Ashley's Story

She will leave fingerprints all over your heart


The Simple Things

I wake this morning feeling blessed. It doesn't take much to make feel this way. Its the simple things in my life that bring smiles to my heart. I'm not a showy, flowery, extravagant type of person. Plain, simple, classic, elegant. Thats my style(except when we are talking hair bows for my girls. I think we can all agree that bigger is always better!).

When choosing a home for our family? Simple made me smile. No extra rooms. Just enough for our family and a big enough closet to convert into that nursery I just knew we would be adding some day. Decorating? Less is always more. Nice, neat, well loved items. Simplicity. Thats what I like. Cars? Don't need anything new. Don't care if its cool or fast or the "one everyone else is driving". Just make sure it is reliable, clean, and paid for. Its that simple.

Yesterday the simple things that surrounded me brought the greatest joy to my heart. A knock on the door. It was Dave. Thats all it took, a simple knock. Chubby little hands applauding something only she knew was fabulous enough to warrant those applause. My heart was overwhelmed as I watched her exhibit her appreciation for what I do not know. Laughter from the backseat of my sister's car that was coming from two kids who seemed like the weight of the world had been lifted once they knew they were going to see their cousins for the holiday. I grew silent as I tried to identify the laughter and assign it to each face I knew was in the car. Standing back a few feet and watching Dave so proudly push his little girl in that stroller. He is the official driver whenever he comes to visit. Its such a simple thing to see, but it gives me such a feeling of happiness. Looking across the room to see two bodies, one large and one small, curled up on the little bed for a nap. Both of them snoring and content to be snuggled together. Conversation about nothing with my best friend. We could be visiting about dirt and I wouldn't care. I just love talking with him. He makes my heart happy. Her car seat. Each time I buckle her into it I have this sense of freedom. We are free to go outside, to take a walk, to come back as late as I would like. It is so simple, but to us it is a valuable gift that can not be taken for granted. Working a puzzle, playing scrabble, sharing a basket of fries, all things that will bring me much joy to reflect upon once he is gone again. Tucking Ashley Kate into bed underneath a quilt that I know each and every stitch of it came straight from my sister's heart. I love that she can rest underneath a blanket of love and prayers. Holding his hand as I drifted off to sleep last night, and then waking early enough to just listen to him breathe as he rested. So simple, but so appreciated. My life is blessed. Blessed beyond anything I could have ever dreamed, and blessed so much more than I deserve.

Ashley will have a scope and biopsy this afternoon to check for recurring rejection. Her stool outputs remain too high and we would like to be careful and jump on it early if we need too. Her appointment went ok yesterday afternoon, and our meeting today is being rescheduled. We don't know what time just yet, but she has to have the scope done at 2:00. So much going on today that I really need to "simply" get on it. Its time to give morning meds and hang Ash's fluids for her scope. Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for your gifts. Camille, the package arrived and it blessed my heart! The slippers ARE wonderful. Thank you. Amy, I love each and every item. Thank you, and tell Kyle how much we loved his picture, his drawings, and the gifts. The ornament makes me smile each time I look at it and I can see his face and his big heart. Thank you. Linda, thank you for the package. The mustard seed and devotional book have brought me such encouragement on some really tough days. Your thoughtfulness blessed me more than you will ever know.

I hope you all have a wonderful day as you simply enjoy what God has given. You have all been such a blessing in my life and I thank you. We will let you know how our meeting goes. Take care and God bless. Trish


At 8:54 AM , Blogger camille said...

I'm so glad it arrived! I had sent it before you were outpatient so I was hoping it would still get to you safely :)
Will be praying for the biopsy today. I hope all goes well. Am so glad Dave is there with you. Enjoy your time together :)

At 8:56 AM , Blogger Elizabeth said...

Wow I stand amazed when someone finds the simpliest things in life and turns them into a blessing. You are so amazing Trish!
I am still praying constantly for you all!
I'm not sure if you've posted it or not but could I please get your address of where you are to send you something. Thanks for sharing with us again!
Love in Christ,

At 8:59 AM , Blogger Sun said...

Your comment about the hair bows made me giggle! I will be praying today and am so thankful that Dave is there with you and Ashley. You sound like you have an amazing extended family too! I come from a very broken and torn family and it always makes my heart smile when I see and hear of people who come from a close family full of love and appreciation for each other. I bet you are the BEST sister in the world to have! Have a great day - Sunshine

At 9:49 AM , Anonymous dee buchanan said...

