Sunday, October 11, 2009

Trying to figure this all out...

I have never really blogged before, but I thought now was the right time to give it a try. I wanted to have a place where I could write about my son Owen and adjusting to life without his father and my husband, Bryan. Although I am not sure how to express my emotions on a web page I thought/hoped it would be therapeutic in some ways.
I also wanted to start a blog so that our families and friends could keep updated on our lives and how we are all coping. I hope that this website gives people a glimpse into our everyday emotional highs and lows. Owen is a special young man and brings so much joy into so many peoples lives and I would like everyone to know just how special he is.
I hope that I can figure out this whole blogging process and come out a stronger mother/woman in the end.


  1. Keep it coming! I Love you two!

  2. Glad to see you writing again.!. This is a great gift for all who love you and a great resource for people that face similar circumstance. Not to mention an invaluable treasure for "O".
    You go girl!!!!

  3. We're so glad to see you using your talent for writing. O'Bear has a fantastic Mom. We will let everyone know to check out your blog to stay updated on the Prairie and Esson famalies.

  4. I think that this is a super idea Ashley! You are so very talented. Writing is a great gift! Owen is a very lucky little boy and we are all lucky to have you both. Love you, XOXOXO Lori

  5. I love your Blog, Ashley. I think it's a wonderful idea.

  6. This is such a wonderful thing for you and will be a great gift for Owen. Bryan knew what he was doing when he gifted our family with you and Owen. Love you much
    grandma & grandpa Prairie

  7. This is wonderful Ashley. Thank you so much. I have absolutely no doubts in my mind what-so-ever that you always have been, are, and will be a stronger person every day.

    It breaks my heart what happened to you. You and Bryan are better, and live better than so many of us. But I know in my heart God puts these challenges before us with a purpose. And I know He knows you are a person that with endure, and carry on what Bryan blessed this world with. And I wish it wasn't through you two, but it really made me realize a new purpose in life, and to build a closer relationship with my loved ones.

    Recently, when I think of you (which is often), I have this little story in my head that I play. 20 years from now I will be at Target in Plymouth (because everyone knows that you always see everyone from Armstrong at Target...good as it is, or bad as it is), and I will see Bryan! My eyes go huge in disbelief and I walk straight up to him and with a big OMG look on my face, and tell him that he is just like I remember his High School father. And he gives me this contagious smile and laugh and kinda throws his head back and his hand at me all modest(like I remember Bryan to do in High School), and is just the most kindest, happiest person. Then I look past him, and I see You. Standing strong and proud. Knowing you raised Owen to be like his outstanding father.

    Bryan will always live on through you and owen and the other people he held close. To me (in my thoughts and prayers), you will always be AshleyBryan, and Owen will always be OwenBryan.

    Thank you so much for sharing.