Waiting is getting close to being over

7.12TA-01

It is official…after what felt like

a thousand little steps

a million papers to be filled out

short waits

long waits

very, very, very long waits

tons of emails

lots of trips to FedEx

too many other things to even remember………..

We are finally on basically the last step in this adoption process! We are now officially waiting for our travel approval. This step could take 1-4 weeks. We should be able to travel 2-3 weeks after receiving our travel approval. It is starting to feel like we might actually be boarding a plane soon. I even looked at luggage at Target yesterday. I think I have my guard up a little and it is not all sinking in…I think it might hit when I sit down in the plane and the engine roars….and the emotions explode. Sorry other travelers, I’m going to be a mess.

It would be incredible to be one of those families that gets travel approval in a week’s time….

I better pick out some luggage!

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  • Jessica - I pray you will be on that plane soon!

  • Andy - yeah for you guys. that is awesome. praying for a week’s wait and not longer

  • Celia - Yippy! I have loved following this on your site! I cannot wait to hear how it all goes! Praying for you all. :)

  • Kaytie - Congratulations Ashley – what wonderful news! One step closer, I hope the next few weeks fly by fast for you. :)

  • Colleen C - Thank you for taking us on this amazing journey with you. It has opened my eyes and my heart to the idea of adoption!

  • Kristin S - So so happy for you all!

  • Jenni - I have been reading about this journey for your family, although not great about leaving comments (sorry). I have loved it, and am so thrilled for your family!! You are such a wonderful mom and a great inspiration and you are going to be a great momma to this wonderful little girl! Don’t forget to enjoy your last few weeks with just your 4 kids, it’s just like expecting a baby, the anticipation can keep you from enjoying your last moments as a family of 6, but soon it will be forever be changed (in such a great way!) I am praying for you, as adopting one also, I know the joys and heartaches that can come along even once the child is with you. Thank you for sharing this part of your life!

  • MixedMolly - Soon we will be looking at pictures of you on that plane, instead of pictures of the waiting. Rejoicing with you!

  • Amanda Torres - I am not even involved in this and I am emotional. How crazy is that? Borderline stalkerish.

  • Jen - Yea!!!!! So happy for you!!!!!! :)

  • Jamie - Yiiiiiiiiippppppppppeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! I started following your blog because of your photography and crafts. Now, I look forward to following your journey. I am so happy for you and your family!

  • Stephanie W - Oh my goodness!!!! How exciting for you and your family! I love that you are sharing this journey with all of us; it has opened my eyes to new possibilities! Praying that everything falls into place quickly for you!

  • Abby - So exciting! It has been amazing to follow your adoption story so far. I can’t wait for the rest! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Amanda - saying a prayer for you and your family that you ARE a one week travel approval family!

  • Meredith - Ahhh! Yay!!! I feel like we have all been living this with you through your blog. It’s soooo soon! I’m sure you’ll have us all in tears in the many posts to come. Best wishes!

  • Holly Stanfield - I wish I could buy some luggage and ship it to you. SO happy for you, Ashley, and your sweet family. This is the last lap, lady. Prayers and patieince… :)

  • alamama - YAY! That is such good news. I can’t wait for you all to get her. We are just starting our adoption process (domestic. So, I feel your weight of waiting.

  • Casey - I get goosebumps every time I think about you guys on that plane! You guys are simply living your lives the way you feel called and yet in such a huge way you are JESUS WITH SKIN ON to so many people– I can’t wait for your Little One to feel and see that in such a sweet, real way! The time is near :)

  • Kim - Such exciting news! I think we’ll all be crying in joy and excitement along with you!

  • Karen - I hope it comes soon. You deserve after the long wait. We adopted through foster care and that took 2 years. I remember sometimes having to remind myself to breath and take 1 day at a time. But I had them with me for that whole time. I cannot imagine the frustration of your wait. But it will be so worth it when you finally get to hold her. Good luck

  • Leila - Get your luggage at Marshall’s or T J Maxx – I hope you have one of those! Or Home Goods. Target’s are too expensive and not as nice.
    And may you be using it very soon! God bless you!

