Guess what arrived?!!!

TA = Travel Approval

We don’t know travel dates yet, but should in the next few days. More to come soon!!!

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  • Amber - Yay!!!! I’m so happy for you guys. πŸ™‚

  • kassondra - YEAH!!

  • Miranda - Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Shelly B - Congratulations!!!!

  • Amy @ PaintWineRepeat - YAY!!! CONGRATS!! happy dance πŸ™‚

  • Ryan - *happy dance, happy dance*

  • rachel - PRAISE THE LORD!!!

  • Laura - God is GOOD! Congratulations!

  • Colleen C - I seriously seriously am so so happy for you!!! So soon. So soon you will have your little girl in your arms!!!

  • Sandra CabaΓ§o - YAY… Fantastic, we are very happy were in Portugal, hope it will be VERY SOON.

  • Kate LS - Ashley, I’m a long-time reader but have never commented. I have been following your adoption journey with bated breath–I don’t know you or your family personally but your journey is so close to my heart.. My husband and I have shared the desire to adopt since we were engaged but now, two biological children later, we don’t know when it will happen (but we want it to happen!). I appreciated so much that you shared your story about how it took four children and a lot of time before you were able to start the actual process of adoption (even though you’d been processing adoption in your heart from the beginning). I check your blog every morning and my heart always starts to race as I click on your name on my RSS feed, hoping that you have big news about the next step. So happy that you are so, so close.
    I have been praying for you along the way and I cried when I saw the little glimpse you gave us of your little girl’s sweet little body, her tiny arms and legs. Thank you for sharing your story with us. Your love for your family has been inspiring.

  • Neha - YAY!!!!…congratulations..:)

  • rachel - wow! congratulations!

  • Paula - WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! So excited for your entire family…especially your youngest daughter!

  • Stefanie - Woohoooo!!
    HAPPY DAY!!!!!
    Congratulations, Ashley… you’re on the homestretch now!!!

  • Christy - Awesome!

  • Emily - Woohoo! This is a good time for the dance of joy! (in case you’ve forgotten, it can be seen here: ) Hooray!

  • Melissa - I have been reading your blog for awhile and have never commented but…BUT…you get to go get your girl! And I am sitting in Starbucks crying out of joy for you. Your story inspires and moves me. I can’t wait to see your family all together. Home. My family will be praying for yours.

  • Samantha - So incredibly happy for you and your family!

  • ellie - long time reader, first time commenter, but I couldn’t help it.

  • Sadee - Eeek! Today WAS the day! So happy for you guys!

  • Kendra - So, so, so excited for you and your wonderful family! Yippee!!!

    Thank you for sharing your journey – hope, joy, frustration and all. It brightens my day every time I find a new post from your blog.

  • tracy - Yay! So happy for you to hold your little girl!

  • Jess - Ah! I just got butterflies! So excited for your family!

  • Lori - Hooray! Congratulations!!

  • Jen - Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!! SO happy for you all!!!!!!!

  • Lynn - Congrats!! So happy for your whole family.

  • Sophie - CONGRATULATIONS! I’m so excited for you to finally get your sweet baby!

  • Amanda D - Thank you for sharing this journey with us. My heart jumped for joy when I saw the post. I feel like I am vicariously living an adoption through you. Adoption has been on my heart for about a decade (before I even knew my husband). Something that has always just felt right. However, it just may not happen for us. We met and married a bit later than some and are still in the process of having biological children. Doubt adoption will ever be a reality for us with our age and financial situation but I love seeing it work for others. Happy that the door on this journey of yours was never closed and that you stayed faithful to Gods calling for your family.

  • Rebecca - Yay!!!!! FINALLY!! πŸ™‚

  • Karen F. - Awesome!!!!! So, so thankful that the time is almost here!
    Our family will continue to pray for your family!

  • Rebecca - Congrats! I have been reading every blog entry anticipating your awesome news! I imagine it must feel like heaven! Good luck with the days and weeks to come and I can’t wait to see pictures of your beautiful new little lady! Thinking about you and your journey ahead. So happy for you!

  • Dee - So thrilled for you all!!! God is so good…

  • ria - Yay. I am so excited for you guys.

  • marie - Yippee!!

  • Erica - I knew today was the day πŸ˜‰ So happy for your heart Ashley!

  • Kari - So very excited for your family! Yay!!

  • Rebekah - OH HOOORAAAAYYYYY!!!! *grinning from ear to ear for you!*

  • Amy Beachy - I’m so so so very happy for you!!!

