Waiting is getting close to being over


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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  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!


    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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