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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Congrats 2017

Here's a graduation card. :D

I'm embarking on my third year of posting on this blog and I just have to say... I'm amazed and blessed by all God has taught me through it.

It's definitely been a huge learning experience for me and I know it will continue to be in the years to come.

Some highlights of this past year:

Page Views: I'm almost to 20,000 page views! Thanks to everyone who visits my blog!

Most Popular Post: My most popular post was a Christmas post that I did for the 12 Days of Christmas link-up I participated in last year. Thanks so much to Faith over at Stories by Firefly for hosting that fun link-up! Here's was my most popular post this year: Christmas Day (12 days of Christmas!!)

New Pages: This year was pretty crazy in regards to new pages. I think I had three that I put up! You can check them out here - My Blog List, Recommended Book List, and The Fam.

Followers: I have 23 followers now! Thanks to everyone who follows my blog. I appreciate you guys :)

Well, I can't wait to see where this next year of blogging brings me. :)

<3 ashley

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Thanks for Being There

Hello fellow bloggers!

Today is my little sister's birthday and she is turning 9! Wow, I can't believe Abi has gotten so big... I love you little sis. :D

Here's a short thought I had today...

The other day one of my good friends posted something on social media about being tired. But then she went on to explain why she was tired - she has a job that provides her with money, she has an internship where she gets to work twice a week, she has siblings who play music, and she has bodily strength to work out in the morning.

And that got me thinking. Being tired isn't always bad. Sometimes being tired means you have a full life with people you love and things you love doing.

We often complain about being tired... but what if we complained about the things that made us tired instead? Because that's essentially what we're saying when we're complaining about fatigue - that we don't like whatever has been making us tired.

Maybe we should be more aware of when we complain about being tired. And instead of seeing things as something else to do, we could realize how good we have our life. How blessed we are to be able to do the things we do.

Just some food for thought.

<3 ashley

Monday, May 15, 2017

This Is For You

Hey friends!

So, here I am again, bringing you another birthday card... I know you might be wondering where the graduation cards are. Well, get ready because they are coming. :P

Well, I was thinking about how short life really is. When we're younger we think it will take forever to get to adulthood. When we get to adulthood, we think it will be forever before we get married. When we get married, we think it will be forever before we have kids. And on and on.

But life really is short. And it goes by like a breath.

I'm almost 20 and I'm starting to realize how fast life is going.

But I'm also realizing that I still have time.

I don't know how much time, but I do still have some.

And I'm trying to think of how I can use that short amount of time for the best.

Most everyone has probably heard of YOLO (you only live once). People usually give that as an excuse to do something rash.

But what if we used that as an excuse to live life without wasting any opportunities? What if we used that as an excuse to not miss out on everything God has in store for us?

When we're in the store and we see someone struggling with their bags, do we take the time to help?

When we're in the drive through at Starbucks, do we take the time to hand the barista a Bible track?

When we're talking to a friend about something, do we try and bring God into the conversation?

Hey, we only live once on this earth. We can't redo our life or have a second chance. So, why don't we take risks that will benefit us for eternity?

I've definitely been challenged to take more risks for Jesus - the rewards for our efforts will far outweigh anything we might lose here on earth.

<3 ashley

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Birthday Girl

I know I've said before that I've been planning on doing a post about the semicolon and I'm excited to announce that it's finally here!

So, first things first, if you've never seen the whole idea of the semicolon it's basically the idea that your story isn't over yet.

In English, we use a semicolon to connect two sentences together. Usually the two sentences are somewhat related to each other. Many times the sentences are showing one thing happening and then another thing happening as a result of that. So first this; then that.

The main point here is that the sentence doesn't end at that first point. It keeps going.

And that's how the semicolon works. Where there could be just two sentences, the semicolon jumps in and decides to continue the train of thought.

Continue is a good work to describe the whole semicolon idea.

It may seem like the sentence is about to end, til suddenly the semicolon comes in with a surprise that makes you keep reading.

