Monday, February 20, 2012

Choose Joy

Aside from writing here on my blog I really enjoy reading others blogs. I like the small new ones that I can relate with. We write about things like planning a wedding, decorating a home on a budget, and share new recipes. I also like the medium size blogs that have a good readership posting on more specific topics like fashion or DIY. Then there are the mega blogs, the big kahunas. And I like these too.  I can't read them as regularly because sometimes they are about topics that I need to know nothing about at this time in my life such as remodeling a kitchen or designing a nursery. However I occasionally check up on them for future references.

But there is one huge blog out there that I never let have any unread items before I go to bed. LilBlueBoo. I found this blog through a page I like on Facebook. She shared a link to a video called "Rite of Passage: Shaving My Head."  My curiosity was heightened and I clicked on it. I don't think I've ever seen anything like it. Tears literally streamed down my face as my heart broke for a complete stranger. Grab some tissues..

Rite of Passage - Shaving my Head from Ashley Hackshaw on Vimeo.

As I began to read through posts I realized this wasn't the first time I had been on this blog. It had been several months ago that I found it, maybe a year, but never clicked the subscribe button. I guess I didn't feel the topics of her blog pertained to much to my life at the time. I remember because there was a video of a Mom and her daughter dancing in their own homemade video. My thoughts were,"That's awesome I want to make YouTube videos with my kids someday." Sure enough, here I am watching a video of that same mom and daughter in a completely different type of video. A heart breaking video.

A few days passed and I decided to show this video to my husband. He didn't have much to say about the video which is normal for him but I knew inside he felt some sadness. He is they type of guy that given the worst situation will be positive about the outcome. I'm very blessed. I love that quality that he and Ashley share.

I do believe Ashley is a miracle. She will beat cancer. If you read her blog you might agree, and if you don't well I highly recommend it. It is truly a blessing. I often read her posts to Brandon because they are just so hilarious some times. Who else can talk about poo on their blog and get away with it? I promise it's NOT in a gross way don't get freaked out.

I am so inspired by her positivity. The days I get upset over tiny things I think of Ashely and how she doesn't let this one BIG thing rule her life. And neither should you, life is too short. If you know anyone who is needing encouragement or tired of fighting a cancer battle please, please pass this link along. Maybe they need a little bit of sunshine she is sure to spread.

I hope you decide to choose joy in everything you do.


  1. I stumbled upon her blog a couple of months ago and had the same reaction as you, tears streamed down my face with almost every post. Yes, she is living out a life choosing joy in the midst of all her pain and suffering. If is a beautiful reminder for us to do the same in our lives.

  2. Just checked it sweet. I didn't get to delve into it too much, but I can't wait to read more! Thanks for sharing.

  3. wow, i think i just went through a box of tissues. that was so moving. i am def going to start reading her blog. such an inspiration.

    thanks for sharing this girl.
    xx :: ashlyn