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Sunday Dinner: Celebrating Ashley’s Birthday

Amanda, Ashley, and Connie

Amanda, Ashley, and Connie

Families grow in the usual ways through births and marriages, and sometimes God has other plans.

In elementary school, Ashley was my daughter’s best friends despite the one year difference in their ages. They lived in the same neighborhood, rode the same bus, and went to the same church. Ashley spent many nights at our house, much like my best friend, Lisa did when we were kids.

Ashley and Amanda balanced each other. Amanda was adventurous while Ashley tended to be more cautious. Ashley kept Amanda out of major trouble while Amanda encouraged Ashley to try and do new things. Funny how life repeats itself, but in the Connie and Lisa friendship, I was the goody goody as Lisa used to say.

Ashley stayed over so often that she practically lived with us, but any time the girls got too rowdy or obnoxious as preteen girls do, I would threaten to send her home.

I always thought I would have three children, but after my daughter was born, my mother convinced me to have my tubes tied. No more babies for me. I just assumed that I was wrong; two children would be enough.

One night Ashley called and without going into detail, she needed a place to stay. It was only going to be for a few days. She lived with me for most of her teen years. I never replaced her parents. She continues to maintain wonderful relationships with them.

We often find God has plans for us to grow, and being a mother figure to Ashley was one of those ways we each got to grow. Ashley’s presence changed the family dynamic. She and Amanda were still good friends, but things changed and they became more like sisters, at times very close and other times at each other’s throats. Ryan now had two girls to pick on. My brother would tease him that he was living with the estrogen club.

Beach Pyramid

Beach Pyramid

This Sunday we’re celebrating Ashley’s birthday. This past week she finished her internship and will begin working next week as a dental assistant for a local dentist. She makes this Mama proud.

Ashley and Ryan

Ryan and Ashley

Ashley has requested a yellow cake and her favorite Sunday dinner recipe, my Mom’s barbecued chicken.


Grandma Mary Anne’s Barbecue ChickenIngredients:

  • Boneless chicken breasts

•                Barbeque sauce


Place chicken breasts in water on top of stove and boil until done. Check to make sure the chicken is no longer pink on the inside. For added flavor, you can chop and onion and/or celery and add to the water.

Cut chicken into small bite size pieces. Place in casserole dish and cover with barbeque sauce and stir. Thoroughly coat each piece of chicken. Cover with tin foil and bake for 30 minutes at 350°.