the day I learned my daughter’s name

About once a month China releases what is called the “shared list” for the SN (special needs) program. There are a few routes you can go with the SN program. We chose to have our agency match us with a child. We had to be “logged in” to be eligible to be matched to a waiting child on the list. We were logged in on 2/15/12, and then got word late last week that the February list would come out on Monday night our time. That meant we woke up Monday knowing we might ‘meet’ our Little One….this is the story of my Monday taken with my phone camera.

Dear Little One,

I remember the days I met your older brothers and sister. I don’t remember every little detail, but I do remember the moments leading up to when I saw each of their faces for the first time. I cherish those memories. I will see your face long before you ever see mine. I will never know what you were doing on the day I met you, but I thought someday you might like to know what my day look liked. I woke up early, but couldn’t get out of bed. I laid there staring at the clock and listening to your siblings running through the house. I wanted to go back to sleep and wake up on Tuesday….but I got up eventually. I wasn’t sure how to face the day. I kept going back to 14 years ago in my head. I was 18, sitting on the floor of my bedroom flipping through a magazine. Time froze when I saw a picture of a woman holding a child quite obviously not from her womb. I knew in that moment, my children would not all share my genes. I’ve wondered for 14 years who you are…where are you…how old are you…what is your name. On this day, 14 years of wondering could all of the sudden end.


Once out of bed…we did breakfast. Nothing fancy because I was basically worthless. You have 3 incredible big brothers. Most of the time they will be good examples for you. However, climbing on the cabinets is not among my favorite habits of theirs. Your big sister is a morning person….just a warning in case you are like me (not a morning person).

The half of me that didn’t want to stay in bed wanted to head to the gym. I hate running, but running today was kind of nice.

After wanting to throw up from running and anxiety, we headed to the park to meet a friend. She surprised me with my favorite Sonic drink. All day long I got texts, emails and phone calls from friends knowing how big of day today was for me. I have incredible friends. I want that so badly for you and your siblings. Truly great friends are hard to find and when you do find them, cherish them.

Before I knew it, lunch time arrived. Lunch over and I did some work on the computer.

I managed to stay focused long enough to get work done….then I visited some favorite blogs. Your daddy came home with lunch for me. He knew I probably didn’t eat and wanted to take care of me. He does that a lot – take care of me.

Back outside for more fun to keep me distracted.

I stayed moving all day until the school pick up line. We sat in the car for 10 minutes…10 long minutes sitting still and wondering if I’d see your face later in the evening.

I usually drink my coffee first thing in the morning. That didn’t happen until after school today. A quiet, still break with coffee and my Bible. Much needed.

Banging my head on the concrete table became the only acceptable survival mechanism. Well, that and taking ridiculous pictures with your sister. LONGEST DAY EVER.


Dinner time finally came. Your daddy surprised me with my favorite cookies. 5:51pm in Oklahoma….7:51am in China. The list would be released very soon.

Fish tacos for dinner. I didn’t eat. I didn’t eat right before meeting any of your siblings either. Baths & showers, done.


The ridiculous cycle of hitting “refresh” on my email began. Then yahoo shut down and gave me a short panic attack. It came back quickly.

Bedtime stories, prayers, lights out.

And the business of the day was over. No more distractions. Just waiting.

And waiting.

And waiting.

And telling your sister to get back in bed.

And refreshing my email.

And waiting.

And telling your sister to get back in bed.

And refreshing my email.

And your sister not getting back in bed.

And then all of the sudden, with your sister and daddy at my side…an email popped up. It was from our agency and the subject was simply a name.

I turned to your daddy, “are you ready for this?”


“No, are you READY?…it’s TIME!”



and that is the moment we saw your face for the first time. Your sister squealed “Sister in China!” We laughed and cried and did all the things parents do when they catch a glimpse of their child for the first time.

You are quite simply breathtaking. And tiny. And pure awesomeness.

Oh sweet baby girl, you are worth every achingly long moment waiting….now to get you home!

You are our new Song.


We are over the moon excited to welcome another daughter into our home. We cannot post specific information on her until we have official approval from China that we are a family worthy to call her ours. That approval can take anywhere from 30 days to 100+ days….obviously 30 sounds much better to us. I’ll share more about her when I am able. She has captivated our family (and a good number of friends!). Oh, and here is a picture of me writing our letter to formally request the honor of adopting her. See FireCracker passed out…she was up for all the excitement and we got too distracted to get her back in her bed!

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  • Big D & Me - Congratulations – I feel that it’s an honor that you are taking us on this journey with you. You are one step closer.

  • Annie Page - What an amazing moment for you and your family! How EXCITING!!! Thank you for sharing this and with God’s grace your process will move a little quicker and you will have your precious little one home with her family!

  • Harriet - Ohhh..I love this post! I was sitting at the edge of my seat..feeling your pain of waiting and waiting! Praising God, what wonderful news. So excited for you and your family. What a blessing. πŸ™‚

  • Elizabeth - So so excited to read this post! Rejoicing with you!!!

  • Nicolle S - What a beautiful story! It brought tears to my eyes. Congratulations on this momentous moment!

  • Alba - congratulations πŸ˜‰

  • Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less - Yay Ashley–so thrilled for you! I’ll keep praying–specifically that your approval comes quickly and your Little One will be home soon. hugs to you!

  • Jessica - Ashley,
    Congratulations! I have enjoyed following your adoption story. Thank you for sharing so much of it with all of us, it is inspiring and just beautiful. I am looking forward to hearing the rest of this journey. Even though I only know you through your blog, I feel a great joy and excitement for all of you. You are an amazing woman with many gifts and you are about to share them with another special child. Congrats again!

  • Kari - Absolutely wonderful. Congratulations.

  • Jenny - tears of joy for you from Annapolis, MD. Your story is beautiful and I look forward to following your journey as it unfolds.

  • Sherry Eckblad - Oh how exciting for you. Thank you for letting me be a part of this great moment, almost felt like I was with you there all day waiting for that all important email. I have always loved your photography that you share and now this. Thank you! Can’t wait to learn her name and to see her face.

  • Sharon - So incredibly thankful for you and your family. This new little girl will not only be a blessing, but be greatly blessed by all of you. Thank you for making a difference to one life – it’s always one at a time.

  • Jen - This was so beautiful. Moved me to tears. Although my cherubs came through domestic adoption, I so understand that wait, the wonder, the years, and the realized dream. I know that moment you get such an extraordinary announcement through such ordinary means as email and phone calls. So excited for you.

