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by toogie ( edited 20 Oct 2020 ) 20 Oct 2020

Hello Cuties! For holidays Ashley sometimes makes things to sell, to offset payments on their handicap van modifications. I think I had said before when Covid started by chance she came across this van an estate was selling. It was just the kind they needed with the side entrance. It makes everything so much better. They don’t have to lift Avery in and out of a seat. They also don’t have to have the chair out in the weather or cover it on a Wheelchair trailer behind the van. Anyway, here is Nora with candied apples 🍎 and here are Avery and family leaving after coming for my birthday Sunday after church. Avery was batting hers eyes because of the sunlight.😎Also Nora is sporting a new haircut. Doesn’t she look older. She is seven now and tall for her age.

Have a nice day my friends and hope you are all well.❤️Toogie


by hightechgrammy 22 Oct 2020

Toogie! this is just tooooo wonderful! IT is going to make a huge difference and make it easier to take Avery all the places1. I am so happy they were able to get this! God is GOOD!

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toogie by toogie 23 Oct 2020

Yes He is Jan! And he will take care of His children (you and Willie). I just read your post.

by mops Moderator 22 Oct 2020

I love all the smiles. Nora looks great. and what a difference the van will make for them. so glad they could visit on your birthday!

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toogie by toogie 23 Oct 2020

I was glad too mops. I just expected calls or cards, so it was nice.

by sebsews 22 Oct 2020

Beautiful family! I am glad they were able to purchase the van and get the modifications.

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toogie by toogie 23 Oct 2020

It was a Godsend for sure. They saved and waited until His timing was right.

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by airyfairy edited 22 Oct 2020

Thank you for the pictures. What a wonderful van and it is going to be such a help for you all. I wish the family many happy and safe traveling hours.

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toogie by toogie 23 Oct 2020

Thank you Sarah.

by cfidl 21 Oct 2020

Awesome van! The pics are wonderful! It is hard to believe how fast children grow up and how quickly time goes by. Nora is so adorable. Best wishes to you all!

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toogie by toogie 21 Oct 2020

I can hardly believe it either, it seems it was not that long ago she modeled that backpack I accidentally made. It was suppose to be a case like the saving kits when her dad suggested I put the straps on and make it a backpack. Thank you!

by jrob Moderator 21 Oct 2020

Ashley is certainly a beautiful industrious young lady. I know you are so proud of her!
Nora looks adorable with the hair cut, but you're right, she does look older. Where's Gus?
That pretty van was a God send to all of you, I know. I'm so glad she found it.

toogie by toogie 21 Oct 2020

Gus is in the van, on the side behind Avery. Can’t you see him on the phone?🙄He looks at toys and shows me or Ashley he wants that for Christmas 🎄 . The trouble is he wants it all!
I love Nora’s hair and wished mine looked that good. I have Covid hair. Need a cut bad.

jrob by jrob 22 Oct 2020

Mine is gray 3/4 of the way down. I think I've given up. LOL

toogie by toogie 23 Oct 2020

I think it might be a lot of us 'going natural'.-lol

by mrskiki 21 Oct 2020

What a cutie Nora is! And the van is perfect-we all know God put it in their sights. What a great daughter you and hubby raised. Hugs. Nan

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toogie by toogie 21 Oct 2020

Thank you Nan maybe you can tell but I am pretty proud of her. Even her two older sister and brother have come to her for advice.

by pennifold 21 Oct 2020

What a great van Toogie and I'm so glad it's all worked out so well. God knew what they needed and He provided for them. Nora looks gorgeous with her new haircut and so does Ashely. I love her blue eyes! God bless you all and I pray that that the home schooling goes well. Love Chris

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toogie by toogie 21 Oct 2020

When Ashley went to college I wanted her to be a teacher so she would be off when she had children and they would be off at the same time. Ashley always liked the medical field so went for physical therapy. Anyway, she is really doing well with home schooling Nora. This is Gus’s first year but Nora has never went to public school.
My dad and my dh’s mom both had blue eyes. Ashley’s are really blue, although mine are wired, hazel with a darker blue outer ring and her dads are brown.
That was a beautiful picture of your family for your birthday. I know you were just bursting with happiness.

by sewtired 20 Oct 2020

Terrific van, so glad they were able to find it! Surely would make life easier. Nora is a lovely young lady. And Happy Birthday! How wonderful to have a visit for this special occasion.

