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North Carolina.

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Things I miss about North Carolina…

  • Cookout
  • Livermush
  • Zaxby’s
  • Don Ramon
  • Mi Cabana
  • Myabi Jr.
  • Cherry Lemon Sundrop
  • Cheerwine
  • Walmart
  • Ross/Burlington/Tj Maxx
  • Being able to be at the beach or mountains and in the same state
  • Being close to Family
  • Jacksonville & Wilmington
  • BBQ
  • Fall weather
  • Leave changing colors & falling
  • Being able to drive down backroads with the windows down & music blaring
  • Krispy Kreme-Dunkin ain’t cutting it
  • Chick-fil-a
  • Fish Camps
  • How nice neighbors are
  • being able to drive faster
  • shooting guns
  • Pelicans

& many more things….

 

Life

Being Young & Married.

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I am glad that Phillip and I got married at 19. There are MANY  reasons why but I want to share just a few of them.

  1.  We don’t get to only grow old with each other we got to grow up with each other.

Phillip and I had our first date when we were 17. At the time I didn’t know that this date would be the start of our story and adventure together. We got married at 19 years old on December 28th, 2013 & that is still one of the best choices I have ever made. Phillip is my best friend, shoulder to cry on, my rock, and now an amazing father to our baby girl. Since we dated/marriage we have been through a lot together from Phillip’s first enlistment, our first home together, me earning my associates degree, first car, 2 dogs, Emma was born, & many more things. So many of these events have helped us become who we are as adults but we also got to be by each other’s side through all of our life events even if at times Phillip was gone due to his job.  I’m so blessed to have someone who has been there through it all.

2. I have learned which friends are truly my friends and gained some amazing ones along the way.

Phillip and I got married in between my fall and spring semester at Western Carolina University. After my spring semester, I moved to  Camp Lejeune. Moving 5 and a half hours from home was tough because I wasn’t a college student home for the summer, I was a new in a new town where I knew nobody except a handful of people ( no friends).  A lot of my friends stopped checking in on me and I felt so forgotten.  Luckily when I started back to school in the fall I met some friends that became family.

3. I gained my own independence. 

Being in a military marriage where your spouse is gone for a lot and will more than likely never be there for your birthday, anniversary, Christmas, or children’s birthday you learn to do everything on your own. I didn’t have anyone else to rely on but myself so it caused me to grow up and I am thankful for that.

4. We get to adventure together.

From the day trips to places around Camp Lejeune to Living in Okinawa, Japan we always make sure to do fun things together. While living in Jacksonville we enjoyed taking Remi and Callie to the parks around the area or spending time in downtown Wilmington( Tree Hill). Since moving to Okinawa we have this habit of taking random turns until we find something that looks interesting and pretty. I love that I married someone that loves to be outdoors just as much as I do. So marry someone that you can see yourself going on many adventures and trips with.

Yes, I might have left the party early, but I left it with my best friend and we started our own party. I am thankful and beyond blessed that I got to start my forever with Phillip at a younger age because that means we get to love each other even longer than if we would have found each other later in life. Also, I am so thankful for this part of our life as a wife married to a service member has helped shape me into the woman I am. I am glad that I get to do parenthood with him by my side to a human baby not just our two furbabies. Seeing him with Emma makes me love in love with him over and over every day. He is such an amazing father and husband. He makes sure that Emma and I have everything we need & more. I’m so glad she has him to see how a man should treat women. We are both lucky girls.

-until next time.

Ashleigh.

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04.15.17

Wow, it’s hard to beleive that we have already had Emma for 2 weeks.

Emma Rose Greene was born April 1st, 2017 at 10:46 am here in Okinawa. She weighed 8 lbs. 4 oz. and was 21 inches long. 

We are so in love with her and are enjoying the time we have together. Callie and Remi are just as in love with her as Phillip & I are. I have also made a video of some of the memories we have made with her this far. 

 

 

 

Until next time.

Ashleigh 🙂

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Friends & Family.