  • Kimberly Dial - I’m so glad to hear it’s nearly over … one precious & very lucky little girl is waiting on her momma … can’t wait to see the pics … this is very exciting! So happy for you & your sweet family!

  • Danielle - Oh yeah baby & not a minute too soon… thrilled your wait is almost through!!!

  • Ko - Woot woot! Come on travel approval! Go get that luggage momma!

  • lindsey - ashley – in my morning devotions I felt compelled to really pray that this is happening VERY soon for you guys. And I really believe you are going to get that travel approval much sooner that 4 weeks! I will continue to pray for your family on this journey. It makes me emotional to know that you are so close. I feel like we’ve all been walking this with you. So honored that you choose to be so vulnerable with your followers! It has blessed me in more ways than you will ever know!

  • Abigail C - Yay! You’re almost there!

  • Kimberly Troth - AWESOME!!! Praying it’s only a week and then you can leave in 2 :) So HAPPY & EXCITED for you & your family!!! Can’t wait to see photos :)

  • Mandy - Yay!!!!!!!

  • ranee - congratulations! how very exciting!!

  • misti d. - YAY! almost there :)
    -blessings

  • Nycole - I am so excited for you! I can’t wait to see your little one. you, your family, and your little girl are in my prayers! <3

  • Sarah - I cannot wait for you to go pick her up – even more I cant wait for her and Firecracker to finally get to meet! It will be here before you know it and in 5 years you will be thinking how time FLEW by ;)

  • tracy a - Praise God! You are nearer and nearer still each time I read a new post! May these days go by quickly so that you can hold your beautiful girl in your arms! Feeling so excited for you all!!

  • mandi@herbanhomestead - Yahoo!!! Help me out- does the travel date mean that’s when you get her? How many trips does China require?

  • Elizabeth Beattie - Squeeeeeeee!!!!!

  • Sharon Suitor - YAHOO!! I’ve been anxiously awaiting to read about this next step! I remember all of our friends, the seasoned travelers, who explained how we should sleep on the trip over. WHAT?? Sleep? What planet are you from? We are going to get to finally hold our precious one in our arms in just 22 short hours! Let me just say…you are right to apologize to the other travelers. I made so many laps around that plane that I’m sure they wished they had installed a track!

    Can’t wait to read about you receiving your travel approval. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, most especially with your little one, who is waiting to be in your arms.

  • Jane - Hooray! So happy you are almost to the end of that long list!

  • Sílvia - Great news!

  • Michelle - I can’t wait to see your Liitle One in your arms.
    Isaiah 12:2 ” Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and MY SONG; he has become my salvation.” (NIV)

  • amber - Oh goodness…I can’t hardly stand it. And i don’t even know you. You have no idea how much this makes me look forward to the day we walk the same road. God is so good:):):)!! Praying for all of you…thanks for sharing this with all of us.

  • Jessica P - Praise God! Just got a little teary reading this. Oh how I hope you are one of the one week families!!

  • Mary - This is such a beautiful story. After reading this, I had a vision of seeing a picture of your little one on the blog. It’s coming soon. It’ll be glorious and I know all the pain of waiting will fade away when you hold her and bring her home.

    Side note: make sure you get luggage that has four wheels and can roll every way. When I travelled to Asia, I wish I had that. So many people in tight spaces and easy rolling luggage would have been nice. Probably for your boys too!

  • heather prins - i am so excited for you!!

  • shelby rice - Praying for supernatural favor and perfect timing. Asking the Lord for peace, joy, and excitement in the mean time. Believing for a peaceful transition for the new little one, all of her siblings, and her parents. Blessings on your sweet family!

  • Stephanie - Oh, this is such great news!!! I am so incredibly excited for you. My husband is traveling to China very soon and I have honestly been hoping for months that he would “just happen” to be on the same plane as you guys. He’s a pastor so he will be completely understanding if he sees you and you are an emotional mess. Hang in there. I know waiting is unbearably painful but so very soon you will hold your precious baby girl in your arms forever.

