and the journey finally began {a miracle}

It is 11:45 on Sunday night. I basically never stay up this late writing a post for the next day. All weekend I have been going back and forth about what to share (or more honestly, what not to share) today. You see, most people think if you have a blog you are pretty much an open book. I’d say that is true for some areas, but the reality is I share a bunch of crafts, some decorating and random tidbits of my days. There is a lot I don’t share. So that brings me to today’s post…it is going to be a long one. There is a lot I wasn’t going to share until a later date, but I have a story to tell. It isn’t really my story, but if you hear it…I want you to hear it from me.

Let me start by saying, I know people from all walks of life, all kinds of backgrounds, all kinds of personalities and all kinds of beliefs read this blog. We are all so different. This post will completely resonate with some of you and for others of you…this post might be baffling. Nonetheless, thanks for reading this blog…I have a story to share.

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On April 9th, I downloaded an application from the internet.

I found a quiet spot in FireCracker’s room with a cup of coffee began filling it out.
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Part of the application needed Chris to work on. You can tell this was several months ago, based on the open windows. It is way too hot here for that now. (108, 110, 111, 110, 108, 107, 108 – forecast for the next 7 days!)
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Later that night we ended up in the hospital. We stayed for the rest of April. I finished that application sitting next to her hospital bed with more coffee.
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Once we got home, I got back in project mode…and moved on to the next application….with more coffee. Honestly, I didn’t realize there was coffee in all these pictures until I started writing this post. I only drink one cup a day and half of it is milk, but I look like an addict in these pics! I will say this picture is such a reflection of me right now. There is paint on my hand from a project, my son’s Phonics book near me, a cup of coffee, tank top & ponytail.

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My dirty mailbox on the day those applications got mailed.
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Not so long after, I found myself driving 13 hours to Colorado. Chris turned my phone into a “hot spot” and I was able to start and complete 12 hours of online training. It was actually more like 18 hours because I failed one class 3 times. Don’t ask.
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More answers to more questions, while I enjoyed the Colorado air. Evidently, I traded my coffee mug in for a pink sippy cup.
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In 2005, we first began the process of looking into adoption. We began the process 2 other times after that, but each time something made us stop. We have always known our family would be built through adoption. It was always just a matter of time. 7 years ago we began an “adoption fund”. It was a little bit of money we would set aside for our adoption. However, every time we’d have something we could put in it…we’d feel God asking us to give it to someone else in support of their adoption. I am passionate about caring for the fatherless and being an advocate for children who do not have a voice. Though my personal longing has been for adoption, in recent years I’ve felt God place me in the role of advocating and supporting others in their adoption journeys. As much as I have loved supporting others, that longing to be on the journey myself remained.  After years of waiting, in April we felt the “go ahead” and we finally got to begin the journey to bring our little one home.

The initial paperwork wasn’t a big deal. What was a big deal was the $20,000+ we would need to come up with to make the adoption possible. That was a daunting number. Just a few short weeks after our journey began, some of our very dear friends The Ws began the same journey…with the same agency…from the same place. While we were both working on paperwork, I sensed God leading me to tell them He would fund part of their adoption through my blog. I called my friend and told her. At the time I guessed it would be around $1,000….afterall it isn’t like I have 50 sponsors paying tons each month, and we needed our adoption funded too.

A few weeks later, I found myself going from coffee shop to coffee shop writing the curriculum for the online version of SnapShops (which starts today!).

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As I prepared the course, I prayed that it would fund our adoption. Then, I read Eph. 3:20 about God doing more than we could imagine. I began to think “what would be the craziest thing I could ask God to do in this situation?” So, I began dreaming and asking Him to provide $40,000 by December ($20,000 for our adoption, $20,000 for the W’s adoption) through SnapShops online. I’ve never made $40,000 in a year…or even remotely close to that. I can’t explain it, but I clearly knew He was going to do it. I told my friend to be prepared because by December they’d have $20,000 towards their adoption. She, naturally, thought I was crazy and took it with a grain of salt.

I went on working on the class and doing what little we could at this stage in our adoption process…things like taking the older boys for passport pictures.

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On Saturday, July 23rd I sent my friend a text, “God is providing for your adoption on Monday.”

On Monday, July 25th, I woke up with nothing in our adoption fund and opened registration for the online course. Then I clicked over to my friend Angie’s blog. She is in China meeting her daughter. Last year I had the opportunity to be an advocate for her adoption (it is a fun post to read). What a gift it was to wake up that morning and see her daughter in her arms for the first time. My heart soared in happiness for Angie and hope that soon I’d be on that side of the story. I started my normal morning routine with the kids and started hearing my iPad “ding”. It started “ding”ing ALOT, which meant I was getting a bunch of emails. A quick check showed me they were coming from PayPal…you all were registering for the SnapShop course. I told a friend it was like in It’s A Wonderful Life where everytime a bell rings and angel gets its wings. Well, everytime the iPad dings…my child gets closer to home!

Throughout the day Monday, my oldest and I watched the numbers on PayPal grow. He knew the goal and when it reached $20,000 he was thrilled that we could “go get his sister and now start saving for the Ws”. It was a priceless moment to teach him that we would be obedient with what we felt God had led us to do and we would give to the Ws first knowing He would provide for our needs too. Big concept for a 7 year old…or any age for that matter. Monday morning I had about $180.00 in my PayPal account. On Wednesday night I closed registration with about $40,500 in my PayPal account! Amazing and miraculous – yes! Shocking and surprising – not with God. And the whole time I watched Him provide in a miraculous way, He let me watch Angie in China..and gave me a glimpse that it is finally time for Him to bring my child home and He would remove all the obstacles I thought were in the way of that.

As soon as I closed registration, I wiped pizza off my kid’s faces and took a pic to text to my friends.

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So to all of you that are logging into the course today…thank you! Thank you for helping me bring my child home. Thank you for being a part of this story. We still have a bit to go on our own adoption, but my dream is to see a portion of every online SnapShop go towards adoptions, orphan care, child advocacy. As I get to teach others how to capture the beauty in their day to day lives, I’m excited that their investment can help create beauty in the day to day lives of children. This is all so exciting!

So, my little family of 6 will be a family of 7 sometime next year. I am sure many of you have so many questions about our process and where we are at. I’ll share all that eventually. We have a good wait ahead of us. All I know now is 4 of my kids are under my roof and one is on the other side of the globe. After years of waiting…now we only have months of waiting.

Thanks for letting me share my story…really it is His story.

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  • twirlingbetty - The world is a better place for having you and Chris in it. What a difference you are about to make. Congratulations and…HOORAY!

  • Amber - So, now I am crying at work and it is all your fault. The world is a better place because people like you are in it. I am so happy for you, for your dear friends, and for the children that will be so blessed to come into your families. I am adopted and my heart swells everytime I hear of someone else so generous to share the love of their family with a child that does not share their DNA. My mom was supposed to be my mom. She couldn’t have me biologically, so God found another way.

  • Allie - Congratulations! I’ve had a heart for adopting someday too. God is definitely able! Blessings to you and your growing family! :)

  • amac - Oh, Ashley! Thanks so much for sharing! What a beautiful story it is :) I’m just thrilled to get to be a small part of helping bring your daughter home!

  • Corey Moortgat - I had the priviledge of watching God work His hand in a friend’s adoption last year, and I’m so thrilled to hear your story about His work in yours. Congratulations! God is amazing!

  • lesley@homemade grits - what a beautiful story it is! ashley i have chills. i will be praying for that little person that will be so blessed to come in to your family. thank you for sharing this and for encouraging us all and teaching us once again that all things are possible through Him. lots of love your way!!

  • Bev - Simply amazing and miraculous. Yesterday our pastor talked about being faithful in the small things and how that leads to door to open for God’s will. Blessings to you and your family.

  • jeny - beautiful.
    i start every day with a post from ashleyannphotography. normally your family makes me smile, my two and your four and rather simliar. but today is another story. i cried. tears of love and joy and hope. though i’ve never met you or your family, nor am i altogether certain about God, i will pray for you.

    now, i must go reapply my makeup.
    you are blessed.

  • Marie R - I am crying reading this. God is so good. I knew as soon as your first picture of filling out an application that it had to be for adoption, I don’t know why just did. My heart is all for adoption and I got goosebumps reading through your post. God’s heart is for the orphan and he will ALWAYS provide. Can’t wait to hear more of your story!!

  • Amanda @ Heart Tree Home - This story brought me to tears. What an amazing story. I’m so happy that you guys are finally bringing home your child. You both are an amazing example of faith and selflessness.

  • Jaime Vines - wow! Your gernerousity to your friends overwhelmed me. Lots of people would give some money to help their firends adopt maybe $1000, but $20K. Money quickly makes people greedy, but not you. You are AMAZING and I am so thankful to be able to read your blog. My hope is that through this post you will inspire others to give. Cheers to you, and I am looking forward to seeing you journey as you find your new family member!

  • erin - all i can say is wow! you are one amazing family! congratulations!!

  • Nicole - I’m bawling!!! God is SO much bigger then we give him credit for!

    I am a mom who adopted both of my babies from our states foster care system. Both of their stories are so God Breathed and amazing. The odds that were beaten and the redirection of their lives!

    Good luck! And while I’ve never birthed a child, and I believe that must be an incredible experience, there is nothing quite like adoption!

  • Suzanne M - Such a beautiful post. I am looking forward to taking the next SnapShop class in September and now even more so! Many blessings to you and your family!

  • Mary Craig - I am in TEARS! How amazing and wonderful and what a fabulous lesson to us all that NOTHING is too big for GOD! We are adopting, too! Just finished our home study!

  • ASH - I’m glad to see the miracles God works in our lives and that you are now able to begin this journey. Congratulations! From a young age, I knew I also wanted to adopt a child and help the needy. I hope one day that I will also be able to take the same journey.

  • molly - wow! God is good!

  • Elizabeth - oh goodness, how exciting! Can’t wait to hear how He will continue to move through this process.

  • Kimberly - WOW! I have tears in my eyes and can’t find words to tell you how happy I am for you and the W family!!!! You are an amazing woman with such love. With God all things are possible!! As soon as I saw the picture of Chris I know what you two were working on=) SO HAPPY for you and your family! LOVE your blog and THANKS again for sharing your personal life. Some day I hope to meet you!

  • Stephaniecmc - God bless you & Chris!! What you two are doing is incredible; the Lord has big plans for your family. I am happy to take part in it. I am so excited for SnapShop to start today!!! Thank you and congrats!!!!

  • maria - Holy smokes Ashley, Praise the Lord…such testimony of your faith and His power…amazing!!! so Happy for you and your precious family, looking forward to praying you through your journey and watching with great anticipation. COngrats and God bless!!

  • ang - Beautiful!!! Congratulations, you are an inspiration!!!

  • Ruth Abel - I am so moved, and so excited for you all. Early this year, God told my husband and I that He would be adding to our family through adoption, but I admit that I am still so overwhelmed with the “how’s.” There are so many hurdles to jump through and so much money to raise, but your story has been greatly encouraging to both of us. God can move (TWO!) mountains in One Day, when we have the faith to listen to what He says and pray for things that only He can accomplish. THANK YOU for sharing your story and may God richly bless you all on this journey!

  • Lyss - A-M-A-Z-I-N-G Story! Thank you so much for sharing…this is just wonderful! God is so good, this is what it is all about! Cant wait to hear more of your journey!
    xo
    Lyss

  • Jenny @ Words On Wendhurst - Wow, that’s so amazing that you are able to do this with your snapshop money! :-) So excited for you and your family, and the other family as well. Gob bless :-)

  • Brandi - Thank you for sharing your sweet, sweet story. I literally have tears in my eyes, maybe because we finally got new pictures of our little boy. We hope we are weeks away from grabbing him up and bringing him home. I’ll be praying for your journey.

  • Summer - You have been blessed as you are a blessing to many :) God has a plan for us to prosper, I have to remind myself frequently. Hearing your stout faith is so inspiring and I am praying for you and your precious growing family!!! Yayy more friends!!!

  • Bek @ WeAreWildThings - Such a lovely thing to do. I’m hoping to be able to afford to move to somewhere with a spare room in the hope of fostering. I’d love to adopt when I’m in a better financial situation. The opportunity to offer a better quality of life for a child is the greatest opportunity you can get. It’s amazing that you’ve not only taken that opportunity yourself, but that you’re helping others to take it too. :)

  • Jessica - Ashley,
    I am certain that you never dreamed the Lord would use you, this blog or your heart’s desires to touch the lives of others, but clearly His plans were so much more extravagant than what you could imagine. Thank you for allowing Him to work through you in so many ways. I know we don’t know each other from Adam, but your faith and obedience in Him is evident through each post you write. I’m so excited for you, your husband and family that the Lord has led you to this new step in your walk. Praise the Lord that ONCE AGAIN He provided every cent and need for His children. Thank you for sharing this story and I pray the Lord continues to bless in ways big and small that you know are only from Him. :) P.S. I taught from Ephesians 3:20 last friday evening at our church’s youth VBS.. our God is greater and able to do abundantly more than we ask or can imagine.

  • Jennifer - Praising God for what He is doing in and through your family!! We will be praying for you guys.

  • Abigail - WOW! So wonderfully amazing and exciting! Thank you for sharing just a piece of this beautiful journey–what a good God!! He is faithful to do abundantly more than we can imagine, to His glory!

  • lindsey - there are tears in my eyes as I write this. Ashley – I am so thrilled that God has allowed me an opportunity to be a part of you bringing a new child into your life! Even though I know most of the beginning basics to photography, I truly felt passionate about taking your course. Turns out, God had bigger plans for my money than just learning about photography! And that makes me even happier! God is just really completely amazing. He really is working all things for the good of those who love him. This post has made my day!

  • Heather - I have chills! all i can say is God is good all the time and all the time God is good.

  • Melissa - WOW!!! I am thrilled for you guys! Your post put tears in my eyes and goosebumps on my arms. Our God is SO good!

  • Sarah @ Handbags*N*Pigtails - Oh Ashley this is so awesome! I could not be more thrilled for you right now. Mainly because you really sought the Lord on this and now He’s blessed you for it through avenues you are able to do yourself-teaching photography. I love how anyone who heard this initially would have never believed it. But He’s made it a reality in your life. Moving mountains is His business:)
    May He continue to bless you in every step of this process. It will be exciting to watch this story unfold:)

  • Jill R - Thanks for sharing this story. It is so awesome to see God at work! Congratulations!

  • Michelle - I a bawling my eyes out. Thank you for reminding us that our God is more than enough! My husband and I knew before we even got married way back when that God was asking us to build our family through adoption. We had our first last year and are now praying through what the next step looks like. I am so excited to hear all about and join you through prayer on your journey!

  • Emily - Congrats Ashley. This made me teary.

  • Ranee - love it. blessings to you on the journey.

  • Courtney Connelly - This story that the Lord has been writing in your lives for years is simply amazing!

  • Crystal O. - This brought tears to my eyes. I agree with the others, what a better world with you and Chris in it. Thank you! Thank you for not only your kind generous hearts but thank you for telling your story and moving others to do something as well.

  • Jen V. - Thank you so much for sharing Ashley! I’m sitting at my desk, crying, and thanking God for providing for you and your beautiful family, and for knowing that He will provide for mine. Your post is such a blessing today…it’s just one more reminder that I needed that God will give us exactly what we need.

  • Bethany - Wow… God is awesome! Thank you for sharing your testimony with us!

  • kari signe - Add me to the list of people tearing up at this post. Thank you so much for sharing this story. I am so excited for your and your family! My parents did foster care while I was growing up and my brother was adopted from South Korea. I know it can be a tough journey but it will be an amazing one for your family. Congrats on the sucess of your class and I am looking forward to signing up for the next one!

  • Susanne - I find myself envious of your faith. Congratulations on your adoption… that’s one lucky kid.

  • Celia - Congratulations! It is always wonderful to see our Heavenly Father working in our lives! I’m so happy for you all!!!

  • Debbie C - Wow Ashley…your response to God’s prompting for you and your friends touched me so deeply. Giving $20K so generously to another family for their adoption is astounding! I know God will bless you so much in return! Thank you for sharing such an amazing story with us.

  • Lisa Johnson - This story is absolutely thrilling! I am so excited for you and astounded at how God works. As an adoptee myself, I love hearing how families are brought together. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

  • Amy S. - God bless you! What an amazing story. Congratulations. That is a wonderful testament for His amazing grace, power and glory. I will be praying for your new kiddo for sure.

  • nicole - Wow, wow and wow! Your faith is inspiring. Thank you for sharing something so personal. Will be praying for you all.

  • Erica - Your children are wonderful – congratulations on filling your quiver!! I can only hope that God will bless me as abundantly with children as He has blessed you… :)

    You are such a blessing to me. I’d just like to sign up for your class in order to support you – I don’t even own a camera! You should make a button where people can donate to your family’s fund!

    The Lord is just so pleased with your honoring spirit – honoring Him above all else, honoring His promptings to give to others, honoring His vision by taking it as your own. Thank you for sharing this wonderful testimony.

