Who is this girl behind the blog you may wonder?

Hi! I am Ashley, the writer behind “Missionary Mumma.” I am a Christian first and foremost. I made that decision back in 2001, and it is the single most important decision of my life. It’s made my life what it is today.IMG_2881

I am also a wife to a wonderful man named Robbie. Robbie and I met back in 2009 when I moved to Australia to be a missionary – more on that later. We became really good friends and after a super tough outreach to PNG, I came home to him as my reward. (At least it felt that way ha) He asked me out, and we dated for exactly one year before he proposed.

We had a quick 3 month engagement (totally the way to go in my opinion – the more time you have to plan, the more indecisive you become!)

We got married on March 17, 2012 in Indianapolis during a very uncharacteristically hot week! As the best man said, “This is the best ‘wedding-themed’ St. Patrick’s Day party I’ve ever been to!” It was a great day, and we have been happily married ever since.

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So back to the part about how we met in Australia…

Yep, I live in Australia. I moved here in 2009 to do a Discipleship Training School with YWAM. I had been wanting to do it for years, and after finishing my degree, I knew I had to take the plunge or I’d probably miss out and let life “just happen.” I am so glad I did.

IMG_0803Back in 2006, I had felt God was really stirring my heart for missions, but it pretty much terrified me. I had fears that I would be missing out on so much or that I wouldn’t be able to cope without having what was so familiar nearby. I had no idea how my family or my friends would respond. So I shoved it in the back of my mind for a couple of years.

Then I just couldn’t do it anymore. I knew I had to go. I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t go. So I took the first step. I left home. I quit my job. I sold my car and a lot of my furniture, and I moved halfway around the world to do this “missions thing”.

To say that my mind has been blown would probably be an understatement. Not only do I feel so completely and utterly sure that this is what God created me for, I have been exponentially blessed in the process in ways I never could have expected.

God has fought for me to have a right view of Him and I feel I have learned more of who He is in the last 5 years being a missionary than in the first 8 years of my life as a Christian.

The Journey Behind the Blog

I started this blog in 2013, albeit in secret, as a response to God. Writing is something I have always been passionate about, and I felt God say He was going to redeem this passion after years of dormancy. Soon after that I began writing posts here and there, however, never fully taking the plunge and letting people know about it.

Then in 2014, God spoke again, this time through another person, and I felt it was time. It was time to buckle down, put some time and energy into this and really make a commitment to what God had said.

Thus began sort of what you see today. When I initially started, I named the blog “Dwell. Gaze. Inquire” after one of my all-time favourite Bible verses – Psalm 27:4. However, after evaluating the first year, I felt it did encapsulate my desire for God, but it was a bit too narrow for what I felt the blog should be. My desire is to include those insights and the journeys and lessons of God. However, I want to include the day-to-day, the fun and the ordinary as well. 

In the last months of 2014 as my husband I became aware of our little one to come, I had an even greater desire to include my family and friends who are far away in the journey of becoming a “mumma” in missions. Although that will be a category of my blog, I do not foresee this becoming a “mommy blog”. :) However, as I thought about a new title for the blog (and bounced ideas around with my husband), I felt that the word “mumma” actually included more than just my soon-to-be role. It includes a lot of what I’ve had the privilege of doing in missions through discipleship and relationships. There are spiritual mummas and physical ones, and thus came “Missionary Mumma”.

My hope for this blog is…

>>>To challenge others to be inspired by God’s plan for them because it’s wild and crazy and amazing and scary and wonderful

>>>To teach and speak and reflect on the character of God

>>>To challenge others to think outside of the box and picture life a little differently

>>>To bring hope

>>>To give others a bigger picture of what missions can look like…or even just what living halfway across the world from where you grew up could look like

AND

>>>To produce copious amounts of laughter if at all possible… ::crickets::

>>>To recap the ordinary daily life of being a wife, a soon-to-be mum and then a mum, a friend, a traveler, a missionary and more

>>>To share photos of life in Australia, in missions, with littles, with friends

>>>To share DIY projects when I do them :)

>>>To share recipe, movie and book reviews

Happy reading!