Ashley's Story

She will leave fingerprints all over your heart

12/23/2007

Seeing is Believing

What an amazing holiday season it is turning out to be! My eyes and my heart still struggle with believing that we are here. Dave and I loaded up our three beautiful children and headed for Oklahoma to spend Christmas with our family for the first time in 3 years. Our drive together was so fun! My heart could barely hold the smile that was growing as I listened to Blake, Al, and Ash just hang out in the car together. Dave and I held hands as we drove and talked and talked and talked. Together again. It is truly the most amazing Christmas gift I have ever been given. I could ask for nothing more. My heart is so full.

Tonight my sister asked me what I wanted for Christmas. "I have it." Is what I told her. "My baby is alive and we have come home for Christmas with the family. I want nothing else." She just smiled at me and nodded. I think they all understand. Dave and I have dreamed of this day for so long. My most treasured possession is my family. There is nothing in this world that can compare to sitting around the table and laughing with my sisters and my brother until our sides ache. There is nothing in this world that can compare with seeing the girls playing doll house together on the floor in my nieces bedroom or watching the boys jump around the house and wrestle. There is nothing in this world that can compare to bringing our sweet baby home to my family for Christmas this year. Seeing them each tiptoe into the room and talk to that little pickle and just stare at our miracle overwhelms my heart. Tucking Ashley Kate into bed and knowing that her life is a gift brings tears to my ears each and every night.

I sit here at my sister's home and the house is silent for awhile. The candle lights are glowing and the house smells so yummy. The carols are quietly playing and the tree is lit. Ashley Kate is resting on the bed and Hope is attacking her own shadow. The whole family has gone to the church to enjoy the children's Christmas play. Allison was even given a role as an angel. I wish I could have gone too, but were not quite ready to expose Ashley Kate to that many people. She still has a cold and the weather is very, very chilly tonight. Dave and I think it is just too soon to take her out especially since she isn't feeling that well. So, she and I are waiting for everyone to arrive home again.

I am wishing each of you a very Merry Christmas. I am praying that your holiday is a blessed one and I wish to thank you guys for blessing us this season. Your prayers for our family have brought us together and for that I will forever be grateful. Enjoy your evening. Trish

39 Comments:

At 6:36 PM , Blogger ck said...

I am SO INCREDIBLY THANKFUL for your holiday reunion as a family. Makes my heart swell, I can only imagine how full yours must feel!! Hugs to a very precious family.

Love, calissa

 
At 7:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Trish,
Just wanted to let you know that I am a faithful reader and prayer warrior for your precious family. Your story has touched my heart. Merry Christmas!
Jill in Indiana, PA

 
At 7:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merry Blessings!
Heidi in CT

 
At 7:29 PM , Blogger Keri Ann said...

I never knew such joy could fill my heart just by reading about someone ELSE's joy. Thank you for that gift of joy that you've given me this Christmas season, Trish!

Maybe one day, someone smart will figure out a way to hug someone through a computer. Until then, I send you my virtual hugs, along with prayers for a continued blessed Christmas! I'll be thinking about your family and smiling, even as I enjoy my own.

 
At 7:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so happy that you are able to celebrate the holidays with your family. Merry Christmas, Jaka

 
At 7:56 PM , Blogger Carey said...

I am so glad to hear you are all together. merry Christmas. Im keeping you all in my prayers.

 
At 8:25 PM , Blogger The Rutland Family said...

Merry Christmas to a precious family that I've never met, but pray for daily. I'm so glad that you are all together. What a blessing!
God Bless!
Pam in GA

 
At 8:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas! I loved Ash's present last night - the one where she showed off her newest knowledge to me. LOVE LOVE LOVED IT! Sorry I was SO TIRED. Hopfully I can drop by a little more rested with goodies for the kids. :) Nikki

 
At 8:47 PM , Blogger Laurie said...

My heart is just overflowing with joy for you Trish. What a blessing for you to all be together at home and see you write about how wonderful it feels. I knew in my heart all along that you would be home, and prayed everyday that He would give you the desire of your heart. I just love answered prayer and my Christmas is more than complete that as I share the day with all of my loved ones, you will be doing the same. Praise God. I think you were so right in not taking Ashley out tonight. She is still fragile and I think you should keep her all to yourselves for a while:) I would love to see all three of the kids together having fun and the joy on their faces. I am sure you could live off this alone for a month:) Blessings to you on this most special Christmas, Ashleys first at home. You have earned it Trish for all of your endurance over these months. Relax and let the Lord and your family love on you until you can't take any more. I will continue to pray for Ashleys complete healing from head to toe. She is in the best place possible for this to happen now. Love to all of your family.

Laurie in Ca.

 
At 9:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have a Blessed, Merry Christmas!
Susan in Kansas

 
At 9:06 PM , Blogger jjhugs said...

The love and joy you openly share with your many readers is a gift to treasure.

Thank you and your family for sharing your journey. You have taught me much as I've read your story. Blessing and wishes for a joyous Christmas.

Judy in snowy Illinois

 
At 9:36 PM , Anonymous Lori said...

We are so thankful and so happy for you! It brings great joy to us to know that you all are all together. Our prayers have been answered. May you and your family have a very Merry Christmas. God bless you!
Love and hugs,
Lori

 
At 10:07 PM , Blogger Susie said...

How wonderful that you are with family for Christmas! Such a great answer to prayer. Blessing to you and your family.

