Beauty Full Day

This post is really, really long and photo heavy. I would recommend leaving the page open and going to fix a cup of coffee and coming back. This post and the blog in general will probably load a bit slow today.

We had all morning to kill time. We weren’t meeting our guide until 2:00pm.

The boys worked on their travel journals. We skyped their brother and sister back at home. The first thing FireCracker wanted to know is if I had her sister.
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Then we headed to a new market street. I needed to buy rice cereal. The boys wanted buy flowers for their new sister. I just wanted to keeping moving.
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So many distractions should have helped, but I kept thinking about our daughter. Was she on her way to Guangzhou? Was she coming via a van or the public coach? How did her day begin? Was she scared of all the new sights? Was she excited by the change of scenery and new faces? Was she at peace? Was she okay?
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The boys found a kitten to photograph…and got a lot of smiles and laughs from locals.
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Our hotel is in a modern area full of lots of big nice hotels and shops. But, this is the part of China I enjoy the most. Little alleys full of life and people.
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We found the rice cereal, a cold Sprite, flowers and some Oreos for the boys. Then headed back to the hotel, where I uploaded these photos as a distraction.

2 hours to kill.

National Geographic animal shows on the tv.

Dumplings for lunch for Chris. I couldn’t eat.

The hotel staff rolled in a crib.

Freaked out.

Boiled some water for Little One’s bottle (told she drinks them piping hot).
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Clock moving slower than a turtle.

My heart racing faster than a rabbit.

Stomach in knots.

And then it was time to head to the lobby to meet Helen, our guide.

Deep breath. A hundred deep breaths.

And we left the hotel.

Got in a van.

Arrived at a government building and waited.

Then my oldest said, “I see her. She’s right there!” Sure enough she had just walked past us in her nanny’s arms and back into a little room. Not at all what I envisioned as the moment I would first beheld my daughter. It happened so fast…there she was…and then she was gone.

And we waited.
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Our name was called and they brought her out.
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I was so worried about her. So scared for her. The minute her tears started so did mine. I was hurting for her….
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And then she stopped. She held on tight to me and was content in my arms. The director and a nanny from her orphanage brought her. We had a chance to ask them some questions and were grateful for little tidbits they shared. We look forward to learning more when we visit her orphanage later this week. They shared with us some photos of her from that morning…doing what looked like gymnastics moves on the ground. The same moves her big sister likes to do.
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I was so worried about feeding her. Trying to guess which Chinese formula and rice cereal to buy. How much of each to put in the bottle. How hot the water should be. How big of a hole to cut in the top of the nipple. Cleft bottle or regular bottle. And how to feed her in regards to her cleft. So worried.
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Turns out we did okay together. I made a few mistakes, but next time will be better. She downed the bottle in record time – so hungry.
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Once her little belly was full, we got to see some of her spunky personality. We’ve only seen one photo of her with a smile, so I’ve wondered is she could smile easily or if it would be a long road before we saw her smile and heard her giggle. Turns out daddy was able to evoke both really easily.
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She is quite simply awesome.
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We’ve learned she likes to make a clicking/sucking noise with her tongue and cleft palate. It is pretty loud and sounds a lot like the Chinese squeaky shoes. She seems to do it to soothe herself. She also likes to put her thumb in the cleft of her palate and suck. It is pretty cute.

She fell asleep in her daddy’s arms. Probably the first time she’s fallen asleep in someone’s arms.
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Today I was prepared for the worst case scenario. It was so very different. So peaceful, even in the tears. So natural. It was so much like the first times I met her older brothers and sister. And yet it was so very different. Today was beautiful. Our hearts are full. We are beaming. I am overcome with gratitude that God has given us this beautiful gift in the form of a tiny daughter. She is completely awesome.

Today was beautiful.

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  • Sophie - Congratulations Ashley, she is perfect! Such a beautiful little girl and she fits so wonderfully with your family. So overjoyed for you that everything went so smoothly today when so many things could have gone wrong. Much love to you, and your FIVE littlies!

  • Emily - God is good.

  • Alba - i can not stop my tears from joy for you.
    petonets,
    Alba

  • Jenny - I can’t stop the tears of happiness from flowing. She is simply beautiful. She fits right in. Your boys are so loving and nurturing. What a powerful full of love. Congratulations Mama.

  • cheryl mimken - so, so many tears of joy here!

  • Kari Signe - My heart is rejoicing for you and your family!!! You little girl is beautiful and it is so heart warming to see her in your arms. Congrats!!! I had tears in my eyes as soon as I saw the post was up! YAY!!!!!!!

  • Ko S. - Oh what a sweet and moving post! Praise God all went well! The smiles and laughter, the peace and love is all so evident in these pictures. My heart is so full for your family! Congrats!

  • Miranda - Congratulations, SHE IS BEAUTIFUL!! So happy for you all and so thankful it was such a good day!

  • Ashley - Speachless and so happy. How beautiful!

  • jo - I don’t think that I have ever commented on your blog, even though I have read it for the last year or more… I am so honoured to have shared this amazing and beautiful journey with you – your daughter is a beauty, and I am so happy that your meeting was so very perfect. Thank you so much for sharing, I look forward to seeing a little of this new chapter of your lives. x

  • Sheena - No words, just tears of happiness for you and your family. She is beautiful and I know she will be a blessing to your and your home as, likewise, you are to her. How amazing is it that in the same way you have adopted her into your family and she is now fully and completely yours, we are adopted into the family of Christ. It must bring whole new meaning to it all. Prayers that as she grows she will feel loved and cherished by those close to her. I pray that she develops a love for Christ that is all encompassing and that shines through to everyone who sees her precious smile.

  • Christine - I am so happy for your family! What a beautiful day. Thank you for sharing.

  • cindy - yay!yay!yay! congrats x infinity!

  • Danielle C. - So unbelievably happy for you and your family. Crying tears of joy seeing these wonderful pictures. She is perfect. <3

  • annabelvita - Congratulations Campbells – ALL of you! Lovely xxx

  • Liza - Celebrating with you today. Thank you for sharing your adoption journey.

  • Katie - All I can say is, “She is beautiful, Ashley.” Praise God for all His blessings. He is so good.

  • Christina - Tears are streaming down my face. So happy for you!! She is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your journey with us! My prayers are with your family.

  • Jenn - Oh Joy!!! I’ve been refreshing my phone all morning waiting for this post! Blessings to your family!! She is beautiful!!!!!

  • Bron - Oh my gosh….I have been following along this journey of yours and have been busting for this post…..I shed tears sitting here in front of my computer here in Australia…..so so so happy for you guys…she looks like she has always been part of your family…..can’t wait for the rest of your story. xx

  • RachelC - Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! What a complete beauty! I couldn’t sleep at all last night thinking about you and your big day. My favorite part are those big smiles! She looks so happy…I also love the raw swing of emotions captured in your photos! Such a true picture of adoption. Love you guys. Welcome Little One. We have all been waiting for you……and you are more than we could have ever hoped for!

  • LeeH - Thank you so very, very much for sharing all this with us.
    What beautiful pictures of a happy little girl and a lovely family; you are all so fortunate.
    Blessings and safe travel home.
    and thank you again. I didn’t expect you would be able to post so much to bring us along with you on this journey.
    Peace

  • Auburn - Hallelujah. God is good. I’m a sobbing mess seeing these pictures. She is beautiful!!

  • Carmen - Perfect. Overwhelmed that your beautiful daughter has such a beautiful new family. So much love to give her. Tears are rolling down my cheeks. So so precious. Thank you for sharing these beauty full moments xx

  • Liane - Wow.. Such a beautiful post full of happiness and emotion. I am so incredibly happy for your family!

    Congratulations on your beautiful daughter xx

  • kat @ slugs - Hello, beautiful baby girl. I am so happy she is in your arms.

  • keely - Thank you so much for sharing this with us! So excited for you and your family now that you are complete!!

  • Erika - Congratulations Ashley and family, she is amazing!!! Praise the Lord.

  • Jenny - Congratulations to all of you! Sending lots of love to you all as you embark on this new adventure as a family!

  • sarah - so happy for your family! she is a beautiful girl, love all those smiles!!

  • Nicole - Congratulations! God is so good! She’s beautiful!

  • Lisa - So happy for you! She is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your Gotcha Day with us. Tears of joy!

  • tobi - SO, SO happy for you and your family. what a beautiful sight! that baby girl has no idea just how good she is going to have it. and the fun she is going to have!

  • Heidi - I balled through this entire post! Thank you for sharing. I am so happy for you guys.

  • Emily Morrice - completely bawling.

    have waited for this post all week!!!

    Jesus thank you for bringing little one a forever family. SO happy with you, Ashley.

  • Corey Moortgat - What a priviledge it has been to watch this journey of yours-thank you for letting us share it with you! She is beautiful- such a cutie!

  • Rebecca - Hello Song!

    I am so so so happy for you guys, she is really there! You are really together! I cried with this post, I knew I would. But it is so beautiful. You all are so beautiful. She is so beautiful. I loved the one where you are nibbling her side making her laugh. I love the one where you are kissing her nose and she is looking at you. And I really, REALLY love the one where Daddy is rocking his girl to sleep with a tear on his cheek.

    Praising God with you today!

  • Amanda Joy - Oh how I cried reading this. My heart is bursting for you. All the brokenness in the world seems to fade away in the presence of redeeming love. Thank you for sharing your day.

  • kristine - so many goosebumps and tears as i read this post. so happy that she is with you! and what beautiful smiles; you definitely captured her laughter. (she looks so long and looks like she has piano playing fingers.)

  • Whitney - Beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing. So happy for you all…

  • Kimberlee Jost - Tears.
    So many.
    Such joy.
    Such love.
    What a God we serve.
    It is so obvious that she was made to be yours.
    A little gymnast???
    Like her mama.
    Love you.

  • Angie - Like many others, I have tears of joy. Even though I don’t know you I feel a connection. One year ago tomorrow (our time) I met my little one in that very same room. A moment I will never forget. Praying for a precious first two weeks together in China – I know it will be.

  • KitS - I am overjoyed! Cried through your entire post. I’ve felt so strongly, cared so much about your beautiful little girl’s journey, partly because of my own heart for adoption but also because she is close to the age of my younger daughter and that just brings your story closer to home.
    Thank you so, so, so, so much for sharing your journey with us.

  • Crystal - So beautiful!!!!! I was very excited to check this early and find you had already posted! As I was reading your blog, Jeremy Camp’s song “Healing Hand of God” was playing on my computer and seemed to be such a sweet song about everything going on in your daughter’s life now. Still praying for peace and so glad this was a wonderfully beautiful experience for all of you! :)

  • Rachel B. - Praise the Lord! He is good! His love endures forever!
    Congratulations to you all! She is a cutie-pie!!!!!

  • tammy - I don’t comment often, but have read your entire journey as it’s unfolded. So, so happy for you and your family.

  • Verena - Beautiful daughter, beautiful family, the most beautiful post, and a beautiful God.

  • Kelly - So, so happy for you guys! She’s beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing these precious pictures! Congratulations!

  • Erica - Tears from start to finish! She is positively beautiful, and I cannot wait to continue following your journey as you (finally) bring your daughter home!

  • Angela E - So beautiful. So very happy for all of you! She is gorgeous! I’ve been checking since I got up this morning. So glad you’ve got her. I hope your sleep tonight is blissful. Prayers for you that everything continues to go well. Thank-you for the photos. It made my day.

  • Ally - What a beautiful girl! And what a God-filled day! I’m really happy for you and your family. May the Lord bless all of you on this new journey. :)

  • Heather D - I had been checking in all morning hoping to see this post!! Oh my goodness she is BEAUTIFUL!!! I was crying and smiling all at this same time! I am so happy for you and your family to finally all be together! And THANK YOU so much for sharing this experience with us. The photos of her and her daddy laughing are just the sweetest things ever! Can’t wait to see more photos and to hear more about your trip! Seriously so happy for you right now!!

  • SueB - Very beautiful. Very moving. You are all very blessed.

  • jennie - i am beyond happy for your beautiful family! she’s gorgeous and you all are so blessed to finally be together. Savor these first days, they will forever be imprinted on your heart. love the pic of daddy holding her while she’s falling asleep…i see tears on his face, so special :)

  • Stacey - FINALLY together! I cried when you said this was probably the first time she fell asleep in someone’s arms. I have no doubt that she will be snuggled asleep many, many, many times by your loving family and friends. Enjoy!

  • Megan - I have read your blog for years, but have never commented (I guess I’m bad like that). I am so struck by your generosity in sharing this spectacular moment with us. I cried and cried and, truly, my heart is full for having been able to share in this miracle. Thank you for that, a million times over, and congratulations to you and your family on your most precious little girl. I absolutely can not wait to watch her grow.

  • Paige@ - That one of Chris’s tears while she is sleeping in his arms just got me. Crying at work here. Matt 18:5 “And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” God bless your wonderful little family. Your boys are very very special big brothers and you have taught them to be accepting and loving and Christ-like with this little girl. I’m overjoyed and overwhelmed for you and yours!

  • Elisa @ What the Vita - She is so so beautiful and so are you, so is your husband, so are your boys. Thanks so much for sharing, I am so happy for you all. She fits right in! Hugs

  • anything but LoKEY - Was so neat to witness your special moment in person. :) She is an absolute doll! So happy for you and your family. Maybe we will run into one another again while we are here, but if not looks like things are off to a wonderful start. God Bless. :)

  • Lindsey - She is simply beautiful, and what an amazing smile, I am so excited for your whole family!

  • Brooke - This is by far the VERY BEST post I have ever read. Congratulations to you all :) Beautiful in so many ways.

  • Beth - I am in tears. I’ve been following your journey and rejoice with your precious family. Your daughter is JUST BEAUTIFUL!!! So happy for you all.

  • Sarah - I love this post! I have followed your adoption journey through your blog and have found it beautiful and inspiring. I just keep thinking how lucky she is to have a mom like you and a family who will love and adore her. Thanks for sharing.

  • MarthaB - I’ve been following your journey to your daughter all these months and I have goosebumps reading your post this morning. Just a gorgeous little girl and a beautiful family. Huge congrats and enjoy every moment even the hard ones!

  • Courtney Mc - I’ve been praying for you all weekend! God’s grace is all over your family. He is so good! I cried when I saw you crying with her–so precious and I felt like I kinda understood that feeling. May God bless your family and keep you and continue to make His face shine down on you.

  • Kari - Thank you so much for sharing. Your daughter is beautiful and your boys seem completely smitten with her. I hope you and your family enjoy the rest of your trip.

  • sarah k - You have her. I am so happy she’s home in your family. I was holding it together pretty well as I read this–until I got to the picture of her gazing into your eyes with awe, and then the one of her safe in your husband’s arms while a tear rolls down his cheek. Those did me in.

    Thank you for sharing these precious, beautiful moments. I’m so happy for all of you.

  • Luciana - Oh thank God! I was thinking about you folks since the moment I woke up; checking and rechecking my blogfeed. She is just so precious. What a sweet smile and a stinking little ham too. Congratulations. I’m truly happy for you. I hope you all have a good night’s rest.

  • Becky - I was good until they put her in your arms then the tears started. Tears of joy for all of you. Much love, health and happiness to your whole family!

  • Jenny Joy - Huge congrats to you and the whole family! *wiping away the happy tears*

  • Brinn - so incredibly and sincerely happy for your beautiful family.

  • Anna - Ahh! AHH! AHH! I was so excited for this moment. I was physically boinging up and down when I saw that you had posted. My heart pounded as I read on. And there she was. She’s so beautiful, and you have a beautiful heart.

    Anna x

  • syaheeda - ive been obsessively hitting refresh on this page and my instagram feed all day long to see this moment and now i can’t stop crying. what a beautiful little girl you’ve got.

  • Erica - I am sitting here balling while my 3 month old looks at me wondering what is happening. He just coos and smiles and kicks, not knowing that he might have a sibling just like this someday. I am so happy for you and your family. This whole process has stirred something up in me… it’s beginning. We just started our family. I cannot imagine a little one sitting in an orphanage with countless others and only 2 nurses to tend to them all. She is a delight and humongous blessing. Thank you for sharing everything with us.

    What’s her name!?

  • Tammy Kay - tears, tears, tears.
    So happy for you all. She is beautiful and she looks like she was always supposed to be in your arms. As she was. :)
    Praising the Lord with you this morning. What a wonderful joy!

  • Haley - This makes my day! I have been reading for about 6 months and am so moved your story. Thank you so much for sharing this. Your daughter looks so healthy… and very happy to be part of your family.

  • Liene - Yay, finally in your arms. Tears down my face. Congratulations to all of you! She is gorgeous! Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing. Just can not find the right words to express the feeling how happy I am for you and especially for your little one!

  • Paula Koziol - Congratulations on your newest addition. Chris’ tear-streaked face as his youngest daughter fell asleep in his arms is such a beautiful picture!

  • jessica - love, love, LOVE!! so happy for you guys!

  • Rach@InHisHands - Oh my heart!! It is bursting for you all. Your daughter is just precious. Such a light! So happy that you are holding her today!

  • Sundee - So much joy…so many tears, far and near…congratulations!!! Blessings for the remainder of your time in China.

  • Janine - Congratulations! I am so happy for you and your whole family. I am a weepy nellie over these photos. So beautiful.

  • Sara - This is so so so wonderful. I’m sitting here in tears. It’s been a wonderful journey watching your family adopt and I’m SO thankful you chose to share it with us. God’s provision and timing is perfect!

  • Melanie - Oh how beautiful! I’m just in tears of joy for you and for your beautiful new daughter. The smiling pictures and the sleeping pics with daddy are amazing. I’m so glad for the time difference so that I could wake up and see these pics today. Thank you so much for sharing your experience!

  • Angelina - Goosebumps and tears. So so very happy for you and your beautiful new family of Seven!

  • Shelly - I’ve read for a long time and first time commenting. So beautiful. Every good and perfect gift from God. Thank you for sharing your photos. Tears are streaming right now. :)

  • Michelle G - I don’t think I’ve cried so much reading a blog. Tears of joy! She is awesome and worth the wait!

  • kassondra - I knew these pictures would be so worth waiting for!!! I was so wrapped up in your post while my 2 year old kept telling me she had to go potty on the big girl potty! I picked her up ran to the bathroom and rushed through the potty dance and cheers then flush it super fast and took off running to finish reading !! Beyond thrilled for you and your complete family!

  • elizabeth - congratulations, she is beautiful! im so happy that it was a good experience for you. all of the pictures are awesome, but these last ones are so sweet. thank you for sharing your story!

  • Jenny - This post is wonderful! I’m so happy for you and your family. Your daughter is precious and beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Shelly - I’ve read for a long time and first time commenting. So beautiful. Every good and perfect gift from God. Thank you for sharing your photos. Tears are streaming right now.

  • Ashley E - So happy for you all!!! She is beautiful!!

  • cassie - you warned us to get a cup of coffee but what about the tissues. wow! I’m so over the top happy for you! I can’t wait to hear what firecracker had to say about her. The picture of her falling asleep in Chris’ arms takes your breath away!!!

  • Maruša - oh, I’m crying too… happy tears :) she is so beautiful! congratulations!!!

  • Kim - Your daughter is so beautiful and has the most amazing smile! My heart is so, so happy for your family! I was already crying as I was going through the pictures and post but then I got to the one of Chris crying while holding her as she was sleeping and I became a complete bubbling mess. I’m glad my office has a door!

  • karen - I always believed in predestination until we adopted our daughter from Changsha. It was too hard to fit a Chinese birth mother into that point of view. But there is just no denying that some things are meant to be. Absolutely, positively. Congratulations!

  • Jennifer B. - Tears streaming down my face. She is beautiful! So happy for you guys.

  • Kristy - She is beautiful! I am so so so happy for you guys! I was so excited to get on here this morning and see this wonderful post. It sounds like a perfect, amazing day. God is so good! Congratulations to your family! I love all the pictures in this post and can’t wait to see more. Hugs!

  • Suzelle - Your sweet hubbys tear streaked face……beautiful. God is good !!!!!

  • Dana - So many happy tears for your blessed family….God is Great!

  • Jocelyn - After following your story for awhile I was anticipating this moment with you today as I opened your blog. I can’t tell you how grateful I am that you are sharing this. Tears have been pouring down my face to see this little life coming into a place of hope, love, and peace. I love it!! Thank you for accepting this little one and for doing so much for a perfect ‘stranger.’ It is just so beautiful!

  • Laura - I love this! Tears streaming down my face just seeing her laugh, and love being with her new family. She is beautiful!! So happy for you and your five babies!

  • Lori Martin - I have so enjoyed following your family through this incredible experience. She is so beautiful, congrats!!

  • marie - this blog is the first thing i checked when i turned my computer on today…oh, such a happy thing to start my day off! she is beautiful, ashley! the photo of you and her face to face says so much…you look grateful, happy, relieved. and the one of chris holding her with the tears streaming down his face…it is priceless. so, so, so happy for you all!!!

  • Katie - So many tears. I lost it when you did. But how quickly that changed when she grew comfortable and happy with you. Amazing and beautiful!! The tears streaked down Chris’ face holding her as she slept–unbelievable. Just so happy you have your beautiful girl. I pray your days continue to go easily and her adjustment continues to go well. Thank you so much for sharing this personal journey with us.

  • Beth - Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Ashley, this is a beautiful post capturing a beautiful day. Congratulations to all of you!

  • amy jupin - “once you choose hope, anything is possible.”
    crying with you this morning…she is so beautiful, ashley..and that pic with chris crying…i just can’t take it in fast enough.
    congratulations!

  • Kellie - Best post EVER!!! :) Those pictures are precious. :)

  • Kimber-Leigh - congratulations…what a beautiful day. so happy for all of you that she is in your arms. the picture of her profile looking at hers & the picture of her asleep in her daddy’s arms…so very precious.

    praise God from whom all blessings flow. praising Him with you today for this gift.

  • carson - ahhh, my cup runneth over for you. what a beautiful day. her smile warms my heart. love daddy’s tears as she drifts to sleep in his arms. love her big as the world smile as you snuggle her tummy. thank you for sharing. your happiness has spread clear across the world!

  • Ginna - Oh! I am crying over here reading this beautiful post! Many blessings to you and your family. I am praying for y’all as you journey back home and adjust to life with your new babe. Congrats!!

  • Stephanie - So beyond happy for your family! These pictures are proof that God is perfect.

  • meme - OMG you made me cry! congrats on your new baby girl!

  • Betsy C - What wonderful images will be with me today…your daughter in your arms, first kiss from her daddy, giant smiles on her older brothers’ faces, her smile, and the sweet sense of peace that is with all of you. Congratulations, Ashley. I am so overcome with joy for your sweet family.

  • erin c. - I’ve been waiting for this post! Congratulations, mama! Beautiful daughter! Chris holding Little One with tears down his face made me weep. So happy it was a beautiful, amazing day!

  • angela - i was up early today to read your post. she has such a joyful personality. may the Lord bless you and your family. may He reward you with Himself.

  • jenn - congratulations to you and your family!

  • Jen - This entire post had me in tears. Congratulations to you and your family. Your daughter is beautiful!

