S: Jonathan Asher: A Little Boy with a Big Heart
FC: Jonathan Asher | "Gift from God" "Happy, blessed"
1: "A precious baby has come from above to live in your hearts and fill them with love."
2: Jonathan Asher arrived at 6:20 am on June 8, 2009 | We were thrilled at your arrival. You had the smallest cry and were covered with vernix. Abigail stayed right by me through the delivery; she was so excited. Alex woke up for your arrival.
3: I went into labor Sunday night, but realized at 4:00 am Monday, June 8th you were coming soon and called Anne and Margaret. | We thought you might arrive on Mommy and Daddy's anniversary, but you waited until the day after. Here we are all waiting expectantly.
4: "Sometimes the best things come in small packages" | Weighing in at 6 lbs 10 oz 19.75 inches
5: You were rushed to the hospital two hours after you were born because you had trouble breathing. We learned you had several major heart defects.
7: So many people came to see you, and you had people praying for you around the world.
9: We were so excited when you were finally able to come home!
10: Your first bath was a family affair. Everyone enjoyed it... except you!
12: Your first days at home were busy. Oxygen and monitors. Foot prints and hand prints. Snuggling and feedings.
14: "A Baby Is A Bit Of Stardust Blown From Heaven."
16: The many faces of our special little boy!
19: Who knew a sunbeam Could be so enchanting? That a game of peek-a-boo Would make you laugh every time? Who knew simple baby songs Were so wonderfully silly- Or that bananas make the best finger paints? Who knew that one little boy Could take your hand And show you the world All over again?
21: We enjoyed walking together on Daddy's day off.
22: September 2009 You were hospitalized for around two weeks with a collapsed lung and other breathing issues. Daddy was worried that you never got to see anyone smile so he made a smile on his mask. Alex and Abi loved coming for their daily visit as long as it was short. We also began fortifying your milk after this hospital stay.
24: November 2009 You looked really cute in the pumpkins, but you didn't like it very much, too sticky. You were just beginning to push up on your arms.
26: The boys in their dino PJ's. What a good looking group of boys!
29: Asher's 1st Christmas! We went to go see the lights at Chesapeake. He loved the lights!
31: You took your first big trip to Houston, TX in January 2010. | We went to Galveston and stopped at NASA on the way.
32: If you feel froggy, leap!
33: How you loved to smile and play!
35: "You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you as you are to them." -Desmond Tutu
36: Sleep Study Yes, they expected you to sleep in all that!
37: Papa John stayed with you at the hospital many a night. You seemed to enjoy getting wrapped up in your many cords. You also held your arm out to get your brace put back on after the nurses checked your IV.
38: You had open heart surgery on March 15, 2010 at Texas Children's Hospital. Dr. McKenzie worked on you for 11 hours. Alexander was thrilled to see your oxygen saturations finally hit 100. You had a 20 day recovery and we were able to come home on Good Friday!
40: Mommy and danced with you! | "My future's so bright I've got to wear shades."
43: Leaping... frogs? I am ready to go home, tubeless and fancy free!
44: Finally Back Together | It was hard being away from Alexander and Abigail.They were excited to see you, but a little scared that they might hurt you since you had just come home from surgery.
45: It is Time to Eat! | First Feeding | Favorite Foods Grapes Bananas Tomatoes Applesauce Cheerios Cashews Oatmeal Prunes Yogurt Cherry Jelly Beans Cinnamon Toast Fruity Pebbles French Fries Dried Fruit Carmel Corn Pop Corn Oranges Pears Eggs
46: You have a calm about you that helps everyone around you relax; therefore, many people took naps with you. I just have more pictures of Daddy. | Nap Time
47: You love bath time. Just keep the water warm. | Bath Time
48: Swimming You enjoy being in the water. You kick like crazy while Mommy carries you around. You love watching Alex and Abi jumping in the pool. You would get cool after a while and were then ready to get out.
49: What's up?
51: All of our family was back together in time for Easter. You made a trip over to Don and Cindy's for the Easter egg hunt. Uncle Thomas and Aunt Cheri came over to play also. Uncle Thomas kept getting your tummy, but you got his nose.
52: May 2010 Playing in the Indian Paintbrush. You loved being outside whenever you could. Being with Alexander and Abigail was a bonus.
54: Homeschooling | "A child educated only at school is an uneducated child." -George Santayana
55: Agenda: Oklahoma History Museum Explorers & Ships Walking Talking Reading Cooking | It's a busy schedule!
56: 1st Birthday in Carthage, MO | "Blow out the candles, Wish away, You're the superstar of the day"
57: In Attendance: Grandpa & Grandma Nana & Papa Uncle Nathan Wayne & Jana Mike & Elaine Anne Sutton Patty & Chester Bob & Norma Marty & Nancy Dorothy & Wayne Mary Anne Sharon & Harlow Doug, Joanne, Laurel & Andrew Connie & Robert Donna & Darrell Judy Swarens Pat & T.J.
58: Attendance: Nana Jean Papa John Nana Barbara Papa Larry Bubba & Carly Thomas & Cheri Ronnie Rebecca & Jade Rachel
59: 1st Birthday in Mustang, OK
60: "A bird doesn't sing because it has and answer, it sings because it has a song." -Maya Angelou
62: Dedication Sunday July 2010 Crossings Community Church
63: "A smile costs nothing, but gives much. It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it lasts sometimes forever." -Unknown | We were thrilled to be able to get you dedicated. Though we dedicated you to God, before you were born, it was very special to get you dedicated in front of our church family.
64: Showing Off
68: Two trips to the hospital via ambulance in October. | Alexander took the pictures of the ambulance
69: "My health may fail,and my spirit may grow week, but God remains the strength of my heart, He is mine forever." -Psalm 73:26
70: Thanksgiving 2010 Carthage, MO | Asher & Link | Ken, Natalee & Asher | Brianne,Asher & Alexander
71: Ashley & Asher | Abigail, Chrystal, Ashley, Alexander, Asher, & Gavin | Chrystal & Asher
73: Christmas 2010 Mustang, OK Presents at our house, dinner at Aunt Jennifer's. Nana Barbara & Papa Larry came on the 26th with presents galore.
74: Play Time
77: "Of all the things I have to play, I'd play my brother any day." | We are the dynamic duo, and all evil stays out of our way. Love Alexander | Brother Love
78: I love you Asher. I can't wait to see you in heaven.
79: Big Sister
80: Nana Barbara & Papa Larry
82: Uncle Nathan & Link
83: Nana Margie & Pappy
84: Nana Jean | Papa John
85: Cousins | Allison | Andrew
86: "To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there." - Barbara Bush
87: Aunts Uncles Brother & Sister
88: Aunts & Uncles | Uncle Michael held you when he came to visit. | Uncle Thomas and Aunt Cheri loved playing with you. | Aunt Elizabeth came to hold you. | Uncle Bubba played with you often.
89: Aunt Jennifer & Kyra | "Friends are the family you choose."
91: Little Man
92: 1st Haircut December 26, 2010 | You sat so well during your 1st haircut. Papa John held you while Mommy cut your hair. | There are too many cute pictures, and not enough. | Before | Before | After
94: Becoming a Big Brother... Welcoming Tobias Aaron | January 31, 2011
95: You were worried about Mommy and stayed up until Aaron arrived. You were so excited to be a big brother. You kept signing baby and smiling.
96: Final Hugs and Kisses
97: Saying Goodbye | "and he shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away." Revelation 21:4 | You left to be with Jesus on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 6:57 am.