smoothie on a spoon

There is a lot of clapping and cheering happening in our house these days.

Our youngest daughter started using a spoon!

I know that sounds like not a big deal to many. For most, seeing a 2 1/2 year old eat from a spoon is a very normal and expected sight. But in our home it is a massive milestone. After years of being terrified of anything other than her bottle – our girl bravely tackled the spoon last week. She has had to overcome some huge hurdles and deep seeded fears to being able to take a bite of her smoothie from a spoon. And she did it. Not only has she taken a bite, she has fed herself several bites. We are so proud of her. Her sister and brothers are so proud of her. She is so proud of herself.

The beauty of finally seeing her eat from something other than a bottle brought Chris and I both to tears. Not much compares to seeing your child accomplish something that on hard and long days felt out of reach. Smoothie on a spoon today…stealing food from my plate tomorrow!

I love the pride on Little One’s face and the sheer excitement on FireCracker’s. Our whole family is feeling the joy of this milestone!

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  • Avenlea - Praise God!!

  • Melinda - Oh this brings tears of happiness to my eyes! Congratulations little one!

  • Jacki - I’ve had an excellent day today, it could only be topped off by something as wonderful as little one reaching this momentous milestone. You and Chris are not the only ones in joyous tears at her achievement, rest assured that most of us on the sidelines of your life are as well !

  • Meg - Happy Dances are in order! That is such an awesome thing… seeing your kids conquer something. Those are the times to cling to in the rough days!

  • Jessica Johnson - There is a lot of clapping and cheering in California, too. Look at her!!! So proud. And Firecracker is your twin here.

  • Maria - SOOOOOOOOOOOOO HAPPPPPPPPPPPPY!!!!!! for her (and the rest of you). What a big step forward!

  • vada wetzel - I’m usually not so crazy about girls and the whole cheerleading thing but in this context Firecracker deserves to carry the pompoms and wear the short twirly skirt..Cheerleading at it’s most awesome!

  • Anna @ A Good Home - Yay! What a great day! That girl is positively glowing with pride πŸ™‚ Thank the Lord for answered prayers, huh? She’s so many answers all rolled into one precious package.

  • Lynn - What a big step for Little One!! Congrats!!

  • Paola - Well done!! πŸ™‚

  • Jacci - Oh, hallelujah!!!!! We are so EXCITED and proud of you, Little One!!!! That’s wonderful!!!! Giving thanks to our great God with you πŸ™‚

  • Jenny B. - YAY, Little One! πŸ™‚

  • Krystal - YAY!!! I am not sure who’s face I love more…..Little Ones’s happiness and feeling of accomplishment or Fire Cracker’s pure joy for her sister. Love love love it!!

  • Anniken - What a big step! So happy for you all… Little one should be very proud!

  • Martina - Woohoo!!! Yay, Little One! What a big hurdle for your brave little girl. I love that the whole family is celebrating along with her.

  • Christi Smith - YAY!!!

  • Jennifer S. - Just love in these pictures…just love.. πŸ™‚

  • Lisa W. - What wonderful news! I’m praising the Lord with you! God is good – all the time!

  • Caitlin - Tears. This is just beautiful. The pride on her face is amazing. Way to go on letting her do it in her own timing.

  • Natalie, the Chickenblogger - joy! joy! joy!
    Her expressions, Firecracker’s too, are adorable.
    Oh the wonders and pleasures of learning and growing.

  • Erica Baker - Praise the Lord! Great job Little One. What a blessing.

  • Debbie C - So so happy for you! What a huge step!

  • RobyGiup - Little One is amazing! And she met an amazing family too!
    Congratulations!!! πŸ™‚

  • Kelley - I love how excited Little One is!! And Firecracker is such a great,supportive big sister!! (But they are looking too grown up… Slow down!!)

  • Cathy S. - WooHoooo!!!!! Yay little one! That’s a huge step.

  • sarah - Congrats little one!!! I love the pic with firecracker beside her clapping. such a happy post this morning!

  • Helen - Oh what a wonderful moment to capture in photos – very special!

  • jenn - What an amazing accomplishment and what an awesome little cheerleader she has by her side!

  • Monica - I love both faces! Pure happiness. Firecracker is going to be a great woman. I can see her personality. And little one she has a great example to follow. They are cuties, they are wonderful. You are doing a great job. With your patient and love they will accomplish anything in life. Have a wonderful day!

  • kimberly oyler - YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!

