November 30, 2009

Honesty is the Best Policy :)

I've been awarded the Honest Scrap Award from Christy!




Rules for the award:
1. Must thank the person who gave you the award and list their blog and link it.

2. Share "10 Honest things" about yourself.

3. Present this award to 7 others whose blogs you find brilliant in content and/or design, or those who have encouraged you.

4. Tell those 7 people they've been awarded HONEST SCRAP and inform them of these guidelines in receiving the award.


I know Christy from church, and she and her family actually ended up moving very close to where Kurt is from, in north Mississippi. She's also a young mom, with three beautiful children, and I love to know that someone else is doing what I'm doing every day. She is very real and honest on her blog, and is always willing to share a situation or story that she's learned from (which makes the rest of us learn right along with her!). She and I share the same taste in a LOT of things, and above all, she introduced me to the movie North and South. Love it!!!


Now for my 10 Honest Things:

1. I am really needing to work on losing the rest of my baby weight. I've mentioned before that I really want to get down a little lower than I was when I got pregnant. I'm working on counting calories, but I need to be more diligent about this.

2. This one might shock you. I respect the Duggar family more than most families out there, but I actually do not support their belief in having a "home church." Meaning, only a few families meet together and there's no Lifegroups (Sunday School), etc. It's just one big meeting where everyone is together from birth to however old. I have many, many educated reasons why I think this is not a wise teaching or practice to follow. So as much as I ADORE the Duggar family, I just don't agree with their choices in this matter. Surprised?

3. In this same vein, it's ironic because I read a book recently that included this belief. I agreed wholeheartedly with about 90% of this book. But I disagreed so strongly with the 10% concerning worship practices, the role of the church, and how a family should be led that it just killed the whole thing for me and made me lose all respect for the author. I don't feel comfortable sharing the title and author at this point, because I know many families look to this man for guidance (which scares me). I'm still praying through when and what to share. Because honestly, I feel very, very strongly about this.

4. As long as I'm on the Duggar-conservative beliefs-spiritual convictions thing, I guess this would be as good a time as any to share that we are strongly, strongly considering homeschooling our children. Again, I don't feel led to expand on that right now, but the Lord is already putting convictions in our hearts about this. We're not 100% sure, and we're still praying through it, but I feel that there's no harm in sharing that we're very open to it and are strongly leaning that direction.

5. I can honestly say that I'm looking forward to every stage of my life. I'm not afraid of aging or getting older. I've made a conscious, concerted effort to stop and take little mental snapshots of moments with Kurt and Evy Kate. I don't have any regrets with the way I've handled my time with either of them. I've really tried to be alive in the present and not be sad that Evy's not a baby anymore or wishing she were older. I've really been great at every stage. I know it's an up-and-down thing, but that's something that I'm really proud of. The Lord has helped me to just enjoy the present time for what it is.

6. There are about a million time periods that I would love to just "drop into" for a day. I am going to do a series of posts starting soon that describe what those days would be like. It's a concept that popped into my head one night and I think it will be a good exercise for my imagination and indulge my love of history. Stay tuned!

7. I am thinking through the idea of possibly trying a VBAC for my next pregnancy. I'm still not sure about this, and I still need time to pray, research, and talk to my doctor (once we move and I find my new one). The main reasons I'm considering this is: a) We want a relatively large family and I'm wondering if I should intentionally put my body through many major surgeries, and b) It would be nice to have a quicker recovery time. Again, I had a wonderful experience with my C-section, and I'll be just great if I need to have subsequent ones, but this proves that I'm not closed-minded when it comes to options and educating myself.

8. I despise all diet soda drinks. It's just something I can't compromise on. Oddly enough though, I love Crystal Light. It's about the only way I'll go to the fridge and elect to get a bottle of water out. Sad, I know.

9. There will always be a part of me that wants to perform theater (preferably musical) in some way. I don't think I'll get the chance again, but I've been able to perform in: The Greatest Christmas Pageant Ever, Cinderella, Bye Bye Birdie, Guys and Dolls, and Oklahoma (twice). One of my life goals was to perform in a musical at the college level, and I did it! I've recently owned up to the fact that aside from being a wife and mom, that's where I'm happiest. I don't know if that sounds vain, but I really don't care. I have never gotten an ounce of stage fright while performing a character. It's the kind of rush that some people get skydiving or skiing. I love it.

10. In keeping with the honesty theme, I've seen this done on several blogs and so I've decided to give it a go as well. If you have any question at all for me, leave it in a comment on this post and I'll answer them in some posts. I'll probably get one question from a relative asking why I'm wearing that dumb shirt in a particular picture, but oh well. :) So, ask away!

Here are the people that I want to give this award to. The main reason is that I'd love to know 10 Honest Things about you, and I love your blog. So, here they are:

13 comments:

Sarah Denley said...

