Thursday, December 02, 2010

Holiday Happiness at HomeGoods

Chloe the Christmas Kitty is praying that Mom got her something at HomeGoods.

ChloeChristmasCat Thanks to HomeGoods and BlogHer I was able to go out and spend $25 on gifts!

In just one trip with only $25 bucks I was able to get gifts for my co-workers,  a gift for my mom, and some stocking stuffers. I was so pleased that I was able to get so much for so little, and there was an awesome variety of stuff that I could choose from in my budget.

Perfect CoworkersgiftI got the cutest notepad, sticky note, magnet set for my partners that I work with. Since we are teachers we can never have too many sticky notes! So these would make great teacher gifts for all those parents out there. great stocking stuffers

There was a ton of candy sets and fun little edible gifts items that would be perfect for a stocking. I got these unique sweet treats to go in a stocking!

I can’t post a picture the picture of what I got for my mom since she reads my blog, but you will have to trust me when I say that it is awesome! It is an elegant home decor item that looks expensive but was under 15 dollars!!! (Maybe if you look closely at my next picture you can sneak a peek at it!) **Mom just ignore that last part. ;-)

Yay! My haul of stuff! I had a blast shopping and I am definitely hitting up HomeGoods before the end of the season!

ChloeApproves Chloe the Christmas Kitty approves of my gifts even if they aren’t for her. :-)

If you want your chance to go holiday shopping at HomeGoods all you have to do is go HERE and you can enter for a chance to win a $100 or $20 giftcard!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I Never Would Have Thought

Even with everything I went through in the past, I really could have never imagined I be here.

I didn't think I would be making appointments with fertility specialists. I didn’t think I would need more surgery. I didn’t think I would need 6 months of injections before surgery.

I never thought I would be sitting here praying that  someday I  hope I will get to be a mommy. I never thought I would be sitting here praying that someone will still want to marry me. I never thought I would be sitting here praying to see God’s plan.

I never would have thought I would have so much support from family and friends. I never would have thought how blessed I truly am. I never would have thought I could have been more thankful for my loved ones.

Even though I never would have thought I would be in this struggle, I still  have faith. Faith in God, faith in His plan, faith in who I am, and who I am going to be. I will trust. I will wait. I will rely on Him.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Life Updates in a Bulleted List

  • The new school year has started
  • I love my new group of 3rd graders
  • I love teaching math…..I’m still in shock over that one
  • I cut my hair really short
  • My second job makes me tired
  • I am the student council sponsor
  • My purse got stolen
  • Pawpaw turned 80
  • My brother moved home
  • My friends are amazing
  • I need to plan my next trip/make more travel plans
  • I am fully aware that I am a bad blogger
  • Twitter is my latest obsession
  • It is less than a month until my birthday

Thursday, July 29, 2010


Everything- BuckCherry

Buried way beneath the sheets
I think she's having a meltdown
Finding it hard to fall asleep
She won't let anyone help her

The look on her face, a waste of time
She won't let go, gonna roll the dice
Losing her grace, starts to cry
I feel her pain when I look in her

I wanna be
I want everything, I want everything

Somewhere she is on the streets
Trying to make things better
Praying to God and breathing deep
Gotta break this long obsession

The look on her face, a waste of time
She won't let go, gonna roll the dice
Losing her grace, starts to cry
I feel her pain when I look in her

I wanna be
I want everything, I want everything
I wanna be
I want everything, I want everything, yeah

If I had everything would I still want to be alive
Or wanna be high?
If I had everything would I still want to be alive
Or want to be high?

Now and then she talks to me
And sometimes writes me letters
The look on her face, a waste of time
She won't let go, gonna roll the dice
Losing her grace, starts to cry
I feel her pain when I look in her

Your eyes, never close your eyes
And open up your mind and then baby
You can have everything, everything
Your eyes, never close your eyes
And open up your mind and then baby
You can have everything

Beautiful Beautiful- Francesca Battistelli

Don’t know how it is You looked at me
And saw the person that I could be
Awakening my heart
Breaking through the dark
Suddenly Your grace

Like sunlight burning at midnight
Making my life something so
Beautiful, beautiful
Mercy reaching to save me
All that I need
You are so
Beautiful, beautiful

Now there’s a joy inside I can’t contain
But even perfect days can end in rain
And though it’s pouring down
I see You through the clouds
Shining on my face

Like sunlight burning at midnight
Making my life something so
Beautiful, beautiful
Mercy reaching to save me
All that I need
You are so
Beautiful, beautiful

I have come undone
But I have just begun
Changing by Your grace

Like sunlight burning at midnight
Making my life something so
Beautiful, beautiful
Mercy reaching to save me
All that I need
You are so
Beautiful, beautiful

These are 2 very different songs that I currently have playing on repeat. I think this dichotomy really shows where my head is at right now. I am kind of all over the place. But not scattered in a bad way….just in a way that means I need to make some choices. Choice is always I good thing. I just hope I choose right.