  • Janet @ Ordinary Mom - Congratulations! That is truly amazing and I can’t wait to hear more about your journey. :)

  • Abby - God is so good! So beautiful. I can’t wait to hear more about your adoption journey. Thank you so much for sharing this today: your love of God shines through to me every time I read your blog. Thank you!

  • Debbie G - God is so AWESOME! Praising the Lord with you on answered prayers and your child being so much closer to coming home.

  • Meg of I like it, I love it! - God is so Amazing! It is truly a testament that all things are possible throught Him! Congrats on your journey and bringing your new baby home one day. I read your blog everyday and love your home, writing and beautiful pics so much. Thanks for being so inspiring!

  • hannah - wow. i very rarely feel moved enough to comment on the many blogs i read, but as others have already commented – you are amazing. what a beautiful and inspiring story. i aspire to your level of generosity. congratulations! you deserve every bit of the success you’ve achieved.

  • Jenni Goodlin - your heart and faith in the Lord is very evident in this post! Not only did you have faith that the Lord would provide for your family, but also for another! You and your family are great examples in many ways, not just by fulfilling what God tells us, (taking care of the widows and the orphans) but by giving to others in need so they can take care of the orphans too. We are in the middle of adopting our niece (this was not even really something we were thinking about, but because of a tragedy in our family it fell in our laps). Yesterday I was praying that the Lord would provide finances in even the smallest way, just having a few people donate from Etsy for a fundraisor (which He did) and today reading your blog and hearing how you trusted God, for what seemed like such a large amount was so encouraging!! I can’t stop crying because reading your post is such a great reminder of how great God is, and how he always provides. Thank you! What a great Journey this will be for your family.

  • Kelly (Kelly is Inspired) - This is so wonderful! I’m so happy for you and your family, especially the new one coming from the other side of the globe!!! :)

  • Anne - Thankyou for sharing God’s work in your life. Tears here too. :)

  • Julie B - What wonderful news! Congratulations to you and the W’s! So glad you shared with us. How exciting to be able to welcome a new family member!

  • jami nato - that is incredible.

    it is also incredible that you are listening to God. and writing about it. when your write things about “hearing God” you run the risk of people thinking you’re crazy. bold move.

    awesome, awesome, awesome. praise Jesus.

  • Jen G - I’m a new reader, so I missed your journey to this point. How UTTERLY FANTASTIC. God is just. so. amazing.

    Thank you for sharing this story of faith. We waited far too many years to adopt because of the financial hurdles we perceived as blockades. I hope that somewhere, there is a reader who will find this story provides the necessary shove to pursue adoption or to sacrificially help another family. We are all called to do SOMETHING for the fatherless (James 1:17). Some to adopt, some to help financially, others to volunteer… The list is long.

    As an adoptive mom twice over, I know the many blessings still waiting for you and can’t wait to read your posts as you experience them.

  • racheld - God is GOOD!!!

  • Caroline E - Wow! God is amazing! Congrats to your family!

  • Rebecca - Truly amazing Ashley. I hope the process runs smoothly for you and your family.

  • Cassie - What an amazing story! Thank you for sharing! I have tears. You are such a wonderful person!

  • Esther Nelson - ephesians 3:14-21 is my absolute favorite verse. If it is possible to pick just one verse to love more then the others.

    “that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what [is] the width and length and depth and height–to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

  • Lucy - Thank you for sharing this wonderful story. It always amazes me how God blesses us. Thanks, and congratulations!

  • Anne - This couldn’t have happened to a better family. You and you’re family are beautiful inside and out and I wish you all the best.

  • RachelC - Awesome story. Awesome God. Glad you shared it.

  • Stacey - Love love love – your story!

    I can’t wait to see that picture – that God is leading you to through this adventure!

    Blessings!

    Stacey

  • Pamelotta - I can’t help but smile when I think of how God went and is going above and beyond for one of his little ones in another part of the world. She probably has no idea the journey God is about to take her on, but she is one blessed little girl that God is providing such a great family to grow up in!

  • Julia - I’m not sure how I found your site about 6 months ago or so, I think I was just following some links from one place to another, but when I came upon your blog, I was just enchanted – with your creativity, your photography and your family. But now I know why I was lead to your blog. This month, fourteen years ago, my dossier was sent to China for my own adoption, and in April 1998 I received the referral of my gorgeous 8 month old daughter. She’ll be entering high school this year, and her little sister, who came home at 18 months old, will be entering middle school.

    Before starting my own adoption, I was a VERY poor money manager. I never had more than two dimes to rub together, and made barely $40k a year, but knew I’d have to raise 13k in the next 12 months to really make it happen. And it did; to make a long story short, I was able to save that amount and more and never had to go into debt for any of the adoption or travel expenses.

    Sorry to go on so long, but I did want to say a huge Congratulations to you and your family, and some special little girl/boy who was meant to join you all. I look forward to your journey.

  • lyn - Thank you, Ashley for your incredible story. As I sit here typing one handed holding my newborn and my 4 yr old fends for himself (newborn has tummy problems, so needs lots of attention). I am remind God will take care of us and this to shall pass. Even though right now I am overwhelmed and scared, God will help me through! That in three years when we are ready again we too can adopt a child to add to our family if God says we are ready. Thank you Ashley!

  • Sara W - Wow, we serve an amazing God! So happy for you and your journey. Thank you for sharing. I love hearing how God is at work – it is always so encouraging.

  • Jennifer B. - That is amazing. God is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing…it brought tears to my eyes!

  • Terrie - I’m so excited for the SnapShop class…but I’m even more excited for you & your family! I’m so glad I read this post before going to the class. It makes the class even more special & exciting…of course, I may not be able to focus because I’m thinking of your story! Thanks for sharing your story…I’m off to class now!! :)

  • Amanda - I’m crying here. I can’t wait to continue hearing about this beautiful story. Praying so much for you and your family and your future child. I love this.

  • Anna Joy - When God wants something done, nothing is impossible!!! What an awesome story for your family and your friends!!!

  • Sara W - Wow, we serve an amazing God! Thank you for sharing your story. I love hearing how God is at work in people’s lives – it is always so encouraging.

  • Hollie - What a beautiful person you are ;)

  • Ryan - Yay! I am so excited for you and Chris. And I’m so happy that the SnapShops have been able to help you meet your goal and bring that baby home! Honestly, it makes me want to sign up for another shop, just to help you guys! Lots and lots of love!

  • Nicolle S - Ashley, thank you for sharing such am inspirational and beautiful story. You are truly blessed. Congratulations on your new addition!

  • Sara W - Wow, we serve an amazing God! Thank you for sharing your story. I love hearing how God is at work – it is always so encouraging!

  • Kelley - wow. Words don’t suffice. To God be the glory! Praying for these precious children who will be brought home because of this amazing miracle. Thank you for the reminder that God provides abundantly more than we can ask or imagine when we are obedient to his call. wow. wow. wow.

  • amanda torres - God is so awesome. So many impossible things are suddenly possible. You are rewarded so for your faithfulness and giving heart towards other. Hearing about your 5th child is so exciting. No doubt God has amazing plans for that child if they were destined to be in your family. Congratulations.

  • kristina - what an amazing story! just another testament of what God can do. praying for you through this journey!

  • Abbey - Praise God! This is such an amazing story and example of God using us for His glory. Thank you for sharing this great reminder that God is “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.” I can’t tell you how much it meant to me today!

  • mandi@herbanhomestead - Oh Ashley! I’m crying over my morning banana! We are in the waiting process of our adoption. We are adopting domestically, so the process is different. But the heart wrenching waiting is all the same. This post is such an encouragement to me. About what God will do when we let Him work. It encourages me in my own journey. Thank you for sharing!

  • Melanie - Oh wow!! I’m so thrilled and excited for your family!! Thanks for sharing. Thanks for being a reminder of how BIG our God really is!! God bless you.

  • Sarah w - You are really good at making me cry & such an inspiration.
    I’m in awe of what God has provided. Excited for you and your friends’ journey to bring your child home. This story allows me the extra peace I needed that when the time is right and He sees fit, bringing a child home through adoption will be a part of our family as well.

  • Laurie J - I am in my living room reading this post and I am absolutely, postively BAWLING. Like tissue after tissue trying to regain my composure bawling. God is so good. Praise Him! Thanks for sharing this incredible journey, Ashley. I’d love to be in the same boat someday. Our God moves mountains!!
    <3 <3 <3

  • Nicole - What an amazing story. Many blessings to you and your family on this journey – you are truly an inspiration. Above and beyond the dedication to your own family and friends, I hope that you are able to glimpse even a fraction of the impact you have on others’ lives through the sharing you do on this blog. In related news – very much looking forward to the SnapShop – only 15 more minutes!

  • Bri - I am in tears. Amazed, in awe, of our sovereign God!!!!! I am SO very excited for your family and for your journey of faith. How wonderful that you seek to glorify God through all this! Many congratulations on the success of SnapShot and on raising funds for this beautiful gift of love. :) Bri

  • angie - I know you don’t know me, but i wept while reading this post. unbelievable. God is so good, and so faithful. I am praying for the kind of faith and confidence in Christ that you have. yay for baby girl!!

  • ingrid - WOW!
    God is good…
    you have such a special heart!

  • Diane - God is awesome! This is my first time commenting but I’ve been reading your blog for awhile. I love your heart for your family and for God. God is using you in wonderful ways! Thanks for sharing that experience with people you don’t even know!

  • Tess S. - i’m moved. so moved. what a beautiful story and amazingly inspiring. God provides for His children and this is just a small example of the many ways He shows His love. Good luck on your journey.

  • Jenni - What a beautiful post:) So happy for you and your family!

  • Katie @ explanationrequired - Aww man… I so didn’t need to read this at work. I hope my boss doesn’t walk by and think I’m some sort of crazy woman, crying at her desk.

    I’m so excited for you guys!! And for the family you’re helping out. I’ve had a few friends go through the adoption process and know that it’s a draining one. And given that we had to struggle through infertility treatments to get our little girl, it very well could end up being the path we go down for our family too. I know God will provide for us when the time is right and I’m grateful to see your shining example of that. Thanks so much for sharing so much!

  • Trisha Wooderson - God is so good! What an amazing story of faith. Congrats to you guys!

  • Laurie J - I’m sitting next to the box of tissues right now and wiping away tears as I rejoice with you. God is so good, praise Him! I can’t wait to hear all about your journey–I’d love to be in the same place someday, watching God move mountains in this way…..He is a mountain mover!
    <3 <3 <3

  • Dana - Ashley…you are a beautiful person. You made my eyes “leak” a little. Good luck with your journey. I would love to take this course if you offer it again. :)

  • Amy Cornwell - I’m crying right now! Praise God from whom all blessings flow. What an awesome testimony to what God can do. Congratulations to you and the W’s…I’ll be praying for your journey!!

  • Heather - SO awesome! Love that you heard God and stepped out in faith! …He gave you this amazing talent and provides bc you have been faithful with it!

  • Elizabeth Miner - This is the BEST start to a Monday morning I think I’ve ever had in my 34 years. This news is amazing on so many levels! Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Heather - goosebumps the entire time. so thankful for people like you in this world. God can do anything… with Him we have hope and the promise of new life! it’s lovely. thanks for sharing…

  • jenn - Ashley….I have been a long time reader and I always sensed that this post was coming at some point! It is a BIG decision and I’m proud of you and Chris for taking that plunge forward and trusting God with the details. He is obviously MORE than able to provide! We recently came home with our sweet Ethiopian baby boy and I just posted our video on our blog last night. Maybe it would bring some peace and inspiration to you to watch it! blog.jcooperphotography.com

  • sarah - WOW!!! congratulations! i knew this post would would be coming from you soon. i had no idea it cost so much to adopt. it’s amazing what God can do! i’m so happy for you and your family! i can’t wait to see you bring your little girl home!

  • jeannett - oh Ashley!!!! In love love love. So excited. It’s AMAZING. What an amazing story to tell!!!! Just giddy. I don’t even know what to write.

  • Leah Robinson - That’s simply AMAZING!! I love hearing of God’s work!! Our God is an awesome God! So inspiring as a photog myself to use this gift for others!

  • Stephanie - How absolutely wonderful Ashley! I am reminded of Proverbs 16:3-The Message (MSG
    Put God in charge of your work, then what you’ve planned will take place.
    I am thrilled for you all and I am so happy I found your blog online. Your family is very encouraging and it is easy to see God’s love in your life! Be blessed in EVERY thing you set your mind, hearts, and hands to do. Praying for a wonderful adoption process and excited to see God’s hand in all of this in the near future!

  • Jessica Rooks - Congratulations to your family! I was bawling as I read this post today, it was beautiful! I was always excited to do this snapshot class and I feel blessed that I made a small dent in your amazing goal. I have a heart for adoption and hope to begin the process one day. You and your lovely family are an amazing inspiration to me and others alike. It sure seems God has amazing things in store for those who trust!

  • Lacy M. - What an amazing story!!! God is good!!!

  • fabiana pereira - thank you for being and share their thoughts and actions.
    you and your family are inspiring.

    I just saw participation in the meaning of a person mensch.

    thank you

  • Krista Lund - wow! what an amazing story! i can’t wait to *meet* your child! so very excited for you and your sweet family!!

  • hannah singer - hello, ashley! thanks for sharing this beautiful work of the lord. praying for y’all as you continue on this adoption journey. such a gift to your family and to your new child. to god be the glory! rejoicing with you! xo

  • amy - goosebumps!!! congrats ashley!!!!

  • Renata - I always think that God works in interesting and often creative ways. I think your story is pretty special, and I love the way that you have captured it. Thank you for sharing.

  • Abigail - God is so good :-D

  • Aubrey - I am so grateful for your obedient heart. You continue to inspire people around the world. And as much as I love the crafts and projects you do, and the beautiful stories you tell through your photography…I am most encouraged by your simple acts of obedience. The way you live your life to teach your children the things that will last eternally. You continue to be faithful with the talents that have been entrusted to you and you are getting more! Thank you Ashley…you are stunningly beautiful.

  • kassondra - crying my eyes out right now! so happy for you and your family

  • Shelley G - Wow!! What a story, God is so good! I’m so excited for you guys!

  • Heather R - As a mother of 4 biological children in the midst of the adoption process I loved reading your post! I know God called us to adoption even though we had no money to finance the process. Fundraising has been involved for every step of the way. We received our referral almost 2 weeks ago. We are only months from having our daughter home after years of searching and praying! I never know where the next chunk of money will come from but he always provides!

  • Shannon Phillips - So happy that you shared the story today sweet friend. I know it will be a huge blessing and encouragement to your readers. You are an amazing inspiration to so many including myself. I cannot wait to meet your precious new addition when the time comes. xoxo

  • christy - He is such an awesome God with creative answers to everything!
    Congrats! I’m crying

  • andiejaye - wow. wow. and wow. somehow when i saw the title and thumbnail, i knew that this would be what your post was about. why? i don’t know. i am in awe of your faith. i can’t stop smiling at how He made this happen so quickly. what a blessing for you and your whole family (including your new little one)! thank you for helping me to see the sun shine a little brighter today.

  • cailan - Wow. This brought me to tears this morning. How absolutely wonderful amazing. God is so good! And I am so happy for you and that precious girl who will soon join your sweet family! I am completely in awe and so thrilled for you and so blessed to get to be a tiny part of it – can’t wait to start Snap Shop today!!

  • Laura Stiller - I’ve stalked your blog for forever but never commented. I just wanted to say “thank you” for sharing your story and for trusting the Lord to provide in amazingly big ways!

  • Jen Tufts - Incredible. I’m so glad you shared the story! God is amazingly faithful and the story tangibly helps my unbelief. So excited!!!

  • Darcy - I knew as soon as I started reading what you were going to share – that is, that you were starting the adoption process. However, the rest of it was certainly unexpected and, as you say, amazing and miraculous. What a fantastic story Ashley! What an experience for your children to witness – for the new little one to be a part of. I have tears running down my face and I’m not one prone to tears. I follow your blog closely but for some reason don’t often comment – which means you don’t know how often I read and how often I’m blessed. I want you to know that you have a wonderful ministry through this blog! This story is certainly evidence of God’s love and grace. I believe this story is also evidence of the partnership you and your family have with Him. Thank you so much for be willing to let Him lead in your life in such significant ways (because it touches so many)… and for sharing that journey with us.

  • Amber - God is so powerful and amazing!

  • Courtney Ann - PRAISE GOD! That is an incredible story. I’m going to share it with my friend who’s also starting the adoption process. God is so wonderful and faithful and just WOW!
    Thank you for sharing. It actually encouraged me (i’m NOT adopting right now) in a different way. It makes my college dreams a little more realistic as far as money goes. God is a God of miracles and i shouldn’t lose sight of that.
    Congrats to you and the W’s!!!
    xoxo

  • marie - He writes such beautiful stories!!

