Ashley's Story

She will leave fingerprints all over your heart



Like I've never felt.

She survived. Again. She is sleeping so peacefully in that crib tucked away in the corner of her big sister's room. I over heard Allison hushing Ash back to sleep tonight. " I love you baby girl. Your home now and your the best baby in the world." Peace. In my heart. Like I've never felt before.

Home. The most wonderful place in the world. I love our home. Its where my family is. My son plays ball here. My daughter paints and creates here. My baby is happy here. My husband, my best friend, walks through the door each night here. I belong here. Peace. All over me. Like I've never known before.

Christmas. Its here. In every corner of our home. In every space in my heart. The music quietly plays. The candle light flickers and puts shadows on the wall. The lights on the tree shine through the night. He came. He was born. He lived. He died. For me. Because He loves me. Jesus loves me. Peace. Like I've never experienced.

Prayer. I prayed. I cried. I pleaded. I begged. I surrendered knowing nothing I could say or do would change His plan. Grace. He showed it to me again. Mercy. He gives so freely. She is alive. She is home. She is happy. I prayed. Dave prayed. Blake and his friends prayed. Allie prayed each morning. Each of you prayed and prayed and prayed. He answered and His answer brought peace to our family's heart. Like we had hoped. Peace. We have it again.

We are home and it feels so good. The children are all sleeping in their beds and Dave and I sit together on the couch. I dreamed of having this again. Night after night not knowing if we would ever be here together again. We are a family of five and we are home.

Peace. I hope you know the peace I am describing. I pray your life, your heart, your family, and your home is full of His peace this holiday season. I love you guys. Goodnight. Trish


At 12:11 AM , Blogger Candy said...

peace to you. I am so glad you are home, with your family to enjoy Christmas and the Lords birth. I know Ash will thrive at home with her family all around her. God bless you all and have a wonderful Christmas.

At 12:15 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

how beautiful trish! so very beautiful...i am so happy and i feel, to a very small degree, that my many prayers for this post have been answered. thank you so much. so many have prayed through this blog. so many have hoped and loved. merry christmas!

At 12:25 AM , Blogger Paulette said...

Ahhhh yes undecribable peace, bask in it Trish you deserve it you have a right to it. I am SO very happy that you are home, home for your husband, home for your children and home for Christmas.. My God never disapoints.
Peace to you, I am so thankful you are home.

At 12:47 AM , Blogger Barbie@ Mamaology said...

How beautiful! I am so very happy for all of you. Rejoicing with you that Our God is Mighty and Powerful and so Gracious and Merciful!

Have a Wonderful CHRISTmas!

At 5:49 AM , Anonymous said...

Bless you. Bless your family.
Prayers in CT.

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

I am so glad that you could all find that peace this Christmas and ecstatic that you are all home together.

Praying now for you Trish that you will recover from your dizziness and for good health for Ash all winter long!

Have a truly blessed Christmas with your family - all together under one roof!

With love from PA,

At 6:21 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is such a praise that your all together & home!! God is SO faithful. Merry each of we prepare to celebrate the Birthday of our savior.....many Hugs....& much Christ,


At 6:46 AM , Blogger Just little ole me said...

Wonderful post Trish. Glad to see you are all settling back into being a family again. Many blessings for all of you this Christmas.

At 7:04 AM , Blogger GrumpyBear in Blue said...

I have been following Ashley's journey for awhile now, but I never posted a comment before.
I am SO glad to hear that you are home at last! May God continue to bless you.
Merry Christmas!

At 7:14 AM , Anonymous Lori said...

How beautiful! I cried as I read this post. So sweet! We are so happy for all of you. Our God is an awesome God. Merry Christmas!
Love and hugs to all of you,
Lori and family

At 7:49 AM , Anonymous krista said...

SO happy for you all. I have been prayinging for you all, and will continue to pray for health.
This post made me cry as well-what a lesson for us all to learn. To be more thankful for all we do have. Thank you for that lesson.
You are a wonderful family !

At 7:49 AM , Anonymous krista said...

SO happy for you all. I have been prayinging for you all, and will continue to pray for health.
This post made me cry as well-what a lesson for us all to learn. To be more thankful for all we do have. Thank you for that lesson.
You are a wonderful family !

At 8:01 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so happy that you are home. Merry Christmas!


At 8:32 AM , Blogger Alicia said...

This is such an incredible testimony to God's grace and lovingkindness. Welcome home for Christmas sweet Ashley!

At 8:36 AM , Blogger Dee Dee said...

Thank you, Lord.

At 9:00 AM , Anonymous Kathleen said...

So glad you are home! And have peace that only comes from God.

At 9:04 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Trish! As always, your words touch my heart. What an amazing family that God chose for Ashley. There is no doubt how special that little girl is, all you have to do is look where God put her. He loves her so much and he just knew where she had to be. He gave her a family that had so much unconditional love and so much faith to pull through this. I feel so honored to "know" such a wonderful family. Thank you for welcoming so many strangers into your life. You inspire me! Michelle

At 9:27 AM , Blogger Linda said...

What a sweet post, it had me crying tears of joy & thankfulness! Christmas is a time for family, and it brings the biggest smile to my face and contentment to my heart to know that you are home where you & Ash belong.

You're a sister I've never met, but as I've followed your journey God has put you in a special place in my heart. I'm so thankful that our prayers have been answered ~ Merry Christmas!

With love & blessings,

At 9:30 AM , Blogger Morgy's Mama said...

So so so so happy for your family. What a wonderful Christmas this will be to look back on!

