26 weeks pregnant in San Francisco!

My name is Ashley and I’m a thirty-something wife and mother just trying to get through life with love, hope, courage, and joy.

I’m passionate about building strong communities, (imperfectly) practicing kindness, and I spend a great deal of time inside my INFP head. I thrive and survive by surrounding myself with strong, creative, caring women, stockpiling loose leaf tea, reading good books, and dancing from the inside out.

I use this blog to share about life – sewing, knitting, parenting, love, and loss.



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  1. Ashley – I’d like to introduce you to Voices of Sensory Processing Disorder. This is a community website where bloggers can share their experiences, victories, tips and everyday challenges with others. And we want you! We’d love to share your writing. Please visit us at http://www.voicesofsensoryprocessingdisorder.com to learn more.

    I do hope you’ll join us. Happy blogging!

    Jennifer Hughes
    Voices of Sensory Processing Disorder

    • Hi!

      Thanks so much for contacting me. I took a look at your website and facebook page. SPD websites like yours have been a tremendous source of information and comfort for me in the last few months and I would love to provide that to others. I am intrigued, but I would like to get a better understanding of exactly what (deliverables) you are looking for. Are you looking for me to re-purpose/re-post some of my blog posts, create new content, create a one time essay of my experience, or add on-going content?



  2. Hi there, I randomly found your blog and was interested to see that your daughter was diagnosed with SPD…we adopted two infants from Africa and sensory processing disorder is often associated with infants adopted from orphanages. Your daughter is absolutely adorable and you guys seem like such wonderful, involved parents with how you are addressing the SPD. 🙂 Thanks for blogging about it!

      • No, neither of them have been diagnosed with SPD. It was something we kept our eyes open for though, and if any issues come up in toddlerhood, we’ll probably revisit it 🙂

  3. I am reading your previous posts about Maddy and am amazed by how similar our journeys are in regards to SPD, SOS feeding approach, therapy and home involvement. I started following your blog for knitting ideas, but have found so much more. Thank you for sharing your ups and downs. I especially liked your most recent post about the sensitive santa. What a wonderful idea! After sensory overload at his 2nd birthday party a few weeks ago, I had similar feelings looking at photos of my son in tears. I should have known the lights dimmed, singing, candles, change of routine would be too much- but I wanted him to have the typical birthday cake experience. I had not even thought about attempting a santa visit, but may look into local options for sensitive kiddos. Wishing you the best this holiday season! I look forward to continuing to read your posts.

    • Hi! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a message 🙂 The biggest journey of all, I find, is looking at our own wants and needs and understanding why we think certain things are important. I am getting so much better at reminding myself that it’s not about me, and learning to support Maddy in the way that she wants or needs to be supported. A very important journey, I think, for any parent. Our kiddos sure are good teachers!

  4. Ashley — A couple of years ago I tried to launch a site called Voices of SPD. But with running The Sensory Spectrum and having my own sensory kids, it went dormant. I’m reviving it as a series on The Sensory Spectrum. You shared a piece on Voices of SPD a while ago and I’d like to share it again on The Sensory Spectrum. Do I have your permission?

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