Ashley's Story

She will leave fingerprints all over your heart

12/18/2007

Nebraska - Iowa - Missouri - Kansas - Oklahoma...Texas!

Today Ashley has been in Nebraska --- Iowa --- Missouri --- Kansas --- Oklahoma....and soon to be in Texas! We are so excited they are on their way home. Last time I checked they had just passed the half way home mark and made into Oklahoma. We are expecting them to arrive sometime in the wee hours of the morning. Allie is so excited she set her alarm clock for 2:00 am so she will be awake when they arrive. In reality I highly doubt that Allie will actually wake up and I just hope her alarm is not so loud it will wake me up. It makes me so happy to have seen the excitement on the kids faces and in their hearts as I tucked them in to bed tonight. We each spent time praying for a safe rest of the trip for Mom, Ash & grandma and then they drifted off to sleep with smiles on their faces.

Ash was able to get her central line removed today and they did it without sedation. I think it was pretty hard on Ash, but she is one tough pickle. She has been left a little battered and bruised but I think she will be OK. Trish said she is sitting up in that car seat looking out the window and kicking everything in reach of her little feet. She is enjoying her new found freedom.

At the end of August when Ash began throwing up one Sunday night we took her into the hospital and fully expected to be back home by noon on Monday. That was 3 1/2 months ago and today is the day she is coming home. I sincerely thank each and every one of you who has prayed for Ashley. Thank you for being diligent in your prayers for my baby girl.

Goodnight,

DAVE

76 Comments:

At 9:55 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord! Our Christmas miracle has seen fruition with days to spare. Enjoy your time together. What a wonderful answer to prayers!

Kristi in Texas

 
At 10:01 PM , Blogger Dennis, Rose and our Clan said...

woohoo!! Praise God! I am so excited for you as a family! Enjoy Christmas together!

 
At 10:06 PM , Blogger Sun said...

Oh Praise God!
I cannot wait to tell my girls when they get up in the morning...they have been praying with us and following her story. Have an amazing night and a very Merry Christmas! Sunshine

 
At 10:06 PM , Blogger Michelle said...

YEA!!!!!!! PRAISE THE LORD!!!! Oh I can't even imagine the excitement!! Merry CHRISTmas!!!
Michelle in Tulsa

 
At 10:08 PM , Anonymous krista said...

WOW, what wonderful news!!
Thank you for the update. We will continue to be in prayer.
Have a wonderful Christmas!!
Krista

 
At 10:09 PM , Anonymous Carol from Bainbridge Island, WA said...

What absolutely wonderful news to read just now!! This child and blog have truly left "Fingerprints all over my heart"!!!! I couldn't be happier for your entire family and I hope Allie's alarm awakens the entire house!! It will be a joyous moment for all and a Christmas to remember. God Bless you all!!!!

 
At 10:09 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am BALLING MY EYES OUT right now!! Thank you, God! Thank you so much for answered prayer. That's all I can think of to say right now around this lump in my throat. Judy

 
At 10:10 PM , Blogger Haylee Gabrielle said...

AWESOME!!! Cannot wait to see pics of the whole FAMILY together again. Praise the LORD.

 
At 10:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

OH My gosh! I have goosebumps right now. This is such an awesome blessing for your beautiful family. Take this opportunity to enjoy your first Christmas at home with Ashley and may God Bless you and your family. You are such an inspirational family with the amount of faith you all have, regardless of the situation you are in. Keep up the excellent work. God has a lot in store for Sweet Ashley. My prayers continue on a daily basis for your family. Merry Christmas. Corey, from Missouri

 
At 10:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tears of joy for your family! Merry Christmas, indeed!
Nan in AR

 
At 10:19 PM , Blogger Alicia said...

She really made it home for Christmas - Yay! Have a wonderful time together.

 
At 10:19 PM , Blogger Shari's Page....... said...

Excitement, joy, tears! Oh, I am so happy the Lord answered prayers and you can all be TOGETHER for this Christmas season! Praise the Lord!

Praying for traveling mercy and safety and the health of that beautiful pickle you call Ashley.

Shari

 
At 10:21 PM , Anonymous Courtney said...

