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A Joyful Mother

Two years ago, I wanted nothing else than to be a mommy. I remember, at some point on my journey to motherhood, laying on the floor of our “nursery” crying and asking God for a baby. I understood all too well what Hannah was going through when the Bible talks about her weeping in anguish and pouring her soul out to the Lord (I Samuel 1:10 and verse 15).

As I was reading my Bible this morning, my baby girl, my child of promise, wanted to join in. She loves the Word of God and loves to be near me while I read the Bible aloud to her. Today, as she started grabbing at the pages, I saw Psalm 113:9 underlined.

“He grants the barren woman a home, like a joyful mother of children.”

I teared up as I remembered all the tears I cried, prayers I prayed, scripture I spoke, and how God was faithful through it all.

If you are believing for a baby, know that God wants to give you the desires of your heart. Every woman who asked God for a baby in the Bible had at least one baby. Speak the truth of God’s Word over your body. Pour your heart out to the Lord because He listens. He is good. He is faithful. Keep speaking His truth and watch the victory unfold. Keep praying. Keep believing, and don’t give up.



Motherhood. There’s nothing quite like it. At times it’s hard and exhausting, but it is always amazing. It’s the hardest yet easiest thing I’ve ever done. I say easiest not because I’m the perfect mother or never have challenges. But because there’s nothing I would rather do. Every sleepless night is worth it because one day I’ll sleep. Every day I don’t get my house cleaned it’s okay because someone was more important to me. Every diaper I change I do with joy because someone needs me. Every time I miss out on the fun things I used to be able to do with friends isn’t so bad because I’m not missing out on what really matters.

Motherhood is a beautiful gift. I cherish these moments. The hard ones, the happy ones, the in between ones. They are all precious and I don’t want to take them, or my precious child for granted. They won’t last long. So I choose to soak up every last drop of it! God chose me to be the mother of this wonderful child. I don’t take that lightly. He entrusted her to me. He knows and trusts me to raise her the way He needs her raised. He knows and trusts that I will fight for her. He knows and trusts that I will teach her to trust Him. It’s an honor and I’m not ashamed to be a mother. It is a gift. A beautiful gift.


New Year – 2018

I usually pray about the upcoming year the day after Christmas, and the Lord lays something about the new year on my heart. It always varies, but He always gives me something. Last year He laid it on my heart that it would be a year of hope and fulfillment. And was it ever! I was filled with hope of having a baby, a promise not yet fulfilled. On January 8th, 2017, just 8 days into the year God said was a year of hope and fulfillment, we found out I was pregnant. In September, our beautiful first born baby was born. God fulfilled many other promises in 2017.

“And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God” Deuteronomy 28:2

This year, I believe God has put it in my heart that it is a year of increase and blessings! Not just in the financial realm, but in every area of life. I am excited to be overtaken by the blessings of God! I am excited to grow in my relationships and see them blessed. I am excited to see how God uses me and my family to be a blessing to others this year as well.

I wish you and your family a very happy new year full of the blessing of the Lord!

– Ashley


Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I think it’s so awesome that we, here in the United States, have a day that’s set aside to be thankful. I am personally trying to be more and more thankful everyday, but it’s still nice to have one day a year devoted to thanksgiving. I believe that being thankful is a huge part of not only the Christian life, but living in victory! The enemy can’t get you to focus on all the wrong and lack of things if you’re focus is on being thankful for all that you do have! And we have a lot as Christians! Even if the only thing we have is our salvation, then we’ve already won and have the victory! There’s so much that was included in our salvation. But that’s a whole other thing. I’ll stay on topic!!

Isn’t it awesome that a day set aside to be thankful is the start of the Christmas season? I hope to carry the thankfulness from today into the “crazy holidays.” Instead of being focus on the things and stuff we “need” or want, I want to be thankful for the many blessings I already have.

All that was just “extra” as I really wanted to just keep this brief (haha).

I also love Thanksgiving because it’s the kickoff to Christmas! Every year, on the car ride home from our big family Thanksgiving meal, my mom would put in Amy Grant’s Christmas album, “A Christmas to Remember.” And that was the start of the most wonderful time of the year (no pun intended)! I love this time of year. I am especially looking forward to Christmas this year since we have a baby! I’m so excited to see her reaction to Christmas lights, the tree, and everything else!

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving, and start to the Christmas season.



What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag


How To Pack Your Hospital Bag (2)

When I was pregnant and approaching the time when I needed to start packing my hospital bag, I read every list and article I could find so that I had the perfectly packed bag! Actually, I had three… one for labor and delivery, one for after labor and delivery, and one for baby (it was just the diaper bag). It was my first time and everything I read made it seem like you just had to pack all these items. Well, I’m here to tell you, you don’t. At least I didn’t need it all.

