Ashley and her husband, Mark, married in June of 2012 and started attending Harvest in August of 2017. As a Plainview native, Ashley graduated from Plainview High School and attended Wayland Baptist University, where she and Mark met in International Choir. A blessing and a miracle from the Lord, Addison joined their family in October of 2018. Ashley is an English professor at Wayland and an editor for the weekly “Among Friends” blog posts. She is passionate about ministering to women who are struggling with infertility or miscarriage and dreams of one day writing a devotional about her experiences with both. Ashley enjoys spending time with her family and especially loves playing with and reading to Addison.
Who is your hero? Why? I come from a long line of strong, Christian women and was blessed to know 3 of my great-grandmothers. In fact, Addison has pictures with these 3 women–her great-great-grandmothers–and for the months they were still living, we had 5 generations. These women have taught me so much about the Lord, about love, and about living life to the fullest. I know it isn’t one hero, but all of these incredible matriarchs are heroes in my book.
What one event in your childhood had the greatest effect on your life? It isn’t a happy event, but when I was 15 years old, my grandfather was tragically killed in a plane crash. His death taught me the importance of making memories, holding my family close, and investing in friendships that build you up, even when you are at your darkest. His death also taught me how to hold onto the hope of an eternity in Heaven, and that’s gotten me through many other difficult events, too.
If you weren’t doing what you do today, what other job would you like to do? If I wasn’t an English professor, I think I would move to the mountains and open a quaint little used bookstore and coffee shop. I’d spend my days sipping coffee or tea, looking dreamily out of the shop window to the snow covered mountains, and reading and writing just for the fun of it.
What “lesson from mom” do you still live by today? One of my favorite memories from childhood with my mom is reading and singing before bed each night. I still remember many of the songs we sang together–Seek Ye First, You Are My Sunshine, Oh How He Loves You and Me, and several others. I often get misty-eyed when I hear them because they bring me back to those gentle bedtime moments that I’ll never forget. It’s amazing to now have a daughter I can read with and sing to before bed each night, and as you might have guessed, we sing many of the same songs that my mom sang to me. This is definitely a favorite, but my mom has taught me so many lessons about being a good mother, and I’m forever grateful.