The Incubator Project {6/12 update on “our kids”}


It is with great excitement and immense joy that I get to give you all updates on the kids we have sponsored together. I created a page on my blog dedicated to this project and these kids. You can find the old posts and information, by clicking here. I am working on changing a few things on my blog. Soon I hope to have a direct link on the homepage, so you can easily access The Incubator Project page.

As you read through these updates, I hope you get a sense of the huge difference you have made in the lives of these kids. Those that are in foster care or healing homes are there because of your support. They are able get the individual care and nutrition needed to prepare for surgeries and heal from surgeries that could not happen in their orphanages. Those in foster care get to be a part of a family. Thank you for being a part of these kids lives.

Right now, these are kids that don’t have a mom or dad to sing over them at night or cover them in kisses. You are being their advocates. You are making an investment in their lives and declaring to the world how incredibly special each one of them are. I love you all for doing that. Thank you for being a voice for these little ones. Thank you.

As I read through the updates and compiled this post, I was overwhelmed with gratitude. These kids are survivors. They are fighters. They are being given a chance to thrive….and hopefully one day will know what it means to be part of a forever family. I can’t believe we get to sponsor these kids together!

So without any more wait…check out how our kids are growing and thriving.

These faces and stories do this waiting mom’s heart so much good.

The polaroid pictures are the first photos we got of each kid, I will use these polaroids for every update so we can see them grow.


Abby, 7 months old, had her cleft lip repair done during the Love Without Boundaries Cleft Exchange trip. She came to the healing home as a failure to thrive infant. She grew strong enough for her cleft surgery. We originally sponsored her during her stay in a Healing Home after surgery. She has now moved onto LWB foster care. She is fascinated with her toes, is locating sounds and now sitting with support. The first time I saw her photo, I was a goner. She’s as beautiful with her cleft repaired as she was before.

Alan just celebrated his first birthday! He likes to eat cakes and bread, but is not a fan of noodles. His favorite activity is to be carried outside to play. He is currently in LWB foster care.

Amy arrived at one of the LWB Healing Homes in late April. She has a severe bilateral cleft lip and palate, which made it very hard for her to eat at her home orphanage. When she arrived she was 6 months old and weighed 11lbs. She has gained 0.5 lbs since she arrived. She is very aware of her surroundings, but does not yet have the strength to play with toys. The nannies at the Healing Home are working hard to get her strong and healthy.

Asher is 5 months old and recently had his cleft lip repaired. He likes to sit on his nanny’s lap, be laid back and then raised up again. He laughs out loud when his nanny plays this game. He is getting stronger and stronger. He is now sometimes able to lift his head forward to bite the blanket is his holding. He is currently living in one of the LWB Healing Homes.

Bailin recently had his palate repair, but had a fever so we don’t have a new update on him just yet. Bailin is in LWB foster care.

Becca is 4.5 years old. She likes to play with her classmates and friends at school. She is active and outgoing. She is a quick learner and if she comes across something she doesn’t understand she asks her foster mom. She can recite many poems, color and draw simple pictures. Becca is kindhearted. Whenever LWB goes to the rural foster care families, she asks to go along and reminds her foster parents to buy snacks to take to the other kids. Becca currently lives in a LWB foster family. We’ve heard that she is now in the process of being adopted, hopefully there will be more news on that next month.

Bennett, 6 months old, has his cleft lip repair during the Love Without Boundaries Cleft Exchange trip and is recovering well. He also came to the Healing Home as a failure to thrive infant…now he is very much thriving! His favorite activity is to open and close his hands. He can roll to his right side easier than his left side. He is a happy boy. We originally sponsored his time in a Healing Home after surgery, he has healed so well that he is now in LWB foster care.

Blaise had his second cleft repair during the recent Cleft Exchange trip. Sadly, the repair did not hold and Blaise will need to endure surgery again. He will need up to 9 months of recovery time before another surgery can take place. However, none of that is slowing this little guy down. He is now able to pull himself upΒ  on his own (a skill he has worked hard to gain). He is beginning to cruise around and walk with assistance. He enjoys throwing balls and is growing increasingly social. Blaise currently lives at one of the LWB Healing Homes.

Chris has totally healed from his recent cleft lip repair surgery. He is a curious baby that likes to take everything in. He has quickly won over the nannies at the healing home. He is happy to play by himself and with his nannies. He has developed some seasonal asthma, so he has been on a nebulizer a bit to help with breathing. He is still at the Healing Home, but will move to foster care as soon as a place opens up for him.


Dolores is 5 months old and weighs 12.3 lbs. When other babies are sleeping, she keeps her eyes open and observes the nannies or other babies. Dolores is now able to bring her hands to her mouth. When she sees people coming to her, she will bring her hands down and greet them with a brilliant smile. She is becoming more and more active. She is energetic and strong. She has begun using her hands and feet more often. She pulls her blanket to her mouth or gazes at her hands for quite a long time. She is currently living in one of the LWB Healing Homes, where they anticipate she will be ready and strong enough for her lip repair in a couple of months.


