Day 12 {Good Friday}

I was going through pictures on my computer and found these. The night before her accident we were at a friend’s house and all the kids were going crazy outside. I remember trying to get her to sit just for a minute for a picture, but she kept running off. She loves the game “chase”, so she wanted to play that much more than she wanted to sit still for a picture.5.22.11-02

One week later I found myself wanting to play chase with her and wishing she wasn’t so still for pictures.
4.18.11-06

Today it has been two weeks since that night of playing chase. Today is Good Friday. I like to make a big deal about Easter with my kids. It is important to me that they know as Christians, Easter is not about bunnies, candy and new spiffy clothes (though those things are all fine – just not the true meaning).  As a family we can make it through life’s interruptions and difficult circumstances because of a faith in a God whose immeasurable love was displayed that first Easter. Spending Good Friday and Easter with a tiny daughter in a little crib in a big hospital was not on my plan 2 weeks ago. I want to be playing chase with her. I want to celebrate this weekend with my boys. Regardless, I’m here. She is healing. We are content and at peace….and celebrating Easter doesn’t mean putting on a new dress for Sunday morning. She’ll be wearing a pink cast. I’ll be wearing the holey jeans. We’ll tune in online and we’ll rock our own Easter celebration!

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  • Ari - Thank you for sharing, Ashley. I know this has been a hard few weeks. But nevertheless, the truth of the Gospel is still alive and active…even in hospital rooms! Have a very special weekend. Praying for your little girl (and you)!
    Ari

  • Ruth - Easter blessings to you and your sweet family, Ashley. As always, your positive attitude is incredibly inspiring. You’ll continue to be in my thoughts and prayers this weekend.

  • Sarah @ Handbags*N*Pigtails - Perhaps Im just weird but I couldnt help parallel your situation and your words here with God the Father and his son. The situation was far from ideal(sending his son to die for us) yet both were willing. I cant imagine what both went through. Yet in the end, there was redemption. Healing. Freedom.
    Im praying Firecracker has a good weekend and that, although you wont be celebrating in your “normal” way, it’ll be just as awesome and reverent in that hospital room as it would be if you were in your church.
    Have a blessed Easter!
    XO,
    Sarah

  • Ana - Amen. Philippians is always an inspiring read. Wishing you a quiet Good Friday and a very happy Easter.

  • Celia - So sweet. I was actually just thinking of you guys out of the blue yesterday and praying for you all… on this Easter weekend. I remember seeing one of the previous years how you do activities with your boys for Easter (hot cross buns, etc). This year will not be the same, but the Lord knew this was going to happen and has been wonderful in providing for you all during this time! I pray you all have a wonderful weekend and Easter Sunday. Hope all goes well next week and your stay will not be extended!! Take Care!

  • Kimberly - Thinking of you and your family! Hope you all have the best Easter you can have! Praying for you.

  • tiffani - I hope your Good Friday with her is a speacial one; and Happy Easter and celebrations with your family this weekend:)

  • Kimberlee Jost - Beautifully written, Ashley.
    I love your heart right now.
    Still praying for you guys!

  • Jennifer - Oh, bless her sweet heart! Content and at peace to celebrate Easter… sounds wonderful. Happy Easter!

  • Rebecca - Happy Easter. Hang in there ladies I trust the end of your hospital stay is near.

  • Laura - i love seeing your faith on display! it’s a beautiful thing to see your contentment this weekend. happy easter! he is risen!

  • Tracie - What a beautiful attitude. We celebrated Christmas one year in the hospital with my brother. I was a teenager then and I think that started me on a journey of really relishing time with my family, regardless of the calendar date or the location.

    What a blessing to serve and love a God who sent His only son for us. Happy Easter!

  • Lori - oh ashley. i’m crying again. thanks for the great perspective. hugs, love and a cadbury egg . ;0) we miss seeing little ashley at church. it’s not the same. it’s not.

  • Jaime - That is so sad… I am curious though why you have never said (at least from what I’ve read, maybe I’m missing it)- what happened??? Hope she heals quickly. 🙂

  • andy - praying for healing soon and a great good friday for you. Happy Easter.

