Ashley's Story

She will leave fingerprints all over your heart



I "hope" she loves her.

I "hope" she knows how much she is loved.

I "hope" she doesn't feel quite so lonely anymore.

I "hope" she snuggles up close to her tomorrow night and thinks of me.

I "hope" to be home with her soon so I can love on her and her "hope" too.

I "hope" her daddy remembers to get out the camera.

Dave and I think that "Hope" is such an appropriate name for Allie's little one. The fact that Omaha has given our family "hope" not once but twice now is just kind of special. My heart just smiled as Dave said, "We found hope here last year when our call for transplant came, and now we have found "Hope" this year for Allison Brooke. Omaha, Nebraska is just full of hope!" I have a feeling this little one will always bring a smile to my face as I think of where we found her.

Oh, how I wish I could be with Al tomorrow and see the look on her face as her daddy brings "Hope" in. I can just imagine that little girl loving on this little one. She has held onto the "hope" inside of her heart for over a year now, and tomorrow her "Hope" will become a reality.

God continues to be so very good to our family!

Shhh, cause Al doesn't know yet. Nobody tell her. I just thought I would share our little bundle of "Hope" with you. By the way, Dave is refusing to travel with her dressed up like this. He already knows how much the other passengers are going to be hating him for the whining and yelping and he doesn't want to add any fuel to the fire. I think she looks great in her outfit, but I am having a hard time convincing him.


At 11:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope.. It's what you give to all of your readers.
Trish, you are such an encouragement to all who read your story.
I am so glad to hear that you all had such a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am glad that you and Dave were able to be together. I know that probably warmed your heart as well as Ashley's. Your little pickle is in my prayers daily. I hope that Al loves her new puppy, I KNOW she will! I'm praying for Ash and her health. Also praying for God to give you the strength you need to keep going. Praying Dave has safe travels back home. and Praying for Blake as he starts back to school on Monday. You have a beautiful family Trish and you should be so thankful for it. God has blessed you with so much!

At 11:18 PM , Blogger Elizabeth said...

AAAWWWWWW!!! That's all I could say when I saw the picture! So cute! Allie is such a blessed little girl! Will be praying for Dave's trip home! God bless you all!
Love in Christ,

At 11:51 PM , Anonymous Janiece Baldwin said...

I can hardly wait to get a first hand report about the flight home with Hope from Dave when I see him in the office tomorrow. I also hope he remembers to get out the camera and have it ready when Allie and Hope first meet each other. What a special gift this is to Allie and I just know that she will love her with all her heart.

Hoping and praying that you and Ashley will be home soon. For all of Ashley's numbers to fall into place so that all the family will be together.

Love and prayers~~~Janiece

At 11:54 PM , Anonymous Toni in the Midst said...

Hope is sooooo cute! I too hope that Dave remembers the camera. We did this a few years ago with a kitten for our dd. It was beautiful to watch her reaction. But our circumstances were much different and I'm imagining my dd's reaction multiplied a thousand times in your dd when she receives this little creature to love and care for. How AWESOME that you guys decided to get Hope for her. And to that end, I continue to hope for you and with you that you'll be able to return home with Ashley very soon.

At 12:28 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

She is so cute! I just want to squeeze her! Ali is going to be on top of the world. Praying you and Ash make it home quickly. . . Chan

At 1:13 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This puppy is ADORABLE! What a fun gift for your deserving daughter. So many times kids ask for puppies, and their parents say, "No way". It's so nice that her wish will actually come true! I can't wait to hear about her reaction!

Lots of love,
Lisa R.

At 1:33 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awwwwwww!!!! That is the absolute sweetest story!!!! I do remember Allie wanting a puppy last year. LOL She will be thrilled! I wish I could see her face too! haha! What a very special present and an even more special name!
I am so thankful to see you feeling better Trish! I know things aren't like what you pun intended....but I think they will be soon! I am still praying every day ....I never stop thinking about ya'll! Even if I'm not posting you are always in my thoughts and prayers! Tonight I pray for Ashley's health, I pray for your continued strength, I pray for Dave to have a very safe trip home...along with the other two kids. I pray for you all to be a reunited family very soon! May God hold you all dear to His heart and continue to bless you as only He is able to do!

At 6:08 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awww..What a sweet little dog. I'm sure Allie will fall head over heels in love. What a great gift. glad Dave got to spent Thanksgiving with you and Ashley and that you had a great time. Praying for the littlest pickle to improve with each passing day..Safe traveling for Dave and Hope..and lot's of memories made for you all.Thank you for sharing your special family with us all. Praying for you all each and every day. God Bless..Karen.

At 6:34 AM , Anonymous lori said...

So cute! I know Allie will be thrilled. How special! Praying for all of you today.
Love in Christ,

At 6:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh,Trish! I'm not good at commenting ...but I just gotta' write this. What a C L E V E R get Allie a dog! And such a cutie little thing with her dress and bows, and with a sweet meaningful name. I'll be getting to their to see Allie with Hope.
Gobs of love and well-wishing to you and Ash this day, this week, this forever. Oh, I do hope the docs soon O.K. you a brief visit home. ...Granny

At 6:55 AM , Blogger Connie said...

Dave is such a great Daddy! That puppy is too cute! She's perfect. Allie will be ecstatic. I'm so happy you were able to find this surprise for her. Praise God there was a breed that would work with Ashley's special needs. Isn't He amazing!

