My name is Ashley.
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I am so thankful that my identity is not determined by the circumstances of my life. Hep me to year Your words, put them into practice and stand firm on Your Truth.
Right after school let out on Friday afternoon I packed my bags and headed to bunker down at my parents house for the weekend. The first winter storm of the season is upon us and I sure didn’t want to be stranded in my apartment alone. Mainly because I was low on food and didn’t want to replenish ;)
Being home has been so great. Last night we made soup and grilled cheese on homemade bread and drank hot chocolate by the fire. This morning I woke up around 6am (curse being an adult) and enjoyed a lazy morning watching cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies with my dad. After a relaxing afternoon making homemade rice krispy treats with the sister and browsing Pinterest for an hour or so I’m back to working on my yearly Blurb book that I create using pictures from my life from the previous year. Making these books (I’ve printed 2 so far) always makes me nostalgic and grateful for how the Lord has provided for me in my 22 years of life.
Note to self: share the ones I’ve already printed.
With only two more school days until Thanksgiving break officially starts, I am a happy woman. As much as I love teaching and seeing my kiddos every day, spending all this extra time with my family has been extremely refreshing and much needed.
How is your November treating you? Don’t forget to set aside time to step away from your computer, bake a pie and hug a loved one :)
This warms my soul & makes me want to bust out my paints.
Add that to today’s to do list.
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Enjoyed some quality soul restoration this morning. Spent an hour and a half journaling (what?) with a hazelnut latte in my hand. It’s amazing how much clarity I can receive when I spend the time to put all my jumbled thoughts onto a hand-written page (or 5).
One of the many things I was reminded of today: God’s love is unconditional, permanent and secure (romans 8:38-39). Oh, thank goodness. May we all rest in this truth today.
watching We Are Marshall
listening to The Paper Kites
eating a pumpkin walnut crunch bagel
smelling cool, crisp fall air
running in my parent’s neighborhood
drafting my first detailed adult budget
loving Dave Ramsey’s financial peace university
drinking hazelnut coffee with a splash of milk
buying boots, cardigans, and new toothbrushes
planning to teach time, temperature and friction
anticipating a mess with paint this week
prepping to make thai peanut pasta salad
This post is dedicated to my favorite little sister.
If you had asked any person in our family if they thought she would be dancing on her high school pom squad and staring in her school musical, we would all have laughed in your face. This shy bundle of joy really leaped out of her little comfort zone and I am so proud to call her my sister.
Don’t grow up, okay Liz?
I’ll let you enjoy the fact that we have multiple buttons with her face on them at my parent’s house AND I’ll leave you with this gem I found on my computer of her. Shouldn’t leave embarrassing photos on other people’s computers :)
I recently have been convinced that there’s nothing going on in my life that is worthy to blog about.
"I’m just teaching, what’s so exciting about that?"
In the crazy that is my first year teaching I had completely forgotten to take a step back and really take in where I am in life. That is, after all, one of the reasons I kept up with this blog for 4 years during college. I wanted to document where I was in life at each moment in time. Well, I haven’t been doing a good job of documenting my life post-college.
A year ago I was student teaching 20 hours a week in the same hallway that I now teach in. I taught beside the best mentor teacher I could have asked for and I now teach right next door to her. I was praying every day that Jesus would bless me with a job the next year and I wouldn’t be living with my parents as an adult and now I live in my own apartment and have the best job in the world.
I am officially finished with my first six weeks of teaching and honestly nothing but Jesus has prepared me for where I am right now. They tell you your first year is hard and they sure aren’t kidding. Between a constant schedule of meetings, a shortage of time, and forty-two 2nd grade pumpkins to love and corral every day, life sure is going by fast.
Though it is crazy, it is completely worth it. My absolute favorite part of the day is getting a hug from each of my kids when they come into our classroom in the morning. Oh and seeing them let loose during their favorite Just Dance brain breaks.
