Celebrating Little One

My cup overflows.
For the past 9 years, Chris and I have been involved in a small group at our church. Our church doesn’t do traditional ‘Sunday School’, but has small adult groups that meet in homes on Sunday nights. We’ve been in the same group since I was pregnant with our oldest. Over what has been nearly a decade the group has grown. Some couples have gone to other groups. New couples have come in. It has been a constant stream of change, but yet stayed so familiar all these years. Several of the couples in the group have listened to Chris and I talk about adoption for nearly a decade. They have been with us through job changes, the births of our kids, times of joy, times of sorrow. They are family to us.

Well, last week the ladies in our group rallied together to celebrate two baby girls waiting in China that will soon join their families…our Little One was one of those girls being celebrated. The other was the daughter of our dear friends…the ones I mentioned when we officially began this process last June. The girls in this group have walked alongside me for years. They’ve held me up when I felt like I couldn’t stand. They’ve passed tissue when all I could do was cry. They’ve celebrated accomplishments and victories. We’ve grown up as moms together.  And last week they showered us with kindness and generosity – a baby shower for our Little One!

My cup overflows.

We received so many cute and practical gifts. A friend’s mom (who is Chinese) cooked the most amazing Chinese dishes for the party – I’m still dreaming about them. However, the greatest gift given was the love and support of friends. To be in a room filled with friends and family that already love my daughter and are so excited for our family – well, that is the greatest gift this mom could have received.
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“Fortunes”…notes to our daughter from my friends and their daughters. Priceless.
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It was humbling. I have not been a very good friend, daughter, sister or daughter-in-law these days. I am distracted, emotional, flighty. I am easily absorbed in my own world of waiting. I sure didn’t deserve the incredible kindness from those I love. I am so grateful for the gift of friendship and family. Their love for me and my family when I am not really the most lovable person – well, it is overwhelming.

My cup overflows.

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  • Jen Spilker - My goodness, what a sweet shower. You must feel so loved! Can’t wait for little one to arrive.

  • Lyn - That looks like a wonderful celebration. Looking forward to hearing more wonderful news of your little girl.

  • Monica Mazzoni - I have followed your posts for a little while now and I am so happy for you and your family. Congratulations. You deserve all the love you are receiving. God bless you.

  • Debbie C - What a beautiful shower! I may just steal that fortune cookie idea. ;D Having a small group that is like family is priceless, such a gift!

  • Alice H - I doubt that you are not a lovable person! I bet your friends understand your distraction and love you anyways!! I cannot wait to see your Little One in that white dress with the yellow and gray polka dots! Oh my goodness, adorable!!

  • emmybrown - how sweet! I’m thrilled to see you loved so deeply…..gotta love the Body of Christ!!! :)

  • Michelle - What a fantastic celebration. It is so awesome that God knows exactly what we need, when we need it. God is good.

  • mandi@herbanhomestead - Wow! That blesses me to see the Body in action! Such a sweet time.

  • Robyn Farmer - Crying happy tears.

  • Sarah W. - Made me tear up, as usual. ;)
    A lovely celebration, for a wonderful family!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - I love when brothers and sisters in Christ are vessels for His unconditional love. Praise God!

  • Dawn Ritchie - I’m so happy for you. And, just the fact that you’re acknowledging you feel like you’ve been a “Bad” (insert role), speaks volumes. Your family understands and soon that little girl will be in your arms. I can not wait until you get on that airplane.

  • Corrie Anne - What a sweet blessing!!

  • Aja - How wonderful!! This is amazing, what a perfect way to celebrate your Little One!

  • Debbie - Beautiful beautiful beautiful.

  • Patti - Ashley, forgive yourself your feelings of distraction. Completely normal. We, your readers, totally do! So excited for you and waiting to hear with you!

  • Tamara - God bless you all!

  • Rose E. - I know how you feel! My family and friends had a housewarming for me this past weekend. There were so many excited happy people crammed into my little house and I just feel so so loved. My dad has always prayed that I would be “blessed beyond all that I could ask or think” and I really truly have been. God is true to what he says, is all I can say.

  • Rachael - Isn’t it incredible the God-Like qualities that we as humans can sometimes can make good on. That unconditional acceptance and love of others when we feel like we have offered very little in return. What a beautiful gift of love you have been given. x

  • lynda - i hope you share how to make the paper fortune cookies – adorable! i can’t wait for you to meet your little one and for us to meet her as well!

  • Midwest Magnolia - Melissa Lewis - Beyond moving to read. I can’t imagine how moving it was for you and your family. Thank you for allowing us to glimpse into this journey with you.

  • Nancy Short - Ashley Ann – I just recently stumbled upon your blog through pinterest… Or maybe God brought me right to it in order to be encouraged. I love your style, your heart, and I’m sure if I lived near you I would want to just sit and sip coffee with you and share stories about creative dreams and life with Jesus . You are such a blessing. This little girl from China is also going to grow up with a “cup overflowing”. I am always moved by the authenticity of your family pictures and stories. Thank you for sharing from your heart.

    A friend in Baltimore : )

  • Susan - Lovely friends celebrating family with you is wonderful. Glad you had this memory to add to your Song.
    I hope you and yours are not in the fire area of OK.
    Blessings, Susan

  • kassie - beautiful!!! such a wonderful support group for your family!!

  • Lori - Tears. You are blessed for sure!

  • Lisa M. - How wonderful! What a blessed little girl and a blessed family.
    Thank you for sharing. Cannot wait to see your new daughter!

  • giozi - Was a beautiful party, you have a gorgeous friens, love clothes!! and of course fortunes cookis, cutes.

  • NanaDoll - awaiting the news of your little one joining you so very soon. and how wonderful to have the showers of blessings for these little girls. God is so good!

  • Patty - What a beautiful way to package thoughts of love… you are truly blessed.

  • Abegail M - You are one beautiful person. And you have inspired me. Much love from Melbourne, Australia xox

  • Jentri - Your blog is lovely. Relocating potentially from OKC to Tulsa, but most concerned with finding a church. Where do you go?

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