Monday, November 28, 2011

Significant Events

1.) At seventeen years old Ashley's mother, Lorraine Rhodes gave birth to her. Lorraine lost Ashley when she was only three years old. Ashley was very attatched to her mother and promised her she would never call anyone else "Mom" or drop the big "L" word. She couldn't wait for the days that she could see her mother and sit in her lap. Ashley's mother promised her she would get her back one day and everytime they were together she said they would be together soon. Ashley always hoped that would happen but deep down she knew it was never going to happen.

2.) When Ashley was a little older her mother, Lorraine got pregnant again and gave birth to a baby boy. Soon after the baby was born it died. Lorraine didn't know what to do so she put him in a box and never spoke of it again.

3.) Her mother got pregnant once again by Dusty and had another boy who they named Luke which was her little brother. Shortly after that Ashley and Luke were taken away from her.

4.) Ashley and Luke were taken into foster care. Ashley desperately wanted to be with her mother, but no one would tell her what was going on because she was to young.

5.) During one of the visits with her mother she brought up her first baby brother that was in the box, and her mother told her not to speak of that ever again. When Ashley went back to her foster home she told the foster parents about it and they called on it. After that happened, neither Ashley or Luke got to see their mother for a very long time because she got in trouble for it. When they got to see her a couple more times Lorraine told Ashley that she was signing the papers to give up Luke because she only wanted her and Luke belonged to Dusty.

6.) During the next several years of Ashley's life she was placed in many different homes before she ended up at the Courters. Ashley and Luke were separated many times, but sometimes they would end up together in foster homes. Ashley was placed in a Children's home twice. At the second home, The Children's home of Tampa, she ended up being there with Luke.

7.) Ashley and Luke ended up living with their grandfather and girlfriend, Adele, in South Carolina. They lived here for many months until they were taken away from them. Ashley and Luke got very close to Adele. Their grandfather was shot while they were outside and social services ended up taking them away shortly after that incident. Adele wanted the kids and promised she would try to get them back.

8.) Ashley ended up being placed in one of the worst foster homes with her brother, Mr. and Mrs. Moss house. She lived here for several months. While she was here her things were taken from her, during time outs she was made to squat, hot sauce was forced down her throat, and many other things. Eventually Ashley told somebody what was going on in the house and they took her somewhere else.

9.) Ashley and Luke ended up at the Children's Home of Tampa. At this place Ashley became close to Ms. Sandness and made many friends here. They both ended up getting adopted by a family, but Luke blew and got sent back.

10.) Ashley was adopted by Gay and Phil Courter. This became her permanent family and home. At first Ashley gave Gay a hard time but as time passed things changed. It was many months before they could make the adoption official and when the day came, Ashley spoke those "Three Little Words."

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