ASHBY LEMI’S 100 BABY CHALLENGE
BABIES 34, 35 AND 36
Time moved on for the Lemi’s and before anyone knew it the holiday’s of 2011 were upon them. Thanksgiving, for a challenge mom, was small. None of her kids in Sunset Valley or otherwise could make it except for Newbie and Quinn, but they didn’t stay but a couple of hours and not even for dinner. When Ashby found out that they heated up Turkey T.V. dinners when they got home she was utterly heartbroken. Ashby made a dinner for her, Asher and the children at home and then she and Asher stopped by Violet and A.J.’s house. It was a beautiful, fulfilling Thanksgiving, but Ashby missed her children.
During the short time Newbie and Quinn had been home during Thanksgiving Asher and the two of them had taken time out to go to the park to play some football and from the time they came back Asher had been acting strange and secretive. Ashby couldn’t understand why and when she questioned him about it he would tell her that he wasn’t acting any different so after a while she just pushed the thoughts out of her head.
Every year a week after Thanksgiving Ashby sets aside a day to get her home ready for Christmas, and this year was no exception. When Asher left to get the tree Ashby climbed into the attic and took down the decorations and began to sort what she had and what she had bought during the Friday after Thanksgiving.
When Asher got home with the tree Ashby got the surprise of her life. She received an early Christmas present, one that will keep giving until shortly after the holiday.
Quinn, Dawn Turner and Newbie pulled in behind Asher. Asher ran up the stairs, kissed an excited Ashby on the cheek and all four of them yelled, “SURPRISE”.
“So this is what you have been keeping secret?” Ashby laughed hugging her husband.
“Yes. It was killing me not to be able to tell you, but I promised the boys.”
Bounding down the porch steps Ashby rushed to her children and her good friend.
“Baby boy, I’m so happy to see you.” Ashby pulled Newbie into her arms.
“Mom you just saw me a week ago and you know I hate when you call me baby boy.”
Ashby just ignored him and moved to Quinn.
After a similar hug to the youngest of the twins she asked the question on her mind. “How long do I get you this time?”
“Dawn will have to head back later tonight, but Newbie and I are staying until after Christmas.”
The excitement on Ashby’s face was priceless and the boys were so glad they were able to take time away from their life to give their mom the best gift and that is the gift of time and love.
“Asher, can you go make Dawn and I some coffee?” Ashby asked as she took Dawn’s hand and led her into the house.
Ashby and Dawn made themselves comfortable for good quality catch up time. They talked about their kids and how they spend their time away from their kids and then about love.
“So what is going on between you and my son?” Ashby asked with a smile on her face.
Dawn reached over and softly hit Ashby on her knee, “Oh stop Ashby. Nothing is going on. We are best friends and nothing more. You know I am involved with Lerk, but Newbie has been so great in his absence in being there for me when things are rough. I am grateful that you raised such a wonderful son.”
“I’m not sure I had such a hand in the man he has become.” Ashby let slip her insecurities of being a challenge mom and how fast a challenge child grows and moves out. “I think a lot has to do with the fact that his father is an angel. With that kind of blood coursing through one’s body there really can’t be much room for error.”
Dawn took her friends hand and squeezed. “Ash, we all do our best. All of us struggle with how fast out children age and are out on their own, but let me reassure you Newbie and Quinn and all your other children wouldn’t be who they are without you as their mother. Have faith in that.”
“Yeah all of them even Lockland.” Ashby muttered under her breath.
Dawn caught it, but just as she was going to try to change the subject Newbie called from the other room. “Mom, Dawn we have the tree up and it is ready to decorate.”
The two women pull themselves away from girl time and head to the boys to start decorating.
The decorations were going us as the Christmas music filled the room. Quinn grabed his mother and began spinning her around the room in beat to the music. Asher, Dawn and Newbie clapped their hands as the two danced.
Then Newbie took Dawn into his arms and dipped her and kissed her gently on her forehead.
They were all having a grand time dancing and decorating and the house looked beautiful. Asher grilled a delicious dinner for them and the kids and then it was time for Dawn to head to the airport to fly back to Twinbrook.
Newbie led her by her hand to the door and the awaiting cab.
He hugged her and watched her move down the stairs to the cab and with a heavy heart he went back inside. With the late hour all the kids were in bed, Asher and Ashby were upstairs trying to calm Bay down and Quinn was checking email so Newbie headed out back for some air.
“Upset that she is gone bro?” He asked leaning against the slide ladder that Newbie was already sitting on.
“Yeah.” Newbie had a faraway gaze on his face.
“Dude, are you in love with Dawn?”
Newbie was shocked by Quinn’s question. “No…Um…Of course not. She is my best friend and besides she is with Lerk. I just worry about her all alone while we are here.”
