September

I Love You, a Bushel and a Peck

It’s hard to believe that it has already been a year since everything changed. In some ways, it feels like yesterday and in others it seems as if it were a lifetime ago. From December 2013 to January 2016, I lost six of my close family members but it’s these losses, these two in September 2015, that grabbed a hold of me and crumbled every wall and every barrier that I hadn’t even realized I had built. One year ago, not long after this post will go live, I stood at the foot of my grandmother’s hospital bed as she left this world for God’s kingdom. Less than 48 hours later, I stood outside of her house at 1:45 in the morning as her youngest daughter, my Aunt Shelia, joined her.

Grandma & a Baby Ashley

My grandmother was one of the strongest women that I know and to know my grandmother was to be loved by her. She raised her ten children to be the best aunts and uncles (and mom) I could ever wish for, something she did primarily on her own. Though her first taste of work was growing up on a tobacco farm, she worked as a waitress, a cook, a hairdresser, and a third-shift textile worker to help support them before eventually settling into her role with an organization that provided residential services to adults in the community with intellectual disabilities. She loved on her clients just as she loved on her own family, something that I hope I carry on in my own current role as a teacher to children with special needs. And although she had 15 grandchildren, she had a unique way of making each of us feel special when we were with her.

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Currently // Vol. 9

Currently

Welcome to September! This truly is one of my favorite months because it holds the start of Fall and the start of cooler temperatures here. Hallelujah! Check out all of the currently updates over on Anne’s blog!

Reading // Lesson plans? I’m more than a little bummed that a broke out of my reading rut towards the end of the summer…only to have it ruined by my going back to work. I spent Labor Day weekend in the mountains, though, away from cell service and internet so I was able to read Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist and make more headway on The Happiness Dare!

Trying // To stay awake. I wake up early to get to work, you guys….

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