- When Ashley was a baby,
I often sang to her as I rocked her to sleep. I made up this little
song that I sang to her quite often during those "baby days".
Shortly before her death, Ashley asked me if I would sing it to her
again. At her funeral, this is one of the songs that was played during
the slide show celebrating her life in pictures.
de Amór de Ashley (Love Miracle of Ashley)
- When Ashley was just three
years old, I led a mission trip to Monterrey, Mexico. Ashley and Justin
were too young to go on the trip (Justin was not even a year old yet).
While in Mexico, I met a young preacher named Luis Andres Gomez. We
worked together in some of the poor villages south of Monterrey. During
the course of our conversations, I told him about my family. One evening,
when we went by his house to drop him off for the night, he asked
us to wait outside for a few minutes. Luis went inside, got out his
guitar, and sat down and sang this song in Spanish for Ashley. He
came back out and handed me a cassette tape with the song recorded
on it. It is a beautiful song.
- A few months after Ashley's
death, I invited a friend named Andy Moya to lunch. I had a special
favor that I wanted to ask of him. I knew that Andy wrote music and
played the piano. I had listened to one of his CD's of Christmas music,
and was impressed with his talent. So I asked Andy if he would write
a special song in memory of Ashley. Some time later I went by to see
him at work, and he handed me a CD with a label that said "Ashley's
Song". I brought it home and listened to it, then played it for
Susan. It is a beautiful piece of music. There is a short melodic
phrase that repeats itself throughout the entire piece. Andy told
me that this musical phrase represents the words, "When I think
of Ashley, I will think of love."
here to read Andy's beautiful tribute to Ashley, and his own explanation
of how this song came into being. Click
here to visit Andy's web page. (Both links will open in separate
- My own special song for