Day 2

Well it has been rough here, but with a few tear free moments. Thank you for all your sweet comments yesterday. My girl had an accident at home doing something she does numerous times a day. She broke her femur in a big time terrible way. She’ll be in traction for the next two weeks. The pink cast is for traction, that is not the broken bone. After 2 weeks in the hospital she’ll go home with her lower half in a cast for 4-6 weeks. It is heartbreaking, but she is healthy & strong. Our time here will be brief and then I will leave the hospital with her in my arms. I can’t fathom what so many moms endure when faced with so much worse.

We are overwhelmed with love and support from friends and family. My girlfriends have me on a steady flow of coffee. It gives me a false sense of energy and alertness πŸ™‚

We spend the majority of the day just trying to entertain her and stop the cries.

It has been rough, but in the midst of the rough sometimes she sleeps. Sleep is a wonderful thing.


When her brothers and cousin come she perks up tremendously. They help her forget just a bit she is stuck on her back in bed. Thank heaven for little boys.

We doing a lot of kissing and sleeping together in her crib.Β  I hate everything about this, but I know this too shall pass. Soon she’ll be scooting around in a crazy looking cast and then shortly after that chasing her brothers around the backyard.

We are making it. The hospital staff is wonderful. Our family and friends are nearly begging us just to come up with things they can do for us. Our cup is full, we are beyond blessed. Exhausted, but blessed πŸ˜‰

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  • Christine - Good Morning! I will continue to pray for you all. Please let me know if I can bring your family dinner πŸ™‚ You are an amazingly strong women…hang in there!

  • Cristina C - Oh my gosh, poor girl! Im a nurse and I used to work on a Pediatrics unit, so I feel for you. Lots of movies and books helped the little ones stuck in traction! Hang in there!

  • Danielle - Sometimes when my son is sick, I think about people with babies that are facing serious health issues. How do they do it…I don’t think I would have the strength. I hate seeing him with a runny nose, it pains me to see him in any pain…I can’t imagine how hard it is to watch your child face a serious health problem. But you are absolutely right. You are lucky, and this too shall pass. And maybe (just maybe) you will be better for it.
    Best wishes for a speedy recovery,

  • Aaren - Stay strong and positive mommy…….Firecracker will running around again before you know it and this terrible accident will all just be a distant memory. Bless you both and I wish you a happy day today full of smiles and no sadness.

  • angela - thinking of you, the boys, the hub and firecracker, sending prayers! feel like i know her and my heart is breaking for her. i know she’ll recover well, God is with all of you!

  • Alba - it’s not day 2, it’s 12 to go home. take it as easy as you can, and remember you named her Firecracker πŸ˜‰

  • Tess S. - That sweet little girl! I missed yesterday’s post. I couldn’t imagine. She looks so darn sweet sleeping in that bed.
    Things I thought of to help pass some time:
    face painting, painting pictures on her belly
    a new mobile

    that’s all i’ve got! and you have 2 weeks. God bless, Ashley and sweet firecracker.

  • mandi@herbanhomestead - I am praying for grace upon grace to be heaped on you guys.
    I love that last picture, with her sweet little hands on your cheeks. Precious.

    Big hugs for Firecracker.

  • Liz - My heart aches for you all. Am looking out as the sun rises and part of this Psalm came to mind: Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love. I pray He holds you in the palm of his hand.

  • Brandy - Oh, bless her Firecrackin’ little heart! For some reason I think of a beautiful song I heard long ago, “God bless the child who suffers”…it should have a line in the song that says, “God bless the Mama who suffers”, too. I am so sorry for this and I am so glad it is a temporary thing. I hope the next two weeks fly by and that you get lots of snuggle time with your precious little girl.

  • Amber - That girl! Man that stinks.
    I was just talking to a lady at my church about her son, who has broken his femur twice. Once falling in a hole, once falling off a slide. Kids are amazingly resilient. If only it weren’t so awful for their parents:(.
    Praying for that sweet girl & the rest of you. Keep thinking toward the goal! You can do all things through Christ!

  • ranee - poor baby! i have no doubt you’ll make the best of it and in the process get some great photos to remember the ride. we’ll be praying for a smooth recovery!

  • Brooke - Hi Ashley, I was just telling my husband last night… “I have been following a blog for about a year now and her daughter has had an accident and is in the hospital. I know I don’t ‘know’ her, but I feel like I do and my heart aches for them.” Please know that you are in the hearts of many followers and are receiving a lot of prayers.
    By the way, I LOVE the decor on the hospital bed – adds the “Ashley touch.”

  • Shannon Phillips - Love you all so much. We haven’t been able to stop thinking of you all and praying for you all. May His face shine upon you and grant you peace.

  • Sarah @ Handbags*N*Pigtails - With the procedures and hospital visits we’ve been experiencing lately with my 7 year old DD, Ive said the same thing many times. I dont know how parents with terminally ill kids get through life, day to day. I know God gives grace but I totally doubt my own self to be able to get through it. Im so thankful we dont have to face that.
    Broken bones heal. Bandaids cover boo boos.God heals our spirits. We’ll continue to pray for you all but it does sound like you’re being very well taken care of. Hoping today goes a little bit better than yesterday and the same for tomorrow.

  • Rachel - Continuing to pray for you all! Praise God for strength and healing!

  • Jill R - I never thought the first cast in your house would be pink, but she is a trailblazer! Hate to see these pictures, but glad to know you are surrounded by love and support. Praying for you all!

  • Celia - You and your family are so blessed with all the love and support around you. That poor little girl. She looks like she’s being a gem! Yes, this too shall pass. That is one of my dad’s favorite sayings! Continuing to pray for you all!

  • Maggie M - This too shall pass…even though it’s extremely hard now, in a few months you (and she) won’t even remember what it’s like. My son broke his femur when he was 22 months old (he’s almost 6 now) and it was hard, but I’ll tell ya – sometimes now I can’t even remember which leg it was. Hang in there…you can do this…it will get easier, I promise.

  • Trisha - So sorry to hear this! It is tough having little ones in the hospital, to say the least! Praying for you and that sweet, baby girl.

  • Anna - Praying for yall. Seeing her laying there makes me so sad. But this is just a passing scene and soon she will be home! Thinking of you guys!