  • Maeve - YAYAYAYAYAYAY! I’m so THRILLED for you!

  • Carrie R - Praise the Lord!!!!! So excited for you!

  • Reyna - Thank you Ashley for let me be present in this jurney about JOY PATIENCE and LOVE.

  • Kristin S - YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Carolyn - Woo Hoo!! TUL here you come!!!

  • amanda - PRAISE GOD!!!!

  • Susan - Praise God! Praying your trip is safe… and SOON! πŸ™‚

  • Lydia - Congratulations!!!

  • April W - Such great news!! Congrats!

  • Jennie W - Yay!! And Congratulations! Can’t wait to hear more about your travels and your daughter!

  • Jenny Joy - *sniff, sniff* That is AMAZING news! Soon, little one, you will meet your forever family!

  • Karen Pishney - YES!!!!! I was waiting for the page to load and was so hoping this was the day for you guys! It is funny that we will most likely never meet and yet I pray and think about your family and your little one so far away right now. Rejoicing with you and can’t wait to see your babe’s sweet face someday!

  • Theresa G. - TRIPLE LIKE!!

  • Cory - YAY! Rejoicing with you today!!

  • Julie - Congratulations!!! SO happy for you and your family!!

  • Sara Torbett - Hooray, whoohoo!! So excited for you all!

  • Carla - Yeah! Happy for you and praying for safe and soon travel!

  • jennie - super exciting! go get your baby girl mama!!!

  • Stephanie - I’m so happy for you!!

    I have been reading your blog for a little while, and have been waiting and hoping with you, but haven’t commented until now. I had to today though- this is SUCH good news, and I’m excited for you and your family. Can’t wait for the day when you post and tell us that she is finally at home with her family!!

  • Carrie - Yay! So excited for you! An amazing adventure awaits!

  • Heather - I know you’re ecstatic! So happy for you!

  • Kellie - So Exciting!!! Can’t wait for you to get her! πŸ™‚

  • Abigail C - Yay!!!! Praise God!

  • Cindy - Cheering from the rooftop in Indiana WOOOOOOHOOOO! They are coming baby girl:-)

  • Annie - Hellelujah! Just let out a whoop and a prayer of thanksgiving on your behalf. God is GOOD!

  • giozi - Yessssssssssss !

  • Kimberly Dial - YAY!

  • Liz R - Praise Jesus!! SOOO excited for you guys!!

  • Stephanie - So excited for you & your family!!

  • linnea - Such great news πŸ™‚ enjoy this day & good luck !

  • Julie B - Yay!!!! So happy for you and so glad that it came!

  • Maria - Woooooohooooo! So happy for you guys!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kelley - WAHOO!! I just KNEW it would be coming!! Been holding my breath wtih you in the waiting! Praying now for safe travels and a joyful homecoming!!

  • samantha - I am SO very excited for you and your family! I love the way your hearts have grasped this command of God, and your dedication to loving this little one like any other. Your family is about to get hit with a huge insane amount of love, joy and blessings. Thanks so much for sharing, and for stirring my heart towards adoption. One day I hope to enjoy family the way you do. Never perfect, but perfectly yours.

    Praying for your travels and your extraordinary bonding time!!

  • jody - So thrilled for you & your family!!! What a journey!! She’ll be in your very arms very soon!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nikki - YAY! Oh my gawd, I am beyond excited for you. I cannot wait to see Little One once you finally arrive home. =) Following this story of adoption on your blog is inspiring.

  • Di - Congratulations – I’m so excited for you. I’ve been a long time reader but I don’t think I’ve ever commented but I’ve been with you through the whole journey and I just got all teary because you are finally traveling to pick up your baby girl. Lots of love from down under. xoxo

  • mindy t - I just had this feeling come over me that you would post a second post today with news. So happy for your family!

  • Stephanie - Ahhhh! So excited for you and your family!

  • nancy - !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!is your stomach doing flip flops?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jen - Yay! Oh, so happy and relieved for you. Can’t wait to see when you get to go.

  • Kirsten - YAAAAAAAYYYY!

  • Carrie - Hooray! Wonderful news! You’re gonna be with her SOON!

  • RachaelB - Tears of joy for all of you! Praying that your travel, time there, and moving forward as a family of seven goes as smoothly as it can. God bless all of you as your family grows. May He give you all peace, strength, patients, unconditional love and joy!

    CANNOT WAIT to read how this next chapter unfolds.

