Day 13 {I left the hospital…for an hour}


Sitting in a hospital room for 13 days leaves a lot of time for thinking and dreaming. I’ve got a little plan up my sleeves and I can’t wait to share it with you!

On a totally different note, the internet has been my connection to the outside world…more specifically blogs & facebook (obviously since I’ve been posting on weekends!) So earlier this week I was snooping around facebook (because that is what facebook feels like to me) and saw the following picture on my friend Heather’s wall:


Are you kidding me?! Can you imagine how much time went into creating something that big and beautiful! I’ve made my fair share of tissue pom poms, but this takes it to an entirely new level. Snooping around some more, I realized this was for a pre-Easter event at my church. Evidently the elementary staff decided to create the most awesome walk-through event ever. I am so bummed I didn’t get to see it in person. I emailed Heather to ask if I could share her picture with you – knowing you all would be blown away too. How about something like this for a party? Another friend, Tanya, sent me some more pictures to share….the view from the inside:

And just because I always appreciate a good face painting…

So now I leave you with visions of sugar plum pom poms dancing in your heads!

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  • andy - awesome event. it looks so beautiful. i wish i could have been there. hope you enjoyed your lunch date (so sweet) can’t wait to hear about this secret project

  • Stacey - Wow… Think about what it would feel like to be a young child walking through there. I mean, we are adults and we know how cool it is, to be a youngin… I bet all of their little socks were blown off! 🙂

  • Becky - That’s a LOT of PomPoms!!! Dang!
    I love that your 5 year old asked for a lunch date.
    What a sweetie pie.
    Continued prayers & positive thoughts for Firecracker.
    Happy Easter!!

  • mandi@herbanhomestead - ok- i was already having a bit of church envy when i looked at the website yesterday and saw how passionate your pastor is about adoption. and now this?!?! a church full of creative people!?!? LOVE IT!

  • meg duerksen - if you could snag me about 15 of those turquoise pom poms when easter is over…..i would love it.
    i would even buy them!
    it is worth it to not have to make them myself.
    so tell someone over there that your ks. friend needs some….ok?

    i am so happy for you that you got some air outside that hospital….if only for an hour.
    i was getting worried about you.

    love you ashley.
    and firecracker too.

  • jami nato - oh my word. we just made about 60 poms for my sis in laws wedding and it took us hours…i can’t even imagine how long it took them to make these. what a magical experience for the kids!

  • Lisa Johnson - Incredible!

  • Carol - This looks truly magical! I have never commented, but I just wanted you to know that I love your blog! You have inspired me in many ways- one of them being that my husband and I are signing up for the Warrior Dash in Tulsa. It looks amazing – thanks for all the ideas!

  • Ashley A - So cool!!! I love stuff like this. Can’t wait to see what craft you have up your sleeve 🙂

  • Joy Andrews - :))))

  • Sally - Hi
    Just wanted to say congratulations and let you know that your blog has been nominated in the MAD Blog Awards for UK parent blogs.
    If you’d like to find out more about the awards and the prizes on offer, then head over to
    We will be publishing details of all the nominees in all the categories on Monday morning, and nominations are open until 5pm that day – so if you’d like to take part, make sure you encourage all your friends, family and readers to keep nominating!
    Best of luck and well done on your nomination.
    The MAD Blog Awards

  • Erin Leigh - oh my gosh, are you kidding?!?! that’s crazy & so fun.

  • Mindy Harris - wow that reminds me of willie wonka a little.
    what a blast!

  • CharlaL - Raced to the computer tonight. Our family participated in a media fast this past week!!!! I have been sending LOTS of prayers your way…I was dying to know how firecracker was! Glad you got some air. Happy Easter!

  • Peggy Annan - I went to Church at Battle Creek on Easter Sunday and the garden had been disbursed to several areas around the building. It was still amazingly beautiful and fun.