hello! i'm so glad God led you here!
Welcome to my cozy little corner of the internet dedicated to sharing hope and finding faith to embrace a beautiful broken life.
This space is for you, sweet friend, and I pray that even though two screens (and maybe some miles) stand between us, that you would know that I'm here praying for you and rooting you on in your faith journey with Jesus.
If God has led you here (which I believe He has!), then chances are you've been hurt, experienced loss or life hasn't turned out the way you thought it would. And, if we were together in person right now, this would be the part where I'd hug you and say, "Me too. I'm so sorry." (Yes, even in COVID times, I would hug you, maybe just with a mask on! We live in weird times...anyway!)
I pray that this space would be a needed retreat for your soul to find rest and your heart to find hope for the future. No matter how deep your grief or how painful your circumstances, I want you to know there is still hope.
God can and will redeem the broken pieces of your story and use them for your good and His glory. I've seen it in my own life, and I know I will see it in yours.
He is faithful.
Praying for you, sweet friend.
hi, i'm ashley!
I'm a follower of Jesus Christ, clinging to the hope of Heaven and Romans 8:18. I'm a 33-year-old old soul who loves to encourage women in their walk with Jesus.
I'm married to my forever husband, Matt. We have a daughter in Heaven named Bridget, a three-year-old son named Branton, a baby boy due in January, and an ornery golden retriever named Braxton (did you pick up on the fact that I love BR names?)
I am the founder and Executive Director of the 501c3 nonprofit Bridget's Cradles, an organization Matt and I founded after the birth and death of our daughter, Bridget Faith.
Before losing Bridget (and marrying Matt), God had redeemed my life from the depths of despair following adultery and abandonment in my first marriage. The pain and betrayal of the divorce left me running to the Cross, to the One who would never leave or forsake me.
I clung tightly to Jesus and His truth through the suffering and prayed for healing and redemption. God blessed me beyond my wildest dreams when He introduced me to Matt.
Besides being a wife and pursuing Jesus, my heart's utmost desire was to become a mother. Shortly after our wedding day, Matt and I conceived our first child. Twenty-four weeks and five days later, Bridget was born into Heaven due to complications in my pregnancy.
A new wave of grief and sadness washed over me, but this time it led me to completely surrender my own plans for my life. This was the beginning of starting our ministry. (You can read Bridget's life story and how Bridget's Cradles began here).
In my short life, Jesus has walked me through some of the darkest trials a person can experience. Through the suffering, pain, and tears, He has strengthened my faith and drawn me closer to Him. He has given me purpose from my pain and restored joy to my life. My life is broken but beautiful.
There's so much more I could share, but here are a few things you may want to know about me: I resigned from a career as a Speech-Language Pathologist in 2015 to pursue full-time ministry. I love writing, photography, reading, traveling, crafting, organizing, and decorating our newly-built modern farmhouse-inspired home. I'm a self-professed perfectionist who often struggles with anxiety and fear. I'm a Type One on the Enneagram and obsessed with to-do lists.
With strongest faith, I have learned to allow suffering to refine me, and above all, to be used for the glory of God. I pray that this website, an intimate journey through my life, heart, and mind, will be convicting and encouraging to you in your own walk with Him.
Let's find faith to embrace a beautiful broken life together. He who promised is faithful.