  • Angeline - Congratulations! What a day. I have tears of happiness in my eyes for you and your family…this is going to be one lucky little girl. πŸ™‚

  • Stephanie - Ashley – simply incredible! Congrats on your sweet baby girl! I cannot wait to hear more about your experience. I will continue to pray for you, your family, and of course your baby girl in China. Congrats!

  • Julie - So exciting! I’ve loved following your adoption process. Thank you so much for continuing to share it with us.

  • Jess - Oh what a BEAUTIFUL post Ashley. Congratulations! May this next part of the journey be a swift and delirious until she is in your arms.

  • Molly @ mixedmolly - The waiting is so difficult when it comes to adoption, whether foreign or domestic. What a blessing to be able to look back on this day and remember what you did and how you felt.

  • Brandi - Congratulations! I’m so excited for you. I hope it all goes quickly and smoothly. I love how you documented this day. It’s beautiful and will be treasured forever.

  • Corey Moortgat - What a wonderful story to read this morning! You had me at the edge of my seat- I’m so happy for your family! Thanks for letting us get to witness such a beautiful journey!

  • Debra Leluga - i have happy tears for you and yours! congrats!

  • Joy - Ashley, I’m a long-time reader, first-time commenter… just had to say congrats to you this morning! I am thrilled for your family! We are adopting domestically and waiting for our “call” any day, so I can really identify with many of your feelings in this post. I’m rejoicing with you today! Hooray!!!

  • Sarah Pratt - Brought tears to my eyes this morning! I am truly happy for you and your beautiful family! Many, Many wishes of happines and love your way!

  • jaime - Congratulations! I am so excited for you, and excited for the day we get to see littlest sister in China!

    Happy Day!

  • lindsey - YAY! YAY! YAY! Oh Ashley! She is going to TREASURE this story forever! How emotional this made me for Monday morning! I’m so excited for you guys but honestly more excited for beautiful tiny New Song! She is getting one amazing family. Congratulations!

  • Jessica - I am so happy for you! My heart is rejoicing!

  • cheryl - yes….tears of joy!

  • Andy - smiling

  • Carrie Holt - Tears of joy streaming down my face! I am so happy for you all!!! Praying for the 30 day time period instead of the 100+. Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us!

  • Mandi @ Proverbs for Life - Ashley, The Parkhurst family is so excited for you and Chris and your little ones…all 5 of them! Congratulations.

  • Leah Profancik - I am SO SO SO happy for you! I had tears of happiness when I read this. I love your story and can’t wait to see how the rest unfolds. πŸ™‚

  • Michelle - crying so happy for you. God is so good to us.

  • Kimberly Dial - Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your journey πŸ™‚ Praying for you and your sweet family!

  • Dawn - Such a sweet day! So happy for your family!

  • Danielle - Tears of joy right now! What a beautiful moment for you!! I have the same story… seeing an adoptive family as a young teen and knowing it is for me ever since. I live vicariously through you until God’s timing brings us our own πŸ™‚

  • Katie - WOO HOO!!!!!

  • Haley - AHHH So excited for you guys! SUCH a wonderful happy day! Praise the Lord!!!!

  • Amy - AHHHHHH!!!! So excited for you!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing this journey with us! God is so good, isn’t He?!

  • sarah - Congratulations Ashley!!!!! how exciting! I’m so happy for you and your family! I know lots of prayers have been answered! Now, let’s get her home!!

  • Courtney - oh, i LOVE how you documented the whole day! what a precious thing! so so excited for your family!!!!

  • ashlee - Nothing like waking to tears of joy! I’m so happy for your sweet family! And thank you for sharing this part of your life with us.

  • Christina Larsen - So excited for you ALL!!!! I pray that it will be 30 days and not 100, and that you will have her in your arms very soon. πŸ™‚

  • Sarah - Wow…i don’t even know you (i won a spot on one of your amazing snapshot courses a while back) and it feels weird to comment, but i’m in tears reading your! I hope you don’t have to wait too long to hold your sweet one in your arms. xxxxxxx

  • emmybrown - So exciting!!!!

  • Danielle - I am so excited for you. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. I have wanted to do an overseas adoption for a long time.

  • Sarah - Beautiful story, Ashley. I’m so glad you captured your day because it will mean so much to her someday. I can’t wait to watch the rest of your journey unfold. You all are in our prayers! And yes, I’m crying tears of joy for you.

  • Carrie Hall - that is beyond wonderful!!! thank you for sharing this.

  • Sarah - So exciting!!

  • mandi@herbanhomestead - Oh Ashley! Well this is just the best way to start the day! So excited for you, and for one more sweet child who has found a family!

  • Jennifer - Awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  • Stacey - Ashley, I am so incredibly excited for you and your family. Like everyone else who reads your blog I just can’t wait to see what God has in store for you and to meet your little one!

  • Melissa - Congratulations!!!!!!! That’s the sweetest post ever. I hope to adopt someday and I love reading your story. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • mandy - PURE AWESOMENESS!!!!! The Father is SOOO GREAT!!!!!

  • Sara - So very excited for you to read this news today. Here I sit at my work desk weeping tears of joy for you. Congratulations and enjoy these next few weeks/months. Live every moment!

  • Anna Joy - Overjoyed for you. πŸ™‚

  • Kassondra - Greatest blog post ever!!!!! so happy for you and your family! now I need to go get my tissues!

  • Martina - How exciting!!!! As a mom who is close to finalizing our first adoption, I am so happy for you and your family! I wish you could share her name and photo but we’ll just pray that time comes quickly!

  • Rebecca - Ahhhhh! Oh, I can’t wait to see her pictures! She is going to be one special, very loved little girl! Congratulations!!

  • Ryan - We are STILL doing our happy dance for your family! Can’t wait to meet the little angel. This has to be the luckiest little girl on the planet!

  • Ruth Abel - I am SO thrilled for you all! How deliciously exciting. Thank you for sharing your story with us. It is helping me to be patient until it is my turn to bring a little one home! Until then, I will live vicariously through you! God bless you and your family!

  • Jen Spilker - Wow, don’t know what to say except Congrats! Sooooo happy for you!

  • Stacy - My heart is full of joy for you AshleyAnn! This is so amazing!

  • kriste - I am in tears! Congratulations!

  • angie - I am crying. Congratualtions. Cannot wait to “meet” her.

