An Ode to Family Business

You may not know this about us, but Dillon and I are both the products of family-owned businesses. Dillon’s family owns Sider Brother Builders, and my Mom, Aunt, and Grandma have all been business owners and one point or another. We’ve seen our parents and extended family come together around possibility and hard work. We’ve seen what it means to work late nights and early morning and weekends. We’ve seen people we love pave the way in industries that matter to them.

I think the Lord planted a seed in us, long before we ever knew it, to be people who…

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Ashley Sider
An Update

Typically, I find that when I go a significant amount of time without writing, it’s usually because my feelings are just all blocked up and I know that if I begin the process of sifting through them for words to share, the whole mess will likely unravel. At the same time, typically, I find that when…

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Ashley Sider
The Table.

Since we got married in 2015, we have lived in a total of 5 places. We lived in Kitchener, Ontario, in a little house owned by our church. Then we had a 6-month season where Dillon lived near his hometown in Canada and I moved back in with my parents in Pennsylvania while we waited for his Green Card. Recently, our last place of residence was near the college where I work and about 2 years ago…

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Ashley Sider
On Trusting God

Ya’ll, lately the good Lord has been doing work in my heart lately. I can’t fully explain it, but I’m a writer, so I’ll do my best to share what I can.

Over the past few months, Dillon and I have become podcast junkies. We love them and we each have several that we listen to on a weekly basis. I’ve included two of my favorites (each one linked with a favorite episode)…

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Ashley Sider
Apples and Snow-days

I’ve never been very good at “living in the moment”. My mind tends to wander to tasks and I find myself constantly fighting the constant pressure to feel productive. I make lists when I watch movies. I podcast when I drive and exercise and make dinner. It seems like whenever I am working on one task, I’m also trying to accomplish something else at the same time. Being present is

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Ashley Sider
Pushing Through Doubt

When I started this blog, almost 7 years ago, I had one purpose in mind. I wanted a place to share about my semester abroad to my friends and family. And through the weeks and months that I was in India, this blog became a bit more than just updates, but was a deeper place where I could process my thoughts and reflect on my journey.

And now, this blog and website as a whole has continued to grow into something…

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Ashley Sider