  • Julie - Sending you and your family lots of love from South Africa. May Jesus give you the comfort, strength and patience you need at this tough time and may your precious Little Miss make a speedy recovery πŸ™‚

  • Emily - Poor little thing. (And poor Mommy… I thought a simple ear tube surgery was heart-breaking… this would be much worse.) Thinking of you and praying she can be easily distracted and have the concentration to watch some movies! I cannot imagine my 21 month old lying still for 2 weeks. Poor baby!

  • Danielle @ The Sunshine Girl - I’m so sorry about your little girls injury! I can’t even read yesterday or today’s post without getting all teary-eyed. I couldn’t stop thinking about Firecracker all day yesterday. I can’t even begin to fathom how hard this must be for all of you! Praying for a speedy recover for your beautiful little girl. Stay strong.

  • Tanya - My son is currently in a cast and we decorated it with a “casttoo”.
    He loves the attention he gets for his “cool cast”. Lots of prayers to you and your family!

  • Alicea - Awww, poor baby girl!

    I will pray for you all.

  • Rebecca - Your last pic just brings a tear to my eye. How she has her hands on your cheek. Just precious.

  • Belen - Lo siento muchΓ­simo, debe ser muy doloroso ver a tu niΓ±ita asΓ­, Un beso muy fuerte para todos desde Madrid. Muacksssssssssss

  • Kenna S - I’m so sorry to hear about your baby girl’s accident. I can’t imagine the wave of emotions you must be going through. It would be overwhelming to not be able to hold my babies. Keep a positive attitude and your eye on the end goal and God will get you through. Glad you are so blessed with such great friends.

  • Sarah - My older brother broke the same bone. He was climbing on his dresser and fell on a toy. Looking back at the pictures, he looked pretty pathetic in his half body cast, but he is 31 now and is the most active guy I know.
    Keepin you in our prayers!

  • steph - aw man… praying, praying, praying for your sweet little firecracker.
    yes, i realize you are blessed b/c you’ll be taking home a sweet healthy baby…
    but you’re still in a tough place.
    so just let people take care of you how they can…
    i pray that she can sleep well and get a bit more used to being in the crib on her back.
    i can’t imagine how hard it is to keep a little one contained.
    my little 19 month old would go CRAZY!
    prayers for all of you during this time.

  • Miss Giny / Au Pays Des Merveilles - OMG ! I’m sorry to read this ! Poor little girl ! I love your last photo, so cute. Thinking of you ! ?

  • colleen - Oh sweet ashley, am praying right now. So glad for Lamentations 3:23 in moments like these. “His Mercys are NEW, EVERY morning!” Especially after sleepless nights πŸ™‚ A few other ideas to entertain her: silly putty (and the funny paper-i love seeing the imprint on the putty!) Painting fingernails (cute bunnies on flying paper airplanes(brothers can help with this) a mirror on the traction bar so she can see herself when you paint her face! (i bet the kind you attach to a rear-view mirror so you can see your kids would work). Anywho, praying for lots of sleep and even some sweet memories.

  • Candepop - You poor things, such a very hard time but so glad to hear that as you say, this too shall pass. Best wishes to all!

  • Leah Profancik - Oh no! Poor Firecracker and poor Momma too. I’ll be praying she recovers quickly and that the hospital stay is as easy as it can be. Hugs!

  • anne c - Firecracker is lucky to have you as a mother! and just a fortunate to have her daddy and cheerful brothers! I will continue to pray for strength and peace for your family! and also for quick healing! kate broke her collar bone at 17months old and I was a wreck from that…I can’t imagine how hard this is for yall. But you are right, she will be back running around chasing after her brothers in no time and will never look back! little ones heal so quickly and they don’t let it slow them down. I wish we adults could be more like them. xoxo

  • Emily Lusk - Girl we are praying for you all!

  • Sarah - My older brother broke the same bone. He was climbing on his dresser and fell on a toy. Looking back at the pictures, he looked pretty pathetic in his half body cast,but he is 31 now and is the most active guy I know.
    Keepin you in our prayers!

  • amanda torres - You are blessed because you are a huge blessing to others. You both have such servant hearts. That’s why people are so eager to serve you in return. You can’t help but tear up seeing the pics. I’m thankful that you are tiny enough to curl up with Firecracker. That has to be so much more comforting than sitting beside her holding her little hand. Still praying for strength for your family during this time.

  • Jennifer - keeping you in thoughts in prayers sweet baby girl!

  • BriBedell - I have a friend from high school who broke his femur when he was 3 or 4 I think. He had the big leg cast as well! I am so glad you have an awesome support makes the worst moments barable. But I know you already know this.

  • Ambrosia - Oh it just breaks my heart!! I’m so glad to see pictures of her smiling and happy. And the support system you have there sounds absolutely amazing! God bless you all – I’ll continue my prayers for a speedy recovery for her and peace for you.

  • Harriet - You have made her room for the next 2 weeks look so cute! Praying for your sweet girl. I can’t imagine what it must be like for your baby, I know I would be going crazy. Lifting you all up in prayer. The silver lining in situations like this is definitely being surrounded by God’s love through friends and family. Lots of love. x

  • Courtney - I have been following your blog for a long time, but this is my first time to comment. I am in awe of you and your precious family, and my heart goes out to you during this challenging time. We’ve been in a lengthy hospital stay with our little one, as well, and your positive attitude and faith in God’s grace to see you through is inspiring! We are praying for that sweet baby girl and ALL of you!

  • Lori - Oh Ash!!! It is so hard when they cry and they don’t understand what the deal is and why they can’t get out of that bed…I am teary eyed. I love your bunting!!!! Will see ya soon with some treats…but maybe not till the weekend. I pray that true peace comes upon everyone at this time. Words aren’t enough, but hugs can help. ***HUG***

  • Mindie - So sorry to hear about this. I teared up thinking of having to do this with my 28 month old daughter. I will be praying for you guys!!

  • Angie - There is no pain like that of your child hurting. When my daughter was 2.5 years old we had a terrible scare that landed us in the ER. She is 5 now healthy and happy and your little Firecracker will be too! It’s sad to see what she (all of you) is going thru but you are fortunate to have a healthy, happy girl who will overcome this. Much love and prayers.

