Ashley's Story

She will leave fingerprints all over your heart

2/19/2008

His Gifts


Somedays He sends them at just the right moments. Sometimes they show up unexpectedly. Most days they blow me away and my heart can't hold the gratitude that wells up inside of me. He did it again. This morning around 2:30 He handed me a wonderful gift. You have to look closely at the picture above, but I assure you once you land on it you won't be able to keep from smiling back.

I think its BEAUTIFUL! I hadn't seen her smile for so, so long and oh my heart longed to see it again. If she can manage a smile in her circumstance then I can too. Its going to be a good day. What an amazing gift!

She and I smiled and played for over 3 hours this morning. She had just been given a little boost of ativan because her withdrawal symptoms were keeping her awake and in trouble. It did the trick. Her jitters and picking stopped long enough to give me some of the most precious moments to hold in my heart. We sang, played peek a boo and patty cake, and then I laid next to her on her bed and allowed her to touch my face, my eyes, my hair, my whatever she wanted to. It felt so good to be that close to her. I even had the privelage of seeing her "spiders" come out over the top of the breathing tube. They were a little shakey and uncoordinated, but they were definitely there and I couldn't help but cry as I watched her convince me to sing it again, and again, and again.

We were awake for the rest of the night. She just can't sleep. Finally around 6:30 this morning her eyes closed and they still haven't opened. We have moved her, taken x-rays, massaged her hands and feet. Nothing is working. Her heart rate is the lowest it has been on 2 weeks. This baby is snoozing. She is absolutely exhausted. Her mom is too. I think I'm going to sleep for a while this afternoon.

Nothing can top the gifts given to us by the Father. He knows exactly what we need and how to bless us. My heart was truly overwhelmed. I love this sweet girl so very much and what an encouragement it was for my heart to receive this gift. I hope to see it again soon, but even if I don't I now know that she still has it in there. Thank you, thank you, thank you Lord for lifting my spirits in the early morning hours.
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76 Comments:

At 12:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing sweet Ashley's smile with us! We love you all so much, and you are always in our prayers.

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

God is so Awesome! Tears welled in my eyes! I'm so glad you got a smile! What a gift!!
We are praying hard!! May both of you sleep sweetly! You so deserve that!

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

That a girl, Ashley!

Prayer Mom

 
At 12:11 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

PRAISE GOD! This is wonderful to hear Trish! I'm so happy to know she managed a smile! I have to say when I first saw the pic I did a double take asking myself if that was a smile on her face or not!
I pray for continued blessings! I pray for healing and strength!
May Our Good Lord continue to hold you both in His arms as He heals little Ashley..
~Okla

 
At 12:14 PM , Anonymous Jule White said...

Trish ~ Precious....I am so thankful for the smile, the itsy bitsy spider, and now for sleep. Thanking God for giving those blessings to you and Ashley. I pray today brings many more of those sweet moments.

Praying and holding you close to my heart!!

Love, Jule White

 
At 12:16 PM , Blogger camille said...

That is such great news to hear. Hoping and praying for many more smiles.
Thinking of you :)

 
At 12:25 PM , Blogger Jeff and Melissa Blair said...

What a beautiful smile! I just love reading about Ashley - what a precious gift!

 
At 12:25 PM , Blogger Tink said...

Thank you for sharing that beautiful smile of her's! She is truely Amazing!!
Prayers and positive healing energy's continue to flow...
Brightest Blessings to ALL...

 
At 12:25 PM , Anonymous Courtney said...

You know - I took one look at the picture before I read your post and said "She's Smiling!" I could see it in her eyes! Oh, I'm so thankful that you had those precious hours with her to assure you that she's still there and will get through this! Praying that you are finding rest this afternoon!
Courtney

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

What a praise it is to see those beautiful eyes....that precious smile..... You are a darling gift from God....sweet one. Hope you & mommy get some much needed rest so you can get into more mischief when you wake up..... (= Thank you Lord.....Continued prayers...

Suzanne

 
At 12:28 PM , Blogger missy said...

That sparkle in her eyes just grabs your heart, doesn't it? That was an amazing smile, through the tubes and all. She's doing it, Trish, she's making it through. She is so strong! Please rest. We're still lifting you all up in prayer. Just rest.

 
At 12:29 PM , Blogger CrownLaidDown said...

