Sunday, June 24, 2007

Twenty One years ago...

Twenty-one years ago today, at 9:41 p.m., after 18 and a half long hours of labor, Ashley Elizabeth Moore came into this world. It seems like yesterday. I can still remember every detail of the morning, day and night in which it all began. That's right, she is now 21 years old! I cannot believe it!

She has been a great blessing in my life over the last 21 years. Of course there have been times I wanted to strangle her, but those times are so easily forgotten when you look back over cherished memories. We have so loved watching her grow over the years. From a tiny baby (7 lbs. 4 oz) to a precious little girl who loved choc milk, to a wonderful big sister, to a beautiful Godly, Christian woman. She has the most beautiful smile. Her smile can change your mood instantly. It can also melt your heart. It has been so amazing to watch God developer her into the woman she has become. And sometimes when I get a little cynical about things, she's always there to set me straight. It's amazing when you start learning from your children.

We had so much fun over the years watching her play soccer, then softball and basketball and finally volleyball. Which is still her favorite sport. I couldn't believe it when she graduated high school and now she is about to begin her senior year at ACU. Where does the time go? Cherish every moment you have with your children. Even when the days are sometimes not so good. Because one day you blink, and they are grown women, about to take on the world.

My life would not be the same without her in it. She is not only my daughter; she has become my best friend. I feel like I can tell her anything and she never judges me. I have made so many mistakes throughout her 21 years, but thank goodness for God's grace and mercy who has covered over a multitude of mistakes. I give God glory for everything she is and for everything she will become. She is truly His child. I am just so fortunate and so thankful that He allowed me to be her mom. I love you Ashley! May God continue to bless your life and continue to mold you into the woman He wants you to be and to become. Happy 21st Birthday!!

I'll leave you with a few pictures from over her 21 years... Enjoy!

For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord. How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you. Colossians 3:8,9



Her 1st ball game...with many more to come!



The morning Jeremy was born. This was around 3:00 a.m.



The night before middle school volleyball tryouts!



High School volleyball game. They went to the playoffs for the
1st time in 17 years! They ended up Area Champs and
Regional Quarterfinalist.


Senior Volleyball Picture



Senior Picture





















Some things never change!!!!




Officially Twenty-One!!



Ashley & Jeremy



Ashley & Warren
We found fireworks on her 21st birthday
and celebrated with some really good friends!!
How cool is that!!


Blessings Everyone... Have a great week!!

6 comments:

Lynn said...

Wow! How can Ashley be 21? Surely I can't be that old! Precious pictures. You and Chris have honored the gift God has given you by raising her to in turn love the Lord. I am sure there is no greater joy! May the Lord continue to bless you all in His service!

Neva said...

Happy Birthday Ashley!

Peace and prayers
neva

Terry Rush said...

Liz,

I love to stop by and see what's happening with you and the family. Congrats on having a 21 year old and looking 27 yourself!

I love you today!

Melanie said...

I was just going to echo Terry and say I don't know too many 30 year old motor cycle mamas with 21 year old daughters!!

Liz Moore said...

Terry and Melanie,

Y'all are so sweet!! You made my day! Love you both!

Tiersa said...

Happy Birthday, Ashley! Kacey still has her/your boppie. It looks pretty bad but she loves it so thanks for sharing. Liz, she is a beuatiful woman and I am so proud of her and you and Chris. You are fantastic parents and your children honor you.