I cannot believe that it has been 12 years since my baby girl was born. I had just barely turned 19, and I had no idea how to be a parent. For the next 5 years, I made all sorts of mistakes. Ashley and I learned and grew up together. During those years, she never had a father figure in her life. My daddy had just died, my brother was too young and immature to be there, and her sperm donor had walked out halfway through my pregnancy. I prayed every day that God would send someone into our lives that would love her as much as I did.
When Ashley was 5, I married Gene. He loved her and adored her just like she was his very own. He’s the only Daddy that she’s ever known, and I actually prefer it that way. He’s the best daddy she ever could have asked for. And to think, I got to hand pick him just for her. 🙂
Anyone who knows Ashley knows how lucky I am to have her. She is kind, loving, and helpful. Sure, it’s a fight to get her to help me with the dishes, but what tween wants to do that? I get complimented all the time on what a sweet girl I have, and everyone just adores her.
I hope that Ashley knows how much her Daddy and I love her and how proud of her we are. She is such a blessing to all of us, and her sweet spirit and her loving heart have turned her into a beautiful young woman.
Ashley, when you read this, (because I know you will!), I want you to know that I love you. You entered my life as a complete surprise, but you have been such a blessing since then. I know I’ve messed up a lot as your mom, but I hope that you will bear with me. I know I can be strict, but I only have your best interests at heart. I want you to grow up knowing that God loves you more than anything. Allow him to direct your paths and you will never fail. You will stumble, we all do. Not one of us is perfect. But, if we get up and keep going down the path God has set before us, we can never be called a failure. I love you, sweetie. Thank you for all that you do around here. It doesn’t go unnoticed.