At 7:22 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dressed like that the people on the airplane would probably have ignored the puppy noises. Too cute. What an awsome dad to take on the responsiblility of a puppy in addition to all the other responsibilities he has. It says loads about how much he loves his family. Trish you are one lucky woman.

At 7:26 AM , Blogger ManyBlessings said...

What a cute little thing! Can't wait to hear all about Allie's reaction when she sees Hope! Don't forget pictures Dave!!!

At 7:38 AM , Blogger Rob & Amy said...

What a precious thing!!! I can't wait to hear about Allison's reaction!!!! Take Care!

At 7:45 AM , Blogger Elizabeth S said...

She is precious! I know Allie will love her!

At 7:54 AM , Blogger Fiffer said...

If only the people on the plane could know your story, then they would be cheering this sweet puppy on the plane! How perfect that Allie will now have Hope to cuddle. Can't wait till Ashley Kate returns home and gets to enjoy Hope as well...won't she have fun with her! Maybe you could get Hope a Blue's Clues outfit to wear for Ashley's arrival home!

So happy for your surprise! Hope you have a big smile in your heart today.

Love, Martha

At 8:15 AM , Blogger Sun said...

Oh that has got to be the CUTEST puppy! I could just scoop her up and love on her. What a sweet time Allison is going to have the next few days - you all are going to go down in history as the BEST parents! Sunshine

At 8:17 AM , Blogger camille said...

Oh my word. That dog is ADORABLE. I lovvvvve the outfit. How cute! Allie is going to squeal, I just know it. I can't wait to hear about her reaction!

Dave is such a good dad to take that dog on a plane. I hope it goes smoothly :)

At 9:15 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

PFEGNUTP[, So sorry Nokie just ran across the key board. I guess that is a message to Hope, so I hope you can desifer it for her. I did not think much of the dog clothes in the store but seeing that dress on Hope just changed my mind. Allie did'nt like the fact that I would'nt let her buy clothes for Nokie but I knew what was coming with Hope to be dressed up in every day! Nokie is my new baby from the Lord and YOU GUYS and I love her so very much. She brings such a feeling of peace and love to my heart. You have once again reminded me that our Lord knows what we need and when we need it and He always supplies needs because He promised! For my life and my heart I truly needed this gift of Nokie, thank you so very much. I know dad would have been happy knowing I received the very thing that puts such a big smile on my face. Hey Trish, it took less than twenty-four hours to teach her if she wanted picked up she had to stand still, then climb onto my hand! She does it with the kids too! We had a great evening together with C C.s pizza and a Christmas movie before bed time. Our morning was wonderful also. Rest in peace my love, your children are greatly loved. Praying you and Ash have many blessings come your way today. Love Nan

At 9:18 AM , Blogger Alicia said...

I absolutely cannot wait to hear about Al's reaction to her sweet Hope! What a beautiful puppy. =)

At 9:22 AM , Blogger Jenny said...

Oh she's cute!! I know Alison will love her! Awesome!

At 9:35 AM , Blogger Paulette said...

Hope is A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E!!!! The out fit is TOO cute. Lucky Allison she will be so happy!!
You and Dave did good. I cannot wait to hear how Allie reacted in seeing her.
I am praying for you Trish and will continue to do so. I think about you everyday and am grateful that you are where you are taking care of your baby.
You will have many more wonderful Christmases as a family.
Blessings to you today.

At 10:05 AM , Blogger Shari's Page....... said...

That is one darling little doggy! I love the dress she is wearing. Hope is a perfect name for her. I can't wait to hear how Allie reacts when she sees her.

At 10:36 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How adorable!! That looks like a Maltese. I had two and they are awesome. No shedding, low exercise requirement, ( no bouncing off the walls), they love their people. They can be yappy but can be taught not to bark. You just tell them NO! Be persistent and she will learn. I love those dogs. What a great gift:) I can't wait till she gets her. Colleen

At 10:44 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

ahhhh she is too cute! How perfect!! Can't wait to hear how it goes!! Praying for all today and I know it will be a great one!

At 10:48 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, come ON Dave! Dress her up!:)

At 10:50 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing this picture and the excitement of "Hope" with all of us! Did Ash get to see her? It just makes to me smile to see this and think of what is to come! Thanks for sharing with us! We are still praying in central IL

At 11:46 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aww..That is wonderful news! Thanks for sharing the adorable picture. What kind of dog is it?

Have a great day. Hope Ashley is doing better with her breathing.

In prayer, lee

At 1:25 PM , Blogger Amy T said...

Can't wait to hear about the trip home and how excited Alli was when she saw Hope. So cool! Now I have to go with Dave on the outfit. Not that it isn't cute, but I tend to go for big dogs, but Hope looks perfect for Alli to hug and squeeze.

At 3:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Colleen - Hope does look like a Maltese. I also have 2 of them and they are the sweetest, most loving dogs. She will be perfect for Ali and your entire family. I continue to pray daily for you and Ashley, as well as your entire family.

Fayetteville, AR

At 9:10 PM , Anonymous Kathleen said...

What a cute dog! Allie will be so happy! Praying Ashley is breathing better and doing better on the new med.

At 9:56 PM , Blogger Priscilla said...

Congrats on the new puppy! We have a Maltese and she is great on planes. I used to take her with me everywhere...before I had a baby, that is!

I hope and pray that things just get better and better until you guys are finally home.

At 10:41 PM , Blogger Sunny Day Tag Girl said...

Ok...I must say I was cracking up over Dave not wanting to take her dressed like that. She is so cute...I HOPE it went well!


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