Author: Ashlee

The Green Thing : A Writing Prompt by My Daughter

Once a week, my daughter will look through all the writing prompt ideas you readers have left on my social media. She will choose one person’s idea, abd write a short story about it all from her own mind. She sits at the computer undistrurbed without any prompting from us. We just go through to correct spelling and grammar for search engine compatibility.  Here is her newest story. I was in class at the time, and my teacher was talking about summer vacation and stuff like that. All of the sudden a meteorite crashed into the schools lawn right after Mr.Douglas just got done mowing it. Everyone was going all cray cray about it. “Settle down students,” Mrs.Lucky said looking out the window. You should have seen her face. I was dying from me laughing. We all ran outside, and Mrs. Kelly, our principal, came too. “Are you sure that it’s a meteorite?” I asked. It’s not. It was an egg; a giant egg, and its hatching. “That’s so cool!” said Cameren, who always says “cool” to everything. POP! A cute little, green, fluffy looking thing popped right out of the giant egg. “Awwwweee,” said all the girls except for...

5 Things That Really Stress Out Mom and Dad

Okay y’all. Let’s just get honest for a minute. Being a mom is hard. Being a dad is hard. Heck parenting is hard, and with that comes huge stressors. I mean seriously, we’re responsible for making these tiny humans productive members of society. That is simply not an easy task. We are sleep deprived, overworked, underpaid. We are taxis, maids, nurturers, and doctors. We negotiate with tiny terrorists and rarely get the better end of the deal. We are the unsung heroes of the world, and our stress level can reach overwhelming heights. So let’s talk about what makes us absolutely crazy as parents and some ideas I have on how to survive these trying obstacles. 1. When your children cry for absolutely no reason Look ya’ll, I won’t even lie, when my children start screaming like crazy people for no reason it makes ME want to cry. They literally want nothing except to cry, and watch you search for an answer. It’s almost like it brings them some Joy. Now I know obviously it doesn’t, but there are times I feel it does. It’s like, “Hey! Let’s play a game. Scream until Mommy cries!” My youngest daughter used to...

Conquering Fear with Love

“As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others.” ~Marianne Williamson In my 28 years of life I have come to realize many important (and not so important) things. For example, I have never really been one to get huge amounts of satisfaction from spending my days at home. I mean occasionally I hermit, but for the most part I want to work. I admire those who stay at home and love every minute of it. I have some serious respect for them; however, I wanted to have a career. In deciding to pursue a career in Para-medicine when my children were very young, I received some serious backlash. I felt so guilty at times not being there for milestones, games, etc… Yet I knew it’s what I was called to do. I continued on. I pressed beyond the naysayers and I did it. There were struggles, hurdles, even seasons of brokenness. Yet, in this season, I came to one of the most profound realizations. You see, I was telling my children to be confident, to have faith in their decisions,...

So Lame that It’s Funny!

Today’s blog is going to be nontraditional to say the very least. This has been a rough week, there’s been multiple tragedies and transitions surrounding me and my heart is overwhelmed. So with the inability to function properly enough to write a blog, I decided I would spread cheer. With the permission of some pretty amazing friends I have decided to share some snapchats. I mean who doesn’t like snapchat filters? Add a few quirky ridiculous jokes and you have something hilarious! If you smiled, chuckled or even spit your tea out. Good, you needed that. We all need that. Laughter is medicine for the soul. Now, hug your family, smile more often, love big, and drink a cup of coffee. Because life is to short to do anything else!    

Walking Through the Valley Today..

We’ve all been there. You know, those days when you wake up and you’re feeling happy that life is going your way. You love your job. You love your family. Times are good. Then… …from what seems like nowhere, crap hits the fan. All that life once was, has changed in a millisecond. It’s in these moments of uncertainty that we learn our biggest lessons. Not only is our character tested, but our faith, our resilience.  It’s easy to be happy on the mountain top. It’s a whole different story in times of struggle. When life has been turned upside down and inside out and you are sitting in the valley. On occasion I find myself sitting deep within this valley. On December 10th, 2012, I found myself sitting in this valley. Today, I came upon another valley.  I chose to WALK through this very dark, uncomfortable valley. While at work today, I met one of the medics that attempted to save my daughter. I know they did everything they could. I know that their heart broke with mine that day. I know the sleepless nights they had, the pain they carried with them as they replayed that scene in their mind....

Learning, Growing, and Green Haired Ariel?

Yesterday’s great adventures included 10 kids, 4 adults, 85 degree weather, roller coasters and wave pools. Still reading? Wow. I’m impressed. It stressed me out just writing that, and I lived it. It was an overwhelming sense of chaos blended with glimmers of awesomeness. It’s what we call life, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. (Unless of-course said world had chocolate trees, then…) Who am I kidding? I love it. I love every minute of our chaotic bliss. I love watching my kids glow as they see and discover new things. I love watching them. (Not in like a creepy stalker way In a “I wanna see you grow up and make good choices” observation way.) I love allowing them to just be little. To make decisions like little people, (which color shirt matches this pair of pants, or what color hair should this character have). Simple things that help them learn to make bigger decisions later.  You see, if Ariel has green hair in your story and she rocks it, and has a reason like “it’s seaweed mom!” then by all means she can have green hair. As long as you are confident in your creativity, then...

My condolences to the strangers and the fly

I have this amazing ability to make awkward situations that much more awkward. Today’s shenanigans were no exception. A good friend of mine’s father-in-law passed away, and today was the day of his visitation. It was held in a small older church in a even smaller, almost non-existing town in Missouri. When I made it to the church I was quite surprised with the attendance of the funeral, as I barely knew the town existed. They were lined up down the block. This guy apparently was a heck of a man. I got in line to pay my respects. People continued to pile in behind me, hugging each other, some crying, some laughing, some random “whats for dinner?” chats. The typical small town response to tragedy.  I even got a few, “Hey, How are you sis, It’s been a long time!” or “You know the Lord sure has missed seeing you in His house!” I smiled, nodded. I thought about explaining I was from out of town, had no clue who they were, and was just here for moral support for my friend, but,  well smiling was easier, and less words. Also, it was quite fun watching their wheels turn...