About Me

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My name is Ashley. I’m a lucky wife. A grateful daughter. A proud sister. A fitness professional and personal trainer. An outdoor enthusiast. A redeemed follower of Jesus Christ. Mom to Paisley Dawn and Finn Joseph. She’s funny and way too pretty. And he’s the bravest kid I know, born with Spina Bifida.

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16 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Thank you so much for sharing your heart with us, Ashley! Know you are in our prayers and that we are here for you all!! We can’t wait to get to see Finn and so thankful you are all doing well! The pictures are precious/add more when you can… I’m so thankful for your blog so we will know how to pray! We love your family!!

  2. Kevin shared your story with his twitter family and I was brought to tears. Please know that their are people praying for you and your family and little baby Finn. Your in my thoughts and prayers and in my heart. I would love to travel this journey with you guys.

  3. We are friends of Blake & Angela Davis. We are praying daily for sweet Finn, for strength as you go through this, and trusting that you feel God’s mighty arms wrapped around you.

  4. Like Joy Copeland, I go to church with Blake & Angela Davis. My family is praying fervently for you both and Finn. My daughter, Emma, had a VP shunt placed for hydrocephalus as a tiny one, too. Our hearts and prayers are with you, but most importantly God is with you!

  5. We love all of you and are praying for each of you daily. Thanks so much for doing the blog – it helps us to know specific things to take to the Lord. And thanks for the pics, too – Finn is a sweetheart!

  6. I’m a friend of Angela Davis and the mother of three. My oldest, Sophie, is autistic. She was also a preemie and spent 2 weeks in the NICU. My son, Gideon, was also a preemie and spent 2 weeks in the NICU. Sweet Mama, you are doing so well. God is surrounding you, Finn and Joey with angels and prayer warriors. He’s also notifying other Mamas that understand a slice of what you’re feeling. Cry out to him, hold tight to your husband and kiss your handsome son’s fuzzy little head whenever you have the chance. Please let us know if anything specific is needed, prayers or otherwise.

  7. A dear, old friend Angela Davis shared your story, and I have been praying for you and your family ever since. I am not a mom, however I am on the other end of this. I was a sick baby and child. I spent the first ten years of my life in and out of hospitals. In that time I underwent 3 major open heart surgeries and numerous other procedures to fix a rare and congenital complication that my parents could not have prevented nor did genetics cause. We listened to doctors tell me that I likely wouldn’t make it to adulthood and if I did I would be extremely limited. Well I am about to celebrate my 30th birthday, and while I still deal with many limits and scary realities everyday, including that I will never have a child, I live on my own and am pursuing 2 Masters Degrees. Yes, many things came very slowly and later in life for me than most, but I can attribute all my success to my parents. My parents were young, healthy, and unassuming when they were faced with the challenge of a sick kid. But I fully believe that God chooses special people to parent such children. He chooses people who never knew just how much strength, resilience, patience, kindness, and unconditional love they are truly capable of, but the couples he chooses to endure this long journey, learn more about their own strength and abilities than they ever knew possible. One more thing, the bond shared between parents of such children is intense and more precious than you will ever imagine. I will continue to follow you and pray for y’all, and God has fought hard for Mighty Finn to have life, so he must have big plans for him.

  8. Hi Ashley, My name is Amy Storrie and I am friends with Mike, Leslie and Kendall Bumgarner. My husband, Jimmy, served with Mike on staff at FBC Norman back in the mid 90’s. Leslie directed me to your blog because I too am touched by Spina Bifida in my life. My younger brother, Bill, has Spina Bifida. He was born in 1968 (now 44 years old!) and my mother had no inkling that anything was wrong since this was an era before ultrasounds. His Spina Bifida is the most severe form in that his spine was completely open at birth. He is completely paralyzed from his waist down and is confined to a wheelchair although he does have braces on his legs and can walk with crutches when he needs to. But, the thing I want to say is what a huge blessing Bill has been in my life and to everyone that he has come into contact with throughout his life! He graduated from high school with a standing ovation from his class of 1300 people and he even attended some college classes. He now works at Market Street grocery store and demonstrates cheeses for the store. He has worked there for 7 or so years since the store opened and everywhere he goes, people know him because of his job there. This past year he was in the hospital for about 5 weeks because of an infection in his foot and the store put out posters for customers to sign when they came into the store. I don’t know how many of those posters ended up all over his hospital walls because of everyone wishing him well. Spina Bifida children are typically some of the sweetest friendliest children out there and that aspect of their personality does not go away as adults!
    I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your thoughts on this blog and for bringing encouragement and hope to others going through similar situations. God truly puts these special needs children in the right homes and He never gives us more than we can bear. I will enjoy following you and praying for you as Finn continues to grow.

    • Thanks for the encouragement, Amy! I have no doubt your brother is an incredible man. Finn has a lot of SB people to look up to! Thanks for sharing your connection to Spina Bifida and for caring about ours.

  9. Hi Ashley, I go to a gym in new mexico and my trainer told me about your story, our son has SB too. He was born in April of 2010. I just spent the last hour looking through your blog and pictures…what an amazing family and faith you have! Seeing Finn’s first pictures in the hospital brought memories of our own NICU stay rushing back. My husband and I promptly prayed for you all ๐Ÿ™‚ Our stories sound very similar, we found out at 18 weeks as well, on december 17th of ’10. Finn will be forever in my prayers. The Lord really laid him on my heart while I was reading here, you can see what a sweet spirit he has ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks, Katie! Appreciate every prayer. Great to hear your story and know of other SB parents who want the best for their kid. What’s your son doing these days at almost 3? Crawling? Standing? In a wheelchair?…Only if you don’t mind sharing, of course! Let’s be friends on Facebook!

      • Yes! we should be FB friends ๐Ÿ™‚ Idk how to find you though, lol. My last name is Cobleigh if that helps. My kiddo is actually quite the miracle and he is running around these days. I would love to share our story with you ๐Ÿ™‚ Your post about right before he was born and in the first few weeks, I could have written those myself..

  10. Hi, Ashley. My name is Kurt Steiss and I’m the person who asked for your name at the Endeavor Games today. I got a powerful photo of you and Finn today. I’m glad I was able to find your blog because I wanted to make sure you were able to see it, and I’m not sure if it will be in print. I’m not sure what The Oklahoman’s policies are with getting the photos from us if you want it, but I can talk with my editor if you’re interested. Enjoy, and congrats to Finn today!

    http://newsok.com/gallery/6034549/pictures/4297258

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