helping her find her wings

Β (edited) lyrics by Mark Harris, Find Your Wings

original wing tutorial by Erin of Llevo el Invierno, I will share how I made my tweaked version tomorrow


It’s only for a moment you are mine to hold
The plans that heaven has for you
Will all too soon unfold

So many different prayers I’ll pray
For all that you might do

But most of all I’ll want to know
You’re walking in the truth

May passion be the wind
That leads you through your days
And may conviction keep you strong
Guide you on your way

May there be many moments
That make your life so sweet

Oh, but more than memories
I want you to know
As I watch you grow
I pray that God would fill your heart with dreams

And that faith gives you the courage
To dare to do great things

I’m here for you whatever this life brings
So let my love give you roots
And help you find your wings 7.12wings-07

It’s not living if you don’t reach for the sky


I’m here for you whatever this life brings
So let my love give you roots
And help you find your wings


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  • Theresa G. - <3 this!!

  • Georgia - This was my prayer for April from the time I first heard the song. As I watched her get in the security line at the airport to move overseas, I was a little sad but mostly my heart was FULL because I was seeing that the Lord had so completely answered my prayer. I was cheering loudly in my heart. The joy of watching your child ‘fly’….nothing like it!

  • Sharon - Im crying… So sweet! And I have a couple of girls who need those wings!!

  • Gracie@kitchentableart - Ashley You are unbelievably awesome. I love hearing about your life and hope that I will one day have a family and love them as much as you love yours. Thank you for sharing your life with strangers!!

  • Ruth - That is so beautiful, you bring tears to my eyes and firecracker looks so filled with joy and exuberance, its a true gift to have caught that on film. very moving.

  • dee - Stunning words and stunning child.Where did you get her wings from.I would love to purchase some …I have a little boy who thinks he is a bird and would love these. dee

  • dee - Stunning

  • Neha - Beautiful words…:)how cute Firecracker is looking…simply adorable..

  • Gabriela - I’m considering stopping to read your blog, because you make me cry on a weekly basis, and that can’t be good.
    Just kidding on the part of not reading -I’m really addicted to your writing and your pictures- but not on the crying part. I’ve known your child since she was born, (on the internet of course, I live in Spain) and I’m constantly amazed by her. I couldn’t thnk of a more fitting song for you and your child -all of your children, in fact-. I’m really sure that she’s is up for great things, and that all of the Campbell children will be life-changing people for those who sorround them.
    Oh God, I’m really platonically in love with you all XD

  • Karen - Beautiful song. Beautiful lyrics. Thank you for sharing! …and LOVE the wings! πŸ˜‰

  • Barbara G - What a wonderful post this time again. πŸ™‚
    I really like those wings, I’m thinking about using them for my next halloween costume – in a bigger size though πŸ˜‰

    Aaaand! I really like the new blog design. The colors really stand out with the grey background. Nice!

  • giozi - Ohh all is so diferent now. Is nice, Is easier to see. But I would prefer watch your photos bigger that buttons. I guess it’s a matter of getting used to, at first sight distracted me a lot the buttons.
    Your girl beautiful how always and the wing I told you, fantastics. Is a big job Ashley.
    Another thing. Today my mom is going to the hospital, tomorrow she is goint to operate.

  • Randi - love the new look! and as always, your photos of your sweet girl are beautiful. love the lyrics too, so much.

  • Amanda - Those wings are amazing and I must make some in my size…which is 23 year old adult size. lol.

    I love this post though. It made me think of my own mother and how amazing she is and how she has helped me to find my own wings over the years.

  • Kerry - Utterly moved by your motherly love.

    These gorgeous wings transport me back to when my 13 year old would wiggle out of her blanket “cocoon” and flap her butterfly wings as she danced throughout the house.

    Thanks for being you, and sharing you with us. Your sight changes look FANTASTIC.

  • Amy - Love, Love, Love those wings!!!! I’ve got the originals pinned, but your colors are awesome! I might just have to make a pair πŸ™‚

  • Beth - This is fabulous. Words and pictures – wings and your adorable daughter and all that is captured here. Can’t wait for your version of the wing tutorial! Thanks for all the inspiration in this space.

  • MixedMolly - I love that song, but I can’t listen to it when the hormones are raging or a I end up looking like a babbling mess, if you know what I mean! She just loves the camera and it loves her right back.

  • Lisa Johnson - tearfest here. With one daughter recently married and another about to move away to go to college, I’m feeling the “wings” firsthand.
    Firecracker and her wings are absolutely delightful πŸ™‚

  • amy cornwell - Absolutely beautiful post. I love the wings, love all of her faces, love the words…love it all. (and the redesign looks great too!!)