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toogie by toogie 21 Oct 2020

Thank you, yes they were my only visitors. Nora made me a card while they were here even though they had bought me one. She wanted me to have one from her. I dated the back and of course will save it.😍 yes, I know the fact that they can just wheel Avery in helps so much. I didn’t want either of them to start having back problems, having to lift her.

by toogie 20 Oct 2020

Continuing for Karen-
New Lipstick
Covid hair (longer-lol)

02kar by 02kar 21 Oct 2020

Thanks for sharing. Ashley is a beautiful woman whose love just shines forth. I'm glad friends and families are helping with the expenses on the van. I know it is not easy for them but love makes all things bearable, doesn't it!

toogie by toogie 21 Oct 2020

Yes it does and they really work hard for what they need. Since Covid Graysons check has went down a lot. They are not letting him work the hours that he did, so they are feeling the pinch.

by lbrow 20 Oct 2020

I know the van was a God send for them. It does make things easier. I never had one but have a friend who had one while her son lived. He was bed and chair bound and total care. It was the only way she could get him out once in a while .

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toogie by toogie 20 Oct 2020

That’s how it is with Avery, total care. We used to be able to just lift her out of her chair and put in a large car seat in my car. Can’t do that anymore. God does provide and we thank Him for it.❤️

by shirley124 20 Oct 2020

What a great van. Your daughter must be very happy with it. Avery's wheel chair fits in just perfect. Hope she sells lots of apples. Nora has grown up so quickly. Hugs

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toogie by toogie edited 20 Oct 2020

She has a lot of friends and people know it all goes toward the van modifications for Avery, so they want to help. She has so many orders right now she has posted if you order this week, don't expect them until next week. She did a fund raiser for Easter a year ago an

by dailylaundry 20 Oct 2020

Great van for them - so happy they got it! I love Nora's haircut and she does look tall for 7. Love her smile!!

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toogie by toogie 20 Oct 2020

I do too Laura and love her laugh. Her mom and dad are both tall so I guess she will be too. Her mom was always tall for her age too. I am happy for them too. The chair still has to be strapped down but at least it's not in the weather and loaded separately. The main thing is no lifting for Ashley or Grayson. Avery is almost , oh gosh I forget, fifteen I think and she is heavy. Too heavy for me anymore.

by crafter2243 Moderator 20 Oct 2020

Isn't it amazing how God provides for needs when least expected. Love Nora's Haircut. I am always surprised how much the children have grown..

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toogie by toogie 20 Oct 2020

Ashley has been saving and planning for so long, because the other van was giving them trouble and she was afraid she would break down, on the interstate with Avery.
I like Nora's cut too. I know kids grow up but seems like it wasn't that long ago she was little chasing the ducks in the yard.

by 02kar Moderator 20 Oct 2020

Nora's smile lights up the room, doesn't it. I'm so glad Ashley has the van. I know Avery is a full member of the family and it's great she is mobile and able to visit thanks to those beautiful wheels. These pictures make me smile to see the joy, love and happiness your family shares.

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toogie by toogie 20 Oct 2020

Oh Karen you how I love them! Ashley had stopped working the last couple years Avery was home. It just got too hard. Now she home schools Nora & Gus, too. She had to find a supplemental income so started selling beauty products. Here is a couple of her advertisement pictures. Oops! Won’t let me upload here so maybe look above.

by tuross 20 Oct 2020

How wonderful is our Lord who provides for us. Bless them all and you Toogie. Lynne in OZ

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toogie by toogie 20 Oct 2020

Amen Lynne! Ashley and Grayson are true servants and are raising their children in a godly home. The executor of the estate really was kind and sold the van at a good price to them. The family thought the van wouldn't sell as quick because it was modified for a wheelchair. Sadly, there is a demand but so good Ashley found it.

by asterixsew Moderator 20 Oct 2020

Hi Toogie and thanks for sharing your lovely pictures. I can see why this car is so useful for taking Avery out and about, plus everyone else

asterixsew by asterixsew 20 Oct 2020

PS Nora is looking most grown up with her super hair cut

toogie by toogie 20 Oct 2020

I am so happy for them to have found this one. The handicap modifications are so expensive! They are almost the cost of the van by itself, ridiculously expensive, but then most anything to aid medically usually is. Avery goes everywhere they go, because I was their only sitter for her. Since Avery coded I almost have panic attacks if I have to stay with her.