Hello! Hello! I am Ashley Weaver and I am so thankful you've stopped by my little corner of the internet! I want to share my story and give you an idea of what Joyful Noise Living is all about.
I have been married 10 blessed years (2007) to my wonderful husband. He captured my heart with a guitar and a love of music and Jesus. He even shared in my geekiness, so we figured we were a match made in heaven. I am a former teacher and youth pastor, and had to hand in the keys to that role when I became a mom in 2010 to my beautiful daughter. We added two bouncing boys to our tribe in 2012 and 2015, and my world shrank very rapidly from full-time "church ministry" to my home. I was now on call for three tiny humans, twenty-four seven.
The funny thing is, even though I have loved kids all my life and have worked with them in some capacity since I was 13, and had even dreamed for YEARS about being a mother, going from Children's Minister to Mom was a gigantic shock for me. Like earth shattering.
I am also your typical ENFP personality type and usually thrive in groups of people, so the more activity and the more people, the better. So you can probably imagine why I fought the calling of motherhood for the first several years.
Being alone, ALL DAY, with one or two kids was NOT my idea of fun.
I forgot to mention another detail. When I was pregnant with Child Number Two, my husband accepted a job in the Midwest. While this job would be somewhat closer to my in-laws, I had to accept the fact that we were leaving my hometown, my family, EVERYTHING and EVERYONE I had known for the past 23 years of my short lovely life.
This made me really alone. And I was mad at God. How could the Almighty God who loved me and cared for me rip me away from all that I loved, place me in the middle of cornfields without knowing a soul but my husband, and hand me babies to feed and keep alive? I went through many changes since then, and I have grown up a lot.
One thing that hasn't changed about me is the fact that I am a worshipper. The Father has given me a big capacity for passion and He has used events in my life to redirect this tendency for big feelings into the right places. In my younger years it may have been placed in boy bands, musicals, cute athletes, friends, and even worship music itself, but He has been capturing my heart to be passionate for HIM first.
And where does my passion lie after Him? Why in my family, of course. Along with my tendency for passion, I can also be easily distracted. I believe now The Father's purpose for putting me through a lonely, dark season was to remove distractions. I still don't know why he had to do something so drastic to get my attention, but it worked!
But my focus is now my family before other people and other passions. The Lord made it clear that I can use my teaching experience to homeschool my children! Building the kingdom through shepherding their precious hearts to Jesus is an honorable calling.
That brings me to JoyfulNoiseLiving.com. I have been a reader of "Mom Blogs" for nearly a decade. I have had the dream of writing and sharing my own thoughts, and I was beginning to grow weary of being merely a consumer. I believe it is time to produce. To create. To reflect the Creator by being creative.
Over these last 6 years I have found ways to stay joyful in the noise.
"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
- 1 Thess. 5:16-18
I do love singing and making a joyful noise unto the Lord, but I know that there is lots of noise and chaos within the everyday life in family. And that's what I share with you and want to encourage you in. How can we keep joyful spirits in the ministry of motherhood, homemaking, husbanding, and homeschooling?
Join me as we seek our passions in Him and in our Homes!