  • Rachel T. - CONGRATS ASHLEY!!!! That’s so wonderful. Both of my cousins are adopted. My aunt and her husband were unable to have children, and when I was 8 years old, they adopted a little girl from New Mexico and then again when I was 11 they adopted another little girl from China. They are beautiful and happy, and they both lead a life that I’m sure they would never have had without my aunt and her husband. They may look completely different (Brittany is latina and Maddie is Chinese), but they are every bit sisters, and they grew up being told they were adopted, that mommy CHOSE them. It has left them knowing they are loved, every second of their lives. You are doing a wonderful thing for you and for the Ws. You are an incredibly beautiful human being. I hope some day, somehow, we can cross paths so I can tell you that to your face. <3

  • Erin - I have never commented on a blog before but I was moved to tears reading your story. Thank you for sharing it. Amazing.

  • Lisa - you just keep getting awesomer.

  • Christina - I’ve enjoyed reading your blog but now I love it even more. You are such an inspiration. I really wanted to take your class, but hesitated because money is very tight. I plan to save for hopefully your next one and think it’s wonderful that the money will go towards such a beautiful journey for you or others. Thank you for sharing!! Sending prayers for you and your growing family.

  • Jessica - absolutely amazing! how awesome is our God. I love sitting and watching him move mountains in our lives!! so excited for you guys.

  • Johanna Rocco - Thank you for sharing your beautiful story about how God is so miraculous! How amazing…best wishes to you and your family on this beautiful journey.

  • Amanda - You are amazing, and your story is wonderful. It’s one thing to say you believe, but to REALLLLLLY believe in your heart is another thing. HE IS GOOD.

  • robyn - God bless you, Ashley and Chris!!! Wonderful, Marvelous and Awesome.

  • Lisa - SO happy for you and your family & also the W’s! You are all awesome & God is awesome the way he always provides!

  • Kelly R - this is such an amazing and beautiful story. thank you so much for sharing it. and i am so happy for you and your family…you have such a big heart!

  • Jen - Wow, I am just blown away by this post. I don’t know what else to say but God is good. You have such a wonderful family. Any child who joins it will be so blessed.

  • erica - “The love of a family is life’s greatest blessing”

    Congrats and good luck on your new journey!!

  • jenny - WOW! God is so amazing, so faithful, so good…I know and believe this with all of my heart and yet, somehow, I am always amazed and in awe when He moves in ways such as this.
    Praise God! I am so excited for your family and for this child who will soon get to have a loving family too. Thank you for taking the time to share your heart and to testify of the Lord’s power, provision and goodness….it is blessing me right now.

  • Renee @ Get Innergized! - WOW! this is the most moving post! hooray!!! it gave me the most happy chills. i haven’t adopted, i am a mother, but i taught English to two students who were adopted from Russia. I always think about them and their story. It’s amazing!!! Thank you for sharing this personal and meaningful post!! :)

  • MommaRa - I am in tears at just how good God is. So excited to watch God bring these babies home.

  • Pix - Hooray hooray for you and your family! Congratulations on making the decision to grow your family once again, and hurrah for accepting that adoption is the way you’d like to do it. I’ve been enjoying your blog for quite a while and am thrilled that we now have one more thing in common. We brought our son home from Korea just over two months ago. It’s a challenging path to parenthood, but it’s wonderful and enlightening. I blog about our journey at http://curdsandkimchi.blogspot.com. If there’s anything I can help with, please let me know. The adoption community is wonderfully supportive!

  • BLP - This sent chills down my spine. :D What an incredibly inspiring story! Praise God! :D

  • Tricia - Ashley and Chris, your hearts encourage and inspire me!! What a beautiful testimony to the power of God, a glimpse into how small our “mountains” must be to him. (Not that a $40,000 mountain is small by ANY means to us, but wow! to Him!)
    Congratulations on this milestone! Tears of joy are streaming down my face for your sweet family and I can not wait to see how your journey unfolds.

    <3
    xo*tricia

  • hannah - wow. the Lord truly is amazing! He is the great provider. Today has been such an encouraging day. I read on facebook about a couple from our church who after years of struggling with infertility and years of referrals taken away for adoption and then complication after complication with their current referrals they finally have a court date on thursday. PRAISE THE LORD. and then to read about this. WOW the Lord truly does provide. He is faithful. Can’t wait to see the process of your adoption.

  • sarah - This testimony, this post is wonderful. I’m going to have to share this with just a few people, if not everyone I meet.

    Your faithfulness, your obedience and love is a treasure from God. I’m so glad He was able to use you, the internet and families to show just how mighty He is. This is one of the great testimonies out there on faith. Enjoy your blessings!

  • Megan M - What a wonderful story! You are truly an inspiration to me. I am so happy for your family and cannot wait to meet the sweet addition who will be so fortunate to join your precious family. What a story of patience, perseverance, and prayer. God bless!

  • Alicia @ La Famille - amazing. amazing. amazing. i’m waiting on God to do something huge too! sometimes we limit Him, thinking “He’ll never” or “I’m sure that could never happen.” but wow! He can just BLOW OUR DOORS OFF, can He not?!!? loved this. needed this. thank you for sharing.

    xo,
    alicia

  • tami - so excited for you and especially for that precious little one who is waiting for you guys! What a testimony! I’m praying God will lay it on my husband’s heart for adoption! Can’t wait for God to work in our family! :0). Looking forward to watching and reading your journey! Thanks for sharing!

  • Madison - I thought your husband seemed extra happy at church on Sunday! And he hit the nail on the head about using whatever talents you were given and just get moving, and God will eventually use you for His glory. Who knew that photography could be used to bring orphans to their parents? It just proves that if you take your talents and GET MOVING, great things will happen. We will be starting the journey of adoption in the next two years and I am so excited we have found a church that is so passionate about it. You and Chris are great examples. So happy for you and your kids! Can’t wait to see your sweet child.
    Madison

  • Brooke - That is truly a miracle. I believe that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Long ago he provided miracles and today he continues to do the same for the children He loves so much as long as we have faith. You obviously have provided that faith. What an amazing story that I will definitely pass on to my family!

  • Megan M - What a story of patience, perseverance, and prayer! You are truly an inspiration to me. I am so happy for your family and look forward to meeting the new addition via your blog. That child will be blessed to become a part of such an incredible family. God bless and I look forward to working on the material in your class. I will always remember this story.

  • Elizabeth - I am sobbing right now. He is so faithful.

  • Anna Marie - My heart is leaping, my eyes are watery and my body is covered in goose bumps. Obviously I had no idea, but I am SO glad you shared this. I look forward to each and every post as you get closer to bringing your child home.

  • Cristy - A moving story indeed. That is just incredible that two children’s lives will be forever changed as a result
    40.5K is an astonishing amount of income in one day!!! Scary to think about the % Uncle Sam will want.

  • the inadvertent farmer - We were blessed with a domestic adoption of our only girl…I like you have begun to hear a stirring in my heart for another adoption.

    God bless you and may you daughter soon be in your arms too.

    Now I’m odd to find a tissue…or two! Kim

  • Kelley - Ashley, thanks so much for sharing your story. I am sitting here bawling my eyes out. You are so amazing. I love your love and zest for life and you are the most kind and selfless person. I sit her and think to myself, “I wish I could have faith like that” you motivate me to be a stronger person and to make a difference…you make me want to be a better person. I know that sounds totally stalker and crazy from a person you don’t know. But THANK YOU for being you. :)

  • Christa - Amazing.

  • rachael - Wow, amazing – God is so good! There is nothing as exciting as following His lead and letting Him show His faithfulness! So excited for the rest of the story to play out in His way and timing. God Bless you guys!

  • Jaime scott - So amazing, awesome, encouraging.Wow! God is awesome! I am completely thrilled for you and your friends and the incredible journey that Gods had you on!!

  • Cristy - I just don’t understand why it costs so much to bring children who desperately need a family, into a loving home. I can’t think of a single instance in any child’s life that requires such a significant lump sum payment. Congratulations!
    It’s inspiring to hear about great things happening in these uncertain times.

  • Katie - I never comment, but I’m sitting here with tears streaming down my face at this story of His provision…I’m in this month’s SnapShop, which is exciting enough, but it’s the icing on the cake to know that God is using it in such a big way to bring two children home. Thanks for sharing your story and your heart for children!

  • Kelley - Ashley, thanks so much for sharing your story. I am sitting here bawling my eyes out. You are so amazing. I love your love and zest for life and you are the most kind and selfless person. I sit her and think to myself, “I wish I could have faith like that” you motivate me to be a stronger person and to make a difference…you make me want to be a better person. I know that sounds totally stalker and crazy from a person you don’t know. But THANK YOU for being you.

  • Emily - I think it is your story – true, He helped…but He helps those who help themselves. He gave us free will and brains and said “My children, do your best. I’m here when you need me.”

    If you were not such an amazing person, so open-hearted and inspiring…well, $40,500 in 3 days is a testament to what kind of family you’ve got.

    We have considered adoption – it has ALWAYS been in my mind. The $20,000 price tag is steep, though. Lately I’ve been looking into foster charities. There are so many children who don’t know enough love – it is up to us to take care of them.

    Thank you for inspiring us to be better people. And Mazel Tov! (I’m not Jewish, but it’s such a perfect sentiment, isn’t it?)

  • DebZorn - Oh Ashley, I just finished copying all the Snap Shop lessons to I could start learning. Then, I thought I would check my RSS feed, to see if you had posted yet. I’m so glad I did! I am so happy to learn from you, happy that my meager contribution helped you and your family to answer God’s call. You have such a beautiful family already, your “new” child will just add more beauty, more fun, more love. Blessings, blessings, blessings to all of you.

  • noel - oh, congratulations! praise Him for he is good – His love endures forever! evven through the modern wonders of paypal :)

  • Nell-Ann - What a Beautiful journey your family is taking hand in hand with God !!! Congratulations to both Family’s !!

  • Peggy Annan - I too am recipient of your obedience, faith and radical trust. Thank you for allowing so many people to grow from your talent of photography, but most importantly from your love of God, family and all life. We are thrilled to travel this journey with you.

  • Jessica - I have been reading your blog faithfully for months now, but rarely comment… I am sneaky like that. Not today. God has put a longing in my heart to adopt someday too. And there are days that I think we will never have the money to provide for our own kids and adopt too. This post gave me so much hope that tears are spilling down my face. He is THAT big! God’s love is that extravagantly abundant that HE can provide for all our needs as well as our outrageous dreams! Blessings on your journey and on your beautiful family!

  • Miranda - WOW! I’m SO happy for your family and SO happy that I could help you. Best morning ever!

  • Kristin - From one adoptive Momma to another….congratulations!!!
    This journey will be one of the biggest blessings of your entire life!

  • Jennifer - What an amazing and beautiful story. Congratulations and best of luck, but with your faith who needs luck.:)

  • Allison Waken - My heart is swelling with happiness. I LOVE hearing these stories and it’s these that need to be shared around the web. God provides!

  • Kate - Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

  • angie - Thanks for sharing Ashley – I’ve watched God pay for several adoptions in amazing ways and NEVER get tired of the stories.

  • natalie - I’m weeping. I was actually sitting here on the computer last week doing the math in my head and thinking “wow, this lady’s really raking in the cash on this snap shop!” You are the real deal, Ashley Campbell…I dream of adopting one day- my husband is not 100% on board yet, and we’re just starting our family. I will definitely be signing up for a snap shop in the future- still need that camera!

  • Carol - So beautiful and so exciting! It is amazing to see the way the Lord moves, and I am so excited to see what will happen next!

  • Tammy Kay - I’m praising him right along with you Ashley! That is amazing and made me cry! He can truly move mountains. Thanks for the reminder. I’m so excited for your family and so excited to watch this unfold throughout the year!

  • Amanda - What a beautiful story. Giving God all the glory! What a blessing you and Chris are for using your talents and love to grow the kingdom of God. I can’t wait to read the rest of the story! praying for your families to bring your children home very soon!!

  • Reidunn - Congratulations to your family! And to your friends too. Two lucky children as a result of your SnapShop-classes are amazing.

  • Sara - As a mom through adoption (hoping to add more in the same way) I can only say wow. Wow. Congrats on an amazing accomplishment and good luck on your journey.

  • Teresa Johnson - Oh Ashley, that is such exciting news! Congratulations on your new son or daughter! I feel like so many people say that you are a good person or you did an honorable thing by adopting, but as adoptive parents, we are so fortunate to raise these wonderful children and we are the lucky ones :)

  • Christal - Awesome..amazing..incredible..beautiful story. God is so faithful! SOO happy for you and your family:):):)

  • Michelle Monk - Ashley,
    I very rarely comment here, mostly just get my dose of morning happiness & be along my way. But today, it’s different.
    You see, I have six children of my own (aged 2-20), but God has been dealing with me on adoption for the last 3 years. I’ve felt the Spirit moving in my heart like never before. God has led us to a church that is extremely supportive of adoption. Like you, I feel as if I have one of my children missing. At this point, my husband has never said anything about it & I’ve only shared little bits here & there with him. BUT. God is moving & whether it be an adoption for our family or an adoption for another family, I want to be obedient to His will. Thank you for renewing my faith this morning. Thank you for giving me a tangible vision to know that yes, God does still move mountains. And thank you for letting us have a glimpse into your beautiful family. I’m praying for your family’s journey & can’t wait to see the great things God will be doing in your lives over the next year!

  • Nicole Payzant - Oh, Ashley! My heart is singing with joy for you and your family! My two siblings and I are all adopted — my mom is unable to have children, but she knew that God had plans to build her a family. Each of our adoption stories are individual examples of his faithfulness, from start-to-finish. You are all in my prayers!!

  • Angie - Awesome! God is so good!! I can’t wait to read about your adoption journey.

  • Lori - WHAT A WONDERFUL GLIMPSE INTO YOUR HEART AND YOUR THOUGHTS. i LOVE THIS STORY AND I AM REALLY ENCOURAGED TO TRUST GOD FOR THE THINGS IN MY OWN LIFE. MAY GOD ALWAYS GET THE GLORY IN THIS STORY AND YOU ARE AN “ON-PURPOSE” MOM WHO CHALLENGES ME TO BE THE BEST I CAN BE FOR MY KIDS AND THOSE AROUND ME. WHEN I NEED TO BE REMINDED OF THE BIG THINGS WITH GOD AND THE SMALL THINGS – I WILL READ THIS BLOG. LOVE U.

  • Allison - I literelly broke out in tears when you said you raised over $40,000. Praise the Lord! He is so faithful!!!

  • Molly - Wow!

  • Kara - What am amazing story. I feel so blessed reading it and I’m bawling! I have always wanted to adopt, but our first son has cerebral palsy from a birth injury and even getting to the point of being ready to have another child has been challenging. I have been inspired by you and your family since I started reading your blog around the time FireCracker went into the hospital. Reading about your faith and generosity to help others in their adoption journeys and the money you have raised with God behind you is amazing. I am so happy for you and your story reminds me that with God, anything is possible. Thank you and I look forward to reading about your journey to your new daughter as it unfolds.

  • kiley - Amazing and wonderful story that is certain to touch so many lives…those that know the Lord and those that don’t. But especially the two little ones who will join your families!

    Makes me want to purchase your course as a blessing even though I don’t have a dslr yet… :o)

  • allison - That is beautiful. Really beautiful. I just love God’s mysterious ways. I wish I could have been able to be a part of it as well – maybe next month….when, God willing, my path shows up.

  • Chelsea in MO - AWESOME story! Thank you Ashley for sharing it. This entire blog entry is written very well. Congratulations on the success of the SnapShot online course. I read your blog everyday and I got your hints the other day that you were wanting to share more about how moved you were regarding the registrations, I am SO glad that you did! Thank you for sharing so that we, your readers, can send you support as you travel in this journey!

  • Jamie - Wow! I so needed to read this this morning! We have been in a financial crunch since my husband became disabled last august. We have our son because we knew we were suppose to adopt from foster care. 4 years ago we did go through our local state office to gain custody if our then 16 month old son! It was and has been the biggest leap of faith I feel like I have e er taken. After years of infertility, crushed dreams and unfulfilled promises I wondered if I should really trust what I thought god was telling us. I am so glad I chose to be obedient and to trust Him! However, the call to grow our family through foster care has never left and yet we have sat idle and have ignored not only Gods call but our own heartfelt desires. Why? Because the money isn’t there…you as a Bessie if God just reminded me today that He is well able to accomplish whatever we set to do when he has called us. Thank you for not always being an open book, it makes us appreciate it so much more when you are one! You have blessed many today, especially your friend, but maybe even more so will your reward in heaven be for the hearts you touch today and everyday by sharing your willingness to be obedient to Him! Thank you for today helping God talk to me!

  • Rachael - God is so good. So faithful. Glory to Him. I cannot wait for your #5 to come home.

  • Amy - Our God is awesome! Congratulations to you and the W’s. I’m only sad that I didn’t get to buy a snapshot so that I could be a participant in His work. Maybe next time I will be able to!

  • Carla - Thanks for my morning cry!! I’m so thankful we are sisters in Him who can do more than we can ask, think or even imagine through Christ Jesus our Lord! Praise be to God! I am looking forward to watching your journey continue to unfold!

  • wishcake - I just recently started following your blog and this post absolutely touched me. First of all, I love that you’re so called to adopt (my parents did foster care for years and ended up adopting two wonderful girls who fit perfectly into our family!). Secondly, I love that you went into this with so much blind faith. Stories like this make me feel silly for ever doubting what God can do in my life. No dream is too big, especially when you go into it for the right reasons.

