Ashley's Story

She will leave fingerprints all over your heart


Being Normal

Being normal feels so great. We have had a terrific time together as a family these past few days. We didn't do anything overly exciting. We didn't go on vacation to great places, we didn't have any new exciting events take place, we just enjoyed being a normal family. It was so great to get together for meals. I loved watching Trish disappear into the kids bedroom at night because I know she was cherishing the time spent kissing their heads and praying with them as she tucked them in bed. It was wonderful to come home after work and find Trish and Ashley in the living room. I loved hearing about the game of monopoly Trish and the kids played today. I loved watching Ashley lay in her crib in her house and play with her remote. At one point we found she had settled in and was watching professional arm wrestling. I love watching Blake and Allie playing with their baby sister. I loved having the entire family together as we hung Christmas lights and decorated inside. Trish is so great at making this time of year extra special for the kids. Last night we crammed Trish, Myself, Blake and Allie all into our bed and we laughed together as we fought over the covers and jockeyed for a place in the bed away from the edge. Ash was not in the bed because we didn't want her to get run over, but she was in her portable crib right next just watching her crazy family. It is the normal things that have happened that just seemed to bless me these last few days. Nothing special, just being together, I am finding time much more special than I used to.

The girls are packing to drive back to Omaha tomorrow morning. Grandma has decided to go with them to help drive and that makes me feel much better about the trip. It was a short trip, but I am looking forward to a longer one in the near future. Ashley looked pretty good while they were home, but tonight when I came in from work I think she looked fabulous. She looks better than I have seen her since before she went into rejection. She had a twinkle back in her eyes and she was giving me hugs and giving me five. She was clapping and playing and I was very encouraged by what she was showing me. I hate that they are going back, but I will focus on the blessings of the time we had together and look forward to some more time soon. Please continue to help us pray Ashley home for Christmas. This will be her third and I would really love to see her spend it at home with her family.

Thank you so much to those who have helped us have such a wonderful weekend. Thank you Carmela for your generosity, thank you to a cheerful giver who cheerfulness is a blessing to each of us. Thank you to each of you who continue to come and be a part of Ashley's Story.




At 10:40 PM , Blogger Joyful Days said...

So glad you had this little moment. Praying that the stay in Omaha will be brief & Ashley will come home for Christmas & for a long, long time.

In Him,


At 11:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord! Our Prayers have been answered this weekend! What a blessing that Trish and Ash got to enjoy the time at home - to get the house ready for Christmas, to play hard and to love each other even more!
Praying for a safe trip and many more trips to come!

At 11:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am thankful for your time as a family & to see Ash doing so well. Praying for a safe trip home for the girls & Grandma. Many prayers....

At 11:23 PM , Blogger Elizabeth said...

I cannot tell you how many times I have checked this blog today hoping for some wonderful news and here it is! I am SO happy that you and your whole family got to spend some really precious time together! I am praying the girls back to Omaha and then praying them back home again for Christmas! I feel so happy that you all got these days together!
God Bless,

At 11:29 PM , Blogger Haylee Gabrielle said...

i have TEARS in my eyes b/c i have been checking checking checking Ash's blog EVERYDAY since Trish has been gone. i am soooooooo verrrrrry happy that you guys had this WONDERFUL time together as a family! God is GOOD!

praying Ashley has her 1st Christmas at home this year. thanks for posting for us Dave.

melissa in CA

At 11:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so glad you all were able to enjoy time together as a family. It's wierd how much we miss the little things when we're not home.. like being able to make the kids lunch for them before school.. or being able to sit in the carpool line and give them the first hug when they get out of school.. it's the little things that mean the most.

I 'm praying for you all as you drive back to Omaha. I'm so glad that you will have someone driving with you.. what a blessing!

I will also be praying that Ashley gets to come home for Christmas... even it's just for a short time like this one was.. I know it'd mean the world to your whole family.!

and you all left one thing out... how'd Ashley like Hope? and how is Allie liking her? Is she still just as excited about her puppy as she was the day she got it?