  • Angie - Oh happy day!!!

  • Molly - I’m realizing this as my kids grow older: there is something SO special about them reaching milestones when they are also old enough to recognize the achievement and be proud of themselves! What a happy day for all of you – thanks for sharing.

  • Lorie Ann Bell - What a huge accomplishment!!!!! Way to go!!!!!! There is cheering (& of course lots of tears from me) going on in our house for you as well! Yay!!!!!!!

  • rachelzana - I’m so happy! Yay!

  • Renae - I love that you can tell she’s so proud of herself!! This is really fantastic…yay!!! Thanks for letting us know, I feel like I’ve been waiting for this post forever and am thrilled that it’s finally here!!

  • Jocelyn - Wow! That is huge! I’m celebrating with you all. What a wonderful answer to prayer.

  • Alicia - Oh my gosh! How exciting! I love everything about these photos. Thank you for sharing as they brought a huge smile to my face this Monday morning!

  • Laura@Ms Smartie Pants - what a blessing, praise God! Seeing little one surrounded by such love just overwhelms me, just awesome!

  • Lynne Malan - Oh!!!! wow!!! tears* with you!!! And so so proud!!!!! wow!!! i know how big a milestone this is! my baby (of 2) is falling asleep in my arms for the first time in her 2 years…. wow!!! this is huge!! just look at her face… she seems mischievous? hehe… sooo happy and grateful with you..
    i would say ‘love always wins’ xx

  • Katie - Yay! Our God is awesome…and so is Little One!

  • Auburn - YAY!!! What a brave little girl!!

  • Stephanie - my nine year old nephew Brody has autism and will only eat a few things (right now, just chicken patties and chocolate milk!). a couple weeks ago, he started a new feeding therapy technique and I watched him not only eat some jelly off a fork but also sign for more. I cheered and cried right there even though we were in a restaurant, people must have thought i was crazy! so i totally know how great that must have felt to watch her eat off of a spoon, congrats Little One!!! Congrats to Mom and Dad too, you guys got her there!!!

  • Molly - oh wow. what a huge milestone. so fun to see the joy in both their faces.

  • Loan - I love these pictures! And look at big sister cheering her on. So much pride, love and support! Congratulations on your milestone Little One! xoxo

  • Trisha - Awesome is the perfect word for this achievement. Today a spoon, someday the world! πŸ™‚

  • Erica - Way to go Little One!!! You look like a pro with that spoon πŸ™‚

  • Rachel B. - God is so good! Thanks for sharing this huge event! You’ve made our day πŸ™‚

  • Izzy - Hooray! I’m so glad for you. Well Done to Little One!

  • Laree @ Ever Heard Of Euless - Oh, that is so exciting! Hooray for little one!

    (and is she left handed normally? or is she still switching it up?)

  • Sandy C. - Knew from the title that this was goo going to be a redletter post kind of day! Awesome:D

  • Charity G. - Yay! What a wonderful moment. Those pictures are great.

  • Seamingly Sarah - Yeah! A day to praise, for He never forgets and always blesses us, even when we forget.

    And you caught some great moments/facial expressions there. So cool.

  • Nicole C - The elation is priceless!

  • Joey - How precious! What a huge milestone! Yay for her and for you all!

  • Tanya - Awesome! Congrats to her! And I love her big sis cheering her on πŸ™‚

  • Michelle - How precious – She looks so proud in that last picture! I love the expressions on her face as she’s trying if from the spoon and Firecracker cheering her on just makes the pictures that much better!

  • Emily - woohooo! Go Little One!

  • Betsy - Firecracker sitting right beside her cheering her on touched my heart as well. Brought a tear to my eye. Thanks for sharing your life with us!

  • Lisa - GO, Little One! Rejoicing with you.

  • debi - Yay Little One!!

  • Brittany W. - Yay!!! That is awesome! It is so encouraging to see her progress. I have a little one that is having some difficulty eating solid foods and is a little behind his peers. Sometimes I get discouraged, but seeing Little One making such great progress, I am reminded to stay encouraged and let him work at his own pace.

  • Lori - i’ve been following you for a while now and love reading about little one’s journey. this post brought tears to my eyes. such an incredible moment! thank you for sharing!

  • Angela Arnett Stone - That is just wonderful!!!!

  • dawntalks - praise the Lord! πŸ™‚ Hope to see some videos.. πŸ™‚

  • Kara M - HOW WONDERFUL! I love the picture of Firecracker clapping.

