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Operation Christmas Child! Lunch! PayPal!

Hello friends!

Had fun working on the Operation Christmas Child boxes. These are not very Christmassy on purpose, it’s supposed to help them get into restricted countries.

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Birthday lunch with my family! We went to a restaurant we haven’t been to in almost 20 years! Really good!

Worked with Dad on birthing hypnosis. P is going to be here next week. I can feel it.

Created a new PayPal website and html donate button for Whirlwind Missions. We live by faith, but we live on money. Thank you for keeping our Daddy Daughter ministry going.

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Also set up an email strictly for Whirlwind. WhirlwindMissions@gmail.com.
Got my 1000 wipes for $34 today!

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They came with a cute wipes clutch that I put in my purse. Now I really feel like a mom.

 

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Love,

Ashley

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Quickbooks! Cleaning! Cooking!

Joan and I worked on linking the Bank of America with the Whirlwind Intuit Quickbooks account. Slowly I’m learning how to code and process it all.

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Cleaned out a closet to make room for Penelope’s stroller and baby gear.

Talked with Catherine and her Virginia Tech team. They’re coming for one day on Penelope’s due date! I think she’ll be born two days later though.

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Cooking Short ribs tonight. I seared them this morning and they’ve been marinating in Pom sauce and veggies in the crock pot. I’m putting them over creamy polenta. YuM! I even learned how to deseed a Pomegranate. Did you know you use a bowl of warm water to do it?

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Love,

Ash

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Lunch! Phone Calls! Letters!

Hello there!

Had a great meeting with Lindsay Lewis from One Heart Church today. Her church wants to adopt a mission and have on going work. I’m for that!

Made phone calls. I think I’ve got one team on board for sure. Still working with the other.

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Working on getting the new quickbooks up and running.

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Wrote checks to partners, paid Whirlwind bills, and sent letters to supporters.

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Got our money order for rent.

Not feeling 100%. Have a sore throat and sniffles. Going to stay in now and rest on this rainy day.

Love,

Ash

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Pantry! The Great Candy Toss!

Hello friends!

Had my 36 weeks diabetes checkup this morning. P is doing great.

Organized the pantry. Trying to make room for little baby things.

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Missions! Had a great time having volunteers from Perimeter.

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The girls love my baby girl!

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Then it was time for the GIANT CANDY TOSS!!

 

 

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Love these girls!

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Home now to eat some chicken in creamy sun dried tomato sauce.

Love,

Ashley

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New Hair! Missions!

Hello friends!

Worked on polishing the floors and furniture today. Nesting phase…

Got the car seat installed and approved at the Decatur FD.

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Got my hair done!

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Missions!

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Cooking Roast beef Stromboli! Miles and I rolled and fled the dough ourselves.

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Signed up a new team for Thanksgiving!

Love,

Ash

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Newsletters! Groceries! Phone Call! Meatloaf!

Hello there!

Picked up, folded and mailed off the newsletters.

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Banking and donations report for Whirlwind.

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Got groceries. I love a full fridge.

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Learned how to poach a chicken for my chicken tarragon sandwich with sweet potato soup. It was just a soup kinda day.

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Made meatloaf and cumin carrots for dinner! I felt like Betty Crocker.

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Laundry and phone call with Pastor Paul.

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Sent Joan a paper work for Quickbooks. Slowly getting in order. Canceled our expensive membership for Joan’s executive one. We’ll save about $10 a month.

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Wrote thank you notes to supporters and friends who came to P’s baby shower.

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Milo and I took the carseat to get inspected but the Police department was closed. I have an appointment tomorrow at one with them. SOON! SOON I say! Penelope will be with us!

Love,

Ashley

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Newsletter! Financial Report! Missions!

Had a good meeting with my diabetes doctor this morning. It was actually a balanced conversation. Penelope is doing great! She’s weighing in at 5 pounds two ounces!

Came home and wrote my newsletter.

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Finished the financial report.

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Wrote thank you letters to donors.

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Mailed off Whirlwind bills.

Deposited donations for Whirlwind. THANK YOU, BABA!

Missions!

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Love,

Ash

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Perimeter Missions Fair! Highland Games!

Hello friends!

Signed up a lot of Perimeter friends to help us “Take the Church! To the People!” in November!

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Highland Games at Stone Mountain with Miles and co.

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The sheepdogs were our favorite.