  • Lauren - Man I can’t imagine trying to entertain a 20 month old all day and making her stay put! You’re all in my prayers. I’m glad you guys have such great friends and family near by.

  • Janice - I hated to post yesterday, because I know your time is limited. You are right, this will pass, but it doesn’t make it easier in the moment. I recall when my little nephew was hospitalized and how hard it was to see him that way. And then this past New Years, his very own baby girl was in the hospital and we had to watch them go through it (asthma related for both of them). Hi to Firecracker from Canada!

  • ashlee - God is so good even in the midst of chaos:)

  • Kate - The perspective God has given you is so encouraging and most likely challenging to many as well. We often get buried in our circumstances, but you are looking at the bigger picture and are counting yourself blessed as you have a healthy and strong baby girl. I will pray for a quick and smooth recovery and healing along with a cheerful spirit for Firecracker and the rest of the family. Beautiful pictures, and that one with her pink cheeks and sweet eyelids is just stunning.

  • Amanda - praying for you and little firecracker. bless you all.

  • Michelle @ Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust - My heart goes out to you. What a beautiful baby girl & I’m so sorry for the circumstance you find yourselves in. May the Lord watch over you & help you through it.

    Warmly, Michelle

  • Carrie - Oh…my heart aches for you. You are in my thoughts, and so is that beautiful little girl of yours! Be strong for her!

  • giozi - I was looking at the pictures with some sadness, but when I saw the last photo in black and white where your precious daughter is so happy with that smile … I caught her smile. How strong are the children and that this will happen soon. A kiss.

  • darcy - been thinking about you and your little gal!
    yesterday i just let out this big OH NO
    so hard to be a mom sometimes, isn’t it?
    on a much lighter note . . . that pink little cast is so darn cute! :-}

  • ashley jensen - Traction?! Poor baby girl :O( Man is she living up to her nickname! I love that you put the banner up and yay for Starbucks. I love that SF Childrens Hospital has one downstairs in the lobby. I drank one ever morning during K’s stay to help keep me awake during the day since therapists were in ever hour or two through the night! But the hospital staff there really are wonderful.

  • Kirsten - As a mom who has had awful hospital stays with my little guy, I know how ridiculously awful this has to be for you. The worst part is just how quickly life has just changed- no warning, chance to prepare, and you just have to adapt. You are doing a great job! Don’t ever feel bad about taking a break or asking for help. Poor sweet girl, and poor sweet mama… You guys are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • samyeh - As a mom, the pics of her in the hospital bed are a little hard to see but it’s also wonderful to see Firecracker is smiling and looks happy. Sending you guys love and prayers!

  • Ruth - I love how you have brightened her bed, and how you are keeping a bright, optimistic spirit. God is with you, and her. Praying that God will comfort you both, dry those tears and heal that bone fast!

  • Barb - On Halloween, 1988, my daughter was 6 days shy of being 18 months old. We had just finished her first real trick-or-treat and it had been a wonderful evening. We were on our way home when a drunk driver left his lane and came into ours, hitting us head on. Thankfully the speed limit was low, 35 mph, and we were all buckled up with my daughter in her carseat…but it still snapped her femur. So I went through then what you are going through now and I know first hand just how tough 2 weeks of traction with a toddler really is…on the babe and on the parents, especially Mom. Know that I have you all in my thoughts.
    Peace & Love,

  • Lindsay - Oh sweet, sweet girl. I love hearing about her brothers cheering her up. What a neat memory:) I know this won’t help, but I broke my femur when I was 6 months old. I rolled off a couch. I think my parents tripled up on diapers or something weird like that – no cast, but it healed quick. I know she’s older so it will take a little longer, but she’ll get through it. YOU’LL get through it. Gosh, sounds like it’s already making your strong family even stronger/closer. Praying for you all!

  • Christy - Sorry for what you’re going through – Hang in there! This too sha’ll pass!

  • Nicole - Aw – the photos are sad but sweet. What a lucky little girl to be surrounded by family that loves her so much. God has big plans for her.

  • Terri Lynne Barrington - I am sending good sweet vibes your way. You, Sweet P and your entire beautiful family are in my every single thought. Stay strong, as hard as it must be. – TL

  • Dawn Nikol - Holy God. I was sick yesterday so I couldn’t get off the couch to read your blog… and catching up today broke my heart. My girl is 17 months old and I. can’t. imagine. My thoughts and prayers are with you guys. I can’t wait to see her up scooting after her brothers.

  • Sarah w - I actually shed tears reading this post. Still thinking about and praying for you guys! Hoping these next 2 weeks fly by!

  • Monique W - Praying for you and your family! Poor little girl. Is arm movement allowed? If so maybe she can do arm dance routines or wave a ribbon streamer to music. Maybe shadow puppets? Blessings!

  • Kirra Sue - Taylor & I just totally cried seeing those pictures. We will be praying for her & for your family. Lots of love from us in Chicago.

  • Carla - You are certainly in my thoughts & prayers. Like you said, I’m sure this won’t keep her down for long. Prayers for the whole family!

  • Kelly J. R. - Sending up prayers that your time in the hospital will pass quickly and firecracker heals even quicker.

  • Lyn - Keep sending you prayers. we are glad she has moments of sleep and bits of brightness when family and friends are near. Each day will get a little better!

  • Ashley - You are in our prayers. Hope this goes by quickly!

  • Dacia - oh goodness that last picture melted my heart! she’s going to be just fine! your family is going to learn and grow from this experience. sending my best wishes!

  • Denise - Oh my goodness! I read your blog with each morning’s coffee, and how sad I am for Firecracker! Lord Jesus, heal her swiftly, provide ways for fun and toddler relief no one had thought of, and keep “their cup overflowing!”

  • melody - Chokes me up as I see these pictures because I can imagine how hard that would be for my little 20 month old. You are in my prayers and I know that God will bring your family blessings in unexpected ways during this time.

  • Connie - Oh my word! I’m so sorry to hear that your poor little fire cracker is hurt! Just heart breaking! I will hug my own little fireball closer today and think of you guys.
    Take care, and speedy recovery.


