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Ayla’s Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep all of our amazing friends and family updated on Ayla's progress. We appreciate more than words can say your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most. Please use this site to show your love for Ayla and our whole family. We will do our best to provide regular updates of her progress here. If you want to help defray Ayla's medical expenses please go to her give forward page. https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/wjl4/ayla-james-recovery-fund (the link to the right is for donations to Caring Bridge not to the James family)

Latest Journal Update

Six Months today....

A visit with the Sacred Heart ICU Nurses who took such good care of Ayla in those first delicate hours right after the accident.
A visit with the Sacred Heart ICU Nurses who took such good care of Ayla in those first delicate hours right after the accident.

Dear God,

Thank you so much for all of your miraculous healings overthe past six months. Thank you for all the many blessings. Lord we ask you watch over the Snider family, friends, community, and the Cooper School. Keep them close to you heart and fill all their pain with your love. Please bless all those who have cared for Ayla, given support, sent prayers and love. Give us the strength to continue to heal, love, and lead! 


Today marks the 6 month anniversary of the accident. It's hard to believe six months have passed. So much of it has been a blur. But there’s not a minute that goes by we don’t think about Gracie, her legacy, and her family. We love you Gbear(#7). 

It’s been a month since Ayla had her screws and rods removed. It was a very successful surgery. Ayla handled it just like  everything else, miraculously. Thank you so much for the prayers around that surgery and recovery. She did have an allergic reaction to the glue they used to close the incision. Once that was cleaned up in Mid-October it has healed nicely with low amounts of pain. Ayla has stated she feels way better with them out. Check out the picture and you’ll understand why, they are huge. That's a lot of metal in a tiny little body!

School: Ayla has picked right back up with her school work and the social aspect of course. She is keeping up with grade level curriculum. She is in the top reading group and working really hard at math(aren’t we all). Thank you the entire Evergreen staff and students for all the love and support!

Therapy: Physical therapy only occurred a few times this month with the surgery and recovery time. In the couple of sessions she did have, the therapist has indicated they are done focusing on the vestibular (related to balance) work. Ayla has improved drastically with her balance and movements. Moving forward, PT will be working on strengthening muscles, coordination, running,etc. Thank You Dave and St. Luke’s for being an awesome support for Ayla!

Speech: Ayla continues to make huge improvements. She will have some testing in the next couple months around comprehension and decision making skills. Pray this goes well. Ayla is really doing well in her speech therapy, so well she may befinished soon!  Thank you Ashley and Alese for all the love, support, and hard work!

Prayer Request: For counseling and healing for all the members of the family. Noah, Janelle, and Nathan all are receiving some counseling.  We ask some thoughts and prayer for Ayla to continue to make improvements at school and therapies. Ayla will have her six month follow-up at Children’s in Seattle on November 25th and 26th. The follow-up will consist of a neuropsychological evaluation and some individual emotional/mental testing. We look forward to seeing all our doctors, nurses,therapists, and staff at Children’s. We miss ya’ll. A big prayer request for the future and our new normal, at times it all seems so overwhelming. We still need help finding the new normal, adjusting to it and falling into a rhythm of daily life. 

Thanks to each of you for all the love, support, and blessings. You continue to hold us close to your hearts and in your prayers and we can feel it. It makes such a difference in our lives. 

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Leah Birr
By The Birr family
So good to hear Ayla is still making progress! God is so good! Will continue to pray for your request.
Steve Crews
By Steve & Joyce Crews & the Cashmere church of Christ
So glad to hear all of the victories that Ayla continues to have. We do continue to pray for all the family and the slow, but continued process of healing and adapting.
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Jeremy Bentz-Ashbaugh
By Jeremy Bentz-Ashbaugh — last edited
I am happy to hear about Ayla's recovery, as well as her family. I have been following her progress since liking Team Ayla's
page on Facebook, as well as Play for Gracie.
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Melodee Hanson
By Melodee Hanson
So glad to hear your good new, Nathan. You are constantly in our thoughts and prayers. Saw your folks at the Big Y a couple weeks ago. They are looking good - not so tired as the last time I saw them. May your lives continue to be blessed as God leads you in your healing. Best wishes!
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Kristi Siron
By Kristi Siron
Bless you all in your multiple dimensions of healing. Miss you. Heal up Noah, we would love to see you back on the field.
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Karen Werme
By Karen Werme
Praying for you all.
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Nancy Atkins
By Nancy Atkins
Wow! Such an amazing recovery God has wrought in her. Praising Him with you for all He has done! ❤️
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Joanna Myers
We continually keep all of you in our prayers. It's wonderful to hear these updates. Stay strong in Him.
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Karen Jay
By Karen Jay
Prayers will always be with each and everyone of you. I am so happy Ayla is doing so well. May the good Lord be with each one of you, to make make you strong and and make everyday a little better. Thank you so much for the update. All of you (Sniders and James) are always on my mine. God Bless You.
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travis amann
By Amann/fountain
Stay strong love you guys tons were by your side forever
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