Guess what?!!

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We got word today that our dossier (adoption paperwork) has been logged in China’s system. That means our next step is receiving a referral…that is where our agency matches us with a waiting child. OUR NEXT STEP IS SEEING A PHOTO OF OUR CHILD AND READING OUR CHILD’S STORY! How does one even wrap their mind around something like this? There is a child waiting….a family waiting…soon that little one’s name will be known and face will be cherished…until then we will celebrate this very big step!

 

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  • Cristina - Congratulations!! That is the most exciting news and I can’t wait to “meet” the little one!

  • Caitlin - So happy for your family!!

  • Rebecca - Yay!!!! So exciting! I’m so happy for you and your family!

  • nicole @ deliajude - grace upon grace upon grace upon…
    blessing upon blessing upon blessing…

  • Alisa Muir - OMG I am so very excited for your family. I cannot wait to hear the wonderful news of you having a face and name… and then of course.. Bless you all. and your little one too.

  • Allie - A huge congratulations to all of you!

  • Anna Joy - That is GREAT NEWS! Congrats!!!

  • Katie - SO EXCITING!!! Good luck going to sleep tonight!

  • Molly - YES! That is so exciting!

  • Linden White - Oh my goodness!!!! REJOICE!!! Fist pumps and yays! I am really so excited for you and Chris and your children. And I am even more excited for the sweet little one that is going to join you soon because I know she will be soooo loved and cared for. I can’t wait to hear more my friend. Praising God with you on this day and the days to come :)

  • Amber McGinnis - What wonderful news! I can only imagine the excitement! I can’t wait until the new little one is introduced! Congratulations!

  • Holly - Awesome news and awesome pic! How did you take this?

  • Amy - YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ann Voskamp@A Holy Experience - YIPPPPPEEE! Oh, I’m with Eureka Firecracker! :) THRILLED! Thank you, Lord… *Thank you*…. gift upon staggering gift.

  • jennifer - So happy for your sweet family Ashley! God is so Good!

  • Ryan - Oh wow! We are so excited for you guys! Can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait! :)

  • Laurie J - rejoicing with you! <3

  • tara - that’s awesome! so happy for y’all! :)

  • Faith Buss - How wonderful!! Great news! Good luck getting any sleep! :)

  • lori - *big smiles*

  • Debbie - And you thought you were randomly distracted before.

  • Emily - Congratulations!

  • darcy - yippee!! yeah! wowzers!
    such fun news!

  • Angela - YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

  • Miranda - YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Exciting! So happy for you guys!!

  • Angie - Soooooo thrilled for you!!!!!

  • Sarah - Yay!!!! So excited for you!

  • Amber - AMAZING news! I think you guys are doing such an amazing thing! And that pictures is SUPER adorable to by the way!

  • Mandi - A huge congratulations to you and your family!!! So glad the wait time is shortening day by day and in measurable increments!!

  • Desiree - Awesome! Praise the Lord!

  • erin elizabeth - so excited for you!

  • pattilouwho - congratulations! such wonderful news for you and your family.

  • Bethany - Congratulations! I will be praying for your little one. I am so happy for you guys!!!!

  • Ashleigh - Wonderful news!! Savor every moment!

  • Carrie Rosalind - Oooh…so exciting!! I can’t wait to hear more! Congratulations and I’ll be praying for your family!

  • Ruth@GraceLaced - I have a really huge smile on my face right now.

  • D'On - That is fantastic news! I pray that all will go smoothly for you and your family from here on out.

  • Rebecca - How wonderful!!!

  • Lacey - WONDERFUL news!!! I know the Lord has been blessing you through this entire process, whether His answers were ‘yes, no, or not yet’ but I can’t help but sing extra praises to Him for this today! Thank you for sharing!

  • Jenn - So happy for you guys!!!!

  • Terrie G - Congratulations!!! So excited to see pics of the new little one when you can share! How will you ever focus on anything?! I would be on pins and needles!! So happy for your family!

