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Hi I'm Ashley

I'm a wife and mother. I'm a blogger and DIYer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to my best friend. We met in college and were inseparable after our first date. Shortly after we were married, we moved to Hawaii to finish school at BYU-H and while we were there, we welcomed our son into our family. After finishing school and moving home, we welcomed our daughter. I've recently taken up running after trying for a long time to find a form of exercise I enjoy. I never thought of myself as a runner (and I still don't!), but I really do enjoy it and the way that it makes me feel. I also enjoy reading, but being a stay-at-home-mom two a 2 and 4-year-old takes up most of my time. Some of my hobbies are sewing, DIY crafts, and I enjoy photography, but I am definitely an amateur.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church, but that doesn't mean I have always had a strong testimony. I struggled in high school and in my early 20s, but in college I had a friend who was a wonderful example of friendship and faith to me. After she passed away in a tragic accident, I felt strongly that I needed to keep going to Church, if only to honor her for being persistent in helping me go back to Church. It was a struggle for me for a long time, but I was eventually blessed with a wonderful Bishop who was the same as my friend; persistent and kind. I found comfort in the Lord and His Atonement as I worked hard to reactivate myself and have been tremendously blessed because of it. My husband and I were married in the temple and I have seen the Lord's hand working in our lives. In 2012, while I was pregnant with our daughter, my husband became suddenly ill with acute pancreatitis. He was quickly admitted to the ICU and we were told he had only an 11% chance of survival. He spent 3 1/2 months in 4 different hospitals and after 3 surgeries, he was finally able to come home for good, 11 days before our daughter was born. The day our daughter was born, my husband was very weak and sick and our daughter suffered a pneumothorax, or collapsed lung. She spent 6 days in the NICU before she could come home and spent 3 weeks on oxygen. We witnessed many miracles during those months and have seen many since then. I know His gospel is true, I have seen prayers answered in ways that are so profound, it's undeniable, and I can honestly say that I not only believe the Church to be true, but also that I know it to be true.

How I live my faith

I currently teach the 11 year old's in my ward's primary. I've been teaching Primary for the past couple of years and it has been such a blessing for me. If you want to feel the Spirit at Church, just sit and listen during singing time. Those kids are all so special and I cry pretty much every Sunday when they sing.