It's Friday Jr!!! Woohoo!!! Do y'all use bitmojis?? Matt and I are big fans and the one referring to Thursday as Friday Junior always makes us laugh!
Anyways, it's high time for another feature and this week we have the lovely, Ashley Canipe. Ashley is one of the kindest, honest, warm and loving mamas... I love her message and her brand and her heart most of all. She is in Charleston, so we have yet to meet in person... but, a little birdie told me that I just might get to meet her in May- hooray!!
I hope this peak into her heart and story gives you great encouragement and hope, friend!
Share where you currently live:
Just outside of Charleston, South Carolina.
Share where you grew up:
I was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Share about your family/your job/living situation:
My incredible husband Philip and I have been married for 7 ½ years and we have two sweet girls—Bridgett (age 3) and Libby (7 months). Just under a year ago we made a BIG cross country move from Colorado to South Carolina (hello culture shock!) to start a scent marketing franchise called Aire-Master. I’m a stay at home mama and spend time crafting, designing and creating for my blog/shop The Littles and Me during naptime.
Share your favorite book and/or podcast:
Just one?! Oh that’s tough. There are SO many books and podcasts that I’m loving lately, but my current favorite podcast is Risen Motherhood and I’m really enjoying the book Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul David Tripp. So much wisdom and depth!
Share your favorite quote and/or Bible verse:
“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” [Zephaniah 3:17]
Share your favorite beverage:
I love love love coconut milk lattes and I’m a sucker for Sangria
Share one of the biggest losses you’ve experienced:
This past year we packed up our little family and moved across the country away from family when I was 7 months pregnant with our second to a place we knew not a soul. Hello, craziness! It’s funny because I never thought that moving would be so difficult, uncomfortable and stretching. I also didn’t realize how rooted and comfortable we were when we lived in Colorado. This move has been simultaneously wonderful and the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It has challenged me in ways I never thought possible, but also has grown my faith, marriage and family in depth I never imagined.
Share some of the choices that have been most helpful in continuing to move you forward and supporting you while you are healing:
Being honest and vulnerable with how I am feeling is so important. Isn’t it so easy to pretend that everything is just fine even when it’s not? I’ve learned in this season that it’s ok and oh so important to grieve and dialogue about the loss that you have experienced but it’s also equally as important to not stay stuck in that place.
Share some ways you have tried to incorporate laughter and fun in the midst of the hurt:
My blog has been such a saving grace for me in the middle of this move. My heart behind The Littles and Me is to help mamas create meaningful moments through celebration and play. It has been so wonderful to connect deeply and intentionally with my girls even in the middle of feeling alone and uncomfortable in a new place. Through celebration and play we’ve made a lot of incredible memories in South Carolina. I firmly believe that dance parties are game changers and that sprinkles are always a good idea. In choosing to celebrate and notice the small pieces of our everyday life that are good and beautiful, a miracle has happened in my heart to love and savor this season, despite the fact that it feels uncomfortably new and unknown.
Share how this experience has been instrumental in leading you to where you are today:
Moving has forced me to cling to Jesus. To fall at His feet daily, minute by minute, and ask Him to give me just enough grace for each moment. The depth of faith and closeness with the Lord that has come from this season makes it worth it. It has also given me new eyes to truly celebrate the here and now, stay in the lane that God has given me, and water the grass that I have been given.
Share any tips/advice/love for others who have gone through something similar:
Whew! If you are walking through a similar season of loss I so wish I could just give you a big hug. Please know that you aren’t alone. It’s so easy to believe that you are, but, sweet friend, please know you aren’t. One of the things that has been instrumental in giving me eyes for this new place was actually an idea from my husband. He challenged me to get out a pen and paper and write down all of the things that I loved, cherished and set my heart on fire from where we lived in Colorado. Then we went through thing by thing and circled what things from that list that we could start doing more of here in South Carolina. Another thing that has helped in those moments is whipping out what we fondly call, ‘gratitude glasses.’ It’s kind of our way of reminding ourselves that keeping perspective is important. It’s amazing how choosing to see and celebrate the small pockets of goodness can cause a shift in your heart. These two things have made such a huge difference.
Y'all definitely want to follow this sweet one for great encouragement for your mama heart!