  • Maureen - What a great post. I “get” how big this is. Congrats to Little One and her very patient momma.

  • Jill - I almost cried reading this!! So exciting πŸ™‚

  • Janelle - YAY Little One!!!!!!

  • Birdy & Bambi - Congrats to little one from the fatcatconnection! What a milestone in her young life!

    She looks so proud of herself! Wonderful!

    Love from Germany
    her you can meet Bambis army of fortune!

  • Ingrid - that is so amazing!! congrats little one!!

  • sylvie la GB - bravo ! bravo ! bravoooooooooo !!
    such a big step !
    so happy for you all !
    Sylvie, from France

  • Nichole - Yay Little One! I’m cheering with you and you look so happy in those pics!

  • Katie Phillips - I love to see big sister’s encouragement! One of my favorite things to see is my girl’s rooting one another on- sometimes it gives them the boost they need to go on. And how true that something that seems impossible or unreachable, just… isn’t, one day. Thank God for that!!

  • amanda - This post brought tears to my eyes. Congratulations on a huge milestone for your family! πŸ™‚

  • Jamie - Congrats! What progress. I’m so happy for her and the rest of your family.

  • Amy L - I cried a little too. So very, very happy for you guys!

  • Liane - Yay! That is awesome! πŸ™‚

  • Heather - So exciting! I love these pictures-the look on Firecracker’s face is priceless πŸ™‚

  • Julie - YAY LITTLE ONE!!! What a huge accomplishment for your sweet girl, Ashley! I’m so excited for her and for you. I completely relate to your statement of “Not much compares to seeing your child accomplish something that on hard and long days felt out of reach” as our little one from China just took her first steps this weekend . . . at age 2.75 years old!!!! These things are reasons to celebrate!!!

  • Charlotte - Silent lurker for YONKS however this has prompted me to post. Well done Little One you are amazing! xx

  • Emma - I am so pleased for you all, Ashley! It is testament to your constant love and consistent nurturing environment that she has felt able to do this. What a beautiful beautiful moment. Thank you for sharing it with all of us ‘virtual’ friends so that we can share in your joy. Sending you lots of love xxxxx

  • Maureen - Cheers, tears and so much love and excitement from Alaska. Congratulations to Little One and all of you. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. My boys (21 & 29) stopped by and were jumping around and whooping like crazy! We’ve kind of adopted your family…Love to you all, from us all.

  • Anastasia Curtin - Congratulations to Little One from all of us in New Jersey!!!
    Great Job Mom!Luv!

  • Stoich91 - Celebrate good times, common! πŸ˜€

  • Steph - This is something to behold. I was just thinking to myself that I need to introduce the spoon to my Little One and then said a little prayer for your Little One, and here I see you’ve already jumped that hurdle! Congratulations, her face is a firework show of positive emotions and humor, photography is an amazing gift! Happy Happy Day to all of you!!

  • Mary - This. The feeling I feel when I see this is how I know that God is real. It comes from a place of joy that no words can conquer. <3

  • Amy - Hurray! My son is the same age and had many, many food issues when we first brought him home. We celebrated like you would not believe when he started self feeding, like OMG!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hurray for your whole family. Isn’t it a gift for your other children to be a part of nurturing and celebrating things so many others take for granted. God is good, God is smart.


  • Amy Huff - I saw the blog title in my RSS reader and started clapping! Yay, Little One, you are such a rock star!

  • Kimberly Troth - YAY!!! Congrats Little One and what a GREAT cheerleader FireCracker makes πŸ™‚

  • Kristin S - OH my word! Yea Little One!

    And she’s a south paw like her sister!

  • Erin - Thanks be to God! I cried for you all! So cool!

  • Rosalind - Congratulations!! We have eating issues with our 6 year old and I know how it feels to celebrate the tiny steps – such a big achievement. Well done little one, I’m proud of you!

  • Debbie - Sweet joy – sweet happiness. Firecracker’s clap and the sweet joy on your little one’s face is honestly the most precious thing I have seen in a long time. What a duo these two are? What a blessing they must be for each other…

  • Nell - Congratulations…to you, to Chris, to little one, & to all your beautiful kids. That’s wonderful to read. Nx

  • Abbie C - I just shed a few happy tears for your family! I am SO happy for this milestone in Little One’s life. Congratulations!!

  • Patti - Oh happy day! So special.