    So happy for you and your family!

    :)

  • jaymee - This world is a better place simply because you are in it. : )

  • colleen from alabama - Amen sister. While yours is a story of adoption, ultimately it is a story of God allowing you to hear His voice, your being obedient in faith and the watching (blog) world getting to witness HIS GREAT FAITHFULNESS! How thankful i am to be one of the watchers. You have encouraged me today, in my situation, to listen to the voice of my loving father, be obedient and wait expectantly to see Him act so that whatever part of the world is watching my life, they will have a front row seat to see HIS GLORY! Thank you so much! I am greatly encouraged.

  • Jess - This is one of the most inspiring, most amazing blog posts I have EVER read… our God truly can move mountains. Your faithfulness to Him is a constant inspiration to me every time I open my blog reader. I know that He will continue to bless you beyond measure as you continue to serve Him. Keep up the great work!! I am so happy for your family and praying for your new little one!

  • Amanda C. - God is so faithful! Thanks for your story–it brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart! Your little one is already so blessed!

  • Ethel - God is faithful

  • Shanalea - God is SO amazing!!! I am in awe of your story and it is a stark reminder that when we follow his will and his plan he provides the funds. I can’t wait to see your new child and will begin to pray for him or her.

  • Alison - This story is absolutely amazing! Such a miracle, and a perfect reminder that nothing is too hard for God!

  • amber - This post came at such an interesting time. I have so many things swirling in my mind. A lot of waiting to hear God’s voice. Thank you for sharing this. God is so fun. And asks so much. And gives so much to be so grateful for. Praying your days ahead are full of excitement & anticipation & hope.

  • Caroline - I knew this was coming when i read the first few lines of your story…around the part about Chris filling up the application.
    I am a teacher myself. I help raise kids and am surrounded by children EVERYDAY!
    It really warms my heart a whole lot when i know this is finally happening for you and your family.
    I’m so happy and excited for you!
    And i wish I have the will and courage and ability to do that in future too! :)
    I am so happy for you!

  • Rachel - YAHOO! Praying for you all and this exciting new journey! Yay God!!!!!!

  • Kristin - God is amazing and so good! Thanks for sharing this personal bit of your life and faith.

  • Rachel - YAHOO!! How exciting! Praying for you all and this new journey! Be Blessed!

  • Annie Farrar - What an amazing blessing! God is so faithful if we just ASK! Praise the Lord! I can’t wait to see what’s in store next!

  • cami - As a fellow adoptive parent, I congratulate you on this!! As a Christ follower, I say PRAISE GOD!! He is in control. He CAN move mountains and CLEARLY you are being acknowledged and lifted by His grace. What a beautiful God we have. Amazing. So happy for you guys!!!

  • Catherine - Truly amazing! He never fails.

  • rachael lee - you & your family are beautiful on the inside as well as the outside. i love that you guys are adopting! thanks for reminding me that He is faithful in all things and He is the Great Provider! how encouraging!

  • mindy t - I am sitting here with tears rolling down my face. What an amazing story to read on this monday morning. You and your family are simply amazing. I am so happy for you and your friend.

  • Sarah - God is good. You have me all teary-eyed this morning. Can’t wait to read the story as your journey unfolds; some child is going to receive such a blessing.

  • Elise - Wow, I just got chills reading this post, Ashley!!! That is just amazing!!
    Elise

  • Susan - God is GREAT! God is GREAT!

    My daughter-n-law is one of five children which were adopted from Russia. She is very grateful to have been adopted and removed from the poverty that she knew growing up. We cherish her, she has been a HUGE blessing to our lives.

  • Denise - This brings tears to my eyes. What an amazing, loving, show-offy God we serve. Your faith and gesture and public sharing of God’s story in your life makes me think of this Mother Teresa quote: “I’m a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.” I look forward to hearing more of the journey.

  • Trinity - Ashley, I have prayed for you and your child you haven’t met yet for about 2 years now. I am so excited you finally get to enter this part of that journey!!! Thank you for being obedient. It would have been easy to just sit back and wait, but you were obedient to the Lord to actively be involved in orphan care as you waited for your own! Can’t wait to see more of this journey and see you bring your little one home!!!

  • meghan - thank you so much for sharing this. i have tears in my eyes, because this was just the encouragement i needed to hear. we have three beautiful girls and are feeling led to add to our family through adoption. my quick research has left me feeeling a little overwhelmed in terms of money. of course i know that if God calls us to do this, He will help us find a way to make it happen…but it’s scary and easy for doubt to creep in. your post today stirred in my heart what my head has been telling me- through Christ all things are possible. i really hope you feel comfortable sharing some more about this journey-i know i’d love to follow along!

  • amber - thank you so much for sharing God’s working in your life and giving Him the glory. so exciting and so moving to read.

  • Leah B - Ashley, your story has brought tears to my eyes. It is always astonishing how God can work in our lives. Thank you for sharing all of your experiences with us. . .they truly do move so many people. I admire that you always bring God to the forefront & how you help your children understand their role in His plan. Truly Beautiful! Congratulations on starting your new journey. Looking forward to watching it unfold here on the blog.

  • Carina - AMAZING! Thanks for sharing this story of faith!

  • Melissa Kaiserman - I have tears on my face. God is so, so good. Thank you so much for sharing your story–I can’t wait to hear more!

  • Christie - That is so amazing. What wonderful faith you have and how giving you are. God knew you would do good with that money and He delivered:).

  • Juice - I have tears as well. God is SOOOO good. I look forward to celebrating this journey with you. Your family is in my prayers.

  • Juice - I have tears reading this as well. God is sooo good to us. Praise Him!

  • Courtney Henson - Oh Ashley, thank you so much for sharing this! It is miraculous and wonderful! Such a beautiful reminder that God CAN do anything! I am just blown away and happy to be in your class and know I helped just a little bit with your dream and that of your friends!

  • Erin - I loved reading today’s post, as a believer myself, I wondered why I felt so clearly that Father was leading me to sign up for your course last week. Sure, I’ve always wanted to take better pictures and I’ve wanted to take a photography course for a long time, but really now is not such a great time!

    August will be a crazy month, and lately it’s felt like I’m spending waaaay too much $$ at every turn…spending another $150 at this point for something not necessary seemed silly. But, we know better than to eat from the Tree of Knowledge and instead to eat abundantly from the Tree of Life, so while it made absolutely zero “sense” for me to pay to take a class in the month of August, I was not at all surprised that Holy Spirit was telling me very clearly to sign up, so I did. What’s $150 and a little time anyway, when we are Sons of a Father who holds all things in His hands?

    Sitting at Starbucks now… Father gave me some time this morning to grab my laptop and camera, and a good cup of tea. My little boys are in great hands while I sit here this morning to start the course.

    I actually had a tiny technical difficulty (user error) getting logged in, so I thought I’d check your blog first to see if you’d posted anything additional for today’s Snapshop beginning. I was delighted to sit here and read, and thankful that Father trusted me with the small part we played in such a beautiful story.

    Plus, my generous Father has given everything I need to pursue a passion for photography this month. How cool!

    So glad I didn’t miss it. He is so good.
    Thank you for testifying so beautifully to the incredible Power that is the Living God, who humbly chooses to dwell in us.

    You rock.

  • Georgia - SO EXCITED for all of you! The minute I read “downloaded application” I knew where this was going, and the tears started. I can’t wait to see you united with your little one!

  • Gina f. - You made me cry this morning thinking of how much bigger God is than us and the miraculous things He can do! Thanks for sharing and how exciting for your family! We have adopted 3 children; it is a wonderful thing and although it is a different kind of “birth” we love all our kids equally and are so happy to have grown our family the way that we did. God knows how to put families together, that is for sure!

  • Jill - Completely inspiring story, Ashley! I’m not sure how/when I stumbled across your blog, but it has now become a daily read for me. I love your ideas, your style, the love that shines for your family. So happy for you all!

  • Jill - Completely inspiring story, Ashley! I’m not sure how/when I stumbled across your blog, but since it has become a daily read for me. I love your ideas, your style and the love that shines for your family. So happy for all of you! Can’t wait to get started with Snapshots!

  • Lauren - After reading your blog for a couple of years, it comes as no surprise to me that God has provided this path for you. What incredible faith you all have! God made it happen, but you have been living your life in a way that allows his fullest blessings to come your way. Thanks for sharing!

  • Tabitha - I’m crying…praise God! I love how He can do such amazing things and blow us away. Thank you for sharing Ashley!

  • Janelle Vano - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!! God is so great!!! I can’t wait to read more updates about your new little one coming home next year! You’ve also reminded me that I need to not only dream big, but actually share those dreams with God. Nothing is too big for Him!!

  • Kiki - I came across your blog a few months ago and was instantly inspired by your diy projects, photography, and most importantly, your faith. I’ve wanted to adopt since third grade and still hope to do so in the future. Thank you for sharing your story and how God’s plans are always good!

  • Kiki - I came across your blog a few months ago and was instantly inspired by your diy projects, photography, and most importantly, your faith. I’ve wanted to adopt since third grade and still hope to do so in the future. Thank you for sharing your story and how God’s plans are good!

  • Mary - Thank you so much for sharing…what an amazing story! God is truly good. Praying that you will not have to wait much longer to bring your child home.

  • Tara S. - Wow, Ashley! What an amazing story. You are truly an inspiration.

  • Meggie - I don’t think a blog post has ever really brought me to tears… on the verge of tears, yes, but not full on “ugly cry” like Oprah calls it. Congratulations on meeting your friend’s goal AND your own goal. It is a reminder of how Great and Wonderful the Lord really is. Every so often we just need to remember that!

  • Amber - How sweet and congrats!! Several posters mention daughter—are you requesting only a girl to adopt?

  • Aly - i’m sitting here in a puddle of tears. God is so overwhelming i can’t even handle it. and your faith is inspiring. you just knew He would provide all of it. talk about matthew 17:20 in practice: “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” thank you so much for deciding to share this. God will, no doubt, bless the rest of this journey. i can’t wait to hear more miracles added to the story!

  • Julie - Ashley, thank you for sharing your talent and in turn this amazing story of how God provides. Everyday you are a reminder to me of the blessings he has given me in my two boys and that I must embrace their everyday moments. God is great!

  • Tricia - AMEN, AMEN, and AMEN! Praising the Lord with you right now! He is an awesome provider! OK, so I am bawling like a baby and cannot even drink my coffee because of my quivering lips…I have really felt God leading me to become a foster parent. It is a long story of God saying, “OK are you going to listen?”, and providing over and over again for this to happen. I woke up this morning and just “happened” to click on your post via FB. God is good! I am so happy for your family and the other family. What a testimony to everyone of God’s power! Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing! XOXOXOXOXO

  • Jina - As someone who is in that same waiting stage of adoption and also daunted by the amount we will soon need to pay, your words definitely brought years to my eyes and peace in my heart that God not only has our child in His hands but He also cares about the stresses of how all the details will come together. Thanks for that.

  • Deanna - What an AWESOME God we serve!!! Thank-you for sharing your story. I plan to take your snap shop class in the very near future. I have been reading your blog for months and rarely comment, but just want to thank you for being a blessing, a little slice of peace during my crazy days of being home with my three boys.

  • allie - SOOO encouraged by your HUGE leap of faith and how you are able to share that with your kids too! what an amazing testimony and journey God has you guys on! SO excited to read more about how He is blessing your family through this process. it may sound a little cliche, but God STILL moves mountains – thanks for letting us (those that don’t personally know you) share in the journey with you! God is good!!

  • Jussara - God bless you and your family. I’m here in tear, feeling so happy for your family and for having found your blog! xoxo

  • Katie - I am sitting here with tears in my eyes, praising God for you, for the W’s and for your children who will soon be with you! Thank you for sharing your story of inspiration and for showing God’s handiwork to many who may not know Him personally. God bless you and your expanding family, Ashley. My family will be praying for you all over the next few months.

  • Jessica Shrock - Congratulations! I have been a blog reader for some time and felt prompted to register for Snapshop. I have always wanted to learn how to get outside of the “auto” mode on my camera and thought this was my chance. I am so thankful I did and had a small part in your story. Thank Ashley for your beautiful blog! You are such an inspiration to all of us moms out there!

  • Dana Laymon - Ashley, that is truly amazing! I definitely needed to read that today and be reminded that with God ANYTHING is possible. I’m so happy for your family! I look forward to reading the rest of the story.

  • Sue - You are amazing!

  • Sara - what an awesome evidence of God working in your life! thank you for sharing!

  • Tiah - I had no idea adoption was so expensive! A shame because maybe more children would have homes if it didn’t cost so much. But congratulations on raising your funds. You are very lucky that you have a service to provide that so many are interested in.

  • Carla - Wonderful! Amazing! God bless you and your family!

  • Julie Thacker - Ashley you are truly an inspiration. I am so glad that I stumbled across your blog a year ago – now it is the first site I go to each day on my computer. You are a fabulous mother and a christian I want to be more like.

  • Carrie - Awesome and inspiring! All of your children (in your home and not yet there) are blessed to have you as their mom and example. Best wishes to you on this jorney!!

  • Jenn - You guys are such a beautiful family inside and out. Reading this post was such a positive way to start my day…so inspiring.

  • cassie - Wow. I am just in awe. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this story. I know it’s hard to know how much to share on a blog, and I am glad you shared this. I am so excited to be a part of this SnapShop – not just to learn from you, but also to be a teeny tiny part of this journey for you. Godspeed, sister in Christ, and praying you bring your daughter home soon.

  • Blair - I had no idea you love Jesus! You might’ve said it before and I probably just haven’t ready enough…but anyways! This post is so great and so encouraging and so awesome! God works miracles and provides for his children. I’m so happy for you! Yay!

  • drea - thank you, ashley. your story brings me to tears. thank you for sharing your story of his faithfulness and going above and beyond. your faith is inspiring & i am blessed by your obedience to christ. i am so excited to hear more as your story unfolds.

  • Bopha - Ashley, you are such an amazing person with such a HUGE heart. I can’t wait to hear more about bringing your baby girl home. Thank you for sharing with us!

  • Shelby - You have moved me to tears. Your generosity to help the W family is inspiring. I keep hearing stories of people who prayed and asked God for things and had the faith that He would provide and He did. My faith and prayer life have been challenged and encouraged. Thank you for the reminder that all things are possible with God. So excited for your family!

  • Sarah - Wow what and amazing God we serve! Thank you for sharing your story and reminding us that God really is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine. I will be praying for your family in these upcoming months until it is complete :)

  • Ali - WOW Ashley! Congratulations!!! You are truly an inspiration and the world is a better place with you and yourfamily in it. can’t wait to follow you along on this exciting and special journey!

  • Heidi - AWESOME!!!!!!!!

  • Mirys from Brazil - Crying…

    Kisses and BLESSINGS! More blessings!
    Mirys
    http://www.diariodos3mosqueteiros.blogspot.com
    (from Brazil)

  • sarah - God is good! such an amazing story!

  • Christina - God is so good. Its amazing how when we align our ways with His will the blessings overflow. I admit I often lose sight of really asking God for what I really want. Why would He give that to me? But God is faithful to those who obey. What a blessing you are to the W’s!

  • Marcie - What a story. What a MIRACLE. Thank you for sharing, and thank you for your faith. I can’t even imagine what a gift that is to your friends as well. You are an amazing person with an amazing story to tell!

  • Melinda - Thank you for sharing His story! My husband and I have been on an adoption journey since late 2007 and are patiently waiting. It’s amazing to see what a mustard seed of faith can do. :) Blessings to you and the W’s!

  • Katie Sellers - What a beautiful story of God’s miracles! You have such a beautiful faith! Thank you for sharing it with us and inspiring us to do the same!
    Prayers for your family and all those little babies out there waiting for their forever home.

  • Laura - thank you so much for sharing your testimony of God’s faithfulness and love as He uses you and your family in this next story of the story.

  • Kellie - Congratulations! Your story gave me goose bumps. :) Can’t wait to see pictures of your new addition. God Bless You -Kellie :)

  • Kristine - i have goosebumps all over my arms and tears welling up in my eyes. what a provision clearly from the Lord and what a blessing. will be praying for your family as you continue in this process.

  • Maggie - From one adoptive mommy to a soon to be one I’m so excited for you! I blogged about my entire journey too for friends and family and it was such a blessing! You’re about to do the coolest thing in the world…..adoption is the most incredible thing. It’s so cool to see how God uses that wait time to teach you great things and how we can look back and see His hand in the “wait” the whole time….here’s my story….http://momcoloredglasses.com/2010/10/27/pink-shoes/

  • Cory - As soon as I started reading this post I thought “I bet Ashley is going to tell us that they are starting the adoption process…” But, man this post turned into something more amazing than I could have imagined! Thanks so much for sharing & thanks for obeying our God. He is so so so good always & it is always a blessing to hear others’ stories. Praying for you.

  • Maggie - aghhh….don’t know what happened to my comment….but….i’m so excited for you as i’ve been down the adoption road and it’s just the best thing ever….it’s so cool to see God’s hand every step of the way!http://momcoloredglasses.com/2010/10/27/pink-shoes/

  • Lindsay - Beautiful story! Good luck on your journey.

