working on growing

Want to hear a funny story? So Friday night I logged on to the admin area of my blog and saw hundreds of comments. My first thought was, “Woah…I did not expect people to miss my daily updates that much.” Then I remembered it was a giveaway post. I’ll pretend it was just you guys missing me:)

So glad you all liked the giveaway. I wish I could give away 4×4 prints to all of you, but the Mpix winner is Shannon (email slm14…..). Shannon, you should have an email from me.

In other news, I’m taking a photography class. In my time off from blogging this month, I wanted to work on growing as a photographer. In recent months, I’ve felt like I was kind of doing the same ole’ thing regarding photography. I want to continue to grow in all areas of my life, but man sometimes it is hard to do anything but status quo when you have little ones and work to do. So this month, I am being challenged and inspired by Kristin Rogers and other students in her The Inspired Home course. The course is part photography and part home. Last week we focused on phone photography, so I forced myself to set my dslr down and capture my days primarily with my phone.

It was a fun challenge, but I am looking forward to being reunited with my dslr this week! With that being said, here are a few iPhone pics from the last week. I’ll begin with Little One’s smile. We are still waiting on the top layer of glue/tape to come off….soon.

Happy Monday evening. This not regular posting has me posting at strange times. I’ll be back in a new groove in February!

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  • Kimberly Oyler - we do miss you! don’t even try and think otherwise. :)

  • Sadie - I don’t normally comment, but I do want you to know I have TRULY missed your posts! It was my morning routine. However, I totally get why you are taking a much deserved break! ENJOY! But hurry back soon! ;)

  • Theresa - I DO miss your daily updates. You are the first and only blog I look for first thing in the morning, before I get ready and leave for work. Sigh. January – long month.

  • Theresa - But I am so glad you can spend time with your Little One (and the whole gang) ~ I had only two children (would have loved to have a football team), and there werent enough hours in the day – I am always so inspired and energized reading your posts!

  • Amy @ Fig Milkshakes - Man, Ashley – it is so inspiring to me that you are this revered blogger/photographer – already (seems to me) successful, and you are still looking for ways to grow (and as you said, still raising a family).

    That is just encouraging to me, and makes me feel like it can be done.

    Yeah, yeah, me too. I gotta go make a list now! :)

  • Amelia - Take as much time as you need, but know that we really DO miss you!!! God bless.

  • Joanna - I think all the post were from missing you…I know I do. Glad Little One is doing so well. The pics are adorable as usual ;)

  • maggie may - hey girl.
    i wanted to let you know i gave your blog and your sister’s etsy shop some love today on my blog. just thought you might wanna know.
    hope the family is well!

  • Alida - Your pictures look so nice:) Would you share the recipe for your cookies? I have been trying different recipes of late but they keep going flat. I am determined to make cookies, though.

  • Jocelyne @ No Textbooks Required - Can I ask a question not related to this post ;)

    I have been inspired by your lovely photobooks and am in the process of getting started on a Blurb book right now. One thing that is bugging me is what to do with all the times I have just ONE photo, and not several to make a nice spread with. Do you just put a few of them on the same page? I think my book would become HUGE it I only put one per page. But my anal self can’t make myself put photos together that don’t go together :) I’d love to see some of these pages if possible. Or at the very least, hear how you solved this problem since I am sure I can’t be the only one who has several ‘only one photo’ moments.


  • Sarah A - Love your pictures! Always have. You have the cutest kids and the most creative angles. I only have a point and shoot (I KNOW… one day we’ll be able to upgrade!!) but my photography skills – and the resulting photos – have gotten so much better just since reading your blog. I am definitely missing your daily posts! Good for you for doing something to better yourself during your break. “Life is a learning experience” as my Mom always says! Now I say it to my own kids… :-)

  • Gina - Hi Ashley!! Hope you are having a good week! I meant to drop you a note yesterday but some how I thought it was Tuesday yesterday so the week is flying by and I lost a day somewhere!! Have been faithfully keeping you and your family in my daily prayers!! Have fun!

  • tb - Finding your website and filled my heart with joy… the beauty in your adopted daughter is amazing… your words are heartfelt. Your family is beautiful, your home is fab and well did I mention that adopted beauty of yours… you will never forget your kisses and touching her little tooth but you my friend have forever changed her life… having your blog and writing your true, raw, straight from the heart words will always let her know where she came from and your bittersweet struggle to do the right thing… what a blog. I am so happy I found it. Please kiss that little girl right now for me… tell her so many just love her to pieces – she is so fortunate, oh so very fortunate. You must have a husband with a very big heart to share your love for life.

  • Lucinda - This is amazing beyond words. Every part of it. God is good!

  • Mary - Beautiful pictures and perspectives! I am just learning photography now and these types of warm, candid, and creative images are what I aspire to.

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