  • Amber - Congratulations! Such joy, and what a milestone!!! Way to go Little One!!!!

  • Heather - Clap Clap Clap!!!

  • Angela Gadtke - Wow! That just lightened my night! Way to go little lady! I’m sure there are many milestones ahead. I love watching your adoption journey unfold. Friday marks our one year of officially waiting on the list in the Philippines. It’s so fun to see the growth all the members of your family have made through your journey.

  • AshleyAnn - Amy – so incredible isn’t it! I check in often on you guys…I need to comment more! Thanks for celebrating with us!

  • AshleyAnn - Maureen – what incredible boys you must have…thank you!

  • AshleyAnn - Julie that is amazing…so happy for you and your little one!!

  • Jill - This is so touching. Amazing accomplishment, great captures. Love how closely Firecracker is watching that spoon. You can feel the love and encouragement.

  • Kelli - Long in coming makes the moment oh so much sweeter. Thanks for the tears today. πŸ™‚

  • Laura J - My heart is bursting with happiness for all of you!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - AAGH! I’m so, so happy for you! I am sobbing right along with you! Yay Little One!

  • Inga - Even I cried. Good job, little girl. Good job, little one’s mom and dad. Good job little one’s big sister πŸ™‚

  • Brenda - Goosebumps! Hooray, Little One!

  • Kimberly Dial - YAY Little One! A prayer answered … thanks for sharing!

  • Jackie - How wonderful. Praise God!!! I have been reading your journey since before Little One came home, I often share posts with my husband, and I can’t imagine the elation you all are feeling.

  • Cate O'Malley - I totally got goosebumps through the photos. Little One’s expression is the last photo is all “no big deal,” and I love seeing Firecracker’s pride in her sister’s accomplishment. Hurrah!

  • Anne - While we do have a little guy with cleft lip and palate, it was our oldest biological son that had oral sensory issues. It was a long struggle to get him from pureed baby food to anything with texture/chunks. I vividly remember the day he put a pea in his mouth for the first time – and he didn’t gag or throw up. I died! Tears, a phone call to his therapist, and a tangible boost to our hope that he could make it through this. So excited for your girl – and for you all! What a huge step!

  • Lori - Wooohooo! Way to go sweet girl! πŸ™‚

  • Carrie - Hi, my name is Carrie and my husband and I brought our daughter home from China just this past February. She too was born with cleft lip and palate.
    She will be two on Christmas Day. Your blog and posts were among the ones I read to help me prepare my daughter’s arrival. I thank you so much for sharing your heart.
    I just want to share my cheers for firecracker and her use of a spoon! That is awesome! The little things are the big things.
    God Bless!

  • Airyckah - Put me to tears. I’m so proud of her, and all of you! I hope you don’t mind, but I shared, and linked, to this story on my blog

  • Ramona - Oh my goodness, so much happyness!!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS. Little One!! <3 And the joy on her big sister's face is priceless. <3

  • Suzanne - Three cheers for your glorious little gal! HIP HIP HOORAY!!

  • Darcie - “Never Give Up!” I love love love this. Oh, she’s so proud of herself, and I bet there certainly were tears. Ashley, you are inspiring and beautiful – I am privileged to have met you!

  • Ashleigh - Glorious tears are flowing!! Yaee Little One!

  • Elise - So happy for her!!! Praise the Lord!!!

  • Amy D - So thrilled for you guys!

  • Kristin - HUGE! Congratulations!!!

  • Joy-Anne Headley - This is beautiful! I cheered out-loud when I saw this, and the joy radiating from Fire-cracker in support speaks volumes! So happy she’s reached this milestone!

  • Kimberlee Jost - Oh this makes me sooooo happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Cathy - This is wonderful!! I love the looks on your girl’s faces. Firecracker is SO excited and proud!! so sweet

  • mandy - Awesome and PTL!!! So proud of you Little One!!!! God is SO GOOD!

  • Irene - Though they may not be biologically related, the elation on Firecracker’s face is so inspiring, the joy so genuine and sincere. The love she has for her little sister is undoubtedly from the bottom of her heart…. Kudos to you and Chris for imparting the importance of love and care…

  • Natalie - I love that FireCracker is right there cheering her on! This is a great post! I have been reading through your whole blog! I can’t skip one post…so glad I found your blog and am enjoying every minute of it. You have inspired me to get back to blogging as I took a break recently after work promotion and my girls got a bit older.

    Thank you!