  • Paige - Holy Toledo! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Julie J. - YAY!! Congrats, Ashley!! I’m so excited for your family . . . you are so close to seeing that little face. We are about a month behind you in the adoption process; it would be so neat (to me . . . since you do not know me) if we traveled at the same time. ;)

    “Second only to suffering, waiting may be the greatest teacher and trainer in godliness, maturity, and genuine spirituality most of us will ever encounter.”–Richard Hendrix

  • Joelle Harrison - Woohoo!!!!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - OH Ashley! I am crying tears of joy for you! Love and love and love!

  • Elisabeth - Hooray! I can’t wait to read about your seeing that precious face for the very first time.

  • lindsey b - Hooray!! That is magnificent news! :) praying for the perfect match.

  • MJ - Great, great news! Congratulations to you and your family!

  • TruDy - So happy for you. Thank you for lettimg us share in the excitement!

  • misti - so awesome! praying blessings over your family,adoption, and new little one!!!!

  • Leslie - I am so excited for you all!!!

  • Karen F. - Yippee!!!! :)

  • Stacey Ball - Congrats on being a step closure to your new baby!

  • Stephanie - HOORAY! So exciting! Congratulations :)

  • Martina - Yaaaaahooooo!! Exciting! Please continue to keep us posted!

  • Heidi - THAT IS WONDERFUL NEWS. I love hearing all your updates.

  • Ashleigh - Ashley, I am in a habit of checking your blog once a day…always first thing in the morning as I quickly scarf down breakfast while my two young kids cause a ruckus in the background. For some reason I decided to check it tonight…drawn to your blog because I felt the need to type in your address and then here is your news…SO exciting.

    My family has also talked about expanding our family through adoption for some time now and your story is so inspiring. I am thankful that you share as much as you do…it really helps people like myself who want to hear more about adoption, but don’t want to start “bothering” adoption agencies with questions. Thank you for all that you share about adoption and otherwise. :)

  • Mandy - WOOOHOOOOO!!!! Rejoicing with you!!!!

  • Betsy C - Huge, warm hugs from Spain! I am so happy for your family!

  • Carrie - Yay! Congratulations! So happy your family is one step closer to meeting your little one!!!

  • allison - YAY!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jen @ RamblingRenovators - Congratulations! One step closer!

  • Katie - Yay! I am so very excited for you! :) I look forward to reading about your life with an extra little one in it. You are such an inspiration!

  • Irene - Gong Xi (that means Congrats in Mandarin) Ashley & Family!! I am so thrilled to hear that :)))))))))

  • Anna - SO HAPPY FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!!!

  • Andrea - I’m so excited for you and your family, the JOY you must feel will be amazing. Congratulations, I hope you dont have to wait too much longer to meet your little one.

  • Lisa - Adoption is a wonderful thing. Congratulation on this next step. Love from Lisa [mom to awesome son L and darling daughter J, both adopted from Russia 11/04] I count my blessings every day.

  • Harriet - Praising God! What wonderful news. You are getting closer, and closer to having your baby home. SO happy for you and your family! :)

  • tricia - Congratulations! I just got goosebumps! so excited for your family.

  • Katherine Bach - Congratulations that is so wonderful!! Can’t wait to see a picture!

  • Lanny Lou - God is so good … I’m so happy for you guys !

  • Kirsten - YAAAAY!!! Praise the Lord!!!

  • spano - EXTRA !!!!!!!!!

  • ashley green - So excited for you guys!

  • Katie - Congratulations!

  • lyn - Ashley, I have been reading with anticipation and I am THRILLED for the whole family!!!!!!! Congratulations!!! This is wonderful and inspiring!

  • emmybrown - Yippee!!!! Can’t wait to hear the rest of the story! :D

  • Katie - So exciting!

  • LuRae - Congratulations! If FireCracker starts a fan club, I would like to become a charter member! She is such a cutie, patootie.

  • Sherry Eckblad - CONGRATULATIONS!
    This is great news and one fabulous photo.