  • Katie P. - I am praying for Firecracker. She is such a spark!! Sweet girl!

  • Nicole - Hi Ashley, I am one of your blog lurkers – I love coming here and reading about your family and seeing all of your “MacGyver” crafts and sewing.

    I believe our daughters share the same birthday (07/07?) I cannot imagine having to keep mine still in bed for 2 hours, let alone 2 weeks. I am so very sorry for Firecracker and for the rest of your family (you especially). Such a tough age to try to keep entertained when they can’t “do” anything…

    You’re in my thoughts and I very much hope that the next 12 days go by very quickly for you and Firecracker.

  • Heather - Praying for you! Peace and Strength. So thankful you are surrounded by arms willing to hold you too πŸ™‚

  • Tamara - Oh goodness, Im so sorry that you guys are facing this. But you are so right, soon it will all just be a memory.

    Praying for a quick healing, and for Jesus to comfort you all. i can’t imagine how hard this must be for you as Mom.

  • Suzanne - My daughter sent me your blogsite awhile ago, and I just happened to find it today. I can feel all your love and caring pouring out of your pictures and the wonderful things you’ve made for your daughter that look so cheerful. God bless you and your family and Godspeed to your daughter’s recovery.

  • andiejaye - poor little doll! she looks so little in the bed. so wonderful how you’ve brought things from home so she can be more comfortable! hopefully these next 2 weeks fly by. bet with all this stored up energy she’ll be raring to go. blessings, andie

  • Susan - Oh my goodness what a shock to open your BLOG and find “you” in the hospital. I will keep your family in my prayers.

  • Heather Bowser - When our 15 year old broke his leg when he was 2 1/2, they told us that he would not want to walk on it. When we came home, later that day he was running all over in it and we caught him climbing a tree. Kids can do a lot in a cast πŸ™‚

  • Regan - Thinking of little firecracker and your family! When my brother was 2 he also broke his femur! I was only four but I remember back then he was in traction for 2 months! Then 4 months of the 1/2 body cast! So much for his potty training at that time…

  • Christie - She is beautiful. Thank goodness for sleep and visitors! Love how you decorated the crib for her, and I love the pictures. I feel like we’re all in there visiting, too!

  • Aja - Oooh, your sweet baby girl!! I can’t imagine. πŸ™ I’ll be praying for you guys!

  • Sarah Q - Prayer to your family that this time passes quickly and that you find lots of ways to entertain that little angel!

  • Megan - That last photo is so precious! I hope she (and you) start to feel better and work your way back to ‘normal’.

  • Elizabeth - Keep up all the wonderful positiveness!!!

  • Courtney Henson - Oh my, poor little sweetheart! My youngest is just two months older and i just can’t imagine how tough this is with her so little! I love that you decorated her bed with bunting and that she has her snuggly blankies and stuffed animals. You are such a good Momma! Hugs and prayer to you and so glad you have such great family and friends there with you!

  • stacey - i thought about you and your cute family quite often yesterday. i love the spirit you/they bring to your blog. i am sending prayers all the way from arizona in the hopes that just one more will manage to help you get through one more day, and then another, until it is all done. you are so right, ‘this too shall pass!’ cling to that! and don’t forget to smile! hugs and prayers from afar…stacey

  • Chelsea in MO - Hey there Tough Cookie! Thank you for sharing an update, I am glad that the comments on here help you to feel how much we all support you, and that we are keeping your family in our thoughts throughout the day. The photos of her in this post are very sweet. Two down, 12 to go! You got it! : )

  • Christina - Praying for you and your family, and for a speedy recovery. Poor sweet girl! God is in control and wants your family to be showered with love. What a good God we have πŸ™‚

  • Tracie - My heart aches for you, but the silver lining (and I always look for one) is that children’s bones heal so quickly. What a blessing to be surrounded by people who want to help. Hang in there!

  • Caroline - In no time, Firecracker will be up and running again
    She will be in my prayers for speedy recovery.
    God Bless! πŸ™‚

  • Lisa Pummel - She is so blessed to have you (and dad and bros) and live in this country. I’m glad you have wonderful support and doctors/nurses too. Aren’t we so fortunate that we have these hospitals?!

  • Mercedes - Dear Ashley, I have a little girl and I never ever prayed as much in my life as since she was born. I pray that she is save and healthy and I bless her everyday. I can imagine how hard this is for you, but I am happy to know it is just a temporary thing, and soon you will all the happy and together again. I will keep fire cracker in my prayers!
    Take care mama!

  • Lisa - Ashley, I’ve been thinking of you all after your post yesterday. Must be so tough, but you seem to be staying strong and positive which is the only way to cope in my experience. With a little bit of help from ‘the force’ your Jedi knights will have her back as good as new in light speed time! Blessings. xx

  • cailan - Man! This made me start to tear up! What a precious sweetheart. My little two-year-old had a minor surgery this winter, and I, too, couldn’t imagine what how I would handle it if it was something more serious. But this still must be awfully trying – hard physically and on your heart! Praying for the days to pass quickly.

  • Kristen - Ashely,
    I am in constant thought about you and your little spitfire πŸ™‚ You are in great spirit about the situation. I’m praying for your strength during it all. Like you said, This too shall pass.

  • Renae - Tears…that’s all I have right now. Love the sleeping shots. Precious.

  • Cassie - I wish so much to be able to do something for you but since I can’t I’ll list some ideas that might help her pass the time.

    – draw mustaches, earings etc. on a handheld mirror and let her see how funny her face would look.
    – have the boys make puppets and put on a show at the end of her bed.
    – turn off the lights and give her a flashlight. Do a shadow show.
    – make a magnet board for her with magazine cutouts pasted to carboard and attatched to magnets. Tell stories with the characters while she moves them around on a white board.
    -Color her fingers with washable markers and let the people fingers play.
    -give her a musical instrument she has never played with before.

    Praying for you!!

  • the inadvertent farmer - Ashley my #3 son broke his leg at just over 2yrs and it was a long haul (he broke it riding down our driveway with 4 year old brother in a race car and got his leg caught under the car) but kids heal at lightening speed and with her family beside her and our great God watching over he she will be back to her rowdy little self in no time!

