Thank you so much for stopping by Missionary Moms! I hope and pray that you might find encouragement here, as well as enjoy the opportunity to connect with other dear moms serving the Lord throughout the world!

My name is Ashley and I am a  Christian missionary mom of a 6  year old young lady, a 4 year old little boy, and a 1 1/2 year old little girl. My family lives in Russia, sharing the gospel with college students. My desire is that my life would be lived for the sake of loving and serving the Lord, loving and serving my family, and loving and serving others, to the glory of God.

Several years ago as I was thinking of other moms who share the same passions, callings, and many of the same unique life issues, God gave me the idea to create a place online where we can gather together in community, even despite the thousands of miles spread between all of us. Knowing how relationships with my dear moms friends here where we serve has be so life-giving, my desire was to create a place for us to gather in even greater community to learn from one another and be encouraged as we share the wonderful unifying similarity of serving the same amazing God!  I love connecting with moms on this adventure of motherhood, whether overseas or not, and know what an encouragement it is to share our joys and struggles, and just to walk through life together. I look forward to the chance to get to know you here!

If you enjoy this site and would like to introduce yourself via your own blog, feel free to leave a link here and I’ll add you to the blogroll! Please be sure to visit one another and get to know some of your dear sisters in Christ all around the globe!



71 Responses to “About”

  1. 1 Kim February 8, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    I LOVE it, Ashely! I love blogging and I’m a blog stalker as well. So, please keep posting…you can guarantee I will read it. I think moms have a lot to learn from each other and I’d love to hear even more of the details of your daily life overseas. Miss you!

  2. 2 Lucinda February 15, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    You’ve done a great job. I’ve lived in Germany and India but that was before kids. Your tips will help many, including singles, in their life overseas.

  3. 3 Kelly Maney February 19, 2009 at 1:45 am

    Ashley, This is a great site that you have created and I know it meets a need out there for sure for other missionary moms! I’ll pass it on to other ICS in our region who we work with and I think they will be encouraged too!

  4. 4 Brin Pflederer February 24, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    thanks ashley. i found you from my friend betsy. my family and i are living in the amazon basin doing church planting work. i pray that God will bless and sustain the efforts you put into this site.

  5. 5 alatvala February 25, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Nice to meet you, Brin! Thank you for your prayers for the site, and I LOVE the stories you posted on “A bit of humor for the day” post. Classic!!!

  6. 6 Sarah March 3, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    This is great Ashley, and I wish we could follow but I’m not sure how….

    I love your posts about the article with 10 things to ask your childen. That’s great. I’ll have to print that out for my 3 & 5 yr. old.

    If you do feel inclinded to follow along us, then pleased be welcome with open arms to do so.

    And please let me us know how to follow your blog as well.

    In Him,
    Jesse and Sarah

  7. 7 Gina Marie March 6, 2009 at 11:40 pm


    I got a link to your blog from a friend in the U.S. I’ve added you to my google reader. 🙂 My husband and I have lived overseas for 10 years now and we have two kids. Its always fun to connect with other moms in the same situation.

    I was wondering – in your search did you happen on the Women of the Harvest website? If you didn’t I encourage you to check it out!


  8. 8 Gina Marie March 6, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Just saw your link to Women of the Harvest. So you HAVE heard of it! 🙂

  9. 9 Jenn aka Future mama March 20, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    So glad I found your beautiful blog! Can’t wait to read more about your exciting life and your beautiful family! Found you from 5Min4Mom blog party!

  10. 10 jubilee March 20, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    So glad to “meet” you! Found you through the UBP.

    I’ve always admired missionaries. I guess because it’s something I thought I could never do. Between you and me, I was one of those kids that prayed, “God, I’ll go where ever you want and do whatever you want me to do. And if you don’t ask me to be a missionary, then that’s OK with me.” Sad, but true.

  11. 11 Julie March 20, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Loved finding your blog. My family served in Asia for several years and we are now in pastoral ministry in the US again. I work with women’s ministry, and I believe I’ll always have a heart for cross cultural ministry and for missionary women. I loved being a missionary overseas and pray that God may use us in that way again someday. So glad to discover your story!

  12. 12 Shawna March 20, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Nice to meet you. Wow! How exciting for you to be serving God as a missionary. I have one 3 year old daughter and another one the way! I have two blogs, but I’m participating with the party at my book blog — Teen Lit Review ( I’d love it if you stopped by either one.

  13. 13 Amydeanne March 20, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    oh how cool! i’ve got a heart for Russia and the Ukraine, so I’ll be praying for your work there! I hope someday we can travel there and help out as well! a big dream of mine.. i’d love to be added to your blogroll and i’ll add you to mine!

  14. 14 Stonefox March 21, 2009 at 3:10 am

    Ashley, I live and work in Asia (don’t post where for security reasons) and love this idea of connecting M moms. I’ll be checking out your site.

  15. 15 Muthering Heights March 21, 2009 at 3:41 am

    There must be many unique challenges living in a different country! Does your daughter speak Russian?

  16. 16 RebeccaC March 21, 2009 at 5:05 am

    Hi! I hopped over from the Blog party. Glad to have found your blog! Our famiy is in Mexico and we’ve been here for a little over 3 years. You’re right — raising kids in a different culture is a challenge! I wouldn’t trade it, though!

    One of my 13yos and I were walking back from a Sister’s house last night and we were talking about living here. We agreed that there really wasn’t any place on Earth we’d rather be…even though the mosquitos are ridiculous and the heat is insane and the dust is incredible. Still, it’s where God put us, so we’ll bloom here!

    I’m looking forward to reading more here on your site. Have a blessed weekend!

