5 years ago today

Five years ago, February 27th also fell on a Monday.

In the last few weeks of pregnancy, I often woke up each day wondering, “Could this be the day?” On February 27, 2012 I woke up wondering the same. It was the first day we had the realistic potential to be matched with our youngest daughter. After years of waiting and trying to adopt, all the paperwork was finished and we waited forΒ an email to land in my inbox. Based on time differences, the email would not be coming until the evening – if it even came at all.

February 27, 2012 was quite possibly the longest day I’ve ever known. It was brutal. The evening finally arrived and a sweet text came across my phone:


I wrote about the day and all the random little things that kept me busy in a post – you can read it here. As evening rolled on, we did get that much anticipated email. We saw our daughter’s face for the first time. We read her name. The part of me that always felt missing, felt a little more complete.

What I didn’t share back then was the pictures that came across our computer screen. It is so fun to look back on them now and remember all the emotions of finally having a face and a name….of finally beginning to know our daughter.




Five years. It feels like it was yesterday I was a blubbering mess looking at her picture on a computer screen. Seasons change. Time passes. Kids grow. And I am ever so thankful.

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  • Beth - !!!!!!!!YEAH!!!!!!!

  • Nikki - I love this so much. What an awesome post. <3

  • Southern Gal - Five years! Beautiful words for your beautiful girl.

  • Karen Taylor - Ashley! I remember reading that post five years ago, and I recall you saying you were choosing to keep those photos private for a while. Thank you so much for sharing them! She was as beautiful then as she is now. What a journey you have been on together xx

  • Shira - Awwww, all the feels – good tears sprung to my eyes. Thank you for sharing this. What a day!!!

  • Danielle - What a sweet memory for your family. My daughter was born 2/14/12 and I started reading your blog shortly after. Now we are going to a foster to adopt orientation meeting. Thankful for this platform God’s given you to encourage others in many ways πŸ™‚

  • Tammy - Yes, yes…. all the feels and happy tears here, too! She is so beautiful.

  • Michelle Hill - thank you for sharing this memory with us, a memory that has been so monumental in your lives, but more so inspiring. In case you didn’t already know, Elsie from A Beautiful Mess blog, has referenced you and your story a lot in regards to her inspiration to adopt. And I would be lying if I said you didn’t have an influence on me either. Again, thank you for always sharing your life stories and thoughts, I think it affects us all, and this world, for the better… more than you know πŸ™‚

  • Mel - Love love love this. I have been following you since before your oldest daughter was born, and watched from afar your sweet, and hard journey to hold your youngest daughter in your arms. This brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing those first pictures of her.

  • Cecile - ??????? My heart is full for you and your family.

  • Cecile - Oh no… All my hearts came out as question marks. Please imagine them as a shower of big hearts!!!

  • Amy - So much beauty.

  • Sarah - Your daughters eyes in the pictures of her when she was a baby speak volumes to me, she’s a fighter!

  • ellen patton - You are lucky to have each other!

  • Angie - What a tiny little thing she was! Such an incredible adventure. She was beautiful then and, she is beautiful now.

  • Carrie - How precious. I remember those pictures of our daughter. Still on our fridge.

  • naama - It was about that time that I began following you blog. I love watching and reading about your journey as a family and as a mom. I don’t know you but you are in my heart. Thank you.

  • Julie - I remember following your blog back then and can’t believe how quickly those five years have gone!! What a lovely daughter you have and how lucky she is to belong to such a great,caring family. x

  • Debbie C - My eyes are a little teary remembering those posts. Wow, 5 years already. God is good!

  • Ashley B - Ohhh I love this!!! 5 years I’ve followed your story and prayed for this little family on so many ovvasions! I love how God has showed up everytime for y’all! I love moreyour ministry and the things he’s totally using for! Happy post!!! πŸ™‚

  • Laura - I also remember reading that post! Can’t believe how time flies.

    She looks lovely and so you do.

    Congrats for that beautiful girl and family.


  • Bek Ryder - I’m just catching up on your recent blog posts and came accross this one. tears! streaming down my face. I’ve been following your blog for quite a while and remember well your anticipation of waiting for this day. beautiful pictures! <3 Such a beautiful, strong, stunning little girl!