  • holly - I’m so happy for you and your family. what a blessing you and this child will be to each other!

  • Jenni - YAY!! What great news!! So happy for all of you! Can you even imagine that day?! Amazing!

  • Andy - congrats. that’s amazing and so exciting

  • Kimberlee Jost - Yay, God!
    Hang that bunting for all to see!!!!!!

  • KristinD - Ashley, I totally just teared up reading this – SO excited for you and your family, and especially that little one waiting half a world away! Can’t wait to continue watching God write this story.

  • KatieM - Hearing this made my morning!

  • Liz - This is amazing news! I’m so excited for you and your family.

  • felicitas - has anyone metioned (apart from congratulations) that absolutely awesome hilariously funny comepletely adorable picture of your daughter??? i LOVE it!

    oh… and by the way congratulations :) these days are getting more exciting by the minute !!

  • Amy Arroyo - Yay!!!!!!! So happy for you guys!!!

  • kiley - tears of joy for you all!!!

  • Kari Signe - Congrats!!!!!! That is so wonderful to hear. I am so happy for you and your family.

  • Elizabeth - The joys of a mom’s heart is overflowing!!! So excited for you all.

  • christina - YAY!!! Congratulations!

  • Melissa - Congrats!! That is amazing :)

  • Annie Page - This such wonderful news for you and your family and most of all that precious soul that is about to be loved more than they could ever imagine. Congratulations – what an exciting, exciting time for ALL of you!

  • Mariah - Such wonderful news! So happy for all of you.

  • Amy - I am so excited for you and your family!!! Praying for you and your little one!!! :o)

  • Katie - What wonderful news! Amazing that God knew before time how this was all going to be! He is good and gracious!

  • Julie - It is very touching to read your story. Have many unforgetable moments with your to come expanded family.

  • Courtney Connelly - CELEBRATING with you all!

  • amy jupin - happy times!
    we are celebrating with you, ashley!!

  • Lisa Johnson - I am rejoicing!

  • Brandi - Awe, so awesome! Congratulations. That little person will be blessed to have you. ? Love the picture as well. So great!

  • EclecticE - CONGRATS!!!! PS love the pic of firecracker.

  • Molly - That is such great news!!!! I am so happy for you and I am even more happy for your little one!!

  • kristen duke photography - that is SO exciting! I can’t wait to hear more…and love that pic of your little one;)

  • Georgia - WOOOOOO HOOOOO! Excited with you, can’t wait to see the precious face!

  • amanda torres - AWESOME!!!

  • Kimberly - HOW AWESOME!!! Praying everything goes FAST and SMOOTH for you and your family =)

  • Debra Leluga - biggest congrats to you all!!! <3

  • Brandy - Congrats Ashley! So happy for you and your family!!!

  • lindsey gail - whats not to love is the question! fingers crossed ;)

  • Sandi - Woo Hoo!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Emiles - Congratulations, that is SO exciting!

  • Amanda R - Congratulations! That is such wonderful news to received! Can’t wait to see that darling little face!

  • Lori - What exciting (beyond exciting!) news for your family. Bless that little one waiting for you arms.

  • Auburn - CONGRATS!! Praying for your little one today.

  • bonnie - celebrate for sure!!! GOD is GOOD. excited for your family.

  • Danielle - Oh my oh my oh my! Congrats on getting to this stage!!! Great pic too! lol.

  • Jeannette - Praise God!

  • Jackie Walker - So…o happy for you!!

  • Alison - !!!!!!!! How did I miss this?!???!!!!! Ah this is so wildly exciting!!!

  • Sarah-fortheloveofnaps - Love all this stuff. Will look forward to winning on Monday!

  • Brooke Leigh @ First Avenue - Congrats darling!! ♥ We will be celebrating over here today for you as well! I can’t wait to see the face & story of your newest addition!! :D

  • Maria - Oh congrats! One step closer to your family being complete! So exciting!