  • mandi@herbanhomestead - Oh! I’ve had those little wings bookmarked to make forever! Yours turned out so great- and I love the headband. Is she just crazy about them?

  • Andy - oh my………….tears and smiles at the same time. the smiles came first when i saw you blog and thought how pretty it was. good job. the tears came in reading the words to the song. especially the end. i was smiling then too though. love it all. beautiful

  • Andy - ahhhhhhhhhhh the bottom scalloping on he edge of the blog is so cute. I LOVE IT!!!

  • Danielle - This is beautiful!

  • Tara A - Now I’m crying and drinking coffee this morning…..that was beautiful. I love the wings. Have a beautiful day!! Thanks for sharing all that you do.

  • kara - beautiful words and beautiful girl. and oh my, i can’t wait for the tutorial for the wings. i think i gasped when i first opened the post.

  • Nicole - Beautiful.

  • Angelina - The wings are beautiful! Firecracker must just love them! I can’t wait for the tutorial, I’ll have to make a couple pairs. This post was so lovely, so bittersweet to watch these littles grow.

  • Ang - What a beautiful and captivating post. And I love the new look!

  • Molly - simply beautiful!

  • susan leah - loooove this!

  • amanda torres - Love the new look!

  • Abigail C - Whoa! you weren’t kidding when you said you would rearrange the blog! It’s so different! It’s nice πŸ™‚ Firecracker is absolutely adorable.

  • Anna Joy - Love the lyrics and the pictures. Especially your last one. I’ve been working on designing Senior Announcements and I think the lyric that is in the last picture would work so well for Seniors. Ahh, makes me want to cry! And I LOVE the wings! Boys get capes, girls get wings. πŸ™‚

  • Livvy - Gorgeous photos, as always. Firecracker and her wings are just about too much cuteness to take!! Love the blog design update – looks great.

  • kiley - just beautiful – the girl, the words, the wings, the mama’s heart…

  • Jessica - Firecracker on the turtle… SERIOUSLY?!! Whenever I see your girl I question my decision to be content with my two boys and NOT try for a girl. She is so precious and I love how you love her!! Much love!! <3

  • Flodesneiges - Now I’m crying too…And these wings are amazing <3

  • Angela - I have been reading your blog since Firecracker was a baby. You inspire me daily. This post, those wings, the song, phenomenal! Thank you πŸ™‚

  • Meredith - LOVE the site redesign. I also love Firecracker’s wings. I had a cape when I was little, and I swear I never took it off.

  • Freya - I am not a mommy. I am not an aunt. I am not even a pseudo aunt to a girlfriend’s baby and this made me wanna hug all the little girls and tell them to dream big and shoot for the stars. These pictures should be in a magazine. The one of her on the turtle, amazing. So magical. So lovely.

  • Aja - Wow- that song is so perfect for these precious pics. I love, LOVE those sweet little wings. Adorable!

  • Ryan - I can’t decide which I love more…the redesign or the wings. They are both divine! πŸ™‚

  • Kimberly Troth - LOVE THIS!!! I’ve been without power for a week and have so missed your blog!!! Crews from OK have even made the long drive to come help out close to us. Everytime I heard about them I thought of you πŸ™‚

  • can - Tears! I love this, AShley. I love it with all my heart!!! I need to do a shoot with Cole that is this neat and unique for his birthday:). Happy Birthday, Firecracker!!!!

  • kaybee - Those wings are BEAUTIFUL! so is your post πŸ™‚

  • Leanne - That is beautiful! I love those wings!

  • Ruth - This is one of my favorite songs for my kids. My hearts desire for them is to know Christ intimately…not to have stuff and go places and have a great job…but to have what matters most. Thank you Ashley for your continued witness through your blog.

  • Liz - I love this song….and it goes perfectly with your photos! πŸ™‚

  • Amy @ PaintWineRepeat - This is beautiful in more ways than one!

  • Carrie - LOVE the wings and the new layout! What a nice way to start the week! Looking forward to your tweaked tutorial (yours are always the best, no-nonsense tutorials!)

  • kristin - LOVE the blog-makeover!!! LOVE. And your sweet girl with her new wings… completely over the top aborbs. Thanks for making this Monday morning beautiful!

  • Lisa J - Just gorgeous. So inspired! She will always know how much she is loved. That is so important.

  • Charla - I LOVE those wings!! sooo cute!
    Blog makeover is nice too!