  • amy cornwell - tears, tears, tears. God’s put you on my heart many times in the last 24 hours and I’ve just been praying & praying, not knowing when “our time” you’d get to meet her. I’m so glad things went well. That picture of Little One falling asleep in Hubby’s arms and tears on his face is priceless. I’m so happy for you all. Praying that the rest of your trip goes smoothly and that you have an amazing time getting to know each other!

  • Jenny - I woke up thinking about your family today (which my husband still doesn’t get…..hahaha). Then I thought to check your blog before I took my oldest to school thinking with the time difference you may have your daughter. I’m so glad I checked. Best way to start the day is with a good cry from joy. :) So thankful God has filled your life with more joy today. He is so good. I’m inspired to create change even more than I was yesterday. Much Love and blessings to you guys.

  • Tonia Grant - I just couldn’t leave this post today without commenting and while I’ve been one of your “silent” readers, my heart felt so warm reading. She is just absolutely beautiful!

  • Jennifer - What a beautiful way to start my week being able to read about your family’s journey of adoption and it finally happening. Thank you for sharing with all of us. You and your family are such an inspiration to so many! And wow, these photos are breathtaking and so real, full of emotion. Love them! Your daughter is beautiful!! I can’t wait to see the photos of when Firecracker gets to meet her! :)

  • Sara Kilborn - I’m so moved!! What an awesome thing. The last photo of her in Chris’ arms and his tear coming down…wow!! So powerful. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Jenny - This story and journey is so touching! She is absolutely beautiful. She looks so comfortable with your family. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  • Ryan - Ugh! I am crying like a baby! She is so beautiful and I am overjoyed she’s finally with her family! So happy for you guys!

  • Christy - Cant believe how much i am crying for you, someone I don’t even know:) so happy for you! And just when I got it together, I saw that pic of your husband holding her w tears on his face- and I lost it again! So so sweet!

  • magali - oh Ashley!! I didnt so much in a long time!! in the best way of course!! I felt so close to your family! this is amazing !!! she is amazing!! beautiful and we ypu talked abput her smiling … couldnt stpo crying.!! the fact that I am pregnant probably has smthg to do w/ it but still :)
    good luck for the future!!!! cant wait to read ur future post of “finally” the ehole family :)!!!

    kisses frm spain

  • Tanja - I’ve been waiting the whole morning to read this post and did as you suggested: brewed me a coffee – but I wasn’t able to drink but keep on reading and tears came down my face…..wishing you a wonderful time in China getting to know your little one!!!!

  • Jennie W - Oh! The Lord is good! Got up early to see if you posted, but couldn’t wait for the coffee to brew! So happy for you!

  • rebekah - So much excitement! I can’t thank you enough for sharing your journey with us. Congratulations! She’s lovely.

  • Tartaruga dos Tartarouchos - :´)

    Congrats on your new baby!!!!
    I’m so happy for you! Have a long and happy life together beautiful family!

  • Julie - Congratulations! God is good and I’m overjoyed for your family.

  • Jenni - This is just so beautiful Ashley! I shed so many tears, as I am sure many of your readers did/will. She is so beautiful, a gift from God! I love seeing her smile and seemingly fit into your family in an instant. God prepared her for you, for your husband, for your children. And I love seeing this side of an adoption, the side that happens in another country, so amazing!

  • Melissa w - What a blessing! Tears flowed as I read your post this morning. I’m so very happy for you and your sweet family! What a journey it has all been! She is beautiful. So much love we send from Texas!!

  • Allison - Amazing!! Congratulations on your precious little girl!!

  • Lynn - Thankyou for sharing the wonderful pictures of tears, smiles, laughter and love of your family! Your little girl is beautiful and her smile is precious! She lights up the room! Congrats to all of you!!!

  • Lucy - Oh wow! That totally made me cry. I am so, so happy for all of you. I just love the picture where she is looking at you all serious. I love it when my kids really look at me like that and I feel like they see my soul and remember me from before this life. I am so, so happy for you all.

  • Jess Z. - Oh my gosh, I was so nervous for you all weekend and so excited to read your post this morning. I cried with you :) I am so unbelievably happy you finally got to meet her, and hold her. Congratulations!

  • Christy W - I’ve been following your blog for so long, and never felt the urge to comment. That stopped with this post.

    These are some of the most beautiful tears I’ve ever seen. The looks on your face, on Chris’ face, on the boys’ faces… man… just priceless. I love that she smiles easily. That you were able to see some joy in her eyes. That’s so promising to me. Hopefully, her transition into this new, wonderful world will be smoother than expected.

    You and your family continue to be in my prayers!

  • ellen - i hardly ever comment even though i read every post. but this? big fat tears rolling down my face. rejoicing with you!

  • Eva - Amazing. Simply amazing. A day you have waited for for years has finally arrived and gone. So very beautiful. Every last photo and every last word. A blessed, beautiful day indeed. I can only imagine how full your heart is right now. Celebrating the Lord’s goodness with you!!!!!! :)

  • Kirsten - So beautiful. Just what I needed to wake up to this morning. Tears of joy for your family are steaming down my face… God must be so overjoyed to have this family united after so much longing and hoping and waiting. Praise Jesus for how his love unites across oceans and that your daughter is now in your arms!!!!

  • Trish - I’m so happy for you Ashley and your family. Your daughter is beautiful!

  • sarah - i can’t even begin to tell you how happy i am for you and your family Ashley! this post was so beautiful. everything worked out just as it was supposed to. God had a special plan for you and your family. it may have been a long and hard road but just from these pictures alone i know it was totally worth it. The pic of Chris with the tear running down his cheek-i completely lost it! enjoy every moment!

  • mandi@herbanhomestead - Would you just look at her? She is gorgeous! And all of you together- simply beautiful. Those last pictures of Daddy and his daughter are so, so precious. So happy for you guys! Thank you Jesus for this gift of reconciliation!

  • Kimberly Troth - LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! What a BEAUTIFUL family of SEVEN you make :) THANK YOU so MUCH for sharing!! I’m crying happy tears for you!

  • Elizabeth - how wonderful….I am still crying after reading this post….and I gave all my little ones an extra hug!! congratulations..she is beautiful!!

  • Sandy - I’ve read you’re blog for a L.O.N.G. time and today is the first day that tears have flowed freely!! She is beautiful. I’m so happy for your family!!

  • Victoria / Justice Pirate - This is an amazing story and it is so great to see her go from crying, to content, to laughing and playing. How wonderful. I’m crying. I don’t cry easily when reading blogs. wow. Congratulations on the newest addition in your family!

  • Denise Karnes - Totally lost it to see her Daddy holding her with a tear stain on his cheek. Congratulations, Praise God!

  • Sierra - She is so beautiful! I’m sitting here at work crying while I read this. Congrats to you and your family. I have followed your journey on here and am so happy for you guys!

  • Chantel - She is just precious, Ashley!! Congratulations!!! I’m not sure if you’ve shared this, but is she living with you from now on or do you have to go to the orphanage to see her everyday? I’m not clear on how China works on that front.

  • jessamy - “Congratulations” does not even begin to convey the joy I feel for you! You’re right, what a beauty filled day! Your new little one is just perfect! I can’t thank you enough for sharing this journey with us. Your pictures told the best story of love. Best. Post.Ever.

  • Debbie C - Ashley, she is beautiful! I am crying tears of happiness for you! I love the pics of her with the boys, and laughing with her mom and dad. So amazing, what a gift, long-awaited and so sweetly fulfilled.

  • Sherry - Aww Ashley, she is absolutely perfect! I love the story these pictures tell! I have such a heart for adoption so this post made me tear up! So happy the day was peaceful for you all.

  • Livvy Z - So, I held it together until I saw the second photo of her in your arms (you’re also hugging the nanny). Then I lost it. Tears. And they’re still coming. So happy for you. She’s beautiful. Congratulations on your new baby girl! xoxo

  • Stefanie - Many Blessings to the family! Simply amazing!

  • lisa - So very very beautiful. Congratulations to you and your family, LOVE all the pictures so many awesome memories.
    Congratulations

  • Stefanie - Oh, Ashley! Look at her – she’s just beautiful! And so peaceful and happy already… Praise God!! Love each and every picture, you have captured this day so magically – what a joy it is to follow your family on this adventure God set you on so many years ago :)
    Happy Forever Family Day!!!

  • Debra - Words cannot describe how happy I am for your family! Thank you for taking us on this journey with you :)

  • Brandi - Praise God!!!! Such an awesome post that we have all been waiting for!!! Thank you so much for sharing your life & heart with us, total strangers. She is such a sweet little gal and so lovely! I love the picture with her napping in Chris’ arms — the tears on his face are priceless. Traveling mercies to you all while you are there. God is so good, so good!

  • Natalie - This has been such an amazing, wonderful, beautiful journey to watch unfold. I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say thank you for allowing us to be a part of this miracle. You have invited us to enter into something so special. I couldn’t be happier for you and your family. Little One has no idea how lucky she is! Congrats Campbell’s!

  • Brandy - Ashley!!! As soon as I saw your post pop up on my feeds, I had to read it first. I am so excited for you. I cried with joy as I read it. She is so beautiful! I can already see the love she has for you all. Everyone looks so happy and content in the pictures. How perfect and complete you must be feeling right now. I’m so happy for you. Made my day! :)

  • Jen @ RamblingRenovators - I’m crying happy tears for you! Song is beautiful and your family’s love for her is jumping out of my screen. I live her expression as you kissed her nose, likeshe was tentatively recognizing you as her mother for the first time. Enjoy this special time together. Heartfelt congratulations to you all. Xoxo.

  • Natalie - This has been such an amazing, wonderful, beautiful journey to watch unfold. I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say thank you for allowing us to be a part of this miracle. You have invited us to enter into something so special. I couldn’t be happier for you and your family. Little One has no idea how lucky she is! Congrats Campbell’s! Your daughter is perfect.

  • Melanie Scheer - There’s a little puddle of tears on my keyboard! Oh…she IS awesome!! Happy day!! Congratulations, Campbell family. You did good!

  • Stefanie - I cannot THANK YOU enough for opening up your heart and sharing the entire adventure to get to this day with your BEAUTIFUL girl! I cried, I laughed…this is just so amazing. So much beauty in today’s post. She is going to have a most beautiful life!

  • ranee - so very very happy for you. what beautiful photos to remember such a special day! praise God!

  • Anne - Thankyou for sharing. Praise God! Your daughter is gorgeous! And I love the picture with the tear on Chris’ cheek – so precious!

  • EBPItcher - So beautiful! Thanks for sharing this journey! God is SO good!

  • Julie B - I’m crying in my coffee. My stomach was in knots as I felt a fraction of the anticipation that you had felt and then when you met her I just couldn’t hold that in any more. She is beautiful and perfect and my heart has exploded with joy for your family. I can’t express my thanks in sharing this. Her smile is contagious and I am so happy you could evoke so many from her. She looks like a perfect fit for your family!!!

  • Melissa - SO Beautiful — Your daughter, your love for her and your family. Such a picture of being truly loved and chosen. I’ve been praying for your family/daughter and will continue to — that the peace of Christ would rule and that He would bind each of your hearts together. She has a beautiful story fit for a song :) Much love!

  • Amy L - More tears of joy here for your family. She is gorgeous and is fitting in perfectly already. The photo of her falling asleep in your husband’s arms just put me over the edge. I think of how many times my children have fallen asleep with someone holding them, and it breaks my heart to realize that it isn’t something many children have been able to experience. Thank you for sharing your journey!

  • Elizabeth - Wonderful, happy day! Tears came to my eyes when I saw the tears streaking Chris’s check as he cuddled your sweet baby girl to sleep. That is one of my favorite memories of my husband with our two little boys, so I just can’t imagine what you must have felt watching him.

  • Lisa Johnson - tears flowing! so thrilled! so blessed

  • JoAnn - Tears of joy! Your family is a joy to see. Your new daughter is beautiful and I can see the happiness she is bringing to your family! Looking forward to seeing the joys unfold in her new home!

  • ari - I’ve got tears in my eyes… such a beatiful story of your meeting!
    Tthe photos show how much you all love her!!
    You are all so lucky and beautiful!

  • Rebecca Lovell - Oh, how you moved me today. Thank you! I’m so happy it went so well!! I am so happy for you!!!

  • Jami - Congratulations! She is a beauty and she just fits so naturally into your family. God’s plans are always perfect.

  • Melanie - Oh, my heart is happy for your family. She is beautiful. I don’t have the right words at all, but I’m so so happy for you and yours.

  • Seriously Sassy Mama - Oh my goodness I am so happy for you! The picture of your husband holding that sweet baby with tears on his cheeks is absolutely perfect. Today was a absolutely awesome day! I am so ready to see pics of Firecrackers face when she sees her baby sister!

  • Belinda - Happy tears fall down my checks. What joy xo

  • Pamela - Your youngest daughter is beautiful!! As are the rest of your children

  • Misty - I knew I would cry when I saw your next update but man…. The pic of Chris and Little One made me ugly cry! That is a pic I will remember always. So many unspoken words in the pics that are just amazing. Many blessings to all of you!

  • Jade Cook - she’s PERFECT! i am sitting at work weeping with excitement for you all! she is just precious and i can’t wait to see and hear more and more!!! praying for easy transition. congratulations ashley!

  • Sarah A - Tears of joy! Congratulations on your beautiful daughter. I dreamed about adopting a little girl from China last night; woke up praying for your family. So thankful to hear that you first day went well. Continuing to pray! Welcome to the Campbell family, little Song!

  • Lennie - Praise God!!! Your daughter is absolutly beautiful!!! I bawled reading your post…my heart is so happy for all of you!!! I can’t not wait for you all to be home together. Congratulations. I hope you get to soak up every second of it!!! God is oh so good!!!

  • Jen - So beautiful. Tears streaming down my face, SO happy for you all!! God is so good.

  • Erin - I am so beyond happy for you guys. I couldn’t help but cry tears of happiness for you. I will continue to pray for the transition but I am SO happy she is finally in your arms.

  • MixedMolly - Beautiful in an infinite number of ways!

  • Julie - Ashley, your daughter is beautiful! Can’t wait to find out her name . Praying for you and your precious family in this special period of your lives.

  • kL - She is perfect! congratulations!!! so happy for all of you.
    x0x

  • Laura Putnam - Amazing. Your family has been a gift to mine and I have been so thankful to share your journey to your daughter with my two daughters, 10 & 11. I was so thankful they’d we’re home with me today as I read this. God bless all of you.

  • Ang - Glory! I have been checking the blog like crazy today. I’ll have to look at the photos again later when I’m not crying and can see clearly. So excited for you guys and praying as the journey continues.

  • Erica E - Tears streaming down my face as I look at her beautiful smile and amazing eyes. May you always remember how beautiful this day way. Continued prayers for a smooth journey!

  • Ashley H - The moments captured on film are so amazing and beautiful! It brought tears to my eyes! Thank you for sharing and congrats to you and your darling family!

  • Anna - Congratulations, she looks happy and beautiful, you all do.

  • Amy P - Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl! I’ve been quietly following along, and couldn’t wait to sit down with my coffee to see how your lives have changed. I boo-hoo’d the whole way through your post with my 2yr old in my lap, wiping my tears. Thank you for letting us all into your lives. <3

  • Belinda - Happy tears rolling down my cheeks. Such JOY! xoxo

  • Carla - Tears of joy! The beauty of these pictures, the joy, the laughter, the peace. Wow. Thanks for sharing this wonderful day as your family comes together.

    Enjoy!

  • Teri - Yay!!! Congratulations to you and your family! Thank you for sharing this beautiful journey with us – it’s a gift to hear your story and celebrate with you. Tears.

  • Megs - So thrilled and completely over-the-moon for you all. God is good indeed.

  • Katie - Oh, tears flowing- so happy and moved to see these pictures! Enjoy it all as you take it all in. Beautiful grace.

  • heather - i am so thrilled to be a “part” of your special day….congrats mom and dad she is sooooo lovely!!! i cried my way thru your pictures and am so glad that everything went smoothly :)

  • Andrea - Dear Ashely,
    I have been a blog stalker of yours since December when I found you through pinterest. Your style drew me in and your family has kept me! I cannot even begin to tell you how very happy I am for your family. Adoption is a beautiful example of Christs love for the church and every time I hear an adoption story my heart swells. This morning I woke early and waited for your post, I was anxious to hear and see your story, I grabbed my morning tea and stood at my kitchen counter like I do ever morning and cried tears of joy as I read. So much love and many prayers were seen and answered in this post. Excited to see your family grow and can’t wait to read the stories to come!
    Many blessings! From my family to yours

  • tracy a - it says, “add a comment.” THERE ARE NO WORDS! just tears and smiles and my sons looking at me like i’m nuts.
    She is every bit as wonderful as you said she was…that smile! and oh the wonder of her sleeping in Chris’s arms. just amazing.
    praying for continued blessing as you transition into life together.

  • Alice H - Oh my goodness! This is so beautiful. She looks like she knows that she belongs with you guys. The tears that you captured on Chris’ cheek while he is holding her sleeping is beautiful. I love her toothy smile! Cannot wait to see pics of her with all of her siblings!!!

  • tara - beautiful. she is beautiful. this post is. i cried. at my desk. at work. just so amazing.

  • lindsey g - such a moving post, your daughter is beautiful. simply beautiful. i am very glad it was a so peaceful. the pictures of you an her crying, and also the ones with daddy holding her and tears falling, are so powerful. i pray for a continued peace with your youngest daughter! lots of love!

  • Jenni - Ahhhh!!!! She.is.beautiful!!! I am blown away at all of those smiles. Thank you so much for taking the share all of this. I am so happy for all of you. She is breathtaking!

  • Sara K - SO beautiful, Ashley. So many happy tears as I read this. Thanking God for you new little one and all of the smiles :)

  • suzib - Your story is so very moving, so full of love. Thank you so much for sharing it.

  • erin - Beautiful. Just beautiful. The picture of Chris holding her with tears in his eye brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for bringing us on this journey and sharing her with us. Congratulations!

  • Candace - Happy, happy years for your family this morning. Praying for the rest of your trip and bonding time with your daughter!!

  • Caitlin - Congratulations to you and your family!

  • Amy Maurer - Ok, apparently my first comment didn’t go thru. So many people trying to leave you awesome comments!! Oh, I’m in tears!! Total tears. Been praying for y’all since 4:15 am your time. Then again when I woke up this morning. So excited for y’all. I’m so blessed by your journey. I just want to sing out, Our God is so great! So strong & so mighty! There’s nothing our God cannot do!!! Hugs to all of you!

  • Jacqueline - Ashley – thank you so much for sharing these speciful moments with us! I read through the post with tears in my eyes. Your daughter is so incredible beautiful. I so appreciate seeing this journey through your eyes and sharing such beautiful moments with your family. I can’t wait to hear more about this perfect addition to your family!

  • Tiffany J. - Thank you so much for sharing your amazing journey with us. My heart is so happy for you and your family. Your new daughter is beautiful! To God be the glory! Enjoy the rest of your trip and safet travels back home.

  • amanda - Congratulations! I’m so happy/excited/emotional/thankful that you finally have your family complete! It’s amazing to see God answering your prayers!

  • Kirsten - tears of joy here dripping on my own baby’s head. your daughter is so, so amazingly beautiful. truly. God is good.

  • Jill - I was so excited to check your blog this morning – congratulations on your new baby girl! I’ve been following your blog and this journey for quite some time and have been praying for you, your family and your little girl as she waited for you. (especially these last few days)! I just had to comment on how happy I am for you and your family, what’s beautiful day indeed!

  • Molly - Thank you so much for sharing. Your daughter is just beautiful and, that smile! – amazing. Safe travels to you all – hoping the days fly by until you’re all back together.

  • Tracy - She is BEAUTIFUL!! Thanks for sharing your journey. God is so good!

  • Cristina C - I’m so happy for you and your family! She is the luckiest girl in the whole world to be going home with you. Thank you for allowing us to be on this journey with you! I can’t wait to hear more and see firecrackers reaction to her! I love your family!!!

  • Lacy - This made my Monday. I am so happy for you and your family and thank you for sharing your journey with us.

  • megan@contentedsparrow - joining in with everyone else and the tears are flowing here, too. oh, ashley. praising God with you. she’s finally in your arms! beyond thrilled for you. she’s BEAUTIFUL!!! will continue praying. sending a huge hug! xoxox

  • Km - My heart is exploding for you!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jessica - God sure amazing isn’t He?!?! She is beautiful! Congrats to you and your beautiful family. Can’t wait for her big sister to meet her!

  • Katie @ explanationrequired - Oh man, I was not prepared for how emotional this post made me. She is so beautiful Ashley!!! I love her smile. The photo of her staring right into your eyes and and the one of Chris holding her… melted my heart completely. Congrats to you!!

  • Amber - i am so filled with joy for your family! i am crying my eyes out feeling so happy for you and so happy for your new daughter! she is so beautiful and so very very lucky to have you both! can’t wait to see her grow and live her new life!

  • mindy - lots of happy tears for your family this morning. Thanks for sharing this beautiful day with us.

  • Katie - Definitely full of beauty.

  • Christina - Oh my gosh. Crying for you! Your little daughter is absolutely beautiful, and I’m so overjoyed for you and your family.

  • Nelly - Congrats from France! Such a long time I’m reading your blog (probably about a year) and never written anything, but today is the right time! I’d love to adopt one day and you describe this wonderful… thing so well! Enjoy the moment and thanks a lot for sharing it with us! I teared like so many people!
    Nelly

  • Kara M - Oh my word!I burst into tears at the picture of you sitting and waiting. Thank you so much for sharing with us such a personal time in your life!! I LOVE the pictures of her laughing…what a precious gift today!!!

  • Lisa M. - Oh Ashley, she is beautiful! As I as reading and looking at the pictures, I found it hard to believe that you finally have your new daughter. So wonderful! God has you and your family in his hands, as I’m sure you know Ashley. He was right there with you to make that smooth transition. She was truly made for you!

  • Megan S. - So happy for you, I had tears of joy for you this morning after reading this post! What an amazing journey for you all :)

  • sarah j - i read this at work and was trying to discreetly wipe away the tears rolling down my face! thank the Lord for his beautiful plan, and your willingness to step into his story in this way. so much love to your new fam of 7. xo

  • amy beachy - i am in tears- so very happy for your and your sweet girl. she is so precious. to see her sleeping in her daddy’s arms and his tear stained face is so precious. i pray that you all will adjust quickly…..

  • angie webb - my heart is so full for you. She is lovely and oh her smiles and giggles for you. That picture of Chris holding her with a tear stained cheek really got me. She is a lucky little girl and in turn you are a lucky little family.

  • Claudia - I’ve been reading your blog for a long time and following your adoption story. This post moved me to tears. What a beautiful girl! And what joy on the faces of your husband and boys. Your tears and joy upon seeing her. Your husband’s tears as he held his daughter.

    Thank you for sharing this miracle with us.

  • Kristi - I’m sitting at work reading this and crying so hard from tears of joy–I don’t know you personally, but I’ve followed your blog for a few years now and have fallen in love with your family as if I knew you all. I have prayed many prayers for this day for you and it’s so awesome to see it happen for you! Your daughter is beautiful I thank God you were able to be united today!