Ella is new to our group of sponsored kids. As Abby graduated out of the Healing Home, Ella moved in and our sponsorship was transferred to her. She was born in April and is a tiny little thing. She is very strong, very loud and likes to eat a lot. We are hoping she gains the strength and health to make her eligible for surgery. She will be given a western name soon, so I’ll let you know that change next month.


Emmerson is 3 months old and weighs 11.4lbs. He no longer is satisfied lying down, but wants to spend time in the bouncer seat watching things around him. He is starting to show interest in colorful toys. He sometimes readers his hand for the mobile toys dangling over his crib. Over the last month he became chubbier and healthy enough for his cleft repair surgery. He is currently living in one of the LWB Healing Homes.


When Bennett graduated out of the Healing Home, our sponsorship was transferred to Guo. He is not even a month old and arrived at the Healing Home last week. He will most likely stay there for 4-5 months. He will be given a western name soon, so I’ll let you know that change next month.

Jacob’s lip has totally healed from his cleft lip repair. His smile isn’t quite as big now, but he is a happy baby. Jacob always wants one on one attention. He likes to sit in the walker and follow the nannies all over. He is happy and active. He loves the nannies and enjoys when others come to visit. Jacob has now transitioned to foster care run by another organization with his home orphanage. This will be the last update we get on Jacob, his sponsorship has been transferred to Yao.


James is 1 year 9 months old and is happy and well cared for. He and Lauren (also in LWB foster care) are becoming more confident and outgoing. When the LWB managers entered their house, James & Lauren understood who they were and showed visible excitement. For the first time, they greeted the LWB managers with big smiles and extended hands. James is becoming more active and is making more sounds, now speaking the same one or two words.

Marieli is healing well from her palate surgery and has become even more attached to her nannies while she is healing. She enjoys playing with other babies. She is active and walk in the walker anywhere she likes. She is very quiet, but laughs very loudly. Marieli had been at the Healing Home for 17 months, but has now transitioned to foster care in her home city. This transition was very difficult for Healing Home nannies. However, her nannies are thankful she will get the chance to have individual attention and will be preparing for adoption. This will be the last report we will get on Marieli as she is now foster care run by another organization at her orphanage. Her sponsorship has been transferred to baby Xiang.

Neil is new to our list of sponsored kids. Our little guy Luke was adopted, so our sponsorship has been transferred to Neil. Neil is 3 years old and has a repaired cleft lip and cleft palate. He started school this month, likes to race his skateboard and is in LWB foster care.


Pete was in need of a surgery to correct a urological defect. Together we helped fund the remaining needs for his surgery. He is now recovering at one of the Healing Homes. He will need another surgery in about 4 months. Until then he is getting a lot of attention and great care!
Peter is new to our group of sponsored kids. We have funded a nutrition program for Peter for the next 6 months. This program provides Peter’s foster parents with cereal for him, which results in Peter growing strong and healthy. Peter’s foster mom said he is lively and clever. He likes to play with a neighbor boy and sleep with his foster mom in the evenings. He is still recovering from a cleft palate repair surgery.


Tiny little Valerie recently had her cleft lip repair done (which you all helped make possible). Her surgery was postponed a bit because of a battle with pneumonia. LWB hopes she will be able to go into foster care or have her own caregiver at her orphanage while she recovers to insure she gets the care she needs. LWB is also trying to provide quality formula for her to keep growing strong.

Xiang is new to our group of sponsored kids. When Marieli transitioned to foster care, our sponsorship was transferred to Xiang. He is not quite a month old and will be at the Healing Home for 6-7 months. We will have more information on him in the coming months. He will be given a western name soon, so I’ll let you know that change next month.

Yao is new to our group of sponsored kids. When Jacob transitioned to foster care, our sponsorship was transferred to sweet baby Yao.Β  She is three months old and will be eligible for surgery as soon as she gains some weight. We will have more information on her in the coming months. She will be given a western name soon, so I’ll let you know that change next month.


Wow…that is a lot of kids! Now, I do feel the need to point out that LWB does work with children with all kinds of medical needs. I know based on this post it might look like there is a huge majority of cleft affected kids, but please know our sponsored kids are not a reflection of all the needs that LWB assists. Early on when the project began I mentioned to LWB if we had funds above and beyond what was needed for the incubator, I’d love to see those go towards helping a cleft affected child. Well….needless to say when I thought we might be able to help one, we actually get to help so many. So, that was a personal request on my part πŸ™‚

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  • RachelC - Love the update! Absolutely CANNOT WAIT until the update on each of these special children is that they are going home to forever families. Please, keep the updates coming. Looking forward to praying each one of them HOME.

  • Jeannette - So amazing Ashley – I love the updates and the stories bring these kids closer to us. I want to just squeeze everyone of them! Thank you for your heart and making a difference in the lives of so many! Praise God!