I'm praising God with yuo and all the other commenters! Thank you Lord for bringing sweet little Ashley home for Christmas. Please keep her healthy and strong now and allow this family to have many special memories together this Christmas and all through next year! We praise you for all your answers to many prayers! Amen.

 
At 10:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is absolutely terrific news!! Our prayers have been answered -- they're coming home! I am so happy for your family!! Being together for Christmas, how wonderful!! This will be such an awesome Christmas!! God's blessings to you all!

Prayers,
Gina, Mommy to Lucas

 
At 10:46 PM , Blogger Michelle said...

Yipppeeee!!! WooHoo!! Merry Christmas to you!!

Michelle (HSV, AL)

 
At 10:47 PM , Blogger jtcosby said...

I AM SOOOOO EXCITED!!! HOW AWESOME!!!!! CAN"T WAIT TO HEAR ABOUT THE TRIP!!! WE LOVE YOU GUYS!!!

 
At 10:58 PM , Anonymous Amy said...

WOOHOO!!!!!!!!! I am so excited for all of you! Merry Christmas! May this be a very special holiday for all of you. :)

 
At 11:00 PM , Blogger CrownLaidDown said...

He is FAITHFUL!

Praising and praying for your sweet family. Celebrate!!
Much love,
Holly

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

AMEN!!! Praise God!!! This is awesome! I don't think I could have received a better Christmas gift than to hear this news!! This is truly a blessing! I am so excited!! I am praying for a safe trip HOME!!
May God Bless each of you!
Merry Christmas
~Okla

 
At 11:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so happy for you and your family! I hope you all have the greatest Christmas ever!


Tricia in Oklahoma

 
At 11:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

For this post I have prayed so much!!!!! Thank you dear God. This is a Christmas gift for ME. Thanks, Dave. Remember to post lots of pictures for us! Love, Pam

 
At 11:46 PM , Blogger Morgy's Mama said...

God is good ~ all the time! So excited for you all!

 
At 11:48 PM , Blogger Joyful Days said...

PTL!! PTL!!!

 
At 12:11 AM , Anonymous Kathleen said...

"Thank the Lord because he is good.
His love endures forever."
Praise His greatness!!

 
At 12:29 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am soooooo happy to read the good news tonight.

Merry Christmas!

Pam in CA

 
At 12:43 AM , Anonymous Vicky said...

Welcome Home Ashley! We've been praying that you would be home for Christmas. Your trip today has been an amazing answer to prayers. You are one tough kid and I look forward to reading about how God continues to work through you.
Thank you again Trish and Dave for sharing Ashley's (and your) story with us. Have an amazing Christmas together in Texas!!!!

 
At 1:03 AM , Blogger Dee Dee said...

Thank you, Lord!! He does hear prayers, and we will continue to pray. I believe He is not finished showing Himself MIGHTY in that sweet baby's life.

 
At 1:06 AM , Blogger Gretchen said...

Tears of praise! Merry Christmas, my friends. love, gretchen

 
At 4:39 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God! He still answers prayer!

 
At 5:21 AM , Blogger Rob & Amy said...

YAHOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! What a perfect Christmas Present!!! I can't wait for all of the stories and presents!

 
At 5:38 AM , Anonymous purplefolderadventure.wordpress.com said...

Mmmm, what a nice "present" for your family. Merry holidays! :)
Prayers from CT,
Heidi

 
At 5:49 AM , Blogger By the grace of God ... said...

God is so awesome -- He truly does answer prayer, sometimes its No, sometimes its wait, sometimes its YES!!!! Have a truly blessed Christmas with ALL your family.

 
At 6:07 AM , Blogger Just little ole me said...

Praise be to God! What a wonderful Christmas you will have!

 
At 6:44 AM , Blogger Fiffer said...

Praise the Lord! I am so thankful that your girls are on their way home! God is good, bringing them home just in time for Christmas, which will make Christmas the most precious one ever for your family, I'm sure! His timing is just perfect and I am praising Him along with your family. Now I have to go wake my kids up & tell them -- they will be SO excited! We've been praying for this Christmas miracle for quite awhile. Your family is special to ours!

Love, Martha

 
At 6:48 AM , Blogger Heather said...

Christmas wishes do come true! SO glad you were able to have things work for you this time. Have an absolutely fantastic Christmas! I'll miss you guys!

 
At 7:09 AM , Anonymous Lori said...