  • Karen - YAY!!!!!!!!!! So overjoyed for you and crying tears of happiness for you. I love having the opportunity to follow your journey to your girl. Praying for you and your sweet girl!!

  • Lori - So excited for you and your precious family! I’m thinking boxes of kleenex should be on your “what to pack” list. :)

  • charla - YAY!!!! congrats!

  • Kara M - ONE WEEK, yes! Praying for 1 week!

  • Natalie - Wow! This is terrific news! Y’all are the second family today that I’ve read are waiting for the word to GO! This is so exciting! Will be praying for your family as you add another blessing and for your girl as she is in the final days of being without her family! God bless!

  • Anne - I hope you have a quick TA! I think my phone was absolutely glued to me during those weeks as we waited for ours – so exciting! Happy Packing. :)

  • sarah k - I am so happy for you, and for your darling little girl. I pray the wait is SHORT this time.

  • Kelly - So so happy for y’all! I hope your travel approval happens quickly!

  • Elizabeth - So, so glad you got good news! Can’t wait to see pictures of you at the airport!!!

  • Maria - Yay!

  • Alice H - So close!! So happy for you guys!

  • Debra - happy dance! :) Praying you receive your travel approval quickly!

  • Sue Symens - Praise God! Praying for a sooner vs. later!

  • Joy - WOOHOOOOOOOO! and HOORAY! rejoicing with you, sweet ashley! Thank you for letting us share in your joy.

  • Aneta - Amazing! I cannot wait to see your little girl too! I wish you a fast approval and a safe flight.
    Cheers!
    Aneta

  • Kerry - My heart beats harder for orphans with your every post. The wait is excruciating, but God is opening so many eyes through your dependence upon Him.

  • Jenny - YAY!!!!!!! I can’t stop smiling right now…I am so excited for you and your family! Praise God for making it all happen in His timing and for giving you the strength and grace needed to wait. :)

  • Jackie - I got choked up reading this! I’m so happy for you and hope that you’re enjoying this time of waiting!

  • Tara A - Ashley, I’m so happy for you all. Can’t wait to see little one in your arms. YAY tARA

  • Robyn Farmer - What a sweet day that will be!

  • Jenny B. - Wonderful! I love your chalk list. And I got choked up reading about your anticipated emotional outpouring when the plane engines start. You are so good at describing emotions. I feel like I’m there with you! :)

  • Kristy - Yippee!!! Continued prayers to you guys!! ;)

  • Martina - YAY!!!!! You’re weeks, just WEEKS, away from holding your baby girl!

  • Fliss - Cannot wait for the day… I am so excited for you all… this has been ONE LONG WAIT!!!! Can’t wait to see that new YXi girl meeting her mama…

  • Alisa - Eeeeepppp… I am so excited for you… I am crossing my fingers for a ONE WEEK wait….

  • Sheree - So excited for you! Thanks for sharing this journey with us all… we’ve loved every moment of it and we’re so looking forward to you finally having your girl in your arms and watching as the journey continues… :)

  • Midwest Magnolia - Melissa Lewis - So incredibly exciting! Totally get the guard being up thing, but praying that God will allow you to enjoy each process along the way now and especially praying it goes FAST!

  • Claudia - OH Ashley!!! I burst out crying reading this. So happy for your family and most of all your sweet little girl. Praying for you and for her and your family. What an incredible journey!

  • Mallie Lanham - Yayyyy!! So happy for your entire family!
    I know how much this means to each of you!
    Congrats!

  • karen - HAPPY for you!!!

  • Carla - I am a lurker who just had to pop up and say how happy I am for you and how I am praying for you and your daughter to be together as soon as possible! What an exciting time for your family…blessings and joy as you travel this journey!

  • ShelleyG - Yea! So close!! Still praying for you all. Praying for peace as you wait and fast paper processing!

  • Paige - Haha, YES! So awesome to hear!!! God is good. =)

  • Annie - Alleluia! God is good! You continue to be in our prayers as you wait – and pick out luggage! – with joy!!