  • lauren - i just can’t wait to give you a big hug!!!!(are you going to be up for the april snapshop do you think??) i too spent an easter in the hospital with a 2 and half year old. she was brought up from her sedation on good friday and we were released from the PICU to a recovery floor on easter morning. sometimes i think tht was the most real easter i will ever ever have. He blesses the humble heart and places… happy easter to you. 🙂

  • Jill R - I know the past two weeks have been so hard and I’m sure you had tons of ideas on how to share the Easter message with your kiddos. But I also know this may be an Easter with more meaning than any other as they see Christ’s love and power through their beautiful mommy in her Easter jeans!

  • Jen - I am still praying. Happy Easter to you and your family, Ashley!

  • BLP - Beautiful!

  • Emily - It through hope and love that all things are possible – miracles, resurrections, and celebrations over the ether(net.) Blessings to you and your family and many hopes for a miraculous game of chase this weekend.

  • Kenna S - Praying for you and your girl this Easter weekend. Hoping that you get good news soon so you can go home and get back to somewhat of a normal routine.

  • jami nato - i love that verse. and your “holy” jeans. hoping your sweet peanut heals super fast. you’ve probably already answered this, but when can she get out of that bed?

  • mary - beautiful. thank you.

  • Christi - Thank you for your beautiful honesty. Your words these last 2 weeks have been such a blessing. Firecracker is blessed to have you as her mom!

  • Molly - love love love the verse! prayers for healing and comfort!

  • allison - I feel like I have lived my life around Christians who show up to church on Sunday, but then spend the rest of their week living as though they were never there. They act like what they heard in church on Sunday has no importance on their lives outside the sanctuary. Thank you so much for reminding me that there are people like you in this world. I was beginning to lose a little faith. Happy Easter!

  • Jana - Spending Easter in the hospital is not really a stretch when we think about how Jesus came to mend the broken. What better place to feel his presence and celebrate his resurrection? I’m praying for Firecracker’s bones to strengthen and also that your mind and heart will continue to stay focused on whatsoever things are pure, lovely, and of good report.

  • Laurie J - Amen. Happy Easter weekend, Ashley: Whether you’re in a hospital room with just your little girl or a sanctuary filled with fellow believers: He is Risen! He is risen indeed!
    <3

  • Katie - I like your holey jeans comment. My dad would always do yard work after church on Sundays, and my mom would nag him about his old torn up jeans. He just always made the comment that they were his ‘holy’ jeans. 🙂

  • Amanda - Have a Blessed Easter with your family, Ashley

  • Aubrey - You may be in a hospital room, but it is still Good Friday!!! What an opportunity to reflect on the goodness of the Lord. I can’t help but think that God is growing so much in you in that hospital room. The fruit of his spirit is alive in you because you have right perspective. Allow his goodness to continue to grow in you this Good Friday.

  • Maloree Hamel - i know you don’t know me but i start going to TCABC in December and had heard that you blogged and it made me so excited to feel so close to a blogger from the same city i am in. i am inspired by your posts and the simplicity of words you bring and the moments you share of your family and friends. i’ve been encouraged by psalm 18 lately for things i have been going through, and i hope that you may be too….

    blessings!
    psalm 18

  • Shelby - Love that verse – what a sweet reminder for today! Wishing you all a blessed Easter weekend!

  • chantelle - you are so strong! (in so many ways!)
    I just thought of it! A satin pillow case! I used to use them so my hair wouldn’t get so messed up with those old school pink foamy rollers-the hair just slides….might be worth a try to help with tangles…..

  • mandi@herbanhomestead - Oh- this is so true. No matter where we are, how we are dressed- the celebration holds. He is risen!
    I went to your link. Both of our husbands are associate pastors! i thought that was pretty neat. : )

  • Amber - That’s so good. Hoping you get to enjoy this weekend of remembering & celebrating with your sweet family. It’s an awesome time & I’m so glad He’s been your peace so you CAN remember Him.

  • Lauren Klouda - Content. What a great timely word. It is easy to get lost in our personal struggles and forget that we should be content in all things.