At 11:58 PM , Blogger Cheryl Jones said...

So wonderful to hear what a joyous family time you all had. To hear you remind us that it is the very simple things we take for granted that mean the most. The blessing of hugs and seeing your spouse walk through the door. Ordinary things in our day that we just don't realize that others would give anything for those moments.

I, along with I know so many others, will be praying all night long for safety for Grandma and the girls to arrive safely back to Omaha. I know they are traveling with angels encamped all around their car safely guiding them back to where Ashley will just progress so good that she will be able to come home for her lst Christmas.

She sure does thrive being around her daddy and her home, just like Trish says she does. It was so evident by your post tonight.

Smiling, thinking about how beautifully your home is decorated since Trish was able to lovingly do it for the ones she loves so much.

Hugs to you all and thank you so much for updating us and I too have been checking so many times a day ever since you all headed out to come back home.

Cheryl (ohio) with snow on the way!

At 12:01 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

YAY!!!! I am so glad that the visit was a good one. It is no wonder that Ashley looked fabulous today. She is home with her family. In so many ways that has to be one of the healthiest things for her. Maybe her doctors will see the difference in her when she gets back and know that she needs those visits more often. We will continue to pray for a Christmas at home. God Bless!

At 12:02 AM , Blogger Sarah's In the Midst of It said...

I'm so glad the time together was so wonderful and normal! It sounds like just being in your home, together with everyone, is good for Ashley's health! I'm praying even more than usual that she gets to go home for good, sooner than anybody can imagine.

Safe travels to Trish and crew; thanks for the update!

At 12:25 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful to hear that Ashley has a twinkle in her eyes again!! Absolutely awesome! Sometimes the best medicine is to be surrounded by our family!!! I have always believed this. It sure doesn't hurt!
I know this must be more than difficult for everyone to part ways again, I will be praying, praying, praying Trish & Ashley home for Christmas! I pray for Ashley's health...for peace of mind and good health for all of you!
It really is so good to hear that you all had a great time together!
Hang in there Dave....Trish.....we are all praying in this family!!
May our Good Lord keep you in His arms and bless you ...may He keep Trish, Ashley & Grandma safe on their way back to Omaha.

At 1:45 AM , Blogger Mandy said...

I am so glad you guys got to have a few days together!! I was hoping everything was going great with Ashley! Glad to see you updated!!

At 5:59 AM , Anonymous Courtney said...

I'm so happy that you had this little bit of family time together filled with happy memories and precious moments. I've been praying for you during this time together. Still praying that Ash will be home for Christmas and that the doctors will see this trip home as good medicine for Ashley.

MAy God give them saftey on the road today and a quick return home in time for Christmas!

At 6:32 AM , Anonymous prayer mom said...

I haven't posted lately, but I have continue praying and will continue to pray for permanent good health for Ashley, and blessings on the family.

Thanks for sharing. This blessed my heart.

At 8:18 AM , Anonymous Stephanie - KCMO said...

I'm so glad for the update. I've been checking every day too. I feel such a happiness in my heart to hear that you had such a good time with the family. Have a safe drive back to Omaha - I'll be praying. Love, Stephanie

At 8:35 AM , Blogger Gretchen said...

Praise God for your joy these past few days! He is amazing and powerful, and you all serve Him well. Continuing to pray for health and for a Christmas miracle of a family being all together in their own home for the holidays. Thanks for the peek into your lovely time together. Traveling mercies to Ashley, Trish, and Grandma.

At 8:44 AM , Blogger Laurie said...

It is in these "nothing special" times that the most Special things take place. Your home must have been buzzing brightly with all the love going on inside. Twinkle in Ashleys eyes, how wonderful is that?! Hold on to the memory of this time firmly in your hearts as we continue to pray Ashley and Trish home for Christmas and for good. What a beautiful update, you have made my day. Praying for safe travel and for healing for Ashley.
I hope this was just the appetizer and that the main course is Christmas for all of you.

Much Love and Prayers,
Laurie in Ca.

At 8:48 AM , Blogger Morgy's Mama said...

