Thursday, July 7, 2011

Prayer Is What We Need

Well, friends....I'm honestly so in shock that I hardly know what to say. But I need your prayers so I'm going to tell everyone that I know will pray and then they can tell everyone they know so we'll have a wall of prayer going up to heaven.

Today we took my baby girl, Kari, to the emergency room because she was screaming with severe stomach pain and running a fever. The doctors there were disturbed with the blood count results and sent us on to the University of Kentucky Children's Hospital.

I'm going to make a long story short...after the tests here, Kari needs blood and platelets tonight and they are doing a bone marrow biopsy in the morning. They are suspecting leukemia and if not that, they said it will be something just as life threatening as leukemia.

I'm not going to pretend I'm all comforted and peaceful and all that. I'll be honest and say that I'm scared, sick, nervous and filled with dread.

Please pray for my little girl that God would protect her and shield her. I can't even describe all the feelings that I have right now. It's like my worse nightmare come true. Sitting here watching Kari's like all I can think of is the pain she's in and how I want it to go away. I know God is able to give us a miracle. But I also know that sometimes He chooses not to and I'm struggling with that right now.

I know I'm being very honest right now but I'm scared and right now this is an outlet for me.

One thing that DOES comfort me is knowing that God will NEVER leave us. No matter what happens He will be here. My dear friend, Tonya, came to the hospital with us and she was a such a comfort when we got the news from the doctor. Knowing what she's been through....she was able to look me in the eye and say "God WILL help you. You may think you can't get through it but He WILL be there."

This song is hitting home for me right now. Along with this one.

Please pray for us.


  1. Ashley, I cannot begin to tell you how sick I felt when I received the email from Connie last night. Now reading this makes me feel even worse. Of course I will add Kari to my prayer list. I know first hand how powerful this is.

    I would be more than happy to donate blood if Kari still needs some today. My blood type is o- which is a universal donor. It may not be usable right now with the chemo/radiation/steroids I am taking. Even if you can't use my blood right now this offer is good anytime in the future that Kari might need it. Hopefully she will get better quickly and will never need it.

    Ashley I can't imagine what you are going through. Since the beginning of my adventure I have been so thankful it was me and not Marti or one of the kids.

    Please do not hesitate to call if we can do anything or if you just want to talk. You and your family are now in my thoughts and prayers constantly.


  2. I heard 'Blessings' on the way home from work right after I heard about Kari. I could barely drive for crying. Then they played "Better than Hallelujah' by Amy Grant and it got worse. Song after song was about how life isn't always wonderful, but how God is always there. I'm having faith and praying that He will be glorified through this awful mess in the miracles He is able to perform through Kari!

    I am just so heartbroken that Kari and you and your family have to endure such a hard road. You may not be family by physical blood, but in every way that matters, I count you as my family and one of my dearest friends. I love you so much and am here no matter the day or hour for whatever you need.


  3. I don't even know what to say except I will rally my church family together to bombard heaven for you.

  4. I am so sorry to hear this, just heartbroken. Hoping that today is a much brighter day for Kari and your family. Sending up prayers for your sweet little girl and strength and comfort for you and your family. I wish there was more that I could do, but we all know the Power of Prayer can produce miracles, I'll be asking everyone I know to pray as well.

  5. We love you all and are praying.

  6. Just heard about your little girl, Kari,from facebook. This is Mrs. Rader from the middle school, Ashlee. I will be praying continually and will have her added to our church's prayer list. My heart aches for you. I know that the Lord will bring you through this. Lean on him. I will tell everyone I know to pray.

  7. Ashley,
    I will be praying for your sweet baby girl. I don't have children yet, but I do have a baby girl on the way. I already love her so much and can't imagine being in your shoes right now. My prayer is that God will work a miracle for her. I will be praying and spreading the word for others to pray also. I believe in the power of prayer!

    In Christ,
    Lindsey Hays Spurlock

  8. A-
    Know that we are all here for you...and Miss Kari...and your entire family are at the top of our prayer lists! If you need anything...please don't hesitate to let me know. ~Christa

  9. Ashley and Matthew,
    My heart is aching for you right now. Just remember "by his stripes we are healed". Our God is able and I have faith he will heal your baby girl. Kari such a sweet and beautiful child. She Is such a blessing. More blessing will come through the miracles of Kari's healing!! So many prayers being prayed for your baby girl and you.

    Love you so much,
    Lisa Anderson

  10. Ashley-
    I sit here thinking of you and your family and I cry. I couldnt imagine being in your spot. God sure does give us alot to handle but as he says he never gives you too much. You keep hanging on there and everything will fall into place. You have many people praying for you and your family. Im sure GOD will grant you a miracle.

  11. Ashley,
    All I keep hearing over and over is Kari singing Amazing Grace. She is an amazing, beautiful little girl. I have put a petition out to my pastor and Sunday School class for prayer. Please, please know that we are all thinking of you, all of you and praying for well thoughts for Kari. Please call if you need anything. I will be glad to run anything to you or keep Malachi or anything. Give your princess a great big hug and kiss and let her know that your work family is thinking of her. You know that the bible says "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans not to harm you, but to give you hope" I know the Lord is going to be your hope. I am so thankful for your Godly spirit. I love you and Kari and am praying for you every second.
    Lorie Munford

  12. Danville Square loves you!! We are praying for you and your family! Gwen, Kirsten, Chelsea and Talisa

  13. Ashley
    If there is ANYTHING we can do for you all, just let us know. You are of course in our thoughts, hearts and prayers. She is such a special little girl, I just know she will be just fine! Big Hugs to you all!
    Love Debbie Jeffries

  14. Ashlee I am so sorry to hear this news about Kari, we are all praying!!! If we can be a donor or anything please let us know what we can and need to do. love you!! With God all things are possible!!

  15. Blessings was the same song that came to my mind when I heard the news. I can't even imagine what all of you all are going through but I'm praying for you!

  16. I am SO sorry to hear the news about little Kari. Its breaking my heart! Please know that we are praying for yall!!!

    We love you!
    Kyle, Brittany and Kyah

    PS - Tell her to get to feeling better really soon so we can roast some more marshmellows!!! :)

  17. Hey,
    I just want to say we are praying for you all and we are staying updated on your blog. Your faith in god through this hard trial has amazed me you are a inspiration. We love you all !

    P.S. Tell Kari Brittany and Ryan said Hi !


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