Amen. Amen.

So good to see her smile and hear about her spiders. That has made my day! Praise God!

Praying for each of you!
Love,
holly

 
At 12:34 PM , Anonymous Emily said...

Yes. Thank you, Lord.

Before I read a word you typed, I was smiling back at that sweet girl. She made my day!

 
At 12:40 PM , Blogger OKGardners said...

That is wonderful news! God still hears and answers prayers.

God Bless your Entire Family!

Betty in Oklahoma

 
At 12:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What wonderful news! Hopefully she'll get plenty of rest and be ready for another round of itsy bitsy spider with you!

 
At 12:50 PM , Blogger William and Andrea said...

Such a wonderful blessing! God is good!

 
At 12:51 PM , Blogger Annie said...

I am so happy for you that God gave you those beautiful moments with Ashley. She has a beautiful smile! What a precious girl! We are continuing to pray for her withdrawal and coming off of the vent. We are also praying for strength and health for you and your family.

Blessings, Annie
lovejoelr.blogspot.com

 
At 12:56 PM , Blogger Elizabeth S said...

I saw the smile as soon as I saw the picture!! It is beautiful!

 
At 12:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful smile it is!! Trish....have you and Dave considered visiting by webcam? It would be great for your spirits if you could see your family in Texas. Just a thought.
God bless.

 
At 12:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Lord, for answered prayer. No one can deny that Your hand is in the lives of this family.

Thank you, Trish, for continuing to share your heart and soul, the ups and downs. But we especially love to see the ups. It blesses me you have had those precious moments to store away.

God is SO good! And her smile radiates her love!

 
At 1:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crying tears of JOY for you!!! What a blessed gift! She's absolutely beautiful!
Praying for your precious family in Norman, Oklahoma!

Shelly

 
At 1:01 PM , Anonymous April said...

Haven't I asked you before to stop making me cry?!?!

What a BEAUTIFUL picture! I certainly wouldn't offer a smile with all those tubes and such! And she looks GREAT!

More prayers for you all...how blessed you two are to have each other in such a not-so-homey place!

 
At 1:01 PM , Blogger Krista said...

That has got to be the sweetest thing I have seen today.. Thanks for sharing that good news..! The fact that she feels better should mean things are looking up!

 
At 1:09 PM , Blogger Shari said...

Oh Trish: I am crying tears of joy! She is so cute! She is one tough little girl! Thank you for sharing! Praying as usual.

Blessings,

Shari

 
At 1:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our God is an AWESOME God! Thanks for including a picture..I just couldn't imagine anything so precious! What a blessed time you shared together, and now..sweet rest this afternoon! God's blessing's continue on..as we continue to pray in central IL

 
At 1:10 PM , Blogger Dkswife said...

Sweet, she is just precious!

God Bless!

 
At 1:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How sweet and beautiful - what an absolutely precious little girl.

 
At 1:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trish, Aww..How precious is that sweet little face, and that smile says it all. Thank you Lord for a priceless gift. Praying you both sleep restfully. God Bless..Karen

 
At 1:18 PM , Anonymous Lisa said...

Beautiul!!!Thank you Father God for this blessing this morning. Still praying for all needs to be met.

 
At 1:26 PM , Anonymous mom2three said...

What a precious smile, I love it! I was smiling even before I got to your post. Still praying for you! :)

 
At 1:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could see that beautiful smile as soon as it popped up. She is absolutely precious and she brought a big smile to my face and heart! May you both have a restful day! Go Ashley!

Jennifer in OKC

 
At 1:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praising God!

Phillip S. Hull
San Antonio, Texas

 
At 1:54 PM , Blogger Laurie said...

I love the smile and I am pretty sure I see the twinkle back in her eyes. God is so good Trish, and I am so thankful that He gave you this gift early this morning. She looks so good for all she has been through and bless her heart for konking out to sleep. Maybe she just wanted to play with you and reassure you that she's still in there and thank you for being the most wonderful mommy ever!!
Bless your day and I am praying for more blessings and surprises for both of you before the day is out.

Love, Laurie in Ca.

 
At 1:55 PM , Blogger Judy said...

I noticed the smile right away. It is what struck me as soon as I looked at the picture. What a wonderful morning together. Something to hold in your heart.

