Ashley Does: The “Day After The Presidential Election” Talk

Everyone is asking, “What will we tell the children?”

Some are nervous, some are scared, some are angry.

Honestly, do you want to tell them anything while you’re in that state?

Will showing your children how to be scared, nervous, and angry help them right now?

When Olivia, my oldest daughter, woke up today, the first thing she asked was, “Who won the election?”

This is how I answered her. Continue reading “Ashley Does: The “Day After The Presidential Election” Talk”

Ashley Does: The Question That Broke My Heart

My daughter asked a question today that I was not ready for.

I thought I had years before this question. Hoped I did.

I was completely taken aback, I had no idea what to say to her.

Today, my 8-year-old looked at her sister and asked:

“Does this make me look fat?”

And my heart broke.  Continue reading “Ashley Does: The Question That Broke My Heart”

Ashley Does: A Prayer For My Girls


In this season of mothering tiny humans, I often think about the lives I hope they have some day. And the challenges they will face along the way to becoming who they are supposed to be.

It’s scary. The world today, with technology and apps and bullies and pressure, it’s scary for our children. We were just talking this morning at MOPS about children having to pick a sport and a track at age eight. As a second grader, children are expected to know what they are going to be passionate about for the remainder of their adolescence so they can be successful at it – if she isn’t on the volleyball team at age eight, she definitely isn’t making the team as a teenager.

It’s lunacy.

But it’s their world. All I can do as their mother is help guide them through it.

Thank goodness I have backup.  Continue reading “Ashley Does: A Prayer For My Girls”

Ashley Does: Anxiety Girl vs The Holy Spirit

Our pastor tells us that if we don’t have questions about our faith, we aren’t doing it right.

Good to know I am doing it so right.

I’ve had the same question for the last 6 months: How can I tell the difference between a feeling or word from the Holy Spirit and my run-of-the-mill anxiety? Which feeling do I follow? How do I know, Lord? Continue reading “Ashley Does: Anxiety Girl vs The Holy Spirit”

Ashley Does: One of Those Days

Some days are just “those days.”

Two of five family members got NO sleep last night.

We woke up late.

No one had breakfast. (#MomWin)

Got cut off in the drop off line at school.

Looked like a bum.

But the Lord is faithful, so these days usually land on Thursdays. And on Thursdays, we have MOPS. Continue reading “Ashley Does: One of Those Days”