A sheepdog named Ceilidh races after sheep at the Sheepdog Trials at the annual Highland Games on July 13, 2013 in Mount Vernon, Wash. Trainers had five minutes to direct their dogs to herd the sheep around and through various obstacles in order to gain points.  Brooke Warren / Skagit Valley Herald
A sheepdog named Ceilidh races after sheep at the Sheepdog Trials at the annual Highland Games on July 13, 2013 in Mount Vernon, Wash. Trainers had five minutes to direct their dogs to herd the sheep around and through various obstacles in order to gain points.
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Love,

Ash

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Bible Study! Missions!

Hello friends!

Went to 12Stone Bible Study this morning. Always love to hear the ladies’ stories.

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Dropped my car off at T&G. Making sure all our family cars are safe for Penelope to ride in.

Meet with Dad and J for lunch and then headed to tell managers about the teams this weekend.

Missions!

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Looking forward to the doulas coming over tonight.

 

Love,

Ash

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Vet! Missions!

Hello!

Took Moogs to the vet today. She was a bit concerned. Got all her vaccines. Doc said her teeth and weight look really good. Yay! I’m a good fur mama.

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Mission with the kiddos!

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Got a message from Dad! He’s doing great!

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Went to Pallookaville for dinner and trivia! #SogoodinmymouthSObadformysugar

Love,

Ash

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SeeBaby! Finances! Missions!

Hello friends!

Worked on categorizing Whirlwind Finances for Quickbooks.

Then off to meet the midwives at SeeBaby. I’m SO happy I made the switch. I love the natural approach and the water birth option. They are very supportive and took time to get to know us.

Off to the mission!

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About to cook some dinner now.

Love,

Ash

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Diabetes Doctor! Family! Decor! Mission

Hello there!

Went to the doctor this morning. My fasting numbers have been high no matter what I eat so I was put on a lose dose of meds to help my glucose levels.  This is P this morning, she has her hand over her mouth.

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Meet up with J and Mo!

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Finished the Financial Report and dropped it off at the treasure’s house.

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Made some spooky spider webs.

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Went by the church and bank for Whirlwind.

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Missions!

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Love,

Ash

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12Stone Bible Study, Hike! Halloween! Missions!

Hello!

Good session with the ladies at 12Stone today. God is still revealing how I can make my life more fun by following His gentle prompts. Even just praying with people at the farmer’s market can be an eye opener. I’ve learned a lot from the people I meet.

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Hiked with Moogs.

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Got the money order for rent and groceries.

Painted pumpkins and put out some more spooky decorations.

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Missions!

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Love,

Ash

 

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Tea! Newsletters! Reading! Missions!

Hello friends!

What a great morning for reading under the covers. Almost finished my Bradley Method birthing book.

Input donations and expenses for Whirlwind Financial Report.

Wrote checks to partners.

Visited Teavana, got some yummy pumpkin spice tea.

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Picked up the newsletters, popped them in the mail.

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Put up Halloween decorations. Ohhh spooky!

 

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Missions!

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Milo got us some turkey legs from the farmer’s market. We’re going to enjoy a mini thanksgiving meal.

Love,

Ash

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Bible Study! Groceries! Newsletter! Missions!

Hello there!

I had fun with the 12Stone ladies at our Nehemiah Bible Study. I noticed on the calendar that our last day will be Dec. 2nd and I thought, “I’m going to have a baby by then!”

Came home and worked on my newsletter.

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Printed out pictures to take to Audobon where we had our block party last weekend.

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Went to the farmer’s market to get groceries. Looking forward to trying the coconut flour and quinoa with oats I got.

Missions!

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This was Milo’s favorite book. Can’t wait to read it to P.

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Love,

Ash

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Stone Mountain! Phone Calls! Anne! Missions

Hello friends.

Enjoyed getting back to the mountain this morning. It was nice and foggy.

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Can you see all the places my fingers been pricked to draw blood?

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Made phone calls and worked on writing thank you notes for P’s presents.

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Had a great time with Anne and baby Cole. She gave me some really good healing necessities for after baby. THANK YOU, ANNE!

On to the mission!

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Dinner with Leslie Marshall. She’s got a heart for India so we’re going to show her around Global Mall.

 

Love,

Ash

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Penelope’s Baby Shower! BBQ Lunch in Birmingham!

Good Evening!

Penelope was doted on so much yesterday at her Aunt Ashley’s house with Auntie Lyns. Thank you all who made the day special.

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Fun time taking the T&A Show on the road to Birmingham this afternoon. Thank you to all who are going to help us, “Take the Church, To the People!” to the 100 apartments this summer.

 

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Organized all of P’s goodies. Got a hamper full of clothes to wash and dress her in!

 

 

 

Love,

Ash

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Doctor! Letters! Phone Calls! Audubon! Missions!