 
At 1:58 PM , Anonymous Molly said...

That precious smile even reached her eyes
thank you for sharing!!!

 
At 2:09 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

All Hail the Power of Jesus Name!!! We are in awe of you God! We asked and You answered, there is None like You. How You love Ashley! How you love us. We fall at Your feet in thanks. All praise to Our God who hears us when we call to Him. We love you pickle, Colleen

 
At 2:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Lord! Her picture made me smile. God Bless

Houston Texas

 
At 2:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

overwhelmed with joy...in seeing her precious smile...

God bless you with the needed rest you all need.

HOPE...

 
At 2:30 PM , Blogger KimberlyDi said...

That smile is for you. That smile is for all the effort you've spent singing to her & being there for her. You two will have a bond, an unbelievable bond, because of all that you've gone through together.

 
At 2:46 PM , Anonymous krista said...

Her beautiful sweet smile made me smile! What love she has for her Mommy...
Hoping and praying for more rest and healing .

love krista

 
At 2:47 PM , Blogger Sun said...

Oh Trish as soon as I pulled up the post I said "Oh she is back"- before I even read what you wrote - that smile and her eyes are SO precious! Praise God for His sweet gift to you and Praise Him for giving you the kind of heart that wants to share it to bless others! Thank you SO much for sharing this - it blessed us SO much! Sunshine

 
At 2:48 PM , Anonymous He Gently Calls Us said...

What a precious child! I'm so glad to hear that you all could play together and what a smile. And I'm glad she can now sleep. This brought tears to my eyes.

Thank you so much for the smiling picture and the sharing. We will continue the prayers.

God bless you all.
Kay

 
At 2:57 PM , Blogger Amy said...

How wonderful! Thank you, Lord!

 
At 3:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God!! I'm so happy for you!

 
At 3:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was the most beautiful smile ever. I hope it is a sign of more blessings for this little angel. God Bless you and I am praying for you and your family.

 
At 3:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an absolutely beautiful picture! Completely brought me to tears. Keep fighting Ashely! Praise be to God for His miracles!

Wendy

 
At 3:19 PM , Blogger Melissa Green said...

A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT INDEED!!!! What a joy to see her eyes opened and smiling. Still praying here in Ga. Hugs.....Melissa

 
At 3:30 PM , Blogger ManyBlessings said...

That smile goes right to her eyes! I have tears in my eyes seeing that little pickle smile again. So precious.
d

 
At 3:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying that soon your little one will be sitting in your lap at home singing her song with you.

 
At 3:49 PM , Blogger Callie-K said...

Beautiful, simply beautiful!

 
At 3:51 PM , Blogger Amy T said...

Awww! How sweet! I'm so happy you got a smile out of her. I know your heart has been hurting for one so much. I hope you both got plenty of rest today.

 
At 3:57 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

absolutely precious!!!
praying for yall daily

 
At 4:05 PM , Blogger Denise said...

Trish,
I have pictures of Fletcher smiling while intubated and it always made me feel like he can do this. He can make the best of any situation. Ash, has that same spirit, she's a fighter and she's going to continue to fight! Praise Jesus for this great nesa!

 
At 4:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an amazing picture. She is a beautiful little girl. Her smile melted my heart, and your words made me cry. I am so happy for you and her. Still praying for you all. God Bless...Leigh Ann

 
At 4:34 PM , Blogger Keri Ann said...

What beauty! Joy, joy, joy! Yes, indeed, I saw that hint of a smile in the picture even before I read your words. And what the sight did for my heart, I can imagine it a HUNDRED-FOLD for yours!!! :-) So true that God's gifts are often timed so perfectly that you know they can only be from Him!

Praying for continued rest and sleep for both of you, with successful strength training sessions and an uneventful evening and night ahead!

 
At 4:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

God is so Good....how can people read your journals and not realize what an Awesome God we serve and that He is still in the business of answering our prayers. God Bless and Get Some Rest!!!!!!!!

 
At 5:30 PM , Blogger The Rutland Family said...

What a wonderful blessing! Our God is an awesome God! I pray that you will both be well rested and ready for more "spiders"!

 
At 5:35 PM , Anonymous Kelly B. said...

Simply precious!
Prayers for you all from Tennessee!

