Thank you for joining me on my journey! A Little About Us: My name is Ashley, and I am a Stay-at-home-Mom to two busy boys, ages 5 and 2. I’ll often refer to my oldest son as “Mr. Track Suit” after his profound love for all things comfortable and […]
My name is Ashley, and I am a Stay-at-home-Mom to two busy boys, ages 5 and 2. I’ll often refer to my oldest son as “Mr. Track Suit” after his profound love for all things comfortable and tracksuit related, and his unparalleled ability to stay true to himself and be exactly who he is. And my younger son I will often call “The Knight” after his lack of fear, his desire to make others happy, and due to his namesake. I spend my days running, reading, walking and riding bikes, digging, splashing, getting muddy, playing outside, participating in music and sports activities, and incorporating exercise into our daily schedules.
When my first son was born, I left my job as a Speech/Language Pathologist to stay at home with my children. They are my greatest accomplishment to date, and I could not love anything more. I have never once regretted that decision. However, like many moms I know, some pieces of myself went missing when I quit my job to stay at home with my children. After much soul-searching and asking myself, “What is my “thing”? What makes me, me?”. I think I’ve figured out at least partially what makes me tick. I am passionate helping those in need and making real changes in people’s lives. When I left my job, I was no longer spending time on a daily basis serving others.
This blog was born out of many thoughts and feelings, two of which were inspiration from a friend and the need for a creative outlet. Another sprung from stories I’ve heard of kids being bullied during their first MONTH of kindergarten! I’m not quite ready to go back to work, but it hit me…why can’t I still make a difference WITH my kids?!
Therefore, the biggest place this came from was my desire to teach my kids to be kind, generous, and gracious. Not only do I want to make a difference and set a good example for my children. I want them to find joy in serving others and to know and love all kinds of people. They are at a critical age where this can become ingrained in their lives in a way that is natural and organic. And, I want them to be happy and well-adjusted. Service is one of many ways they can take pride, make a difference, and feel ingrained in their communities. And, it’s important to remember: LITTLE helpers can make HUGE changes.