Rise to the moment of truth Thursday, February 2, 2023

Posts by Ashley Carter

Farm
Ashley Carter: Living the dream and homesteading

In the beginning, homesteading seemed like such a crazy leap of faith, but now it’s turning into the greatest blessing.

Corruption
Ashley Carter: Fighting corruption from the bottom-up

If we want to see changes, we must start from the bottom-up. Corruption, unless uncovered, will go to the grave with the corruptor.

Parent Child
Ashley Carter: Fixing school discipline problems starts at home

Blame for lack of discipline isn’t solely the fault of the public schools. In fact, true respect and discipline starts within the home, not the classroom or the daycare we drop our children off at every day.

Homeschool
Ashley Carter: I regret that my family didn’t homeschool earlier

One of the best things about homeschooling was the overwhelming peace that leaving the public school system brought. The constant battle we experienced there became too much.

Prayer, faith
Ashley Carter: A new year centered around Christ and not ourselves

Even in the midst of all the uncertainty and inconveniences we face, we know God is with us. We know that His plan is perfect and there is a reason for everything. If we go into this next year knowing and trusting in that, how much of a difference would that make for you and everyone around you?

Christmas tree
Ashley Carter: A Christmas tree wish

This past week, my family and I took a short trip to the mountains. While we were there, we visited a few stores and did some shopping. I was taken aback by the small tree filled with hand-written wishes as I entered one of the stores.

Family
Ashley Carter: Protect them

As new parents, you spend so much time researching and trying to learn all the things that are helpful or beneficial to your children. There are long days and sleepless nights.

Christmas, wreath
Ashley Carter: Christmas traditions

With the Christmas season upon us, many are trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on their lists. I myself have been in the very same situation. I stopped recently and thought about all the things I got as a child and honestly can’t remember many of the gifts.

Dad, father
Ashley Carter: Thank you, Dad

You never know who is watching and where it will lead you.

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Ashley Carter: The greatest of these is love

I am sure that most of you have read the scriptures that eloquently explain to us what love should actually be. However, I myself have struggled with loving exactly the way we are commanded. 

Coach Carnell Williams after practice Auburn football practice on Wednesday, Nov 2 2022 in Auburn, AL.
Ashley Carter: Go crazy, Cadillac!

It is almost impossible not to be excited about what is happening at Auburn University and with its football team. Carnell "Cadillac" Williams is only three games in as head coach and already seems to have changed the momentum. 

Thanksgiving
Ashley Carter: A day of Thanksgiving

Time with family is priceless. The moments we spend together creating memories are ones that will never be forgotten. 

Hands together
Ashley Carter: Expectations

I have learned over the years through many different experiences, that we set expectations for life, for others and for ourselves so high that they become unattainable.

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Joy Haven Farm: A small certified naturally grown sustainable farm entering into their 10th growing season

At Joy Haven Farm they are passionate about growing nutrient rich food while using sustainable practices.

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Ashley Carter: Choose life

I have struggled with the thought of actually telling my story, but I strongly believe that there is someone out there that will be better off knowing that they aren’t alone.

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Ashley Carter: Kindness still exists

In a world full of confusion and uncertainty, taking the time to show a little extra kindness and compassion is never a bad idea. 

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Ashley Carter: Finding joy in the imperfections

Take time to enjoy the opportunities to see the joy in the little imperfections that we call life.

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Ashley Carter: The beauty of patriarchy in the home

As a young married woman, I had never even heard the word patriarchy and had no idea that what I had been shown growing up was just that.

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Ashley Carter: The joy of being a grandparent

I honestly don’t think anyone can prepare you for the overwhelming joy that comes with being a grandparent.

Allyson Andrews beekeeper
Meet Alabama's 'Crazy Bee Lady'

Allyson Andrews, who some call “Ally” or “Crazy Bee Lady," has a deep passion for teaching others about the amazing little critter that God surely outdid himself in creating: the honey bee. 

Ashley Carter
Ashley Carter: Being a woman is a beautiful thing

As I got older, I began to realize that all of the things that I loved doing came naturally to me. I loved holding the little babies, and I didn’t mind taking care of the home and cooking. I enjoyed all of it and knew in my heart that I wanted to be a mom.

Oak Tree
Ashley Carter: The oak tree

There once sat a tall oak tree on the very top of the property owned by my family. I distinctly remember it as a child. It was tall and majestic — one of those things you could never forget. My grandparents had farmed the land and kept it up, so while there for the summers, I spent many days around that tree. 

Dumplings
Ashley Carter: Chicken and dumplings — The secret ingredient (love!)

Memaw’s kitchen, with the smell of love and hard work, greeted you as soon as you came in the door. Every holiday or special occasion, we knew we could look forward to a big pot full of goodness known as chicken and dumplings.

Watch
Ashley Carter: The watch

I am often questioned about the vintage watch that is always worn on my right wrist. Some are intrigued by the way it looks. It does seem to have a sense of sweet, dainty Southern charm to it. I love it for all of those reasons as well, but that is not my reason for wearing it every day. 

Florence
Florence — A step back in time with rich history, good food and great hospitality

When one is planning a quick getaway trip, visiting Florence, Alabama, doesn't tend to come to mind.

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Ashley Carter: I remember, but I think some of us forgot

As a little girl, I can remember looking forward to the summertime. The smell of breakfast being cooked in the kitchen by my grandmother, or “Nanny” as I called her. She was up around 5 in the morning to fix a full spread for PawPaw to eat before he left for work. I remember it was ready right before he sat down to eat.