Ashley's Story

She will leave fingerprints all over your heart

11/20/2007

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I'm not really sure what to think anymore. I have talked on the phone with Trish 4 or 5 times today and each time Ash seems to be in a different position. Early in the day I was told that her kidneys were not working right and they needed to do an echocardiogram because sometimes these kids can have heart failure. What!?! This was not good news and hard to swallow. Then tonight I hear that the echo was fine and Ash is looking much better, she is off oxygen and holding her own and if she continues to do well she could be realeased from the hospital tomorrow. Crazy how fast the transplant kids can turn. I am very proud of her and I do believe she is the strongest little gherkin I have ever met. I will be hopping on a plane tomorrow and flying back to Omaha to spend Thanksgiving with the girls. Blake and Allie are at their cousins in Oklahoma and they are having a great time. I am really glad they are there and thank our family for having them. I can't wait to get back to Omaha tomorrow. The only problem I see is that I am from Texas and might possible freeze to death when I get there. I just have so much to be thankful for this year.

Goodnight,

DAVE

13 Comments:

At 10:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an AMAZING little girl! Wishing ya'll a very blessed Thanskgiving and know that because of your family--my Thanksgiving will mean so much more to me as we must be thankful for each moment he blesses us with!

 
At 11:08 PM , Blogger Sun said...

WOW - I cannot even imagine what a roller coaster you guys are on. I tell you if nothing else the fact that you are still standing at the end of each day gives glory to God. It is just unbelievable the ups and downs that you all go through...we are praying...wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving! I have something to put in the mail and I am going to mail it to the address in Texas - it will get to you Dave and then if you don't mind if you could give it to Trish when you see her next - that way it won't get lost in the room changes! Please know that both of you are in our prayers and our thoughts. I look at how many people pray for you and think of how often God calls you to mind - He is raising people up to pray and walk with you all through this. We cannot physically carry the burden for you - but willingly carry you all to Him in prayer. Sunshine

 
At 11:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for your safe arrival in Omaha and praying that the "might be released from the hospital" will be the outcome for Ashley. Not only is she amazing...so are you and Trish. What a strong family. We can all learn so much from you. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Michelle

 
At 11:45 PM , Blogger Jenny said...

It would be wonderful if Ashley could be dismissed, even if just to go to the Lied apartment. I know you guys had your heart set on a trip to be with family. I pray that this Thanksgiving will bring special blessings to your family no matter where you spend Thanksgiving day! God bless you!!

 
At 1:35 AM , Anonymous Dee Dee in NC said...

Praying the positive news continues! She is a precious child. So glad God placed her in such loving arms.

 
At 2:14 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG'osh! WHAT? is right! That sweet little pickle is sure giving ya'll a time of it! She truly is a strong little pickle! No doubt about that. May Jesus keep you safe on your trip back to Omaha Dave. I am praying for you all as always. I hope ya'll have a wonderful Thanksgiving together. Praise God for allowing it!
May you all have a safe and Blessed holiday!
Okla

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

PRaising God with you that hse is doing better! I hope she kept oimproving overnight, so you can spend Thanksgiving outpatient instead of the PICU. Thanks for the update. Praying for your safe travels and a speedy recovery for Ash.

 
At 7:30 AM , Anonymous Kathleen said...

God is surely working in Ashley! May He bless you this Thanksgiving!

 
At 7:39 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the update. We will continue to pray for you all.

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Ashley continues to do well.

Lee

 
At 7:59 AM , Blogger Laurie said...

Gosh, It sure is a blessing to know that we can look up to Jesus at times like these to calm the storm and steady the waters and our hearts. He has His eye on Ashley and holds your hopes in His heart Dave and Trish. Even though things seem to change from moment to moment, the Lord does not change and keeps His promise. I am hoping and praying that this Thanksgiving for the three of you there will be blessed beyond measure and you find even more things to be thankful for this season. I am thankful for your family and the circle of love that surrounds Ashley by you. May the Lord bless you richly tomorrow and in the days ahead. Praying for Ashley's little body to balance itself in the Lords hands and time.

Love, Laurie in Ca.

 
At 8:53 AM , Blogger Cindi said...

New International Reader's Version (NIRV)Romans 5:3-5

3 And that's not all. We are full of joy even when we suffer. We know that our suffering gives us the strength to go on. 4 The strength to go on produces character. Character produces hope. 5 And hope will never let us down. God has poured his love into our hearts. He did it through the Holy Spirit, whom he has given to us.


When I read this passage this morning, I was immediately in prayer for you and your family. I have read Ashely's Journal for a couple of months now. You and your family have been an amazing source of courage, faith and HOPE for our family. I often think of you during my day and always say a prayer that all is well with Ashley at that moment. I know things have been difficult, but know that you are prayed for. I see so many comments from people all over the country that have been touched by your families openess. Continue to be strong, God is working through your family. Ashley is one lucky little girl. God Bless You and Happy Thanksgiving.

 
At 9:50 AM , Blogger Gretchen said...

Praying that you'll have traveling mercies and that your time together will be oh so blessed.

Praying and praising for the continued improvement in the little gherkin.

 
At 11:16 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Morning baby girl, I WILL BE IN MY CAR AND ON MY WAY TO OKLAHOMA IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE TO SEE YOU AND ASH, IF YOU CALL ME AND TELL ME THE HOLIDAY "NON-SURPRIZE" IS BACK ON BECAUSE GOD GAVE YOU THE DESIRE OF YOUR HEART. "IT COULD HAPPEN!" ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD!!!!!!! TRY TO GIVE ME THE SIX HOURS NOTICE IF POSSIBLE, IT IS A LONG TRIP. LOVE YOU MY GIRLS. PRAYING I GET TO SEE YOU.
Hey baby, do you remember the pictures in the three frames you gave me as a Christmas present a few years ago and the tiny book with Blake and Allie's hand writing telling why they loved their Nan? I have a new decoration under my little tree this year. I have many tiny frames with pictures of the my beautiful, precious grandbabies sitting on the tree skirt, along with of course papa's "reindeer" you guys gave him his last Christmas,oh how he and the babies played and laughed at what that reindeer did! As I placed the pictures God gave my heart scriptures of the greatest gift the world ever recieved, His Son! I'm only saying next to our Lord, God gave us grandchildren as the next greatest gift to give us a special joy in our older years. My how they change over the years. Ash, Katlin and Issac have joined the group of course. They are the best things I have ever had under a holiday tree, they are bringing me such great joy to see them each time I enter the room. Love you so much, I pray I get to see you tomorrow!!!!! Nan

 

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