Ashley's Story

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A quiet holiday

Our house was SO quiet today. Blake and Allison went to their grandparents last night so they could wake up early and take part in their annual neighborhood parade. They spent the entire holiday with them and have decided to spend another night there as well. We tried to talk them into coming home to hang with us, but we can't really compete with the pool and the pond. Ash has been under the weather the entire week. After waking up Monday morning with an unsettled tummy she has elected to spend her days and nights sleeping. She doesn't have any energy and has no interest in sitting up, smiling, playing, or even being held. She just wants to sleep this one off. She continues to have no signs of fever and her bowel and output looks normal. We think she just picked up a little bug and it is working its way through her system. Since she has been down we decided it would be best to stay home with her and not get her out to celebrate at grandmas.

Dave and I had planned to work in the yard today, but since it won't stop raining we were forced to just stay inside and relax. Although it was nice not to have to be anywhere or have to do anything in particular it made for a very quiet holiday. Normally our family gets together with all of my siblings and we make a huge celebration out of Independence day. My dad's birthday is on the 5th so we have made it tradition to set aside this holiday as one to celebrate my dad's life. We are being so careful with Ash because of our plans to travel to Omaha on the 16th so we knew it wouldn't be possible for us to join them. Once we get the all clear signal from her surgeons and oncology team we hope to make a trip to visit all of the family. Most of them haven't seen her in over a year and some have never even met her. We called to make sure they were all missing us and to get in on a little of the fun over the phone, but its just not the same since we couldn't be there with them. Anyway, our hope is that by next summer our sweet Ashley Kate will be up and running and ready to attend the celebration.

Truthfully spending the day resting and hanging out with Dave was a real treat. We spent some time cooking together and watched a couple of movies. We were able to visit without interruption and that was a treat. I did force myself to work on the laundry so that it wouldn't get too out of control this week, but other than that we just sat around and watched or baby gherkin rest. As we laid on the couch together this evening I realized how wonderful it was to just be home. When you have been away for any length of time nothing quite compares to a quiet evening spent at home. I am so thankful God has allowed us to be home. Ash and I missed it so much.

I hope you all had the opportunity to enjoy your families today. I feel so very blessed to live in this country. Many have fought and paid the ultimate price for the freedoms we enjoy. I never want to forget those who have given and continue to give so unselfishly. Good night and God bless you. Trish


At 7:32 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

loved the slide show. I cried through it twice. I watched it once and then showed my family the baby that we pray for. I explained how many miracles God has performed in her life and how amazing that is. Ashley is so special. Praying for your trip and for her continued healing. God bless your family in a special way today! Colleen

At 8:23 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a blessing that you and Dave could spend some one on one time together and try to relax. The video was absolutely wonderful...brought such a smile to my face and joy in my heart. You did a great job on it! It is our prayer that Ashley will begin to come around and feel much better today. May God continue to bless her and heal her body. Can't wait for the results from Omaha.

At 9:48 AM , Blogger Amy T said...

Sorry you had to miss the get together, but sounds like you got some much needed one on one time with your hubby. Glad you had that time together. Hope Ashley is feeling better today.

At 10:43 AM , Anonymous Grandma said...

Sorry you missed the fun with your family, Trish, and also sorry you missed the big celebration of "The Ridge, Country Style", but I'm really glad that you enjoyed your time together at home. I know it was much needed. We had 29 "float" entries in this year's parade led by an old fashioned, horse drawn carriage and followed by just about everything you can imagine with wheels! What fun! A bunch of country bumpkins whoopin and hollerin to let everyone know that we all appreciate the freedoms we enjoy in the United States of America! They threw buckets of candy in our driveway and we (along with Granny) took Blake and Al out to retrieve it and also went to pick it up for our neighbor who can't get out of the house much any more. They were so happy to get to visit with Blake and Allie as it's been so long since they have seen them. Blake caught them up on his baseball activities and they discussed the Rangers. We did a few fireworks last night (even though it was wet and rainy) and we saved a few for a day when Ashley will be able to come out and enjoy them. Can't wait to see her face when the "big ones" go up. Sounds like it was a great holiday for everyone, spent exactly as it should have been. No such thing as raining on our parade, huh? Love and Hugs, Grandma

At 2:53 PM , Blogger theragan3 said...

"Be still and know that I am God" This scripture came to mind as I read your post. Isn't it nice to have quiet - time to do absolutely nothing and not have to feel guilty about it.I'm so glad that you and Dave had some "us" time. Hopefully you felt refreshed afterward.
Praying for sweet Ashley to feel better.

At 3:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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