  • Shanalea - This is such a big step. I am excited for you and your family. Praying that you will see a picture soon and your heart will be patient as you wait.

  • Melis - OMG I dont believe the size of love you have inside of your heart.Your family and the baby are so lucky to have you.I wish you all the best and hope you will meet urgently Love from Istanbul.

  • Darcie - The photo says it all. Congratulations on the next step to meeting your new baby! Friends of ours just got back last week with their little daughter. Can’t wait til it’s you!

  • Darci - yea! congrats!

  • Stephanie - Yay!! Congratulations! I’m so happy for you & your family.

  • Aaren - Good things happen to good people. So happy for your and your family.

  • Amy - Yaaaay!! So happy for your growing family :) maybe you can relax a bit now, you’re sooooo close :))

  • Stoich91 - Haha! Congrats! I love her hair lol ;D

  • Lisa M - Congratulations! What wonderful news!

  • Kelly Rasmussen - such happy news!!! :)

  • angie - hoorah! scream! dance a jig! Wonderful, wonderful news! Every day I hold my breath as I open your page thinking, “is today the day?”. So happy you are so much closer to your sweet child! Thank you dear God for this wonderful day and heart singing news!

  • Julie B - Oh goodness how incredibly exciting!! I hope you get matched with your little one soon!

  • Paige - Doing a version of my happy dance for you! Yay yay yay!!!

  • Carol - What thrilling news! Congrats!

  • giozi - He knows his name, his face and even the very hairs of his head are all numbered.

  • Pam K - WOW! Please Lord, let me be the winner.

  • elizabeth - SUCH great news!! celebrating with you!!

  • Liene - What a happy news! Congratulations.

  • amber - Super great picture & even better news! So happy for you guys…

  • heather p - I’m so EXCITED for you! What wonderful news!

  • Brooke - Hooray! What an answered prayer!! I just love that! So incredible! Cannot wait to hear that you have a referral!

  • Sarah A - YAAAAAAYYYYY!!!! So excited for you all!

  • Eran and Aubs Photography and Cinematography - SO cool and so excited for you!! =O)

  • Emily Morrice - so thrilled for you guys!
    great step for your forever family :)

  • Amanda - !!!!!! So exciting :) :) :) :) :)

  • tina - hooray! thanks for sharing this journey, even with all it’s vulnerability to strangers. it’s something i’ve never experienced or known anyone to experience.

  • Lena - L;NDFO3URQPJLKF;DHF09U3!!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! x 789,237,983,247,938,274!!

  • rachael - How exciting and wonderful! May God continue to bless this journey :)

  • tracy a - hooray! so excited for you guys. it is like waiting for your ultrasound….the most exciting feeling!! oh the patience hope works in us!! can’t wait to hear the next news!!

  • Mathildel - Toutes mes sincĂ©res fĂ©licitations! De loin je suis trĂ©s heureuse pour votre famille. I follow your blog from Normandie in France. Today for the first time, i wanted to share my joy. I’m so happy for you & this little one, soon yours. :)X

  • Ada - YIPEEEE! Congratulations to that sweet little one soon to be in your loving arms!

  • Jess - Yay!!!! You forgot all your friends out here who are so excited for your family and are waiting with you as we follow along on your journey:)

  • Amy - YAY!!! So happy for your family! That is exciting!!! :D

  • DC.nerd - My friends just came home from China with their new daughter. Their blog has some really great practical tips for things like picking hotels and such. planetrh.blogspot.com

  • Yolande - Hi Ashley
    I am going to China on a vacation with my family next week. I am going to Shanghai and Beijing. Let me know if you would like me to keep some notes for your trip!

  • Felicity - A huge congratulations… isn’t it awesome to finally start seeing the light at the end of the tunnel… I am so happy for you… this is a ride you will never forget in a hurry… don’t be bashful… we would love to see you on the FB pages… I know where your referral is from but don’t want to say it here cause I notice you haven’t said anything… look forward to ‘meeting’ another family :)

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