At 9:34 AM , Blogger Amy T said...

So happy for you! Have a wonderful blessed Christmas! Praise God, he has really shown His glory. I can't imagine how happy and excited y'all are. I can't wait to share with my SS class and prayer group that Ashley is home! Yay!

At 9:46 AM , Anonymous julie said...

May the Lord shower your family with blessings over and over this Christmas.


At 9:56 AM , Anonymous April said...

I knew you would be home by Christmas. I knew that God would answer the many prayers of you and all of us. I'm so thrilled for you both to be in the bosom of your family!

At 9:57 AM , Blogger Gretchen said...

Lovely post. Peace be yours always. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Merry Christmas. love,gretchen

At 11:04 AM , Anonymous Cari said...

What a wonderful post. God is so good to His children. And He hears every prayer. I pray all will know the peace He freely gives - the peace you and your family are experiencing now.

Merry Christmas.

-Cari in Arkansas

At 11:15 AM , Blogger Wendy said...

I'm so happy you and Ashley are finally home. I was so moved that I posted something on my blog today about Ashley. It is posted here if you would like to read it. I hope you don't mind I used one of your photos of Ashley with a link back to this blog.

Christmas blessings...Wendy

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

Welcome Home We to know the peace which surrounds you and your family. Our family wishes your family a very Merry Christmas.

At 12:47 PM , Blogger Monique said...

Amen and Merry Christmas to all of you!

At 1:26 PM , Blogger Laurie said...

This is the most heart felt description of peace that I have heard in a very long time. Gods plan was for this peace to be yours all along and He used Ashleys situation to teach all of us out here to pursue His peace in our lives. Thank you from my heart Trish for sharing this journey with us. It has been a blessed exercise for my faith to increase in the simple things in life, Home together in that little yellow house with those who love you the most. I have prayed for and have been witness to many miracles this season, this one being the "over the top" blessing from God ever. Home is where the heart is, the love is, and the Lord is. Home is where you are!!!!! Thank God for answered prayer. I love you guys.
Peace and Joy and Blessings to you and yours Trish. You have earned it.
Laurie in Ca.

At 1:45 PM , Blogger Valarie said...

"Peace, peace, wonderful peace flowing down from the Father above, sweep over my spirit forever I pray, in fathomless billows of love"

Thanks for reminding me of this sweet old hymn, Trish. I pray that your holidays are more joyous than you could have ever imagined.

Thank you God for hearing our prayers for this sweet family. Be more near to them than ever before. You are so good to all of us, God and I thank you for protecting Ash! You are worthy of praise Father!!

At 1:50 PM , Blogger The Lenda's said...

I just was checking in to see if you all had made it home. So glad to hear the good news. Trish hope you are feeling better so you can enjoy your home and your family. Thanks for putting the sweetness of a peaceful home at Christmas into perspective for me. With two toddlers running around making messes all over the house it doesn't always feel peaceful or look as nice as I would like but you blog puts it all into perspective for me and makes me remember how important my children are and how grateful I am that they are home and healthy enough to run around and destroy my house.:) God bless you and your precious family. Thanks for sharing your heart with us.

At 2:01 PM , Blogger T with Honey said...

"I'll Be Home for Christmas" must sound even more special this year.

At 2:58 PM , Blogger jtcosby said...

So happy for you guys! I am so smiling for you right now! Hugs and love! WOW! Hey, I am not sure how you feel about this but we are coming to Houston on the day after Christmas and if you are near there, I would love to stop by or meet at a generic location to say hello...COMPLETELY UP TO YOU!! Just wanted to throw it out there! HUGS!

At 3:13 PM , Blogger MTW said...

Merry Christmas to all 5 of you IN YOUR HOME! I am so grateful that your prayers (and ours here in Georgia) to bring your sweet baby home were answered so magnificently...God is sooo good!

God bless you all in 2008!

Mollie in Georgia

At 3:17 PM , Blogger Sun said...

Praise God for His peace and His gifts. I am SO happy that you are home! Sunshine

At 5:29 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas......... enjoy the peace and happiness you feel as you are FINALLY home with your family!
So happy for you-

At 7:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sooo happy for you and your family - to be together and to have a healthy baby girl - at home where she belongs! How Great God is!!

Merry Christmas!


At 12:49 AM , Blogger Toni said...

Happy tears. Continued prayers. GOD BLESS YOU, ASHLEY and YOUR FAMILY, Trish. I'm soooo happy you're all home for Christmas together.

At 1:21 PM , Blogger Denise said...

I love, love, love that you all are home together under one roof! The Lord uis good and sweet to answer our prayers! Merry Christmas!

Much love,
Denise & family

At 6:07 PM , Blogger Fiffer said...

Praise God! Merry Christmas to a wonderful family (and puppy!). I will enjoy my Christmas even more knowing you all are together. God bless you all!

Love, Martha

At 10:11 PM , Blogger Myfriendconnie@SmockityFrocks said...

So glad God has blessed you with this time together! Merry Christmas and praise His name!

At 2:54 AM , Blogger Emily said...

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow.

At 7:23 AM , Blogger Alicia said...

Just wanted to stop by and say that we're praying your sweet family through a healthy Christmas season. =) My heart is just so thrilled that you can be together. We're still praying for you guys! I hope you're feeling better.

At 12:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't know me, but I came across your site through another blog. I am praying for your precious little girl. I have health problems myself, but I cannot imagine what she is going through.

Have a wonderful Christmas with your little angel.


-a sister in Christ


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