Praying for good reports and a good visit with the doctor. Glad you get to have some "up"days.

At 9:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have such a way to make each of us step back, take a deep breath, and count our blessings. I read your journal everyday because your words never fail to touch my heart. You truly are an amazing wife and mother!


At 10:59 AM , Blogger Laurie said...

Praying that your day is blessed as the three of you spend great comforting time together. Ashley clapping to see her daddy, priceless.
Hoping for good biopsy results and a good appointment today. It is so good to hear that you girls are getting outside and doing ordinary things. I know nothing seems just ordinary to you with the joy that's in your heart. Prayers continue. Take pictures please of her outside.

Love, Laurie in Ca.

At 12:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Trish - I love how you take NOTHING for granted. After your post, the things I usually take for granted seem all the more special! Thank you for sharing!

I'm so glad that Dave got there safely and you girls are getting to spend some time with him in a more normal environment! I am sure when he walks into the room it is just like "ahhh." Having the presence of a loved one can just seem to make everything better. I am glad for you!

I am also glad you have the peace in knowing that while you miss your other 2 children, they are in the best of care and having a great time. That has to do your heart good. Even though it's hard to be away from them now, it won't be forever! That's good news, right?

Thank you for your kind words. I am so glad that you are enjoying your "box" that we sent to you. It blesses my heart for you to smile when you receive something sent/shared in love. I will most certainly share with Kyle what you said...that will thrill his heart. I love how thoughtful he is and how interested in you guys he is. Please let me know if the CD's work for you...I so hope they do!

Have a fabulous time with your husband and your daughter. I am sure I speak for all when I say we will be waiting with baited breath to find out how the meeting goes.

As always...praying.
In Christ,
Amy and Kyle

At 12:40 PM , Blogger Elizabeth S said...

That was a beautiful post!

At 1:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for posting Trish! i hope you will continue to post thoughts like this because they are so beautiful and so needed in today's world. we all live in such a fast paced lifestyle and it is soooo refreshing to read your thoughts as you think during the quite of the day with your little ashley. thank you and we are praying...

At 1:12 PM , Blogger Carey said...

Thanks for the update. Praying the scope is successful, and some good answers are given to you and Dave.

At 1:19 PM , Anonymous Janiece Baldwin said...

So happy for you and Ashley that Dave arrived safely and praying that each minute the three of you spend together will bless each of you more than you dreamed it would. Glad Blake and Allie will have a good time with cousins and extended family for their Thanksgiving holiday since all five of you cannot be together at home.
Praying for the scope and biopsy to reveal only good things, that the ostomy will put out less, feeds increase and TPN/s decrease and that a plan of action can be put into motion for your return here back home for Christmas. "If you want it ask for it" or something like that is what God wants from us sooooo, Lord, please hear my plea.

Thanks, Dave, for the session Wednesday afternoon and I'll see you Monday but for now just concentrate on your two beautiful girls.

At 1:40 PM , Anonymous Kathleen said...

Robin said it perfectly!

At 2:36 PM , Blogger Gretchen said...

Praying that your meeting and the scope go all as it should. Soooo glad Dave is there with you.

At 3:53 PM , Anonymous lori said...

Praying for a good report today! Enjoy your time together. Thanks for the update. Sending lots of hugs.

Love in Christ,

At 4:30 PM , Anonymous Jule White said...

Praying for the scope and for the meeting. Sending much love and many prayers your way.

Love, Jule White

At 5:06 PM , Blogger Michelle J said...

Wow, Trish you take my breath away!! So simple, yet so beautiful. Here i am wishing i could buy a new iPod and $98 jeans. Where are my priorities? I will pray for little Ashley and send peaceful thoughts her way!!

At 6:41 PM , Blogger Barbie@ Mamaology said...

Thanks for your perspective.... as always beautiful.

May you have a Wonderful visit with you husband and may Ashley's test go well.

At 8:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So sorry I haven't had a lot of time to comment the last couple of days but you are all always on my mind!! I have been praying praying praying!!
Hope all went well today! Prayers continue.
God Bless you all!

At 9:49 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree I love the simple things too. I love reading your posts' they really inspire me to be the person I want to be and who my family deserves. Praying for Ashley's scope today and that the results come back and show that she is doing great. (((hugs))) ~Chan~


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