Have the Day You Have

Early yesterday morning Boo brought me a vase with a dead leaf in it….stating that she was keeping it alive…..so that it would grow into a tree. I told her it wouldn’t work. She insisted it would….until I explained that it didn’t have roots…..not to mention it was already dried out.  I’m not sure what set her off but she got so upset over the dead leaf that I promised her that this weekend I’d show her how to make terrarium. She never forgets a thing….because it was the first thing she mentioned this morning.

We went to Lowe’s early this evening and picked out the perfect little succulents. While we were there one of the employees asked if we like owls….we said yes…..and he told us to go to aisle 5.  There in the rafters was the most beautiful owl…..it looked at us for a while…..and we looked back for another while.  Boo “hoo’d” a few times and after a staring contest it took off……with a huge 6 foot wingspan.  But it didn’t go far…..it flew up to the outside wall of the garden center where its mate was sitting.

Boo: You know….Daddy and I were here this morning at Lowe’s.
Me: What?!
Boo: While you were still sleeping…..

I didn’t think I’d make it out today…..I had such a horrible migraine last night and this morning.  I think I used my brain too much yesterday.  And then my pelvis was hurting….I have a CT scan next week.  I woke up and the house was eerily quiet…..Boo had left me a little pillow that had our photo on it and a flashcard that read “Jesus” on my nightstand. It made me laugh. Mr. LBB and Boo had let me sleep in and I felt like I was missing out on the day. I had already had to cancel breakfast with my friend Shari. And then……those owls….ever feel like there are just little gifts waiting for you? And I’m always looking around and taking in where I am…..but I don’t think I would have ever looked up into the rafters.  Those owls can be quiet and mysterious you know.

Anyway, Boo got to make her terrarium…plus one….and filled them with succulents. You know what I love about succulents? They are so cute and plump. I just have this uncontrollable urge to squeeze them…..but Boo cried over an already dead leaf….so could you imagine?


“About my leaves, I gave them all away, because that’s what you do with gifts.”

-Timothy Green



  1. says

    Everything about this post is just beautiful. Boo is such a sweetheart…leaving you the pillow and the Jesus flashcard. She and her dad had already been to Lowe’s that morning? Do you think they saw the owls then, too?

    What a sweet surprise. I love your way of looking at that. To look up, to look around, to take everything in – to notice the small things and the secret gifts that come.

    Hope you are feeling much better today.

  2. Sandi says

    Feel better Ashley! Praying for you this morning. Those migraines are the worst. Thank you for the unending inspiration. You are a beautiful soul.

  3. Tleshia Farrar says

    Ashley, what a great gift on a day that could have just gone on without any surprises!! I’m praying for your CT scan and that it goes well. Your family is such a blessing!!! Have a great Sunday.

  4. shelley says

    I cried when I read about Boo leaving the pillow and Jesus note! She is so close to the Lord! Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me ..they are the Kingdom of Heaven.”
    Owls are so cute…remember the grove of pine trees right after the bridge on the way to Carmel. A huge one lived in those trees….no sound when they flew over you.
    We are all praying for a good scan!! God is with you and keeping you healed from the top of you head to the tips os your toes! You are awesome…..I love you forever, mom

  5. Audrey says

    You can grow new plants from African Violet leaves (saintpaulia). Just suspend then in some water, roots will start and then little plant lets will form, which you can then plant.

  6. Cathy says

    You have been in my daily prayers since I found your site and read your story…..will be sending some extras for the upcoming CT. Take care!!

  7. Ellie says

    Sometimes life gets so carried away that the little things are overlooked, and yet those are the things that make us appreciate life! Take care and praying for all the best for the upcoming week!

  8. says

    I always love your choose joy/”Pollyanna” attitude. Your blog helped me stay positive during a difficult time last year-thank you. I’ll be praying for a good report from your CT scan. Take care!

  9. Candace Bertalan Horner says

    Dear Ashley,
    Amazing about that Angel who pointed out the Owls to you and Boo…..Such a precious gift you have to help others see the beauty in everyday life. Wishing you health and strength as you leap over this next hurdle. Much love and positive energy coming at you, sweet friend.

  10. Liz says

    It’s funny that you have taken notice of an owl. I just finished a book titled, To Heaven and Back, where the writer had an owl that would hang around for a couple of days. Apparently, it was an angel giving her a message.
    Good luck with your CT scan. Praying that you stay cancer free. 😀