  • michaela - wow! i’m in tears. i was so excited to sign into snapshots this morning; purely for selfish reasons. i know now that your class was for bigger reasons. God has a big plan for you. God Bless.

  • Barbara - God never fails, is never late and continually amazes. Thank you for your listening ear and obedient heart.

  • McLain Padilla - AMAZING amazing story!!! Oh I have tears in my eyes. God is so so GOOD!

  • Sarah - This moved me to tears (and I’m not a crier). Congrats, congrats, congrats! I pray I can grow my faith to be as wonderful as yours!

  • samyeh - Ashley – You are truly are amazing! Good luck to you and the W’s!

  • Julie Carson - With joy in my heart and tears in my eyes I am rejoicing for your family.
    I love how God surprises us.
    How He is the God of infinitely more.
    Of the impossible.
    Especially when we let Him.

    I am so excited to watch this journey unfold.

  • Kara D. - thank you for sharing your story… His story. it is a beautiful one. I feel that God has placed adoption on my heart, too, but I’m still waiting and praying for his timing. your story encourages me to get involved now… to care for the fatherless now. as many as I can, not just the one I hope to one day call my own. :) you’re a rockstar miss ashley.

  • Angie - Crying! God is so awesome!!!

  • Cecilia - You guys are a really special family. Some child out there is lucky to be a future member of your family. God Bless You, and good luck with the process!

  • Katie - This is beyond incredible! God is soo good. We are so excited to travel along this adoption path with you. Thank you again for all of your support! My husband and I were talking last night about it not just being one child. It is a movement. We are all here supporting one another. We are all inspiring one another. We are all blessed.

  • Alima - Very awesome! That baby is going to be so lucky! It’s obvious you are an amazing mama! Congrats! :)

  • Julia Leinen - Tears galore coming down my face…..soooooo happy for you guys!!! An orphan will find her/his forever family- GLORY TO GOD. Praising Him.

  • Laura - whoooooooohoooooo. awesome.

  • Kirin - I am so so so pleased that my registration fees are being put to such a wonderful cause. My own sister has been in the adoption process for a few years now (http://erinhawk.wordpress.com) and we’re hoping that her little girl will be coming home soon. Things have taken much longer than planned, and the wait has been agonizing–only bearable because they know that their daughter will someday be home with them and that makes it all worth it. I wish you the best of luck in bringing your child home as quickly as possible!

  • Amber McGinnis - Oh my word! That is wonderful news!
    Matthew 19:26

  • Amber McGinnis - Oh my word, that is wonderful news! Matthew 19:26

  • Sherri - Wonderful news! I am more than happy and excited for you all! Inspiring and awesome to see God at work as we know he is every day in big and small ways! Thank you for sharing!

  • SusannaN - God is so GOOD! I think it is awesome that you are going to adopt AND help your friends adopt! To think that He already knows the two children that will be a part of your families – amazing! God Bless!

  • Jessica Ellertson - Wow! Sitting here, trying not to cry at this post while I am at work. What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing it with us. Not only is it a testimony of God’s faithfulness, but it is also a demonstration of the love and care of His people which is something we need desperately in this world! So excited to hear about your new little one!

  • Suzette Mahoney - So you have so many comments mine just may get lost in the shuffle…but I am covered in goosebumps right now. I have been a longtime lurker, but I just wanted to say how much I pored over every word in this post. This is the best thing I have read in a long time! I am so happy for you and your sweet family!

  • shea b - God is good. All the time!

  • Elisabeth - Ashley, thank you so much for sharing your incredible story. I’m so thrilled to hear that you are bringing another child into your family through adoption, and I’m amazed by this story of God’s overwhelming provision for your family and your friends’! I was also so encouraged to think about the way that God has used your many creative talents to bless so many others–including those two precious children. Stories like these remind me that the way He created each one of us was so completely intentional, and He can use us to accomplish amazing, redemptive things! What a huge blessing it was for me to read this today. Thank you!

  • moxiemandie - That is amazing! I am SO thrilled & excited for your family. This makes me so hopeful because I, too, have *always* felt such a desire to adopt, and I know that when the time is right, it WILL happen, and my baby will come home to me.

    Thank you so much for not only sharing, but for your obedience. It’s a blessing.

  • Sarah Batdorf - All the money in the world belongs to God. Praise The Lord.

  • Amy Liddell - Amazing. God is AMAZING! Thank you for being open and sharing this story. You are a blessing to so many, and I am thrilled for your family of (almost!) 7!

  • Lindsay - Congratulations! We serve a BIG God do we not? I truly believe we have not because we ask not. Love to hear testimonies like this!

    Continued blessings to you and your family on this journey of faith.

  • Kristina - God is awesome…thanks for sharing :)!!

  • Courtney - oh, ashley! finally! i have known this was coming…just by reading the little bits you post about your life and heart. this is no surprise.

    we brought home 2 little boys from rwanda 1 month ago. we have 4 biological children also.

    it is no easy journey. it will be hard. you will have “moments.”

    but…He promises, when we are obedient to Him,

    “And He said, “Certainly I will be with you…” Exodus 3:12

    we are in very different places…you closer to the beginning (trust me, I KNOW this is NOT the beginning…sounds like it’s been years in your heart already!) and me past the milestone of bringing them HOME (but nowhere NEAR the end!)…but that doesn’t change that HE IS WITH US. sometimes that’s all that gets me through a moment.

    know that i will be praying for you. i really will!

  • Callie - Chills….chills….chills…..! We have adopted two children. When it’s in God’s plan, NOTHING can stop it! AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing this exciting news!!! I can’t wait to follow along and see how God continues to provide each step of the way! What a beautiful picture of our reseption through Christ!!!!

  • Callie - ….I meant “redemption” :)

  • Lindsey@ Piecefully Home - i’m pretty much a lurker around here, but this is such an amazing story.

    i have just chills thinking about what an awesome and mighty god we serve. i love this. even though we don’t know each other at all, i’m so happy for the wonderful things god has done for you. the best part is that god used you to fulfill the same miracle in another family. what a powerful lesson for your kids to learn. congratulations!

  • Jana - Tears in my eyes as I write this… what a blessing you are with your openness and honesty when it counts. So glad you told your story of our big, big God. It’s truly amazing and humbly. Wish I knew the W’s. Their lives will never be the same because of your obedience.

  • Erica - YAHOO!!! God is SO good! I love the way that he flings wide the doors for those that are pursuing the things in His heart, and I am convinced that adoption is right at the top of His heart!!! We saw God provide in astonishing and amazing ways for our adoption- we’ve been home with our 2 new adopted children for a little over a week and we had just started the process in February with only the initial $3500 that was needed- the total was around $32,000 and He provided every penny of it in perfect timing. SO happy for you!!!

  • Lisa Box - So moved by this, Ashley–thanks for sharing! God is so faithful…can’t wait to hear about you meeting your sweet daughter on the other side of the world!

  • Abby - This is absolutely beautiful! I couldn’t do the online snapshots this time but I hope to in the Fall! Prayers go out to you and your family on this exciting journey to adoption! To God be the Glory!!

  • Colleen - Wow!

    I got chills reading this post and now I have happy tears streaming down my face as I type this.

    I am so genuinely excited for your family and your friend’s family. To know that your true, whole family is soon to be complete. That must feel so amazing.

    You inspire me with your faith and love of family. And that in turn is helping me today… to stop obsessing how my family is going to achieve our wants/goals and give up the reigns a bit in order to let God take over. I think I had forgotten that I am not alone when dealing with life’s obstacles.

    So I owe thank you. THANK YOU!

  • Paige Y - Yes, Yes, Yes!!!! Wonderful Ashley!
    As a birthmom, I know another woman on this earth who will be so happy for you to be their baby’s Mommy. Even if she never gets to meet you, she will forever be blessed with peace in some way that her baby is taken care of. God brought you two together to be her baby’s mommy.
    God bless you……

  • MelissaM - CONGRATULATIONS ASHLEY!!! That is such an awesome testimony! I am so excited for you as you begin this journey. Can’t wait to see it unfold! :)

  • Joy - Amen and amen and amen! His story is so glorious! My heart is overflowing for what He has done and what He will do. Beautiful Ashley and valiant Chris, continue to obey our Lord. It is glorious to see.

  • Paige - Took me so long to read this post because I couldn’t stop crying! You have such a big heart. All the best on your journey!
    <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 + <3 = FAMILY

  • Roxana - Congratulations!!! Thank you for sharing. I love you and your blog. Thank you for being such an inspiration in all areas.

  • Jenna - Adoption stories always make me cry – every single time. We started looking into adoption in 2007, but since then God has given us 2 more beautiful children (we had 1 at the time) and we feel He has asked us to wait (for now). The waiting is tough – so thanks for sharing about that part of your journey too. I am absolutely blown away at His provision for you and the Ws. WOW, God, You are so, so good! I can’t wait to hear about your journey and “meet” (virtually, of course) your newest addition. Many, many blessings.

  • Super Lily - Wow, what a truly amazing story. My cousins have just recently adopted, and Jonathan has become a new member of our ever growing family. I’m sharing this post with family today. :)

  • Angela Swenson - Thank you for sharing. What a great reminder of the power of God if we place things in his hands.

  • Kenna S - This is truly an incredible story of God’s love for his children. I literally had goose bumps as I read your post. And as you know that’s rare in this OK heat! I’m so excited for your family as you prepare for your new little one to arrive. You are an example of what faith in the power of God can do!

  • Ginna - I just got chills reading your story. Thank you so much for sharing–I know it takes a lot of courage to be vulnerable and have such faith. Congratulations and I cannot wait to hear more along this journey. May God continue to bless you and your family. <3

  • Holly R. - Praise God for all the work that He is accomplishing and for your testimony to encourage all of our faith. What a Great God we serve. Please share as much as you are willing always!

  • jenn - tears of amazement, tears of joy, tears for how amazing God truly is. Thank you for sharing!

  • Katherine - That’s wonderful! Can’t wait to hear the rest of the story!

  • Julie - This post was so encouraging to me today. I love that God is using your gifts to bring two precious, wonderfully made children to their forever families. We are just starting our own adoption; the timing is crazy, but some very specific things have happened that have led us to begin now. I do not yet know where the funding will come from and it is such a leap of faith! Your story is just one more example of God doing big things to provide for something dear to His heart. Congratulations to your sweet family!!! I am so excited for you and for the child who will be blessed to be part of your family.

  • Tash C. - Thank you so much for sharing your heart with all of us today. Your story gives me so much courage and hope. May God continue to bless you and your family. You are on my prayer list.

  • maryliz cawley - you are an inspiration! xoxo mary liz

  • Jessica - beautiful story! We currently have no children but I have always wanted to adopt also so its inspiring to hear other people’s experiences. Can’t wait to hear more. Thank you for sharing!

  • amy Siu - what a great testimony! God really threw 2 mountains in three days. Thank you for sharing your daily life with me.
    Sometimes when I’m weak spiritually, your blog really encourages me to rely on God once again. thanks

  • Beth P. - Ashley,
    Thank you soooo much for sharing your story and for pointing to the Lord, who has accomplished above and beyond! So excited for you and your precious family as you continue your adoption journey.

  • caro - Like the second post i’m crying and is all youe fault, my english is not very well YET!, so i write you in Spanish my language. Antes habias dejado ver que querias otro hijo, hablabas de familia con 5 hijos, hablabas también mucho acerca de la adopcion de niños de tus amigos, de otros blogs como “The Anderson..”, y nunca cai en cuenta de que tu estabas tras esta idea también, una bella y generosa idea. Te debo confiar algo importante que has hecho por mí este dia, soy católica y siempre he admirado la fe que la gente tiene Dios, especialmente los cristianos no católicos, es admirable esa creencia y esa disposicion en poner todo en HIS HANDS, hoy has hecho que yo crea también en eso y te lo agradezco porque HE knows I’ll be waiting this moment. Gracias por compartir tu experiencia con todos nosotros, Now i’m criying is not for you is for me, thanks and CONGRATULATIONS.

  • Sarah - You are an inspiration to all! Congratulations!! :)

  • Christy - Thank you for sharing your story! I am on the verge of tears. This is beautiful. I so desire for this to by my families tapestry one day; may God continue to bless you in this adventure.

  • Caitlin - So exciting to hear your story! I can definitely relate. I long to adopt, but God just doesn’t have us there yet. Your story of His provision is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing it! :)

  • caroline tyler - I want to do the online snap shops course now so my money can go towards a good cause!!!! Let me know when september’s registration opens up!!

  • Niki - Ashley-it is funny as I heard the story yesterday after church I had chills and held back the tears of joy for you, yet today I sit in my home reading your words from your heart and feel your joy. God is amazing and I am astouded at your faith in this journey. It is amazing to me how you know exactly how to speak from your heart on this blog. I have cried happy tears for you and your family of SEVEN!

  • sarah k - WOW. I am reading Paul Miller’s book A Praying Life–and just this morning read his statement that while it’s possible to err by asking selfishly, most of us fall off on the other side and simply don’t ask. What a beautiful reminder your story is: we should ASK OUR FATHER. Wow again. Thanks for sharing.

  • Missy - Oh Ashley! What a great God we serve. Thank you for sharing HIS story. Praising God with you for His amazing faithfulness!

  • momma m - ASHLEY ~ remember that post you did awhile back? You had purchased some cute little tea towels with 4 little duckies (or something) sewn on it. Then you unfolded it and it had TWO more little duckies…Get ready, God has plans…

  • Jeannette - Praise God!!!! He is so good! I’m so excited for what the future holds for you and the W’s!

  • Another Hero « forceofnature - [...] been an advocate for and a supporter of adoption. She and her husband recently decided to adopt. Her story of how that process started is a wonderful example of how she lives her [...]

  • Leslie - What an incredible journey! Thank you for sharing your story and reminding us how abundant and powerful HE is.

  • Kate - God is good. Congratulations!

  • Darci - This is such an encouraging and incredible story. Thank you for sharing. I needed this this afternoon. I’m so excited for your soon to be new family member!

  • christina - Thank you for sharing this…it’s a beautiful testimony to a God who loves to outgive. What a beautiful story of obedience. I cannot wait to hear more about how God is bringing these 2 babies to their forever families…LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  • Heidi - I’ve never commented, but I had to say Congratulations!! We felt God was calling us to adopt from Guatemala, not knowing how we were going to fund the adoption. Every time we needed a chunk of money, a check for exactly that amount would come in the mail. God provided every penny for that adoption. Since then, we also adopted our second child domestically, and now we have a surprise pregnancy baby on the way. God works in amazing ways and I am so happy that you got to see God provide for these 2 precious children!

  • M for Short - You continue to inspire and be an incredible woman and mother. So amazing!!

  • Cindy - What an amazing amazing testimony. It is so good of the Lord to give us great encouragement as we walk in obedience! I look forward to seeing His plans for you and your family. Thank you for sharing!

  • Laurie - What an amazing story! My husband and I hope to adopt one day and just went to a seminar on adoption. The amount of money it takes was overwhelming, but this is a wonderful reminder of how God provides abundantly. So excited to follow your journey!

  • Desiree - That’s AWESOME! I have always wanted to adopt, and my husband and I look forward to doing it one day. Your story has inspired me to not give up on the dream and remember how God provides abundantly. Even though adoption seems impossible now with bills so high and funds so low, He will provide in His timing for His plan to be fulfilled. Thank you for sharing your story of faith and God’s faithfulness!

  • Nina Bell- The Magdalene Mama - This is such a wonderful and Amazing “God Shot” (as we refer to special things like this).
    I am so happy for you and your family.
    I recall when we adopted my little brother and seeing him Finally come off the plane from Korea.
    It was such a tender moment that I will never forget.
    I cant wait for you to share that same feeling, but intensified (being the parent).
    Your story illustrates so perfectly how trusting in God gives us everything we were meant to recieve.
    Many Many Blessings,
    Nina

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - God is so good. So, so good

  • Marykay - How AMAZING!!! Thank you for being willing to share that with us! It is so awesome to be able to rejoice with someone I don’t know and also to continue to be encouraged that God will move our mountains too!!!

  • Rachael Brown - You are an incredible, amazing, beautiful, family. God is so good and I love how His timing is so incredibly perfect. How it is always His timing – which is just so different from our timing. We are learning alot about that ourselves this year. I can’t wait to hear more of your journey. Bless you.

  • Lisa - AMAZING!!! Our God is so awesome! We adopted our 2 daughters through unusual circumstances and God was totally the hand behind it all. Thanks for sharing that ALL things are possible when you trust Him! I pray this inspires at least one person to adopt. What a difference just one person can make.

  • gina - I may have shed a few tears as adoption is something near and dear to my heart. only God can make the impossible possible. We have adopted 3 children and although i did not physically give birth, it was a birth process in itself. There is no difference in the love we have between our adopted and birth kids. I believe when a person follows God and the plan He has for your life He will put your family together in exactly the right way. Enjoy the journey even though it may be difficult at times.

