Sunday, August 23, 2009

What a difference a year makes...

I've had a pretty rough go of it lately...sometimes it seems like no matter how hard you try you just don't seem to get ahead you know? The analysts say the economy is turning around and we see it ever so slightly at my husband's business, but it is slooooow going at best. Add to that, that one year ago today, I buried my dad...my children's Poppy. The approach and apprehension leading up to this day has been challenging at best. I used to go to church to take comfort in the fact that my pastor could usually say the right thing to help me get through the pain a little easier. He passed away earlier this year and I think I've said before that his passing is the toughest loss I've endured to date. Along this path there has been a glimmer of hope...a new baby...due any day.
When my niece texted me last night at 8:40 that the baby still wasn't here, I texted her back saying I was secretly hoping the baby wouldn't arrive until today...August 23rd. (not that I wished for 4 more hours of labor for her or anything) -- Last night when I went to bed, I had gotten the last text that it would soon be time...shortly after that my cell phone battery died. When I got up this morning, I ran and plugged in my phone to see if the baby had arrived....here was the text...Ashlyn Rose arrived at 4:20 AM 10 lbs. 4 oz., 21 3/4 inches.
Today...August 23rd, no longer a dark day...now this day is shared with a bright glimmer of hope...sweet Ashlyn Rose...
I have been blessed over the past day to have my niece Aubrey with me who is Ashlyn's big sister...we have waited patiently for her new baby sister to arrive. We have talked about it, processed it, missed Mommy and Daddy, wondered why Daddy is at Mommy's work (Aubrey's Mommy works at the hospital) and played a lot along the way...today Aubrey got to meet her new baby sister... for the first time...
I can only say...what a difference a year makes.
Kristina and Aubrey on their way into the hospitalMy precious one, with the new precious oneAshlyn Rose

2 comments:

Kim Arden Horta said...

thanks for sharing the pix of the beautiful addition to the family. Makes me feel closer to you all. Miss you all very much and sending love, Kim

Shari said...

What a beautiful story! Congratulations!