  • Jen @ RamblingRenovators - I had a knot in my stomach reading that post. I can only imagine how anxious you were that day. That glorious day. Is that her name, Song? If it is, it is beautiful as I’m sure she is. Hope 30 days passes in the blink of an eye for you.

    P.S. I love the funny faces of you and Firecracker. She looks just like you.

  • rachel anne - Congratulations on a new baby girl!!! This post made tears come to my eyes…how sweet of a family ya’ll are and how exciting ya’lls open arms are!

  • Maggie - Tearing up over here, with my tea and breakfast. So happy for you! What a nice way to wake up today~…loved the post from beginning to…….well it’s just the beginning πŸ™‚ xo

  • Lisa Johnson - tears of happiness for you. and for her. i am thrilled.

  • Seriously Sassy Mama - Oh yeah! A sweet baby girl. How exciting!!!!!! I ray for 29 days for you!

  • Angelina - Ahhh, that just gave me goosebumps! So excited for you!

  • carly gonzalez - congratulations! so happy for you and your family <3

  • Joanna W - I had started crying before even getting into the letter! My heart needed this this morning! Congratulations! Thank you for sharing with us!

  • heatherp - I’ve been checking your blog daily for this news… each morning. I have chills reading this. Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your life with us.

  • Amy Wilson - Oh geez – you got me all soppy right before starting my day. Worth it, though – to share in this experience with you in some small way and be reminded to pray for Song.

  • cindy - I’m so happy for you! what a powerful story. She is quite the lucky girl to have a family as special as yours to welcome her. Congratulations!

  • Kimberlee Jost - Really, really good writing Ashley.
    I held my breath the entire time and felt it with you as I read.
    She is going to love reading this someday…as will all of your children.

  • Kari - So thrilled for you. Sending love and thoughts and prayers to calm your anxious hearts and help you remember to do those little things like eating and sleeping and breathing–so hard to do with such excitement. Yay!

  • Jessica - 30! Praying 30 is your number!! Ah, I’m praising God with you today!

  • andie @ crayonfreckles - what an amazing blessing! so glad that you are one step closer. i’m sure that she is anxiously awaiting meeting you too! how beautiful God’s grace is to guide you on this journey!

  • Rachel B. - YAHOO!!!! Sing unto the Lord a new SONG!

  • Amy - Oh man I want to cry, so so happy for your family!! Sending extra prayers! Enjoy!!

  • Renata - πŸ™‚

  • drea :: dre of white stables - through tears of joy, I extend my heartfelt congratulations! i am so happy for your family! praying the rest of the process runs smoothly and quickly!

  • jenny - That is so wonderful! So very excited for your family!

  • Kelly - Congratulations! What a beautiful, agonizing day you captured! A gift your sweet girl will cherish, I’m sure! Thank you for sharing it with us!

  • Robyn B - I don’t know you, and you don’t know me….I just like to read you blog. I don’t remember when I first discovered it.
    I just wanted you to know you that by the time I finished this post, I had tears in my eyes – no big surprise – I’m a “cryer.” I get teared up EVERY time I see a new baby, and the anxious excitement of this post just got me! Congrats, on your new baby girl! I don’t know who is more blessed…that sweet thing becoming part of your family….or you guys, getting to cherish her!

  • Roianne - Amazing!! Tears of JOY for you and your family πŸ™‚ What a blessing to be able to experience such a momentous moment in your life!

  • tara - congratulations on your breathtaking, tiny, awesome, sweet baby girl!!! ♥

  • tracy a - oh ashley. i’m so happy for you and chris…and the kids. what an incredibly personal post to share. thank you! it is 7:05 am here (and i’ve been up, unfortunately, for 2 hours) and the tears are just flowing. praise God!! i can’t wait to see your little girl’s face too…

  • Ashley Green - Wow! So exciting! What a blessed little girl and what a blessed family. So happy for you guys!

  • Loren - This is so exciting for you! Congratulations darling! I’m sure she’s beautiful. I hope you get to see her as soon as possible.

  • Brandy - My favorite post of yours so far!! Congratulations!

  • Brinn - tears of joy. so incredibly happy for you and your family! we are still in the waiting phase… boo waiting. but if there is anything I have learned, it’s that anything that is hard is hard because it’s worth it. waiting is hard.

  • Lissa - Congratulations! You seem like such a wonderful family and parents. You and your future daughter are so blessed to have each other <3

  • Amanda R - Beyond thrilled for you and your family! What a joyous moment to finally have met your daughter, if I wasn’t at work, I’d be crying tears of joy for you! Praying for a short wait until you can hold her in your arms πŸ™‚

  • Emiles - so excited for you. so. so. so very excited!

  • Abigail C - Oh Wow! So excited for your family! Will be praying for approval to take more like 30 days.

  • Claudia - Congrats!!! What wonderful news for a wonderful family!

  • Elizabeth - Just tears and happyness for you all, as you continue this journey!!

  • Agnieszka - Congratulations! It’s an amazing moment for you. So exciting! I hope she will be with you as soon as possible.

  • Ange - How exciting! I am so happy for you guys! When we were matched a year ago, we waited all day monday only to find out that there were not very many kids released and none of them met our requirements. But… we ended up being surprised and they matched us in Thursday. I will be following along.

  • Stephanie - Ash…cannot tell you what teary joy this brought to my heart this morning. It arose such emotion…cannot tell you. We are SO SO thrilled for you all and LOVE that you are sharing this intimate journey. Love and miss you dear friend!

  • ssymens - Oh the happy tears streaming down my face for you. What a great joy to have one more piece of the puzzle and one step closer to holding her. God is with you!

  • Brooke - Your story is amazing and brought tears to my eyes today. It was so exciting to read your post title this morning and it instantly brought tears to my eyes. Congrats and good luck to you and your family. I have never posted before but felt like this was a good time to say thanks for ALL that you share.

  • Jennifer Baker - Ashley,
    Each time you blog about this adoption process I am overwhelmed with JOY for your family. I love watching this adventure unfold for y’all. Congratulations!

  • Debbie - Oh Ashley, so so so happy for you. I could feel a small glimpse of your anticipation just reading your thoughts. What an incredible journey! Praise the Lord.