  • Kathy T - You made me cry. So very happy for you and your friend. And especially happy for the child whose life is going to be so blessed to join you and your wonderful family. Great job!

  • Lisa Pummel - Wonderful news! I can’t wait to hear more. My husband and I plan to adopt too, so I’ll need lots of advice! :) Congratulations – and let the praise be to God!

  • Samantha - Congratulations, dear! To see God’s love manifested in a physical way is absolutely fabulous and I’m so looking forward to reading about your journey through this adoption. I’ll be praying! <3

  • Pam K - God is AMAZING! Though we are not praying for adoption we are praying for a miracle and I am encouraged by yours. Thank you for sharing.

  • Kingsley - What moves my heart most about this amazing story of God’s provision is that your kids watched it… They watched your faith and your courage to ask for what he put in your heart to desire. For the rest of their lives, they will think back and remember what it LOOKS like to have faith. They will remember how when they were little they saw for themselves (at such a tender and impressionable age) what God can and will do for those who love him. WHAT A GIFT you have given them! God Bless you in this new adventure. Thank you for allowing God to use you to inspire us all. amen.

  • Karen - Congratulations! What a beautiful testimony!

    Today is the 7th anniversary of our referral from China for our younger daughter. She is a miracle in every way. If you have any question about whether you can love an adopted child as much as one that you gave birth to, my answer is YES!

    What a blessing you will be to one another.

  • Mandy - BEAUTIFUL!I am in tears!

  • Naomi - Crying so much right now. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this story, let me just say that it was exactly what I needed right now, and God knew that. His timing is perfect for us all.

  • Amy O - I have tears in my eyes as I read this post. God gave us our son through adoption this February. He was a miracle baby born in a bathtub to a woman that didn’t know she was pregnant. I can’t wait to hear the story that will come with your newest child. Thank you for being obedient to God. He will bless you richly.

  • Irene - Oh Ashley.. I was crying reading your post this morning. Thanks for sharing this story and I hope all the adoption process goes smoothly. God bless you & Chris even more for doing this.

  • Jenny - Our Pastor says all the time how wonderful it is that we serve a God that not only meets our needs but He finds joy in surpassing our greatest expectations to fill the desires of our hearts too. As Billy Joe Daugherty often said “if God can get it through you He will get it to you.” You are a shining example of trusting in the Lord w/all your heart & leaning not on your own understanding. God bless you in this journey & bless those that will be touched & changed forever from hearing your story.

  • Desiree - Was having a blah kind of day and then I read your post. It was beautiful! So inspiring and makes you really appreciate and think about life and how thankful I am to have everything I have.Good luck to you and will keep you and your family present and futre in my prayers!

  • Suzanne D - Tears! That is all I have right now. How beautiful and wonderful. Thank you for sharing your heart through this blog – whether it is art, day-to-day happenings, or wonderful stories like this. Thank you!

  • Brook - That is so amazing and awesome!! So excited for your family!

  • Rachael Schepemaker - Ashley, thank you for sharing your story. It brings tears to my eyes to hear your passion. And you are teaching your children awesome lifelong principles…to trust God no matter what. I am excited to watch your family grow and ask God to bless your family more than you could ever imagine.

    {hugs}
    Rachael S.

  • Benay - Awesome. God bless you all.

  • Kristen - I found your blog through stumbleupon.com and am so glad that I did. My husband and I have a heart for adoption as well, and are just waiting for God to show us the appropriate timing. Thank you so much for sharing your testimony of how BIG our God is. So often, we act like he doesn’t care about the situations we are in. This shows He does! And He is the only one to get the glory for that much money in so few days. Looking forward to following your journey!

  • Jessica Winter - God is so good! That is awesome. Thank you so much for sharing your journey and God’s faithfulness. Now I want to take the September SnapShop course even more. Thanks again for sharing. – Jess (at) OlyMomma

  • Sarah - Thank you for such an awe inspiring post. It is so inspiring that you are using your proceeds to go toward such beautiful cause. It is also so touching to look throughout what seem to be such little incidents and see the hand of God working throughout our lives. I wish you luck throughout the whole process & can’t wait to hear more!

  • these are a few… | simply*mohr - [...] we serve a God that is full of compassion, keeping promises, provision and faithfulness.  To read her post about her family’s new journey go here.  I know there are lots of words, and lots of pictures…but I promise, if you read the whole [...]

  • girl willow - Amazing! I don’t know what else to say!! He.is.Amazing!!!

  • Katie - This post made me tear up. Ashely, I’m so happy for both your family and your friends. God has really blessed me through reading you blog, and I’m so, so grateful that you now have the money for your adoption. I can’t wait to hear more about this journey, and I’ll continue praying for you.

    God bless,
    Katie

  • lauren b. - what a beautiful beginning to what will continue on to be a beautiful story. thank you for including us in your journey! i’m looking forward to following along on your blog and joining through prayer. god has blessed you, ashley, and he’s blessed us, too—with you.

  • Karen Davis - words cannot even begin to describe how excited I am for you and your sweet family :) God is soooo good, and He is totally going to take over this, and put the little one that He has for YOU right in your family! yeah yeah tons of paperwork… been there, done that- but there’s light at the end of the tunnel friend (just brought home our little girl from Ukraine!) and you are doing His favor.. :)

  • Colleen - God is Good! I am also the overwhelmingly blessed mother of a family built by adoption and by birth.

  • Sarah T - THAT is so awesome. Praise God! And thank you for sharing. Your story is inspiring and encouraging. And a huge reminder to myself that I need to be more trusting of God. He will provide.

  • Kim - I am blessed and humbled to call you Friend… Mrs. W. just shared the news with me this morning, and I couldn’t wait to hear the story! Thank you for sharing! Speechless with tears…

  • K - So excited for your darling family. We found our two boys through adoption–there’s nothing like it. That is one lucky little girl/boy and I can’t wait to see them come home.
    We’ll keep you all in our prayers.

  • Rose E. - I can’t think of anything to say except that God is God and that’s how He does things. And thanks for the hope. God knew I needed it.

  • Dina - I’ve been thinking of this post all day. thinking how miraculous it truly is that you raised so much in ONE day, that God provided so MUCH in such a SHORT time. but then I thought about how long you have been faithfully honing your gifts and stewarding them so well. this is a GREAT work He has prepared in advance for you to do…and He brought you there by layering one day of shouldering you and your work at a time! so excited to “go” on this journey with you!

  • Crystal - “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
    Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21
    We serve a BIG God and what a joy it is for you to share the blessings you have experienced! God bless you and your growing family, I’m so very happy for you all!

  • Patricia - I am so glad you stayed up late to write your post for today, because it made my day start off right-right from the moment I read it. It was a feel good read. Ashley, it is people like you and your family that make this world a beautiful and much brighter place to be. God bless your big hearts. I can’t wait to hear the rest of the beginning of the amazing journey. xx to you all.

  • Karen G - I cried reading your post! How awesome for your family and for your friend. Faith moves mountains.

  • Amy - W.O.W.!! Simply astonishing, goosebumps are all over my body and tears are in my eyes! I can’t wait to read about this journey, Best of luck in all that you do, you are simply amazing!

  • Rebekah - Yay!!!!! I’m so excited for you all! What a blessing. Two babies have homes now!! Prayers to you all!

  • amy jupin - oh how i can relate to this beautiful story–on so many levels–that just writing “i can relate” seems so lame and so nondescript. but of course, you understand and know my intent even if i can’t find the words…my heart is smiling for you both. and my eyes are crying lots and lots of happy tears for the special child waiting for you. i am thrilled to be able to watch it all unfold. sending so much love and so many prayers your way, my sweet friend! congratulations! and may God bless you!

  • jennie otanicar - God is sooo GOOD!! I love that story, just bawling right now. Thanks for sharing your story, it is a great lesson on what can be accomplished through faith!

  • Kelly - That’s the best “story” I’ve heard in a long time! The world is blessed to have you and your family in it! Thank you for all that you do. I look forward to sharing in this new journey with you!

  • Tamra - So awesome! My husband and I are also very passionate about adoption and caring for the fatherless. I really wanted to sign up for your SnapShop but we currently have 3 kids under 3 (so not quite the right timing, but someday hopefully!)…2 of whom we are in the process of adopting from foster care. So excited for you as you take one giant step towards bringing your child home!

  • Kristen - This is the best story I’ve read in weeks! I love how you give God all the glory – how you dreamed big and never gave up! God bless!

  • Brooke - YAHOO! That is awe inspiring! Thanks for sharing.

  • Janice - So very excited for you!

  • Shannon - thank you for letting us be a part of your special story! This is wonderful, amazing news! God truly is great and through Him all things are possible!

  • Tricia Fisher - i was unable to pay for the snapshot class this time, but plan to in Sept….i hope my additional money will help another family bring a baby home! God is Great! thanks for sharing your story. i cried tears of joy and kissed my children

  • Barbara - Im so happy for you your story brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my face.

  • katie douglas - Aaaaaamazing! God in Amazing! Only He could do something like this! Cannot wait to hear the rest of the story and watch your family grow!

  • Gretchen - First of all…congratulations! I was excited about registering for SnapShots before when I only thought that I was getting some knowledge about photography. Now I’m even happier that I did. I can’t wait to hear more about your adoption journey!

  • Beth H. - I am weeping right now. So blessed to have such a BIG GOD!!!!

  • Ashley Green - I am so happy for you!!! What an amazing God we serve! Thanks you for sharing!

  • Joy - God is good!!

  • Gina - Wow! Tears. Thank you for sharing your story. I only learned about your blog and course offering about two and a half weeks ago when I mentioned to a friend I wanted to take a photography class. After reading about your course I knew immediatley that I had to get registered for your August class. I was one of those dings. I am so glad to be a part of something so big. God is so good! May He continually bless your family!

  • Laura - Wow. Simply wow. Continued blessings to you and your lovely family.

  • sayonada thomas - i’m thrilled for you and your family. i read your blog every day and have often turned to a friend of mine and said “this woman is living my dream — three boys and a girl” … but I’ve always said I want 5 little ones… and now i see you did too. :) good luck and congrats!

  • Carrie Holt - Thank you so much for sharing this story. Although I know our God is amazing and powerful, stories like this always overwhelm and amaze me. I cried twice reading this. Once when I read it myself and once when I read it outloud to my husband. Adoption and fostering children is always something that has been on my heart, but not my husbands until very recently. God is working on his heart for the fatherless. Thank you so much again for sharing God’s faithfulness and provision with all of us.

  • Jessica P - Thank you for the reminder that God is in control and He is capable of HUGE, wonderful things that we can’t even imagine. My stubborn (and idiotic) self has a hard time remembering/believing this. So thank you for sharing this story! I am so happy for you guys and for the little one who will be with you soon!

  • Gina - Wow! Tears. Thank you for sharing your story. I only learned about your blog and course offering about two and a half weeks ago when I mentioned to a friend I wanted to take a photography class. After reading about your course I knew immediatley that I had to get registered for your August class. I was one of those dings. I am so glad to be a part of something so big. God is so good! May He continue to bless your family!

  • Stacey - Just when I think I’ve read the most moving, and chilling post from you, you top it ten fold. I say it on here all the time, but to a young mother you are so inspiring. You share a little chunk of life with us here, but it’s really so much more. I learn so much from how giving and compassionate you are.

    You are making such a difference in the world. Even if it’s this profound impact on a 26 year old in Cincinnati, OH.

    Thank you so much for all you do and I am BEYOND excited for what you all have in store!

  • Corrie - It resonates with me!!! :) Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing! When I read that you downloaded an application & then Chris needed to fill part of it out, I just knew it had to be adoption. You are an awesome testament to God’s love and provision. I needed to read about how He provided for you and I got goosebumps. So happy for your family & that we serve an awesome God!!!!

  • Kristin S - Blubbering like a baby. Thank you for sharing. I’m so excited for your adoption journey and can’t wait to see how God grows your family!

  • jody - Oh how exciting!!!….you always inspire me to be a better Mama and love on my kids better everyday — thank you for that and for sharing your story with all of us. Congrats and love sent your way!

  • Becky - Wow! Absolutely incredible what God can do. Thanks for reminding me of that today.

  • Ashley - I never comment, but I was so moved by your story today…AMAZING! I was so excited to participate in this month’s SnapShop, but it’s exhilarating to know that it’s all part of God’s plan. Thanks for sharing and reminding me that with faith, all things are possible!

  • amy - Awesome. Just awesome. I cannot wait to follow your family on this journey. I have a feeling it’s gonna be really good.

  • heather - i have chills.
    again.
    so glad you shared His glory!!!!!!

  • Kelly n Colorado - “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” ..Mother Teresa..Thank you for sharing your story!…God Bless you and your family on this journey.

  • Michelle S - Your post brought tears to my eyes. I have a very close friend who was adopted and I know the joy it can bring to the child and their new family. I too have often thought about adoption and pray that God will lead us to a mutual decision on that as we grow our family. Thank you for sharing your faith and not apologizing for it. God blesses those that follow Him faithfully and look to others needs before their own. You have been faithful will little and now He’s giving you even more. Prayers as you go through this journey.

  • Kimberly - This is so moving, thank you so much for sharing. God worked directly through you, giving you the strength to WORK SO HARD for what you wanted! May your success continue, I can’t wait to meet family member #7 through the blog. :)

  • Emmy A - Thank you for sharing. God is so big and this story just makes me excited to be a part of His great adventure. I can’t wait to hear more about your sweet little nugget who is waiting to join the rest of your family.

  • Michelle Rhodes - I think the Veggietales got it right when they sang…”Our God is so big, so strong, and so mighty there’s nothing my God can not do!” So happy for you, your growing family, and your friends! One day you will hear God say to you, “Well done, good and faithful servant!

  • Tamara - God is so good! I could not help but cry reading this. Thank you so much for sharing this! We too hope to adopt someday, and I pray the Lord speaks to us clearly the way He speaking to your family! We will absolutely be praying along side you until your child is safe in your arms! How amazing.

  • Tamara - God is so good! What a beautiful story of His faithfulness and provision! Thank you so much for sharing! We too hope to adopt someday. and I hope the Lord speaks to us as clearly as He is speaking to you right now!
    I will be praying along side of your family until your little one is home safe.
    ah, so exciting!!!!

  • sharon - Thanks for sharing. God is so so good :)

  • chantelle - I am crying as I read through this! I am so happy and will work even harder in your class! We are all so lucky to be a part of this-I hope this does not soudn crazy but your blog (an you of course) make me a better person!

  • Kat - Congratulations! This made me tear up a few times – I’m not married and I don’t have children, but it’s one of my deepest desires in life. Sometimes I forget that for God, there are not roadblocks! What we think are obstacles are only more things that glorify Him!

  • Jennie Frake - So happy for you guys!

  • Candice Forte - Ashley, this is so incredible I had to share it on facebook and with several people I know. I have a friend who started a photography business in the hopes of saving money to adopt their second child. You have inspired me in several ways to help that family on their goals to do so! Adoption is near and dear to my heart for several reasons! Thank you for posting this!

  • Yanet of 3 Sun Kissed Boys - What a wonderful and generous friend you are, Ashley. No wonder God has blessed you so. Congratulations on your accomplishment and best wishes in your new journey.

  • jdzjane - Tonight I am sitting here reading your blog post, like I do many nights after my kids have gone to bed and I’m relaxing after my day. I enjoy your blog. I see your everyday life and I laugh because I go through a lot of the same things and it brings me comfort knowing that I am not alone in my day’s craziness. I’ve seen your family go through a lot and have had the priviledge of praying for you and having my children pray for you. Tonight I had the priviledge of sharing this blog post with my husband. And I could barely get through it without crying. Tonight I have the priviledge of rejoicing with you and your family in what God has done for you and your friends. I praise God with you tonight and give Him all Honor and Glory as it is only Him who could have provided these things. And before I forget, I commend you on the lesson you taught your 7 year old. Definately a hard concept for anyone to grasp, but it will be a lesson that he will not forget. Praise be to God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

    jdzjane

  • Lisa and Tate - Beautiful story… thank you for sharing.

    I have been home with my sweet Tate adopted from China. It was a four year wait but the blessing of adoption has touch every aspect of our my family’s life. I am so excited for you sweet family to add one more thru the blessing of adoption.

  • Lili - What an amazing story! God is so good – in all of life, and especially when it comes to caring for orphans. What a good Father he is! We adopted our youngest a few months ago. You are in for a huge blessing. Congratulations!!!

  • Dacia - ahhhhh, i’m so choked up i can’t even come up with a sensible sentence. nothing but sincere, warm love your way. can’t wait to read more as you go through the process. thank you for sharing. :)

  • michelle rodriguez - God is sooo good…all the time! I’m in tears and so happy for your and your family. You have such a beautiful heart. Reading this post convicted MY heart…I realize how independent from Him i’ve become. Thank you for the eye opener and I pray showers and showers of blessings on your future plans.

  • Alisa - My heart if full of so much sunshine reading this post…. bless you all on this journey.. and i cannot wait to read more of your journey as you get closer to your child.

  • emily - Thank you so much for sharing. What a beautiful heart you have and I’m so glad to be part of your life … even if just through reading your blog.