    I have struggled this week with my contentment. My faith actually that God is good in all circumstances. He is isn’t He? Even if the circumstances are not as we want and/or not as we imagine.

    I needed this reminder today. God Bless you and your family this Easter Ashley. I am so grateful we have a Mighty God that sees us through.

  • Ashley A - Thinking and praying for you.

  • melissa - first off, it that is your hospital room, you have an amazing room! I am glad you have figured out a way to remedy your situation…happy Easter.

  • DebZorn - Special blessings to all of you the holy Easter weekend. (The hospital will make it as special as they can for you.)I know your family will all be together and that is the important part.You are such a great mom and I know that “all” your boys must miss “all” the girls, so much. Continued prayers for Firecracker’s healing. May the Lord bless you and keep you and give you peace.

  • Terri - Oh my… I just got caught up on your blog and saw what happened to your little firecracker. It’s sometimes terrifying what can happen in a split second. My 3-yr-old broke her leg earlier this year falling off a dining room chair… never thought that would happen. I’ll be praying for fast healing! Happy Easter weekend.

  • Love and Lollipops - Been checking in here regularly and praying for you all! Really pray that you can go home soon!

  • Missy - Amen! Praying – grow little bone, grow!

  • Alice H - Happy Easter to you and your family. I hope that you have an Easter dinner in the hospital with your family and friends.

  • Emma - Great post. Sweet pictures your little girl! Wishing you and your family a Happy Easter!

  • Jess H - amen 🙂 happy easter to you guys!

  • Amanda - So sweet.

    Sending up prayers for your little one and thanksgiving for the life that we’ve all been given.

    Thanks for this 🙂

  • giozi - I’m really happy because she is healing. God bless your family.

  • Love and Lollipops - I was just reading these free online “Maisy the Mouse” stories to my little one and thought of you. It may be something else to do while you are in hospital! My little guy has loved Maisy since 18 months of age…hope your little girl will enjoy these too. Here is the link that takes you straight to the stories. There are four available to read!

    http://www.maisyfunclub.com/maisyframe.asp?section=eddie

    They pages pop up very quickly so little one’s won’t get impatient.

    Best regards,
    Georgia

  • natalie vaughan - i preach those words of paul… GOD. to myself often. my head knows them to be true. i believe them. it sometimes takes my heart to catch up to what my head already KNOWS. i BELIEVE, Lord, HELP, my UNBELIEF. i do not know you, but as a part of God’s covenant community i join in praying for your sweet family. have a blessed easter.

  • christina larsen - It’s all about perspective. May you have a glorious Easter!

  • Jen @ Rambling Renovators - Wishing you a Happy Easter.

  • Allison - precious, precious. What a beautiful Easter.

  • birdie blue - i’ve been checking in on your little fire cracker the past few days…
    what a little sweet pea. i’m so sorry she had to go through this (and you).
    i’m praying for a quick resolution to the bone growth issue.

    have a blessed easter.
    xo
    ~molly

  • Kristin Eldridge - She is a cutie!

    I couldn’t imagine trying to keep a little one so still all the time. So sorry for her!

    Happy Easter!

  • Emily B - So glad that you have contentment and peace in the midst of a very hard time. God is good! Happy Easter to you and your family. Praying for healing and peace.

  • Ashley Rae - I don’t even know how but I stumbled upon your blog a few weeks ago. I have never read blogs or anything of the sort and now I just can’t get enough. I am blessed by the stories you share and have taken on a challenge of going through and doing all of your DIY projects now that I am a stay at home mommy and find myself needing to stay busy to pass time waiting on baby number two’s arrival. I have cherished learning from your posts and seeing your family grow. I have fallen in love with your baby girl and admire your strength and all you do as a mother. On this Good Friday I remember how blessed we all are and keep your family in my prayers. Thank you for being such an inspiration!

  • Kara - I stumbled onto your blog a week ago through a friend’s blog. I have been blessed by your creativity and beautiful family. I am praying for a quick recovery for your daughter and hope the weeks fly by so you can play chase again soon. Have a blessed Easter weekend with your family.

  • Amy - I love the way you put things in perspective. Keeping you and your little one in my prayers!