  • a reader - you make me cry at work WAY to often! hahah

  • The Prairie Hen - Dear Ashley,
    They are so beautiful. My heart goes out to each one and I am again thankful for people like you who are making an effort on their behalf. The pictures and updates make it so much more real than a generic donation. What a wonderful mission!

    Teary in NE

  • emmybrown - how incredible!!!! I LOVE each update! Thank you!

  • Sandy - Thanks so much for this wonderful update!

  • amber - Sweet sweet babies!

  • Sundee - God is good!! Thank you for the update.

  • Amanda - What a great update, I can’t believe how long the list of kids is! It makes me want to drop everything and just go over there to take care of them all.

  • mandi@herbanhomestead - Wow Ashley! How wonderful! I had no idea that so many lives have been touched already through this project. Thank you for the update. Keep those precious ones coming!

  • Alice H - They are all such sweet babies. Glad you did this Ashley. You started something wonderful and allowed all of your readers a chance to help. Thank you.

    May I ask what it means to be given a western name?

  • Carol - They are all so beautiful, and this post simply melts my heart for them all over again. Thanks so much for the update!

  • AshleyAnn - Alice – I believe it is just a western nickname…

  • heather - i love these updates!
    i’m so inspired by how many children are being helped.
    God is soooooo good!

  • Amanda - This is just so crazy awesome!!!!! Thank you so much, you are an amazing woman!!!

  • Lynn - While looking at the pictures of the children it brings tears and smiles to my face at the same time. They are such beautiful children and you have opened my eyes to the great need that is out there for so many. Thank you for all you have done to help these babies….you are a special person.

  • barbara Janaina - Dear Ashley, I think that is just FANTASTIC what you (and your friends) are doing. Can you tell me a site or an institution that I can take informations of adoption of some of this kids? I live in Brazil, and I know that this can be a bit complicated, but I would like to try…
    Kisses from this beautiful place, hope some day you came to visit us!

  • Amanda - What a wonderful post. I wish there was a way to just scoop up all these beautiful children and bring them home with me. This project really inspires me.

  • AshleyAnn - Barbara – I am not sure on how information regarding adoption and any of these kids works or if it is even possible to get that info, but I recommend contacting Love Without Boundaries for more info about that.

  • Michelle W - Ashley, this fills my heart with so much joy. Thank you so much for the updates!

  • Julie B - Love the updates and so glad that so many are being helped!

  • Amber McGinnis - Wow! So many kids! God does amazing work. Congratulations, Ashley for starting such a wonderful and benefitting project!

  • barbara Janaina - Thank’s Ashley

  • Midwest Magnolia - Melissa Lewis - Thank you so much for keeping us updated on these beautiful children. Could you have ever imagined how many other lives you would effect by that one action? God is so good! What an amazing story!

  • Km - What an inspiration to see Gods love in action from YOU and your sweet readers!!!! Where can I go to donate to this cause????

  • Carolyn - Such beautiful children! thank you for the update. Looking forward to hearing more progress in the future.

  • Carla - I don’t read your blog every day, or even every week, but when I pop in I usually read back to catch up on what I’ve missed. I just saw your entry with the list of 100 things you can’t wait to experience when your daughter arrives home to you. I don’t cry much but that list had tears streaming down my face, and I just had to say thank you. Thanks for reminding me of how much there is to cherish. My daughter is 19 months old and sometimes things like picking up cheerios and changing diapers seem not-so-fun, or sometimes downright inconvenient – but you reminded me how precious they can be too, and why I got into this Mama business in the first place. I wish you and your family all the joy in the world, I’ll be watching to see pictures of your new addition!

  • Kate Young - Thank you for continuing to post these updates. Adoption has been in the back of my mine for a while, and I’m not sure what the Lord has in stiring this country and these children for my family….
    I have fallen head over heels for Amy and now Valarie. Know that your simple desire to provide an incubator is still rippling out into the kingdom.

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Dearest Ashley, you bless my heart. Today was a little tough. Mr. B did not get the job he has been interviewing for. It has been 14 months and over 1,000 resumes. I was having my own pity party on my way back after lunch and then, I opened your post and my heart cried – LOOK WHAT OUR GOD CAN DO!

    Thank you!

  • amber - That’s amazing. Thank you so much for sharing these precious babies!! I’m so happy for them & yet broken hearted all at the same time. But God is always good.

  • Pip - Are cleft palates more common there or is it just as common here but treated faster? It seems like the eastern part of the world has more kids with them–or more kids who are abandoned because of them?

  • Elizabeth - wow wow wow!! all i can think of is “there are so many!”…so many children in need. thank you for being a vessel to impact these children’s lives. please keep posting on ways we can help!

  • Kimberlee Jost - These posts are some of my favorites.
    Each child is so beautiful and I loved seeing every single picture.
    Thank you for giving us all an opportunity to share in this project with you.

  • Emily - I can’t read these updates without crying both with a broken heart and with joy that these kids are cared for so lovingly. I have a 3 month of healthy baby boy and so my heart aches for these young babies that have to endure so much. I would love to take care of each and every one!! Thank You for being such a wonderful ambassador for them!!!