  • Amber - I knew this post would come! I am so happy for you guys! God is so faithful, isn’t he! I am excited to hear more of your journey through this process. Thanks for sharing your heart for orphans! Your voice is being heard and you are making a differnce!

  • laura panfilio - what a beautiful story of god’s love & faithfulness & your faith & obedience…thanks for sharing…my heart is so encouraged & delighted for you…i always love reading your blog…xoxo

  • Rachel - Wow, what an amazing story…thank you for sharing. You really just brightened my day. I am looking forward to signing up for your next online snap shop in Sept. hugs, rachel

  • Liene - Wow amazing!Congrats!

  • Macu - And I had started to believe no real goodness was left in the world… May be I had just lost myself on the way looking in the wrong direction. Congratulations and thank you, both for making this world a better place and for inspiring everyone who reads you to be a better person.
    With love, from Argentina, Mariana.

  • louise - this is so inspirational to live fearlessly as we walk in understanding that God is simply so much bigger than what we can imagine. I worship Him for seeing His heart for the vulnerable in the world. May He continue to increase in your lives/home as you joyfully serve Him. thanks for sharing

  • danielle - Not many words after reading your post… my heart is bursting happy for you and yours. Beautiful.

  • Margie - This is truly beautiful! Giving your friends money to fund their adoption too is such a selfless act of kindness…you are a good friend!

  • Becky - Awesome.

  • Brandi - That is Absolutely AMAZING!!! You are such an inspiration to so many people!! Congrats on your new adventure!!

  • Krista - This is absolutely amazing! God works in miraculous ways! So happy for you and your family. Can’t wait to see the next steps of your journey.

  • Jamie - TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!…what a GREAT THING HE HAS DONE!!!

  • Kelley - Wow. The provision of God never ceases to amaze me! I LOVE your faith and assurance that He would provide for you AND the W’s! What an incredible story! I will be praying now for your new child! Cannot wait to hear the rest of the story- please share throughout the year!

  • Robyn - I am so happy that I got to be a part of this for you. God works for those who love them. Keep loving Him. Thank you for sharing this today! I have been blessed by your story.

  • Holly F - Thanks for sharing such an awesome story!

  • Danielle - Wow, wow, wow! What an amazing story. I have NEVER had goosebumps like I just got from reading this. Life & God is good.

  • Danielle - Wow,wow,wow!What an amazing story.I have NEVER had goosebumps like I just got from reading this. I love it when good things happen to good people.

  • Amber - So extremely excited for your family and this new journey. I have so many questions and look forward to hearing more! God keep putting adoption across my path…almost like a flashing sign! So excited to see how he provides and that HIS timing is perfect!

  • Lizzie - Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I can’t tell you how much I needed to read this post today. My husband and I are starting the adoption process and we have been so discouraged with the money side of things. Your faith is amazing and you’ve definitely showed me today what I am lacking, faith. I so needed this and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  • Debra - congrats to you and your family :) so excited for you. so inspired by you.

  • Natalie@TheShadyAcre - God is so good! When it comes to obeying him in the care for orphans, I have seen him work so many “little” miracles. May your journey be blessed! I can’t wait to see more of His work.

  • Midwest Magnolia - Melissa Lewis - Wow. I know you have a ton of comments here. But I have to share with you, from someone who has adopted, I cannot wait for you to be able to experience this. My journey to adoption was different, however, I got here from a journey through infertility. But I wouldn’t change a bit of it. It’s a love and a miracle I wouldn’t have known otherwise. I can’t wait to hear more of YOUR journey. I’m so happy for your whole family and praying for your little one to come!

  • Aja - How exciting!! I am so happy for you and your family. Isn’t God good? :) Can’t wait to see it all unfold!

  • Katie H. - Speechless! (and humbled)

  • Lisa - I can’t thank you enough for sharing! My husband and I have had adoption on the heart for a long while. Like you, each time we begin, God leads us to give that towards someone’s need. Lately, I have had such strong feelings to adopt a sibling group. Thank you SO much for the reminder that what seems impossible to us, so completely possible to Him! As long as we keep our trust in Him, he can do exceedingly more! This makes me even more excited to witness how He will move the mountains in our own process! Thanks again!!!

  • Shayla - I am so excited for you, God is SOO amazing! My husband and I have lost 5 children and decided to begin the adoption paperwork back in March. We completed our classes and began filling out the paperwork when felt the call to stop. We felt God pushing us to visit one more specialist and give IVF a try. We have begun the treatment and are praying this works out for us! However, we are continuing our paperwork to become certified by the state to adopt because, like you, we know we WILL grow our family through adoption too! I love watching God show up in miraculous ways, and hope He performs a small miracle for my husband and I this year! We want a baby so bad, but are trying to be patient! So in the mean time, we started Owl Love You Forever, a non-profit that gives boxes and encouragement to families that lose their baby before, during, or shortly after giving birth. If you ever want to help sew blanket sets for our boxes we would love the help :) You can check out all that goes into a box at http://www.owlloveyouforever.org. You have been such an inspiration to me, and I will pray for your family’s journey ahead!

  • weefolk - What a beautiful testament to God’s love and faithfulness. The Lord blessed you with the perfect amount and a little extra. His signature- “I will give you what you ask and more…” What a Faithful Father. Praising His name along with you and the W Family.
    Sam

  • becky - we are beginning the same journey. as we speak finishing the homestudy application. we also knew that we would add to our family via adoption, and even spoke of it before we were married. and then life takes twists and turns and you have two beautiful babies and then you have cancer and then you feel better and you suddenly realize why god wanted your heart open to adoption. and once, in a fit of prayer when i realized the radiation damage meant i was done (even before the doctors told me, i just knew) and much like you, i had a very specific answer to my prayers. i knew that my family was a family before we even existed and i wanted to know how my children were going to find me (since i had dreamed about their faces and their numbers before i was even married) and i felt this peaceful spirit and the calming thought that if i followed his path, he would make sure my children made it home to me. it made me realize in that moment that adoption is so much more than i ever thought. i realized that sometimes it is about taking over stewardship for another woman’s child and providing love and opportunities. and then sometimes it is about god blessing us with our children through the stewardship of another woman’s sacrifice. i know that’s a hard concept for a lot of people – but i’ve found that when i was the most sick, the spirit was the most clarifying. sorry to ramble on, especially when i rarely post a comment, but your words spoke to me.

    thanks for being an every day read for me and allowing me into your life in these brief glimpses. it makes me a better mom in a lot of ways (you and WHATEVER – kindred spirits).

    and ps: another photo class ever coming our way? i know it was limited, but i’d love to take one someday.

  • becky - that’s weird – sorry two comments posted. i’m assuming it’s my computer being weird – because when something happens, it’s always this beast’s fault.

  • emmybrown - that is one of the loveliest, most wonderful and inspiring stories I have ever heard! Congratulations! May it be a short wait! :) (and I’m thrilled to be able to read more of the story through your sharing here)

  • CharlaL - Just reading this, with tears in my eyes. Our God is SO GREAT! What a beautiful person you are. I am in AWE of how you let God do his thing. I love the teachable moments with your kids. I am so thrilled for you and the W’s. Thank you for sharing your journey. I look forward to hearing more, and can’t wait to rejoice when your family adds one more!

  • Anna H - God is wonderful! Congratulations to you and your family. What an exciting time! Thank you for sharing your story with us all. :)

  • Jen B - This is a beautiful post, thank you for sharing. Your family is such an inspiration. You are teaching your children such important “big” things. You know, I was happy to register for your online class just for the learning experience and now I am so glad that I could in some small way contribute to such a beautiful story. Thank you…

  • Cassi - Ashley
    That is amazing. God is so so so Good! I can’t wait to hear how he works with the rest of the process.

  • Momma Sadler - Funny how God doesn’t ask us to move the mountain..He just asks us to dream big and He’ll take care of the rest. Beautiful story, beautiful faith, beautiful Savior. Can’t wait to hear more of your adoption adventure. We stand in agreement with you and the heavens to bring this child home!

  • pinksuedeshoe - I am crying. This was exactly what I needed to read today to remind me that God works in mysterious ways, and very often through someone else. I can’t say thank you enough for reminding me of this right now. I needed it today more than ever. Thank you, and may God bless you in your life for the good that you do. You are truly an inspiration. I can’t wait to see the rest of this story. Thank you.

  • Mercedes - Ashley! This is so exciting! I was adopted as a baby in Mexico… It is a beautiful thing, it is a very special type of love and relationship. I was lucky and blessed with a great family, and one day I might want to adopt myself. I am Jewish, but Ashley… may this be the beginning of a path of joy, light, love and health for you and your family… may your experience bring inspiration and clarity to many others… may you and your new son or daughter be together soon… and may this help open the way for many more children that need a loving home. Many blessings to you, you are beautiful. Thank you!

  • Ashley - I am thrilled for you. You have done amazing things in your life, and you are continuing to be an inspiration for those around you. God has provided for such a wonderful family, because He knows you can best take care of more of His children.

  • Noemi Hedrick - Beautiful story of God’s principles…Give and it will come back to you!

  • Amy D. - Hello! I read and love every post, but I rarely comment. But today, I had to!! Thanks for beginning to share your journey! How amazing and I love how you trusted in and shared God’s faithfulness. He is leading us down the same AMAZING path. We have two biological children and we are adopting a baby with special needs from a country that is very special to us. In fact, we just received the very last piece to our dossier today and we will be sending it off in the next couple days!!! And like you, I have been utterly blown away at God’s fingerprints and provision for our journey. I have never seen Him so obviously before. All I can conclude is that the fatherless are His VIPs! :). I’m eager to hear more of your own amazing journey and I might try to give you updates on our own journey! Praying for our little ones while they are away from us! To God be the glory as you share this story!

  • Michelle - wow, i am crying…how faithful God is! i am so blown away at how He is using you through your blog to be such a voice for Him…and how amazing to see how faithful He is!!! praying for you all!

  • Karen - I just had to write a comment because I was so touched by your story. If everyone could be as genuine and caring as your family, this world would be so full of love! When I signed up for the SnapShop session the day it opened I was so excited to learn all this new information about photographing my family. I can’t imagine your emotions that same day! Now I am so excited that I could help your family in some small way. Thank you for sharing your story! Your new little girl is so blessed to have such wonderful parents!

  • Paige Y - As a birth mom, it really makes me thrilled to know you will be adopting! I don’t know if you will get to meet the birth mom of your new child next year, but I know the LORD will bring peace to her somehow knowing her child is well taken care of. Bless you and your family!

  • missy - ashley, thank you. this is just the day i needed to read your story and be reminded of the hope we have in jesus, and the he is good and provides all and more than we can ask or imagine. amen!

  • Jessica - This little post may have saved a life!!! Adoption is heavy on my heart but I’ll admit, I’ve been lacking on the Trust side of things. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for sharing this story! GOD IS SO GOOD!! I can’t imagine the excitement in your house! Your baby is the luckiest, praying for a safe arrival HOME! Thank you again!

  • Josi - Thank you for sharing that with us! You and your husband have such big hearts! I love how the Lord is blessing you. I am thrilled to be a even a teeny part of your journey! I am looking forward to my snapshop for a whole new reason now!

  • Wendi Kuhl - I just wanted to say congratulations. Adoption is something that our family is passionate about. My husband and I are in the process of Foster/Adoption in California and although we have a different story to tell, God’s provision, strength and guidance are evident. I will be praying as you go through the long journey.

    God bless your growing family.

  • Emily Zimmerman - Ashley I am so excited for you and your family! As soon as I started reading your post I had a feeling you were going to share with us that you were adopting. And to hear how God’s blessings are already pouring out on your family as He covered the cost of two adoptions! God is so good. I love reading your blog and I love all the tips and ideas you share. But what I LOVE about your blog is that you inspire me to be a better person. I don’t know what that next step is going to be for me and my family. But you’ve definitely made me think for the first time that adoption might be possible for my family. And I know that you’ve made me love my own kids more. And I know you’ve reminded me once again that God is good and we can trust Him with anything in our life. Thank you so much for being open and for sharing your story!

  • Lisa J - Oh Happy Day! Wonderful news, you are so blessed and deserve all the good things heading your way. I cannot wait to follow and support you all on your incredible journey! xx

  • Patti - Beautiful story and you wrote it so wonderfully! What a testimony of God’s love you will be able to share someday with your new little one!!

  • Heather - Beautiful and congratulations. As the mother to two adopted children – one downstairs watching Nick Jr and the other on the other side of the globe, I can’t begin to tell you what an amazing gift and honor it is to be an adoptive mother.

    Best of luck to you and your family and I cannot wait to hear more. Oddly, as soon as I read the first sentence of this post, I knew exactly what it was you were doing…

  • Karen in NYC - God is able to make His grace abound toward you, so you can be abundant in every good work. What a great example this is of His grace with finances.

    I am so happy to read about your adoption (and your friend’s). As a Christian, it seems to me that adopting a child is very similar to what Christ did for me when He adopted me into His family. It’s an exciting and a wonderful thing. Congratulations!

  • Kristina - This makes me so happy! Ever since I was a young teenager, I knew I would someday build my family through adoption. My husband and I are not yet at the point of doing so, but look forward to glimpses of your journey. Hugs!

  • Katie M - Truly amazing! Thank you for sharing this awesome God story! I can’t wait to share this faith story and how God provides with others!

  • Kathleen - Beautiful. :)

  • Christian T - So happy for you!! And the other family! Your generosity is inspiring!

  • amy - thank you for sharing your journey. watching you bring your child home gives the rest of the world glimpses of Jesus. can’t wait to “meet” your newest addition!

  • Bethany - Our God is so incredible. I am crying, literally, tears of joy and amazement at what the Lord has done for you and for your friend. :) :)

  • Jess H - We could not be happier for you guys! OVERJOYED!! what a wonderful testimony to God’s faithfulness and what wonderful news!!!!! we’ll be praying for you?

  • Kina Baddorf - This is such a wonderful post. I can’t wait until you get your sweet baby. I am excited for you and inspired that in front of all your readers you will claim aloud that God did this for you. He is amazing!

  • able mabel - I wish you well as your journey continues.

  • able mabel - What an exciting story! I wish you well as you continue your journey towards adopting a child.

  • Michele - Wow! Thanks for sharing your amazing story! The world needs more people like you guys in it. God is awesome!

  • Allison - I should really be in bed right now but so glad I read this instead… just beautiful. Our Lord is the Lord of Lords and King of Kings. He orchestrates like none other.

  • Katie - God is good indeed. Thank you for sharing this awesome story that just shows how great He is. Nothing is impossible with Him.

  • amy - This has been my favorite post to date. Your post was so well written that my happiness for you came out in tears. I am an intensive foster care social worker in Mass. I’ve got a caseload of kids just waiting for adoption. Just recently I was able to speak to a pre adoptive home for one of my kids (they are all special needs kids). I’ve never felt so happy before; kinda just how I felt again now reading. Goodluck with everything its a long road but with something so wonderful at the end! Please send people like you my way!!

  • Dawn Garlow - This is an AMAZING story. Truly and utterly amazing! What a show of deep faith and trust! Congratulations to you and your beautiful family on reaching your “money goal” for the adoption. What an exciting time, indeed!!! So happy for you. God blesses those who bless others… you are a perfect example of that truth! Blessings!

  • sarah j - i am sitting in a coffee shop in seattle right now with tears in my eyes. ashley. amazing. thank you for sharing your heart for children AND an amazing reminder of God’s ability to provide for his children–extravagantly. i needed that reminder tonight in this season of my own life.

  • Alyssa Griffith - Wow, I feel about a million times better about my investment in the SnapShop!
    Congratulations on reaching your goal! What an amazing thing to be helping friends and children. It doesn’t get any better than that! Thank you for sharing your skills and love with all of us and the world. :)

  • gaby - What an Amazing God we serve!

  • Katrina - Hi Ashley, I felt the need to leave a comment but I am speechless as to what to say …. My journey to motherhood was a difficult one, but one that ultimately led to 3 children born through IVF, for which I am eternally grateful. I admire you so much. I am a self-confessed DIY person who sometimes wishes I could be like “normal” people and just go and buy what I want instead of always thinking “I could make that!” So it goes without saying that I enjoy following your creative pursuits on you blog. However, it is the stories you tell about the values you are teaching your children that I really enjoy reading about. The photographs of the children always make me smile and laugh. It does leave me wondering if you ever get grumpy or fight with your hubby??? I know of several families here in Australia who have adopted overseas and it cost $40,000. Congratulations and I look forward to reading the next chapter in your family from over this side of the world.

  • Katie R. - What a sweet, sweet testament to Lamentations 3:24 You let Him be enough for you and waited on Him…and He provided in AMAZING ways!!

  • Mommy Girl - totally amazing. Thank you for your faith and trust in the Lord and following where he is leading, no matter what. He is faithful and able to do more, so much more! What an encouragement today that I so needed!!!

  • Flossie - Stumbled on your blog from The Anderson Crew. I’ve been feeling God tap, tap, tapping on my heart to adopt too. Your story is just one of many that He is using to speak to me. I’m not sure how or when it will happen, but I’m excited to see it all play out.