  • Jessica Rooks - Ashley, I know that we do not know each other and I don’t comment that often, but I have been reading your blog for years and I consider you a friend. I am thrilled for you and your family today! Rarely do I cry while reading your stories and when I do, they are tears of joy. Today was one of those days. I will continue to pray for you and your family as your long wait to hold your daughter in your arms draws to an end. I will also pray for peace in this time of waiting. This is a lucky little girl to be welcomed into your loving family πŸ™‚

  • Kara M - Oh Ashley! That is so exciting! I pray the approval process goes quickly!! I remember the excitement when we first saw my nephew!!

  • Heidi - So excited for you and your family Ashley! It’s been so much fun to follow along on your journey with you guys. Thanks for keeping us updated and we are praying the rest of the journey is smooth and quick!

  • Amanda - Thank you so much for sharing this intensely personal and heart expanding experience. Congratulations!

  • Shanna - My eyes fill with tear of joy! What an amazing moment for you and the beautiful squeal of “Firecracker” to make it all real! So happy for you and your family! May you continue to be blessed!

  • ella @ lifeologia - Yes! Congrats!
    You’re getting very close – this is so beautiful πŸ˜‰

  • Brandi - This is just wonderful, gave me chills and tears. Congrats to your family!

  • Natalie @ TheShadyAcre - I’m so happy for you and that sweet baby girl! I’m praying the wait is closer to 30 days!

  • Rena Frey - So wonderful!!! A name and a beautiful little face! I am so happy for your family. This has been a long journey, but I’m sure you are so happy to have a light at the end of the tunnel. Praying for you all as you wait now as I’m sure it’ll be harder now that you know what your baby girl looks like and I know you’re aching to hold her. God bless!

  • Susan - So exciting to see God answer your prayers! Thanks for sharing!

  • Heather - I know I’m not saying anything new, but I still wanted to comment. I have tears of joy and excitement for you. It is definitely a special moment to see the face of your child. I’m oh so happy for your family. Thank you for sharing your journey! Blessings!

  • Caroline - BEAUTIFUL!!! Hooray! Congrats! Oh so very happy for all of you!! What joy!

  • Jessica H. - I read this post today and joy filled my heart for your family. As I’m reading your excitement a particular passage came to mind… Isaiah 43:1-4. Particularly verse 1 that reads “But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel, ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you….are… Mine!’ “.

    Praise the Lord we are His and just as He called us by name, He knew the name of your 5 children before you took your first breath. Congratulations again on your little one

  • Sandy - I am doing the “happy dance” along with you and all the other readers of your blog!! What a precious gift you have written for your newest daughter….can’t wait to meet her! Congratulations!

  • paige - Joy overflowing!!!!!

  • Shauna - Oh, I am in tears. How beautiful you documented it all for her. She will certainly know how much she was loved and wanted by her family. What a gift that is for her. I hope she comes home to you soon, Ashley.

  • wendi - There is nothing like seeing a photo for the first time of your daughter. Praying for you all as you wait. Love to your beautiful family!

    From A Sister In Christ,

  • Chris k - Tears!

  • amy jupin - crying…at work…which usually i hate doing but today i am proud to be crying.
    these are tears of JOY and tears of HAPPINESS and of EXCITEMENT and of REDEMPTION.
    proud of these tears streaming down my face and bouncing all over my keyboard.
    today i wear them proudly.
    i hope everyone asks me why i’ve been crying so i can tell them about YOUR daughter!
    All the praises go to our Lord, Heavenly Father!
    love you ashley! love you little one!

  • Jacci in Ohio - Crying. Joyful tears! Praise GOD.

  • Carrie - No words for you….just tears. Joyful Congratulations!

  • sarah - I am a new reader and just love watching your family on this journey. I love the open and honest way you share with us. Congratulations!

  • Sarah Baker - I am praising the Lord with you! What a blessing and what an answer to prayer. We are all so happy for you and your family and for this sweet little one to come into your family. How wonderful.

  • Danielle - A family of seven is born. Beautifully written… felt like I was right there feeling everything. Congratulations and love to your family.

  • Megan - Amazing story. Gave me chills just reading about it. So happy for you family!

  • Sarah Wolfe - Loved reading every word of this. What a day! She’ll love reading this one day!

  • Julie Thacker - What wonderful news. It has made my day – thanks for sharing.

  • Kelly - Ashley, I have been reading your blog for quite some time and have loved following along on your adoption journey. As a newlywed that is not yet a mother, I hope every day when I read your blog that I will be able to be the kind of mother that you are. You are a source of inspiration to me and I am SO excited for your family during this time. Thanks for sharing!

  • Charla - I am THRILLED for you all!!! What an exciting time for your FAMILY all 7 of you! Thank you so so much for sharing this with us. I don’t cry much but these adoption posts leave me looking for tissues. They are the beautiful begining of a Complete family! πŸ™‚

  • Lori McDonough - oh happy day! joy….pure JOY!

  • mosey - Wow, this made me cry! SO excited for you!!!!

  • Chantelle - This made me cry, and I don’t usually do that. So happy for you and your family. I hope everything goes smoothly and you bring that wonderful little girl home soon.

  • Jess Cudzilo - As an adoptive mama of 2 I know just how that feels! Words cannot describe. Sending a big hug and high-five your way!

  • kaley - I loved this post. What a special memory to give your NEW DAUGHTER! Congratulations!

  • Rachael - Thank you so much for sharing this personal journey with us. Your site makes me cry (tears of joy) on a weekly basis. God bless.

  • Christy - Praise the Lord! In Him all blessings flow- and they are flowing today. I am rejoicing with you today even though I only know you through this blog. My husband and I have recently started praying and researching this path- the path to adopting our first. We know the Lord will perfect it all just as he has for your family. Enjoy this blessed day.

  • LJ - Congratulations to you all! This is wonderful news, sending you blessings and wishes for a speedy process getting her home xx

  • Nicola - Congratulations!

  • Kelli - Yayyyy!!!! Maybe her name is Song? Or maybe its just special… either way, yay!!!!

  • Cassandra - I am not a crier. I’m actually such a non-crier that I’m often accused of being a bit hard hearted. I’m in the coffee shop (supposedly grading papers) catching up on my favorite blogs, and I am bawling my eyes out. People are probably wondering what the hell is wrong with me. Seriously, seriously, nothing but extreme love for you right now. Thank you a million times over for being so brave and sharing this intensely personal story with us.

  • Brooke Leigh @ First Avenue - All I have to say is FINALLY! I’m so excited for your family to have another little girl on the way! ♥ Hopefully quicker than anticipated!