I am sure that I have thoroughly confused my IRL (in real life) friends, but oh well.

Disclaimer: These are obviously song lyrics that I in no way wrote. I credit the artists…duh

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Stream of Randomness

I have started using Windows Live Writer to blog and I LOVE IT!! It definitely easy to use and it makes formatting so much easier than using Blogger.

I just moved. I didn’t tell ya’ll that. Yep I moved…again. I usually move about every 2 years but it had only been a year since my last move this time. Oh well, I love my new place. I am getting to be quite the moving expert.

My first summer off as a teacher has been a rousing success. I am a HUGE fan of any job that wants to pay me to have 2 months off. I look forward to many more summers off. But along the lines of summer is that I wish we could take some time off when it wasn’t so dang hot…maybe like have October off and June off….yeah I like that idea.

I have been without cable TV for over a week, and I am kind of getting use to not having it. Kind of…..

I am leaving for a trip in a couple of days and I have already packed my suitcase mentally but not physically…is that weird?

Teaching abroad has become a recent idea for me. I have begun skimming the surface about this notion. I would LOVE to go somewhere that I could practice my Spanish. (No worries Pick, I am just toying with the idea)

I saw Twilight Saga: Eclipse and it was awesome. Definitely my favorite of the Twilight movies.

I am beginning to come to terms with my social networking addiction. I am realizing that I spend entirely too much time on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. It’s a problem for real y’all.

I guess that’s it for now.

Ok I lied, I just thought of something else. If there is anything that anyone out there is in need of prayer about please let me know. I am trying to become a better prayer warrior so I would be thrilled to lift the blogosphere up in prayer. Even if it is just to pray for someone’s unspoken prayer request. Just leave me a comment.

Monday, July 12, 2010

I Don’t Know What My Problem Is

This is the longest blogging slump I have ever been in. I don’t know what the problem is. I have TONS of amazing things going on in my life that I want to share. I have TONS of “issues” I would love to discuss. But still nothing.

I want to be brave like Amy Beth and talk about singleness. I want to be brave like Casey and talk about depression. I want to be wickedly witty like Bossy. I want to elequently express my beliefs like Angie.

But alas, I am none of those women. I am just me. So you fine readers reader, are stuck with me. I am not sure exactly what that “me” means right now. I’m working on it.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

I Love My Daddy!

I love my Daddy for lots of reasons. He is more than I could ever wish for. My family and I would be lost without him. He truly is the best. I love him bunches and bunches, forever and forever.

024He is oh so manly cutting down trees.  daddy I mean, seriously, how cool is he.


I love you Daddy!

Saturday, June 05, 2010

You wanna know where I’ve been, just ask my facebook.

The following is an excerpt of my Facebook status messages:

Ashley Duncan I'm still in disbelief that the year is over. August will be here quickly I'm sure...

Ashley Duncan I cannot believe today was the last day of school. It is really kind of surreal.

Ashley Duncan Blah. Yep that's all I got.

Ashley Duncan I mowed my yard for the very first time! I'd never used a lawn mower before! I feel so accomplished :D

Ashley Duncan Around here somewhere

Ashley Duncan Workin' hard for the money :)

Ashley Duncan Girls night out! Sex and the City 2!! :D

Ashley Duncan There is nothing cuter than a room full of 9 year olds singing to Kidz Bop radio...I love it! These kiddos just melt my heart sometimes. :D

Ashley Duncan Man this day has started off crazy....but I can do all things through Christ who strengthen me. :)

Ashley Duncan God is good. Always and Forever.

Ashley Duncan I am so happy for you Sarah!! You deserve it!! Yay employment!!

Ashley Duncan Dear Bad Mood, please go away! Thanks, Ashley

Ashley Duncan Last full week of school!!!

Ashley Duncan Working a double then PARTY!

Ashley Duncan Rumor has it that TAKS scores are in..... :-/

Ashley Duncan "Burnt out, I'm so numb now.
That the fire's just an ember way down in the corner of my cold, cold heart"

Ashley Duncan I'm starting to clean out and pack up my classroom. I cannot believe this year is practically over!

Ashley Duncan I'm tired and whiny today. Waaaahhhh!