  • Sandy - YAY!!! Happy Day!!!

  • Natalie - Oh my gosh!!!!! Yay!!!!!L

  • Rach@InHisHands - Hooray!!! Congrats!! You’ll be holding your little one soon!

  • Kat - Congratulations! Can’t wait to see that little one’s face!

  • Mrs Mike - Yeah!!! So excited for you and your family!!

  • Tela - ohmygoodness congratulations!!! i am so happy for you and your whole family

  • Luciana - YEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!! Congrats! And good thing too because I can’t wait to see her pictures and her chubby cheeks.
    We just moved to China. Will be living here for the next two years. I’m in Suzhou in the Jiangsu Province. Please let me know if you need anything.
    My email is euefrufru at g mail
    You can follow our journey over at



  • Alice - Congratulations to you and your family! Sending many happy thoughts south to you and east to Little One!

  • Jenny - Something made me peak out your blog today. Yeah! Congrats! So happy to hear the exciting news. Hang in there! Almost there.

  • mosey - YEAH!!! Congratulations… I don’t post often, but I’ve been praying for your entire journey!!! I’m very excited for your family! (to tears!)

  • Eva - Woo hoo!!!!!

    You’ll be in China before you know it! Hope you still have enough time to get all things squared away at home. Oh, how I can’t wait to see you half way around the world!

    The Lord is SO GOOD! πŸ™‚

  • ruth - congrats!!

  • Amy R - *****LIKE*****

  • Tracy a - Hooray and praise the Lord!!

  • Rosalind - woooooooohoooooooooo for you x Great news

  • Brooke - So very happy for your family. I kept checking all day hoping this post would be here. Congrats and looking forward to seeing your special family together soon.

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Squeal! When I saw this – I thought – wait, I already read her today’s post… does that mean what I think it means?! Wa hoo! Prayers for safety, peace, guidance and wisdom coming your way from desert land.

  • Lacey - WONDERFUL news!!! Thank you for sharing!

  • Kelly - aaaahh!!!!!!! So exciting! It is really unbelievable the amount of excitement I felt reading your post title in my reader. I have never met you but still feel so thankful for this blessing in your lives and hers! Kelly

  • Maria - Yay!

  • Vanessa - awesomeness. YAYYYYY! Of all your wonderful posts this one is sooooo good to read. Amen!!

  • LuRae - If you listen closely, you will hear cheering coming to you from Warrensburg, Mo!

  • Lindsey Johnson - yay!yay!yay!yay!yay!yay!!!!!!!! I’m just SOOO happy!!! Best news all day! Can’t wait to hear when you leave and finally see a picture of sweet girl’s face!

  • Michelle - Such great news! So close now! You know you have bloggy friends from all around the world sending your family good wishes πŸ™‚

  • emmybrown - SOOOO thrilled for you!!!!

  • Carmen - Joy!

  • Deb - =) soooo happy for you all!

  • NanaDoll - Praising the Lord with you!!!

  • Kerry - HOO-happy dance-RAY!!!

  • sara bradbury - yippee!!!!

  • Elizabeth - Congratulations!!!!!!!

  • Mathildel - FΓ©licitations! Congratulations! So happy for you all πŸ˜€

  • RobyGiup - What a wonderful news!!!!! πŸ™‚

  • mandi@herbanhomestead - WOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

  • Ivana - I, like so many,have been a long time reader, but this is the first time I have commented. I am so, so, so happy for you. I’m grateful for your refreshing perspective on the importance of family, and the sacrifices that are an integral part of bringing this important unit together. That little girl is so blessed to have your family to come home to so very soon. My prayers continue to be with you and your beautiful little girl. Thank you for writing.

  • Tara A - YAY………………YAY…………….YAY……………..YAY………..HOORAY……………HOORAY…………….TIME TO GO GET BABY GIRL……………………………………………….CONGRATS

  • Ethel White - So very happy for your tamily. Safe travels

  • amber - Congratulations!! So happy for you!

  • Mayara - Yaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyy! Congrats! IΒ΄m so excited for you! πŸ˜‰

  • Julie - Whooohoooo!!

  • amy jupin - praise the Lord and all that He has in store for you!
    so beyond happy for you, ash!!

  • sarah k - oh so wonderful. Congratulations!

  • heather - Congratulations!!! Waiting for travel is truly the longest wait, so congrats on making it one (major) step closer!

  • Elizabeth - eeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    so, so THRILLED for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Natalie - WOOHOO!!!!!