So very happy for you all. I had tears in my eyes as I read this post. Your story has truly touched our lives and blessed us. Praying for all of you!
Love and hugs,
Lori and family

 
At 7:16 AM , Blogger Lacey said...

Praise God!

I all teary knowing that they will FINALLY be home for Christmas!

Can't wait to read about their homecoming!

Lacey - AL

 
At 7:18 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

God is Great!! Praise Him for making little Ashley well enough to be home for Christmas! Enjoy it!!

Michelle in PA

 
At 7:27 AM , Blogger Krista said...

Praise God.. I knew He could give you that Miracle for Christmas. I hope your family has a wonderful time together in your own home this year for Christmas.

 
At 7:28 AM , Blogger Kristi said...

Praise God!!

I pray that your family has a wonderful Christmas TOGETHER!!

 
At 7:45 AM , Anonymous Stephanie - KCMO said...

Dave, Thank you for the post. I'm so glad to hear the news of going home for Christmas. I'm so glad that we know God and know that this blessing comes from him. He has heard our prayers. May He continue to bring you all nothing but joy. Love, Stephanie

 
At 7:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Woohooo!!!! Praise the Lord!!!

I'm so happy for your family. Just know that people in Georgia are still praying for you guys.

Paige

 
At 7:57 AM , Blogger camille said...

YAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!! I'm SO excited for you! This is the best Christmas present ever!!!!

 
At 8:01 AM , Blogger Marva said...

Praise the lord! Home for Chistmas! What a true Christmas miracle!

 
At 8:10 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas!!!!!!

 
At 8:15 AM , Blogger Keri Ann said...

Oh, I couldn't have awakened this morning to better news!! I am so excited!!!! I can't quit grinning!!

Thank you for posting this, Dave, so we can all be rejoicing and praising God as they travel toward the little yellow house!

 
At 8:15 AM , Blogger Laurie said...

Hooray!!!! Prayers answered and Home for Christmas!! God is so wonderful and loves you guys so much. What a roller coaster 3 1/2 months it has been for your family but this end result is so sweet. Thank you so much Dave for the update. It is the best start to my day out here to know how blessed your Christmas is going to be. Trish's heart must be overflowing right now. Bless their travel and bring them and Grandma safely home to you. Merry Christmas and please keep us posted if it is not too much trouble.

Love, Laurie in Ca.

 
At 8:28 AM , Blogger Nikki said...

How exciting! I guess by now that they are home. I know that you and your kids are just besides yourself with excitement.

 
At 8:50 AM , Blogger Kelly said...

Praise God! How exciting that Ash has her first Christmas at home!!

 
At 8:59 AM , Anonymous dee buchanan said...

GOD IS SOOOOO GOOD!!!!!!!!! bY THE TIME YOU READ THIS, YOU WILL BE HOME!WHAT AN AWESOME GIFT FROM THE FATHER! HE GIVES AS ONLY HE CAN. I KNOW YOU WILL ENJOY EVERY DAY AND EVERY MINUTE OF IT. PRAYING YOUR HOME STAY LASTS FOR A VERY LONG TIME!

 
At 9:04 AM , Blogger sarahdodson said...

I'm SO thankful/happy to hear of your good news!! :)

 
At 9:06 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord What great news! I know that you all will have the most wonderful Christmas! ~Chan~

 
At 9:07 AM , Anonymous Cari said...

Wow! I hope by now the sweet reunion has occured and everyone is settling in at home, and under one roof. Praise the Lord for His excellent goodness.

-Cari in Arkansas

 
At 9:07 AM , Blogger julie said...

Fantastic! I am so excited for you all.

Have a very Merry Christmas,
Julie

 
At 9:14 AM , Blogger Jenny said...

Praise God!! Enjoy each and every moment of Ash's first Christmas at home!!! I just know that it will be such a special time for your family.

 
At 9:51 AM , Blogger Elizabeth said...

Wow...this just leaves me speachless! This is such an awsome miracle for your family! I just read the news here this morning but last night when I went to bed...without knowing what was going on I prayed and prayed for you guys! God is SO good!
We can't wait to hear updates...but we know how important it is to just spend sometime together!
God bless you and yours!
Love in Christ,
Elizabeth

 
At 9:57 AM , Blogger Linda said...

