May 12, 2019
I still can’t believe this is her FOURTH Mother’s Day….no, FIFTH because she was already a mother in May 2015 when she was pregnant with little Rhittie! I’ve known Ashley for almost nine years, have been married to her for just about five, and have been AMAZED as I’ve witnessed her becoming the incredible mother she is. I’ve never met anyone who cares so intensely about choosing what is right for her little ones. There are times that she stops and reminds herself to stop agonizing over an important parenting decision because, well, God is bigger, knows best, and will lead the way! In a culture so absent of attentive parents, she has chosen to always put her children first.
Not many of you are aware of how much time and energy she has spent educating herself about child psychology, developmental health, and striving to give our son Rhittie the absolute best and healthiest of lifestyles. I’m reminded of how my mother made so many decisions for us kids growing up that were unpopular…or “irresponsible” to other parents who wanted to judge. I’m reminded of my mother choosing to home-educate all nine of her children, grow and raise most of our food on our own property, and constantly worry about our well-being and safety. It’s funny, looking back, to realize that all the things that would annoy me about mom being “so controlling” or “too worried” were really just because she cared as much as I’ve witnessed Ashley caring for our own. I’ve made a personal vow to make sure that throughout their childhood, I will ensure that our children understand WHY mommy is always worrying about them…because she LOVES them!!
I’ve thanked God so many times that she has Rhittie to love her…the little goober has enriched her life (and mine) so much. I absolutely cannot wait for her to be loved by yet ANOTHER tiny boy, and to watch her blossom into being a mother of two! I’m already in awe of who she is as a mother and I know I will learn so much from this new season!!
I think we all thought he’d be here by now. Baby #2, that is. It’s been a week since the “due date”, and I think it would be pretty exciting if he came on Mother’s Day! I can’t think of any better gift for the precious little mother that she is, than a brand new life.
Ashley, I know your boys are the best gifts in the world to you, but I want to tell you that you are by far the best gift in the world to them too. The way Rhittie adores you and cherishes you will be the way this new little one will too! You are forever the best mommy in the world for these boys, and I admire everything about you. Happy Mother’s Day to you, Ashley June, you’re the sunshine this little family needs to always grow!!