I ended up needing a C-section so I was in the hospital for a total of 4 days, 3 nights and I did not need every item that’s on most hospital bag checklists. It’s too much stuff and just makes your hospital room cluttered Now I will say, I think a lot of these items are dependent on what the hospital provides for you. The hospital I delivered at provided me with things like pads, those lovely mesh panties, baby hats (we received two), diapers and wipes, baby blanket, baby top, etc. I would highly suggest checking with your hospital about what they will provide so that you can skip those items. I’d also ask if it’s something you could maybe opt out of if it saves you money. Some hospitals will let you bring your own diapers and wipes and then not charge you for theirs, but others won’t do that. Every little bit helps! So here’s my hospital bag checklist.

*Please know that I will be sharing some details about labor so if you don’t want honest details, maybe don’t read the extra comments after I list the item 😉

Mommy’s Laboring Bag:

  • Clothing of your choice – So I’m going to tell you what all I will bring with me again to future births as well as things I didn’t need/use, but it’s really up to you.
    • Bathrobe – You must bring a bathrobe. Not only will it cover up your backside while walking around, it will also make you feel more at home. I am going to mention how messy this, labor, is though… I had bought a pair of cheap Wal-Mart slippers to wear around the hospital before and after delivery. While I was in labor, I wore them to the bathroom…. they went straight to the trash can after that trip. No one ever told me that your water does not just break or leak a little here and there… when it breaks, you leak until after delivery!!
    • Something for your feet. My choice; cheap flip flops – Unlike my slippers, these can easily be washed then tossed out once you go home. Or kept if you want to keep them. If you want slippers, socks, or flip flops, it’s totally up to you. I brought all three items (and extra socks), but next time I’m only bringing flip flops and maybe slippers for after delivery.
    • I skipped purchasing my own birthing robe because quite honestly I didn’t want to spend money on a piece of clothing that would get messy and I’d probably never wear again. I had no problem wearing the hospital gowns. Although, I did always ask for a regular hospital gown instead of the nursing-friendly ones because I always felt exposed and uncomfortable. I just unbuttoned the shoulder part of the regular gown and was totally fine.
    • Nursing bra – Wear this to the hospital. It will help you feel covered up and not so naked. Also, once the baby is born, you’re not just hanging out for all to see. I will also mention that your nipples are going to be very tender and maybe even a little sore while you and baby learn how to breastfeed, so having a nursing bra between you and whatever you’re wearing will be most comfortable.
    • Underwear – You’ll most likely be rockin’ the mesh panties with the mattress-sized pads at least for the duration of your hospital stay, but if you want to bring your own panties, feel free. I brought my own undies and pads and never used them.
  • Chapstick – Your lips and mouth get dry.
  • Hair accessories – Hair ties, clips, bobby pins, hairbrush, etc. You don’t want your hair in your face. You want it out of the way.
  • Toiletries – The norm; toothbrush, toothpaste, any shampoos/conditioners, body wash, etc.
    •  Eyeglasses, contacts, etc. – Make sure this is all packed in your labor bag if you need them. Don’t forget the eyeglass/contacts cases and contact solution!
    • Face wash – Seriously, you’re gonna wanna wash your face!
  • Something to keep you entertained – A book, music, etc. Something to help pass the time and take your mind off the contractions. I listened to Christian teachings on YouTube from our pastor. My daughter loved hearing our pastor peach even in the womb so it was calming for both of us.
  • Wallet/ID and insurance card – Unless your hospital does pre-admission and you don’t go into labor before then, you’ll need ID and your insurance card. I brought my wallet with ID and insurance card and never needed it since I had done the pre-admission appointment prior to going into labor.
  • Electronics – Camera, phone, video camera, etc.
    • Don’t forget batteries and/or chargers!
  • Pillow – I personally did not bring my own pillow from home, but you may want to bring yours.
  • Cash and change – I packed a zip-lock bag of cash and change just in case hubby needed to run to the cafe or vending machine. We didn’t end up using this either.
  • Snacks – I packed a couple little snacks for my hubby (you can’t eat anything once your admitted). For future births, I think I’ll pack more snacks for after the baby is born so that we have stuff laying around the room. Our family always offered to bring us food, and my mother-in-law packed us some snacks like cookies and bananas and brought them to us when she came to the hospital. And I know we could have asked any one of our family members to bring something and they would have done it. We are very blessed with amazing family who all live nearby!
  • Whatever else you want – Some women want to bring a birthing ball, essential oils, lotions, etc. I didn’t. It’s your birth so think about the things you may want with you and for the birth of your child.