  • Katie - What a delightful little sight! Those wings are so stunning and cheerful! πŸ™‚

  • flor @ life in progress - just beautiful.. your daughter is gorgeous and your pictures
    are just stunning.
    i’m going to cry now

  • Natalie - So beautiful, the wings and the lyrics. Love the new look of the blog.

  • heather - So, so beautiful. Love this…she is so precious. Can’t wait to see your version of the tutorial tomorrow. ; ) Blessings!

  • Emily Lorelli - Lovely, just lovely! And what an amazing wing/cape/beautiful/thingy!! Did you make it? Would you be willing to share the how-to?

  • Elise - Gorgeous – I don’t have my own children yet, but this made me cry! I think you need to take these pictures and put them together in a photo book for her with the lyrics. What a precious gift!

  • Marci - Beautiful. This is my favorite post that you’ve ever done (and I’ve followed you for years). And possibly my favorite photos. πŸ™‚ Congrats on your soon-to-be-home baby girl. Sharing your story and life is inspiring. Thank you.

  • Ashley B. - How sweet…Im so thankful for your heart… and the fact I get to see it when I read your blog. Passion is a beautiful thing. Im so thankful for people that share. Also side note.. Im a huge turtle fan… where in the world is that amazing cement turtle firecracker is sitting on? πŸ™‚ If your willing to share. πŸ™‚

  • jennie - beautiful!! her wings….you made them right….girl your bursting with talent:-)

  • Stacey - I mean.. I can’t come here without crying. Beautiful. Just beautiful.

  • Elizabeth - BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!

  • LeighP - love this post. love, love that cape. beautiful!

  • Carrie // cue the confetti - This is absoulity adorable! I know you will both treasure this as she grows.

  • donna - LOVE the new format, so easy to get around and I learned things about all of you that I did not know, as I am fairly new to your site. Keep up the great “Changes”.

  • Kate@Songs Kate Sang - Ashley, these photos are beautiful. I’m in tears as I read this. I love it.

    (Love the new blog design, too!)

  • Ruth Abel - So beautiful, your prayer, your child, and her new feathers! May God be the wind that fills her wings, and may she soar. Happy Birthday Firecracker!

  • Taylor - So beautiful that girl is….inside and out πŸ™‚ just like her momma!

  • rachel - oh mercy….so.stinkin.adorable! beautiful post!

  • Jessica P - Love the new layout. Your site looks great, and this post is beautiful. Love the wings!

  • Rosalind - Oh love it… lyrics, photos and your version on the wings! Headpiece is very cool too.

  • Michelle - Absolutely love these pics. “B” is growing up beautifully.

  • Ruth Wright - Ashley, what a precious sweet post! Firecracker continues to be more adorable each day! and love how you share your heart with us, your joys, your fears, your daily ins and outs…….its truly beautiful! I look forward to your posts, whether they make me cry, laugh, smile but they always warm my heart and cause me to thank God for your family every day. Love you all!! Ruth Wright

  • Christy - The pictures that you share of your life and family are the best part of my day. I am a big fan of your little “firecracker.” What a wonderful and joyful little spirit!!!

  • Lisa - Simply beautiful.

  • Madeline - :::sob:::

    So beautiful.

  • Kelly M - *sniff*

    That was beautiful. Pics of Firecracker always brighten my day!

  • Liene - Wow, this post is just perfect! Love all of it!

  • Josephine Sicad-Minerva - Awww…im so just helped me find my new prayer for our upcoming baby soon… THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for the inspiration. always. *hugs* & love from Singapore

  • Yanet of 3 Sun Kissed Boys - Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful post and song. I am putting together a slideshow for a friend’s baby shower and this is the PERFECT song for the background.

  • Chantel - I love all her personality that comes out in your photos. It seems like Firecracker is an appropriate nickname. πŸ™‚

  • AshleyAnn - Emily – I posted the tips here:

  • Sanyu - Still reading you regularly! This entry made me smile, it was so beautiful.

  • Viktoria - wow! What a beautiful poem! Your posts almost always bring me to tears and constantly remind me to cherish the time i have with my little ones! It truly does fly by and they are given to us only for a little while… Thank you for your wonderful blog. I’ve been “following” you for years even tho this is my first time commenting! πŸ™‚

  • “Huntin’ Charlie” Mini Sessions » Rhonda Elder Photography - […] These beautiful wings were designed and sewn by Stitches by Channon ( Β I met her one day at Β the Β The Briar Patch and she was excited to help me with this little project. I first saw the beautiful wings here at Under the Sycamore (love this blog-go check it out) […]