Okay, by movie (North and South) do you mean miniseries (wink)? I LOVE it! Along the same lines, pertaining to #6--this made me grin so big! I've been thinking about starting a "throwback" blog. Peyton reads "The Art of Manliness"--google it; it's all about being a "gentleman" has a very old fashioned feel and I love it. I emailed the guy to ask him if he knew of one for women and he said no. There are so many vintage blogs, but I want one that is more than just pictures of vintage outfits and stuff!

P.S. the header? did it myself (she says with a nonchalant flip of the hair). All the cool kids are doing it; I think they call it "creative outletting" (wink)...

P.P.S. Why do I like to write novels in you comments section? Sorry!

Megan said...

I completely agree about the Duggar's. I love them but don't agree with their view on home church. But they are still great!! I wish I despised Diet soda. I drink waaaaaay too much of it!

Tiffany said...

Thank you, Ashley! This has come at such a nice time. I needed a little encouragement today. I'm so glad that I've had the opportunity to get to know you, through Kurt and your blog here. I love visiting your blog. You always have something fun and interesting going on, and it's one of the few i check in with everyday. Or at least every time I get on the computer. There are days I just don't, because there's too much going on here at home. But, I love learning new things about you and your writing is always thought provoking and entertaining! Thank you for thinking of me. :)

Christy said...

I had to laugh when I read your 10 Honest Things because like you said in the intro, we do have a lot in common :)

You know that I would love to homeschool-Clay is not on board with it so I am still praying that maybe next year he will support it fully instead of just agreeing to it to make me happy. So, yeah...agree with you on that!

I also agree about the Duggars. I would love, love, love to have many more children and raise them in the same godly wisdom as I believe they do. I love Michelle's quiet patience and her organization.

I know I am writing a novel, but one more thing. If at ALL possible I strongly encourage you to try a VBAC.I am glad you are already researching it and praying about it. There is literally not a doctor or hospital here in North Mississippi that will allow it. However, it has been my experience with MY body ( I know everyone is very different) that each section has been much harder. This last one was VERY difficult and I am still dealing with pain and limited activities 10 weeks later. Anyway, I will shut up now :)

Rachel Bolanos said...

I love musical theatre, too! I've been performing since age 9 and it's where I feel most at home.

Love your blog! :)

fragmentsoftheday said...

Darn it, I'm at work and I want to come up with my 10 things so bad now! (whoops I just admitted that I read this at work) You are so sweet to include me! I loved reading your 10 things-- I feel like I know you a little more now. :) I'm all over this later tonight! <3

Kristal said...

Michelle Duggar has had many VBAC's. :)

I was just telling my mom the other day that had I been in your position, I absolutely would have chosen an induction/c-section over a natural birth so my husband could be there (duh. wouldn't everyone??). But that said, the risks involved with second, third, and fourth sections are pretty serious. So VBAC is definitely worth the research!

Tiffany said...

My list is up. ~Blessings on your day!

Kearsmom said...

I love #5!! That is the way I have tried to approach my life as well...from the time the girls were babies, I determined to absorb every moment with them. I have no regrets and have truly enjoyed every stage. I think this helps me move on as they get older...I have nothing I wish I had done differently, so I can look forward to what comes next.

I'm also pretty pleased with #4! :)

Carrie said...

Thanks for the award :o) I did my list last night. I can't wait to see you tomorrow!

JennaG said...

Hey Ashley,
You may not remember me, but I'm the one who bought the Beth Moore tickets from you--I'm from the Cape area, and also live in MS. Anyway, I just wanted to say that I think homeschooling is a highly personal decision, and I respect each parent's own decision--I will say, though, that for me, it's the best decision we ever made. I decided to keep my kids home until high school. My oldest is graduating this year from a private Christian school, and my twins will start high school next year. I will miss it so dearly, but I love that I was the one to teach them everything up to this point--including how to read. If you would ever like to ask me any questions about it, I'd be more than happy to answer!
For the record, I'm very curious about why you don't like home church since it's exactly the model we have from the book of Acts. I don't go to one, nor would I choose too, but I guess I don't think it's wrong if one wants too!
Love your blog!

JennaG said...

Hey Ashley,
You may not remember me, but I'm the one who bought the Beth Moore tickets from you--I'm from the Cape area, and also live in MS. Anyway, I just wanted to say that I think homeschooling is a highly personal decision, and I respect each parent's own decision--I will say, though, that for me, it's the best decision we ever made. I decided to keep my kids home until high school. My oldest is graduating this year from a private Christian school, and my twins will start high school next year. I will miss it so dearly, but I love that I was the one to teach them everything up to this point--including how to read. If you would ever like to ask me any questions about it, I'd be more than happy to answer!
For the record, I'm very curious about why you don't like home church since it's exactly the model we have from the book of Acts. I don't go to one, nor would I choose too, but I guess I don't think it's wrong if one wants too!
Love your blog!

Cuddles and Chaos said...

Ashley,
If you ever need information on homeschooling, I have several friends I could get information for you from. I don't homeschool but am surrounded with friends that do.

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