  • Melinda - Ashley,
    You melt my heart everytime I read your blog. Your an amazing woman/wife/mother & child of God. After reading your post for today you made me realize how important and luck I am to have my 4 girls in my life. This morning was not a good morning for any of us and we dreaded waking up and going about our day. Reading your blog reminds me of the simple times. I stayed at home with my daughters for 4 years. They are now 14,13,11,10. Time flew by and now I miss those times. During those years it was hard but it was a blessing. I longed for my daughters before they were born and so I know that feeling was waiting and loving their little faces before they were born.
    Thank you for sharing a little bit of your life with us.

  • Rebecca - Thank you for sharing, such fantastic news. Can’t wait to get a glimpse!

  • Patricia Pacheco - VocΓͺ Γ© a minha inspiração de vida.Acompanho diariamente a sua histΓ³ria…suas imagens refletem seu amor.
    Chorei e louvei a Deus pela sua nova filha.
    ParabΓ©ns e obrigada por existir e compartilhar sua vida!

  • Venusia - Wow ! What an inspiring story ! So understand you, even if I did’nt go through that !

  • Kate S. - Simply . .. congratulations. I hope to be in your shoes one day.

  • Sarah W. - So excited for you and can’t wait to see your little girl’s face! Congratulations Ashley, to you and your family!!

  • Moriah - I read your blog every day but don’t always comment. I am so excited for you and your family!! Tears of joy for you!

  • Carrie - I love it! Love the way you expressed the whole day in pictures and little details! It’s funny how excited to I to meet “Song” because I can only imagine how beautiful it will be to see this little window into such an amazing part of your lives. So excited for you, your family, and that little girl who doesn’t even know yet what a special place she’s about to be!

  • Trudy - A day to rejoice! Now you know the recipient of your prayers and worry. Happy for your family and your new baby girl!

  • Katie - Hooray! Congratulations!

  • Cassie - I’ve never commented here before but have read your blog forever. Through tears I say WAHOO! OH HAPPY DAY! REJOICE! I hope you know and can feel all of us…from around the world! rooting for you. Praying for you. Hugging you. This is your time, lady! High five!!!!

  • Becky - I have 3 sons, now in their 20s. I read your blog religiously and am so honored that you share a glimpse of your life with us. I cried today, tears of joy and happiness, for you, your family and your new little one. She is blessed to have such a wonderful, healthy and happy family waiting for her. Congratulations to you and your family of 6 – soon to be 7.

  • Angela - Congratulations Ashley & crew; so touching, so appropriate, your story warms my heart. Big hugs!!

  • cailan - How amazing is that. So happy for you.

  • sarah j - tears of joy! thank you for taking such joy in your calling. i can’t help but think of some wise words written by frederick buechner:

    β€œThe place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

  • Kimberly Senn - I’m so moved by your story! She’s one lucky little girl to have a family like yours! Congrats and best wishes on the upcoming steps in the process. You’ll be in my prayers.

  • Gevay - Yay! Praise be to God!

  • Stacey Ball - Simply lovely, congrats on your new child!!

  • giozi - Congratulations, you have a name !!! your daughter is so close.
    Your words are very pretties and was a day full of emotions.
    God bless your little daughter. And I hope you can get her soon.

  • Lori Danelle - Ashley!!!! This is amazing! I’m so excited for you & your family (ALL of your family)!! Doing a happy dance in my desk chair at work!!!!!

  • Emily - I am so happy for you! I’m sitting here all verklempt after reading this. Fingers crossed for only a 30 day wait!

  • Susan - Rejoicing with you! Hoping & praying it’s a very short wait. πŸ™‚

  • Aja - Praise the Lord!!! How exciting!!

  • Stacy - Beautiful. Thank you for sharing that with us, I am so happy for your family.

  • amanda torres - The way you captured your day is so precious. I can’t think of a better gift to give your little girl. Thanks for sharing such personal details with everyone.

  • Linda - Yesterday was my Mei Ge’s birthday…Beautiful Song. Mei Xin, her sister’s was late last year. That means Beautiful Star. Their adult blonde sister’s name is Mei En, Beautiful Grace. Our girls carried our name unknown to them until they were carried up the stairs to our apartment, by me and later forr one by an American volunteer nurse.
    I have written portions of their story on my blog. I never tire of telling them or hearing other ones. The waiting for the final steps to be finalized were hard and long! May it go quickly. May your lives be richly blessed by this newest little one in your family.

  • Emily - Amazing! Love this post, what an awesome experience. Congratulations!

  • Trish - this post had me in tears. such an amazingly beautiful written post! so honest and touching! can’t wait to hear when you get to purchase some airline tickets πŸ™‚

  • shelby@honeysuckle - Congratulations!! I have enjoyed following your adoption journey thus far and am rejoicing with your family!!

  • Pip - Oh, I am covered in goosebumps! The hair on my arms are standing up straight! I can’t imagine how you feel! Congratulations!

  • kari signe - YAY!!!! Congratulations on finally seeing your daughter. This is a wonderful day and thank you for sharing it with your internet family!!!

  • Amber Machado - Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. I am so excited for you and your family! I pray that the process goes quickly so that your sweet girl is in your arms as soon as possible.

  • Ruth@GraceLaced - Rejoicing with you!!!!

  • Corrie Anne - HOORAY! But I’m going to have to stop reading your blog at the office. I cry too much!!

  • Allison - I guess ‘best post ever’ will only apply until the one where we see photos of her at home…. at last. Congratulations!! I cannot imagine.

  • Bethany - Someone wrote “Joy overflowing”. Yes, that and tears. So happy for you and your family. I love how you captured your day so you could share it with her someday.

  • Taylor Toney - Congrats you guys! I know you have been waiting a long time for this! I am so happy for you all πŸ™‚ hopefully it will be closer to 30 days than 100!

  • JenD - Ashley-My sincerest congratulations to you and your family…I’m not a crier but have been sobbing since I saw the title line pop up in my FB feed!

  • Alisa - Its early morning here on friday morning in New Zealand. I did my usual get up and make tea then check blogs…. starting with yours. I have just finished your post and my eyes are full of happy tears. Isnt it amazing how you can feel such emotion for a family you have never met, spoken to and probably never will.

  • Robyn - Congratulations dear Ashley and Chris! You are blessed!

  • Kristine - I’ve got goosebumps all over! What a wonderful day. πŸ™‚

  • kiley - WOW!!! Praise God!!!

