Every where I go people ask me about our Ashley. I find it amazing that her story has reached so many people. It blesses my heart to hear how she has touched others. When they tell me how they have prayed for her for so long this feeling of love and gratitude wells up inside of me and I just want to express to them how important they are to us. My initial reaction is to reach out and hug them or grab their hand or touch them in some way, but since many of them don't really know me I am afraid I would frighten them. I have learned to pause before I thank them and at the same time I am telling them thank you I am asking the Lord to please bless them as they have blessed us.
I am finding that with most conversations I am being asked the same questions. "Is she walking?" "Is she talking?" "Is she eating?" I don't mind the questions. Oh, sure on some of my more emotional days they may cause a little sting to well up in my heart because I am forced to say out loud that no she doesn't walk, she doesn't talk, she doesn't really eat, but for the most part it gives me an opportunity to share what she does do and those things are much more important than walking, talking, or eating. So tonight I am going to share with you some of the things that Ash does do.
Ashley does not walk, but her personality does soar.
Ashley does not talk, but her eyes and her smile communicate how much she loves life.
Ashley does not really eat that well, but her little body consumes all the love that surrounds her.
Regardless of the things that she does not yet do she is HAPPY, and that means the world to us. As time goes by we are finding out that she will have a lot more things outside of her transplant issues to overcome, but we will face each one of them just as we have the others. We will pray for her. We will be thankful for her. We will LOVE her. The rest are just details. God has plans for our little gherkin and we don't pretend to understand what they may be, but we know that He is working a good work in her life. For today that is all I need to know.