Ashley Mozingo

Hi everyone! My name is Ashley, and I am a stay at home mom to two girls, Paislee, 3 and Keely, 1. My husband is in the Coast Guard, and is currently stationed at a Coast Guard unit on Camp Lejune. We have been married for five years now and have spent two of those years in Alaska, where Paislee was born, and two in Maine, where we had Keely. We were lucky to get stationed here in 2012, and call North Carolina "home". We were both born and raised in different cities in eastern North Carolina, and we are super excited to get to spend some time here with our girls and introduce them to some of our favorite places that we had as children. Before I met my husband, I attended East Carolina University, where I earned my Bachelors Degree in Communications. I have a love for writing, and a huge passion for being a mom, so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to write about my experiences and exciting moments of this rocky ride that we all call 'Motherhood'.

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The Cycle of Life

There are some things that make being a parent really hard.  When Wesley went to his Nene’s and Pappy’s house, the sweet baby kitten that we had just rescued a few weeks before passed away.  This was so hard because everyone had grown so attached—we were even bottle feeding her.  As parents, we wanted to do everything we could to eliminate the sadness that was going to come from this.  We debated replacing the kitten with one that looked a lot like it before Wesley got home because we didn’t want him to have to go through this.  We decided that this would be so wrong on so many levels because it was all a big lie and this is something we definitely don’t encourage him to do.

We ended up calling him and breaking the news over the phone (which is also something we never wanted to do), but we knew he wouldn’t be home from his grandparents’ house until late and he had school the next day.  He needed to have time to “mourn” and take it all in.  He helped us select a new kitty that looks completely different and is a little older.  This new kitty has also been tested for things such as Feline Leukemia and heart disease.  She has also been spayed.  It is definitely tough teaching children about the cycle of life.  We have had fish and frogs to die, but this was the hardest yet!  We are all adjusting to our new life together.

Stay tuned for more adventures with the new kitty!

 

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