Thursday, June 19, 2014

6 Years in the Making . . .

 . . . . and then out-of-the-blue, Valerie got a HUGE surprise/blessing this week!!
Yesterday morning, she got a call from sweet Carolyn,
our precious friend (who happens to work at Centralia Orthodontics :-).
They had a cancellation pop-up (which she said hardly ever happens!)
 And so, Carolyn wondered if Valerie would be interested
in coming in a month early (THAT SAME DAY!) to get her braces off!!!   
We could hear Valerie squealing in delight,
as she thought about it for a moment
jumped at the chance!!!  
Carolyn, is the most precious of friends!!
We are soooo grateful that God used being a patient at the orthodontist office,
to plant the seeds of our special friendship years ago!!!  
Top braces put on!
August 2008
 Valerie had a need for braces because there wasn't enough room in her mouth for all of her adult teeth to drop down.  She had one impacted tooth that eventually had to be exposed by an oral surgeon in order for it be pulled down.  She also had to have seven baby teeth pulled in the beginning, and  had an expander installed for awhile to try to widen the top area.  So, she's been through a lot to try to make room for all her teeth in her small mouth! : -)   
August 18, 2008
Night before braces were put on almost 6 yrs. ago!
June 18, 2014
Braces off!

"A cheerful look brings joy to the heart . . . "
Proverbs 15:30
It was definitely a good reason to celebrate!!!
We took Carolyn and Valerie out to dinner at our favorite Chinese food restaurant!

Carolyn, thanks so much for making that awesome phone call yesterday,
for celebrating with us today,
and for being the sweetest, kindest most thoughtful, caring, faithful, joyful, thankful, fun-loving,
 Godly, praying friend anyone could ever have!!!
You are such a blessing to all of us!
We love you sooooo much!!!   
Sparkling cider as a de-banding day gift from the orthodontist's office!!
"Every good and perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights . . . "
James 1:17a


Lydia said...

She's always had a BEAUTIFUL she has lovely, straight, pearly-whites to show off too! :-) Valerie I am so happy for you and thankful that the braces chapter is finally closed for you! Praise the Lord!!!

Valerie Bowes said...

Thanks so much, Lydia! You are so sweet and have always been such a great encourager! It feels wonderful to be braces free!
Love you so much!

AZDonna said...

Valerie, your teeth looked pretty straight in the Before pictures, so I'm guessing most of the work was to correct your bite? At any rate, you look absolutely fantastic with your "slickery" smile (I've heard it feels that way when you first get braces off). Congratulations! And well done for hanging in there so patiently for such a long time. You are one beautiful girl!!

Valerie Bowes said...

Hello Donna,
Thank you for your kind words! Yes, I had to get braces because I have a very small mouth and all my adult teeth couldn't fit. So I had quite a long road of teeth being pulled, tooth exposure, gum graph, and expander in the roof of my mouth . . .to name a few. :)
It feels SO good to run my tongue over my teeth, and yes, it feels so smooth!
Thanks again for the comment and encouragement!

Eden said...

Yay Valerie!!!! Your smile is even more lovely! :D

Valerie Bowes said...

Thanks so much, Eden! Are you next to wear braces? :)

Eden said...

Haha Valerie! No I'm not! haha! :P

Elanee said...

Congratulations Valerie:) that must be such a break for your mouth to have the braces off, after so long. You have a beautiful smile:) I'm so happy for you. That's so sweet about your orthodontist. That must have been a very special relationship over the years.

Valerie Bowes said...

Thanks a bunch, Elanee! It does feel really good not to have any metal in my mouth.:) Yes indeed, I feel so blessed to have met such a dear friend by going to the orthodontist. I thank the Lord that He brought sweet Carolyn and our family together. She has especially made this 6 years enjoyable and been a great encourager!
Thanks for your sweet words!

Meemom said...

Hi Valerie Could not leave a message sooner as my computer would
not let me. I knew you would be gorgeous when the braces came off and I was not wrong!!! You are so beautiful!!!! Congratulations!!!!
Love you, Meemom

Valerie Bowes said...

Hi Meemom!
Thanks so much for your comment with such kind words. I am so thankful for your love and encouragement! I am so happy to have my braces off!
I love you so much!

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