Ashley Ashcraft has spent the majority of her life in North Texas. Born in Dallas, she attended Concordia University of Texas in Austin for an undergraduate degree and spent her mid-20’s in beautiful, easy-going Hawaii where she taught at a high school and obtained a M.E. in Educational Foundations from the University of Hawaii. The birth of her first daughter, now seven years old, brought her and her husband back to Texas and to family. Since then, they’ve added two more girls and a boy to the mix. Ashley now teaches at Prince of Peace Christian School in Carrollton (Go Eagles!) and has learned it takes a village and a lot of grace to be a wife, mom of four, teacher, and avid Eagle fan, but she is thankful for all of it. In the evenings you can usually find her supporting Eagles’ sports, trying to keep up with laundry, coaxing her kids to eat meat, or enjoying time out in the neighborhood with her wonderful neighbors. Ashley is not an expert mom, but she’s surrounded by an amazing tribe of women that help her to be the best mom and wife possible. She recently started blogging at As You Do Life and you can also find her on Twitter @AshleyAshcraft .

It’s Not the Building, It’s the People: Grief after the Tornado

My aunt died unexpectedly my senior year of high school. The next morning, I went to school and walked around numb and in disbelief that everyone else could continue life as normal. Never...

Innovative Education for Jobs that Don’t Yet Exist :: The SmartLab @ POPCS

  As a mom, I want nothing more for my children than for them to be safe, loved, and prepared for the life that is ahead of them. An executive from a Fortune 100 company...

Beyond Pink: Supporting People with Breast Cancer

Seven years ago, I attended my first Pink Out volleyball game in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness month. I hadn’t been to anything like it before. Pink banners and posters lined the gym walls....

Conquering Fear with Truth

  In the final weeks of summer, my oldest daughter mentioned she was dreading the start of school. I thought it was odd, but I chalked it up to nerves, reassured her, and continued on...

Common Spaces: How We Found Friends in our Neighborhood

When we moved into our neighborhood four years ago, we didn’t know anyone and craved community, but we struggled to meet our neighbors. We felt a little awkward inviting people we barely knew into...

The Day Our Cashier Became a Part of My Village

Without realizing it, the more kids we add to our family, the more I avoid situations where our family of six might cause a scene. I’ve turned down invitations and skipped events fearful that...

You’re Irreplaceable, Mama :: Thoughts from a Working Mom

  I love my job. Like, really, love my job. I tried to take a year off from teaching when we welcomed our first daughter, but I only made it five months before I accepted a...

Four Tips for Navigating Conflict in Your Family

  As my husband and I neared our third wedding anniversary, big life decisions dominated our conversations in the evenings. We routinely discussed things like: Are we ready to have kids? Should we move closer...