It is hard to believe that almost four months have passed since Ashley left this world….but then she really hasn’t left…because she will be with us forever, in our hearts, minds, actions, spirit… and yet, in a different aspect it is hard to believe that only four months have passed …maybe that is because so much has happened….
We gathered February 17th, at the Portage Twp YMCA to celebrate and unveil part of their permanent memorial to Ashley. What a wonderful sight it was to see the Y’s lobby at SRO capacity – and not just because there wasn’t any chairs : ) Many thanks to the super staff at the Y – Dave Kasarda, Amber Alexander, & Stephanie Coffman (my apologies if I missed anyone); Pastor Tim McGuire of Real Life Community Church for his prayer, and words of encouragement and comfort as we continue to grieve and mourn, Susan Kelly-Johnson of the Porter County Community Foundation, and to all of our Family/Friends and Y members who were in attendance and who attended in spirit. I know my mood was lifted in seeing Kayla & Dakota and their family, so a special “Thank You” to them for graciously accepting the first scholarships – Ashley knew and loved you your entire lives and was so looking forward to teaching you to swim this summer. As you take your first step into the pool, I’m positive Ashley will be Smiling : )