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Hi I'm Ashby

I'm a wife, a mother, an aspiring photographer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I have been married for 8 and 1/2 years and we have three fun and spunky brown-eyed girls to show for it. I am from the east, and he is from the hot Arizona desert. Shortly after we got married we made a pact that if he would attend graduate school by my family, I'd agree to raise ours back in his old stomping grounds. We are coming up on 3 years living in Arizona, and couldn't be happier! I love having a hobby to work on, and as the years have gone on I've jumped from scrapbooking to making hair bows for my girls. However, after our 2nd daughter was born in 2006 I picked up our camera to document her milestones, and from there my long-term (and very expensive!) hobby began. I've taken several photography classes and I am in the process of completing my second year-long "Photo A Day" project which documents our day to day activities. I love the challenges photography gives me, but most of all I love the thrill of watching my girls grow through my lens.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised on the east coast. As opposed to other states with large LDS populations, I lived in an area where there weren't a large number of LDS kids my age. I graduated from my high school with only 3 or 4 other Mormons. As I grew up I had to learn to stand up for not only what I believed in and my values, but also for the Church as a whole. We were often asked to share our testimonies with our friends, which terrified me. Not because I didn't believe it, because I did with all my heart, I was just scared of being rejected. It was hard for me to express my feelings in words, so instead I lived them in actions. While it posed it's own challenges, I truly believe that choosing to live a righteous life and being an example to others back then has shaped me to be the person I am today. Being born to parents who were already members of the Church I don't have a specific conversion story. For me, being converted is a lifelong process. One that I'm constantly working on, trying to better myself each day. Each year as I get older I'm able to better see how this life is called "The Plan of Happiness". The joy I feel from watching my girls quickly grow, is indescribable. Just this past year I had a moment with my oldest daughter where I was able to see her not only as my child, but as my sister in the gospel, and I knew we had chosen to come here together to learn and grow. She teaches me more than I ever could have dreamed of. The gospel of Jesus Christ brings a peace and calm into my life that buoys me up through the hard times and sustains me during the good.

How I live my faith

I work with the women in our church, more specifically those 18 years of age and older. Each month I work to plan monthly activities from dinners and spiritual programs to get togethers and service projects. It has been such a blessing to work with these women from all walks of life.