stickers and girls

My girls.

Where you find one, the other is usually close by.

Their friendship is really blooming.

They have their fights over who gets the Barbie toy phone or who gets to sit in a certain chair.

But, they also are pretty crazy about each other.

Little One has a strong love for sunglasses. She prefers to wear them as often as possible. FireCracker put stickers on both their hands and then began using sign language to say “same” to her sister. I love that I had my camera out at that moment – to capture her version of signing. For those wondering, Little One can hear just fine and has normal 2 year old comprehension, but she isn’t talking much. We do some signing to help her have tools for communication while she tackles learning to talk with a lip and palate that no longer have a cleft.

They are a mess together, those two. A beautiful, crazy hair, markers on legs mess. My friends Ashley & Lisa of Lil Blue Boo sent the girls those dresses. They were part of their monthly dress collection. Little One’s came with a watermelon purse. She was carrying it outside and a chicken started chasing her trying to eat the purse. I wish I had my camera on me for that moment. She was laughing so hard and the chicken couldn’t figure out what was going on!

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  • Amy - Hi Ashley. I’ve been following your little corner of the web for years… You have the most beautiful way with words, and a real gift for capturing life’s precious moments. I would love to see a post someday on how the new studio space has changed family life and routine. Peace and love to you.

  • Lori - Your girls…simply adorable! Love the dresses.
    The purse story is too funny.

  • Ashley - Cute and love lbb.

  • cindy hahn - Reading your blog ALWAYS brightens my day!!! Thank you for sharing

  • jules - Cute dresses… and lovely to see them bonding as sisters! Agree with Amy’s comment, care to share more about your studio? I’m loving everything you’ve done and envy the light, space & fun room you’ve created for your family!

  • Kate - We taught our kids a bit of sign language when they were little, too. My first born, a girl, helpfully signed “more”, “all done”, “dirty”, “water”, “please”, and several others. My second, a son? “Bird.” Not so helpful. πŸ˜‰

  • Izzy - Very cute photos of your cute girls! I like the dresses too. What a beautiful mess they made! I love the sign language picture!

  • MaruΕ‘a - the cutest pair, those two πŸ™‚

  • Kelly - Hi Ashley, Amy said it so well… I so enjoy your blog posts… they are a sweet little escape and have such a fresh, down to earth perspective. You remind us of the important things in life. Love it!

  • Cassi - I love these shots, it tells the story perfectly.

  • Emily - We’re a signing family, too. My sister is hard of hearing, but the rest of us hear very well – however a few months ago i got laryngitis and being able to sign to my family saved my bacon! Go ASL! That picture is darling and I’m so glad you caught it, too πŸ™‚

  • Monica - Your girls are adorable. My girls one is 4 years old and the other one is almost One. SO the oldest one get mad that the little one because she doesn’t play nice. LOL. The little one is always try to get the toys so Bella (4 years old) gets cranky. But for sure she loves her little sister, sometimes she doesn’t care that Sophia (1 year old) is into her things. Hopefully when Sophia is little older they play better. Yesterday they were playing under my curtains. Giggles and laughing like crazy. LOL. I love to hear that instead of crying and winning. Have a wonderful day!

  • - God’s beauty shines brightly through the sweet faces of these girls! Love these pictures!

  • Victoria / Justice Pirate - Aw. they are wonderful. I wish I grew up with a sister to be with. I had such a lonely childhood with the huge age gap between my brothers and I (so one was in college when I was 7, the other was in high school, since I was a surprise baby that was unplanned).

    I love their dresses and the way they communicate. I am sure once you do hear Little One talk, it will make you cry! they are amazing, even with the mess.

  • Brenda - I so look forward to reading your sweet blog posts every morning with my coffee. Can you tell me if you added the wood to that metal shelf with wheels in the background of one of the pictures. I am trying to make something in my dining room like that, debating whether to buy an industrial, garage-type shelf and just add my own wood plank shelving.

  • Dana - I have been following you blog for a couple of months, I am blown away by your commitment to God and your children. I am very passionate about adoption and I have loved reading your adoption story. I am not 100% done reading the adoption story, but what I have read so far is amazing! I love how God works in the adoption process. This post with the girls is beautiful! Sisters are the best!

  • alison holcomb - such sweet memories captured:) love the post processing on these photos.

  • Jaklyn Cato - So cute! I have three younger sisters and growing up was very much the same with them. Barbie fights were always a little intense πŸ™‚

  • Jessica Scott - I have 4 year old and 2 year old daughters and they are buddies as well. Whatever the oldest does the little one will do her best to do as well, two peas in a pod. I was an only child so I can’t understand what it is like to grow up with a best friend that lives with me but it is sure fun to watch my girls together! I also love looking at your amazing pictures of your family, it give me daily inspiration with my own family.

  • Trysha - I’ve been reading through your archives and oh my goodness!! I had found your blog right around the time when Firecracker was in the hospital, and now I’ve worked my way before that point.

    It’s so different looking at your life before Little One. Thank you for sharing.

  • Heidi - I honestly just snorted at work when I read the part about the watermelon purse. Poor chickies, thought they were getting a treat! I hope they get some real watermelon soon πŸ™‚

  • Stephanie McConnell - Oh my word Ashley! They are so absolutely gorgeous! It brings tears to my eyes watching their relationship grow and that’s just by seeing the pics, I can’t imagine in person. πŸ™‚

  • Victoria - What a precious post! They are both beautiful x

  • Kimberly Dial - Oh those precious girlies! A mess? Perhaps πŸ˜‰ but a beautiful one! I just love them!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Oh my goodness – the watermelon story is cracking me up! LOL.

  • DawnTalks - I am so inlove with Little One and FireCracker that they inspire me to blog more about my passion for little girls. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing what a wonderful family you have there, ashley! God bless u and your family big time!

  • Kristin S - Firecracker was a baby. Yesterday. Beside Little One, she looks like such a big girl!

  • Kelly - Your girls are so absolutely beautiful. The joy and love they feel just radiates out of them. I love the picture of Little One looking at the camera with her arms around Firecracker. Usually in your pictures Firecracker looks more enamored with her little sister, but here you can see how absolutely and completely LO LOVES and admires her big sister. What a beautiful relationship!

  • Kimberly @ Turning It Home - Sisters are so special! I love watching my daughters’ relationship blossom as well.

  • knuckstermom - You know, you need sunglasses yourself when you see those bright smiles. Oh I just look and am awed by the perfection of your girls! BTW, you must be thrilled with the progress Little One is making, Oh my goodness, that sassy little lip is gorgeous!