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Ashby is a homeschool mom to three awesome boys, a business partner to her husband in his home remodeling company, and occasionally teaches a paddleboard yoga class. She 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 was married at 25, pregnant and widowed at 26, and became a first-time single mom at 27. Fast forward a few years and a lot of grit and grace later, you can now find Ashby remarried to a funny and edgy French-speaking carpenter in a household of testosterone where she is greatly outnumbered by her husband and three sons. She's excited for the future but grateful for the past that has helped shape her.

A Little More About Me

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

How-to-Get-Your-Hormones-in-Check-ORIG

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

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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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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?

Here’s-How-to-Help-Your-Kids-Fight-a-Cold-Quickly-and-Naturally

Oh no

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When-Opposites-Stop-Being-So-Attractive

My husband was moving his shop and showroom to a different location the last couple weeks. I am not quite a minimalist, but I

Raising-Boys-To-Be-Men

As a mom of almost three boys (I’m pregnant with my third), I am thinking of the attack on manhood lately. It seems like I

Our Story: From Pregnant Widow to Family of Four

This is Part 3 of Ashby's story. Be sure to catch up if you missed Part 1 or Part 2. I used to have a florally framed

how-to-pray-for-beginners

If you are anything like me, you have probably felt intimidated by prayer at some point in your life. Am I doing it right? Wow, they

Can I Be a Hippie in Heels? Balancing a Healthy Lifestyle

In my family’s eyes, I am their resident hippie. However, in my eyes, I don’t even scratch the surface of what this could entail; my

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Marriage-Advice-That-Will-Change-Things-More-Than-You-Think

A wise friend once told me that before you get married, ask all the couples in your life whom you respect and have a

From Pregnant Widow to Single Mom

This is part two of Ashby's story. Read Part 1 here! Shortly after Spencer’s death, I drove out to Immokalee to the place where we used