Hi, I’m Ashley! I am SO excited to be a part of this lovely little blog and pray that my contributions to it will bless you in some way.
Once upon a time I was a career focused (okay, obsessed) accounting exec for a national home interiors retailer. I loved my job and found great fulfillment in it. Then our first daughter was born, and in a very profound way, I was reborn. In an instant my focus, my dreams, my goals, my everything changed. Motherhood has been the most transformative and most God revealing season of my life so far. Through my love for my children I catch glimpses of the love my Father has for me.
Growing up in the beautiful cultural melting pot of Tampa, FL, I developed a deep and abiding appreciation for good food. As often as I can, I try to smuggle those unique flavors (Greek and Cuban being my favorites) up to Tennessee so I can share them with friends. Also, working at a famous Bay Area bakery while in high school afforded me some fantastic experience and mentoring in the pastry arts. When mommy life allows, I love creating delicious wedding and groom’s cakes for my friends and church family.
I am married to my college crush, Jason, the most compassionate, caring, God serving man I know. He is my favorite person and I think we balance out each other’s eccentricities kind of perfectly. We enjoy backpacking the Appalachian Trail (okay, we did pre-kids), experimenting in the kitchen together and tackling crazy home and garden projects together. I’m sure you’ll be getting to know him more down the road if I can twist his arm into a guest post or two. We have two daughters, each so different and so wonderful in her own way, and the most precious, happiest, smiliest baby boy.
I look forward to sharing my crazy chaotic life with you as I search for holiness in endless mounds of laundry, Eskimo kisses, fresh baked bread and walks in the woods.
You can contact me at Ashley(at)theruffledmango(dot)com.
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