Praising Him \0/

 
At 5:43 PM , Blogger Fiffer said...

Oh how I love this little girl. Seeing that twinkle in her eyes reminds me of that Tim McGraw song, "Just to see you smile...I'd do anything...that you wanted me to..." Oh yes!!

I would have liked to see a picture of her beautiful Mommy smiling back at her!

Love you guys!
Martha

 
At 6:21 PM , Anonymous CINDY ADAMS said...

WHAT A BLESSING TO SEE THAT PRECIOUS LITTLE SMILE OF HERS AGAIN! THANK YOU FOR SHARING THAT WITH US. LOOKS LIKE PRAYERS ARE BEING ANSWERED ONCE AGAIN AS BEFORE. THE HEAVENLY FATHER IS SO AWESOME! HE NEVER GIVES UP ON US AND IT IS MY PRAYER THAT WITH ASHLEY'S STORY THAT THOSE THAT DON'T KNOW HIM WILL REALIZE THAT. I HOPE YOU CAN GET SOME REST AS WELL AS ASHLEY. PRAYING FOR CONTINUED STRENGTH AND POSITIVE PROGRESS. LOTS OF HUGS AND PRAYERS YOUR WAY, CINDY ADAMS

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

privilege

1154 (recorded earlier in O.E., but as a Latin word), from O.Fr. privilege (12c.), from L. privilegium "law applying to one person," later "privilege," from privus "individual" + lex (gen. legis) "law."

Love the prayerful editor : )

 
At 6:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How Beautiful!!! I love it!!!
I found myself tilting my head to look into her eyes and really feel that smile. She communicates so beautifully. How precious!

I am so thankful you were able to enjoy that glimmer of hope and healing. Lou Ann

 
At 6:53 PM , Blogger The Dean Family said...

Praise the Lord for his sweet blessings! Continuing to pray!
Love,
Angela

 
At 6:58 PM , Blogger Gretchen said...

What a beautiful, beautiful smile, Trish. Thank You God! xxxooogretchen

 
At 7:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful picture! Praising God for her precious smile. Have a blessed night!
Lori

 
At 7:12 PM , Blogger Melony said...

Her beautiful smile is priceless. Praise God for giving you that at a much needed time.

 
At 7:13 PM , Blogger Michelle J said...

Beautiful, beautiful smiling baby!
Michelle

 
At 7:24 PM , Blogger Wendy said...

I am always so blown away by the beauty of little Ashley's spirit - thank you for sharing this Trish...it lifted my heart as well. How good she looks! I pray that I can have even one quarter of Ashley's strength and perseverance. She is truly a miracle.

 
At 8:34 PM , Blogger amanda said...

Precious! So good to see!

Been praying for you.

 
At 8:47 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So wonderful to see little Ashley coming back! Yeh!!! In His Grace, Laurie in PA

 
At 8:54 PM , Blogger Tiffany Evans said...

Hello,

I'd love to send a gift package to your family. Would you mind emailing me personally?

Blessings,
Tiffany
www.untiljourneysend.blogspot.com
untiljourneysend@gmail.com

 
At 9:09 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What JOY came to my heart when I clicked on your blog and saw those beautiful eyes smiling at me. God is so very good. He gives us what we need right on time.

Get some rest!

Prayers, Mary in TN
mom to a 12 yr. old Ashley

 
At 9:31 PM , Blogger kristine said...

I saw the little smile immediately too! Us mommies can read our little ones when they don't even speak a word, can't we? She was probably so happy to open her eyes and see her precious mommy standing there loving on her!

You show Jesus to so many people through your words and deeds.

You are a light in this dark world.

You may cry and have sorrow, but the Great Comforter has felt your pain.

You can trust God. He always does what He says He will do - He comforts, He protects, He heals and He gives us mercy. His mercy is new every morning. Praise God!

Praying for you and Ashley daily,
Kris

 
At 9:46 PM , Blogger Betsy McK said...

That's one beautiful little princess you have there. Praising God for He is GOOD and FAITHFUL!!! Hope more smiles come tomorrow :O)

 
At 9:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

beautiful! Thank you for sharing that picture! Prayering for you guys! ~Chan~

 
At 12:47 AM , Anonymous Kathleen said...

What a beautiful gift! Smiles AND the "spiders"! I hope you both got some rest.

 

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