Ashley Duncan It's only 8:30am but this definitely the quote of the day by my little darlings: "Did you know stress makes body fat, so Ms. Duncan, school makes you fat".

Ashley Duncan I woke up at 8 am on my own! What is that about?!

Ashley Duncan I am such the single girl stereotype at the grocery store. My cart consisted of frozen dinners and cat food. :-/

Ashley Duncan In the arms of Your mercy I find rest.

Ashley Duncan Today is field day. I have laryngitis and I'm hot....waaaahhhwaahhh! Someone call me a wambulance! ;-)

Ashley Duncan Today I had a little boy with Autism tell me to stop talking so I don't lose my voice forever. So I'm on silence until tomorrow.

Ashley Duncan Is the rehab for a Chuy's addiction? If there is, I definitely need to go..... ;-)

Yes, I am fully aware I update my status entirely to much.

Sunday, May 02, 2010


Sometimes I look at my students and simply say, “Really?” This translate to: “Please tell that this is not really happening”. Well I had to tell my body “Really?”….because I have the flu…AGAIN.

                   flu flu2

Friday I woke up at 6 am feeling like this poor dude:

flumanYep I had a fever of 102, a splitting headache, sore throat, extreme tiredness, and my body felt like I had been hit by a truck. It was some serious sickness. 

So I headed to the doctor to get some of this:

tamifluThankfully I am feeling better. I have to go to school tomorrow since I am out of sick days thanks to the H1N1 flu I had in October.

This summer I think I am going to look into a doctor who specializes in boosting the immune system. It is just not normal for a person to get the flu TWICE! (Plus I got the flu shot dang it!)

Alright I am going back to my bed now. A little more rest never hurts, right? 

 **Photos courtesy of Wikipedia and

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Where Have YOU been?

This is the longest I have gone without posting something. I could fill this up with excuses, but I won’t. Because really, you don’t care. So instead I will fill this post with some lovely pictures of where I have been  lately. Enjoy these while I get back into the groove blogging regularly.



Sunday, January 31, 2010

We Are SO Texan

This is not the “brave” post that I eluded to in my last blog; so that means I am still working up the nerve to post that other one. But in the mean time here is a post that proves my family and I are true Texans. :-)

We got us a truck and a four-wheeler. 001

We got us a deer feeder. 005

And we even got us a chainsaw. 024

God blessed Texas with His own hand. ;-)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Coming Soon

A new post is coming soon.

As soon as I have the guts to press the "Publish Post" button....

Sunday, January 10, 2010

This Conversation Took a Weird Turn Somewhere

Text Message Conversation between my best friend and myself starting on January 4, 2010 at 9:17:53 PM

Me: Just an FYI for you- I hate sweaters and I want to move somewhere they are obsolete. Cause this Texas winter is letting me down...weeks of cold weather sucks.

Unit: So weird that it is so cold there- its like 50 here- just raining- crazy global warming :)

Me: Damn that global warming!

Unit: :)

January 4, 2010 9:34:39 PM

Unit: I never win nothing. :(

Me: huh?

Unit: Husband beats me at ALL games- its no fun!! Makes me a sad girl. :(

Me: That's cause he is ridiculously competitive!

Unit: Haha- yes it is! But then he says I am always nice when I win- but either way he is always winning- grrrrrrr

Me: Lets kick his butt! Tell him I said he is fired if he doesn't let you win!

Unit: Hahaha- he still won't let me!

Me: Then you must secretly practice :)

Unit: I do sometimes on the Wii then I feel all good about myself and he crushes my dreams- so sad

Me: Well y'all are just not Wii compatible, divorce is imminent....sorry ;-)

Unit: Oh No!!!

Me: Hahahahaha!! I am only teasing...sort of :D

January 4, 2010 9:56:37 PM

Unit: I just saw a huge block of jello on the Jack in the Box commercial- they were having a toga party and I thought man that would have been a crazy good idea :)

Me: LOL! That is the most random and most awesome text message ever! And yes that would have been a crazy good idea!

Unit: Haha- I figured you would appreciate it- I thought to myself 'Self you have got to tell the Unit about the ginormous block of jello!'

Me: You are cracking me up, I am seriously laying in bed laughing out loud like an idiot!

Unit: Hahahahaha! I am a funny girl! :)

Me: Its entirely possible that this entire text message convo is going to end up on my blog! Its too good not to share with the interwebs!

Sunday, January 03, 2010

So Much

I have so much I want to say but I'm scared. I feel like putting it out there makes it all the more real.

I'm going to try though, but just not right now.

So instead here is my first picture of 2010.