For those of you visiting this blog from the Proverbs 31 Devotion that ran today… welcome! This post ran on March 31st and will give you the update on the situation she faced at that time. After reading this post… you may want to click here for another update that I just posted today. Thanks for visiting!
On Friday Ashley’s fever spiked to 103. It was time to talk to her about the reality of scratching from her State Gymnastics meet. We snuggled up in my bed together, watched an amazing episode of DateLine, read your prayers filled with love, and then I broached the discussion about not going to States.
Immediately, she said, “I’m not giving up yet. Let’s see what happens tomorrow.”
Saturday, she did seem to rally a bit. Reluctantly, I agreed to let her compete. Before we left to drive out of town, her Dad sat Ashley down and had one of those “life talks” that will go down in my book as one of the greatest moments of our parenting adventure so far.
His deep, warm voice spoke gently, “Ashley, your mom and I love you and are already proud of you… no matter what happens with your scores. If you wake up tomorrow and feel bad, don’t push it. If you compete remember what we’ve talked about all season:
1. Build a solid foundation by practicing hard. You’ve done this.
2. Leave it all on the floor. Give all you can and hold nothing back.
3. Focus on what’s in front of you. Compete on bars and then leave it behind. Go to the next event and focus only on that one. Just give you all to each and every event…eventually, it will all come together.
4. Wrap it all in good sportsmanship. Who you are is more important than what you are.
And with that we were off. As I drove, I couldn’t help but think about how much Art’s words could be applied to my life as well.
Now, I wish I could report that Ashley had the kind of State Meet she wanted. But she didn’t. She had a nasty fall on beam, a severe asthma-like attack from not being able to breathe during floor, and an out of bounds bobble on her vault.
It is tough when you have the drive of a champion but a sick body that simply won’t perform the way your mind’s eye wants it to. So, on one hand it was a hard day.
On another hand, it was a fabulous day. Ashley did exactly what her Dad told her to do. She worked hard, she gave her all, she focused on what was right in front of her at each event, and wrapped it all in good sportsmanship.
She placed 5th all around. Her bars and her floor scores helped her team take first place. She cheered on her team mates… most of whom had amazing meets! And she qualified for Regionals!!! Only 42 girls go to Regionals from our state. She was number 36 out of 42 to qualify…. whew!
So, it was a fabulous day. Not because of what she won or lost but for a new building block of character that settled into place.
Thank you from the bottom of my tired little heart for all your prayers!!!
And I have to give a quick shout out to a bloggy friend whose daughter competed with another team alongside Ashley. So, to Stephani thanks for your kind words of support and for your prayers! To Maddi- you are a beautiful gymnast with an even more beautiful heart. Great job. Can’t wait to rock the house with you in Chattanooga!!!