  • Ivana S. - She is so incredibly beautiful! Her eyes are remarkably engaging… they seem to hold so much depth and personality. She is one blessed little girl. Congratulations, and may God continue to bless you as you start this new chapter of this journey. This post has made my year.

  • Shona in Scotland - God bless you and your family.
    It’s 3.30pm here in Scotland and I am crying at my desk (I’m a doctor) because I am so heart-ful for you.
    Need to splash some water on my face before I see my next patient!
    She looks full of joy!

    Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
    “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”
    Proverbs 31

  • Kathy - From across the other side of the world I have been anxiously awaiting this moment for you, your little one and your family. Congratulations. She is absolutely lovely. I am so happy for all of you. So much love in those photos!!!

  • Elizabeth Beattie - Oh Campbell Family!!!!!!! She is beautiful, she is perfect. She fits, like she was always meant to be in your family. Thank you for allowing me to follow you on this journey. I feel blessed to have watched this all unfold.

    Warmly,

    Elizabeth

  • Martina - YES!! I’ve been waiting for this day for so long. She is absolutely beautiful! So cute. And I knew this post would make me cry. The first moments you met her…her crying and you crying…the picture of Chris holding her until she fell asleep with a tear running down his cheek…those pictures broke my heart. Your family will treasure these photos forever! So happy for you all and can’t wait to see more pictures of your adventure in China. Can’t wait to see the pictures of when your WHOLE family is together again.

  • Tanya B - Oh my goodness .. what a joyous day! I can’t stop the tears … the picture of your husband holding her in the quilt — so awesome. Enjoying this time w/your new daughter.

  • Jana Nelson - Happy tears for you today. What a celebration. Thank you for sharing it. Our God is awesome and so is your girl!!

  • Maria - So full of Joy for your family…keeping you in my thoughts and prayers

  • Tanya B - Oh my goodness .. what a joyous day! I can’t stop the tears … the picture of your husband holding her in the quilt — so awesome. Enjoy this time w/your new daughter.

  • Amanda - Complete love and joy to you and your family. Many, many congratulations!

  • Jessica P - God is so good!! I love that the boys bought her flowers, that you cried when she cried, that she giggled and smiled (LOVE LOVE this), that she fell asleep in her daddy’s arms, that her daddy cried watching her sleep, that she’s with you forever, that you’ve touched all of our lives by letting us take this journey with you. God is amazing! And I am sooo overjoyed for you! Will continue to pray and praise alongside you.

  • Trina - I don’t know you. We will never meet. But my heart is so full for you and your family. What a beautiful journey and moment you have shared. All the best.

  • Agnieszka - Oh, I’m so happy for you! She is precious and finally seeing her with you guys is so wonderful!

  • Jen - I am sobbing at my computer with joy and prayers for you all! Your daughter is breathtaking, praise, praise, praise God for her and for your and Chris’s loving parent hearts. Speechless with thanks that He’s brought you all seven together.

  • Nicolle - I’m so speechless Ashely. First, thank you so much for sharing this very personal moment with us. Second, your daughter is beautiful. I know she will fit right in with you amazing Campbell’s in no time! I’m so happy for you and your family and anxious/excited to see how Firecracker and Littlest Brother react to their brand new beautiful baby sister! God Bless You

  • Anie - I have read your blog for only a short time, but I find myself reading this and weeping. What a beautiful girl you have and how lucky she is to be surrounded by the love of your family! Congratulations!

  • dee - Beautiful.I am so happy for all of you,May God continue to watch over you all.love deex

  • Lia - I don’t think I’ve ever cried while reading a blog post….Wow…what a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing with us! Your family is so loving and I am blessed to have been able to read along through this journey. I’ll be continuing to pray for you all during this transition. Little One is beautiful!

  • Beej - I was so tempted just to scroll down to see pictures of your new sweet babe, but I’m invested enough in your story that I wanted to have the full experience with you. So I read every word… and your girl is BEAUTIFUL!

    I cry oh, about once a year, and today I filled my quota for the year. So happy for you and your family.

  • RachaelB - Probably shouldn’t have read this at work, too many tears flowing! First and foremost, your daughter is beautiful! So tall and has the most precious cheeks and eyes! She looks pretty darn comfortable with her older brothers. The pictures of you hold her for the first time … both of you with tears … so special and beautiful! But I think the picture I love the most is the one of Chris holding her as she slept. He has a tear rolling down his cheek and that just says it all. God bless you all!

  • Natalie - I can barely see the computer screen through my tears. I am so very happy for you and your sweet little girl. Adoption is a absolutely beautiful thing. God is so good! Thank you for sharing with all of us! Your husband’s tears while she slept in his arms was precious..so much love!

  • Eadaoin - Dear Ashley Ann & family, I am so delighted for you all that you finally could hold your sister/daughter :) This post is beautiful, and has me welling up. It’s so easy to see that she is already loved and treasured as every child should be, I know she will be very happy with you.

  • Dorota - You’re right – she’s awesome – and she’s such a beatuful little girl. Thank you so much for sharing – could not wait to see her :))) And her daddy and brothers are just great – I love the picture with them and your daughter on a bed! You guys are just the perfect family for her and she’s felt that from the minute she was in your arms… Best wishes to all!
    Love,
    Dorota, from Ireland

  • jenny - oh my goodness!!! It’s crazy how excited I am for your family!
    I have loved so much following along side you in your journey. Thank you for sharing so much on your blog.
    What a beautiful day indeed! She is beautiful. The photos if you and your family with her are beautiful. And the plans that the Lord has for your family in the days ahead are beautiful as well.

    the waiting is over! :)

  • Anne - Ashley I have followed your blog for years now but this is my first comment. How could I not comment today?!?! I am an adoptive mom of my three little miracles so it has been especially exciting for me to read about your journey of adoption. I am so happy you finally have her in your arms. She is just beautiful and I am so beyond thrilled for your family. You are the cutest mom and your blog is one of the blogs I know is geniune. I love that you protray it as that.
    CONGRATS to you and I am anxious to see more pictures and learn of her name! So SO happy for you! JUST AWESOME!!!!!!!

  • alicia - Oh my word! This is beautiful. I have never cried so much reading a blog in my life! I am so happy for your family. I am so happy this first day was full of bliss. I can see the bliss, the wonder, it oozes from your incredible photos.

    I read this post with my 18 month old daughter in my arms. Every time she saw your little miracle she would shout BABY BABY. At then end, with the pics of her sleeping on her daddy, my daughter said SHHH Baby, shhh. It was so sweet, it made me cry more.

    What a incredible day, thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing it with us. So happy for you.

  • Christina M - Crying…. such a beautiful retelling of the beautiful day you finally got to meet your daughter. She is precious and perfect! Praise God!

  • Cathy S - Absolutely beautiful. I can totally relate. Your daughters eyes look so much like my youngest from China and as well as several other kiddos I have seen from the Guangdong province. They have beautiful eyes.

    Congratulations!

  • Rebekah - What a joy to celebrate this day with you! I thought of you during the night when I was up with my little one. I enjoyed all of the pictures but lost it when I saw the picture of Chris holding her with tears streaming down his face…so precious! A beautiful depiction of the heavenly Father holding and treasuring one of His own. Thank you for sharing with all of us : ) And may God’s grace continue to sustain you!!

  • angie - What an amazing treat to wake up to this morning! Thank you for sharing your journey so openly! She’s so beautiful and you all look SO happy! Congratulations! So incredible!

  • Megan - What a sweet blessing from the Lord! She is SO precious! Congratulations!!

  • merideth a. - so beyond beautiful!!! so much courage to get to this day. i am in awe. and the pictures are perfect. she is beautiful!! and the picture of her and her daddy with the tear is just so amazing. such a precious moment.
    so happy for you all. so glad 2 of her brothers could be there. i am sure she is smitten by them already.
    happy happy day!

  • Arlene - The view of God’s gift to you and your family has become a gift to me. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your journey so poignantly. I am continuing to pray for you all as you navigate through these new waters and shine the light on God while doing so.

  • Louise - I’m crying reading this…thankyou so much for sharing these precious first moments with your daughter. I have never commented before but I adore your blog and your family!

  • Annieg - Oh my gosh. She is so beautiful and I could barely even look at the pictures through my tears. CONGRATULATIONS! This really does make me want to adopt internationally.

  • Elizabeth - Oh, I am just so happy that you are holding your sweet girl! I have been looking forward to this post all weeek- she is just beautiful and looks just like she was always meant to be a part of your family… because she was, right?! I can’t wait to continue reading through the journey. Praying for a peaceful transition for all of you and that He prepares the hearts of your kiddos back home. Enjoy!!!

  • Michelle - I have been praying so much for you guys over the last couple days. What a beautiful gift…she is so beautiful!

  • Cathy - You have me in tears and I’m typically not a crier! Thank you for sharing your journey with us and I’m so happy that you are finally with your daughter. The image of Chris with the tear melts my heart. Your little one is going to cherish that photo for years to come.

  • Jasie - I am so happy for you! This post needs to be tagged ‘NSFW’, though, because I am a sobbing mess at my desk. Congratulations!

  • heather - crying happy, happy tears right now.
    she has THE best smile ever!!!!!
    xo

  • Kimber C. - I can’t believe it’s FINALLY here for your family! This was so tender, I wept while reading. I feel like it’s been forever on this journey but I’m so happy it’s here for you all. Yay for baby girl be joined to her family!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Bawling my eyes out :) Love you ashley!

  • jill - She is so, so beautiful! The picture of you laughing with her is incredible!

  • Lissa - Everything is so beautiful! Your new daughter, your tears together, Chris’s wet cheek when she fell asleep in his arms, her smiling and laughing, the big brothers’ smiles.. So sweet! I can’t wait until your whole family is reunited! It must feel amazing to give such comfort to a child who has never known that kind of love.

  • Christie - Yay yay yay!!! I have tears running down my face because I am so happy for you guys, so happy for that beautiful little girl. I am just so overjoyed for your family. She has become part of a beautiful family and you will all be so blessed. These pictures are wonderful. They tell such a great story and I just can’t say it enough–I am so HAPPY for you all! This is my favorite blog post ever, in all of blog land:).

  • sloppyart - What a beautiful entry. She looks so spunky, so firecracker-ish. I’m tearing up here and can’t decide who’s more lucky: her, to have all you? Or all you, to have her? A pointless equation, really. Thanks for sharing your journey so openly, and I look forward to watching your family humming with its new song.

  • april - SO SO SO very happy for you all!

  • Kathie - Crying big happy tears!! She is BEAUTIFUL! Reread your post half a dozen times before it all came in to focus through my tears! I love all of your pictures and Chris is quite good with the camera as well! Especially love the ones of you kissing her little nose & then the very soulful one of you two checking each other out and then the spontaneous laughter…it’s as if I can hear her little giggles! What a beautiful and precious little blessing she is! It constantly amazes me how evident is God’s hand in the adoption process…only He could form a perfect family from a world away and it is so obvious that you all belong together! Welcome to your forever family Little Song!Happy Gotcha Day!

  • Regina - Brought to tears…Wow! It’s been amazing to watch this journey of yours, thank you for sharing!

  • amy - I’ve been following your family’s story for about a year now and I am just praising God and sobbing as I read this post. What a gift. She is beautiful. Congratulations!

  • allison - Truely beautiful every part of it. The emotions on all of your faces. So different, yet all the same.
    Such a beautiful little girl who is now smothered in love for life!
    May you continue to feel God’s peace. So so exciting!!!!

  • KatyO - I’ve been waiting and watching for this post…thank you for sharing such vulnerable and tender moments with all of us!

    She is beautiful. I can’t wait to see when she meets her big sister for the first time!

    Will you share her name?

    Congratulations and enjoy this special time with your new daughter!

  • Rebekah - Sobbing. OH! Thank you, God! For being our example of adoptive love. Congratulations to all of you!

  • abigail - Oh my goodness. what a beautiful little girl. and love her personality. God is so good.

  • Gina - Yay your family is complete! She is beautiful Ashley!! I think she looks like her dad! What an amazing family you are!

  • tara pollard pakosta - I am so happy for your family!
    she’s beautiful, truly she is!
    I am so excited to see your journey unfold!
    so happy for this little baby girl to experience a different,
    beautiful peaceful life.
    it may be filled with trials, it may be hard, but your
    family seems well prepared!
    much love to you!
    tara

  • Lisa - I don’t know if I should say “congratulations” or “thank you” first? Your daughter is beautiful. Absoultely beautiful. Thank you for sharing the pictures of the moment you met her. I still have tears in my eyes as I sit at my office desk this morning and am just so genuinely happy for your family! Safe travels!

  • Stoich91 - CONGRATULATIONS! Now I am crying, too! What a beautiful, momentual occasion and what spectacular photos to remember it by for the rest of your lives together! God bless you all, and wow! She is absolutely gorgeous! A miracle she took so easily to everything…love from the US!

  • Tracie - I am so happy for your family. What a precious and wonderful gift. Soak up these days and enjoy this time because as you know, it goes so fast!

  • Vicki - I dont think my comment posted. I have thought about your family all day today. Congratulations. So excited for you all! What a special day, thankyou for sharing your journey. May the Lord continue to bless your family and bind you closer together.

  • Kat - Congratulations! She is perfection! I am so happy for you family!

  • Lane - Oh my!! What a beautiful post…I have been reading your blog since before you announced your adoption journey and I have so enjoyed following your journey. I have tears in my eyes! What a lucky little girl she is to have such a wonderful family. May God bless you all. She is beautiful and soooo sweet!!

  • Sarah - The tears on Chris’ face as he holds her brough tears to my eyes. The joy you feel is radiating from the pictures.

  • Nicole L. - I am so, so happy for your family. She is beautiful and the pictures show so much of the emotions you were feeling that day. Thanks for sharing.

  • MrsFun - I never comment but have been following your journey. I started reading this before I took the kids to school but had to stop due to the tears I couldn’t seem to hold back.
    Congrats on your new bundle of joy. Your hearts are so big and full of so much love.
    I hope she adjusts easily and quickly.

  • kristin - Congrats, you guys!! What beautiful images… she’s a lucky, loved little girl!!

  • Nicole C - I wasn’t so sure if you would be able/want to post photos so soon. I had just read your post from the day before and said this morning while at work nontheless, let’s check just in case. Mistake, tears at work aren’t fun ;)

    Deep breath, it was one of the happiest reads ever. Wow, it really made tears of happiness for you and your family flow. Such a beautiful sweet girl! The photo of your husband holding her is what really got me, mainly his tears.

    So very happy for you all! Firecracker has her sister!

  • Sarah - I am so happy for your family! She is beautiful.

  • ria - She is absolutely beautiful! I am so happy for your family.

  • Danielle - Oh my gooodnesssss! She is so beautiful!! Congratulations!! I didn’t expect we’d get to see her on your blog already and it was the biggest and best surprise to read today! Thank you so much for sharing your experience, it’s so wonderful!! Sending you much love and prayer! <3

  • rachel - Oh, that was so beautiful…I had tears in my eyes the whole time I was reading it. The photo of Chris holding her with tears in his eyes is just the absolute sweetest. Many blessings to your family!

  • Amy - She is so beautiful! Congratulations.

  • Chelssea - Congratulations!!!! So incredibly excited that the day has finally arrived :) She is so beautiful!! Am continuing to pray for a smooth transition!

  • Ela - She´s wonderful, perfect and so beautifull. A true miracle in all her awesomeness. God created her so wonderfull.

    I´m crying when I see the pictures.
    All of the emotions, tears and joy.
    Thank you for sharing it with me.

    The tears from a happy father, holding his sleeping daughter,
    a mothers tears meeting her daughter,
    sibling love and laughter.

    Thank you for blessing my day with theese pictures!

  • Stephanie - I’m in tears. I am so happy for you and your family!

  • Elizabeth - I burst into tears when I saw the first picture of her– I feel like I’ve been waiting forever to see her (I can’t imagine how long you feel like YOU have been waiting!). Adoption is such an emotional thing– sweet and painful– and I thank you for sharing your journey with us all. Bless her and your family and her birth parents and all those who cared for her and so many others.

  • Mamabirdy - Amazing! We are happy for you beyond words. She is so beautiful.

  • Jackie Rueda - I’m crying non stop while reading this post.
    I SO HAPPY for you all ?
    Congratulations!

  • Sarah Teske - Praise the Lord! Blessings to all of you!

  • Lindsay - There are no words that can truly express my happiness for you and your family. Following your journey has inspired and motivated me to continue working towards my goals and dreams. Thank you for loving your children and and letting us follow along. Congratulations. Today makes my print “your love is a song” just that much more precious. Thank you.

  • Dawn - Beautiful! So happy for you and so blessed by your story. I can’t keep the tears from flowing right now. The picture of your husband holding your daughter with the tears streaming down his face is priceless… safe travels home dear ones and may God bless your beautiful life together and pour down favor on your little one.

  • Katie Burns - Thank you for sharing this journey. I can only imagine how full your heart feels with your daughter in your arms. She is absolutely beautiful and is truly blessed to have you as her family. Looking forward to seeing you grow together!

  • Adriane - Thank you for sharing such a beautiful story with us! I could not stop the tears while reading your post. Congratulations!

  • Carla - oh!!! this is amazing. i’m so glad you have your girl.

  • Jolie - Oh Ashley, I am so glad your Little One is finally safe in your arms. She is just gorgeous…just utterly perfect. And so very lucky to be with her meant-to-be family!

  • angela - congratulations… I’m so happy for you guys

  • MelissaMarie - I prayed for you yesterday. What a lovely update. I got through it until I saw the pic’s of Chris snuggling her with that tear rolling down his cheek. Then I teared up too – Praise to God for what He is doing.

  • Courtney - Such tears of happiness flowing for your sweet family on this special day.

  • Allison - Oh Lordy I am in tears. Chris’s tear in one of those last photos… ah, man… that got me all over again. Congratulations.

  • Kelli Blinn - She’s home!!!! I’m so happy for you and your family, Ashley! She’s home in the arms of her sweet family and soon, she’ll be home in the States to meet the rest of the crew! Yay!!! Of all the lovely photos in this post, the one you snapped of Chris crying as he gazes at his new baby girl is the. most. amazing. Something they’ll both cherish for eternity. Congrats, mama! I’m thrilled she is in your arms… forever!

  • Becky - So many wonderful joyful tears for your new love…she’s beautiful as is your entire family. What a wonderful gift.

  • Katherine - Congratulations! She is beautiful. A beauty full day for sure.

  • Romy MacGibbon - Oh Ashley, you’ve made my day! I’m at the office and I can’t hold my tears. I’ve been expecting this day for so long now. I pray for happiness, health and wellbeing for all you family. Lots of love from Argentina!!

  • Jes - thank you so much for sharing your journey – I cried through the entire post feeling the love and joy in every picture. so very happy for your family!

  • angel - Ashley, your little girl is absolutely beautiful! As I read your post today, I cried tears of joy because your daughter is finally home – in your arms, where she belongs. I admire your and your family’s courage in listening to and answering God’s call to adopt. I can only imagine how difficult this adoption journey has been, but I am certain God will continue to carry you through. I am rejoicing with you and your family.

  • Allison - Oh Lordy, in tears over here. And that last photo of Chris with his tear got me all over again. Congratulations!!!!

  • Natalie @ TheShadyAcre - She is perfect and beautiful! I’m bawling and my 19-month-old is hovering to look at the pictures, too. He saw the picture of Chris holding her and he said, “Da da. Baby.” Through tears, I said, “Yes, honey, that’s a daddy with his sweet baby.”

    I am so happy for you and praising Jesus you are finally together.

  • Monique - It’s so wonderful, so breathtaking, so encouraging to see the Lord working in you and your family. Your blog has been like an older and wiser women demonstrating what God at work in her life looks like. You’ve been like a mentor to me, even though we’ve never met. Thank you for that, and for sharing your journey to Little One. Praying for your transition days ahead, and rejoicing over your new blessing!

  • Kari - Wow. I’ve been stalking here, waiting to see. Thank you for sharing such beautiful moments. Can not wait to see pictures of your two girls together.

  • steph anne - Congratulations!! I’m so happy for you and your family AND most of all your beautiful daughter!!!

  • Alison - I am so very happy for your family. What a wonderful day, full of wonderful moments. Thank you for sharing such beauty with the world.

  • Veronica - Tears of joy for you and your family! Best wishes.

  • Michelle - I am in love…she is a perfect fit for your family. Your daughter is beautiful. Thank you for sharing so much of your journey with us. Loved seeing all the joy and tears in the photos. So many emotions; however, the one that is most evident is LOVE. In my opinion, your family is the epitome of love. Love makes the world go round. Thanks for sharing the wealth. God Bless!- The Wear Family

  • Venusia - So happy to have lived this journey with you ! Overfloaded with joy for you !

  • lindsey b - the tears are streaming down.. she is BEAUtiful!! those eyes, and those cheeks, oh my goOdness!!! i am so extremely happy for your family, i can tell she will fit right it. God is good! :)

  • Olivia - simply beautiful!

  • Shelly - Ashley and Chris, I am so overwhelmed with happiness for you and your family! I had some catching up to do from your post on thursday and I must say that I was completely moved to tears by all the excitement you have all been experiencing! Your little “Song” is going to be so happy to have you all as her family. Thank you for allowing us to follow you on your journey. I pray for your safe and sound return home :)

  • Mary - Beautiful is right. What an amazing day! So happy for you and your family!

  • Tyler - I am so so so happy for your family and your beautiful little girl! She is going to have a wonderful life and you will all be full of joy and love. CONGRATULATIONS! And love from Minnesota.

  • Darby - Ashley, God is so good! Praise the Lord for this sweet angel and praise God for you for sharing your story with so many! May all GLORY be given to the Father above. With every adoption story I’m always reminded of our own adoption. Galatians 4:4-5 God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

  • Atsuko M - First time to post even though I have been following your blog for a while. I simply could not stop saying congratulation to you and your family on new addition. I cried with joy as reading today’s post and seeing beautiful pictures. Again, congratulation.

  • ruth - Ashley, so pleased for you and your family. What a gorgeous girl. My friend had 2 children with cleft pallets so I am familiar with it. I wish you all the best for the future, it sounds like you had the best start. What a blessed day for you all and a huge relief! x

  • Madison - I cannot stop looking at these photos and crying. Especially the ones where she is placed in your arms and you are crying… so much beautiful emotion. I wondered if you would share her with us. I am so so thankful that you have. She is beautiful. Your journey and your love for her are so beautiful. Congratulations, Ashley!

  • maggie - Love Love Love~ woke up thinking of you first thing today….did as you suggested, got my tea ready for this post….when I hit the picture of you reaching for her I burst into tears~…what a beautiful little girl you have :) just wonderful, the whole story. Thanks for sharing it all. xo

  • Erin - She is truly beautiful. She looks like she fits right in to your family. I couldn’t stop the tears as I was reading. Congratulations on getting your little one after a long journey.

  • Carrie - Oh my word! I am so happy that she’s in your arms! What a beautiful photo essay. I made it until the picture of Chris holding her with tears streaming down his face and then lost it. Such beautiful moments! Wishing you and your family all of the best during the next days in China and your journey home!

  • Paige - And now your family is complete. Love love love!

