Ashley’s Unconventional Speech

Ash-HomecomingLast Friday night Lori and I got a chance to escort Ashley onto the football field at halftime for the Homecoming “Royal Court” while the commentator read her speech.

I guess I should have know what to expect, knowing Ashley. But here’s what was read while we escorted her in front of hundreds of parents:

“First and foremost, I would like to thank God. He is my everything and the only reason I’m good at anything. Special thanks to my parents. I am blessed by your support for me and the food we eat together is pretty fantastic. Shout out to my best friends Jenny and Makayla; my heart is with you both, always, the Foran Van, and Mimi’s cafe for making those delectable buttermilk spice muffins, for without which I wouldn’t be who I am today!”

It’s just so… Ashley!

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices, If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, and You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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4 Responses to Ashley’s Unconventional Speech

  1. Roger says:

    Great fun speech and the picture of you guys together is awesome.

  2. Nancy Head says:

    haha! love it!!! our kids humble us right? I wouldn’t have said this at that age!
    I really love the part about spice muffins making her what she is today.
    There are a lot of food items that have made me what I am today! lol. this month, it is candy corn. After thursday (halloween) night, there may be some mini snickers that contribute to what I am.

  3. dan manns says:

    Wow! How great is that!? You go Ashley! Can’t put a price tag on moments like this. You must be so proud of her Jon!

  4. Ann Ross says:

    Looks like you brought up Ashley to be her own person! Good for Ashley and good for you guys.