  17. 17 Tonya March 21, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    We just sent off some missionaries to Japan from our church. It was really nice meeting you and your family is beautiful.

  18. 18 tzai March 22, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Wow! That is fantastic! I came by from UBP – and I’m glad to have the chance to “meet” you! 🙂

  19. 19 Baba March 22, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    So nice to meet you. God bless you and your family in your mission work. Partying with UBP 09 is such fun!

  20. 20 FruitfulVine2 March 22, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Nice to meet you at this year’s UBP.

  21. 21 shannon gallatin March 23, 2009 at 12:27 am

    I was a missionary in Croatia and met my now-husband at a missions conference in Austria. Praise the Lord for you guys and may He strengthen you in the times we live in and in the warfare and weariness that can hit a missionary’s life. God bless you…

  22. 22 Deborah March 23, 2009 at 6:25 am

    I was a missionary teacher with New Tribes Mission before I married my Aussie husband. We now live in Australia. I’d love to do mission trips with him in future.

    Hello! Poppin’ in from The Ultimate Blog Party…all the way from Queensland, Australia! G’Day! I hope you have time to visit my party soon.


    I want to invite you to the Mommie Daze Virtual Baby Shower that I am hosting May 15 to June 8. This is an international even and there are prizes! Stop by my blog for all the details.

  23. 23 Candice March 23, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Hi, there. Stopping over while blog hopping. I’m enjoying the UBP party. It’s in the wee hours of the morning but I have a migraine so can’t sleep. It’s nice to meet you and your blog. My blog list keeps growing. Blogs are my favorite “me” time. I have a toddler learing blog at So nice to meet you!

  24. 24 Nell @ Casual Friday Every Day March 23, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Hi there. Making my way through the party. Lots of fun so far! It was nice to meet you and I will be back!


  25. 25 JamericanSpice March 24, 2009 at 8:54 am

    Nice to meet you!

    Talk about a party!

    I’m quite intrigued and am learning how to get around!

    Just stopping by from 5minutes for moms blog party!

  26. 26 knowledgetoday March 28, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    I love your site. Keep it up !

  27. 27 Becca Hallsted April 29, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Ashley, this is an amazing site…just what i have been searching for. I have been a missionary wife/mother in Romania for the past three years (with a 6 year old, 4 year old, and new baby)….judging from your blog entries, the cultures we find ourselves in seem identical….i have been laughing and crying as I read:)thanks for all of the great resources, I’ll definitly be checking back regularly! becca

  28. 28 Judy from Jubilee Seoul June 17, 2009 at 6:12 am

    glad to have stumbled upon this site. i’m a new mom to a 3 month old little girl and i’ve been serving out in Seoul, Korea for the past 3 years. excited to read the experiences of other women who are learning to live a life of faith as a mom in other countries.

  29. 29 Kylene Bak August 11, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Hey it was so great to find your blog and so encouraging. I moved to Aalborg, Denmark 5 yrs ago to work with teenagers at a baptist church. While here I met my husband in the church and we were married 3 yrs. ago and this past March we had our first baby girl Lily Hadassa. There are not many moms that stay at home here in Denmark so its refreshing to stay in contact with other moms in ministry. I have maternity leave until February then I will be staying at home with our little girl at least for now. My husband and I are now working with the International ministry at the same church. But there could be possibilities of it growing into a church plant. So I am a different kind of misssionary but my husband and I desire so much to use our family to share the gospel with people. I look forward to reading your blog.
    Many blessings, Kylene

  30. 30 sarah September 21, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Ashley – Thanks for finding me. What an encouragement to read a blog by a mom on the field. We are in the process of raising support to move to Guatemala. I just began homeschooling this fall as well. I love it! I look forward to reading more of your blog and others who are living life “on the move”.

  31. 31 Shilo September 23, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Ooooooooo…just saw your family pic! Gorgeous!
    Thanks for serving our Master faithfully and for being an encourager!

  32. 32 Kylene Bak October 2, 2009 at 9:22 am

    It was so great to find your website and read your latest blog. I will have to leave a comment on there. Thank your for your honesty and sharing your heart.

  33. 33 Kylene Bak October 22, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Hey ashley,
    I was just wondering if you or any of the other ladies on your blog have any wisdom when it comes to disciplining young children. I was listening today to a podcast by FamilyLife Today on this subject. Our Lily will soon be 7months soon. Do you think that 7 month olds can understand the word No?
    My other question is that here in Denmark spanking your child is illegal. Are there any other ladies living in countries where they are not allowed to spank their children?
    Thanks for your help.
    Autumn blessings,

  34. 34 Sarah H October 31, 2009 at 5:32 am

    Thanks for the great website. We are serving in Uganda with 4 small children, so you blog is a great encouragement and resource for me.
    I would love the language learning resources mentioned in the February blog but somehow I am not able to see a downloads tab. Is there another way I can get them.
    Thanks for the encouragement,

  35. 35 Leigh Myers February 11, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    how do I subscribe to this site?? I don’t want to miss any posts!

  36. 36 Angie DiNardi April 7, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    My daughter is about to go into the mission field in South Africa. Love your blog.

    Please include me in your blogroll:

  37. 37 a May 10, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Hi Ashley,
    Just stumbled upon your blog yesterday.
    Looks fantastic. I am looking forward to the wisdom and joy of interacting with others feeling the similar pulls of motherhood & ministry. My family serves in North Africa.

    Thank you,

  38. 38 Nancy DeValve May 11, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Please include me on your blogroll. My blog is Hannatu’s Happenings at

  39. 39 Jerri Lalonde March 16, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Love your blog please add me to your postings! Thanks! God Bless!

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