Monday, February 15, 2010

Marvolous Mondays



Such a great idea, taking a moment to really look on the positive of things and reflect on some good that is in our life. Lately, a lot of grief and anger has been lurking around me and sometimes it's easy to lose sight in some of the positive. Honestly, I have a LOT of positive things in my life that I am thankful for.

So to focus on some of the things I do have.


I have an awesome husband who embraces me and my many imperfections and high energy. We are the true definition of compete opposites but I wouldn't have it any other way.

We have a house, and a house that we are not struggling to keep. We are lucky to have a roof over our head in this economy and I am thankful for that.

I DO have a career that I love. Never in a million years did I think I would become a respiratory therapist, but my job is pretty rewarding and interesting. I look forward to moving to the NICU in the next few years and then I will love my job even more 10 fold.
Perfect husband, a roof over our heads, job security & fun career...what more can a girl ask for? We all know that answer but I have to remind myself that I do have these things and a special angel looking over us.

41 comments:

Jill said...

Beautiful post!

Allison (Ali) said...

You're right even in our grief we need to try to look on the positive side of things.

Jen J. said...

Your house is beautiful & you do have many things to be thankful for. Beautiful Post!

Maggie said...

You definitely have a lot to be thankful for! I love your house! So beautiful! :)

Lisette said...

It is nice to take a moment to reflect on the many blessings we have. Thank you for reminding me of that. Sending a big ((HUG)) to you.

♥Sarah♥ said...

Hello I have been following your story and am completely heart broken for you guys. So I guess I am a lurker, who just wanted to stop bye and tell you how truelly sorry I am for you guys. Are you planning on trying to have another baby any time soon?

The Blue Sparrow said...

Amen! So glad youre able to find the postives in life! *HUGS*

Tony, Cindy, and Bailey said...

Nice post! It is nice to stop and remember all the things we have everyday, even if we still long for others.

cmatsukes said...

You are right we all need to step back and see what we should be thankful for. Yes in this economy I am glad I dont have a mortage or car payment is nice not to worry about those things. You sound like you are getting a more positive feeling. Good to hear.

Jessica said...

Beautiful post!! What a great way to look at everything. Thank you for reminding me that I need to focus more on the positive myself.

Jessica said...

Lynnette was right, so with open (virtual) arms, I give you a big hug and say the one thing you have heard over and over, Sorry for your loss. You are strong! You are inspirational to others! You do have many blessings to count upon...God Bless!

~*~ Allison ~*~ said...

I'm so glad Lynnette chose you to be this week's Getting to Know You. As I was reading your post, I was reminded of Casting Crowns song "Praise You in This Storm".

Many blessings,
Allison

Tahlia said...

I followed Mrs. Kraft's link and didn't regret it ...this is a beautiful blog and one I will enjoy reading.

Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace said...

Hi there...congratulations on being featured on Getting to Know You. This was a beautiful post...there is always beauty in counting our blessings. Thank you for sharing your beautiful Nolan with us.

Praying for you and your family as you walk this path...

Judi said...

This was such a beautiful, thought provoking post! Thank you. I'm stopping by from Lynette Kraft's blog and I am so glad that I did.
Hugs and Prayers from Ohio.

Jenilee said...

It is refreshing to look at what we do have and be thankful! I enjoyed your post! I'm visiting from Lynnette's! :)

Kelly said...

I'm stopping by from Lynnettes blog. This is a beautiful post! Praying for you. {{hugs}}

Meredith said...

Just popping over from Lynette's blog! So happy to meet you here. I love you already! I'm a nurse, a cubs fan, and I also ran my first 5k last March! This weekend I blogged about my friend who has lost a child. Heartbroken AND thankful for you and your outlook. Blessings!

Cecilia said...

I saw your link on Lynnette's blog and stopped by to read your story. I'm glad I did, because it is rare that I see other baby loss moms who had Pre-e and HELLP. I know our stories aren't exactly the same, but it's always nice to see you aren't alone.

A sweet post on remembering the positives!

Linda said...

Hi I am Lynnette's mom and I am so glad she featured you today Ashley. This was a beautiful post.

I watched Nolan's video and was so moved in my spirit and touched in my heart.