Sometimes it's kind of like that in life, you get what I'm saying? We think we're done with our "sentence" when in reality it's only the beginning.

If we're short-sighted we'll only see the first part of the sentence - maybe something bad that you can't seem to get past. But when we choose to move on, we suddenly realize that that's not the end of the sentence... there's still so much more to go!

And that's what I love about the semicolon; it reminds us to keep going til we reach the period.

Don't give up on this life just because of a couple "wrong sentences" in your past. Choose to keep going until you reach the end!

God can pull you through!

<3 ashley

Monday, May 8, 2017

Have a Fabulous B'Day!

A couple weeks ago, the homeschool co-ops that I do childcare for ended for the summer. And it was bittersweet. It's so nice to have a break from chasing kids around twice a week. But it's also fun to get to know the kids and play with them.

Sure, some of them are difficult to deal with. But that's okay, because weren't we all like that once? I've learned that if you love the kids for where they are, they'll love you back - even if they don't always show it.

These cards and the memories with the kids are worth more to me than all the money in the world.

<3 ashley

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Let's Party

Hello blogging friends. I have a big announcement... It's May! Just a friendly reminder in case you forgot... or maybe it just came creeping up on you and you didn't really realize it was already here definitely not what happened to me. I know I reminded you all about it last post but it seems that I forgot about it between now and then so this is more for me then for you guys. :P

So, today I wanted to talk about written communication. With all the technology we have, it's easy to communicate quickly via email, text, direct message, ect.

And it's pretty cool to be able to meet people over the internet and become friends with them.

But it's hard for you to really get to know someone through just written words. Because when you write something, you start to lose some things. You lose your tone of voice, your facial expression, or your body language.

That's why it may be harder to really know someone through just written communication. I mean you can definitely get to know people through the internet, I'm not saying that you can't at all. I'm just saying it's hard to develop close relationships without some sort of face to face meeting, whether that be FaceTime or real life.

Developing a close relationship online without ever meeting someone in person can be dangerous too since anyone can pretend to be whoever they want to on the internet.

So, to all my internet friends: you guys are awesome and I hope to meet everyone of you one day!

How accurate do you think this is? Do you have a lot of internet friends? Let me know in the comments!

<3 ashley

<3 ashley="" p="">No, I didn't forget... Happy May the fourth be with you day to all you Star Wars fans :P

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Also, I know this post is getting long but tomorrow is May 5 so happy Cinco de Mayo as well!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Happy Birthday to you

Wow, April is almost over already and soon we'll be into May and then summertime! :D
Well, here's a couple posts from friends that I wanted to share with you all.

From Scattered Journal Pages:
Embracing Seventeen

From the Rebelution:
We Are Not Okay

From Secondly Magazine:
What If I Stumble?

I also finished This Changes Everything by Jaquelle Crowe on the 22nd! And wow was it awesome. I would recommend it to anyone. Here's my Goodreads review:

This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen YearsThis Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years by Jaquelle Crowe

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jaquelle does an amazing job showing how the gospel should influence every area of our lives... from our identity to our relationships and more. As a teen writing to fellow teens, she is very relatable and personable. She keeps the gospel at the center of every chapter and constantly reminds that we don't change simply because we are following rules but because we love God and desire to follow and honor Him in everything we do. This book is a call to teenagers who are willing to go against the flow of culture and instead be counter-cultural in the way we think and act.

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Here's one of my favorite quotes from the book that I think sums it up pretty well:

Jaquelle Crowe “We're not like the other teenagers around us. We don't conform to stereotypes. We've actually become weird in the the eyes of our culture. Teen magazines were not written for us. Modern pop music is not composed for us. The latest TV lineup is not scripted for us. We're not your average teenagers anymore.
What are we? We are free. Following Jesus means we don't have to live the way our culture tells us to.”

So, if you haven't picked up this book yet, I would highly encourage you to check it out.

Well, goodbye April and hello May!

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Isaiah 61:1-3

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings into the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called tree of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

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