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Ashby has an MBA in international business, loves reading, traveling, and scuba diving and is her family's resident hippy when it comes to all things health. She believes that life experiences have a strange way of shaping you into who you are, no matter how much you plan otherwise. Growing up, she dreamed of being a doctor, lawyer, or CEO and wanted to travel the world. Right now, is a business partner to her husband in his home remodeling company, a homeschool mom to four awesome boys, and serves on the board of a ministry’s human trafficking rescue mission and on another board for immigration rights. Ashby was five months pregnant when her first husband passed away 15 months into their marriage, which gave her a deep strength and confidence in God. After her husband’s death she found her love for writing and speaking and remarried a wonderful man. She is the author of the book "The Warrior Wives Club" and has fulfilled her longing to travel with mission trips. Her life looks completely different than she thought it would, but the grace she discovered through the grit made it more beautiful than she ever imagined.

A Little More About Me

Energy-Vampires-What-Are-They-and-How-Can-I-Stop-Their-Control-Over-My-Life

"Energy vampires." Are you feeling a bit tired as of late? Maybe apathetic, hopeless, or fearful? This odd little phrase has really changed how I look

You Are 15 Minutes Away from a Better Day

Anyone else out there overwhelmed? Or exhausted? How are those New Year’s resolutions going? Oh, you’re not 20 pounds lighter or speaking Mandarin fluently?

9 Marks of a Beautiful Woman (on the Inside)

Let me start by saying I am not an expert in balanced hormones. I am, however, a black belt level expert in unbalanced hormones. Everything

Every Marriage Has Seasons It's Not Like Hallmark

Marriage is not a Hallmark movie. If you’ve been married more than 5 minutes you were probably like “duh.” But do you have single friends?

How We Get Postpartum Wrong in America

Postpartum care in the United States has become like the obligatory vegetable platter set out at parties: we know it should be there to

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Her Passive-Aggression Will Make You Laugh, and Think

Hi. I’m a former passive-aggressor. Nice to meet you. In case you don’t know what that means: "Passive-aggressive behavior is characterized by a pattern of

10 Simple Tips for This New World of Homeschooling

Anyone new to homeschooling out there? Too soon to joke? This has probably been a pretty stressful few weeks for you getting thrown into

Share the Woman You Used to Be 2

I have been a part of several groups of women over the years: organizations, study groups, gatherings of friends, etc. Recently, I was sitting

I Never Wanted to Be a Pregnant Widow 2

This is part one of a three-part series following Ashby's story.  A pregnant widow: two words I never thought I would use to describe myself,

I Gave up Amazon and This Is What Happened

As I eagerly opened a package for the new phone cover and breastmilk storage bags I had ordered not even 24 hours before, the

fight for your struggling marriage

Once upon a time, three years and many prayers ago, I started a little group for women who wanted to pray for their marriages.

Namastay Calm and Carry On—Accepting God’s Love for Me

A few weeks ago, I was in a power hot yoga class when the long and lean gal next to me caught my eye.

Dear-SAHM-I-See-You-and-Want-You-to-Know-These-8-Things

Dear Stay-at-Home Mom, If you had told me 10 years ago that I would end up being a stay-at-home mom who home-schooled her children, I

When-in-Sickness-and-in-Health-Really-Matters

Remember those beautiful vows we make before God, our spouse, and our family on our wedding day? “I take you to be my husband/wife, to

You-Can-Start-an-Exercise-Habit,-Here's-How-to-Do-It

Ah! The New Year is approaching. The Christmas cookies are showing up as dimpled marks on our thighs, and we pacify ourselves with the

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How to Make Your Man Feel Like a Great Father

Good or bad, how people speak to you or act around you often does have an influence on how we think about ourselves. The greater

How a Woman of Grit and Grace Wears Her Faith

Have you ever noticed how many analogies there are in the Bible about plants or farming? Quite a few, but being the black thumb

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How to Flip the Script on Your Infertility Journey

As much as I look forward to the autumn season after a laid-back summer, I often find myself totally overwhelmed and burned out by

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Her Story Will Make You Cry, But Help You Find Hope

Sometimes I think about how amazing it would be if we could know just a little bit about what the future holds. But, if

My Really Different Kind of Family

My new husband, my new baby, and my son from my first marriage just got back from visiting my dead husband’s parents on our

3 Morning Health Rituals to Try Right Now

One of your liver's jobs is to break down fat and produce energy. It also takes substances, such as estrogen and BPA, and processes

Keto, Paleo, Vegan or Whole30? How to Pick the Best Diet For You

Oh, the diets. Anyone else out there as confused as I am? Although I’m always on the quest to learn more about health, I

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