  • robin ince - Thank you for sharing your testimony of the Lord’s faithfulness. What a blessing! Praise be to our God and Father!

  • Tanya - Thank you so much for sharing! What a tribute to our amazing God!

  • Amanda Joy - I know you have hundreds of comments, but this was so inspiring I had to add another. I can hardly wait to watch your story unfold, as you said this is only the beginning. Thanks so much for sharing your personal family story so publicly.

  • Erin Oveis Brant - This is so exciting and beautiful and perfect! Congratulations!!

  • Lacey - I can’t even explain how touching and inspiring this is to me. Thank you for sharing your story and witnessing about God’s greatness.

    In Him all things are possible!

  • ria - I cried. This post touched my heart. My sweet huband and I have one biological and adopted child. It took us years to get pregnant with the our oldest. We were thrilled when it finally happened. I loved our tiny little family, but we wanted more children running around our crazy house. After 7 years, no luck.
    One day, an opportunity to adopt sort of fell in our laps. The sweet little red head that came into our lives that day, changed our world. She was the perfect addition to our little family. I worried about her not having the bond that I had with her sister(she was 4 months old when she came to us). We just bonded in differently, but we bonded. When I look into her eyes, I know that she loves me unconditionaly, as I do her. She completes us!

  • katie p. - BEAUTIFUL! Here I am, crying at my desk. Again. COngratulations Ashley and Family! It all makes my heart swell and it just feels so good! Just BEAUTIFUL!

  • Erin - Isn’t it amazing what God can do? What a wonderful story…thank you so much for sharing. It is so inspirational.

  • Mallory - What a beautiful story. I got chills reading it. Thank you for sharing it and good luck with adoption process. I can’t wait for stories on your new little one.

  • Kevi Zupancic - Beautiful post! God is so faithful. My husband and I hope to adopt one day too… Adoption really is the father-heart of God displayed through humans.

  • mosey - God is SO faithful and SO amazing, no matter what we are walking through, I am sitting here crying tears of joy for the journey you are about to embark on… This week we have had a baby girl placed into our arms and then taken back out again but in the midst of it all we know that one day in the future we’ll hold OUR baby girl… I am praying for your journey, adoption will change and stretch your whole entire being into something completely different (for the good!)

  • The Prairie Hen - Dear Ashley,
    My comment is a drop in the bucket but I just wanted to say I am so proud of you for taking this step! God is so good. We will be watching and loving this journey right along with you.

    Love,
    The Prairie Hen in NE

  • Melissa - Congrats!! I just found your blog a couple of weeks ago and love it. I also am an adoption blog junkie and am so excited that what I thought was a crafting/photo blog now has an adoption connection too!

  • Amber Nielsen - I am a follower and daily reader and this post just made me bawl my eyes out..with happiness of course. I really look up to you and am so amazed by this story. My husband and I have three kids of our own but also plan on adopting in the future as well and sometimes thinking about it can kind of make it seem difficult with finances and such but your story just really inspired me to not let go of something because of money or any obstacle. I am so happy for your family and this new exciting journey you are going on!

    xoxo Amber

  • Kelly Raudenbush - Loving this post — just loving it. A friend sent it to me after reading my own post from yesterday that was on a similar thread — God provides…abundantly. :) I love Angie and can’t wait to see those pics of their arrival home. I just talked to Nicole Chryst on the phone who welcomed them home and took some pics for them. She said Emery looked teeny but beautiful and happy. :)
    Blessings to you!
    Kelly

  • Tammy - So glad to read the story on the blog! I bet it keeps feeling ‘more real’ each time you can talk about it more. Can’t wait to see her and watch her grow. Adoption is special. For the baby, of course. But so much more for the family. Blessings…

  • Nicole - Wow, I am wiping tears from my eyes…God is so very good isn’t he? And this child will forever be proof of the miracle He performed. And it is doubly wonderful knowing that your children so Jesus perform this miracle-it will be something they will never forget. Thanks for sharing this wonderful testimony.

  • Kim S - Ashley, I loved this entry for so many reasons, but it was just a confirmation for me yet again from our tender loving Father. We have twins! Twin foster babies living with us. We began this process with the idea that we would like to adopt but NEVER did I think it would be our very first placement. And just one child making our family, a family of 4, a good round number. But it is looking that instead God’s plan is two. We too tried to finish our application for adoption and even foster care but over and over again we were stopped. And now it is all happening so fast. I can’t wait to find out why God had you wait… not just for the help you offered everyone else but also there will be something special for this little one! Our babies weren’t born yet that is why He had us wait!

  • Ingrid - Ashley, what an amazing story of faithfulness! You and your family are beautiful people and I love that after putting others adoptions first you now get to embark on your journey. This story is a blessing, thank you for sharing it x

  • Jennifer - What an amazing story and what a lucky child to be brought to such a beautiful family. Congratulations and God Bless!

  • Angela - This takes my breath away. I am beyond thrilled for you! We are going through the adoption process right now as well and have found it to be a complete blessing and a test of patience!

  • Angela - I forgot to post my favorite bible verse for this whole process! Habakkuk 2:3 “But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.”

  • pam heggie - You are such an inspiration!!!! Truly…

  • Brittney - I just came across your website from something someone posted on Pinterest and started reading…. Wow! What an amazing reminder of how great our God is. It’s an incredible testimony that you will no doubt tell for the rest of your lives. Thank you for being faithful to God and for sharing your story and inspiring even strangers!

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  • Kelly Raudenbush - I just came back to your post and read it to my husband…and cried. Can I repost this on WAGI (www.wearegraftedin.com)? You do such a good job of pointing people to the One who did this!

    Let me know – I’d need a short bio and a pic of you to use with the bio.

  • steph - i’m sitting here choked up…
    so thrilled and happy for you.
    it’s amazing to me b/c i think the Lord is pulling our family in that direction too.
    i don’t know for sure yet… but i’m feeling the spirit tugging at my heart strings.
    and i think i just need to wait for my husband to feel it too.
    but there are just little amazing moments that God is using to prepare us.
    and i think your story may one day play a part in our story.
    thanks for sharing…
    many prayers and blessings on ya!
    xo

  • Jackie Charlebois - PRAISE God and AMEN!! What a wonderful story!!! I can’t think of the words to express myself but my heart is so happy for you AND your friends!! God is amazing!!

  • Lisa - Awesome. Amazing. Amen! :)

  • Marci - Amazing! How rewarding it must be that the payoff for all your hard work is giving 2 babies a wonderful life! Your heart is golden!

  • tracy ashley - what!?! 40k in two days? God is so good…i can hardly comprehend how that came to be (your classes must cost a fortune–teehee), but that is exactly how he works. so, so, so glad for you and your family. can’t wait to see your newest family member.

  • Mandy - WOW! Incredible and SO like the Father!!! I am SO thrilled for you guys!!!! And we’re SO looking forward to seeing you on this side of the world!!!! :)

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  • Jenny B. - Wow! I haven’t been online in the past few days, and I’m just now checking in. This is wonderful! I’m so happy for your family and the W family too! What an amazing blessing.

    “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Matthew 21:21-22.

    “I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” John 14:13-14.

  • Cathy - Awesome. Just plain awesome! God is good!!

  • Julie - Our God is AWESOME!!!!!! Nothing will keep Him from accomplishing
    His purposes! Your obedience in giving away the first 20,000 gives me the very BEST kind of chills. Such great chills that I think I need to go shave my legs again. =) ha!

  • Melissa - Wow as I read this I totally have tears in my eyes. It just is such a great reminder of how BIG and GREAT our GOD is. He is worth every second of trust we give him!! Praise the LORD for the great work he is doing in and through your family!!

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  • erica - love this story! thank you for sharing:)

  • Kelly - Amazing. God is SO good and SO faithful. Thank you for your voice and for glorifying Him with your blog!

  • Cynthia Griffin - EPH. 3-20 is my life verse,so the moment i read the verse i
    was so excitied to see what GOD was going to do.We are so blessed
    to serve such a awsome GOD, that cares for us so much more than
    we can ever undestand. Thank you for sharing what GOD IS DOING IN YOUR LIFE. You have touched so many lifes, my listening to GOD
    and BELIVEING him, and oh the lesson you have taught your childern.Thank you again for sharing you FAITH and your life.
    Praying even more blessing for you and your family–ISAIAH-44-3

  • Emily Schultheis - I am so excited about this and LOVE that you are willing to share it with the world. I love that it reminds me of how BIG God is and that crazy faith pays off! Praying for little girl to get here soon and for a quick process! Thanks for challenging my prayer life!

  • Tanya M - Wow, Ashley, I got so excited for you as I read this post today! Adoption is such a great thing to do, and I wish more people would do it, instead of leave it for those special someones. I just wish it wasn’t so expensive to do. But God provided for you in such a big way! God bless you guys as you go through the adoption process ahead of you. Great story, and I’m glad you shared–thank you.

  • kathy - What an inspiring story. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this since I first read it. Way to go!!! What a blessing for two families!!

  • Marie - Wow! How I needed this today! Sometimes you feel like you are in the dark, then you see a miracle like this and realize that it may be dark but you arent alone. God is always with us. Thankyou for reminding me. xoxo

  • tara - amazing!

  • Christy - I am sooooo excited for you! Adopting is on our hearts as well. We did foster care soon after we were married, have 2 boys and baby on the way; but we’re hoping sometime…… So your story is especially exciting to me. Blessings as you give to the least of these. We know the Father smiles when He sees you loving those He loves.

  • Tina - I am an adoptive parent three times over. We have a son from Haiti and two domestically adopted daughters. We are a very colorful family, from all racial and cultural backgrounds. That was God’s plan and we are happy to be living it in the flesh.

    God bless you on your journey, and your little one on hers to you.

  • Joy - That story is crazy-awesome. I am so inspired by your willingness to obey God.

  • Tammia - I have chills and goosebumps right now. I am one of the people who has been incredibly helped and inspired by your photography. I knew I just HAD to take your SnapShops course and signed up without hesitation. What I didn’t know, was what the money would be going toward. Our adopted daughter (from China) has been home with us for nine months now. You are started on an incredible journey. Thanks for openly sharing your story of just how big God really is…it’s an encouragement to us all.

  • Susie - God is SO good and SO faithful! I’m so incredibly happy for your family and for the journey you have been on (and are going through!) to tell of His hand in this! THank you for sharing His story!

  • Lisa - Beautiful story of faith. You have taught me tonight as I’ve read this, and thank you. I was adopted as an infant and am so thankful for the life it afforded me. I wish you all the luck and blessings with this forthcoming adoption!

  • Jennifer Allwood - Wowza is all I can say. We are on 2 waiting lists to adopt and I haven’t even dreamed that God would provide BEFORE hand. I just assumed we would empty our savings, tap our 401K or get a loan for the rest. I am encouraged beyond measure. Now to come up with a plan……God’s plan….

  • Mandi - Ashley, thank you.

  • hearttypat - I’m so touched by your story! trying so hard not to cry at work now… thank you for sharing, ashley!

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  • Ashley Sisk - I think this is the first time on your blog for me…and I am brought to tears. God is Good….all the time. Amen!

  • Alison - Wouldn’t you believe it – I was half way across the globe when you posted this, and it’s one of the most important posts of all!

    That’s truly amazing, and I’m so moved by hearing someone else talk about adoption in the way I harbor feelings for it and have never felt comfortable professing. Adoption is a beautiful thing. It’s about going out there and finding your family, because they’re waiting for you. I love the fate and faith about it, and I couldn’t wish you greater happiness and felicity in your journey.

  • giozi - You are admirable Ashley. The truth is that you give so much love always. May the Lord bless you, your family and that new member will get.

  • Sarah - Amazing. Just…. simply amazing. God works in wondrous ways! We adopted our two oldest children through foster care and it was the best thing God has ever done for us. Two biological children later and He continues to bless us, day after day. Many prayers and wishes go to your family (and all of the families that will be affected by your generosity)!

  • Alex - Wow, this is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing this!

  • Kakrine - Dear Ashley, I follow your blog for a few months now, I was on vacation in august and discover your thrilling post today! What a story! I was very touched and wish you and your wonderfull family good luck for this long way to your 5th child
    Take care
    Catherine, Orleans, France
    Waiting for adopting a thaï child for 34months…
    http://le-blog-de-kakrine.blogspot.com/

  • SnapShop Photography Workshop & Giveaway | Lil Blue Boo - [...] camera, but also learn how to capture the beauty in their everydays.” For a good read, go to this post and read more of the story behind SnapShop and how it helped fund something very special. Truly [...]

  • Vanessa Smith - My daughter shared your story with me and as I write my sermon on Philippians 2:1-13 today I am thrilled to have such an inspiring story to share about REAL people who put the needs and interests above their own. You are an inspiration and proof that through God all things are possible!

  • Nicki - I just stumbled along your blog. I love it. I have read so many of your posts. This one is one of my favorites. Amazing story!

  • Traci - Wow!
    I love this story! I love when God gets the glory for doing something only HE can do!
    I am the mother of four and I am praying about adopting too. We have started and stopped the process several times, just like you. I am praying that things will come together in 2012. So excited for you and your family.
    God bless your journey!
    Traci

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  • Susannah - Wow! Thank you for sharing this. It is so amazing what God can do. A huge reminder to ask God for the big things! He can totally provide even when it seems impossible.

  • Susannah - I shared about this blog post and how it moved me in my blog. I’d love for you to read it and see how God is using you in my life!

    http://susannahkellogg.blogspot.com/2012/06/trust.html

  • Brandy Anderson - So beautiful and so special! I cried reading it. Congrats to you and your family!!! :) So Amazing.

  • Elizabeth Stewart - Could you please share your wisdom of fundrasing with me?? It has always been a dream of mine to adopt, the Lord has been pulling on the strings of my heart to pursue this dream. My husband and I have been discussing it with one another, we currently have two children, and would love to give another child a loving home! When you say God moves mountains, you remind me He really can do anything! The money seems like so much more than we could generate, but you’re right, God is greater! Could you please email me and give me some tips and advice. I would love to know what God used, to be able to fund your adoption and give another child a family.Crazy, by some divine intervention I came across your blog, and you are leaving in a few short days to meet your daughter! My email is emvrck89@gmail.com

  • Julie - I just found your blog today… I’ve been sitting here reading about your adoption journey because I’ve felt God’s calling in my own life. Thank you for being open and transparent. And thank you for allowing God to use to touch so many lives, including mine!

  • Bethany Manning - A friend telling me about your story (while the details she said were not perfect) are what God used to confirm for me adoption is the way He plans to bring our 3rd child AND that He will provide the money miraculously! Thank you for sharing, so others can adopt too! There is a little girl out there & God wants me to be her Mommy & I may never have known that without your story! God bless!

  • Bree March - I stumbled upon this blog and this post, but it meant so much to me. You see, my husband and I adopted two children from a disruption. My children are now 20 and 23 and left home last year to be grown ups ;-) My husband and I are 37 and 33, and are empty nesters. We have felt a tugging on our hearts to adopt again. There’s just one problem… it’s costs a lot of $$$. We know this firsthand! We just applied to a hosting program for older adoptable children in Columbia. Everything is falling into place for us, but again we keep thinking we can’t afford to adopt again. Finally I threw up my hands and said if God wants us to adopt these children He will bring the provision. I’m so encouraged by your story!

  • Beth - I just found your site through Pinterest. My family is in the beginning stages of the adoption process. I am also a photographer, so I’m really interested in how your family raised money for your adoption. I’ve always thought about using my photography to raise money for our adoption, but I already give all my proceeds from my photo sessions to an orphan ministry. Do you have any other suggestions? Thanks!

  • Jeanine Hardgrave - We have been praying the past year about adoption. We are in the process, as you were, of figuring out where ? County, international ? I dont know yet ! My children want to adopt from Africa….and my husband wants a child with a physical disability. I just want to open my home to a child who needs love !
    Well, currently we are facing some extreme financial trouble, and are relying completely on Him. Exactly where He wants us :) This blog post was what I needed to read to encourage me to keep relying on His provision and His plan for us. He knows, and with Him all things are possible. Thank you so much for being faithful to His leading and posting a story like this….so I could stumble upon it today :)

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  • Mary Powell - My daughter introduced me to your blog and I love it so much. I very much want to take one of your photography classes but am always confessing that I can’t afford it. Then I read your blog today. Hmmmm. A little reproving AND very encouraging. For various reasons although I desired to adopt a child myself it wasn’t something I was able to do. I applaud your efforts toward adoption. And I deeply admire your bold stand on the promises of our Heavenly Father! What a wonderful example. Thanks so much for sharing honestly. I love watching your family grow!
    And soon I will be signing up for one of your classes and how fun to know that I will be helping you or someone else with their adoption.
    Thank you!

  • Colby - Hello Ashley,

    I want to thank you for sharing the story of your beautiful family. What an inspiration it is to read. Ashley, my husband and I are thinking about adoption and I will be honest in saying that beginning the process by choosing the right agency is a little overwhelming. What agency did you use? Were you satisfied or do you have another recommendation? I SO greatly appreciate your time. Thank you so much.

    God Bless You,
    Colby

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