Thursday, January 7

feeling gratitude

i am not eloquent. i don't have a gift with words. i have started a post on this topic a few times and deleted it feeling like what i have to say is not adequate and does not express what i really feel. often, i don't get too personal in my posts, because i don't know how to write what i think, i don't want what i write to come out sounding lame and you never know how people are going to read things you write and take them the wrong way. anyways, like i said, i started this post and don't know how to finish it but here it is anyways...

maybe it's cause we live in a small town. maybe it's cause with the digital information age we live in you hear a lot more about what is going on in peoples lives here, there and everywhere. whatever it is, it seems that there have been tragedies and hardships left and right lately that have shook me on the inside and have made me realized how much i have to be thankful for. our friends the nortons, who live 10 steps away from us, lost their 2 month old baby last night after quite a fight. so many prayers were offered for baby gavin, it was so sweet to hear ivy pray "please bless baby gabin to be alright and safe." it's amazing the support we can give each other through prayer. prayers work. even if the outcome is not what we desire or think should happen at the moment. i know that there is a plan for us all. sometimes things like this hurt real bad and we wonder why they happen. i don't know why, but i know that our loving Heavenly Father knows. i am so grateful to know that when we lose a loved one, we will be able to be reunited with them again. i am grateful for my faith that brings hope and light at times of tragedy.
it has been things like this- and many others, that have made me think more about all of our blessings. they have made me take the time to step back and focus on my blessings. i have a husband who loves me, i have two beautiful and healthy (for the most part) little girls, we are secure, we have our faith, we have amazing families, and so much more. i have so much to be grateful for and my heart goes out to those who are hurting.

15 comments:

Damaris said...

I am so glad you are her new neighbor. I'm sure she will appreciate your positive attitude close by.

please send me her address via e-mail.I want to send her something. thanks

heidi said...

i am so sorry to hear about the nortons. and the significance of baby gavins namesake. wow. i too am thankful that you live so close and can show them some love.
we are so very blessed at times like these and others when our faith can keep us afloat.
and i thought your wording was quite eloquent.

stef j. said...

beautiful, ash.

all of our hearts and love go out to the nortons.

a mermaid said...

yes this has been such a heavy week, but one to really make you look around and appreciate everything. and you are good with words- you are!

.Ang. said...

Well put.We all have so much to be grateful for don't we? and so you know, I think you are great with words.

The Trotter Family said...

I can't imagine losing a baby that way. I hope they have a lot of support and love right now! I thought you did a great job of expressing yourself. I don't think you should give a care what others will take from it or think!

liko said...

you said it perfectly. just perfectly.

Smiths said...

Life hits hard sometimes. It's a gift to be able to turn around and see all the good things. And to know you can always pray. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

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Kristen said...

you said it wonderfully. thanks for being my friend.

Da Denninghoff's said...

I don't know what to say right now, because I know who you are talking about and I've been apart of the circle of prayers and I just found out about the outcome through your blog. Love you Ashley:)

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missy said...

Oh ash, write more. This was beautiful. I followed her blog since finding it after Avery was born through you and my friend Molly (who used to live in Laie, while you were in DC). I'm so so unbelievably sad for her. What faith she has and what an incredible inspiration she will continue to be even when it gets hard(er) for her through time.

As I sat in the hospital with Chloe, following along her story I was crushed when I read her blog. Glad you are her neighbor because you are amazing too.

Thanks so much for YOUR prayers for our Chloe too. I know they helped.