  • Amanda - I’ve read this twice today and cried tears of joy both times.
    There is no love like a mother’s love. She is so blessed.
    Congratulations on becoming a mom for the fifth time :) You are so lucky.

    xo from Michigan

  • Shelley - YEA!!! Beautiful! She is precious! Thank you for sharing your journey! God bless you all!

  • Carrie Rosalind - Oh my goodness, so happy for your whole family and especially for your little one. Congrats, she is so beautiful!

  • Missy - Oh my. Hard to see these beautiful pictures through the tears! So happy that your family is together now! What a sweet face your Little One has. So happy for you! Praise God!

  • Moriah - Absolutely beautiful! THANK YOU for sharing this journey. She is amazing and so blessed to have you as a family!

  • Danielle Albini - This is the first time I’ve commented on your adoption process. I’ve followed your blog for about 3+ years now. I just can’t imagine the excitement and joy you and your family are feeling right now. The pictures of Chris holding your sleeping baby made me cry. It just so beautiful, Ashley. Enjoy this time! God Bless you!

  • Winnie Heng - Dear Ashley, Your little one has beautiful eyes!! I am so very happy for you and your family! Congrats!

  • Aimee - Oh my word. I didn’t realize that this would make tears stream down my face (I haven’t had a cry in about 6 months!) Thanks for breaking the dam with such beauty and grace. My favorite is of her daddy holding her as she goes to sleep…his tears and the quilt. I’m a mess just typing it!! Enjoy every gift-moment.

  • Kristin - Oh my goodness! Tears of joy and thankfulness flowing freely here! How beautiful she is, her smile is incredible! What wonderful photos, I can feel all the emotions swarming in that room! LOVE!

  • Ali - Hooray!!!!! Congratulations! this post had be bawling my eyes out with joy. She is so beautiful and the look of pure joy on your faces is truly priceless. Thanks so much for sharing this amazing journey with us. Amazing!!!!

  • Maia - Thank you for sharing with us! I can’t help but cry and smile when I see you together at last, even if some are still at home waiting. Blessings and good wishes to you all from Sweden!
    /Maia

  • Lisa - Amazing.

    The photo with your husband holding her to sleep (with the tear down his cheek) is the best thing I have ever seen. Amazing. Congratulations. She is home.

  • Alycia - This has made my heart swell! What a great start to a Monday morning seeing your beautiful family finally together. Little One is so very beautiful. There is so much love in her eyes! The picture of Chris holding her with a tear on his face is the most precious picture. She will cherish that one day. I cant wait to see Firecracker’s face when she finally gets to hug her baby sister. I am so happy for your family.

  • Trudy - I had to grab MnMs for this post. Amazing pictures and story. Congratulations on your beautiful daughter. May God continue to bless your family.

  • rae - i have never wept reading a blog entry before! gosh, i can just feel your love and joy and that worry leaving you. it is so palpable! i love that you are really documenting this time and sharing so openly and can’t wait to see how she grows with your family. she is beautiful and you are all lucky to have found each other.

  • Bri Schaaf - So very touched by your day! What wonderful blessings!! Tears of joy!! Praying the next few days are just as wonderful!

  • Sara C - We have never met, I have never left a comment on your blog before, and I know I will never be blessed to ever meet your sweet family. But today I cried, cried tears of joy and happiness for your family as though you were dear friends of mine. The Lord has certainly blessed you with a beautiful family that now includes an equally beautiful and awesome little girl. My heart bursts at the seams with happiness for your family and I am so grateful you have shared all this with us.

  • Joye - My heart is so full for you!!!! Praising God for this little piece of heaven!! Amazing love!!!!

  • Karen - Congratulations! So happy that your family is complete. She’s darling and so blessed to be joining such a wonderful family.

  • McLain - These are beautiful. I have tears. I love these. What a beautiful gift. Congratulations!

  • Haley Nicodemus - Sweetest blog post ever! She’s beautiful. The pictures are beautiful. It brought me to tears. I hope y’all have a safe trip home and can’t wait to see pictures of her with her other sister and brother.

  • Mary - praise God!
    what a beautiful blessing you and she have been given!!!
    xoxo

  • Emmeline - Ashley, she is so incredibly beautiful and the photos of her being placed in your arms and of Chris holding her as she fell asleep are simply breathtaking. Praising God for his redeeming love for her and for your family, and for his awesome plan to bring you together as a family. Continued prayers for you as you learn about each other and transition home from China, together for good. Congratulations!

  • Amber McGinnis - What a beautiful day. I’m really surprised by how it happened, how you were first introduced to her. I guess I was imagining something different. The pictures are beautiful and don’t even need words. I felt your emotions, your joy and heartache. My favorites are the one of you and her just looking at each other and the one of her asleep in Chris’ arms. The minute I noticed the stream of tears on his face I broke out into my own. I am so happy for you and your new little one. I know every one is excited but I can’t wait until she gets to meet Firecracker!

  • Sadie - Oh.my.goodness. I am sitting here crying b/c I am over the moon for you and your precious family! She is seriously GORGEOUS! My heart has melted and I can see why Firecracker has been kissing her photo so much! I wouldn’t be able to help myself! She is beautiful! I am so glad things went so well for you all. The photos are just perfect and thank you sooooo very much for sharing this with us. It’s such a blessing. The one of Chris holding her with tears, man oh man. You have a keeper and he’s such an awesome man! Love seeing the raw emotions. It just shows what it’s all truly about- giving God the glory!

  • Natalie - Ashley, I was so touched reading this, thank you for posting such a personal experience, I cried and smiled and laughed. My heart is so full seeing that you have finally united with your little one, cannot wait to see pictures of your complete family

  • Midwest Magnolia - Melissa Lewis - ***tears*** Rejoicing so much for you, your new daughter and your family at this moment. What a beautiful picture of the gospel in action! I am showing your pictures to my 3 year old now and explaining all I can. Thank you for sharing!!!

  • Mrs. Saukas - I jumped early from the bed, just to get news from your journey with the little one. And my heart is happy for you and your family. You and your family are in my prayers.
    She’s beautiful and has a beautiful smile. Her eyes and heart smiles too.
    May God keep blessing greatly you, the little one and all over your family.
    Blessings :)

  • sharon goh - rejoicing with you!! She is so bless to have you as her mum :)

  • Dawn Nikol - Awesome. Thank you for sharing. I bet her big sister was BEAMING when she got to see her sister with ya’ll.

  • Katie - :*)

    Congrats! She is beyond precious.

  • nicci - I am so happy for you guys! It brings tears to my eyes, I can’t imagine how you are really feeling. Congratulations on the new addition to your family!

  • kiki - What sweet, sweet photos! She is absolutely adorable + beautiful. I’m seriously left speechless. The photos your captured are amazing and I know they will be loved on forever. Congrats on the sweet little addition to your family!

  • Amanda D - This is such an amazing post!!! I cried with you while reading and seeing your pictures (it started with the one of the boys taking the picture of the kitten!)

    I am so happy for you and your family! Such a relief to finally see you with your daughter. :) Hugs!!!

  • Neha - oh my god!!oh my god!!oh my god!!!..u got her…ohh..m soo happy for u guys…god bless her..:)

  • amy lenhart - so happy for you congrats she is beautiful! thank you for taking us along this journey!

  • Heather - With a new baby and 358 comments above mine, I have no idea when/if you’ll ever be able to get around to reading these. I knew I was in trouble when I hit he second picture (boys looking at flowers) and I was already tearing up. I hadn’t even seen her face. Sure enough-sobs! I mean big time sobbing once I saw her meeting your family and the subsequent pictures. I’m so happy that it went peacefully. She is so beautiful, and I love the picture of Chris holding her with a tear running down his face. The love of a father. Oh my! Thank you God, for putting this family together in your timing and in a perfect way. It was so neat to see all the pics and feel like we were getting to meet her, too. So, so very happy for you all. Blessings! sweet Campbell family.

  • Lisa - Ashley..she is beautiful…and perfectly and wonderfully made. I think she knows that she is yours already. Continued prayers as you all adjust over the next few days and weeks. Praying that it is miraculously easy…may the Lord make it so.
    Blessings to your family of 7!
    Lisa

  • patricia - So happy for all of you! She’s just gorgeous! I was in tears! God bless your amazing family. I can’t wait to see her back home with you!

  • Shannon - So incredibly happy for you. And for your sweet girl who finally has a family of her own to love her, and hold her to sleep. As I read this I had a very familiar feeling overcome me as the tears fell endlessly … that feeling of giving birth and meeting your child for the first time … it was like living through that all over again. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful story. I hope to make it my own someday. Congratulations to you all!!!

  • Miranda Hazeveld - Your song is beautiful. Congratulations!

    (The Nany without glasses is Very Nice and sweet lady! The vice director is very fierce).

  • Leah - Bawled like a baby. So Beautiful!

  • Meg - I am filled with joy for you, your family but mostly that beautiful baby girl. Congrats on your newest addition. And thank you for sharing this journey with everyone.

  • Melody Strayer - Ashley, she is perfection. I am so blissfully happy for your family. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!!

  • Emily - I don’t think a blog has ever made me cry more than this post! They are tears of happiness and gratitude at seeing your family finally together. I have been following your blog for years now%2C although not often commenting%2C and I’m so honored that you shared your story with us. It’s beautiful and so powerful. God is so great! I will be praying for you and your family during the transition. Your daughter is beautiful and I’m so very glad God has brought you together.

  • Katie Phillips - “She is quite simply awesome.” <— I love it! Congratulations for your union with your daughter!!

  • Christina C - Such a beautiful post! Congrats on your beautiful baby girl, the photos tell such an amazing story! She looks right at home with all of you, the shot of you loving/tickling her and the one of Chris holding her while she is sleeping are priceless! Can’t wait to hear what her name is.

  • erin kirby - this was such a beautiful post. CONGRATULATIONS! i can’t even imagine all of the emotions that are running through your body. she’s such a beautiful little girl and she looks SO HAPPY being with you guys. pure joy. YAY for your family being complete!and that pic of chris holding with tears running down his face….i could help but cry. SO HAPPY for you guys!

  • darcy - GOOSEBUMPS!! she’s adorable! and again, thank you for sharing this journey with us!

  • Jacci in Ohio - Oh, Ashley! Oh, sister! Our God is so good! So full of mercy, so full
    of lovingkindness, so gracious! Praise His Name! High above
    the heavens! Let His Name be lifted up!

    What a privilege to pray for her and for you! I have
    prayed for a deep sense of comfort… of rock solid peace in
    Her heart, for a sense of the Presence of God to be her
    constant… a common thread running through all the changes
    and adjustments. I prayed for her travels, for the hand off, for the first bottle.
    What a tremendous privilege to take your BEAUTIFUL, precious
    Daughter before the Throne of Grace again and again!!! Thank you,
    Lord, for Your Body. Thank You, for showing us Your care for
    us!

    I’m reading through the Scriptures this year, and today’s reading
    made my heart rejoice for you all! Psalm 68:5,6 :) Praise God!!!

  • Mallory H - My heart is overjoyed for your family! I couldn’t help but cry through this whole post! I have been reading your blog for quite sometime and I found myself checking round the clock to excited to meet your Little One. She is absolutely beautiful Ashley!

  • Karen - BEAUTIFUL, ABSOLUTLY BEAUTIFUL!!!!Through tears I realized that she favors your husband some! Thank you for sharing such a precious part of your lifes with us.

  • Robyn Farmer - I was crying all the way through this post and then when I got to the last few pics of Chris holding his sleeping baby girl and saw the tear streams down his face, I flat out lost it. I’m overcome with Joy for your family and so thankful that you shared this journey with us. The Lord is glorified in you my friend.

  • Lydia - congratulations! your happiness radiates in these pictures. enjoy your time with your new little one.

  • Lauren Kaczmarski - Sweet tears for your family. What beautiful raw moments. You inspire me and put a fire in my belly to one day adopt. Thank you for being real and sharing your journey with me.

  • Jane - I had no idea how emotionally wrapped up I had become in your journey – until this post! I was sobbing tears of joy (and relief) for you and your family! She is absolutely beautiful!! Congratulations!!!!!

  • Erica - Today I read your post with tears screaming down my face. Beautiful. Congratulations!

  • Ambie - I have been praying for you guys (yes, even those in the States) – thank you for letting us share in your journey! I pray He continues to make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you all in this season of change! Congratulations to the Campbell family!

  • Stacey Ball - Crying at work is so awkward. I am so happy for you and your family. My heart is full.

  • Sarah W. - She is beautiful.
    These photos of your first moments together are more than words could describe.
    I started crying from almost the first photo of her, and then the picture of Chris with his tear stained cheek holding his new little girl… bawling.
    My heart is full for you, Ashley.
    I can’t even begin to imagine all that you are feeling right now!
    God is good.

  • evelyse - i don’t think i’ve ever commented on your blog, even though i read everyday. this post..i had to. JUST BEAUTIFUL. i know how long you all have waited for that moment. that VERY moment..and it’s all captured for us to see. thank you for allowing us to share in those very special moments. i had tears in my eyes because i could feel the joy and all the emotions you must have had. i am so happy for you and i think she is SO LUCKY to have found a family like yours. she is going to have a wonderful life. she deserves it and you all deserve her. congratulations and the beautiful journey begins. GOD BLESS.

  • Rachael - its was the tear streaming down Chris’s face that really really got me. Beautiful beautiful girl x

  • evelyse rosa - i don’t think i’ve ever commented on your blog, even though i read everyday. this post..i had to. JUST BEAUTIFUL. i know how long you all have waited for that moment. that VERY moment..and it’s all captured for us to see. thank you for allowing us to share in those very special moments. i had tears in my eyes because i could feel the joy and all the emotions you must have had. i am so happy for you and i think she is SO LUCKY to have found a family like yours. she is going to have a wonderful life. she deserves it and you all deserve her. congratulations and the beautiful journey begins. GOD BLESS.

  • Jess M - Amazing and beautiful. I am so happy for you, your family and your beautiful new daughter. Thank you for sharing your story. I hope the trip continues to go well!
    Tears of happiness from Massachusetts!
    Jess

  • Mary - Oh Ashley, she is absolutely gorgeous and to see her in your arms brought sweet tears to my eyes. I am so absolutely overjoyed for your family…I can only imagine what the anticipation was like for you and to finally be able to feel her touch must have finally closed up that hole in your heart from her absence. Thank you so much for sharing your journey and letting us come along with you. God bless your family of seven!

  • Bethany - I never really comment on your posts but have been reading your blog the past year. I have been praying for your Little One and was checking your blog like crazy today. I am sooo happy for your family. Congratulations, she is beautiful!

  • Corinne - The tears of joy just keep coming…so happy for you, your family and your new little one…she’s beautiful!!

  • Kimberly - Ashley, I am so happy for you and your family I can’t stop crying. She is so beautiful!!

  • mosey - Tears of joy for you all, she is simply beautiful and that smile made me burst into tears!! Congratulations!

  • marisa - i’m sitting here bawling. those tears; hers, yours, chris’. happy tears. C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S

  • Ti Madame - Truly beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  • Emily Lorelli - Crying with you in joy for you! Thank you for sharing these private and wonderful moments with all of us. Blessings to you and your family.

  • Kim McKinnon - Sooo happy for the beautiful little addition to your family. Congratulations! I wish you much love and luck as you all settle into your new lives as a family of 7. xoxo

  • Anna Marie - Chills and tears describe me well right now. I am so happy for your family, Ashley. Wow! So amazing!!! My heart is full of happiness and God’s love for you. Is that a tear on Chris’ cheek as she is falling asleep in his arms? So precious.

  • Gena@BakeAllTheThings! - I grabbed a couple of Oreos and a glass of milk and sat down to share this big day with you.

    And now there are wet tears dripping onto my milk-soaked Oreo.

    So so so so so happy for you!!!

  • Nell-Ann - Just Beautiful Congratulations !!!

  • Tracy Perrett - First time commenter, long time reader. The minute I saw the photo of you reaching for your daughter I burst into tears and it felt like my heart exploded! I have taken on your feelings through this process and I felt like I was in that moment with you…feeling you. Thank you so much for sharing this process with us. I am so happy for you and your family…nothing but joy!

  • Natasha Perryman - Balled as if I was in the room. Tears of joy overflow from Tulsa to China. Congratulations. May the Lord continue to bind your family. LOVE!

  • kelly - I read your post while my sick daughter lay in my lap. She kept asking me if I had an “oowie” because I was crying happy tears. I explained to her that you were getting your daughter after being separated from her for a year. She gets the joy. I am sooo happy for you and your family. Such a touching moment. I can wait to hear how things go when Firecracker gets to meet her. Your daughter is truely lucky to be welcomed into such a loving and warm family. I’m so happy for you.
    Giant virtual bear hugs to all of you

  • Jeanette - Ashley-this is so beautiful! I am so happy and excited for your new journey.

  • Alexandra S. - This post is so beautiful. That photo of your husband holding your daughter with a tear stain on his cheek–what a precious moment, captured forever. I had a smile on my face and tears in my eyes. I can’t wait to see the photos of your other two kids when they meet their sister!

  • Jamie - Oh Ashley…my tears are hot and fast for you. Tears of joy and happiness, and relief. Tears for your little BEAUTIFUL girl. I am so very very happy for you. I am absolutely over the moon for you and your family. She is such a beautiful baby…absolutely beaustiful.
    Congratulations Campbell family!

  • Christine L - What an amazing day! Beautiful little lady and lovely family. Continued thoughts of safe travels and happy family introductions.

  • Tera - What a beautiful post!! She is gorgeous and your family’s love for her just glows in the photos! I found your post from No Hands But Ours. We traveled in April and Helen was also our guide. We LOVED her! She wore that same dress too. :) Your photography is amazing! Soak up your time there!!

  • Shanalea - She is beautiful! God is so good to make everything be just right. Praying that the peace will continue. So awesome!

  • Marsha in OK - In tears with everyone else. Thank you, Lord, for the blessings of and poured upon this family. Thank you for letting us pray them through this journey, even in the middle of the night as the hour Little One would be in Ashley and Chris’ arms neared. And thank you, Ashley, for sharing this moment with us.

  • Abbie - Thank you so much for sharing. What a joyous occassion. I love the picture of you first holding her. You are (barely) holding back tears, but your arms look so strong holding your little girl. I hope she knew immediately that those arms would always protect her. I also love the picture of Chris holding her with a tear running down his cheek. Congratulations to the entire family.

  • Suzana - I cannot even begin to express how excited I am for your family. Seeing those pictures of your beautiful daughter finally in your arms and the beautiful joy on all of your faces brought tears to my eyes. My heart is full and is rejoicing along with you. That smile is so precious! Glory to God for this wonderful blessing that he has given you! Your family has been in my prayers since you first shared the beginning of your adoption journey on your blog and I will continue to pray for you all as you face new struggles as well as incredible new joys. May God continue to bless you and the newest addition to your family and fill your home with His incredible peace and love.
    -Suzana

  • Kristin - Words can not express how beautiful she is and how happy for you I am. Congrats.

  • Tina - Congratulations! So thankful for you, I had tears in my eyes seeing all the pictures. Praying the next few days continue to go well.

  • Anne - So beautiful and sweet! Crying tears of joy for you all!

  • lesley - What a beautiful post and amazing pictures! Little One, it is so good to see you in your momma’s arms. We’ve been waiting and praying for you for so long and that wait is finally over. I can’t wait to steal you from your mom and dad and kiss all over you and give you lots of snuggles. You are such a beauty and I can’t wait to hear your little voice and laugh. You are so very loved and we’re all so happy you’re family.

  • Laura - Congrats! You and your beautiful family had me in (happy) tears. Firecracker’s sister is absolutely beautiful. I am so happy for you, Chris and your children. Safe travels when you return to bring your new one home.

  • Katrina - So very beautiful. I am so happy for your (now complete) family. It must be a relief to have her in your arms at long last. Congratulations and thank you for sharing your journey with all of us.

  • Kaley - The first thing I thought when I woke up this morning was that I had to check my google reader to see pictures of your little one. :)

    You had me sobbing, in a good way.

    Congratulations to your whole family! She is perfect!

  • Rachel - Wow. I was keeping it together until I saw that picture of her sleeping in Chris’ arms with the tear running down his cheek. Then I lost it! What a beautiful picture of your love for her. So excited for you to finally have the daughter you’ve waited for in your arms.

  • Andy - choked up
    crying
    amazing
    in awe
    so happy for you guys
    i could feel the anticipation and excitement in every word you posted. i lost it when i saw you holding her and then crying. love the pictures of your husband holding her too. they are all geat and so happy for the smiles and giggles you guys had together. nothing like holding a sleeping baby. so sweet. thanks for sharing your moments with us. how so very exciting.

  • Jennie - Tears flowing like crazy! What a special day! So overcome with joy for you family!!

  • Lauren - I have tears flowing for all of you– tears of joy and happiness for a stranger. My prayers are with you– so happy and so relieved. Thank you for sharing, I am enjoying keeping up with your journey! So many hugs for you, Chris and your children. Congrats!!

  • Beth - He lifted me out of the slimy pit,out of the mud and mire;he set my feet on a rock, and gave me a firm place to stand.
    He put a new SONG in my mouth,a hymn of praise to our God.
    Many will see and fear the Lord,and put their trust in him.
    Psalm 40:2-3
    Congratulation! What a beautiful journey, testimony, and union! Praying for your family!

  • Amanda - Oh my, the sweetest story ever! Tears, I tell ya..tears : ) I am soooo happy for you and yours! She is soooo sweet! Gosh, that photo of Daddy with a tear down his cheek holding her…Melts the heart<3

  • Suzanne - More tears!! Happy joyful tears! She is beautiful! I am sitting in a picture studio getting pictures of my beautiful girls while I am looking at pictures of your beautiful girl! The picture of Chris holding her in the chair – he has a tear running down his cheek. Oh my! Sobs!! The one that you are obviously standing on the bed over the boys and YOUR DAUGHTER, she is looking up at you like “yep, that’s my crazy camera-toting mom!” I am so happy you had such a problem-free day! Your daughter is ah.maz.ing!

  • Lacey - It was hard to read through the tears that continued to roll down my cheeks. What an amazing journey and story and what a beautiful little girl. Adoption is such an amazing thing. So happy for your family!

  • Abi - What a beautiful little girl she is. Thank you for sharing your special journey with us. What a blessing for you all.

  • Julia - So, so beautiful. This entire time that you’ve been in China each day I open up your blog I feel like I’m right there beside you. What a beautiful day. You can already see how strong Little One. Looks like she’s going to keep up with the rest of the kiddos just fine! So so strong.

  • Amy K. - Phew! Glad I read this *before* I put any makeup on today. My heart is so full for you & so happy that your waiting is OVER. Thanks so much for sharing with all of us!

  • Alicia - This post brought tears to my eyes. I am so thrilled for you to be united with your sweet little girl. What a wonderful day for your family!

  • Lisa - God is SO good!!! Our family is rejoicing with yours….everyone gathered around today as I read your post aloud and shared the pictures! I was flooded with emotion and so many memories of our day, and how it went nothing like I had envisioned, but in the end none of that mattered. I LOVE how adoption is a beautiful picture of how Christ has adopted us into His family, not because of anything we did, but simply because He Loved us and calls us His own! May you be blessed by this sweet, precious, and adorable gift to your family! We can’t wait to read more of your upcoming posts and see how things are going!

