The End is Near…And You’re the First to Hear

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Okay….As I introduced in my “New Adventures Blog” get ready for information over load. I wasn’t kidding when I said the next 30 days would be packed. Stay with me here. I know it may seem there isn’t much of a thread tying all this together, and really, there isn’t. That is just how crazy my life-moments are at this time. Each day holds a new project to tackle. A new mess to clean up. A new neck to hug. A new memory to make and new box to pack.

Here’s a peek at my little secret…..yes, those are boxes….yes, we are packing up…..and yes……….

We are moving!…And not moving across town….we are moving out of the area.

***Candid words about to be expressed***

The most difficult part about moving, opportunity, and change as it relates to my profession is WHEN do you reveal the “secret,” so to speak. My official, public farewell from the TV station will likely be on my very last day here (May 20th), but I wanted my viewer-friends to know sooner. Mainly, I want you to know that I am not abandoning you or running out on south Alabama. My viewers have become an extension of my family. You have watched me get engaged, get married, have my first child, and now carry my second. Through the years you have sent emails of encouragement, cards of support, and flowers of congratulations. I just don’t feel like one, single day will be adequate time to say enough thank yous and good-byes.  So, I am starting here…

I will start by extending my gratitude to each of you who allowed me in your home each night. Although I don’t always get to see you, I appreciate being a part of your family. You have seen me with long hair and short. You have seen me as I grew a baby in my belly, not once, but twice. You invited me to your town hall. You allowed me to inspire your children at their local schools. I “rocked” it at Eastmonst Baptist for their annual rocking chair fundraiser, hung out with fine firefighters in Honoraville, being treated to some wonderful boiled peanuts. You supported my journey to Uganda. You kindly welcomed my first child through your Facebook messages and emails. You stopped me to chat at the grocery and said hello while I was playing peak-a-boo with my little girl at the mall. From the Millbrook parade where I was Grande Marshall, to teaching meteorology at Troy University, being Live at the Iron Bowl for years, emceeing galas, supporting great causes, and picking college football games with Doug & Charlie I have been beyond blessed by the memories I will take with me from South Alabama. I really wake up some days and have to pinch myself, reflecting on the fact that I get to do everything I love every day. I’m a help-mate, a mommy, and a meteorologist….and self-proclaimed, amateur, college football analyst.

This job has afforded me opportunities I will forever cherish and granted me some very unique experiences. BUT above all else, I will carry with me the warmth of my extended family, the viewers. The viewers are why I do what I do. You keep me going on long days filled with severe weather, you are kind to me (when this business may not be), you have always been my breath of fresh air. Thank you for the years!

Stay tuned…..In an upcoming post I will reveal WHERE I am going….

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6 thoughts on “The End is Near…And You’re the First to Hear

    Marilyn Virginia said:
    May 2, 2015 at 12:20 AM

    Missy, you make me cry every time I read one of your blogs. Gotta stop this.

    Sandra Hutchinson said:
    May 2, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    My family and I would like to wish you “Good Luck “. Please let us know what and when the baby arrives. We have enjoyed watching you and your sweet family. Take Care.

    kathy williams said:
    May 4, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    You are the best. This blog also made me cry! Best of luck to my weather girl. So kind to let the viewers know.

    Merrill Sport said:
    May 5, 2015 at 3:49 AM

    Mrs. Ashley. You are awesome and the most beautiful meteorologist inside and out. You always had time to chat, email, and text with a reply. They will NEVER replace YOU! Best Wishes and glad I am your FB Friend.
    PS: Lisa Blackwell is working with me some on my Hunt Channel. Thank You for the heads up ! !

    Becky Hoyt said:
    May 5, 2015 at 5:40 AM

    Ashley, I am so glad I was able to work with you at CBS8! I am so proud of each one of you moving up in your careers! I’m like a proud mama regarding our news team and have enjoyed my time away from the assignment desk being grandma! It is so great to see how your life has been blessed..so thrilled for you! You have your priorities straight and are such a great witness to others of Christ’s love. .Wishing you continued blessings while I reminese about some wonderful old times and friendships! God bless! Becky Hoyt

    Linda said:
    May 5, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    Ashley, you will be missed by so many. We were privileged to be right behind you and your family while waiting in line to see Jess Muse at Honda(?) while you held your first newborn. Best wishes with your growing family and relocation. We will miss you.

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