  • Kirsten - Oh, HOORAY!! Praise God! I’m all weepy over here. Can’t wait to see/hear more about your precious little one!

  • Caroline - Wow, what an amazing day captured! Your family will treasure that day forever. Congratulations!!!

  • Georgia - tears again! Thanks for sharing this with us and for preserving the day for your precious daughter to see someday! Love you guys, can’t wait to see her!

  • Jackie - Congrats! I love how you documented the day! Come on speedy loa’s!

  • Jessica McCart - I am so happy for your family…here and in China! Congratulations!

  • Lisa M. - Oh, how exciting for you! Congratulations!
    Cannot wait to hear the details!

  • Kelly - I’m so happy for your family. Congrats. I hope the process goes quickly for you.

  • Jenni - P.S. Your posts make me literally start crying at random times of the day just thinking about them. True story:) lol CONGRATULATIONS!!! What an amazing post! So excited for you all!!

  • Kristin S - Squeeling with glee!

  • Alisha - Ashley, this post has left me in tears! I’m so incredibly happy for you and your family. This is such a beautiful time for you all, and I pray that the Lord gives you patience, deep peace, and so much JOY!! YAY!

  • Anne - CONGRATS!! So excited for your family πŸ™‚

  • amy cornwell - Praise God! There are tears in my eyes. What a beautiful picture that she will get to read one day of this special occasion. Congratulations!

  • Jeanne - I am moved to trars for you. I love how you are documenting your journey. I had to get some papers notarized today and you inspired me to photograph the moment. Thank you!

  • Sarah - Wow, what an exciting moment! Congrats!

  • Victoria / Justice Pirate - I finished reading through Psalms a few weeks ago and it was so helpful and I cried and cried. it is good to see that people read the Bible. I recently found out that only 9% of proclaiming Christians actually read the Bible. It was terribly sad for me to hear that. When I see that people actually do, it is a comfort and uplifting. I am so excited for you and your family as you go through this journey. My husband and I plan on adopting a little girl one day (we have two sons). We’ve wanted to for a couple years only, but it is great to read things like this post!!

  • ranee - congratulations! what excitement!!

  • Sophie - Amen amen amen! I have been reading your blog for over a year now and look forward to your updates everyday. Today I am crying tears of joy for you and your family as I sit here in San Diego reading your letter. What a wonderful mother you are.

  • Heather C. - I love reading your stories and this one (as others) has made my heart and soul swell with joy for you and your newest little one!

  • linda - congratulations! such a completely-full-of-joy time. thanks for sharing a great part of your life.

  • Mathildel - FΓ©licitations! so happy! yeees!!

  • Kathryn - THank you God for this new and precious life! Praying for 30 days and not 100 and sustaining in the next lot of waiting. xx

  • Hollie - What a truly special letter for your daughter to read some day. Congratulations!! Praying for a short wait for the next step of the process. It is so evident that this special babe is coming into a house full of God’s love!

  • Sara Torbett - My husband and I also have the God-given desire to adopt. Not yet..but definitely when God says to go ahead. So-this post made me cry and cry. (and I’m not a big crier!) I am so excited for you and your family! I cannot wait to see your little one’s face πŸ™‚ I’m praying for 30 days!

  • Maegan - Oh Ashley and all the Campbells! We are so excited for y’all!!! What a happy day!

  • amber - Awesome. You showed her your day. So awesome. Can’t wait for you guys to officially have her in your arms. So excited & anxious for you. And it makes me want to fill out an application right now! Thanks for sharing this with all of us. God is so exciting…

  • Rose - Congratulations! I love that you call it an “honor” to adopt her. Of course it is, but it just emphasises that it isn’t just you being great people doing a wonderful thing. It is an honor that you are given this opportunity for this new, special soul to be part of your lives. She will be so lucky to have you all and you are just as lucky that she has been aligned with your family, however that came to be.

    What an exciting journey πŸ™‚ Thank you for allowing us all the peek inside.

  • Heather - I am not sure what to say. this email was breathtaking.. I was literally holding my breath taking it all in. I can only imagine how you must feel as you get to see your daughter… I am constantly amazed and inspired by you and honoured as you share your journey with us.. I am going to write this next part only cause I never imagine you can read through all the hundreds of comments but my heart aches.. I feel our family is not complete.. I have three amazing boys but just feel something is missing. I wish it were easier to adopt here in Canada… I wish lots of things I guess.
    Thanks for sharing your song. My heart sings with you!

  • Abby - How wonderful that you documented this day for your daughter. How wonderful she will feel to know how treasured she is in her mother’s heart. Beautiful!!

  • Jenna - Tears are insistent on leaking from my eyes. So very, very happy for you and your sweet family!!! Thank you for letting us share in your story – it blesses my heart.

  • Robyn - Congratulations dear Ashley and Chris. You are blessed!

  • donna - My husband and myself have no children so we would like to thank you for sharing your family with us. We look forward to the next step in this wonderful journey you are giving us.

  • Kaylee - I saw your picture of the washcloth and instagram and was so excited! I rushed over to your blog to read all about it. You captured your day beautifully and someday your little girl will appreciate that so much! I feel like I’ve been able to share in this process with you (to a tiny, tiny) degree and I’m overjoyed! I can hardly imagine how joyful and exciting it is at your house πŸ™‚
    I prayed for your sweet baby girl and her family(!) today. I prayed that it would be a fast process, but if God saw fit for it to take it to take longer that He would encourage you every step of the way. I’m so happy for your family and can’t wait to see a photo of your new little one!

  • Jenny - Thank you for including us on your journey. I can’t wait to meet your little angel and see how her siblings embrace her. A million congratulations!

  • Tammy - “SHOP OO-RAY!” (aka “shout hooray”) My morning started with my little one singing “if you’re happy and you know it, shop oo-ray!” while jumping for joy each time! … What perfect timing as we read and cheered for your story today! … Thank you for sharing this story. … Can’t wait to see your precious baby at home, cuddling with her new family. Continued prayers and lots of love coming your way!

  • Amanda - I’ve been a reader “lurking” around here for over a year now. So HAPPY for your family!

  • Emily - far too many comments for me to even leave one, but why not? I’ll de-lurk to tell you that I am crying, and this was so amazing of you to share with us. It DOES feel like a birth, ya know?

  • Erica - Congratulations! Praying for you and your family, especially your precious baby girl!