Please take a moment to enjoy the chaos that was building bridges in science. Whew. So glad they loved it but equally glad my room is back in order now.
Words cannot express how excited I am to share this video of my stay in Jacksonville with you!
Earlier this summer I flew across the country to stay a week with one of my favorite bloggers and now real friend, Jordan & her husband in Florida. The two welcomed me with open arms and a chalkboard filled with a list of things to do during my stay.
But the greatest part of Jacksonville was the people. I absolutely fell in love with their friends and family. By the end of the week I really felt like Jacksonville was home.
Thank you for letting me into your lives, guys! I cannot wait to come back.
One of my vacation stops this summer was to Kansas City to stay with my one of my favorite families for a few days. Chad was my youth minister my senior year of high school and eventually my boss when I worked as a youth intern in college. Jodee, his wife, is my mentor and one of my closest friends. It has been such a joy to get to do life with these two these last 5 years. They have been an amazing example of what it looks like to live life missionally, love each other unconditionally, and raise children in a God honoring way.
This spring they welcomed their newest child into their home and just a few months later celebrated his older sister’s 3rd birthday. Woo! To celebrate I put together a little video highlighting sweet Lincoln Jay.
Simply, if you love babies then you’ll love this video.
I went into Best Buy yesterday to pick up an Apple TV for my new apartment and I walked out with a new MacBook Pro.
Well, it wasn’t a complete spontaneous purchase. My old MacBook is over 4 years old and has lived a very full life with me throughout my college years. However, it was getting so ridiculously slow and became absolutely impossible to make videos on. A simple 30 second video would take me 12 hours to edit. Gross. After Betsy bought a new Mac a few weeks ago I used hers to edit a 30 second video and it literally took me 5 minutes to edit. Uh-mazing. I began pricing a new computer online and had it figured out exactly which model I wanted and was going to use my teacher discount to get a great deal + apple’s $100 gift card to the mac store. Then at Best Buy the guys there were able to match my discount AND instead of giving me a $100 gift card, they just subtracted $100 off my total. I then used that $100 to go towards my Apple TV. Definitely a win on my end.
All this to say, videos will now be happening for the reals now. No more 12 hour long editing sessions or headaches from slow computers.
Oh, by the way, I’m home!
Photos and a super sweet video from my 3 week trip coming soon (well, as soon as I can order and receive my new macbook pro.. the current one is on her last few weeks of life.)
What have you been up to this summer?
image by me.
You know those days you just feel SO proud of yourself for all you’ve accomplished and it’s only 4pm? Well, that doesn’t happen often in my world during the summer but it sure did today.
This morning I got up at 8:30, showered, had some coffee and quality Jesus time outside enjoying the mountain-like weather. Then without a moment of hesitation I picked up our “required reading” for our staff this summer, Training Camp by Jon Gordon, and finished it in a matter of hours. After eating a quick lunch I ran a few errands, came home and have been working on two online workshops for school ever since. I still need to continue packing (I’m moving into my first apartment this Saturday) and take a few notes to the post office but I say I’m pretty proud of myself for a summer Monday.
How as your Monday been?
image by me from Bold Bean (if you’re anywhere near Jacksonville, FL you MUST put this on your list of places to go)
Friends! You’ll never believe where I am right now.
I’M IN FLORIDA visiting my now real life friend Jordan.
In the last few weeks I’ve traveled thousands of miles visiting family in Iowa, my good friends in Kansas City and now for the final leg of my trip I’m crashing the Brantley home for a week :)
We’ve been crossing off things “to do” on their chalkboard wall already and I can’t wait to spend the next week exploring Jacksonville, getting to meet Jordan’s people and eating a ton of good food (most importantly cookies.)
This morning I watched Jordan work on a current client’s hand-painted logo and have been drooling over her killer design skills.
Woo! Okay just thought I’d check in. I love you all and can’t wait to show you more of what I’ve been up to lately.
Hope your summer is rockin’!
So this happened yesterday…