Howdy!

Had my meeting with the gestational diabetes specialist. Got to see P! Mo said she looked like she was blowing a bubble in the one picture.

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Ran with Moogs.

Mailed letters!

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This is my office…I call that my phone call ball.

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Called lots of people for the Birmingham BBQ!

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Created a Fall flyer for Audubon apartments and got the OK from the manager for our block party there this Saturday!

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Talked to my doulas. Looking forward to meeting them next Friday. Working on changing doctors to one who better fits my birth plan/beliefs.

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Ran by Dee’s house to grab more baby gear. THANK YOU!

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On to the mission!

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Love,

Ash

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Doctors! Bible Study! Meetup!

Hello friends!

Had a day full of doctors appointments. First was my OB and then the Gestational Diabetes nutritionist. Penelope is right on track and my glucose levels are good.

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Went to a Bible Study in between.

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Worked on addressing and mailing out Birmingham BBQ invites.

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Meet up with a girlfriend to talk babies and Mom life.

 

Another doctors appointment tomorrow. Gotta keep this baby healthy.

Love,

Ash

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Bible Study! BBQ Lunch Logistics! Letters! Financial Report! Mission!

Hello there!

Enjoyed Bible Study this morning. Got a later start since we got in at 2am after the concert. So much fun though!

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Picked up my prescription for my glucose monitoring system.

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Got more ink for sending out the BBQ flyer.

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Wrote letters to friends.

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Worked with Rev. Ben Birdsong on the BBQ lunch logistics in Birmingham on Monday.

 

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Finished and dropped off the Financial Report.

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Renewed my domains.

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Went by Family Christian Bookstore to pick up the Nehemiah study but it was completely sold out. Looks like a lot of people will be studying him.

Missions!

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Future teachers!

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Going to cook some Korean style pork chops with fried quenoa!

Three hours of doctors appointments tomorrow for Penelope.

Love,

Ash

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Rockbridge BC! Hospital Tour! Lithuanian BBQ!

Hello friends!

P is 30 weeks grown this week! She’s as big as a cheesecake/

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Miles and I met up with the parents today at Rockbridge Baptist Church. Enjoyed the message about listening to our inner voice that Jesus uses to communicate with us. Looking forward to putting that into practice this coming week.

 

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Milo and I jetted off to Dekalb Medical for the OB Tour. Can you tell we’re the trouble makers?

 

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Then off to dinner with Mindu and his wife, Raminta, for some ribs and skewers Lithuanian style. I told Miles I felt so grown up attending dinner parties.

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Love,

Ashley

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One Heart Church!

Hello friends!

Dad and I had fun with the One Heart Church team this morning!

We briefed them and then over to the Farmer’s Market.

 

 

The weather was perfect for missions and we had a great turn out.

 

Yesterday I went to meet Dr. Lee. I think he’ll be a great pediatrician for Penelope. I have a few other appointments with other doctors so we’ll see who makes the cut!

 

Love,

Ash

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Misty Mountain! Phone Calls! Mission!

Climbed Stone Mountain in the mist this morning. It was so nice. I felt like I had the whole mountain to myself. I’ve really enjoyed going up early and praying.

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Made phone calls. Encouraging churches to come on missions and praying with them. Doing research on what churches want from a missions experience. Pray that some of the churches will get on board.

 

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Walked Moogs and washed all our bedding. I love clean sheets. I even used some of the essential oils I got in the laundry. MMM! My sheets smell like Purity.

Missions! Great to have some help from Perimeter Church. Today I worked with the sixth grade boys. They called the room The Boss Lounge. We worked on orbits, revolutions, inner and outer planets. I also helped with the Water Cycle project.

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Love,

Ash

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St. Mnt! Edamame Slaw! Phone Calls! Mission!

Hello friends!

Climbed Stone Mountain early this morning. IT was like being in a cloud when I reached the top.

On the way down a lady stopped me to ask how far along I was, 7 months I responded. From there we talked the rest of the way down. I can’t wait to see how Penelope brings new people into my life once she’s out of the womb.

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Cooked Edamame Slaw this afternoon. It was so fresh and I loved the vinegar taste. Here’s the recipe. 

 

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Made phone calls and introduced myself to the church staff Dad meet with on his TN and KY trip.

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Helped the mission kids with their math and spelling. Then showed Arely how to use a hot glue gun for her water cycle project.

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Preparing of the block party this Saturday and another next Saturday! Love being out in the community.

Working on categorizing expenses and deposits. Over 2 years to go through.

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Love,

Ash