  • April - I knew reading this post at work would probably envoke tears, but I couldn’t help myself. Your baby girl is absolutely gorgeous, and the pictures already show the love being given and received by your sweet baby. I was sure praying that she would find peace and comfort with your family. To add to your post from yesterday…

    Baby LOVES her new family – check.

  • Trae Kendrick - With prayers of thanksgiving for our mighty God who is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine… and He did by bringing this precious little one to your family! Congratulations! She is absolutely beautiful, and the look on all of your faces says is all. God is so good!

  • Rosalie - She is so beautiful! That smile! I’m still trying to get myself back together after reading this. This is just so wonderful.

  • Lucia - Like so many other readers — I’m crying my eyes out. With happiness for her, for your family, and with awe for your generous spirit. You haven’t just changed her life — you’ve changed all of ours as well.

  • Kelly J. R. - Whew. I am so choked up right now. God is so good. This was clearly all part of His plan. The love, relief and happiness is evident through these precious photos.

  • Julia - Also, I was thinking of this verse looking at the pictures of her:
    Proverbs 31:25 -”She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.”

  • eRin @ Growing Up Senge - Congratulations to the whole happy family!! She’s so beautiful! You can really see the spirit in her eyes and smile, what spunk! Thank you SO much for bringing us along on your family’s journey, it has been so heartwarming and inspirational. I can’t wait to watch your new addition settle in and grow, you are all so blessed!

  • Amy M - Compulsively checked my reader feed until I saw your blog post this morning. Read it and cried. Read it again, and cried some more. So, SO happy for you and your family. She’s adorable. Beautiful. Wonderful. Fits right in with you and your family – I think she knows that she belongs with you. :) Can’t wait to see FireCracker’s face when she finally meets her sister. Oh, happy day! :)

  • Katie - Oh, Ashley. She’s beautiful. Absolutely gorgeous. As soon as I saw you had a new post up this morning, I started crying. I’m so happy for your family. So happy that God has blessed you. And then- seeing those pictures of her smiling, laughing face. Sitting with her brothers, and the tears on Chris’s face…led to more tears of my own. There’s really no way I can communicate how full my heart is for you. I’ll be praying over these next days and months for her and the rest of your family.

  • Amanda - Congratulations!!! My heart is just leaping with happiness (and my eyes are pouring out tears) for you and your family. Your daughter is beautiful!!!!!

  • Jeannette - Congratulations!! She is precious and your family is beautiful. Praise God for this sweet gift. I can’t wait to meet her. I love you guys!!

  • Alexis - Tears of joys flowing here. How beautiful!

  • Lanny Lou - you are all AMAZING …

  • lindsay - i am smiling through all the tears! congratulations! she is beautiful and so happy. what a precious gift!

  • tina - beauty full, indeed. and those photos of you crying with her. and the tear streaming down your husband’s face. wow. thank you for sharing such a special experience.

  • Lisa Wadsworth - Utterly wonderful! Congratulations xxxx

  • Fliss - So glad to see that gorgeous Yangxi girl with her Forever Family… I remember the lady in the glasses… and those colourful curtains… it is funny how it is the small things you remember… I can’t stop crying from happiness… Shauna sends her little Yangxi sister big hugs… and big hugs from Mike and I..

  • Elaine Thompson - BAWLING! But so, so happy for you all. She’s beautiful and as for that spunkiness, well it’s a perfect fit, then! Wishing you a wonderful stay in China and a spectacular homecoming with the newest Campbell. As for your boys, they are just fantastic, what amazing older brothers! Can’t wait for Song to get Firecrackered! Nothin’ like Big Sister love :-)

  • Jessica - I knew I would be excited for you seeing these pictures but had no idea I would cry like I did. Beautiful. Just beautiful. The pictures really show the love…especially the ones with your husband holding your sleeping daughter. So full of love and contentment! Lucky girl and lucky family.

    May God continue to bless your family,
    Jessica

  • Aja - Oh Ashley! She is just beautiful! I am so beyond happy for you and your family right now.. she is finally in your arms! Praise Jesus!

  • Bek @ We Are Wild Things - She is beautiful. Congratulations. x

  • Randi - happy happy tears. i have been praying for you guys over the weekend and i’m so blessed to see your sweet girl in your arms. oh wow, i can’t wait to see the post when firecracker gets to meet her!!! such a beautiful post of such a beautiful girl with her new beautiful family!! love love love.

  • Bryn - Congratulations Campbell Family!!! What a beautiful time for you all! Loved the post and all the moments that were captured!

  • Kim S. - What beautiful and moving photos. Especially the one where she fell asleep in your husband’s arms, so touching. Congratulations!

  • Brandy Anderson - So beautiful and perfect! Thank you so much for sharing with us. This whole post is full of so much love; I can’t stop the tears. I am so glad that she is settling into your family, right where she belongs. :)

  • Tara S. - Ashley – my heart is bursting with happiness for you and your family! The picture of Chris holding your sleeping daughter with a tear rolling down his face is one of the most beautiful photographs I have ever seen. It made me cry. Congratulations!!

  • Juliemara - oh Ashley Ann, what a beautiful post. I know that the whole mommy and DIY blogging community is rejorcing with you today. The photos of you and your duaghter so clearly show that she knows you are her mom and she is your duaghter. She is beautiful and sweet I am looking forward to watching her grow with your family. And for Firecracker to meet her!

  • Danielle Hartland - Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for years. Somehow I stumbled upon it when looking for wedding photography inspiration. I’ve never made a comment before now: I think because I’ve been so scared to put my thoughts out there. Here goes – I’m gonna make a LOOOOONG story short:
    -I spent five years (2002-2007) coordinating a free multi-disciplinary clinic for children with cleft lip/palate (if you have questions, i can help, though i’m sure you’re good!).
    -I wasn’t married at the time, but God placed a burden on my heart. The burden looked like this: “WHY are you working here? Soak this in…I have a purpose for you.”
    -I began a relationship with a guy who had a dream to adopt a girl from China. And we got married in 2006.
    -Last winter, someone asked me “if you could do ANYTHING, what would you do?” I said, “I would adopt a girl from China with a cleft.” It rolled out before I even thought about it.
    -God has used your journey to awake his calling on me from back in 2004: a calling I didn’t understand, but now…I do.

    Thank you for sharing your story. Thank you for letting God use you. I’m sitting here a million miles away from you, crying for you, knowing full well the feelings you have been experiencing. I’m so happy for you…SO. HAPPY.

  • tiah - I am in tears. You have shared every moment of this process I feel like we all have adopted her. The picture of you kissing her nose needs to be framed it is beautiful. Congratulations.

  • ingrid - So beautiful!! That photo of her asleep on her Daddy and the tear on his cheek is just too much Xxx

  • Linda Dunbar - Oh my goodness she is so special and beautiful. It really looks like she is adjusting so quickly! Fun days ahead for all of you. My parents adopted a little girl when I was 16 and it was such an exciting time. There were many interesting days to say the least, but it was so memorable. I am so excited for all of you and just cannot wait for more photos of when the she meets the rest of her family. Fun!!

  • Celia - I am speechless…. What a blessing. I am sobbing…. the Lord has blessed that wonderful little girl and her new family as well. Congratulations!!!! The love is blooming in every face!

  • Harriet - Crying with you. Beautiful baby, already a part of your family. Love this pictures of her with her daddy. Did I see a tear running down his face? So beautiful. Seriously. Your hearts must be bursting. I bet you can’t wait to get her home. Praying that this transition time goes smoothly, that she knows she is your daughter and you already love her dearly. I have no doubt that she is going to blossom in your home and family. What a sweet, sweet day. Yesterday in Church we were singing the You make beautiful things. The line that has been repeating in my head is “You make beautiful things out of us.” I know that the Lord is doing something truly beautiful with your family.

  • Hilary B - Beauty full and beautiful indeed. The picture in her Daddy’s arms with tears streaming down his face is stunning. So happy for you all.

  • Reyna - Oh and the journey begins…the story just start to be written… the memories just starting to flourish and the love starting to grow. Blessings from above to the 7 of you. Great family number.

  • Tiffany - I have never commented, but have followed your adoption story. I am in tears as I read your beautiful account of uniting with your beautiful daughter. The picture of daddy and sweet girl asleep in his arms SLAYED me. So happy your family is finally complete. <3

  • Rose E. - Congratulations! She is precious.

  • Brooke Hedin - Oh my goodness this made me cry. What a sweet and tender moment you shared with us. I’m so happy for you and your family. What a beautiful little girl.

  • Shannon - Having read your journey from the beginning, this post, your story, brought me to tears! I’m so happy for you and your family! Words can’t describe the emotions in these photos. You are remarkable. She is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your journey and good luck. I can’t wait to watch her grow in your future posts.

  • Jacqueline - So happy for your family, and she is certainly full of beauty!

  • efrat - Y O U are incredible woman. and your family is blessed. all the best to all of you!

  • Mary Helen Wheeler - What a treasure these pictures and your posts are! Congratulations
    on your sweet little daughter!

  • Jess - Just absolutely beautiful.

  • Susan - Crying tears of joy. Thank you for sharing your miracle.

  • Saskia - Dear Ashley, I was moved to tears when I read your blog and saw the wonderfull pictures, especially the one that her new dad hold her in his arms, she falls asleep and I saw then a little tear dropping on his face …
    We wish you and your family a lots of luck with your beautiful daughter!!!
    Warm greetings from Holland,
    Saskia

  • Natalie - I’ve never followed an adoption story so closely as I have followed yours. I wasn’t expecting to cry as much as I have reading this post. Your words and photos are beautiful. I am so thankful for the way you have captured all of this for your readers, and invited us on this journey with you. Such a special family, and sweet little girl. Praying one day soon I can follow in your footsteps. My husband is in a grad school program full time until 2015, so it won’t be very near future, but I’m going to keep hoping, praying, learning…I suspect in 15-20 years, of the yearly photo books you print, this will be the most cherished year.

  • casey harper - such beautiful moments captured!!! i’m so happy to finally see your sweet daughter in your arms. finally!!! praise god!!!

  • Tara - Oh my heart. That picture of her sleeping in your husband’s arms and the tear marks on his face brought me to tears. So happy for you all!

  • Anna Joy - Crying happy joyful tears with you and your family. All those months of waiting and praying and waiting is finally over. She is perfect. Just perfect!!! xoxo

  • Georgia - SHE’S BEAUTIFUL! She looks like she belongs in your family! So happy for you! Tears and praises!

  • Susan J - This was so beautiful!! I cried and I hardly ever cry. Thank you so much for sharing such an intimate display of true Christ like love and joy!!!

  • molly june. - can’t. stop. crying.
    what a beautiful moment.
    what a beautiful God.
    so incredibly happy for your family!

  • Jill - Congratulations. My heart is happy for your family.

  • Kelli - Oh, Ashley! What a BEAUTIFUL little girl! Her smile is contagious. I just burst into tears when I saw her picture. I can only imagine the joy of that moment. It looks like she already loves her brothers. Congratulations to your wonderful family! This is an amazing way to see the Lord work in the lives of His children, and I am SO happy for y’all! Praise the Lord!

  • Gevay - I didn’t expect to cry like this. So happy for your family. We will be praying for you as you bring her home.

  • Abby - Beautiful journey! May God’s love surround and drape over your family as you rejoice in the gift of your baby girl!

  • Tanya A - I have tears of joy for all of you! Congratulations!!!

  • Leslie - the photo of Daddy crying while holding Little One peacefully drowsy in his arms has me bawling. I am beyond amazed at God’s goodness and provision for your family and Little One. Enjoy your miracle. She’s fabulous.

  • Brenda - Tearing up over here on your behalf! Blessings to you all!

  • Melissa - Oh how happy I am for you guys. Looking at these photos made my heart smile. I thought of you guys over the weekend and said a prayer for you. I only know you from reading your blog but our love for Jesus connect us. Continuing to pray for you…she is beautiful!!

  • Leah B - Ashley, thank you for sharing your very soul with us. We sit behind our computers and watch your life unfold before us. This is simply the most pure form of joy that there is. That love that a child brings is like no other. Tears of happiness for you and your family. Great is your reward!! Enjoy that sweet little girl of yours!

  • Lauren Nordhaus - Ashley- Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl! You are so lucky and so deserving of it! Thank you for keeping us updated while you are on this journey. Best of luck with the rest of your trip

  • Megan - What a BEAUTIFUL family! Congrats on your new daughter!

  • Heather - I have to admit this one was hard to read.. well hard isn’t the right word.. it was overwhelming. My heart was in my throat and towards the end I couldn’t see the words through the tears. This is the most beautiful love story. I am so profoundly happy for you and your family. Those pictures of your raw emotion and human spirit are some of the most amazing pictures I have seen. As my family and I begin a similar adventure I am overcome and overwhelmed. Thank you for sharing your beautiful love story and you are right she is so breathtakingly beautiful. As are you.

  • Leslie - What an incredible update Ashley. I am bawling over the whole post, amazed by God’s love, provision and grace for your family and Little One. The pic of daddy crying while a peacefully drowsy Little One snuggles into him in her quilt. Beyond words!! Enjoy your amazing Miracle from Above. She’s fabulous. What a blessing in both directions!

  • Amanda Reyes - This is certainly not the first time that your blog has brought tears to my eyes. I have been following your blog for…I do not even know how long now, but long before you began to talk about this adoption. To see such a happy moment in your family’s life is so exciting. I even added Hong Kong on my iPhone’s world clock so I could check to see when it would be Monday there. I am so infinitely happy for you and your family. Your little one is such a gorgeous little girl who is so blessed to belong in your family. Congratulations!!

  • claudia petton - //bless the Lord O, my soul! we worship your Holy Name! _what a beautiful picture of love! i can’t explain how i was touched by this post. seeing your husband hold the little one with a tear streaming down his face got me. ah! I’m so thankful you chose to share this moment with all of us. what a joy you must be experiencing! so thankful God has blessed you with your precious girl & so thankful we get to ‘meet’ her today!

  • Leslie - The pic of daddy crying while a peacefully drowsy Little One snuggles into him in her quilt. Beyond words!! Enjoy your amazing Miracle from Above. She’s fabulous. What a blessing in both directions!

  • erica - Tears of joy for you and your family. Congrats!!

  • Emily B - She is so wonderful! So happy for your family! Only God can write stories this beautiful!

  • Silvia - dear Ashley, my name is Silvia, I am from Brazil. I discovered your blog in the occasion Firecracker was in the hospital. The pictures you took called my attention, despite of the circumstance they transmmited peace and love. Then I started following you and your beautiful family.

    I admire all your craft works.I love the pictures you take from your kids. I admire your family’s way of life. And when you told us about the adoption process, my admiration for you grew. And I felt I was sharing with you all the feelings you had.
    So many times before I thought about writing you to tell all these words.

    Today I took courage. I am so happy about Little One’s arriving. I cried seeing the pictures. I’m sure she found a wonderful family. I only want to congratulate all you.

    with love,

    Silvia

  • caroline - Oh Ashley! I fell asleep last night thinking of your day… I kept wondering if she was in your arms yet or not! I’m overjoyed seeing these precious pictures and hearing about y’all’s day. I am so thankful she was content in the arms of her momma! I started balling at the picture of Chris holding her while she went to sleep with a tear down his cheek. Oh my goodness. God is so faithful! I cannot wait to read more and more as time progresses! Y’all are so encouraging… I know you’re just my “blog friend” but I cannot tell you what a role model/mentor you are for me!!! Know I’m praying for y’all!

  • Liz - Congratulations! She’s so lovely, and precious. I started to cry when I read that Daddy got her to smile, what a special moment for all of you. Prayers for easy travel on the way home!

  • susie - congratulations!

  • Melissa - Congratulations! She is such a beautiful child.

  • Tela - she seems awesome. i am so incredibly happy for the both of you.

  • Jess - I have no words. My heart is just exploding for you and your family. What a sweet gift from the Lord. She just radiates beauty! So glad this day is finally here, Ashley.

  • Michele - Her smile is contageous, even through the tears that were falling as I read this post. So happy for you all.

  • melina - i have followed you for years. I am so happy for your family. I am sitting at work and each and every time i reread this post i cry at my desk at work. such a wonderful journey thank you so much for sharing. i think the pic of chris crying is what gets me every time…

  • Caroline - Oh Ashley! I fell asleep last night thinking of your day… I kept wondering if she was in your arms yet or not! I’m overjoyed seeing these precious pictures and hearing about y’all’s day. I am so thankful she was content in the arms of her momma! I started weeping after seeing the picture of Chris holding her while she fell asleep with a tear rolling down his cheek. Oh my goodness. God is so faithful! I cannot wait to read more and more as time progresses! Y’all are so encouraging… I know you’re just my “blog friend” but I cannot tell you what a role model/mentor you are for me!!! Know I’m praying for y’all!

  • jina - With tears streaming down my face, I just want you to know how grateful I am for today for you and your now-slightly-bigger family. Thanks for taking us along on this journey with you. I’m praising God for your little one.

  • Nhu - I was in tears by the end of the post. Thank you for sharing your experience, it was really moving and beautiful. You and your family are such wonderful people and I admire you guys so much. Congratulations and I’m so happy for all of you!

  • Sara - Ive been reading your adoption story for awhile now and reading this post brought me to tears! I’m so happy for you!! Good luck your little girl is beautiful and incredibly lucky!

  • Susan Dutka - I sat at my desk and cried with joy to see you holding her, to see the boys holding her, to see Chris cradling her in his arms. God is good and Song is beautiful.
    Now what is her real name…if you are ready to share…
    Love to all.
    Susan

  • Rachel T. - Ohhh Ashley! What an incredible moment for you and your exquisite family!!!! Tears can’t even express how excited I am for you. Thank you for sharing this wonderful journey with us – enjoy your newest member and spend some awesome time with your burgeoning family. <3

  • joy harmon prouty - oh ashley. i can’t believe it has happened! of course, the tears are streaming. how will yours ever stop? the blessings upon blessings, goodness gracious. she is perfect and her spirit actually reminds me of firecracker. like she’s got a silly little secret in there and you just have it tickle it right now. i can’t wait to meet her. she fits perfect, as though that spot was waiting for her all along. watching these was nerve wracking but then at that moment when she was in your arms and every photo til the end, pure and simple peace. i am so unbelievable happy for you and will be continually lifting you all up on prayer. when i got to the photos of your hubby holding her, rocking her, with the tears on his cheek, well i couldn’t breathe. i think the most beautiful photos you’ve ever taken right there. sending lots of love. xoxoxoxo joy

  • anne c - thank you for sharing ashley! she is beautiful and a wonderful blessing! Praying for your family and everyone who has been involved in her life during this transition. God is so GOOD!

  • lauren - this is beautiful, sweet, precious, and all that is glorious from our Father. this is heart-wrenchingly beautiful.

  • Candy - Ah! Big tears here! She is beautiful- your family is beautiful! Congrats on a beautiful, wonderful, fearfully made little girl!!

  • Susan Dutka - I sat at my desk and cried and explained to my boss why I was crying. Praising God that she is in your arms, in your family full of loving ones, and that she looks so content. May the Song of your heart be full, happy, and blessed all her days.
    Love to all, and thank you for sharing your beautiful daughter with us!
    Susan

  • Allison - So happy for you all – congrats on getting to this day. tears of joy, or happy tears as my son would say.

  • cindy - Beyond words excited for your family – you are blessed! God is GOOD! I was so moved and was trying to read thru the tears. Congratulations!

  • Allison - So Beautiful! Thank you so much, Ashley, for sharing this journey with your readers…it has been so beautiful, so inspiring. God Bless you and your family!

  • Emily R - She is simply beautiful. So happy for you and your family! Glad you are finally united together!

  • Amber D. - Tears here! She’s amazing!!!

  • linda - I’m crying, too. Congratulations! How amazing! Thanks again for sharing.

  • Liene - P.S.: Today I came back a couple of times to read the post over and over again. You made such a big impression on me, and your husband is the best!

  • Jessica Hekman - Tears of joy in my eyes… thank you for sharing your sweet story and your beautiful pictures…. she is beautiful. I’ve been following your blog for a couple of years, but I never comment. I am so excited for you guys. I couldn’t wait to open your blog today to see this post. Wow… praise be to God!

  • Marina - Praise the Lord!!! I know we’ve all been waiting for this post for so long (your family more than anyone of course!). I’m so thankful that God gave you the added blessing of her smiles and giggles! She is completely awesome and totally beautiful. THANK YOU for sharing your daughter will us!! Now to mop all the tears off my face…… ;-)

  • Rebecca - She is simply stunning! So tiny and perfect! I was doing well holding back the tears until those pictures of her sleeping peacefully in daddy’s arms with tears streaming down his cheeks. I hope you embrace everyday, even the difficult moments with her. Thank you so much for sharing your joy, sorrow, and anticipation throughout this process. You are all very blessed. Grace and Peace.

  • Mikki - she is gorgeous! congratulations, so glad all went so well for you guys so far! i bet firecracker can’t wait for you to get home now! looking forward to seeing more posts from the rest of your stay! <3

  • Will @ Bright.Bazaar - Such an adorable snap of the boys photographing the kitten!

  • Will @ Bright.Bazaar - Whoops, press enter too soon – sorry. She is adorable, Ashley.

  • Kaylee - Oh, Ashley! She is beautiful! I cried through the whole post. God is so incredibly good. I thanked Him for your Little One today!

  • Erin - The journey begins! May God walk with you all every step of the way! Congratulations!

  • Rebecca W - Congratulations! She is beautiful! So glad you had a beautiful day! May her adjustment go sooo smoothly!! :)
    Smiling, with tears running as i looked at your photos! :)

  • Dana - She is absolutely, absolutely divine. I was up late last night and kept refreshing Google Reader, just in case, but this was so worth the wait. Enjoy your time in her home country, soon you will be all together in the home she will call hers forevermore. Many blessings to you all!

  • Kimberly Renee - so overwhelmingly beautiful. praise God.

  • Karen - She is absolutely beautiful… and looks so happy and joyfull already to be in the presence of your family. What an amazing journey and blessing.. and it will continue to be….. :) God bless you and your new family.

  • Caroline E - Congrats! She is beautiful! What a wonderful story of God’s love and faithfulness!

  • Esther N. - Ashley, she is absolutely beautiful. I have to say I have never cried of happiness for a stranger and I’ve never felt so emotionally connected to a family I’ve never met. I’m sure most of your readers feel like they know you like a friend. Congratulations on your perfect gift.

    -Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. – James 1:17

  • Blair - I’m not sure I’ve ever commented on your blog, although I’ve been following it for awhile. But I guess this is the best time to say,
    CONGRATULATIONS! So happy for your beautiful family and wishing you a smooth transition into a family of 7. Sending up special prayers for you today!

  • Erin - Congratulations!! She is adorable! I was so excited to see pictures on your blog today!! Best of luck with the rest of your travels and I can’t wait until the rest of your family gets to meet her!! :)

  • Jessica - My heart is so full of joy for all of you…what a blessing! She is beautiful!

  • W. - Beautiful pictures of a beautiful girl! She has been in your hearts for a long time; finally she is in your arms.