  • Michelle Davies - SO incredibly happy for you! Another baby girl to cherish…can’t wait to meet her in your photos. Congratulations to you all!

  • mary - <3

  • Irene NZ - CONGRATULATIOS Ashley!!!! Tears of joy early in the morning here…I’m soooooo happy for all of you. Surely you’ll touch many other people with this new journey of life of lucky number 7. xxxxx

  • Molly - I am sooooo excited for you!!!! I remember the day I met each of my kids, but I wish I had the skills to photograph it like that!

  • Suzana Silva - Praise God! Congratulations! I am so thrilled for your family! You all are in my prayers!

  • JennyB - God is so good! I am so happy for you and your growing family! I know you are so excited to meet her and I cannot wait to follow these next few months and see you bring her home. Praise God for His blessings!

  • Mindy Harris - what a precious time for your family! i am so excited for you. to God be the glory for writing this amazing story and using your family to fulfill what he calls us to do-love the fatherless and the widowed.
    love and blessings.

  • Breeann - Yay!! What an awesome blessing πŸ™‚ Congrats!! xoxo

  • Kaite - Oh my gosh. Pure goosebumps- I remember exactly where I was/ who I was with/ how sunny and gosh darn hot it was on July 28, 2005 when I saw my sweet sweet sister for the first time ever. I was volunteering at Inside Out Soul Fest in NH, and we had to sprint around to find a picture. I carried her in my pocket that whole weekend- she was even there for when Steven Curtis Chapman sang “When Love Takes You In”.

    October 24th she was ours.

    (and fast forward I got married on 10/24 4 years after we met her. Greatest day of my life twice.)

    She’s now 8 and literally my whole world.

    I can’t wait for you and your family to meet your daughter. Praying for you all- we found that “nesting” and doing projects for my sister’s room made the time go by faster. We found stencils at a local “international store” of Chinese characters and made a play table for her with all Love, Peace, Happiness and Grace.

    Good luck!! πŸ™‚

  • Kaite - *PRINTER, not Picture πŸ™‚

  • Ali - WOW!!!! Congrats!!! That is truly AMAZING!!! I got butterflies in my tummy just reading about it. Can’t wait to hear more πŸ™‚

  • sharon - so happy for you and family! Can’t wait to meet your littlest one πŸ™‚

  • Jess H - Congratulations πŸ™‚ your day was truly memorable!!! thanks for sharing every sweet detail!

  • Rachel T. - This warms my heart so much for you and your wonderfully beautiful family!!!! I can’t even fathom your excitement and the heart bursting you must have been experiencing. Sending love from Pennsylvania to you and yours on this happiest of weeks!! πŸ™‚

  • Denise - I am all sniffles and tears over here!! I’ve been reading your blog daily for over a year now, and I appreciate so much how you candidly share your journey. It is like a slice of heaven to weep with a stranger and shout for joy with a stranger and praise God on your behalf! Hooray!!!

  • Jen - So so so very excited for you!! What a moment to cherish and share.

  • sharon - so happy for you!! Can’t wait to see your little one πŸ™‚

  • jill - Oh wow! Such exciting news!
    And to think you were e-mailing back and forth with me about my ad…thanks for taking the time on such an important day!! πŸ™‚

  • Katie - This was so beautifully written it brought tears to my eyes! Congratulations! I hope you find out sooner rather than later that she will definitely be yours. πŸ™‚

  • Aaren - I look forward to hearing all about her very soon. What a wonderful day for you mommy! Bless you.

  • Katrina - Goosebumps! I am so happy for your family. I just want to say thankyou for allowing us to follow your families journey through this. I really look forward to these blog posts. I feel that your little one has been truly blessed to become part of such a beautiful family.

  • Lacey - I started crying the instant I saw your title … praying for only 30 days!

  • Lori - Crying tears of joy for your family.

  • Susan Sutherlin - Beautifully said, I’m so excited for your new family and will look forward to your posts as you prepare to bring your new daughter HOME!

  • Meelika - This is so sweet!!
    I am so happy for you guys!

    God bless your family {along with the little one}~

  • marcia - I don’t know how I got to this post because I was looking up washi tape and this has nothing to do with the tape, but I am so glad I read this. It is beautiful. I love everything about this. How you journaled everything about that precious day. Photographed the simplest things in wonderfully artistic ways. And most of all the moment you saw your daughter for the first time. I was in tears by the end. Thank you!

  • ko - Wonderful glorious news! Tears of joy for you all!

  • amy lenhart - what a joy it is to follow you through this adventure.

  • Kitty - Tears of joy!! Oh to think of how the Father longs for the days when His children “become” His. And to think He blesses us with the gift of sharing in this indescribable joy. Praying for you and your family. We are awaiting “the call” as well! Woohoo!! πŸ™‚

  • Amy Beachy - YEA!! Congrats. Praying for time to pass quickly….

  • Linda - Thanks so much for sharing this special moment! Best wishes for the journey ahead!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Praise be! I am so happy for you!

  • Leslie - I am so overjoyed for you! Thanks for sharing

  • Michelle w - I am so excited for your family. I am so happy you have shared this experience on your blog. Your story pulls at my heart strings.

  • Karen - Praise God!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful news and day!! It has been neat following your adoption story… can’t wait to see your new daughter and hearing more about her!! πŸ™‚

  • STEPHANIE - TRULY TRULY SO ECSTATIC FOR YOU!!!! what a beautiful post. my heart is swelling for you and your new family! what a lucky baby girl to be welcomed into such a great home.

  • RobyGiup - I’m moved… and so happy for you all!!!
    Looking forward to the official approval!

  • Jyoti - Congratulations Ashley. Nobody deserves this more than you and your family.
    All the best

  • Lindsay - Good luck! I will be keeping my fingers crossed it all goes smoothly for you.

  • Liene - Really, really a breathtaking post. I am so happy for you all! Congratulations with this first peek at you new family member!

  • Dawn - Ashley, congratulations! I wish you the very best in your journey to meeting your new daughter. Prayers that all goes smoothly…

  • Jennifer - fighting back tears and losing the battle! oh little one, you are such a gift from God!!

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  • Valarie D - Came back for a second read today!! Very excited for your family!

  • Kimberly - I don’t know how I missed this yesterday! I’m SO HAPPY for you and your family!!! Praying you get to bring your little girl home soon πŸ™‚

  • Lori - Breathtakingly beautiful. Love this story. God wrote this story in your heart and you put it to page. How wonderful and delicious are the details. I like a good, winding, long story – it means the end is gonna be awesome.And the same for this one – the end is gonna be AWESOME!!!!!!