    The most annoying thing I remember about all of our time in a cast was that his went from his ankle almost up to his groin…and he was still in diapers…it was a rather thing by the time it was removed, bleck!

    Hang in there and we’ll keep you in our prayers, Kim

  • StaceyE - Ah, I feel your pain! My son broke his femur last Fall when he was 22 months old, AND I was 6 months pregnant! He just slipped off a step that he climbed every day. He thankfully didn’t have to be in traction, but did have the half body spica cast for 5 weeks. The hardest part was seeing him in pain. But once he was in his cast he adjusted so well! Within a week or so he was army crawling everywhere, and by the end he was pulling himself up to stand. God’s grace was definitely with us during that time, and I pray an abundance of God’s grace on you too!

  • Jess - I am sending all of my prayers and healing thoughts your way for your daughter to have a speedy recovery. My daughter is exactly the same age and I can’t even imagine what you are going through. Please tell her that Haley (my daughter) from Massachusetts will play Peek a Boo and sing You Are My Sunshine to help bring a smile to her face.

  • Erin - May God bless Firecracker with a speedy recovery and the rest of your family with strength and patience. We are praying for you!

  • Carla - sending healing vibes your way. poor sweet girl!

  • Jill - Still praying for you all. Just think, after today, it is one less day you have to spend in the hospital!

  • Carol - Such poignient posts and pictures! Thank you for sharing them with us, your readers. Best of luck for a speedy recovery — for both of you. I’m reminded of having to explain to my first grader that she’d have to be in a full body cast for 6 months, that she couldn’t go to school or play with her friends. My husband and I were sobbing as we told her. Her reaction? “Can I have a dog?” Perfect timing. Our baby is in college now, and we still have the dog.

  • stefanie arnold - oh my goodness, the picture of her kissing you… heart.breaking.into.pieces.all.over.the.floor. SO cute! When I read your post yesterday, I went and hugged on my babies… I also got nervous every time I saw them jump off the couch, like they do everyday πŸ˜‰
    We’re praying for your whole family and especially for your little sweetie pie.

  • Michelle - praying for you and sweet firecracker. . .

  • Raquel M - Poor baby… She’s strong though, me as an adult can’t really find how I would be able to have my leg up all day, she seems to be doing very well. Lucky her she has such Love and support from all over!!! Praying for a soon recovery!!!

  • Tara - Lots of prayers for your little girl. This breaks my heart. My baby is going to be 2 in July as well. I can’t even imagine…stay strong!!! HUGS!

  • Cathy - Ashley, I too am a blog lurker and have fallen in love with your kiddos through all of your posts and wonderful pictures. Praying for your baby girl, you and the entire family.

  • Laura - So sorry:( Praying this passes very quickly and a very speedy recovery! Praying for lots of strength for Mom and Dad.

  • Jessica Cudzilo - The photo above the “peek-a-boo” photos of her sweet, little doll face and then the one of you showering her with sweet love that only a mama can provide totally brought tears to my eyes. A trial for certain, but what a sweet time you and her will have as this event will for sure strengthen your bond all the more.

  • tamara - Thinking of you and your little spitfire. Like you said this will pass but praying for you now and your entire family. Here’s to peek a boo, sleep and anything that distracts and brings a smile to her face. Hugs

  • Kellie S. - Poor Firecracker. I used to baby-sit for a little boy who was about her age and he had a similar injury. I don’t remember if he was in traction, but his big sister “bounced” him on a trampoline and I believe they called it a “corkscrew” break in one of the bones in his thigh. Poor little fella had a cast beginning midway on his torso and all the way down the injured leg, half way down the other. We had to tape diapers to him and I spent a lot of hours comforting him while we watched movies. But he was back in action before I knew it and chasing his big sisters just like he always did! Firecracker is a toughie – she’ll probably surprise you with how fast she’ll figure out how to maneuver with that cast on! All the best, you’re all in my prayers.

  • LeAnne W - her holding your face while she gives you kisses….a precious moment that melted my heart. So often do I do this as a mother. Hold my sweets’ faces, look in their eyes, and tell them something that I think is really important, which is usually “Do you know how much I love you?”. It’s like Firecracker’s concerned about momma and is taking hold and telling you she’s ok. A mini-caregiver already! Our bedtime prayers were filled with lots of prayers and wishes for little Firecracker. I made sure to include a few for her Momma! ( ;

  • christina larsen - Continuing to pray. I hope the dumdum’s and bubbles helped. If you need anything else, let me know. I know people probably have asked you so many times, but I would be glad to help out more. πŸ™‚

  • Kristin - Ashley, thank you SO, SO much for sharing your family with us. I look forward to spending coffee time on your blog & seeing what you & the kids are up to. My heart is breaking for Firecracker and what you’re going through but just know that you are loved over many, many miles!! xo

  • Marissa Noe - I love how you can make even a place like the hospital cheery for your daughter! She is obviously blessed with lots of people who love her and I’m sure that brings her lots of comfort! May god bless all of you with the stength you need to get through this!

  • Emily - Oh Ashley, my whole heart goes out to you. If I could trade even just 10 minutes with you, to ease your struggle even that much I would! So glad you are blessed by a such a strong support system. So glad the Lord never gives us more than we can handle.

  • Grace - I started praying as soon as I heard!
    One thing to note: you might want to let your family & friends give you breaks so you can be at your best & rested for when she & the rest of your crew needs you πŸ™‚
    I’ll be praying hard in the next few weeks for you, your girl, & your family!

  • Sheridan - Oh Ashley I’m so very sorry! I can’t imagine all you’ve been through! I’m prayn for B and for you! I hope this time goes by as smooth and quick as possible! I’m so very thankful you have all the love around you to help lift you up!

  • Jamie - I hope you sweet little girl gets better fast!

  • Alisa Biggs - I’m praying for your little one & hoping 2 weeks goes by fast!

  • Emily - Oh, poor baby. You’re all in my thoughts. And yay for big brothers who take the edge off the boredom!

  • Missy - We’re still praying for little Firecracker! So happy to see her sweet smile. I know she’s more comfortable having her special quilt and that cute bunting above her bed. Praying for you too! It’s always worse on the Momma!