  • Breeana - I’ve been following your journey and praying for you. Wanted to share something we do in our family to focus on Jesus during Easter. THey are Resurrection Eggs.

    http://keepingupwithourboys.blogspot.com/2011/04/resurrection-eggs.html

  • Tiffany - I am so thankful that you are in my daily reads. You are so inspiring – it is a ministry you have here! I am praying daily for your sweet fire cracker and am thankful that God is a healer!

    Much love to you and yours on this Easter Weekend.

  • Monica - the picture of your daughter’s little toes peeking out of that pink cast just break my heart and remind me of when my little girl broke her leg. 🙁 I hope you and your family have a nice Easter and you will be in my prayers.

  • Mindy Harris - this easter has been especially tender for me because i (with the help of the Lord) was finally able to watch the passion of the christ. i balled through it and had to look away at times.
    bunnies and eggs are fine, but the cross and that craggy tomb, those blood stained hands–they are most deserving of the glory and spotlight.

  • sheridan - Love this post! LOVE the verse! Still praying for you all!!!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - I love that verse. My father pounded that one into us ~ be content… be satisfied. Amen.

  • Jen - I read your blog all the time and I love it. I really dont comment ever – that’s just me. I also have a 21 (close to 22) month old little girl. She is unstoppable and the past few weeks (okay – months, really) I have been so annoyed and worn out. I cant get anything done. Its frustrating chasing a toddler all day.
    But then – I follow along your journey in the hospital with your firecracker. Wow. I have 100% absolutely NO IDEA how you are doing this. I really mean that. A 21 month old confined to one spot in a crib and not able to move? Are you kidding me?!?!
    And you remaining there for the duration? Entertaining her, keeping her happy all the while, I am assuming, trying to keep it together for your own self.
    You are truly an inspiration to me right now. I know were strangers, and all, but honestly I have thought of you many, many times this past week when I find myself getting frustrated with my daughters seemingly constant movement. Your blog has given me paitence, acceptance and gratitude. I wish so so so much for a speedy recovery for your little wonder woman and for the family that loves her so obviously. You are doing an amazing job. Your in my thoughts tonight.xo

  • Beka - I just came across your lovely blog and had to read your past posts to see what had happened to your daughter. I just love how cheerful you have made her crib in the hospital. I was so touched by you ending another post with the realization of how lucky you truly were. My four year old nephew was in an accident Thanksgiving weekend of 2009 and has been in a vegetative state ever since, so I am so thankful to see your little girl’s happy face shining out of your beautiful photos. Jeremy (my nephew) shares a room with little Josue who has had severe cerebral palsy since birth. Josue’s mother has no car, has three other children and works full time. She has to take the bus four hours to come see him, and she cries the whole time she is there, but she still comes every week. You really are blessed to be there with your little princess every day. I hope your Easter is joyful. I am going to follow your blog, and I promise no more depressing comments. I just was touched by this.

  • april's craft nest - amen! happy easter! He is risen!

  • Arin - I stopped by your blog because of a DIY you did that was posted on another website… and saw this… I wasn’t 21 months when I broke my femur in April of my kindergarden year. I spent a month in the hospital and then I was in a full bodycast for the whole summer. I tell you all this because I wanted to let you know that she will be okay! Also to pass along an idea to help her… I decorated balloons and blown up plastic gloves (to help me with my lungs) but this might help with her. I did this back in 1986, so I didn’t have all the cool stuff to do that she might have and I was on the old people’s floor because the kids ward wasn’t open 7 days a week… only weekends for all the tonsel removals. Just remember that this two shall pass and it will be an interesting story for her to tell one day.

  • Mirys - Dear Ashley:

    Today is my father´s birthday… and all I´m thinking is that my kids don´t have a father anymore to celebrate his birthday!…

    But, just like you, I´m content. Not jumping of happiness, not laughing like a fool. But content. Because I know God has a plan and His plans are THE BEST PLANS for the ones who loves Him. I´m just doing my part and loving Him… the rest will be arranged!

    Happy Easter!
    Kisses and blessings.
    Mirys
    http://www.diariodos3mosqueteiros.blogspot.com
    from Brazil