  • Jamie T - I’m so over joyed for you and your family!

  • kassie - I am beyond excited for you, your family, and little one!!!! Finally youll be together. Be safe in your travels!

  • Alison - !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    AHHHH this is SO EXCITING!! I feel like I can still remember when you were just HINTING at adopting, and now you’re almost THERE. Cannot wait to virtually meet the little lady.

  • Crystal Moser - I’m so excited for you! My hubby & I are just starting this journey with God and dreams of baby from far away! So it is really exciting to see you get so close. I hope my turn comes soon!

  • Rebecca - Yay!!! So if I’m doing the math right, this means you will be a new mom in six weeks or less! Amazing. I’m so excited for you and your family and I can’t wait to start seeing the posts with the new baby girl!

  • alison - Been reading your blog for awhile and your journey to get your sweet girl. I am praying for you and so hopeful for her to come home soon! What an amazing story and I can’t wait for her to come home. I’m excited for you!!!

  • Melissa - I don’t comment often, but I am so so happy for you and for your little girl. And that picture is absolutely fabulous.

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - I truly wish I was going on that plan with you!

  • kelleyn - So excited for your family. Congratultions!

  • Jeni - So happy that your wait is almost over!

  • Kindra H. - Yay! I’m so happy your wait is almost over!

  • Elizabeth - *so* *so* thrilled for you!!!
    praying that you will be on that plane in the next month…that your approval will come in one week..and that the Father’s peace surrounds you *close* while you wait.
    (HUG)

  • emily - Hi Ashley!! I love to read your posts every day…your photography is so beautiful and your family is so fun! I wanted to let you know that your party to celebrate your daughter’s first birthday inspired me to throw a party to raise money for a local adoption agency in our city. So I know the waiting has been so hard and the story of Song’s coming home has been trying but just from reading your blog I can see how her story has reached so many and how the Lord has used it to do so many powerful things. And that’s a pretty amazing beginning to the story of how your daughter joined your family :-) We will be praying for you guys in the next few weeks as you prepare to go bring her home! Yay!!

  • Sarah W. - So stinking excited for you!
    Hope you get to get on that plan sooner than soon!!!

  • Theresa G. - Hi Ashley! I’ve been following your blog along with your adoption story for some time now. I get excited every time you get good news! =D I was watching movie trailers last night at home and I stumbled upon a trailer for a lovely little documentary about 4 Chinese born American girl’s who had been adopted. I made me think of you and I thought you might want to watch the trailer!

    http://www.somewherebetweenmovie.com/

    It looks lovely and sweet. Let me know if you’ve seen this before or what you think of it!

  • Stephanie - You’re almost there! I’m so happy you guys are at this point in the process. Soon you’ll have a sweet baby in those arms of yours.

  • Chantel - I sure it is so exciting and yet so hard being so close to the moment where you will be able to pick up your little girl. We are still in the waiting for a referral stage and I think it is easier to be where we are than where you are. I’m sure as soon as I see the faces of our little ones I am going to want to jump on the next plane just to see them. I’ll be praying for you as you finish this part of the adoption journey and begin to start a whole new chapter.

  • Dawn - That list is so overwhelming! I can’t imagine the excitement you’re feeling. Congratulations!

  • mum - Yeah!!!

    (i have never posted on your blog, and you don’t know me from Noah, but i can’t tell you how excited i am as i have followed your adoption process to see the “home stretch!!!)

    We will be praying for ya’ll.

  • Laree @ Ever Heard of Euless - So I found your blog today through pintrest for one of your photo tips, and started looking around. 3 hours later, I find myself now following your blog and with tears in my eyes at your story.

    This post you wrote the day my baby boy (my fourth) was born. He was scheduled to show up a few weeks later, but of course, had a different plan in mind.

    My husband and I have always talked about adopting a child. Reading through your journey has re-awakened that desire in me. I know we won’t start this process very soon, but I do believe that we will someday.

    thank you for sharing your story. And may you be able to schedule that trip soon!

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