  • Sílvia - I’m from Brazil and my english isn’t good. But i like to say that i’m so happy for yours. World should have much more people and families like you, with a so generously heart.
    Little One is a bless for your family and is blessed for have a family like this.
    Kisses and good journey!

  • Natalie - Simply a miracle! She is finally home :).

  • Mary - Crying on this side of the screen, crazy happy for your family. She is so sweet and cute and you can just see how happy you all make each other. Congrats!!!

  • Jess - Thank you for letting us share in such beauty. Tears of happiness for you all:)

  • Jen - The photo of Daddy holding his daughter with the tear stained face is priceless. What a beautiful moment. What a lucky girl and blessed family!

  • kristen - Tears of joy over here! I have been following you quite some time now and have been waiting for this day for a long time as well! :) So happy for you guys. Y’all are truly blessed and so is your new baby girl. Best wishes with the rest of y’alls stay there. xox

  • Jamie - Congratulations! She is beautiful; and y’all are beautiful together. Sweet tears and prayers.

  • Andrea - I am sitting here in tears for you, happy tears that you finally have your daughter in your arms and that your family is complete. I have been thinking of you for days and I am so glad for your family. Very best wishes from my little corner of the world (New Zealand) Andrea

  • Jessica - I am so happy for you! I keep coming back and reading this post and looking at your beautiful baby girl over and over again. Congratulations! :)

  • aubrey - oh campbells, i am so so SO happy for you! i cannot believe it finally happened – FireCracker is going to go nuts with her! the picture of chris holding her, with his tears, did me in. you are such a beautiful family and such an inspiration to me, to the world.

    i love you without knowing you.

    xoxo,
    aubrey elaine.

  • Lindsey - This is truly beautiful. Thank you for sharing your journey with the world. I pray God uses you to open many hearts to the possibility of adoption. So so Beautiful. I hope your family gets lots of rest as you start your new journey.

  • Jenna - I am absolutely crying my eyes out. She is so beautiful. Adoption is so beautiful. I am so, so happy that your Little One is in your arms forever. God is good!

  • Pip - I am in tears of joy..praise God! I felt the worry, the joy..thank you SO much for sharing!

  • Erica - She’s beautiful. Congratulations!

  • Lisa Q - so happy for all of you! I can just imagine Firecracker’s face when she saw her sister in your arms….God is so good.

  • Kristyn - I have been anxiously awaiting this post. I am so happy for you and your family. Your story is so beautiful. Your daughter is gorgeous and lucky to be apart of your family. I can’t wait to see her with Firecracker!!! Have your guys chosen a name yet?

  • Becky - BEAUTIFUL! Her, the pictures, your family, all BEAUTIFUL! Tears are free flowing…

  • Melissa Bartlett - Wow, i just got whole body chills reading this post and especially seeing the photos of her sleeping on her daddy. Congratulations to your wonderful family!

  • Amanda - Thank you for sharing your story… and your beautiful girl. I have tears of happiness for you!

  • Jen Daily - Tears of joy for you here as well. Congratulations to your whole family, and thank you for sharing it all here. What a beautiful and wonderful day.

  • coco plum - it has been such a blessing to watch you on this journey. so happy she is finally in your arms.

  • Jen - So beautiful! So excited for you and your family and even though we do not know each other I am celebrating for you my sisters and brothers in Christ!! I rejoice for this is the day that our precious Father in Heaven made!! Such a great day!! She is beyond beautiful….thank you for sharing!

  • Lindsay - oh this post has me in tears. I am so so happy for you and your family. Your little one is beautiful. It is so wonderful to see her in your arms!

  • Bekah - I havent been reading this blog for long but in the time that i have i have become completely captivated by your story. I bawled the entire time i read this post. Im so happy for you and your family and am praying for what the future holds for you all =]

  • stephanie anderson - in tears reading and seeing your photos. SO incredibly happy for you!!! XO

  • gina - what a precious darling girl; i love her smile!! How wonderful to have your family complete!! i think she kind of looks like Chris :) Have a fun day!!

  • Tara A - Ashley, She is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing this special day. I’m so happy for you and your beutiful family. Can’t wait to meet little one. Tears of joy!!! Love The Annan’s

  • Robyn - Congratulations Ashley and Chris! She is beautiful! God bless your family!!!!

  • Stacey - So very happy for you Campbells!!!!
    I can’t wait to see how she handles meeting the rest of the crew. Beautiful pictures.. Congratulations!

  • Andrea Jett - Oh Ashley, I am in tears from the very first image of her. I know I never comment, but I am the girl with the pink streak in her hair from your second ever SnapShop. :) I have read your blog everyday since that fun afternoon years ago. I love your family and I am in awe of how inspiring you are and of what God is doing in your lives and through this blog. Words just cannot express as I sit here holding my baby boy, listening to my daughter sleep and sobbing over the keyboard. Congrat-sniffle sniffle-ulations!

  • Jackie - I am overjoyed for you and your family! She is Beautiful!

  • Alisa Muir - I am crying….. so very excited for you all. She is just gorgeous.

  • Amanda - I am weeping and smiling :) I can’t get enough of her sweet face and spirit. She is so blessed to have you just as you’re blessed with her. Praying so much and truly rejoicing with you. Thank you for sharing this!

  • Katie K - My heart is full for you. God brings such sweet blessings.

  • Angela A - How wonderful! Firecracker’s gonna go crazy when she gets home. She’s adorable and looks quite spirited like the rest of her new family. Congratulations, and prayers for the trip home.

  • Kate - Congratulations Ashley. I don’t know in real life but through your blog I have felt the emotional roller coaster you have been on. So so very happy to see such beautiful photos this morning.

  • leslie - tears! so happy for you.
    love,
    leslie (lllccc)

  • Kathi S - Of course she is your daughter….Look at the way your husband crinkled his nose in the family picture (the one with the nanny and the director), and then look at the crinkles in Little Ones nose as you and her are face to face giggling! God is pretty awesome that way! :) Smiles, tears and joy for your family!

  • Mel - Oh boy she is gorgeous!!! I am sooo happy for you and for her!

  • Sarah - Crying with joy for you!! So happy to see her in your arms. Congratulations. I love the picture of her sleeping in her daddy’s arms with a tear on his cheek… a picture worth a thousand words.

  • Anna@agoodhome - My daughter is standing by my chair watching me “happy cry.” Your sweet girl is so, so perfect!! I’m so happy your day went so well! Thanking the Lord today for putting her in your lives and you in hers. What a wonderful thing adoption is!

  • Rebecca - I am so happy for you and your family. I am beyond touched by this post, and the picture of your husband with tears in his eyes holding his daughter broke me. It is the sweetest picture. Congratulations on the lovely addition to your family, you are so blessed!

  • mary from tenn - omg i amcrying. this is so beautiful. the picture of chris holding her with tear stained cheeks did me in. im so happy you have your baby in your arms. she obviously loves yall instantly

  • Sheree - Ohhh, thank you so much for sharing your journey! Tears of joy are flowing freely for you and your family! Thank you for being so generous with your heart and lives — we are greatly inspired and trust that God continues to bless you all with such happiness and joy and peace.

  • Kaolee - I just came upon your blog today. You have a beautiful family, not to mention the beautiful addition!

  • Bethany - Ashley,
    The tears started (quite unexpectedly) with the first pic of that beautiful litt le girl and just wouldn’t stop. I am so happy for you and her and your whole crew. That little girl is just eating you all up – so glad this day was so beautiful for you. Thank you for sharing.

  • nancy - She is so so gorgeous Ashley! So perfect and beautifully made in His image.
    Congratulations!
    nancy

  • Keilah - Oh Ashley, thank you thank you thank you for sharing. Thank you for being so open and sharing these pictures, as raw with emotion as they are. Your post brought tears to my eyes. You and Chris have very large hearts and your family is absolutely beautiful! Your new daughter is incredibly blessed.

  • Cindy Steffan - So happy for you all! My favorite is the picture of Chris hiding her while she’s sleeping with tears streaming down his face. So precious!

  • Pam - Thank you. Thank you for renewing my faith in family, in love and in the world.

  • Marci - Tears streaming down my face as I read this. Beautiful. She. You. Your family. Your story. Your hearts. Thank you for sharing.

  • Maria - Thank you for sharing your beautiful new baby girl and this beautiful family moment with us.

  • Emily S. - Bawling…. So glad you’ve shared every step of this with us. It made this so much more powerful than I could’ve imagined. I am overjoyed for all of you! (Off to go find tissues.)

  • Jade - Praise the Lord!!!!!!!!!!!!! yippee you finally have her in your arms AMAZING! so happy for you, showing all my friends at work your beautiful photos :) praying for your journey ahead x

  • Christina Larsen - So happy for you all, she is precious! Congrats!

  • Sam F - I’m crying happy tears today for your family! Congratulations!

  • Wen - Congratulations! Your daughter is beautiful – what a great smile! So happy for your amazing family! Many blessings to you!

  • Alison - Cried all over this post, just so incredibly happy for you. When you first mentioned that you were getting your daughter today I was so happy!! I got married on Saturday, and I was just fit to bursting with the excitement of meeting your daughter and feeling your happiness today. It’s a beautiful day in Oakland, California – sunny, 75 degrees and cloudless – and I bet it has just a little to do with how bright you all are shining on the other side of the Pacific. So happy for you!!

  • Lindsay - I smiled from ear to ear (okay, and teared up) while reading this beautiful entry. My heart is beaming for you and your beautiful family! Give your little girl a big snuggle from all of us here in Blog-Land! <3

  • Heather McDonald - Whew…what a tear jerker! Happy tears for you and your family. God is GOOD! What a blessing for you and your sweet girl. She is one lucky little gal. Thanks for sharing this very special moment.

  • Tina I. - Sobbing with joy for your family. And the picture of your hubby holding his sleeping baby girl in the quilt!?! There are no words. Big families=awesome, no matter HOW God brings them together. Congrats, Momma.

  • rutheah - rejoicing with you…and crying tears of joy for you too. what a beautiful daughter!! so happy god blessed you with such a sweet girl. :) congrats to you all!!

  • Lisa A. A. - Congratulations! I am SO happy for you!

  • Mayara - God! The tears rolling on your husband’s face made the most beautiful picture I’ve ever seen. I am so happy for you all!
    Thank you for sharing such amazing moment.

  • Joy - So happy that she is finally, finally at home in your arms! May God continue to bless you and your family! Thanks for sharing your story with all of us.

    Lots of love from Barbados,

    Joy

  • Jen S. - Have been following your blog for awhile but have never posted! Moved to tears of joy for you & your precious family! Congratulations! What a blessing you all are for each other!

  • Katherine - This was so moving. She looks like she found home with you guys – the picture with her daddy just completely did me in.

  • Seamingly Sarah - I am so very very very happy for you. I was thinking of you and your daughter today, but now I am in tears just seeing/reading how the day progressed for you all.

  • Kelli - Oh Ashley, she is beautiful! I love when her face is all relaxed that one little tooth you can see, it’s just so precious! Thank you so much for sharing some of your “today” with us!

  • katie - crying and rejoicing with you. what an incredible gift you’ve given us all to be able to share this with you in such a visual and real way. i am also so appreciative of all you’ve shared over the course of the past however-many months about the process…makes these images all the glorious.
    GOD IS GOOD!!

  • the whyte house - so happy for you all!!! congrats on your beautiful girl!!

  • Kirra Sue - Ashley. This is amazing. There are no words. Just tears & a heart praising God for His gift to your family. Amazing.

  • Dawn - This is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing your story. Your family is an inspiration. Prayers sent for a safe trip home!

  • audrielle - bawling! so happy for her and for you all. praise God for your family, all 6 of you!

  • Jeni - This is the second time today I’ve read this post…..and I am crying even harder than the first. I am so happy for you. May God Bless your beautiful family.

  • Beth Wells - Oh Ashley! I am crying tears of joy for you, your family, and your sweet “Song”. She’s adorable! Congrats and many blessings!

  • Savannah - I have followed your blog for awhile now and this is by far my favorite post. These pictures are amazing and I love that you captured how happy your husband and his new sweet daughter are in the picture with him holding her. Congratulations to your family!

  • Krissy - My heart sings as I read this post! It has been such a joy to follow your journey and get to see this beautiful moment. I can’t help but think how lucky she is to have a family like yours. Its amazing how many people you have encouraged through your process to consider adoption. God had a plan! And I can’t imagine how happy He is to see your wonderful family pursue it and seek Him continually. Much love and prayers in the days to follow!

  • Christy - Congratulations! What a beautiful little blessing! Seeing the tear on daddy’s cheek just melted me! It appears that your precious girl has been waiting for you too. God bless you all!

  • Christy - Cannot stop crying… truly one of the most beautiful things I have ever had the privilege to read and see. There really are no other words…. thank you for sharing!!!

  • Lyn - I just read this in BnN and everyone is staring at me as I tear up. So happy for you all. She is beautiful! Congratulations!!

  • Summer Vanderburg - Congratulations!! So happy for you and your sweet family. I cried the entire post, but that picture of her sleeping in your husband’s arms with the tear marks on his cheek, I totally lost it. Such a beautiful and powerful story. Good is God.

  • Bev - Congratulations! Such beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing such a personal journey so openly!

  • Shea - Congrats. She is perfect

  • Monique Willms - God is so good. She is stunning. Simply beautiful. What a wonderful day.

  • Brooke Peterson - So amazing! Thank you so much for allowing all of us to come along on this beautiful journey with you. Your daughter is absolutely beautiful and looks so happy and content, I can only think that your family’s beautiful souls were felt by her. I wish you all you so much happiness!

  • Tricia - Ashley and Chris, I went to bed praying for you all and woke doing the same. What a joyous day! My heart soars for your sweet family. God is good. All the time.

    xo*tricia

  • Reesa Heilaman - Dear Ashley and Chris,
    My Ashley called me bawling, telling me, go ready Ashley’s post, go read Ashley’s post….she said get your kleenex ready…running down the hallway, I was crying before I could reach my computer and hollering for Sarah to come see…the baby….the baby is here…so excited my fingers didn’t want to work right, took forever to get to your site…Sarah hovered over my shoulder as we scrolled through all the beautiful pictures of your beautiful baby daughter. Finally to see her face! At last! Can’t even imagine how full your heart feels to finally hold her in your arms…longest labor of them all, huh! I cannot tell you how extremely happy I am for you and your family! I praise our heavenly father for this beautiful beautiful gift! Congratulations, much love and prayers always!!! Can’t wait for more pics!! Love you guys! Reesa

  • Amanda - So happy for you and your family!! Thank you for sharing these precious moments. There are no perfect words to describe how wonderful this is! She is perfect and beautiful. Enjoy the rest of your trip and the many beautiful moments to come!

  • Michelle - Tears of joy for you and your family are streaming down my face. Congratulations to you and your beautiful family!!

  • Kenna - Congrats – now she is absolutely beautiful!

  • Jessica - so incredibly moving…I had tears. What a beautiful thing you are to each other. It is so amazing she will have people like you to love her forever. God bless you all! I pray the transition for all of you is easy.

  • Pamela - My eyes filled with tears. So thankful that you were able to take in the moment and cherish your first day with her. Looking forward to seeing many more happy smiles from your daughter and the rest of your family.

  • Kate - :D this is amazing. I’m so happy for you and your family!

  • Jenny - truly beautiful! thank you for sharing such a personal day!

  • Erin - Full of happy tears over here! Congratulations :) So very happy for all of you!

  • Brittney a - I have followed your blog for years! This is by far my most favorite post. I am so filled with joy to see the happiness on all of your faces. You have turned your life into such a beautiful story <3

  • Robyn - thank you so very much for sharing your story… im in tears seeing your journey come to this point! so looking forward to reading and seeing the rest! enjoy your baby girl!

  • Kara - I’ve been following your story silently. I cried when I read this post. So happy.for your family. She’s beautiful.

  • Alina - Congrats! I’ve been reading your blog every morning since a while now. Today I read it twice. In the morning before go to work, and many hours later when I came back home tired for the day. I read it twice because it feel so good watch a miracle. Your daughter is a miracle, and your family too. I can´t stop watch the photos. It´s so wonderful see the god hand in them. Kisses and tears of joy by all of you from Argentina (Latin America).

  • Emily - You have her!!!! What a huge deep sigh that must feel like. I have read this blog for several years and this post was the first thing I looked for when I got home from work. Your patience, hope, and wholehearted love for your daughter have inspired me. Thank you for living transparently and for letting us rejoice with you!

  • Aaren - I cried and cried hard for you today Ashley. Thank you for sharing all those beautiful photos with us. I wanted to print the photo of little one myself and hang it on my fridge because she is so beautiful. The joy in all of your faces is overflowing in those photos!!
    Congratulations to on being a mommy again! Your daughter is breathtaking.

  • Sharon Suitor - Two pictures say it ALL for me.

    1) The one where you are holding her for the first time, both of you sobbing…each trying to take it all in.

    2) When your hubby is rocking her to sleep and there is one lone tears rolling down his cheek. Priceless

    What a beautiful, perfect gift from God. Prayers for a smooth transition for all, but most especially for your little one as her world is changing so much.

    Sharon

  • Erin - I’m so happy for you and your family! Seeing that first picture of you holding her brought tears to my eyes. enjoy your new little one!!

  • Sarah - This will be the 656th comment- wow. I know that’s too many to read, but wanted to express my joy for your family. I’m not a crier but burst into tears upon seeing these wonderful pictures. Thank you for letting us blog readers… people you’ve never met and probably never will meet… thank you for letting us take this journey with you! You and your family are my hero’s.

  • Erin - Absolutely beautiful. The picture of daddy with the tear just melts me!

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  • Amy - What a beautiful, wonderful day in this journey you’re on! I just lost it when I saw the streak from the tear down Chris’ face.

  • Kelly - Oh, I’m just sobbing now. Watching you go through this process has been nothing short of miraculous. I cried as I viewed these photos and read your story. I’m so very thrilled for you and your family as you welcome this delightful little girl into your lives. She is, as you said, awesome.

  • brandy - congrats!!!! such a wonderful thing you guys are able to do. she is perfect!!!! thank you for sharing in this wonderful moment.

  • emmybrown - Congrats, Campbell Family! What an amazing experience for all of you! :) Can’t wait to watch her grow….she is absolutely beautiful.

  • Roshena - I am one of countless others shedding tears of joy over this beautiful story. I am so incredibly thrilled for you and your family. Your daughter is beautiful and so blessed to have become part of your life and family. God is so good! Praying for you all and for your sweet girl in this time of transition…that it will be full of joy, peace and countless more beautiful moments as the ones you’ve shared with us today. Can’t wait to see her meet her other siblings and especially her big sister!

  • Samantha - God KNEW she would HAVE to be SPUNKY – to survive Firecracker as a big sister!! I am thrilled for you – AND, for HER!! You are the perfect family for her – and YOU, dear one, are God’s CHOICE of mother for her!! I rejoice with you all!!

  • Stephanie - She has the most beautiful smile, I have been following your posts for quite some time but never really take the time to comment but I just had to say congratulations on completing your family, this post filled me with joy, having been very ill lately it is difficult to even have enough energy to be joyous but this just warmed my heart. :)

  • Abigayle - I just teared up. That was a beautiful post and I’m so happy for your family. I’ve been following your blog for some time now and I was telling someone about how you guys were adopting like we were actually friends. Congratulations to you and your family! You are all so lucky to have each other. I can’t wait to see pictures when you bring her home to the states and your other two kiddos meet her!

  • Rachel S - I cried tears of happiness for you all the first time I read this. And I cried a second time when I read it with my husband (as did he). Praise the Lord for your precious girl!

  • Liz - My heart is singing! You just made my day. my week, my month!!!!

  • Holly F - So happy for you & your family. She is beautiful!

  • Taylor - Ashley I cannot tell you how,happy I am for you,and your family,right now. I have followed this entire journey,with,you and im so glad you shared her with,us today!!!! The tears came rolling as soon as I saw her face. She is even more beautiful than I imagined!! Praying you guys have a safe trip and are able to enjoy every minute :)

  • Peggy A - Ashley, your daughter is lovely… and even more so now that she is encircled by your family. The picture of Chris holding her while she sleeps moved my heart to joy and my eyes to tears. I can hardly wait for our little china doll to join us. It will be a more than blessed Christmas for the Campbells and the Wells this year!!

  • Bernadette - Such a joy for your family. wishing you nothing but good things for you beautiful family.

  • Florencia - As soon as I saw your post on FB, I had to read it. She is so beautiful and you captured the emotions and happiness so well, I cried at every photo!! I’m so happy for you and your family, those big brothers are sure proud and you can see the happiness radiate from you and your husband. You are all so fortunate to have each other!! Congratulations!!

  • Andrea - Wow! Such a great story! I have been keeping up with your adoption for a while now and I’m so happy to see that you finally got your sweet baby girl! May God continue to bless her and the rest of your family. Have a safe trip & you will be in my prayers. Can’t wait to see your blog post once you get back home! :0)

  • crystal paine - Congratulations! So happy for your family!!

  • Mendi - She is amazing and beautiful! So happy for you and your family! Had tears in my eyes looking at your beautiful family. Can’t wait until she meets firecracker and her brother and you are all reunited as a family!

  • Jen - Well…I probably should not have read this at work, as I am now in total tears. Unbelievable and beautiful and I am so very happy for your family. This is amazing ans she is so obviously meant to be yours. Congratulations – with love.

  • Salena Santos - God is Good! SItting here reading and crying I can’t help but to think that God’s plan for your family is being fulfilled:) So happy for you.

  • Gaytha - Such.A.Beautiful.Story!!!! What a beautiful encounter with a precious angel. Happy for you all.

  • Emily H. - Congratulations! Thought about you guys several times at work today – so glad you have her now! She is gorgeous!

  • bekah - Thank you so much for sharing with us! She is such a treasure, I am so excited for you all.

  • Kaitie - Ashley,
    She is beautiful.
    When I saw your post go up I told my husband and my children to leave me alone. I needed the door closed. I was going to ugly cry. And I did. She is so beautiful.
    I grew up in Kyoto Japan and my have such a deep aching desire to adopt a daughter from there. Like you, I feel like she is there waiting. In reality she may not even be born but I know one day we will go get her.
    I have 5 children and a sixth baby on the way and I always appreciate your honestly on your blog and watching you be an amazing mother. Thank you so much for sharing your adoption journey. I have prayed countless times for you and could not be happier for someone.
    Blessings to you and your family. Especially your sweet daughter who is just absolutely beautiful.

  • Karen White - So happy to see/read about the Little One today. I’ve been eagerly awaiting this post for a long time. I will be praying that the rest of the adoption process goes smoothly.

    She’s so cute! Cleft or no cleft. You all look like you were made for each other. Your boys seem to be filled with love for her already. God bless you all1

  • Stephanie - Ash and Chris…SOBBING as I read this. Truly, OUT LOUD. What a PRECIOUS journey and such a BEAUTIFUL ending. She is exqusite. Truly. Love you all and am THRILLED that His perfect plan included HER.

