A Blended Table

You don't even need to be a parent to know that meals with children can be trying. Kids are naturally quite choosy when it comes to what they eat. Add to that: the fact that we have 7 different little personalities around the table with different likes and dislikes, the fact that David and I... Continue Reading →

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Tuesday Tip

We are still Newlyweds. There is something about a morning routine that helps make you ready to tackle the day. We are the set a few alarms type so we can wake up slowly, snuggle a little, help persuade each other to get up or we are going to be late. Our last few minutes... Continue Reading →

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Wake up and smell the Chaos

I heard that line in a TV show lately. Wake up and smell the chaos. I have kind of adopted it since hearing it. It is a fitting description for mornings in this household. You know you are going to wake up to it, but then there is usually some other forms of it wrapped... Continue Reading →

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Advent….ure

I am by no means the "got it all together" mom, but what fun is there in that anyway? I have always loved the idea, though, of establishing a way for my family to recognize advent and start some traditions that will turn into solid, smile-bringing memories for my kids. As soon as the twins... Continue Reading →

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Mount Karaffa

I have been a little MIA here. I am going to blame that on a little thing we like to call Mount Karaffa. I know you cannot hear me, but I am laughing a bit like a crazy person over here at my use of the word "little". There was nothing little about this mountain... Continue Reading →

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Finally-Part 1

**I decided there were too many pictures for one post! The ceremony and reception pictures will be posted in a few days! Be sure to check back! I married the love of my life and gained three new daughters on May 27th of this year. Now, on October 11, I am finally sharing the pictures... Continue Reading →

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Fairytales

Growing up, I often dreamed about what it would look like to be a wife. I was the little girl who loved to play princess and the story always ended with a wedding. As I grew older, I actually spent time trying to learn what a good wife looked like and praying to be that... Continue Reading →

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Isn’t it ironic

So much has happened in the last week that I don't even know where to begin this post! We have closed on our house, raced Hurricane Irma to get moved in and prepared for the storm, celebrated two birthdays in the family, and spent our first days in our new house without power or school.... Continue Reading →

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Exciting Things!

Disclaimer: This post is meant in jest. We have been oh so grateful for the roofs that have been over our heads and we know we have more than many. ❤ Almost two years ago to the date, I had to move out of the house that had been my home for 7 years. It... Continue Reading →

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I Have a Book

I have a book. A book of horrors. I can’t even crack it open without my heart beginning to race. I can’t peek at its pages without feeling the sweat form on my palms. Common sense would tell you to avoid such a book, but I cannot. I keep coming back to it as though... Continue Reading →

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Karaffa Party of 9

33 days. That is how long three of our children were away. That is how long our family felt incomplete. That is how long we counted down to their return. They are home! Yesterday morning, David and I, with Madalyn, Meredith, Josiah and Charlotte, jumped in the Enterprise (the family van) and drove to Orlando... Continue Reading →

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With Grace

Grace: Undeserved, Unearned, Unmerited Favor  This post is not about divorce. Stay with me until the end. Three years ago, the man I was married to decided he did not love me anymore. It hurt-more than any pain I had felt before, but he did not become any less my husband in the moment he... Continue Reading →

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The D Word

Divorce. A word that is almost treated like a curse word in many churches. A word that often feels like an unwanted label on the one who wears it. A word that is avoided in conversation and a cause for shame. I got divorced. I still hate saying it, but there it is. I was... Continue Reading →

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Becoming

Today, I am not just becoming one with your dad, I am becoming family with you. Over the last few years, I have prayed intensely for more measures of grace, more measures of hope, and more measures of faith in my life. God has answered that prayer for me in so many ways, but today... Continue Reading →

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No Way

Today while shopping, a scene oh so familiar played out. We entered a store to browse and the saleslady struck up a conversation with us. So often while shopping, or attending a function, or even an appointment, with or without kids, a conversation will begin. Almost inevitably, it comes up that we have seven kids.... Continue Reading →

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Back to Reality

We are married!! Our wedding day was perfect. Well, as perfect as a wedding day can be. There was some crazy (including Josiah throwing up in the middle of the dance floor during the reception!), but everything came together beautifully and was a lovely representation of both of us and our family. I will share... Continue Reading →

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4 Houses and a Storage Unit

May not have the same ring as similar sitcom and movie titles, but it is an accurate representation of our lives right now. My absence from the blog (and my business and my social life) is completely related to this reality. While we have known about our move for some time, it was hard to... Continue Reading →

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A day in the Life

When I started this blog, I had aspirations to post every other day. As reality started to set in, I bumped that down to twice a week...and then eventually settled on once a week. It has currently been two weeks since my last blog entry. I know what you are probably thinking: "No duh, Ash!"... Continue Reading →

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Beauty From Ashes

Where should I even begin? How about with a greeting? Hi. Hello. My name is Ashley. I am 30 years old. I am divorced. I have four children, 5 years old and younger. I was a teacher turned stay at home mom, turned baker, turned small business owner, turned stay at home mom. And in all... Continue Reading →

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So Much Turkey

David and I were married in May, which makes Thanksgiving our first, big, family holiday as husband and wife. What that actually means is that David got to see more of my crazy. I have something called OCM-Obsessive Compulsive Motherhood. I was never a neat freak growing up, I never had a problem with dirt,... Continue Reading →

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