So so so glad that you were able to spend this time together! Praying still.

At 9:30 AM , Blogger Krista said...

I havent posted in a while but please know your thoughts are still with us. I am so excited Ash got to come home for the Christmas decorating event. It sounds to me she is better when surrounded by her Family who so obviously cherishes and loves her more than anything.

At 9:41 AM , Anonymous Cindy Adams said...

What a blessing to have the family together at your own place during the Christmas season! I pray that Ashley will be able to be back home for Christmas!

I have not been to the journal lately. I have been ill. I was so happy though to get online this morning and the latest post.

Prayers and blessings to you always, Cindy Adams

At 10:52 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, what a great time it must have been to just be a family and enjoy each other these past few days. Praying that Ashley and Trish will be home soon for good!!

At 11:20 AM , Anonymous April said...

What an incredible portrait you drew of you family melting into the precious moments afforded this week.

I am amazed to read about the fulfillment of SO MANY prayers from SO MANY friends you have never met!

The bit about Ashley settling in with professional arm wrestling was such a sweet image. I can imagine her with her leg cast over her propped-up knee, arms behind the head...too cute.

Have a safe journey back, Trish...and we'll pray for a short stay on THAT side this time!

At 11:43 AM , Blogger CrownLaidDown said...

Tearfully rejoicing!

Would you please pray for Chris' Mom, MaryAnn? She's in Longview Regional and had back surgery. She's 75 and has had quite a difficult recovery so far. Thanks so much! It is difficult not being able to see her right now. Colorado seems a little farther than usual.
Much love and prayers for Ashley,

At 12:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great update it was surely worth the wait. I will be praying! ~Chan~

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At 2:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So happy to hear about your time together. Praying with all of my heart that Trish and Ashley are home for Christmas!!
Praying for a safe trip back to Omaha.
God Bless,

At 2:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad to see you have good Christmas time in TX. Now you're going to meet your White Christmas in Omaha. Enjoy! See you later.


At 3:06 PM , Anonymous Jackie & Susan said...

We're so glad you got to spend time together as a family. We continue to pray for your family. We will pray for safe travels for "the girls". With Glenda added in it will bring a new meaning to a girls road trip. Hope the laughter will help make the miles fly by! Blessings to your family. Jackie and Susan

At 3:26 PM , Blogger Connie said...

I'm sure basking in the love of her family was very good for Ashley--and for Trish too. You all need that so much! I am praying that she will be able to be home for Christmas. Praying for wisdom for her team and healing for her body. Blessings!

At 5:53 PM , Blogger Mandy said...

Praying for Ashley and you, esecially as you travel. I am so glad you got to enjoy some much-needed family time. I know it flew by but more is to come we will pray.


At 7:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful, peaceful Christmas picture. It has TRISH written all over it! I love it!

Praying for a safe trip back and then home again!

At 8:59 PM , Blogger julie said...

What a blessing your time together was. Definitely praying Ashley will be home for christmas.


At 9:48 PM , Blogger Amy T said...

Awesome! So glad the trip and visit was so good! I know they hate to go back, but hopefully this time home refreshed them and gave them many new memories to cherish and take out and enjoy while they are gone.

At 10:19 PM , Blogger Monique said...

So glad to hear you all enjoyed your visit :-) I wondered how you were all doing. Hope the girls had a safe trip back.

At 12:14 AM , Anonymous Kathleen said...

Praying that you won't have to stay in Omaha long!

At 12:22 AM , Blogger Shari's Page....... said...

I am so glad you had this moment together as a family. I thought of you much these last several days. The mantle is beautiful and I pray that you can get a pass for Christmas now. Trish--hang in there sweetie. The day is coming soon you will be home again.

Love to you!


At 8:25 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It thrills my heart that you guys had such a special time together. I really think that being anywhere but a hospital environment can sometimes be the best medicine! I am just so glad you had this time together.

It just gives you something else to look forward to in just a short time! I have all the hope and faith and God that He can send you guys home for Christmas!

In Christ-
Amy and Kyle


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