another step closer {fingerprints}

Yesterday we woke up really early. Well, 3 of us woke up early…the other 3 were sleeping somewhere else.

We stopped by the world’s best gas station to fill up the gas tank. I like taking pictures of gas station signs when I am on a trip. Gas prices keep rising and they provide an interesting look back when thumbing through pictures.

Little miss decided not to go back to sleep.

Two hours later, we arrived in our state’s capitol…at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. We were there for an appointment to have our fingerprints taken. I wanted to be early…you never know what delays you could run into and I wasn’t going to be late.

We waited for the sun to come up and the doors to open.

Cheerios & grapes…the breakfast of champions.

I was told by a friend that a line would form about 15 minutes before the doors opened. So 20 minutes before, I got out to begin the line. No cells phones or cameras are allowed inside. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services: I was the first to have my fingerprints taken that day. I was there to take the necessary steps for my little one to be approved to become a US citizen. The women working were so cheerful and welcoming. The others waiting with us were in the process of become citizens. They were all given booklets to help them with Naturalization tests. It was a very sterile office, but the people in the room…the diversity….made it beautiful.

Our homestudy social worker recommended that we sleep with vaseline on our fingertips the night before we went. I, not wanting to hinder anything, did as I was told. Chris mocked me. The nice woman taking my fingerprints commented on how easy they were take and asked what I did to prepare. I told her. She thought it was a great idea. Chris’ fingerprints weren’t quite so easy. Don’t mock a mom…just sayin’.

We stopped for a coffee before the drive home. I kept reading the line on the cup, “WHEN WE’RE TOGETHER”…..when we’re together little one….another step closer to that.

FireCracker finally conked out on the way home.

So for those wondering about the whole adoption process…now we wait for approval of our fingerprints. It looks like that will take a month or so. Then we mail things off to our adoption agency. After getting lots of seals and approvals, it will be sent overseas….that will be a good day. Sometime after that point we will get a referral (info & a picture on the child we are matched with) and then will begin the journey for getting all the necessary papers & approvals to bring little one home.

So that is where we are at….in a very simplified explanation!


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  • Betsy from Elizabeth St - Looks like a sweet morning for a sweet family. Thanks for sharing with us all!

  • Katelyn Garlow - This is just a sweet story! I love reading about the updates of your adoptions process. Some of my families really good friends adopted their daughter from Russia, and she is such a joy to every persons life she touches. Also, I wish I could have gas prices like that! It bounces around $3.40 here in N.C. And I think that it is absolutely precious that Firecrackers feet are resting on yours. Thanks for sharing your story!

  • the chronic utilitarian - one step closer!

    happy thanksgiving, ashley.

  • ashlee - Thank you so much for sharing this process and journey with us. Its such an amazing thing to experience.

  • Gillian - I came across your blog while searching for creative ideas and now I find myself tuning in everyday to see what your day brings! Your family are so cute and your photos are beautiful. So, just wanted to say good luck with what the future holds for you and your family.
    Love Gillie

  • Laurie J - one step closer! rejoicing with you <3

  • Emily - What a morning! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • cailan - Your excitement is so precious. Love the “when we’re together”.

  • Lyn - One step closer:) every step count. Happy for you.

  • Brandi - Congratulations!

  • Sarah - Oooh i have goosebumps reading about your journey!! Ihope the time flies by for you.xx

  • natalie - In this aspect, we are cut from the same cloth. I would’ve been the person right behind you in line. We’ve gone through this process for my husband’s green card process, and I actually have been known to fib a bit on what time our appointments are so that we can be there extra early. The last time backfired a bit with long waits once we got there and cranky babies…it’s so much fun to be following you on this journey!

  • Amy H. - Wish I lived where you live! Gas in Washington State is around $3.89!

  • Jennifer Baker - I love posts about the adoption journey! Thank you for allowing us all to take this journey with you!

  • Melissa S - What a wonderful story you have!!

  • Alice H - What a wonderful trip! And yes don’t ever mock a mom! 99.9999% of the time we are right. Gas is now $3.02. Can’t wait to see your little one!

  • Kelli - Ahhh, you made me get all teary eyed! Who would have thought fingerprints could make someone cry but it took me back to the days that we were in the process of adopting our daughter, 6 years ago. Hard to believe it was so long ago, when we were in the process if felt like it was never going to happen but now she has been part of our family for almost 5 years! I love following your progress and keeping up with your blog, beautiful family and photos! I think I’m as anxious as you as you get one step further to bringing your little one home. Thank you for sharing your journey! You can see my little one (not so little anymore) at if you need some proof that it really does happen. We can’t imagine life without our daughter, it was a tough journey and not for the faint of heart but so worth it!

  • the inadvertent farmer - One step in a very long exciting journey…thanks for letting us tag along! kim

  • emmybrown - wonderful! I love hearing about each step in the process. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  • VΓ©nusia - Yeah ! One step closer !!

  • SDRachel - Thank you so much for sharing these adoption steps… I find it so interesting and inspiring. I’m praying for your (expanding) family.

  • Amy D - Yea! Fingerprints! Getting closer! I love how well you’ve documented everything! Beautiful! I’ve taken some photos of little bits of our process, but not as much as you’ve done, and I’m kicking myself for that! Maybe I can go back and recapture a few things. Anyways, I’m excited for you!

  • Jeannette - I can’t wait to meet “little one”. What an awesome family he/she will be joining!!

  • Brianna - This was such a sweet post! Congratulations on making it one step forward!!

  • tracy a - ok, ashley, no more of this making me cry business…starbucks cups saying “when we’re together!” oh boy…the providence of it all…God is so good. can’t wait to hear about that moment, when you’re all together!

  • Candice Forte - LOVE, Ashley!!! Can’t wait unitl Friday. I hate the whole black friday thing and crazy people fighting and trampling to get a Wii for 50 bucks or whatever…not worth it in my book. Anyway, I definitely will be entering giveaways! πŸ™‚

  • Kate @ another donkey design - Congrats on reaching the next milestone. and i love the way you are capturing it all. Will make a great photo book down the track.

  • Rachel B. - How exciting! Thank you for continuing to update us all about the journey to bring your sweet girl home.
    Praying for you each day.

  • sandi - Love reading about your process. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Erin @ Sew Abundantly - I’ve always wondered why we have to have our fingerprints retaken each year for approval for the FBI for our adoption: it’s not like they changed – can’t they just re-check the ones on file? But every year, it’s the same story – they don’t take, then they smudge, then we re-do. Ours are up in January so our skin is dry from long PA winters. We’ve been told everything from a bit of lotion while at the site, to rubbing your scalp to pick up the oil. . . Vaseline might be what we try this year.

  • jen - step closer!