  • Betsy - Did you make and hang that sweet bunting over her? It’s cheery and darling and greatly improves that hospital bed (along with the home-y bedding).
    May God give you extra hospital-room-creativity and energy and joy during this time. Your attitude is remarkable. Your photographs capture beauty in the midst of what is a difficult situation.
    God doesn’t waste anything. May you find comfort in that.

  • Christina - Oh girl!! I feel for you!! I have been one of those ‘blog stalkers’ that has followed your blog for a few months now, but just had to comment when I saw this. I have 3 boys and my 2 yr. old just got out of his cast for a broken femur about a month ago. Ours was not near as bad as your sweet girls and we didn’t have to do the ‘traction’ but we did the full body cast for 5 weeks. From a very empathetic heart…I will be praying for you!! I cried and cried over not being able to truly hug my sweet boy either…having just come thru this…I can say God is good and he will take care of you!! But cry those tears and don’t feel bad for having very bad days!! It is emotionally draining especially on the ‘mama’ because you just want to make everything ok for that sweet baby. Biggest tip I can give once she gets in the cast is keep her ‘moving’ around the house…we would kind of do like 30 min stations…like a 30 min movie, playdough for 30 min, play on a blanket with toys for 30 min….as long as I ‘kept him moving’ around the house he was pretty content. But if I didn’t keep it interesting for him, he would get so (understandably) irritated. Praying for you and your entire family!!

  • Tina - Ohhhh…poor little Firecracker and the whole family! I am so sorry to see her stuck in bed and wish the very SPEEDIEST of recoveries. Breaks my heart! xoxo- from a blog stalker πŸ™‚

  • Love and Lollipops - Thinking of you and your sweet little girl…shoo this must be difficult and stressful! I will lift you all up in my prayers! πŸ™‚


  • tara pollard pakosta - poor baby girl! I feel so bad for both of yoU!
    that has got to be so very hard!!!
    glad you have so many people helping you out!

  • Candice Forte - Oh Ashley!!! I am praying for your family. that has GOT to be heart breaking to see your baby just lay there and you can do nothing to make it better, except give her some kisses!
    I hope the time flies for her/you guys!!!

  • Rachel - Aww, her sweet little hand on your face is precious. That poor lil girl… stay strong, mama!

  • Rachael - Prior to staying at home with my child, I worked in a children’s hospital. Invest in lots of bubbles, playdoh, and a pretend dr. kit! They are great for passing the time. I love the ones from gymboree. They are thick and you can even freeze them. The new colored ones from crayola would be fun, too! Best of luck to you and your little one. So sorry you have to go through this….

  • Leanne - oh I am crying for you! I have a 2 year old and I hope I never have to do this with her, or any of my kids. Bless your heart, and family. These pictures are heartbreaking. especially of big brother in the last post. good luck and many prayers on this little journey. She is so precious.

  • meme - i pray for her to get well soon.. VERY soon.. kids r kids, we expect the unexpected with them! *hug*

  • Tasha - Oh no, this makes me hurt. πŸ™ I hope she heals fast!!

  • Cassie - Poor girl! How sweet that you have her bed decorated. Those cribs are a giant pain in the butt. Do you at least have a private room? It’s so hard when your baby is crying, especially if there is another tiny sick person in the room. Hope your hospital’s foldout beds are more comfortable than ours! Lots of love and prayers your way.

  • andy - so glad you have the family and friends to be there for you, support you and fill you with love and coffee πŸ™‚
    love the banner you hung, have the make the hospital room pretty, right? πŸ™‚
    sweet sweet baby, love her pics, hate that she is hurting, glad for kids that make her happy. praying

  • HannahM - So thankful you have so much support! Casts must eventually come off- horay for that!!!! Praying for you and your baby girl!

  • Leah R - Oh Ashley, this breaks my heart…I just cry looking at the pictures of your sweet baby! My husband just broke his back this past week, the car fell while he was changing my brakes! We know too well what hospitals are like and how tough it was for a grown man, so I cannot imagine what you’re going through trying to entertain a little one πŸ™ Many prayers from Indiana hun!!

  • Alice H - Ouch! Poor Firecracker. Poor you and brothers and dad. I know you don’t know me in real life. (I did come up and introduce myself to you at A Christmas Gathering.) But seriously if I can do ANYTHING at all to help you out, please don’t hesitate to ask. I could bring you lunch, bring her coloring books. Anything!! Seriously!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Oh Ashley, hugs to you.

  • Vicki - Oh sweet family…her leg is broken…so is your heart! May the next two weeks be a blur, a forgettable blur of time that heals that leg…and your heart. Prayers for your sweet little girl and family.

  • Cindy - Hope says to firecracker “I hope you feel better… I miss you” She was so glad to hear you are staying the night at the hospital too, and not leaving firecracker alone… this was a big concern. In 8 to 10 wks we will all dance together in celebration of healing!!!

  • Melissa Lewis-Midwest Magnolia - Really, I can’t imagine. I have a 21 month old boy and I just can’t imagine. It’s great that you recognize how blessed you are, but I know it’s hard! Praying.

  • Emily - My heart breaks for your little girl every time you show her in that bed. I am thanking God for His awesome hand in your little ones’ healing and that it was not more serious. And praying this is your one and only hospital stay. Ever.

  • Heather - aww poor baby girl… hope she gets better quickly!

  • rachael - I am so sorry, I know this must be so hard. My 2 little boys have chicken pox at the moment and are keeping us all awake at night with itching and pain, yet, at least they are at home and I am able to hold them. I can only imagine how tough it is for you all right now. Much peace and grace to you all.

  • Dick - So sorry to hear. She is so active I can’t imagine keeping her down so long. Our prayers and thoughts are with Firecracker, you and your family. God will take care of her!

  • Amy Balling - just remember that she is much stronger than any of us…very soon this will be a long ago memory….that we bring up at her wedding. Even though I only know you and your family from your blog…
    Amy In Buffalo, NY
    Thank you for sharing your family with us.