There's tears of thankfulness coursing down as I read this post!!! You don't know me, but I've been following your story for a couple of months and feel knitted to your family. Trish & Ashley have come to mind so many times since last weekend and every time I've breathed a prayer asking for a Christmas miracle. This will probably be the best news I hear today! My own Christmas will be even more special, knowing that God has answered prayer and your WHOLE FAMILY will be gathered together under one roof and enjoying this most magical & special time of year. Family & Christmas just go together! The words "Have a Merry Christmas" have never been more heartfelt!

With love & blessings,
Linda

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

Wow we are so thankful. The hand of the Father continues to rest upon Ashley. Thank you Lord for Your watchful eye.
Denise

 
At 10:06 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

PLEASE tell us when she arrives and all is well....have a truly wonderful and Christ filled Christmas. I am so very thrilled with this news. God is good.

 
At 10:06 AM , Blogger Daffodil Hill said...

This is wonderful news! I am rejoicing with you (and shedding a few happy tears, too!). Have a beautiful, glorious Christmas together as a family. {{hugs}}

 
At 10:06 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

PLEASE tell us when she arrives and all is well....have a truly wonderful and Christ filled Christmas. I am so very thrilled with this news. God is good.

 
At 10:16 AM , Blogger kristine said...

God is so good all the time! You help me to remember to enjoy everyday with my family.

Have a blessed Christmas!

Love,
Kris

 
At 10:38 AM , Blogger Tiffany said...

Praise God! I am so glad Ashley is going home for Christmas. God is so good!

 
At 10:51 AM , Anonymous Prayer Mom said...

All I can do is sit here and cry for your happiness, shout in praise, do a little happy dance of joy that won't stop. My heart is so full. Our God is so Good, so Good, so faithful! It is good to serve the very best!

 
At 11:06 AM , Blogger Sarah's In the Midst of It said...

Hooray! I am so glad that this day, that so many have prayed for, is finally here! Blessings on all of you as you enjoy your first Christmas all together!!

 
At 11:31 AM , Anonymous Jule White said...

What a faithful, loving God we have! Thanks to Him for answered prayers.

I was so excited when I saw Dave's post! You should be home by now and hugging those sweet kids!!!

Trish, my heart is so full knowing that your family will be together for Christmas. I know you are just beside yourself with joy. I am so proud of Ashley and how hard she fought. What a miracle she is!

Love to the entire family. I will continue to lift your entire family up in prayer. May you have a blessed, wonderful Christmas.

Love, Jule White

 
At 1:13 PM , Anonymous Shannon in NE said...

Our God is so GREAT!!! I pray that your family has a blessed Christmas and a New Year full of wonders!
Still praying in Nebraska,
Shannon

 
At 1:28 PM , Blogger Lisa said...

Thank you, Lord, for this blessing for a faithful family. You truly are an awesome God! I will remember you all in my prayers for continued recovery for little Ash and for health for all of you. I pray you will be home together for a LONG LONG time! Enjoy your wonderful Christmas together.

xoxo Lisa R.

 
At 2:09 PM , Blogger Monique said...

Whoohoo! So glad to hear they are on their way home :-) Hope you all have a very merry Christmas!!

 
At 4:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thank God that precious baby can be home for Christmas. Have a blessed holiday together. May God have all the glory. Becky in Texas

 
At 6:38 PM , Blogger Mayhem And Miracles said...

Thrilled for Ashley! Thrilled for all of you! Enjoy your magical First Christmas Home together!

 
At 7:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have a Wonderful Christmas!!!!!
Beth

 
At 8:47 PM , Anonymous Kori said...

So HAPPY for you guys!!!!! Praise God from whom all BLESSINGS flow.....

 
At 9:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our God is an awesome God, He Reigns on Heaven and Earth! Praise and thanks be to Him for His gift of Christmas & His gift to this family we have all grown to love. May His face shine upon Ashley & His angels protect her every step. May you find refreshment Trish & rest with your husband and children. Merriest of Christmas from the bottom of my heart!!! Colleen ( yee haw !)

 
At 9:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So happy to hear your good news! Will pray for her health and safety as they travel.

 
At 9:54 PM , Anonymous Julie in KC said...

Merry Christmas! God Bless and enjoy every minute.

 

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