Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Welcome Baby!

I am so excited...beyond excited to share the big news with y'all!

I am officially Auntie Ashley :)

It feels like just yesterday my brother and Karla shared with us they were expecting and now their precious baby girl is here!

Kylie Brielle was born on May 16th... She was 7lbs, 13 oz and 20.5 inches long.



And as gorgeous as this picture is...it really doesn't give my beautiful niece justice. ❤

This is when living so far from home gets tough! I can't wait to be home... Hopefully soon ;) and just hold her in my arms!

But God is good... Baby and Mom are doing great! I'm in awe of my brother and love seeing him look at his daughter with so much love... And my mom... Haha well hearing her talk about Kylie is just priceless. Now she's asking when Jesse and I are going to start a family! 

We will see what God has stored for us next but either way I'm completely amazed by all He has done for us...

Hope y'all have a blessed week!

xoxo
-AUNTIE Ashley :)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Faith. Hope. Love.

I'm not sure where your heart lies, whether you believe in God or not but I know who my Savior is...and I try everyday to live a life He would be proud of. It's been a battle for years because I know right from wrong but some days are just harder than most.

But lately, I would say in the past year to be honest... I can FEEL God's love and guidance more than I ever have. It's crazy. And beautiful. As sure as I am where my heart lays, I find that many more people try to watch my every move, trying to point out the mistakes I've made. But that's the great thing about Christianity.  God KNOWS we aren't perfect. That's why He sent His Son to die on the cross for US. 

I am going to think and say things I probably shouldn't. And you will too. But it's your actions AFTERWARDS that make a difference. I don't know how many times I've put my foot in my mouth, knowing I said the wrong thing, and I usually regret it afterwards and ask God to forgive me.

For those of you struggling out there, don't doubt your heart by what you hear. YOU know you are loved. YOU know that God is the one we will answer to and it's His forgiveness that matters. And don't be afraid to be yourself. Don't hide who you are because you are afraid of what people will say or think. If you lose friends in the process, it's in God's plan for you. True friends will come along. Friends who don't bring you down. Friends who will help you grow. And who value who you are. Who love you like God loves you.

Life isn't perfect, we are going to get hurt. But it is up to you to get up. Dust your shoulders off. And keep focusing on you. Stay classy. Don't seek revenge. The greatest reward is knowing you didn't give in and lower yourself to their level. 

xoxo
Ashley


Friday, May 10, 2013

Date Night :)

I have been counting down to Friday for two weeks now! With such a busy schedule from going home to Texas and the end of the month/beginning of the month craziness, today was my first normal day off! 

This morning started out great because I woke up on my own but it was still early, around 8:30am so I suited up the dogs and we went for a walk down the Regional Trail a few blocks from our home. *Something I love about where we live: the neighborhood is SO family friendly, it's like a Hallmark movie and the trail is so clean and convenient to just take a stroll through the middle of Hopkins, it's pet friendly as there are trash cans along the way and there are always friendly strangers running...walking...biking...and dog walking---every one waving and saying hello! 

I could never get Baxter in the pic but here's Benson:


After our walk, we came home and just relaxed until I decided to start getting dressed for my date day/night with Jesse. I went online and ordered our tickets for Iron Man 3...which by the way, if you are in the Twin Cities... I highly recommend watching a popular movie at the Showplace Icon Theatre at The West End Shops of St. Louis Park. They have a great rewards program, a free app that you can buy your tickets at with no fee...and the big plus... Are you ready? You can RESERVE your seats! Lucky for us, we wanted to watch a 3:50pm showing so we had the whole theatre to choose from! 



After our movie, we did a bit of shopping at the Shops, or if you are familiar with the area... I did some shopping :) I just love Anthropolgie and I visited my old stomping ground at Charming Charlie.  We, also, did some looking at the Southdale Center mall---where I just learned this week that this is the first enclosed mall in the United States! How crazy is that?

We went to dinner after and I got to rub in Jesse's face that the San Antonio Spurs were winning and ended our night with a nice stroll outside with our pups. 



It was a great day and as we explore our new home on every adventure I can't wait to see what we do next and what we find. 

How was your Friday? Any exciting plans for the weekend?

Hope you have a blessed night!

xoxo
-Ashley

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Spring.

It's been a few weeks since my first blog post, but I promise to come back more often.  I was trying to stay away from the online world as much as possible since I knew I would be going home to Texas last weekend to surprise my family and I didn't want to let anything slip.  I'm HORRIBLE at surprises.  I'm the one who buys you a gift for Christmas but what's the point of wrapping it, I will probably give it to you tomorrow haha.

Anywho, I might be getting a little deep today...it's been an emotional week?  Last weekend, Jesse and I went home to surprise our families, the first homecoming for us since we moved to the Twin Cities in December.  I guess I came back yearning for more time at home, wishing I could have spent more time with family and seen my friends.  But at the same time, I was really anxious to get back to our furbabies---this was the first time we've left them without one of us staying home with them---and also ready to get back to work.  It was the end of the month and I wanted to make sure I exceeded my goal for work.  

In addition to adjusting to getting back into our schedule after a long weekend away from home, my heart was feeling really heavy.  One of my best friends was getting married to one of our really good friends this weekend and I was really sad to not be there.  Things haven't been going so well for us since I moved out here...if they have been going at all?  I honestly don't know what the future holds for our friendship, but I have faith in God and His plans so I just had to leave it all in His hands.  But it does hurt, to not be there with her celebrating this HUGE event in her life.  An event the two of us have talked about for a while... I had initially planned to surprise her this weekend...  So I was left to wonder...is she missing me as much as I was missing her?  

I had a conversation with a mutual person who knows us today, I'm really glad I did because she brought some sunlight into all that happened... I shared with her that I was really bothered to not be there last night, that I probably care too much.  And she said "Of course you do, that's your sweet nature Ashley...The one true judge will open her eyes and heart one day and you'll be ready like you always are because that's who you are."  And it's so true.  I know we are both at fault for what happened.  That  I didn't handle a situation as good as I should've... I have learned from my faults.  I've grown and I've forgiven her for hurting me as well.  

So just like Spring melts away the snow and the dead plants, bringing out beautiful bulbs and green grass... I, too, shall let the past be the past---continue with my life, thanking God for the love that is in my life and forgiving as He forgave us.  I can honestly say that I really do not ever wish harm on any one...not even my worst enemies.  Some people may think otherwise but my heart is full of love.  

For those of you out there, holding on to anger...let it go.  Forgive those who have hurt you.  Not for them but for yourself.  The only person you are hurting is you when you let that build up inside of you. Life is way too short to be letting that negativity into your life.  Imagine what this world would be like if we all just learned to let go and just love more?

-xoxo
Ashley