 
At 11:10 PM , Blogger Shari's Page....... said...

I have tears of joy and thankfulness as I read tonight. I am so excited and filled with joy that God answered your prayers and brought you home for Christmas. What a blessing and I am sure memories you will never forget!

Praying and loving as always!

Shari

 
At 11:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tears of JOY!!! YAY! I'm so thankful that you all are reunited again!! I pray that you all stay this way for a very very long time to come! Those are my prayers now. I would like to wish EVERYONE...a very safe and Merry Christmas! Praise God and may you all be blessed!
~Okla

 
At 12:54 AM , Blogger Sun said...

WOW! Merry Christmas my friend! You are in my state right now - so close - I wish that I could hug you! Travel safely and enjoy your family - you are precious and SO incredibly blessed. Praise God! Sunshine

 
At 1:04 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord!!
Merry Christmas!
Chan

 
At 1:18 AM , Anonymous Kathleen said...

Your journey has taught me and touched my heart. I'm SO glad you are having such a wonderful time with your family!!
Blessings,
Kathleen

 
At 3:25 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas! I am so glad that you are all together as a family under one roof. You are in my prayers daily. I just have to know how the little puppy is doing? Does Ashley love her as much as her big sister does?

 
At 6:15 AM , Blogger Krista said...

I Pray you have a Very Merry Christmas with your family this year. Blessings to all of you.

 
At 7:09 AM , Blogger Connie said...

Amen, Trish. God is so good. And I know you would still say (and know) that He is good if He hadn't granted our prayers to bring you home for Christmas. But He did, and we thank Him for His gracious gifts! For Ashley, for family, for giving His son. He loves us so much! Blessed Christmas, my sister in Christ.

 
At 7:15 AM , Anonymous Courtney said...

Precious moments, precious memories! Have an absolutely wonderful Christmas together with your whole family! I am so filled with joy at the thought of you all being together!

 
At 8:53 AM , Blogger Mandy said...

So glad you are making wonderful Christmas memories with your sweet family. God Bless.

Mandy
GA
www.madelinegracehopkins.blogspot.com

 
At 9:51 AM , Blogger Alicia said...

Sitting around the table playing games with my extended family and laughing until our sides hurt brought tears to my eyes when I thought of the simplicity of it all. And the fact that for your precious family it is simply not simple. What an enormous blessing. Thank you for opening my eyes to the gift that a Christmas reunion can be. You truly turned my eyes to Him for thanksgiving this Christmas for the ease at which our family can get together. Reading your blog continually points my focus upward. God bless you for that. Merry, merry Christmas!

 
At 12:45 PM , Blogger Amber said...

i haven't visited in a little while and i can't tell you how much i am weeping tears of joy over this update! i'm so glad you are home for christmas and ashley is doing well. what a blessed, blessed christmas!!!

 
At 1:08 PM , Blogger Haylee Gabrielle said...

my heart is just FULL knowing you are home with your family! it is like a fairytale with a HAPPY ending. God bless you and your family this holiday season.

here's to a NEW year filled with tons of happy memories!

Merry CHRISTmas!

Melissa
mthdemers.blogspot.com

 
At 1:24 PM , Blogger The Cone Family said...

We are so happy for you guys!! We have been praying and praying! Merry Christmas!!!!

 
At 4:06 PM , Blogger hennhouse said...

And sometimes... There is believing without seeing. Merry Christmas!

 
At 4:51 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so thrilled with your good blessings also. If you don't mind telling, what town in Oklahoma? You have always looked familiar to me.
Prayer Mom in Oklahoma

 
At 6:57 AM , Blogger ManyBlessings said...

Merry Christmas!!!
d:)

 
At 7:24 AM , Blogger Sarah's In the Midst of It said...

You got your Christmas miracle! I am so happy for you--happy enough to come wish you a merry Christmas on Christmas morning! I know I don't know you or your family, but you hold such a special place in my heart, and it thrills me to know you are with your family this Christmas morning.

 
At 12:15 PM , Anonymous lori said...

Merry Christmas! Thanking God that you all are together today.

Blessings,
Lori and family

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

Wonderful, amazing, and what a blessing! I am so excited for your wonderful family. This really is a time of praise and celebration for all the love and grace that God has given to each and every one of us! I love you and pray for many more wonderful days and memories! Regina D.

 
At 2:46 PM , Blogger Laurie said...

Merry Christmas Adams Family,

I know this is a dream and prayer come true for you, Home for Christmas in your yellow house. Praise the Lord for answered prayers. He is so good. May your day be filled with such sweet joy and peace and continued healing for Miss Ashley. Love you guys and miracles do happen!!

Love, Laurie in Ca.

 
At 2:52 PM , Blogger Heather said...

Merry Christmas! Hope everything is just what you wished for!

 
At 5:40 PM , Blogger Gretchen said...

thank You Jesus, for new friends, for your grace and mercy. For miracles.

Merry Christmas!!!!

xxxooogretchen

 
At 6:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas, Adams Family! Welcome home Ashley! We're still praying! Jackie and Susan Roberts

 
At 8:07 PM , Blogger Amy T said...

Ours is an AWESOME God! So glad you were able to experience this Christmas. Hoping it was all you wanted it to be. Praying Ash is over her cold soon. I am so happy for you.

 
At 7:39 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am imagining you all so close together with so much love and so many smiles. I am very happy for you to be together in your home with your family.
Prayers in CT.
Heidi

 

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