Liebster Award

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Last week, I was nominated for a Liebster Award by my sister(in-law), Brittany at the Nested Nomad. Thank you, Brittany, for the nomination! The Liebster Award is an award for bloggers who have less than 200 followers and are working on developing their readership. This is kind of a “pay it forward” award, so I will also be nominating some new bloggers to share the love with.

One of the rules of receiving a Liebster award is that you have to answer 11 questions about yourself. So, here we go!

1. How did you decide on the title of your blog, and what’s it about?

I decided on Grace Mountain Diaries because I love grace. It is my one little word for the year and a word I just keep coming back to. Mountain because life is like a mountain trail, or at least mine is. Some days it’s beautiful and an easy climb, and others it’s a treacherous journey, you can’t find the trail. But in both cases, the journey is best with others, in community. Mountain, also, because with a family of 6, everything I do is a mountain – laundry, cooking… So here I am. Grace Mountain Diaries. It is all about life, my faith, my journey. And I hope it inspires you, encourages you in whatever you are facing. Reminding you that you are not alone and that God is near.

2. Where does your blogging inspiration come from?

Honestly, my blogging inspiration comes from my quiet time. Each morning I sit down with my Bible and journal (and if there is time, whatever non-fiction favorite book I am currently reading). I am currently reading the Psalms, and read, 1 chapter or a few, until I feel God speaking to my heart. I journal about what I read, what I am thankful for each day, and what I am thinking/feeling. And from there, usually something is heavy on my heart. So I write. I write from my heart, without a calendar, without an agenda. I just write. Some days I don’t have very much to share, but something is still stirring within me, waiting to be written – so I may share it on Instagram, or I journal it so it can be expounded on in the blog later.

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Welcome to Grace Mountain Diaries

Welcome to Grace Mountain Diaries! 

I have been wanting to start blogging for over a year now. It began as an idea to meld my real life with my Etsy shop (CrochetASmile).  But my desires changed, life got busy, and I put it off. Starting a blog came back to significance after sharing at a MOPS (Mothers Of Preschoolers) meeting with my church. It awoke a vision, a completely different vision, for this blog. This blog would be a place where Jesus is known, where women are encouraged, and where we can be real together.

 WHO AM I 

I should begin by introducing myself. My hope for this blog is that you will find community here. That begins here, with me.

I’m Ashley. Over the last few months, I have been undergoing a change. I like to think of it as ARISING. I am being TRANSFORMED by GRACE. And it has been amazing, exhausting, and emotional. I don’t think I have ever cried more than I have these last few months. But these tears have been beautiful. They have been a shedding of old, a leaving behind my old ways, and my (although at times, begrudgingly) picking up of new. I have fallen more and more in love with Jesus in this time. And have been a recipient of His GRACE more times than I can count. These last few months have been a time where I have been free to BLOOM.

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