeing Valor grow. I came over from Sweet Baby James awhile back.

    Today when listening to that adorable video both my dogs squeezed up next to the monitor to watch then, confused, turned their heads back and forth in sync trying to understand that noise! It was so funny I had to laugh myself.

  16. Joanie says:

    I’ve been following your blog for a while now and I just have to express to you what a blessing it’s been. Thank you for sharing your struggles and triumphs with us. Little Valor is stunningly beautiful and looks like such a happy little fellow!

    Since you have been bringing sunshine into my life through your blogs, I wanted to return the favor. I’ve nominated you for a Sunshine Award on my blog. If you’d like to check it out, feel free!

  17. malaitamere says:

    Like many, I found Sweet Baby James via the Cakewrecks blog, read it in one sitting and cried through much of it. I was so moved by the courage that you three displayed throughout James’ life (here, at least) and beyond, and thank you for sharing your reflections on the Bible that go deeper than the norm. Suffering does that, I guess.
    After taking in a chronologically condensed version of your lives over the last few years, I was so excited to read that finally you had little Valor. He was born on the same day as our daughter Zoe, who arrived in our lives after some very different (much less severe, much less protracted) struggles. It is a joy to read what Valor is up to, as despite being on opposite sides of the world, they have clearly been reading the same “How To” baby manual – the mattress thumping, the waking that is no longer coinciding with being hungry…not to mention the cloth nappy adventures. I wish we could get the same laundry powder in Australia.
    Thanks for sharing

  18. Reonyea says:


    I, like Zoe’s mum up there, came here from Cakewrecks and sniffled my way through sweetbabyjames before coming to this blog. I wanted to thank you for writing all of this down, and tell you that you really are inspiring people πŸ™‚

    Also, I wanted to say: I was an invisible haired baby! sometime between the age of two and three my wispy invisible hair became very dark brown hair, which then lightened a bit before I hit 5. My eyebrows…still haven’t quite caught up. They finally became visible when I was about 17, but they’re still about a third blonde.

  19. punxxi says:

    Valor must be keeping you both very busy!

  20. Reina Brown says:

    hI there,

    It is my hope that my last comment about the Babywise book and Gary Ezzo did not offend you. i just felt that as a fellow Christian, it is my duty to warn others who share with me in Christ about things that are potentially harmful. You guys are special to me, and even though I do not know you, i feel very close to you somehow, and if I hurt you in any way by my last comment, I’d feel so terrible. My heart would bleed it would hurt so bad. i just wanted to help because I hate when bad people take advantage of wonderful people like you all, and the sad thing is that Ezzo is a crooked man leading many devoted, wonderful, special parents astray and is making money off of it hand over fist, and it is a tragedy. I do not want that to happen to you all because after all you have been through you do not need the headache or the hurt.

    On a happier note, I’m glad to see that things are going well for you. You all deserve it so much after all you all have been through. Give the little one a kiss from me, keep up the good work, and most of all, keep the faith. You guys are in my prayers as always, and it seems that they are being answered after all. god bless.

  21. Excellent read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing some research on that. And he just bought me lunch because I found it for him smile Therefore let me rephrase that: Thank you for lunch!

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