  • Halle - I’m so sorry! it seems like there are always times when life knocks you down, just when you think things are going great. i hope everything gets better! just hang in there. πŸ™‚

  • Amy - our hearts are there with you! keep your head up. by the way, love the decorations around her bed and i recognize a few of those babies as my daughter, also 21 months, has them too.

  • casie b. - so sorry to hear about firecracker Ashley! My daughter broke both bones in her lower right leg and had a cast for her first birthday. We went through 3 casts because they kept sliding off or sliding down and causing blisters on her heel. She was rather traumatized by the saw thing that takes the casts off πŸ™ and has since been rather scared of doctors office visits. It’s hard and our situation wasn’t nearly as bad as yours but you’ll get through it! Just focus on your baby and listen to your gut!

  • Jacqueline - Poor little girl – hope your time there flies and she is up running around soon!

  • Jess H - Again, I am so so sorry you all are having to go through this–and so glad to hear you are being loved on in so many ways! And, most importantly, when little B. is all healed & well, you will hold in your heart such a thankfulness for her ability to run & play, and no doubt will never be able to forget the feeling of helplessness watching your baby girl in the hospital–I so truly believe that will be a big part of the “good” God is working in your family’s hearts as you will be so much more equipped to comfort others in their trials & help bear the burden of what others face–the father is so gracious! big hugs~

  • Emily B - Yikes! We’ll all keep praying. In the meantime, here are some ideas of things I do with my niece that I think can be used in a traction state.
    *stringing beads on pipe cleaners
    *making pipe cleaner animals
    *balloon animals
    *koosh balls
    *sticker books–or sticking stickers on anything for that matter
    *fishing game with the magnet fishing poles (she could lay the fishing pond on her tummy

  • Mallorey - Aww. Poor sweet little girl! I hope the next 2 weeks fly!
    I love that she is all snuggled warm in the communal quilt!

  • AliG - Those pictures are heartbreaking!

  • Lisa - You are an amazaing mama – keep it up!!

  • Megan - awww, you are talking about a spica cast…i have recovered (i’m a nurse) a few kiddos in those…they always handle it better than the adults do. bless her heart. she is strong. prays for firecracker and family.

  • kristin - breaks my heart to see her stuck in traction… i had to be in traction when i was 6 and i can’t imagine how rough it would be at 21 months! poor, poor baby… i’ll send up a prayer for your family. i second the ipod/ipad suggestions… best money we’ve spent of occupying time in quiet places. i think you both deserve a special treat if you don’t already have one! πŸ™‚

  • Jess - Poor baby girl. So thankful she has a mama like you to hug on her and give her kisses. I can’t imagine how rough these next two weeks are going to be. Still praying for you all…for patience, and strength, and lots of fun ideas to do while lying in a hospital bed!

  • Michele - Prayers and love being sent your way. Hope your sweet little girl gets better soon.

  • Dawn Eshnaur - Poor little baby! I hate that so much for you! My middle son had numerous accidents and was in the hospital alot when he was small. It is so hard! Praying for your sweet family and especially Mommy and Firecracker!

  • Erin - The Smallest Sparrow - This is unimaginable to me. I am just sick for you. Your little girl reminds me soooo much of my 16 month old and I really feel for her. So great that you have your faith and your positive attitude. Sending lots of prayers your way.

  • Kristin S - That is quite the contraption! I want to ask so many unimportant questions.

    Hard hard hard.

    Precious sweet girl. I can’t imagine being on MY back for two weeks and I’m not almost 2. You can do it Firecracker!

  • Heather - Jesus, I pray for Firecracker right now…give her your grace to make it through the long days, to be as tough as she can be at her age, to be patient with the circumstances, to be easily consoled, to feel fully loved and secure, and to find reasons to laugh. I pray for her Mommy and Daddy that you would give them your endurance, strength, wisdom and grace as they meet her constant needs. Let her sleep so they can rest, and constantly help them to have an eternal perspective. Let this be a lesson for her brothers to be protective of their sister, to trust in you, and help them to be gracious in the shift of attention away from them. May you be glorified in and through all of their trial.


  • Emily Langston - Ashley! I have a 3 year old little man, and I can’t imagine that I could not hold him and comfort him when I would feel he needs it most. Praying for healing and comfort. It will pass so quickly, smooch her as much as you can while going through this time. She will look back and see how loved and cared for she was.

  • Laurie J - oh ashley! I’m just checking in…..about to go to bed when I realized I hadn’t checked on one of my fav blogs for the last 2 days! a prayer just prayed for continued strength for you and healing for your little sweet pie. so glad you’ve got such great support during this time! priceless <3

  • Tune - Awww, poor baby! We had our first ER visit last month with my 2.5 year old so I understand what you are going through. I teared up seeing the picture of her in the bed with her cast…I know the heartache of wanting to just make everything better for your child. I know it will be hard, but keep positive like you are…you will get through it.


  • Mary - Since I read your post yesterday, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about your sweet firecracker. I pray for a fast healing and for somehow God to give an active 2 year old the patience to slow down and recover. One day she will look back at all of these sweet comments and hopefully feel extremely loved…how wonderful!

    I’m praying for you as well, my first instinct when others are in pain is to start handing out hugs so I can’t imagine how hard it is to settle for less than you want to give.

  • Amy R - So happy to hear things are progressing. You and your beautiful family really brighten my day. You have such a gift for capturing their personalities in your photos – and I feel like I know them (and you). I hope you will all soon be home with your painted bedroom floor and you little action figures and your garden and your crafts. So glad you have so much family and friends around to support you~ Looking on all the from the rear view mirror will happen soon. . . . Hang in there~

  • AshleyG - Know that we are thinking and praying for you too! My heart breaks, I know it’s so much tougher on mom! Hang in there…wrong choice of words? πŸ˜€

  • Lisa Gatz - Oh Ashley, I’m So very sorry. I am thankful that the little sweetie is okay otherwise. She will be okay and I will be praying for you all. Hugs. Lisa

  • Elizabeth Horn - So sorry to see this. Praying for your family!

  • Liz - I am so happy to see the pictures of her smiling! You all are in my thoughts and prayers all through the day.

  • heather - Oh goodness! Glad you have such a strong support system, but know this time won’t be easy for you! Hang in there!!!!!!