FRIENDS & FAMILY,
Thank you for the love and support for Baby Greene. We are blessed to have such caring and loving people. With the arrival of Baby Greene any day now, Phillip and I ask a few things of y’all…

1. Please respect the space of Phillip and I. We are adjusting to being new parents.

2. We prefer you do not share pictures of her. If we are uncomfortable with something you share/ post you will be asked to take it down. We want to be able to share events in her life and pictures of things we do with her, Please respect the fact we don’t want her pictures shared.

3. We are in a different time zone, We are 13 hours ahead of those in the States, with that being said we will try our best to make sure we have time to call/video chat all of our family. However, our priority is Baby G, Callie Mae, Remington and each other. Its best to plan times to talk, but please understand we love you all we just need to have a little space as a family.

We aren’t asking these things to be mean or rude, we are asking because this is something we want as her parents. Please respect us and help keep our privacy and safety concerns to a minimum.

Love,
Phillip and Ashleigh.

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My Nana❤

Martha Jean McSwain Moss

09.19.1942 – 02.24.2017

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Nana,

It’s hard for me to fully process that you won’t be home when we come back home to visit, I won’t get to call you and tell you about your great granddaughter, or see you just one more time to see your face light up when you see me because it did every time no matter how long or short it had been since you had seen me. I am glad you got to be there for most of my pregnancy and enjoy talking about it with me and I know you are still just as involved and watching over us now if not even more.   I will continue to make you proud because I know that you were so proud of the person I have grown up to be. Every time your friends would see me they would tell me how much you talk about me and how much you loved me and that’s one thing I will always know, no matter where life takes you and I that you loved me more than anything.

I am thankful that you passed down your love for Mocha coffees, Cheese, & Salt to me. I am thankful for all the times and memories I have from my childhood and adulthood. I will never forget the first time I took you to Cookout and you got a burger and loved it & every time we would be in town running errands together that you would want to go there for their burgers. Thank you for always making me food when you lived across the street from us when I didn’t like dinner or every day after school. Thank you for being a person I could always come to and just sit there and talk to for hours. Thank you for going out of your way to do things for me growing up. 

My Nana never met a stranger, she went out of her way to do for others even if that meant she had to put herself last which she did a lot. I hope that I got that trait from you and can love people the way you did. Nana found joy in cooking, baking, and doing various crafts throughout the year that she was always giving away to anyone and everyone she came in contact with. Nana is the one who encouraged me to learn to cook and at a young age, I was her sidekick in the kitchen. Especially when she would make her cheese cookies, I don’t know if I was more of help or pain because I loved to eat the dough or once they were cooked I would take off the Pecans off and give them to her and eat the cheese cookie. I remember as a kid Nana and I had pretty frequent sleepovers where we would always order takeout from the Shelby Fish Camp. She would order us a flounder meal and that lemonade and then we would stop at the store for the sweet of my choice. Thank you for always sharing cream cheese wontons from Chens with me I will always think of you because you would always get me to stop and pick them up on the way to your house when I could drive. Thank you for always taking me shopping when I had something coming up or just for fun.

I know you are enjoying all the foods you couldn’t have in heaven and having a great time because you are no longer hurting or suffering at all and I am glad you are no longer hurting or sick. 

I love you Nana more than you know and I will miss you so much but I know you are watching over us all. 

Until I see you again…Love,

Ashleigh

 

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01.29.13

Callie Mae, Remington, & Baby G.

They both love to snuggle with baby G, Remi more often but he does get kicked quite often. Callie still thinks it is weird when she moves and she looks at me like “Mom, what is that?” I think they both are going to be amazing siblings and very protective. Phillip and I point to my belly and say baby and Remi usually will just up and put his paws on my tummy. Callie has given my stomach a few kisses. They love to be in the nursery and in fact when we leave Callie sleeps in that room on the spare bed we have in there. They both love to be in the nursery and I have a feeling that love will grow even more when she arrives.

Here are some adorable pictures of the dogs & baby G.

** Remington approves of the stroller…haha