On Year Ago...


It's funny the way time changes things.

How things can change drastically in a matter of a short period of time.

We expect our lives to evolve and change over a matter of years and decades.

But breaking it down into singular years or even into months and you wonder how much can change in such a short period of time.

And yet all it takes is a moment.

With all the change that's come into my life over the past few months, it's made me pause to reflect.

I'm one of those people--good or bad--I like to go back to the starting point. I like to pinpoint the moment where things changed. A decision or an action, whether voluntary or involuntary, that changed the path my life has taken.

And I can go back to that exact point with my relationship with Jason.

The moment, a year ago this month, that changed it all.

Or rather a series of moments.

A moment that started with someone else's lie.

An individual who wasn't even involved in our relationship--or our lives--said something about one of us that would have changed everything, were it true.

And I prepared myself and steeled myself and guarded my heart and then I talked to him about it.

And it was a moment that changed everything between us.

Because there was an openness and communication and a willingness to trust that I didn't even realize I could possess.

And then there was another moment.

On May 17th at 6:41 p.m. when he texted (in response to something I said), "and marry me, move to Hot Springs, find a new house, find a good school for Ty and live happily ever after."

And I thought he was kidding or just talking about the "someday" that we spoke often of and looked forward to.

And I told him he'd have to find me a job and a house and a daycare for Ty.

And a month and a half later all three were taken care of.

Funny how time changes things.

Funny how little moments....a lie someone thought they'd never get caught in or a text message sent as a half-joke...can change the course of our lives in such a beautiful way and put me where I am now.

Less than a month away from marrying My Prince and beginning our Happily Ever After together.

Ashley Wife & Mom

Ashley is a thirty-something wife and mother of two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and decorating their home. Her blogging adventures began in 2006 as a single mother and have carried on through marriage and a new life with a husband, a ten-year-old, and an infant.

An All-In-One


I haven't been writing.

I know.

Bad blogger.

Recent events have humbled me and shown me how incredibly blessed I am to be healthy, to have a healthy and loving fiancĂ© and to have a care-free child that's as happy as he is healthy and active.

So it's hard to write when all you can think about is how truly good you have it, even when times are hard.

But to catch you up on a few things.

There's the cute little conversation I had with Ty recently about how pumpkin-pies (for me) taste like all the best things about fall, all baked together in a wonderful pie.

The happiness and the family and the burning leaves and even a dash of football....it's all baked in there together.

I think that's what makes pumpkin pies soooo good!

Or there's the blog I have in my head from the Sunday School lesson about Solomon and how his worldly ways and lifestyle cost his son.

Because all I could think about is how devastating it would be to know that your sins and your pleasure and your ill-gotten gains caused your child a life of hardship and trouble and loss and despair.

Which gave me a light-bulb moment that kind of put together that missing link in my head as to how Solomon (with his 700 wives and 300 concubines) came to be inspired to pen the Proverbs.

I think that messing one's child's life up might be burden enough to make you rethink what's important and try to pass it along to spare the next generation to follow.

Oh, and there's this.

A video of Jason reading Ty a bedtime story last night.

I love it because Jason didn't even realize he was being taped during the first half of the video!  And the ending of it is just cute to me, too!



Okay!  Well, that's all I've got for now!
Ashley Wife & Mom

Ashley is a thirty-something wife and mother of two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and decorating their home. Her blogging adventures began in 2006 as a single mother and have carried on through marriage and a new life with a husband, a ten-year-old, and an infant.