  • BΓ‘rbara Isenberg Grzybowski - so happy for you… congratulations!!!!

  • Suzette - Can’t wait to see your beautiful Song! I’m praying for a quick thirty days!

  • Anna Schroeder - I’ve been checking every day, and I must have missed this yesterday! Such wonderful, amazing news. Choked up & goosebumps! Congratulations, Mama!

  • Jules - How exciting!! It was fun to “follow your day” of anticipation. Thank you for sharing.

  • Rebecca - I loved your post. I am adopted from Korea and reading your words takes me back to the memories my mom shared with me about when she was waiting for me and for my sister. What an amazing blessing for your family and for your little girl! And what a great God to set everything in motion. Such an amazing blessing to know that he chose you for your daughter and your daughter for you long ago. Congratulations!

  • Megan - How exciting! May the next months go by quickly for your family!

  • Tara - I have been following your blog for awhile but never posted. We are in the waiting time for adoption and it is so good to hear such beautiful stories like this one. What an honor to be included in your beautiful lives!! -Tara

  • amber mcginnis - Simply amazing. Through Him all things are possible. Congratulations!

  • Wendy - From a fellow China-A-Mom, congratulations! Can’t wait to see her face!

  • Tania - This is so beautiful, and brought tears to my eyes. I know your daughter will love reading this when she’s older!

  • Sharon - Ahh…so many memories your post has stirred within me. The waiting for the FedEx truck and then about running him over to rip that envelope from his hands. Still to this day, 8, 10 and 13 years later, every time I tell our children about the first time I met them, I get so emotional. They LOVE to see those emotions and to hear THEIR stories, specifically the thoughts and feelings I had at that very moment I first saw them. I have children both from birth and adoption and I feel like the luckiest woman in the WORLD.

    I have LOVED reliving those moments through your beautiful blog. THANK YOU! Now onto our next phase, foster care!

    P.S. Are those thumbprint cookies from Merritt’s Bakery here in Tulsa? Those are the BEST!

  • RachelC - Hands down my favorite post of all time. I honestly have no words. Beautifully written. More beautiful story. Most beautiful Song. Love you, friend.

  • Tricia - Ashley and Chris, I can barely find words. I had tears through the whole post. What a beautiful documentation of a truly blessed day! Thank you for taking us on this journey with your sweet family. I can’t wait to see how it unfolds for you all.


  • Jamie - Wow! Tears in my eyes…so very excited for you!

  • Steff - wow, so happy for you that this wonderfull blessing from God has been given to you. keeping you in my prayers that the process goes smoothly.

  • Angela - Ugh! My heart is heavy with joy for you! We are in the process of saving up money to send off our Dossier to Africa and I cannot wait for the day that we get that email! What a blessing for you and your family, and what a very lucky girl that the Lord hand picked her for you guys. God is good!

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  • Laura Chavous - I am so happy for you. It changes everything when you see their face… It can only be compared to that moment after you birth your child and they are handed to you. Its an “I am yours and you are mine” moment. And a beautiful one.

  • christa - can’t wait to hear more and see her precious little face. so excited for your family!!!

  • Amy D - Ashley, this has to be the most precious post!!! So excited that you now can picture the face of baby Campbell!!! Love it. Can’t wait to see her face, but I totally get not being able to share it just yet. We’re waiting for the same news in our family, hopefully this month!!! So I know all too well the waiting, it’s nice to know I’m not the only one! But thanks for the boost in hope that your precious news and post gave me. Praying for your Little One!

  • Leigh Ann - I am so blessed to read this post. It is the BIG things in life that often cause us to stop and praise God, but the little things like the gift of writing and photography is how we share those BIG GOD moments with others. Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to meet her! Congratulations.

  • Rachel - So very excited to hear your happy news! What a lovely blessing! I always look forward to reading your posts on the adoption process!

  • Jessica - Currently bawling my eyes out reading your post! I am from Washington, but my parents adopted me from Korea when I was about 4 months old. I remember hearing similar stories from my parents about my adoption and they are so special to me. Your little girl will LOVE them too! Congrats!!!

  • Jessica P - Tears! Lots and lots of tears! I am so excited for all of you. Your sweet girl will cherish this post one day too.

  • Elizabeth - I’m blubbing at my desk… so happy for you guys!

  • Amanda B. - Congratulations! It has been a long road, one that I’m sure will still take some time to follow until she is safely in your arms.. but what a rewarding journey it is. I am so so happy for you and your family!

  • Samantha - I lov reading all of your blogs about home, family and friends. but my favorite ones are about your (not in your arms yet) daughter. I get chills and teary eyed. Thank you so much for taking us on this journey with you. Be blessed!

  • Jasie - Oh Ashley! I am so so excited for you. I saw the pic of Firecracker holding the pic and realized I didn’t see this post! Congratulations! I will be praying for you all every day. Love love love

  • Julie B - I hope its 30 and not a day more! I cried with joy at your excitement. Thank you for sharing this with us. It is truly an honor!

  • Jolie - Oh ashley I am bawling my eyes out here for you! What wonderfully, magical, fabulous news! I’m the the Song in your heart is a beautiful thing to behold – congratulations on your newest baby!

  • amber - Beautiful post! That is really, really exciting news, and I am happy you finally have a name and a face. I have been “lurking,” getting caught up a couple times a week for months now, and I just had to say congratulations when I read this (I think I have maybe commented once or twice at other times, but I am not sure because I have started many comments, only to get distracted by a child and not finish them . . . but I remember wanting to comment about catfish noodling because I am from Western OK and knew what you were talking about . . . but that has nothing to do with this post). πŸ™‚

    The picture of you and Firecracker with scrunchy noses is priceless! Will pray that your approval news comes closer to 30 days than 100+!!

  • Eva Scott - What an absolutely amazing thing to give to your new daughter! Beautiful! She will grow up to treasure it!

  • da - New Song…we have a “Beautiful Song” Mei Ge. Her actually name is Meg but it became Mei Ge when I was trying to carefully pronounce her name to a Chinese woman.

    Found your blog this cold Sunday in the quiet. Our Mei Ge and Mei Xin (Beautiful Star) are off at our church youth winter retreat. A junior and a senior. Time flies when you are having fun! Loving the beauty of your blog. Linda