Monday, November 12, 2007

When Ashlyn died, a very wise man told us that this would be a sad season, but that better days lay ahead. When you are mired in that kind of grief, an all consuming grief, it is hard to imagine better days.

Well, he was right.

It is hard to count our blessings these days. A new, vibrant and healthy baby girl for all of us. Many of Ash's friends are growing into fine adults with big dreams. So many good things and the news of a little brother for Ashlyn and JP to join us in April to top everything off.

I talked to Ash this morning and thanked her for looking out for her family, all of her friends and the people that love her. I asked her to keep an eye on our friend Wes, as he rises to meet the significant challenges that he faces. She has grown into a source of strength for so many and that is the greatest compliment that I could make about her character.

We have someone missing every time we eat dinner, get ready in the morning, take a trip or have fun as a family. We take her with us, but we miss the personality that helped shape the culture of our family.

We have big plans to honor Ashlyn through her foundation and the first major scholarship that we will award to a Ball High grad this spring. Five thousand dollars, gathered from people that either loved Ash or were inspired by her story, will be awarded to a kid that we think will make a positive impact in the world. Most importantly, it may provide an opportunity that may not have otherwise been there for a kid to fulfill their potential, which is the thing that bothers me the most about Ash's passing.

I'm going to get back to work, sorry that the posts have become more and more infrequent, but it's because I have been so busy counting our blessings.


Blogger Jules said...

Happy Birthday Jack Attack! -- You guys looked so happy on Saturday with your family and friends surrounding you with their love and admiration! You guys rock! Hugs -- Jules

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Amber Lummus said...

I miss yall so much!! Congratulations on the new little one on the way Im so happy for the family. Ashlyn was a blessing in my life, and I'm so happy that I got a chance to spend all that time with her<3

2:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey jola!
miss and love you three so much!!

8:45 AM  

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