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Hi I'm Ashley

I'm a small business owner. My husband and I have 3 children through the blessing of adoption. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My parents first major purchase after they were married was a piano. Even though neither of my parents played any musical instruments, it was important to them that we have the opportunity to develop musical talents. When I was 14 I saw a harpist perform, and I was hooked. Almost 25 years later I'm still "harping" and teaching harp, and I love it! My husband and I met in high school, but he was the guy who teased me mercilessly and dated my best friend. We stayed friends through high school and college, and after his mission we started "dating." I still couldn't take him quite seriously because he was such a tease, but my mom just loved him and finally asked me, "Couldn't you just try kissing him?!?" And the rest is history! Our three children were all miracles through adoption. We have an open adoption with our oldest son's birthfamily, and his birthmom has become my Best Friend! When our oldest was 3 he began praying for his brother and sister to come to our family. We didn't think we were ready, emotionally or financially, for another adoption, but he was adamant that Jesus had told him his brother and sister could come now! We did our adoption homestudy and received an email about boy/girl twin preemies in a hospital in Alabama. It was a Christian Agency we had never heard of, but we pursued it since it sounded like what our oldest son "had ordered!" One week later we were holding our sweet boy and girl in our arms and our son's prayers had been answered!

Why I am a Mormon

As a young woman I prayed for my own witness to know whether the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was true. I received an answer and have never forgotten that experience. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior, and that we have a living prophet on the earth today to give us guidance, just as they did in the Old Testament. Most of all, I know that we have a Heavenly Father who listens to our prayers. Prayer has carried me through the most difficult times in my life. When I've felt at my very lowest, and it seemed that things would never work out, when I fell to my knees, a feeling of warmth and peace would encircle me. I know that God is there in even the darkest times of our lives.

How I live my faith

We went through some trials early in our marriage as we struggled with infertility. I felt jealous of every pregnant woman I saw, and it was a difficult time for me. Church meetings were painful watching other families with their children. One Sunday after we had done IVF and I had a miscarriage, I felt that I couldn't go to church. The spirit whispered to me that if I didn't go to church that day, I might never go back. It was such a strong spiritual prompting that I heeded it, and went to church that Sunday, and every week after that, even though it was difficult. I have found that serving in church is a blessing to me and my family. My favorite has been teaching music to the younger children. They learn things through music like, "My Heavenly Father Loves Me," and "Jesus Wants me for a Sunbeam". My favorite song to teach is the song, "Families can be Together Forever." Knowing that we can be with our loved ones, not just for this life, but for eternity, is such a blessing. It makes me strive to be a better wife and mother knowing that our family relationships can truly last forever. I try to share that message with others, because I do believe it can affect how we feel about and treat our family members.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Living on Galveston Bay, near Houston, TX, we experienced several hurricanes. The church was always prepared by sending cleaning supplies, personal hygiene kits, and food and water for the people in the affected areas. Mormons from surrounding cities traveled to our area and donned the yellow "Mormon Helping Hands" t-shirts. They helped cut apart trees that had fallen, pulled carpet and dry wall out of homes, and helped people salvage what they could from their homes. My children's preschool teacher commented to me that the "Yellow-shirted Mormons" had been on her block working. She exclaimed, "And they weren't only helping members of your church--they were helping EVERYONE!" She was so touched and amazed by the service that so many members of the LDS Church offered to everyone who needed it. Another gentleman commented that FEMA should stand for "Find Every Mormon Around!" since so many members of our church were there to help. Show more Show less