  • Lori - What a precious gift from God. She is beyond amazing!
    Love every-single-photo! Thank you for sharing her with us.:)

  • Irene NZ - Finally… I can feel your happiness, makes me all teary and emotional, but very happy and amazed at what you’ve done. Your boys look like they’re soaking up your little one already! Cant wait to see Firecracker’s reaction when she see little sis :)) HUGS

  • Connie Johnson - So amazing. I sit here with tears running down my cheeks! What a blessing!

  • Trina - Ashley;

    I am so filled with joy for you and your family! The photos are amazing. Your little one is beautiful. You are very blessed.

    Thank you for sharing your roller coaster ride with us.

  • Jennie - Tears of joy stream down my cheeks while reading this. I am so glad fo ryou and your family things turned out smooth. Your baby girl is ablsolutley beautiful. Thank you SO MUCH ofr sharing your beautiful adoption story. :) Can’t wait to read more about life with your new baby girl!! big hugs to you and your family :)
    xoxo
    Jennie

  • Camilla Fabbri - Congratulations!!!! You have a beautiful family!!

  • Robin L - Thank you for sharing your beautiful story. Your daughter is so beautiful and she is lucky to part of such a wonderful family. Tears of joy for you all.

  • Holly - Tears of joy while reading your post today! Your daughter is just beautiful! Thankful for the good day, the giggles, smiles, and love you already have shared with her. Continued prayers for all of you!

  • barbara allain - She is beautiful!! And what a wonderful family she now has…. I am so happy for you all!!! Bless you!

  • Andrea - Beautiful pictures, beautiful girl! Thank you for sharing.

  • Laura - She is beautiful!

  • Crystal - I know that you may never read this, but I am weeping for joy over this post. I have been fervently praying for you and your family through this process. God is amazing and my heart is so full for you, your family, and your beautiful new little one.

  • amber - She is so beautiful! I am in tears. I am so happy she has her forever family!

  • Krista - I have read this post over and over. It is so beautiful. I am so happy for your family. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us all Ashley. God bless your new family of 7!

  • Barbara Street - She is beautiful. What a touching story. Thank you so much for sharing your journey. Loved all the photos, but especially the one where she is in her Daddy’s arms and you can see the tears on his face. Precious!!

  • Sylvie - Such happiness coming from this post. She is absolutely adorable. I was crying along reading this, you have such a way of sharing your emotions, but that one photo of yours husband tears just sent me bawling…
    You have a wonderful family who just got even more wonderful. Congratulations on your new Little One.

  • elizabeth - your daughter is BEAUTIFUL Ashley ~i’m SO SO happy for you!!
    i can’t help but cry, knowing she is being LOVED on after this long wait… & the picture of you both looking into each others eyes is PERFECT!! such BEAUTY!!

  • pattilouwho - Congratulations! She is one lucky little lady. I need to go get another box of tissue now. ;)

  • Shannon - Oh Ashley, words can’t even convey the joy I felt while reading this post. Tears are seriously streaming down my face. I am so thrilled for you, that you are finally able to hold your baby girl in your arms. I am so happy that this day was blessed, as I knew the Lord would make it! She is an absolute doll, I love seeing her smile so easy and natural with her family! Much love and blessings to you and yours!

  • Mandy - Ashley, So thrilled for you & for her and for how much love she has in store! She has been showered in prayer and her story is already beautiful. Again, if you need any help w/ regard to the cleft palate, I’m not far away. I was able to be fortunate enough to get to intern with 2 cleft teams here in the city, so know a bit about feeding, how the operations work, and even speech therapy. ;) If you need anything, please let me know.
    Love, Mandy W ;)

  • Chris - Congratulations on your beautiful daughter!

  • Nancy Farmer - God is so good. She is precious & this definitely is a match made in Heaven.

  • Katie - My heart is singing for you all. What a beautiful day! Congratulations.

  • misti d. - I’m so happy for you guys! I cried as I read. This has been an amazing journey for all of us to be able to share with your family.
    What a blessing!!! Prayers for your family :)

  • billie - Your pictures are worth a thousand words. I cried with joy for both your family and for her. Congrats and thanks for sharing.

  • Patricia LoCascio - Ashley, You (and maybe not even I) may never really know how much you’ve impacted my life. My heart. You’re decision to share this extremely personal, extremely private piece of your family was a brave and commendable one. Thank you. Really. (Oh and on a lighter note, I’m giddy with excitement for you! Congratulations! She’s BEAUTIFUL!!)

  • Margo - This post made me shed tears of joy! I am so happy for all of you – how lucky you are to have each other!

  • Johanna - So many tears of joy shed for you…you finally have her in your arms and she is beautiful! Many congrats to you mama : ) Can’t wait to continue to follow your journey!

  • Suzanne - Oh my! I am crying my eyes out. This is beautiful. She is beautiful.

  • rachel - so beautiful.
    i’m so excited for her to meet her other two siblings.
    continuing to pray for your transition.
    praise the Lord.

  • emily anderson - she is perfect.
    and this is my favorite post ever.

  • Steph - You are remarkable! She is incredible and gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your story – one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen, truly. Enjoy every second..

  • Ashley - Tears came to my eyes when I saw your first family photo on the bed. Congratulations!!

  • Lindsey - Congratulations! I was even a bit nervous reading this post, wondering how she would react. I cannot imagine how you all felt. Blessings!

  • Lexie - She is perfect and beautiful, and my heart is full of happiness for you and your new family of seven. I adore the pics of Daddy cuddling her with tears running down his cheeks. Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. Can’t wait to see her and firecracker together for the first time! Congratulations, Momma!

  • misty - she is SO beautiful….i am a complete and total mess after reading your blog today. SOOOOOOOOO happy for you all. praying for you in the coming days….

  • Lisa Box - tears streaming down my cheeks…overjoyed that you have your beautiful little one in your arms at last! praising God with you tonight!

  • Katie - Congratulations! I have been thinking about you all day and hoping everything would go well. Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us who have been holding our breath for you! She is just beautiful. This whole post was beautiful. Thank goodness for happy new beginnings, especially in families. Even though we’ve never met, my heart is filled to the brim with gratitude on yours and your family’s behalf. Again, thank you so much for taking the time to share your precious daughter and happy news with us. Congratulations again and again! Sending buckets of love!

  • Crystal P - Tears of joy for your family!!!! I love that you have shared your journey to this beautiful end!!! God bless you all!!!

  • gigisjoy - I’m so very, very happy for all of you…

  • Ruth Wright - Crying tears of joy with you!! Precious beyond belief. What a gift. Perfect fit already in your family. Meant to be. God is so good. He had this planned from the very beginning. He knows every hair on her sweet little head. Thankful you and your sweet hubby were in tune to his tugging and leading you to your little girl across the world. Soooo happy. Many prayers and blessings as you adjust and return home to reunion with the rest of your family. Thank you for sharing. Love you all so much!!! Ruth Wright

  • Suzanne - Congratulations!!! So happy for you guys!!! She is soooo beautiful!!!!

  • Jeni - Thank you thank you thank you for sharing this beautiful story with us. She is beautiful. I am so happy for you and your family. Congratulations.

  • Caily - This is beautiful. My favorite picture is the one of her Daddy holding her while she sleeps, and you can a single tear running down his face. I’m completely in love with this beautiful little girl.

  • Paige - So happy for you. I’ve been a reader of yours for a while. And am in the dtc group with you. So wonderful. I cried through your entire posts. Will continue to pray for your transiition.

  • Rachael Schepemaker - I can’t stop my tears. That little girl is so incredibly precious! Your family is such an example. Love you guys even though I don’t know you! Praying for an easy transition for all of you.

  • Kara - I just cried my way through every line of this post. I am so blessed and touched by this whole journey. I can’t even begin to grasp the challenges and upset and excitement of waiting for someone a year that you have dreamt about for 6. The love, the understanding, the patience. All of it. I am soooo beyond happy for you to have your family complete. beautiful

  • Jen - Congratulations, she is absolutely beautiful! I cried when reading your post, so happy to see you finally all together.

  • Emily - I was good until the picture of Daddy and Daughter snuggling on the chair – with the one tear and now I’m sobbing like a baby.

    Mazel Tov.

  • Windy - Thank you for sharing so much of your experience. My heart overflows with joy for your family!

  • jenny paul - oh campbells! what an amazing day! this little girl is going to have a wonderful life with incredible parents. congratulations! couldn’t be happier for you

  • Carrie - beautiful!! I know the wait was long but just like that she is in your arms and the wait seems so worth it!! loving that wide smile!!! she is lucky to have you and you lucky to have her! the picture with Chris’s tear stained face and a snuggled up baby make it perfect! so happy for her!

  • D'On - So moving! So lovely! What a beautiful little girl you have! Your husband holding her with tears (I’m sure of happiness) streaming down in face in one of the most moving pictures I have seen yet! Beautiful! Congratulations!

  • Jodi - Just unbelievable. The most heartwarming story. I was going to say that she is lucky to have you, but from these photos I can see deep down how lucky you are to have her in your life. Congrats on your new journey, Ashley.

  • Kimberly Oyler - I have never commented before, but today just seemed right.

    it is my 20th birthday today. i was checking your blog all day to see these pictures. i couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful and perfect birthday present than to see your precious, perfect daughter finally placed in your arms.

    i have loved watching you go through this journey, and i am so grateful that you chose to share it with us. thank you ashley.

    welcome to a wonderful new life, little one!

  • Debbie K - I was fine until I saw the picture of your husband holding her while she is sleeping and you can see the stream where the tear ran down his cheek…and then my tears came.

    How wonderful for you that your first transition went well! Keep the information coming!

  • Jenny B. - Thank you! Thank you for sharing this journey with all of us. I started getting choked up when I saw the picture of you first picking her up, and then the picture of her falling asleep in Chris’s arms put me over the edge. Wow. I’m so thankful that your day was such a blessing. I have been praying, and I was still up at 1:00 AM CDT last night, and was thinking about you and wondering if you had her yet. :) I’m so thankful I found your blog a few years ago, and that you have ministered to me without even knowing it. Hugs to you!!!

  • Tammia - Congratulations! I’ve been so anxious to see this beautiful little face united with your family. So many prayers have gone your way. I can so clearly remember those exact moments. My daughter, even though her palate is repaired, still does that same clicky thing with her tongue to soothe herself when she’s going to sleep. Oh, precious precious pictures. Love them all. Hugs to you all and I can’t wait to see more (we absolutely loved Guangzhou)!
    All the best to you all!

  • Kelly M - Like everyone else, tears are streaming down my cheeks. What a beautiful little girl and what an awesome family. So happy and excited for all of you!

  • Catherine - I was thrilled to see this post. I am not sure how to word this except to say I just cannot believe how much she looks like she belongs with you. I am so, so happy for you all.

  • nicole i - grace upon grace

  • Deanna - Thank-you for sharing this journey for all of us to witness such an amazing testimony of the love of Christ! Your new daughter is beautiful and I will be praying for your adjustment period to be filled with more joy than pain. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  • Ashleigh rose - Congratulations, you inspire! :)

  • Kat - I don’t know you or your family (though I have been reading your blog for nearly 2 years), but I am a bawling mess. This is so beautiful! Everything about it, especially that gorgeous girl of yours. Those eyes, that smile…can’t wait to see the first pic of your whole family together! Thanks for sharing your journey, it is so great to be “part” of it all.

  • Ada - I am just in awe and tears streaming down my cheeks to see the joy she has-she’s been waiting for YOU. It is amazing. She is beautiful!!!!!!
    And to know you’ve been chosen to be her mother, long ago before a glimmer of her birth. God is so good.
    CONGRATULATIONS FAMILY OF 7!!!!!!!

  • ashley - Our friends went through Dillion too. They brought home their baby from North Korea almost 3 years ago. Reading your journey has brought back so many memories! So incredibly happy for you and your family. much love to you and yours!

  • Shelby - Amazing proof of Gods love!! Congrats, she is gorgeous!!!

  • Meg - Gorgeous! What a lovely family you have… congrats.

  • Clare - Oh my goodness!! She is adorable! I am so pleased for you guys. Have been praying for you today as I’ve gone about normal things like the school run and food shopping. Praise God for your tiny beauty. I read the whole post through tears. Will keep praying for you as a family. God bless you richly on your adventure as a family of 7!
    Xxxx

  • twirlingbetty - Tears just rolling down my face. I’m so happy for you all. Phew – the anticipation has been so great and this such a beautiful, emotional outcome that I’m all wrung out. I think I need a nap!

  • Flor - there are just no words.
    i’ve got a huge big fat knot in my throat after reading this
    and i’m just so happy for you and your family.

    you finally have your daughter in your arms and she is just gorgeous!

  • Kimberly F - I can’t stop crying happy tears for you! Congratulations!

  • Carolyn - My favorite pic has got to be of her asleep in daddy’s arms with tears streaming down his cheeks. Simply awesome! She’s home.

  • sarah - it took me a long time to read this – not because of loading pictures – but because i kept having to wipe away tears. thank you so much for sharing your life with us. my favorite was seeing the tear on your husband’s cheek in the picture where Little One is asleep in his arms.

  • tracy a - started my day off with it…had to finish it that way too. i feel so encouraged and moved by this. how amazing is it that your daughter will one day get to see these moments and your love for her archived so beautifully. Oklahoma in November is sounding better and better…OBU reunion is just an excuse for me to come and meet your Song. :)

  • Kim - so completely happy for you and Chris and your beautiful, sweet, little family!

  • victoria g - I’ve come back to see this beautiful post several times today. What a sweet, precious girl she is. What a wonderful, God honoring story you’ve been sharing with us that can’t HELP but be used by God to put more of these perfect children into the arms of new parents. We’re praying for you on this journey! xoxo

  • Janine - What a happy day for you and your family. I’m one of the hundreds of people from all over the world that shed a tear when we read your post.
    She is absolutely perfect.
    May God bless her with all the love in the world to take away her hurt and pain.
    Your family is such an inspiration to us all.
    Love from South Africa

  • Lydia - She is beautiful! I definitely teared up a bit while reading this. Thank you so much for sharing your experience!

  • Vanessa - WOW. What a beautiful beginning. {tears!} Heavenly Peace was yours today and I could feel it through your post. I’m so happy for your family, so grateful to be able to follow your story, so inspired, and so amazed by God’s workings and great love. It is no secret what our God can do! Bless you. (Of course I love your photos of the monumental day- love the one of her laughing as you tickle her tummy and also the glossy tear mark on daddy’s face as he snuggles his new daughter to sleep.)

  • Vanessa - WOW. {lump in throat} What a beautiful beginning. {tears!} Heavenly Peace was yours today and I could feel it through your post. I’m so happy for your family, so grateful your sharing your story, so inspired, and so amazed by God’s workings and great love. It is no secret what our God can do! Bless you and congratulations!! (Of course I love your photos of the monumental day- love the one of her laughing as you tickle her tummy and also the glossy tear mark on daddy’s face as he snuggles his new daughter to sleep.)

  • Nada Pavlovic - Thank you for sharing your hapiness…the girl is sooooo beautiful; best regards from Serbia

  • Mariah - Congratulations on your beautiful new addition! Sending much love and Aloha from Maui! XOXO

  • Simone - I am so happy for you all. I have been following your blog watching closely and I am so thrilled that this dream has come true for you all.
    Much Love,
    Simone.

  • Helena - Congratulations! It´s so great that you capture all these moments. I wish you all the best!

  • Jolie - I am still buzzing about you finally getting your daughter into your arms…I confess that it was terribly hard to focus on finishing that paper for the mining competencies review after I snuck online to check for updates, ha!!!
    thinking of you all. xxx

  • Sam - I cried when I read this post. I’ve been looking forward so much just to see pictures of this long awaited for, beautiful girl…even though I’m in far off Australia!

    If I was thrilled to see her, I cannot imagine how joyful and emotional you all would have felt meeting your precious fifth child for the first time! I am so, so happy for your whole family.

    A big thank you for sharing your incredible journey so far – and the best of wishes to you all, including your sweet littlest one! <3

  • Jenny - Beautiful~ so beautiful. I’m just speechless~ what an amazing moment in time. I’m so happy for you! Can’t wait to see more photos and hear more updates about that beautiful spunky happy wonderful daughter of yours! *hug*

  • jimjam - What a beautiful and moving experience you’ve shared with your readers. I wish you and your family all the best for the future.

  • Shauna - I woke up this morning any news you would be sharing.
    She is gorgeous. I love the photo were Chris has her in his arms and tears rolling down his face. Thats a keeper for sure. You look so relieved when she is in your arms.
    I have one question regarding language. do they speak English to her? Do you speak Chinese? Manadrin? Cantonese? Was she given an Anglophile name or is it a Chinese name? I probably should have emailed these questions but I guess all avenues will be jammed full of lovely messages.
    Congratulations again. I love this story. My friend wants to adopt from Thailand I passed your blog to them, to see the story and to inspire hope.
    Love and best wishes.

  • Shauna - P.s. Both boys look happy.
    But I think Your second eldest is way too smitten for words. Your kids have amazing souls. So full of love and wanting to help the world, in their different ways. What an amazing team you have.

  • Linda - Tears are a-flowing here Ashley. Congratulations! And bless you and your husband. She is so lovely and she will be loved beyond what she could ever have imagined.

  • Breanne - tears are flowing…congratulations. so overjoyed for you and your family. what a sweet baby girl! xoxo

  • Stacy - God is so awesome. “Congratulations” just doesn’t seem to cut it for a moment like this. Thanks for sharing – all of this has touched my heart! And, I love the photo someone got of Song and Chris (daddy with a tear rolling down his cheek).

  • Ginger Salmon - I have been checking email daily, several times a day for this post. Thank you for sharing this personal journey with us, from the beginning. As I sat here and read the words and the pictures, I just rejoiced for you and your family and even for God, because now one of his little lost babies is found. You just made that litle girls life, until the time comes for you to introduce her to her Creator and Savior(by means of teaching her and sharing the Gospel with her)The post was AMAZING! I can’t wait to see the post when you get to reunite with the rest of your family at HOME! That is an Awesome word, isn’t it.

    God is Bless You and your Family, and Thank you for sharing your family’s Journey (daily walk) with us.

  • Ginger - some how this got erased from my earlier post?
    …Those pictures of your little girl smiling are the best ones. That is what I am looking forward to seeing more of, she is beautiful!

  • Pat - Your post had me crying buckets, very touching. Congratulations to you all.

  • Angela - Ashley and family, I’ve been reading your blog for years and never commented. This little note will no doubt get lost amongst the hundreds and hundreds of messages you will receive after this post but I wanted to send my congratulations. Your heart would be stone if you weren’t touched by your words and photos today and I’ve shed tears of happiness for people I don’t even know. I’m so happy for you all. Wishing good health to you all to enjoy happy family times together and the adventure you have ahead.
    Angela x

  • Mona Duncan - Such an amazing day! Congratulations to your family! Thank you for sharing the beauty of this day…..I am sure that your willingness to share this journey will be used in a mighty way by the Lord. Praying for blessings for the remainder of your time away from home and for your little ones who eagerly wait for your return.

  • Sarah Balzac - Its nice to read a blog by an open Christian who is as equally attached to their religion as they are to the fact that not everyone will see things how they do. That having another culture isn’t a bad thing, but the very thing that keeps the world moving. Congratulations on finally meeting your daughter, she’s beautiful and I can already see that she is loved!

  • Juliana - Hello dear, I´m in tears. You and your family make me believe that love and peace is a major possibility for the whole world.
    Your are blessed. Juliana from Brazil.

  • Katie - SOOO happy for you all! She is already so much loved. :-)

  • Sharon Halter - What a beautiful union. Human beings cannot help but be attracted to love and being loved…by other humans and other humans who show God’s unconditional love. She saw deeply into your hearts and saw this love. May your days be filled with joy.

  • Angel - She’s beautiful and she looks so happy!! Your whole family is just beaming! Congratulations on that part of the journey, I’m looking forward to the next chapter. It has been a wonderful and moving experience! Thank you for sharing it!

  • Sam G - I am so so very happy for you all. FINALLY you have your precious little girl in your arms. The photo of Chris holding your sleeping girl brought tears to my eyes. Congratulations!

    Will you share her name soon?

  • Shana - I’ve been reading your blog since you started this amazing journey and I’m sitting at my desk in tears – these pictures are GORGEOUS and you all look so happy, congratulations!!! I can’t wait to keep on reading :)

  • Lori McDonough - God bless you all! So happy for you…prayers for continued peace and happiness and a safe trip home with your new beautiful daughter.

  • Monika Rybak - So happy, Your daughter is with You. She is so cute!!!! Boys are so good! I’m in tears reading this post!!!!!

  • keri - i usually don’t comment, but i must for this!! tears streaming down my face, i rejoice with you that you have your baby girl in your arms!! my fav pic is the one of her sleeping in her daddy’s arms…with a tear rolling down his cheek. beautiful! i’m sure the next couple months will be difficult at times…but certain God will give you what you need to get through them!

  • Gina - ”In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace” (Ephesians 1:4-6)

    What a beautiful picture of the gospel, Ashley!

  • Robin - LOVED this post and am so happy for you. Do you get to keep her with you the entire time you’re in China? What’s her name??

  • Robin - LOVED this post and am so happy for you. Do you get to keep her with you the entire time you’re there? What’s her name??

  • Robin C - LOVED this post and am so happy for you. Do you get to keep her with you 24/7 while you’re there? What’s her name??

  • Lynne malan - oh my!!! tears***

    we also adopted and are blessed with 2 healthy children… very very blessed…

    i know that feeling of preparing for the worst… and then holding the most beautiful little baby…

    this brought back so many memories… and the photo where she falls asleep in her daddie’s arms… his tears.. priceless… blessed!!!

    i’m sooo happy for you xx

  • Irene - Oh, my! she is beautiful :)

  • Vic & Lois St Clair - Lois and I are so happy for you. e wish you a strong time of binding in each others love and the love of our Heavenly Father in the days. months, and years ahead.

  • Amy at Fig Milkshakes - Ha! You have 820 comments, but I’m leaving one anyway!

    I did what you said…I got my cup of coffee first…then I came back…and cried in it.

    She is even more beautiful than I imagined! GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!

  • jody - Lucky lucky girl.
    What a blessing!
    Happy Happier family!!!
    All the Best!

  • able mabel - She is beautiful! What an awesome post!

  • Mallory - I sat and read this post with tears streaming down my face. I have enjoyed following your adoption story so much. We have three little boys (ages 5, 3, and almost 1) and are about to start the adoption journey ourselves, adopting a little girl from China through the waiting child program. I can’t tell you how encouraging and exciting it is for me to watch your story unfold as we are about to embark on our own journey. God is so good! He sets the lonely into families and in turn, we are the ones that are more blessed than we could ever imagine! What an honor it is to see the Lord work in this way and bring families together from across the world! My heart could burst! I will continue to follow your story as we start our own. Congratulations!!! So happy for you guys!

  • Debbie - My heart is full from reading your story. Thank you. Many many many blessings.

  • kerri - My almost 23 year old daughter (whom came into our life almost 23 years ago from South Korea) sent me the link to your blog. I am sitting here with tears in my eyes. What a precious gift you have received! Congratulations to your beautiful family!

