Ashley's Story

She will leave fingerprints all over your heart

5/25/2007

Baby Steps





Hard work. That's all there is to it. For our sweet Ashley to learn to take those first few baby steps this is what it will take. Today she stood(weight bearing) on her little feet for the first time in her life. It was painful, but it was BEAUTIFUL! She is working so very hard. There are many tears (from her and her from us), but the reward will be worth it. As we have learned over the last couple of years there may be pain involved in what you are called to do, but the Father is there willing to equip you with the strength that you will need. We saw her do things today that we were not sure if we would ever see. She held herself up on her arms, she went from a seated position(with a lot of help from Mommy and Ms. Sue), and she stood on her feet. We are so proud! Today was a success in the life of our sweet Ashely Kate. With a lot more hard work she just might learn to take those baby steps some day. As soon as we let her sit back down she was all smiles. I am so thankful for the spirit God has given to her. Her strength and beauty continue to bless us on a daily basis. Thank you for your continued prayers on her behalf. She still has a long way to go, but I believe she is going to get there. Take care. Trish

19 Comments:

At 7:32 PM , Blogger Mayhem And Miracles said...

That is amazing! Just to think back over certain days, when just another breath seemed the biggest of miracles (and was!) She looks so very determined and eager to please Daddy. It must be amazing to watch. I can just hear the celebration when Ashley stood up. And I can't believe that mouth full of teeth! When did that happen? Good work, Ashley!

 
At 7:36 PM , Blogger Amanda said...

What a sweet sweet beautiful girl! I'm praying for those baby steps to keep coming!

 
At 7:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

PRAISE!! PRAISE!! SUE IS AN AWESOME THERAPIST TOO. WAY TO GO SWEET DARLING ASHLEY....THAT IS ANSWERED PRAYER....& GOD ISN'T FINISHED YET. (= S.S.

 
At 9:04 PM , Blogger Ivey Elizabeth Sirmans said...

We love those milestones.
Each and every unique milestone is amazing.
Go sweet Ashley!! GO.
We love you.

Trish-I have a great book for you to read that our case manager for Babies Can't Wait gave me last week. It has a great perspective. I will get the title, etc. to you.

Gwen

 
At 9:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord! Still praying for all of you!
Keep up the good work, dear Ashley :)

 
At 9:40 PM , Blogger jtcosby said...

I could just eat her up, she is so adorable...even when she is crying! PRAYING for her and your whole family!

 
At 10:03 PM , Blogger Sun said...

OOOHHH those sweet cheeks! What an awesome day for you guys. God is so good and she is so precious. You know that verse about how the people go out sewing with tears, but come back reaping with joy? That is your family all the way...tears may endure for the night but joy comes in the morning. One day when she is walking she will look at those pictures with the most joyful smile and be so thankful for you all as her family, the doctors and therapists that help her and for her Almighty God! Have an awesome night. Sunshine

 
At 10:24 PM , Anonymous Dee Dee in NC said...

It's not original, of course, but it's what comes to mind:
Ashley,
I hope you dance.

 
At 10:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

DeeDee...you said it just right. Warmed my heart

 
At 10:44 PM , Blogger Barbie said...

What touching pictures. How blessed we are when things come easy, but the Lord is there so much more when things don't. Ashley's smile is so precious! Praying for all of you.

 
At 6:11 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

loved the pics. Love the smiles and the determination. Go Ashley! Thank you God, words are not enough!!!! I am thinking of you all often even when I am not blogging...Praying also for the little munchkin and celebrating these milestones and miracles. Praise be to God for His love and mercy! Colleen

 
At 7:23 AM , Anonymous amy b said...

Oh Trish,
What amazing pictures those are!! I have never in my life, seen the look of determination, like I do in Ashley. She maybe upset, but you can see through that..and see how determined she is! She has always been determined! Determined to live, and now determined to walk, and talk, and grab, and play!!! I'm praying for these little miracles to continue. Thank you for sharing this slideshow with us!

 
At 1:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ashley,

You're doing a great job starting to learn how to walk! I'm cheering for you. And praying for you. Love, Seth

 
At 1:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

And Morgan

 
At 4:44 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor baby! My heart breaks for her but I was so relieved to see the smiles after SOO MUCH hard work. She truly is a fighter. Way to go Ash. Way to go Dave and Trish for being such good parents and encouraging your daughter to new levels.

 
At 4:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ash,
I know it's hard sweetheart, but keep going. The hard work will all be with worth it. Judy

 
At 4:54 PM , Blogger Aunt Boo said...

That is amazing. I am so proud to see these "baby steps" that she is taking. I have been following for so long and I am so proud of all of her accomplishments, she is one tough cookie!!

Love,
Amanda D.

 
At 8:23 PM , Blogger Karen said...

What a special day! Those pictures are adorable! Keep up the good work, Ashley! Love, Karen

 
At 8:20 PM , Blogger Amy T said...

Awesome! Way to go Ashley!

 

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