  • Corrina - I love how pretty you made the bland hospital room look. When you are in the hospital, things like that go a long way to making you feel better. Praying for all of you.

  • Megan - Oh dear little sweetness!! I broke my femur bone in two places when I was her age trying to escape my crib with my Sunday shoes on. My foot stuck but my body kept going over. My family says that my cast was all the way down one leg up to my waist and down the other half of my leg. They said that they would tote me around in a little wagon to keep me happy. Best of luck to you! You are a very patient person so I know that you will be able to come out of this beautifully.

  • Amanda - Oh, Ashley, I am so sorry! I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers during this time. I can’t imagine not being able to hug on your baby – I know it must hurt you to not be able to do that to comfort her. As soon as I saw the pic my heart sank. I have to say though – I flashed back to dragging you through the house on a blanket yelling for your mom when you broke your leg as we were jumping off the top of the toy storage train (something we also did ALOT)… Of course you were what about 4 and I was 6? You should show her a pic of when mama had a cast for Easter…

  • Tracey - Thinking of you, your family, and your beautiful little daughter. Your many pictures of her have put lots of smiles on my face and i feel like i know her. It just breaks my heart…sending lots of love.

  • Kristin - I will be praying for your family that this time goes quickly and easily and that your baby girl heals perfectly. It’s so wonderful that you are so blessed with a wonderful support group to take care of your needs! Enjoy the one on one time you get with your little lady!

  • Judy@In His Grip - Oh, my goodness, I am so sorry to hear of your little one’s accident. It takes me back to 23 years ago when my baby ended up with an unexplainable broken femur. She was 4 weeks old and weighed less than six pounds. The docoter contenplated traction, but at that time just could not come up with a solution for such a little one. She was in a full body cast for six weeks. Although, when she started walked she did walk with a limp, now years later you would never know. In fact she will be running a half marathon this weekend. Keeping you all in my prayers.

  • Allie - Oh my heart breaks for you and for your Fire Cracker. Hang in there.

  • Jennifer B - First time commenting, but your family is in my prayers. She is just too precious! I pray for a speedy recovery!

  • Jodi - I just got home from a trip to Cali and I am catching up on my blogs! I am so sorry to hear firecracker is in the hospital. I can’t imagine! Your family and little baby girl are all in my prayers.

  • Emily Zimmerman - My heart goes out to you!! Still praying for you and your little firecracker!

  • Emily Zimmerman - Still praying for you!

  • Desiree - I want to cry with you! I can’t imagine having your little bundle of energy being forced to lay still so long! I hope she’s not in too much pain! Poor thing! I’ll pray for a swift recovery.

  • Joy Andrews - Ashley I am so very sorry she got hurt.
    It stinks to see your lil ones hurting and you can do nothing to stop the pain. But God never gives us more than we can handle and He always gives us enough mercy, perseverence, and grace to get through when we think we can’t. I have been learning many things in BSF this past year and one of them is to change my view of hard and difficult times no longer from my “skewed lens” but from His “perfect lens”.
    Just think about the opportunity you have to show Jesus to those you are interacting with each day, each hour, each minute while you are there. I am sure you have already blessed someone without even knowing it πŸ™‚
    I don’t know you and you don’t know me but from your blog I know you love Jesus and I do too. i will pray for you and your family.
    I leave you with encouraging words from Paul-Eph. 3:14-21.

  • Sara Albers - you will get thru this…..she is one lucky girl to have such a loving family. stay strong.

  • Katie - Sending love & prayers your way.
    Our baby had bowel problems & had an op when he was 3 days old- it was hard to see him like that with tubes & cables attached to him, but at least he had no idea what was going on. He’s now almost 2 & a snuggle bunny also & I really feel for you not being able to cuddle & comfort your girl.
    Best wishes in recovering & take care of yourself too- dont underestimate the impact on your emotional wellbeing, take time to let yourself feel your emotions.

    All the best, Katie

  • Stina - Aww…I used to work in an orthopedic hospital with tons of kiddos in traction, wearing halos (metal frames around their head to help with back issues), etc. I got to hang out with the kids, do crafts with them, and try to encourage laughs amidst the pain and discomfort. Lots of tears, but also some truly great memories for the families. I know it’s rough, but the reality is 2 weeks is going to fly past. Many kiddos I worked with were in the hospital for 9+ months…Wish I could come help out, but I trust God’s got you and He’s wayyyy better at bringing joy and smiles!

  • lisa - I am sorry for your sweet girl, and for you! How hard. I had this exact same injury when I was 7. At my birthday party (of all times), we were sledding and somehow I hit a tree and broke my femur. I ended up in traction for 3 1/2 weeks and then in the body cast (chest down, both legs) for 4 1/2 weeks. While I can’t say it was the best experience of my life, it really wasn’t bad thanks to lots of TLC from my parents and more than enough goodies and new toys any child could hope for. I hope your sweet little one handles it just as well. For what it’s worth, aside from the scars on each side of my knee where the pin was inserted for traction, I have had zero effects. I was an all-state athlete in high school, so it didn’t hinder my abilities too much. πŸ™‚ Take care of yourself and let me know if you have any questions.

  • Sarah - praying. His strength will carry you all!

  • Maggie - I am so sorry you are goin through this. Whe my oldest was 23 – 24 months he spent 17 days in the hospital, half of them in picu. it was the hardest tome of my life. Hugs and prayers.

  • Tere - hi…espero que tu bebe se mejore, besos desde aqui para ella, cuidense

  • Aimee - Poor baby girl. I too broke my femur when I was 4 years old ice skating (with double blades). I twisted the bone so I was in traction as well. I know my mother’s heart broke watching me lay there. She said that every time I would fall asleep, I would jerk awake and scream and cry. I am sorry that you are going through this. I too wore a cast on the whole right side of my body (covering my toes all the way up to my waste). My thoughts are with you. Wishing your sweet little girl a quick recovery!!!

  • mel - this is incredible! i just found this post from your favorite posts section and believe it or not, my sister had this exact same experience. she was 4, so a little older, but a statue fell on her and she was in traction for two weeks and also sported a hot pink cast. i was a kid, but still remember it well. so incredible to see a similar journey and a mama’s heart written through the trial. you are a great mama!