instagram thankful for in April

A new month. Is May crazy for everyone else? My calendar is overwhelming me this month. It is going to be making it day by day around here until school is over. Thankfully, May is also full of beautiful weather. My endless ‘to-dos’ don’t seem quite so bad when I can open the windows and feel the breeze come in as I conquer my lists. Being the start of the month, here are my Instagram pictures from April. Just a simple shot each day of something I am grateful for…

farm animals & a church balloon barn * a surprise guest at lunch * slow moments with my baby & her baby * surprise mail * “Helicopters!” * a boy, his blanket & his Bible * little handprints on new concrete * redemption, love & the joy of family * three new pics of my baby girl * my bug/moth/insect/butterfly whisperer * illustrated poster by my sister * days spent with my healthy grandparents * pool noodles * our first sleepover * camo & pink * to know & hold my niece * 5 of the 9 babies we sponsored * her ability to nap * a trash can for when he feels sick * brothers, the best kind of friends * playing the role of wedding photographer * brave women who courageously shared their stories * first shoes for a certain little girl in China * my grandpa’s sawdust * first peony bloom of the year * a God that does exceedingly more than I could ask or imagine * cheerleaders at their cousins baseball game * she finally fell asleep * flip flops & my church small group * sticker induced exhaustion

I got pictures back from Love Without Boundaries of when the diapers and towels we purchased together for The Incubator Project were delivered to the orphanage. These little ones are crazy cute. I’ve actually ‘met’ online the mom of one of these sweet little girls…we have been waiting the exact same amount of days for our acceptance letters and are so ready to go get our girls! I have not received pictures of the incubator yet, but will let you know when I do!

The April sponsor Giveaway Day winner is Jenny Z. (mcz….@gmail…)! Congratulations Jenny!

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  • Andy - fun. love the pic of your kido’s in rubber boots. the blankets and towels pics are so sweet.

  • amy - These pictures melt my heart. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  • kari signe - great shots. it is funny, i looked at the picture of your kids sitting on the bleacher and thought, wait, i thought she had 5 kids, where is the fifth? can’t wait to meet you new little one. thanks for sharing with us.

  • ko - FC with the red glasses and the flower cracked me up! She is such a hoot! And all those babies brought tears to my eyes. What a wonderful month it was!

  • sarah - so much to be thankful for. thanks for sharing!

  • Ana - Love the red with white poka dot shoes. Where did you get it?

  • Jenny - Oh my goodness- these children are precious! So fun! 🙂

    And I saw “Jenny” at the bottom as the winner and got SO excited for a second…then I realized my last name does not begin with “Z”. 🙁
    Congrats to Jenny Z though! 🙂

  • Shannan - The China babies are scrumptious! Probably one of the best pictures I’ve seen in a long time – thanks for sharing.

  • Suzanne - the China pics bring tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing!

  • Mitch - I love it! Those kiddos are precious…yours & China dolls 🙂

  • Marg - Great pictures, thanks for sharing! Especially love the pictures from LWB, adorable! My hubby and I are just starting the adoption process, and are very excited about where this journey is going to bring us. Thanks for sharing your adoption story, it is very inspiring. I know you’re probably keeping pretty busy, but if you have a chance I would love some book recommendations if you have some about international adoption? While we are waiting I want to be learning as much as I can! Thanks again for sharing on this blog Ashley!

  • giozi - They are so pretty girls. I’m so happy that they have a little more besides incubator.

  • Mercedes - Hola Ashley, I wanted to stop by to share with you my little girl second birthday party featuring one of the prints from the incubator project!! Thanks again for the beautiful opportunity!

  • Erica - Thought of you when I saw this!

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