Quinn gives his brother a look that says “Okay?” and the two talk about the upcoming holiday season.
The next morning over coffee Newbie and Quinn sprung it on Ashby that there is more to their surprise, but they were not going to tell her what it is. They just told her to be on the lookout for little surprises from then until Christmas. Ashby couldn’t think of what more she could ask for or want, but the boys would not cave and tell her.
That afternoon Ashby arranged Christmas pictures with everyone in the house.
Ashby was very pleased with the results, well all except for Riker’s expression, and she couldn’t imagine her Christmas getting any better then what she already had.
The next morning after the kids went to school Ashby heard honking from the driveway. She was puzzled and when she walked onto the porch she was once again surprised.
Babies 23, 24 and 25 were standing outside. Ashby was downright shocked. She hadn’t seen twins Addison and Taloria since they moved overseas and Lockland, she hadn’t seen him since he ran away to be with his dad.
From phone calls, emails, skype and the occasional letter Ashby knew that Addison was doing well as a model; she saw her picture on many different ads for clothing and perfumes. Taloria was doing very well in her clothing design and even had her own brand on the market, nothing that Ashby could afford but she loved looking at her stuff and seeing how beautiful it was. When Taloria introduced her to her fiancée Europe Bonjour Ashby was overjoyed that her daughter had found loved.
Then there was Lockland one of her three vampire babies, when he aged into a teen he ran away to be with this dad, Darko Mulberry, after his dad poisoned his mind against Ashby and Asher. When Ashby saw him she ran over, grabbed his face in her hands and looked him dead in his red eyes. “Baby, I am so glad you’re here.”
“The past is the past. I am just so grateful that you are here. I thought I would never see you again.” She hugged him then took his hand to lead him into the house. “Who are this lovely lady and cute little boy?”
Lockland introduced his wife Silk and his son McKay. When they went inside and he saw Asher he got the same greeting from Asher. Asher wasn’t his true father, but growing up he loved him as he was.
That night at dinner Lockland informed them that soon after he became a young adult he started to question the things Darko did and said and soon he wasn’t agree with them. After witnessing several questionable things from Darko he wasn’t to be cured of his vampirism. However if you are born vampire they don’t just let you get cured. They make you go though counseling first and during the group part of it he met Silk. In the end she was cured and he decided that he was a vampire, but he didn’t have to be like his father. They married soon after meeting and McKay was born shortly after that.
Ashby was sure blessed to have this many of her kids home and once again she had the kids change into their Christmas outfits for pictures.
The pictures once again turned out great. Ashby was so on the verge of tears when she was able to get a picture of her and her son Lockland and her cute grandson McKay.
Within the next week six more children arrived at the Lemi house to spend the holiday with their mom.
Babies: 3, Greyson; 9, Ash and 12, Kenyon.
Ashby was overcome with emotion that so many of her children were home for the holidays. She couldn’t believe her luck and the love she was blessed with, and after the kids were settled Ashby had Asher get out the camera once again for Christmas pictures.
The house was full, but full of love and so it didn’t seem like there were so many people in one house.
Ashby stood in the doorway watching Ash and Kenyon play a video game together. These two weren’t raised together but they were taking time to get to know one another. This is what family is all about and Ashby loved observing her children.
Several days after Jury, Journey and Sami had been there Ashby decided she needed to talk to Journey about Sami. Sami’s behavior was something that Ashby didn’t approve of and even though it wasn’t the ideal time and place Ashby was still Journey’s mother and she felt they needed to talk.
“Sweetie we need to talk about Sami.” Ashby tried to approach her daughter with an even temper.
“What about Sami.” Right away Journey was on the defense. She wasn’t sure how her mother was going to take the fact that she was a lesbian. She had never really “come out” to her and just sprung Sami on her.
“Well she has been quite rude since she has been here. She has cursed in front of Bay, she has given not so good styling advice to Rian and she is just downright rude to Asher and the boys.” Ashby rubbed the back of her neck.
“Are you just lashing out because you don’t like that I am in love with a woman?” Journey’s tone is full of venom.
“What? No. Honey, I don’t care that you are a lesbian. I love you no matter what, but if Sami is going to stay in my house she has to be respectful that is all I am saying.”
Tears slide down Journey’s face. “I will talk to her about it. I’m sorry and I am sorry for my outburst. I guess I just wish I would have told you about Sami and about who I am.”
Ashby pulled her daughter into a hug. “Please don’t ever be afraid to talk to me about anything. I am your mother and I love you. I am just a phone call away my Love.”
As Journey wiped her tears away she gave Ashby one more present and that was that she, Jury and Sami were moving to Sunset Valley. The house she and Sami were going to rent would be ready for them to move into in two days and Jury was moving to her new place the day after. Ashby couldn’t be more excited.
***TO BE CONTINUED***