I hugged you in my heart today.

Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

Janet said...

I just came over to visit from Lynettes BLOG. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story with us.

Blessings
Janet Cowan

Lynnette Kraft said...

Oops! It was so late (well early actually) when I posted my blog that I forgot to come over and say SURPRISE! Well, better late than never I always say! ha!

Truly beautiful and inspirational post. I love when people take time to acknowledge the beauty in their life - even when things haven't gone their way. There are so many complainers who really don't have anything to complain about - yet they do. I'm glad you didn't write a "life sucks" post as your realtor suggested. What good would that do? No, you decided to share beauty instead. Good for you!!!

Your sweet Nolan is a precious little one.
Have fun meeting new chums today!
Love,
Lynnette

Heather said...

Hi, I'm visiting from Lynnette's blog. You have such a positive attitude and that is so admirable!

Jus and Kat said...

Hi Ashley,

Just stopping by from Lynette's blog, and I am so glad that I did! What an amazing post and an amazing mother you are. I read Nolan's story and watched his video and again, while our stories are not the same, my heart breaks for you as a babyloss mother as well.

May you continue to be inspired and inspiring :), Kat @ In Dylan's Memory

Lela Paden said...

Your strength is amazing, Thank you for seeing the JOY in the storm you are going through. Stopped over from Lynnette's. Keep running the race....

Grace said...

Hi Ashley! I'm glad Lynnette featured you, so I could hear your story! You are an amazing woman and an inspiration! May the Lord bless you!

Stephanie Rachelle said...

Visiting from Lynettes blog. I love love love your blog, your courage and strength! Glad I came to visit!!!

Karen said...

I am stopping by from Lynnette's "Getting To Know You" to say Hi!

Thanks for reminding us to remember the positive things in our lives when we are going through a tough time! Sorry about the loss of your son, but pray God's Comfort and Peace for you!

Blessings,
Karen

belle said...

((((hugs))))

Stephanie said...

Thank you for sharing your story about Nolan and of thankfulness, despite. What a beautiful story of God's grace - so happy that Lynette featured you so I could read it!

Michelle Karr said...

Thank you for sharing!! I am only 1.5 months out from my precious daughter's death and it helps to see where people are further down the road.

I am glad that Lynnette featured you today!!!

Morgan said...

Stopping by from Lynnette's! Congratulations on being featured! This was a wonderful post - and it's amazing to step back and look at our blessings.
{{hugs}}
♥Morgan

mom2many said...

Found your blog through Lynette's post...I will be coming back for more!

Carla said...

So nice to meet you and your precious little angel boy. I haven't been able to follow Lynettes getting to know you in a while but I'm so glad I did today. Hugs.

the Spocks said...

Visiting from Lynnette's blog. You are blessed. Praying you will have many healthy babies in the future.

The FitzGerald Family said...

Hi Ashley! Lynnette sent me, and it was a true blessing to read through your blog posts. I just finished participating in a 30-day Gratitude Project, and I am amazed at how looking for the blessing in every event and situation helps. Keep looking at the blessings, because sometimes they are hidden in the most painful places.

Keep blogging,
Liz in CA

Sherrie said...

Hi... just popping in from Lynette's to congratulate you on being the featured blogger. You have written a beautiful post. I just want to tell you that I am sorry for your loss. I am, however, glad to see that you still have many things to be thankful for. I really enjoyed my visit and will stop by from time to time. HUGZ-N-STUFF :)

Diana said...

Oh you sweet sweet family. You are such a testament to God's love and grace!

I'm visitng from Lynette's "Getting to Know You"... how totally wonderful that you were chosen for this week's featured blog!

Amen to things we can be thankful for... in spite of what life hands us.

{hugz} to you both! I'll be back to read more!

christy rose said...

Hi I am stopping by from Lynette's. Life is beautiful when we see the great things that we have been blessed with! This is a beautiful post!

The Tolf family said...

Stopped over from Lynnette's blog. I was so touched by your story and it was great to be reminded of the many blessings we do have and to focus on those instead of the negative.
Thank you for sharing!
You will be in my prayers!
Becky

Holly said...

I'm glad you chose to focus on the positive b/c there really are a lot of positive and wonderful things in our lives!