Baby’s bag:

  • Clothing – Even though the hospital I delivered at provided blankets and little tops, we put baby in little footed sleepers we bought.
    • Footed sleeper with mittens – For real, this is my favorite piece of baby clothing! Footies so baby’s feet stay warm and built in mittens that won’t fall off your baby’s hands. I would say bring 4-6 little outfits of some kind so that no matter how long your stay, you’ll be covered. We ended up having an unplanned C-section, so our stay was two days longer than we anticipated.
    • Swaddling blanket or sleep sack – Our hospital provided us with a sleep sack and we ended up using it more than blankets or the sleep sacks we brought.
    • Hats – Once again, our hospital provided us with two hats; the standard hat they give all babies, but then we also got to pick out a special little hat that volunteers make for all the babies.
    • Going home outfit – Even though we didn’t know the gender of our baby beforehand, we went out and bought one outfit for a girl and one for a boy to take with us to the hospital so that we could put baby in a cute, special little outfit to go home in. We returned the one we didn’t use.
  • Diapers and wipes – Our hospital also provided diapers and wipes, but if you want to bring your own, you’re obviously more than welcome to do so.
  • Bobby pillow – I packed the bobby and it stayed in the car the entire time. I personally don’t breastfeed with a bobby much anymore, though.
  • Car seat – You’re probably laughing at me right now thinking, “duh! Who would forget the car seat?!” Well, I know people who have forgotten the car seat in a mad dash to the hospital. Although, I’d encourage you to just leave it in your car.
  • Baby book – I did not pack this item, but didn’t really need to.

Mommy’s bag for after labor and delivery:

  • Clothing – I personally ended up staying in the hospital gown and hospital socks the hospital provided the entire time I was in the hospital. I really didn’t mind. I had packed nursing tanksnursing sleepwear, sweatpantscasual wear, etc., but never wore any of it. I literally stayed in my gown and nursing bra the entire time.
    • Going home outfit – I packed a couple different outfit choices just in case I didn’t feel good in one, or it was too hot/cold for one, etc. I’d encourage you to pack either very loose clothing, or maternity clothes because you’ll still look about 5 months pregnant. Plus, you’ll wanna be comfy. I thought for sure I’d curl my hair, way the cutest outfit… just leave that to Kate Middleton. I opted for a comfy loose top and lounge pants. Also, if you have a C-section, you’ll want pants that are really loose so they do not rub against the incision.
    • Nursing bras – You’ll probably want to pack extra bras.
  • Breastfeeding stuff – Nipple creams, nursing pads, etc.
  • Sanitary items – Our hospital provided pads and mesh panties for me, but you may want to bring your own. I packed ’em and never used them until I got home from the hospital. You may even opt for adult diapers if you prefer. Even though I had a C-section, I still bleed. A lot. For about 6 weeks.
  • Bathrobe – You may want to think about bringing a second bathrobe just in case the first one gets dirty during labor.
  • Makeup and hair tools – I used my makeup, but never bothered to do my hair. When I showered, and what a glorious thing that was, I washed my hair and just put it in a braid.

Well, I think that about sums it up! Keep in mind, I did have a C-section, so had I delivered vaginally, I may have a slightly different list. Also, if you live near the hospital, you can also send hubby or someone else to run out and get something you may have forgotten or needed.

Let me know if you’d like to know what items specifically I bought and loved! I’d be happy to share with you 🙂


It’s A Girl!

I know I haven’t written a new post in several months, but I was busy nesting and becoming a new mommy!

Daniel and I decided before I was ever even pregnant that we did not want to find out the baby’s gender until he or she was born. It was a long wait, and everyone asked us how we did, but it was so worth it! Literally, the best surprise of my life!

We did a very gender neutral nursery which we’re still putting the finishing touches on (and making more girly now that our little princess has arrived). We also received a TON of wonderful gifts from family and friends before she was born that were more on the practical side since no one knew the gender. We were blessed with a TON of cute clothes after she was born, too, from family and friends. This little girl’s closet is jam-packed with cute things 🙂 I like to say, “her closet runneth over.” Haha!

Olivia was born on the evening of September 12th. She is perfectly healthy and brings so much joy to this family. She is the best baby ever. I know every mom says that about her kids, but seriously… Olivia is only 10 weeks old (today) and is already sleeping through the night!



24 Weeks Pregnant

I am 24 weeks pregnant today! WOOHOO!! There are not enough words to describe how blessed I am. I have longed to be a mommy ever since I can remember. I got my very first baby doll when I was a mere 6 months old for my first Christmas. From the video and photos I’ve seen… I never put that doll down unless it was time for a diaper change.

God has been so faithful through this journey. I am so thankful I did not give up on this dream. It took longer than I expected and the road wasn’t always a smooth one, but I am blessed. I’m not saying I’ve had it worse than most women. I know so many women who have had a much more difficult journey to motherhood than I’ve had. We all have our own journey and obstacles to get through.

