We are thrilled that Calvin will be having surgery on August 20 (we got the call this morning). But it is with sadness that we will say goodbye to the sweet smile we have fallen so deeply in love with. I keep telling Calvin that we are doing this for him - not for us. We love him just the way he is!
Last June, we learned about Calvin and loved him even before we saw pictures (above is the 1st picture we saw of him!) or met him - we never dreamed that we would become so incredibly attached to his beautiful, extra wide smile! We are blessed to be his parents and know that God made it possible through causing Calvin to be born with clefts - we don't see these as defects but rather as God's special touch in bringing our family together.
I have shed a few tears thinking about how much I'll miss that open lip - the way he chews it, makes funny faces with it, and plays with his food through it. I've been excited for this surgery but also dreading it.
Please pray for all of us - it will be a big adjustment and it will be an intense recovery. Please feel free to leave comments for Calvin's surgery pages for his Lifebook/Scrapbook. I would especially love for him to know how much his smile has blessed people and that people are praying for him.