I remember last Mother’s Day (2016), I spent the day crying because I still did not have my baby. This Mother’s Day, I cried but for different reasons. I cried because I have seen the faithfulness of God. I woke up to the feeling of my baby moving inside my womb. It’s a feeling that I cannot describe. It’s beautiful. With every little kick and jab, I am reminded of the goodness of God. Not a day goes by that I do not thank God for this child of promise!

Baby is:
the size of a ear of corn
about 11.8 inches long
about 1.3 pounds
VERY active 🙂

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Let Go & Let God

I have discovered a theme in my walk with God. That theme is trust. Trust is the number one thing God and I talk about. It’s the number one thing I struggle with. To be perfectly honest, I truly struggle to trust God in all things. God has never failed me, so I’m not entirely sure why it’s still a struggle. I know God is for me, and I know His Word says He is faithful. I know God’s Word is full of promises, and that those promises are all ‘yes and amen’, but I still struggle when it comes time to trust God.

Now that we’re expecting a baby (yay!), I’ll be quitting work to be a full-time mommy! This has been my dream since I was a little girl, and I’m so looking forward to it finally becoming a reality. Since Daniel and I were engaged, we made it a priority to be financial able to live off of Daniel’s income. We could have afforded to buy a bigger house, new cars, always have the newest cell phones and gadgets. However, we wanted to have the freedom for me to quit working whenever I became pregnant. We live on a budget and try to spend money wisely. Recently, I’ve started to get concerned about affording a newer and bigger house one day. We’re not looking for a new house, but I started realizing that prices had been going up a lot just in the last year. So, I started thinking, “How will we ever be able to afford anything else in our budget without a HUGE increase in finances, or without two incomes?” Then my husband reminded me that I had that same concern before we bought our current house. Two years ago when we were looking for a place to buy, I was worried we would never find anything in our budget unless we lived in a really bad neighborhood where I didn’t feel safe. The reality is, we live in a nice home in a great neighborhood and our house has all the things we really wanted – 3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bathrooms, an attached garage, and in a nice neighborhood. It had everything we asked God for in our first home!

I am having to go back to the Word of God, and trust Him. I cannot think as this world thinks, or believe the lies of the enemy. I am being more intentional to take every thought captive and hold those arguments against the knowledge of God (2 Corinthians 10:5).

The Word says, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 
and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 
For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” – Matthew 6:25-34

Every time I’ve worried about something, and then made the decision to trust God instead, He has been faithful. Let go of worries and just let God do what He does best – Come through for us and remain faithful. Just trust what the Word of God says and see what happens.


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Nothing Is Impossible With God

“Lord, why does this seem so impossible?” These were the words I found myself asking God in my quiet time. There are things that just seem impossible. And maybe they are. Maybe in this world and in the natural things are impossible. There’s a limit to what can and cannot be done.

“Nothing’s impossible for Me.” , answered the Lord in a gentle voice. I was reminded that I serve a God who knows no bounds. He is limitless. He is not tied to the natural realm. I serve a God who can do anything. A supernatural God who creates universes with just His words. Isn’t it marvelous to just think about? When you look around and see what the words of God can create, it’s breathtaking. This is probably why God told Abraham to look up at the stars and try to count them… to remind Abraham who He was and what He can do.


God is so patient with us. He is not in a hurry. He doesn’t mind meeting us where we’re at. He is loving towards us and wants only the best for us. There may be waiting involved, but the promise is so much greater than the wait. The waiting is just our preparation time. It’s true what they say… preparation time is never wasted time. I’m learning to take this preparation time and just enjoy it. This is all part of the journey.

And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” – Matthew 6:27 (ESV)

I can worry and fuss all I want, but it hasn’t changed anything yet! All of my fears, anxiety, and stress won’t do anything but make the waiting that much harder. When I just lean back and enjoy God… that’s when things feel different. True, the situation doesn’t change, but our perspective sure does. When I’m just thankful and rejoicing in the Lord is when the waiting doesn’t hurt. And it’s easier to trust God, let go, and let Him.

Next time you start to think your situation is hopeless and impossible, look up! Look up at the stars and be reminded of who your God is. Look up and remember that you serve a God who can do all things, and nothing is too hard for Him.


New Year – 2017


This verse is so good! I love how lavish God is with His goodness. He is not withholding anything from us, but instead He pours His goodness on us.

I am believing for good things in 2017! I’m believing for a new thing, new hopes and desires, new destinations, new journey, new memories, and a manifestation of His promises. I am believing for more than ever before this year! I am believing to go deeper with God, learn more things about Him and what He has planned for me. I look forward to this new year and see all the endless possibilities. I am believing to see the impossible become easy in 2017. I am believing to experience and know Jesus Christ like never before. I am believing to receive all His promises and do mighty things in His name.

I pray this year will drip with His abundance for you and your family. May you and yours have a blessed year that is crowned with His goodness.