  • Loan - Many many congratulations on your beautiful daughter! Thank you for sharing your pictures of joy, wonder and love. I was soooo moved, I started crying as soon as I saw the picture of her being brought out to meet your family. Then I just about lost it as I scrolled further down and saw the boys with her and that single tear your husbnad had when he was rocking his daughter to sleep. Such a beautiful journey! Many blessings to your family! Safe travels home!

  • julie r - she is absolutely darling. congratulations! what precious pictures you have of these first moments with her. i couldn’t be happier for your sweet family!

  • Roianne - So simply awesome!! I can just feel all the love jumping out of these pictures. Thank you for sharing such an amazing, special moment!

  • giozi - I cried too. This moment was gorgeous so emotive. Love this moment. Thanks for sharing that with us. She is wonderful, love when she is smiling.
    Your sons looks so happy too. God bless you. The best for you. And a big big bear hug.

  • Melissa P - Very moving, you had me tearing up. So pleased for you and your family, she is a treasure.

  • Miss M - Muchas Felicidades a todos, la niña es preciosa y no ha podido caer en mejor familia, ya nunca más se sentirá sola y triste.
    Besos a la pequeña.

  • beth - i am so blessed by your story. following along through your journey and actually waking up this morning and couldn’t wait to meet your girl. and to cry. because i knew there would be lots of happy tears! i’m so happy for you and your family. and for your precious girl.

  • Teresa - Oh, talk about melting ones heart…You really touch so many peoples lives Ashley. She is sweetness thru and thru and the photos of you crying with her and Chris holding her with tears in his eyes is just pure Love. Many blessings to your family as you continue this journey with your beautiful new daughter and family, and I am so excited for your other children at home as well. That little girl couldn’t have been given to a more loving family than yours! Praying for your safe return home!

  • Mandi - Ashley and Chris, Congratulations on getting to finally meet your beautiful daughter. She is precious. Love, The Parkhurst Family

  • beanski - This post made me weep with joy and I don’t even know you. You all are an inspiration to us all!!

  • Ana - Ashley I’m extremely happy for you and for your gorgeous family !
    You are a beautiful person and deserves all the best. Your daughter is quite adorable (as all the others) and everything will be just fine because you are trully blessed. May God keep giving you all the best things only HE can give !!
    Love
    Ana

  • Kim - She is perfect!! I am so happy for you!! There are no words… absolutely speechless!!

  • RaD - Love, love, love this post! So much emotion and joy shared here. I cried right there with you and then again seeing your husband’s tears of joy when she fell asleep with you.

    Little One you are loved and have been highly anticipated not only by your family but by all of us your family has chosen to share you with. Be Blessed!

  • Jessica - I am so incredibly happy for you and your family. Song is such a beautiful child and she is so very blessed belong to a beautiful family such as yours. Congrats on everything and may God continue to bless all of you. :)

  • Alicia - Thank you for sharing your journey with us. I am so deeply moved by your family’s story and how your hearts are overfilled with joy for your beautiful baby girl. When I woke up this morning I found myself thinking of her and wondering how she slept with her new family. It is truly amazing how God picked her to be brought into your lives. What a blessing.

  • Christine - I’m commenting for the first time after being a long-time lurker. (Isn’t that just the way??!) I didn’t post yesterday, despite reading your update and silently leaking tears through the entire thing, since I saw you had so many comments. I thought, oh, nothing I say is going to be new or incredible. A prayer will suffice.

    But then today I read that you’d like to print them all up for your daughter to read one day, and I’d love to share this with you and with her: My husband and I have long known, even before getting married 7 years ago, that we would adopt some day. (Actually, I knew as a child. I know God has placed it in our hearts.) We have four biological children, and we are, of course, very happy with and blessed by them. But we KNOW adoption is in our future, and we never lose sight of that inevitability on the horizon. Our heart yearns for our fifth child. We plan on adopting through the foster system in our county, which is poor and needy and full of kids who need families. We went through the paperwork a couple of years ago, only to put it on hold for another few years when my husband was accepted into full-time graduate work. So while day-to-day trivialities and school and kids and everything else fill our days, we keep adoption tucked away in our hearts, waiting patiently.

    I am perhaps not so patient after seeing your beautiful daughter. :) Please, some day, let her know that she and the rest of her family have helped fan the flames in my heart. I cannot wait to bring my child home, and I cannot begin to express how happy I am for you and your family. May God bless you, especially in this initial transition.

  • Vidya - Hi Ashley,

    I have been following your blog for a long time and have never commented on any thing. I have always been content to read, laugh and smile. But today, I have been compelled to write something on this post. With tears in my eyes, all I can wish for is a “Happy, healthy and fulfilled life” for your little song. And you are a lucky family to have found her and she is one very lucky baby! May you guys have a wonderful journey ahead. God Bless!

    love,
    vidya

  • windie d - so very happy for you! thank you for sharing this journey with us. Your daughter is beautiful and has a wonderful smile :)

  • Kate - Moved to goosebumps and tears by your journey… This picture of your husband with her with the faint tear line is perfection. What an unbelievably good God we have who blesses us. Thankful the process seemed to go so smoothly, and that it was so beautiful and natural. What a gift. Cannot wait to see this BEAUTIFUL child grow in your incredible family. Thank you for letting us be part of it.

  • Kate - Moved to goosebumps and tears by your journey… This picture of your husband with her with the faint tear line is perfection. What an unbelievably good God we have who blesses us. Thankful the process seemed to go so smoothly, and that it was so beautiful and natural. What a gift. Cannot wait to see this BEAUTIFUL child grow in your incredible family. Thank you for letting us be part of it.

    “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17

  • Trysha - Congratulations!!! God is sooooo good!

  • Nicole L - Everything about this post is so beautiful!!! She is perfect and I am so overjoyed for your family. I have only been following your blog for a short while but have trailed back to follow your adoption journey. Praising God for the way he has divinely pieced your family together.

  • Debbie - I do not know you or your family. I know your photo “work” from a wedding. But NOW, I do know something about you. Thank you for being WHO you are and knowing WHOSE you are. Your story Beauty Full Day is breath taking, teachable and and example of God’s true love. THANK YOU for sharing

  • Elke Nuoffer - Dear Ashley, when I saw your daughter finally in your arms I was crying and smiling at the same time. I am so happy for you and your family, Elke – Germany

  • Dee - I sing a new Song since Jesus came,
    Serve a new Master, Wear a new name,
    Walk a new road, Have a new goal,
    Know a new peace down deep in my soul…

    I read your post and cried, and this song has been running through my heart and my head ever since. Words really can’t describe how incredibly thrilled I am for your family. Highs and lows will come, but our God is good and strong and will be all that each and every one of you need. You’re finally holding your Song…it’s breathtaking!

  • Sara W - What a sweet sweet post! I was thinking and praying for your family this weekend and dreamt about you meeting your daughter. It is so good to see these photos. Blessings to you.

  • Marit - It is obvious that our Father in Heaven was preparing your sweet little daughter for you, as He was preparing you for her. She is beautiful!

    Lots of love from my family to yours!

  • Katie - She’s beautiful! Seeing these photos brought tears to my eyes – I’m looking forward to seeing photos of your whole family together, she looks like she has always belonged!

  • MG Atwood - thank you for documenting this so well! What a joy. I’m so happy for all of you, and what a lucky little lady to have you all as family. Her world may be upside down, but it’s coming up roses!!

  • sheridan - Oh my goodness Ashley! I have been waiting to see her and hear how things are going. I’ve cried through the past two posts and all I can think is how strong you have been. While waiting to meet her how did you keep it together?! I do know most likely the peace that surpassing all understanding is sustaining you all. And then I saw that BEAUTIFUL picture of Daddy holding her w/ a single tear on his cheek…it was more than I can say/type. So happy for her! So happy for you! She is blessed! You are blessed! I’m just blessed today and grateful to be sharing in this journey with you. Thank you! Praying for you all, Sheridan

  • Meg - Such a beautiful testament to the AMAZING God we serve! She is perfect in every way!!!

  • Jacqueline - Tears of joy at my desk today for you and your precious family! God is good.

  • a little of this & a little of that {today you get random} - [...] who picked up her beautiful, precious, amazing little miracle baby girl in China yesterday.  Read her post.  It will make you cry and laugh and want to adopt a baby of your very own.  Or maybe [...]

  • Tiffany - There are so many amazing comments here for your truly amazing and beautiful journey. I don’t know if there is anything new to say, but I had to comment to let you know that your story has touched my heart. I have followed your blog for a very long time and am inspired by your love, courage, effort, honesty, and so much more daily! Thank you for sharing with us! My prayers go out to your family. I so look forward to being encouraged by this continued adventure. Enjoy your time in China and travel home safely!

  • Melissa - I am so happy for your family and I can’t tell you how encouraging your story is. I have been praying for your family and your new daughter your entire process and I’m so glad to see God’s faithfulness to His plan.
    What a beautiful family!

  • Amy - Words fail me as i try to articulate all the emotions I am feeling as I read this post, Your daughter is absolutely beautiful!! I was praying long into the night for you and your family… I pray that God will bring a strong sense of peace and calm to your daughter and your family as you transition to “normal” life! Thank you so much for sharing this journey with us!

  • Ruth McFadden - Congratulations to you and your beautiful family! She is absolutely gorgeous and I am so happy that you finally have her in your arms. My husband and I have always been open to the idea of adopting someday and your story has only made us more excited about that possibility – thank you so much for sharing your experience! It has been so encouraging to watch God working in this situation. Can’t wait to see more pictures!

  • Kate - I’ve followed your blog for the last few months, mostly interested in your adoption story. This post surpassed any expectations. It brought tears to my eyes, joy to my heart, and is a perfect reminder of all the good in the world. Thank you, thank you for sharing your journey.

  • andie jaye - i’m sitting her in tears right now. so happy for all of you and so glad that she has a forever family to share that smile with!

  • Kelli McKnight - I am at work reading this with tears streaming…I started to read it last night and decided to wait. I texted my college daughter whose heart has been toward adopting since she was 9 years old. Told her to read immediately…This is so beautiful it makes my heart hurt. THANK YOU for sharing the intimate details of your story. SO PRECIOUS!

  • Hilary H - Just beautiful. I have read your blog for years – initially finding it for photography tips – but reading this who could not add another congratulations comments. So happy for you and your family – sharing these tender moments is very generous of you. But i send prayers for your continued journey. And thankfulness that God is good. What a sweet little heart you have brought into your family. thank you for sharing.

  • Tamara Hebert - Crying some happy tears for you guys. She is gorgeous, and you all look so happy together. I’m so happy that everything was orchestrated so perfectly.

    God bless you all.

  • TinaPow - So inspired by your family, she is beautiful and so blessed to have you. Congrats! And thank you for allowing all of us to be part of your journey.

  • Kim - Congratulations Campbell family!! I was bauling at your precious pictures. She is beautiful!

  • NanaDoll - I have been praying and thinking of all of you. So precious to get to share all of this with you. I am so happy for you. I wish I was younger, I would just so love to adopt again. May God bless all of you through the next days and weeks of transitions. I am so thankful for your sweet blessing and your heart.

  • amber - She is beautiful. Words cannot express. Im so glad for her & you all that she’s doing ok. God is amazing.

  • Mary Craig - Over the moon for you all! She is beautiful. Love every picture. We are waiting for news from Ethiopia, so these pictures were so heartwarming! So, so thrilled for all of you. Congratulations.

  • Millie from Miami - May her life and your family’s life be blessed with an abundance of happiness. This journey has been incredible to follow and today my heart beams with joy for all of you. She is beautiful!

  • Linsey - Little One, you are such a gift. I am so happy that you are with your family.

  • Tessa - Praising God for the new addition to your family! She is a sweetheart and I will be praying for you as get to know each other in the coming days. To God be the glory!

  • Rose - Congratulations on your baby girl! She finally has her forever family! All of you are so, so lucky :)

  • Bethany - Crying happy tears for you. How beautiful. I think my favorite picture is the one of her Daddy holding her as she sleeps and as a lone tear line streaks his cheek. What a gift. What a beautiful girl.

  • Lori - So much love!! I can feel it from here! Thank you for sharing your journey…such a happy destination.

  • Camille - What a beautiful day indeed. This post made me tear up. Even though I do not understand your specific situation, I DO know what it is like to long and wait for the day when you will get to hold your baby. I am currently dealing with infertility… also known as the never ending wait till I get to hold my baby. I do not know when that day will be, but seeing posts like this give me HOPE. You have such a beautiful family, and I am so very happy for your new addition. Thank you for sharing your story!

  • Mallory - Ashley, she is absolutely beautiful – her smile is brilliant. I am so happy for your family, especially this little girl who is going to be so loved. Congratulations Momma!

  • Kimberly L. - So wonderful. I love seeing how happy your family is now that it’s (more) complete. Thank you for sharing so much raw emotion with us through your photos and words. It’s truly heartwarming to see how much love you and your family have to give and she is one lucky girl to be welcomed into your hearts so fully. I think my favorite photos is of daddy holding her as she sleeps with the trail of a tear running down his cheek. Beautiful. It renews my faith in the lengths people will go to do something so life-changing for another.

  • Ashley Morgan - She is absolutely beautiful!!! We will be praying for yall during the weeks and months ahead!

  • Tara - I’ve read your blog for at least a year. I’ve never commented. I began reading because of your photography tips (I think…can’t remember how I found it). I remember when Firecracker broke her Femur. I was glued to your posts because I could not imagine the long haul you were on (one of my boys is a similar age). When you started posting about your adoption journey, I always looked forward to your updates. I don’t think I knew how emotionally involved I was until you posted about getting “your girl”. I cried and cried (and cried some more). I even shared your story with my husband. It’s funny that I don’t know you in real life, but I’m so glad I know you online. Through your family, I see Jesus Christ. One day, you will know how that has an impact on your readers. Cool.

  • Kim S Mommy of 5 - A special gift bestowed to you from our Lord and Savior the One who redeems lives. She is beautiful!

  • Jenny - Tears of joy are running down my face, I am so happy for your beautiful family!

  • Janica - I am sobbing for the wonderful bliss that your family must feel right now! I am so incredibly happy for you all!

  • JenB - I feel like I’ve been waiting forever to see this girl, so I can only imagine how amazing this feels for you! So many tears of joy :) I don’t know you, but I’ve been praying for you and your family! Thank you so much for sharing all of this. Awesome. Just awesome.

  • Paige - OH MY GOSH!!! You finally have her! I am SO SO SO SO SO happy for you, for Song, and for all of you!!! She is gorgeous; I love her smile ?! Congrats!

  • Wendy - *Tears* May each day bring more happiness than the day before … God Bless your beautiful new daughter.

  • Crystal - AMAZING! May God continue to bless you and your family!!

  • Sarah Crosby - God is so good. I am so happy for you and your family. Adoption is something that has been on my heart as a little girl and I am so very eager to bring a little one of my very own home one day. I love how raw you are in telling you guys story. You leave much in private but also are not afraid to show that there are somethings that have to be worked through and may be a little bit harder. I know Little One is going to look back on these pics and know without a shadow of a doubt that the Lord had you guys picked out for her family all along. Thank you for being a great example to someone who is going to start the process in the near future. Your willingness to follow Christ does not go unnoticed. Praise Him from whom all blessings flow… Little One you are a blessing!

  • Christi - She is so beautiful! I love how your boys already adore her. Can’t wait to see more pictures of everyone together!

  • shannon mills - *sobbing* Wow. She is so beautiful. You are so incredibly blessed to be her parents. That precious smile, the way she crinkles her nose, those captivating eyes. I am so happy for all of you.

  • Lora - The one picture that really got me was Chris holding her…I could see the tear dripping down his cheek. Such a powerful portrait of what the moment means to your family. Glad you are together…and eager for her to meet Firecracker in person!

  • Lori Danelle - My heart is SOARING for you!!! She is simply beautiful. Praise God for such incredible blessings!!

  • Ana - I cried so hard when I saw you holding your baby girl for the first time. So very amazing. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. I am so happy for you and your family. She looks like she has always been a part of you!

  • Charissa Ragsdale - I sit here, bawling for the fruition of your journey. I’ve been watching, reading, a voyeur in the wings. Hoping, praying, crying and laughing through the entire thing. It’s taken so long, she’s grown so much, as have your other children, as have you. But to see her in her teary father’s arms, playing with her brother and being cared for by her mother, makes it such an amazing story, such an amazing life.

    Thank you for sharing so much with us out here in the wings, and God Bless you and yours.

    Charissa

  • Tali - I’m an avid follower of your blog, but seldom comment. I couldn’t not today though. This post just moved me to tears. I’ve followed your journey to this point and couldn’t be more thrilled for your beautiful family. Thank you for sharing. Your daughter is just beautiful. Many, MANY congratulations to you all.

  • Marilyn - Your photos made me cry with joy for this precious child and your family. The love springs from them as another dimension to be experienced.

  • karen - wow and wow. just perfect and the picture of her sleeping in your husband’s arms with one tear streak down his cheek…. just pushed me over the edge.

  • Alisa Biggs - Congratulations on your new family addition that God has blessed you with! You are such great parents with your other children so you will be great with your new daughter too. Have fun getting to know your daughter & have a safe flight home!

  • kiley - When you said to grab a cup of coffee you should have mentioned that Kleenex would be necessary as well (grin)!!! Your daughter is beautiful! Your love for her, the expressions on your faces and hers, are just gorgeous! Praying for God’s continued blessing on your family! Congratulations!!!

  • Jesse - Oooooooooh, how I have waited for this post sweet Ashley…it made me happy and cry (seeing you cry and that tear on Daddy’s cheek holding his sweet babygirl completely threw me over) like no other…CONGRATULATIONS on your beautiful new babydaughter. What a precious wee girl she is & how blessed you all are to have each other now…it’s visible that you were meant for each other :)
    I’m sincerely bursting with HAPPY for you and am sending you all my love and prayers!
    THANK YOU so so much for taking us on this journey with you and your lovely family and for being such an inspiration (in more ways than one).
    LOTS of love and hugs from Germany,
    Jesse

  • Erica - Ashley,

    I have been reading your blog for a while and seeing these pictures – words can’t describe. Tears of joy flow from me and praises to our God are uttered from my lips. She is beautiful. Your family, such a blessing. Thank you for having the holy courage to share such personal and intimate moments. My heart is so abundantly blessed. Your sweet baby girl and the rest of your family is prayed for, may our God continue to bless you and be glorified through you.

  • Cara Yeh - I went to check your blog “quickly” in the middle of my homeschool lesson while the kids were occupied. I couldn’t stop the tears of joy, so I had to explain to my kiddos. So, so happy for you! What a HUGE blessing!

  • Jen - She’s gorgeous. Crying happiness for you all. Lost it looking at the photo of you and her, foreheads together. She looks as though she’s been with you forever. Congrats!

  • Tammy C - I keep coming back to your post to read and re-read it. So much beauty. I cried happy tears for your sweet day. She is beautifully and wonderfully made.

  • Lisa - Ashely – you and your family are amazing. Congratulations on your little girl – she’s beautiful and already so loved. Enjoy her!

  • Abby - This post was even better than I imagined it would be. She is beautiful!!! I first read the post yesterday afternoon, and my thoughts since then have been wonderfully interrupted with images of your daughter. How great is God?

  • Heather - Oh, she’s just beautiful! Look at that smile. God bless you and your new addition to your family!

  • Leslie - Spectacular. So excited for your family! Can’t wait to see how she fits in and adapts to the Campbell way of life. Praying for attachment and peace and sleep. :)

  • Annaliese - Congratulations on the newest member of your sweet family! I am normally not an emotional person but I cried tears of happiness as I read your post today. So many things hit home with me and I am so happy you get to experience them as well. My family spent three years in Hong Kong as expats, and I was lucky enough to graduate from high school there. It is such a great city and I hope to go back some day. Ocean Park may be touristy, although there is nothing quite like a Chinese amusement park! The sites and smells are so also unusual and fascinating. During our last year there, my aunt and uncle adopted my cousin from China, who also has a cleft lip. She has gone through multiple surgeries and will likely need more. I feel for your daughter, but know she is lucky to have your family and the medical care you will be able to provide her. Life is such a blessing and your experiences over the next two weeks in China will be life changing!

  • Meg - These pictures are so touching! The picture of her wrapped in a handmade quilt being held by your husband with tears running down his face is honestly the most moving picture I’ve ever seen. Congratulations to your family! She is a beautiful girl!

  • Maegan - Tears were streaming down my face as I read this. She is beautiful. Your family is beautiful. I’m overflowing with a mixture of emotions for all of you. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

  • Mindy - God is good, God is great, God is merciful- This is my second time reading about your joy filled day and again there are tears of happiness streaming down my face. Ashley she is PERFECT in every way. I am praying for your families safe return home- I know her other siblings can’t wait to hold her. Praise the Lord- everything he does he does well :)

  • Kaytie - Oh Ashley, your daughter is beautiful. I’m so happy for you and your family! Enjoy this time together. :)

  • Katie - My heart is soaring for you all! I am so so excited for you guys and will continue to cry those tears of joy, pray for you all and in general, be thrilled to death for your family! Talk about 7th Heaven! Much much love!
    xo – kb

  • Delia - Congratulations! She is beautiful & you are so lucky to have her.

  • Alisa - I just sobbed when I saw the pics of her placed in your arms…. such a beautiful picture of our adoption by the King of Kings. She’s beautiful beyond words.

  • beth - simply, almost like she knows it, she is “home” at last with the family who will love her forever. how blessed is that little bundle. how blessed are you and your family…….

  • vicki - I have never cried so hard EVER while looking at a computer screen. When God puts something in your heart and you follow it….it is AMAZING. Thank you. Thank you for sharing such a personal thing as these first moments with your daughter. She….is….. BEAUTIFUL.

  • natalie - i have been reading your story for a couple months now on your sweet blog, & i feel completely elated for you & your family. what a “beauty full day”! she is perfect in every way! God is SO good, isn’t He?!

  • sarah kate branine - Thank you for sharing these moments with us. I glimpsed more of the wonderful grace and love of Jesus as I read through and cried along through this post. What an immeasurable gift you have been given. When you said that she fell asleep in your husband’s arms– and that it might have been her first time to fall asleep in someone’s arms, I might have sobbed out loud :)

    Such a gift and such grace. Thank you, Jesus.

  • BethAnne - Oh, I am so happy for you and your family! I cried happy tears through this entire post… I had just about stopped when I got to the picture of your little one asleep in Chris’ arms and the tear marks down his cheeks… made me start all over again.

    I can’t wait to see all of you home and Firecracker lovin’ all over her little sister. :) She is beautiful.

  • Emily Zimmerman - Ashley, congratulations to you and your family! I remember praying for you months ago, I love to see God’s plan fulfilled. Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us. It has been a blessing and an encouragement to me! God is so good!

  • Carla - Sooo beautiful!!! I have been so excited for this post !! She is beautiful!! I pray she would be such a joy to your family…enjoy every moment getting to know her !

  • Kate B. - Blessings! Welcome to your family, little one.

  • Edith - Thank you for posting this touching moment.

  • Hillary - WHAT AN AWESOME GOD WE SERVE!!! Little One is BEAUTIFUL just BEAUTIFUL!!! What a wonderful addition to a already wonderful family :)

  • Angie B - Amazing. What an incredible journey, she is one lucky lady!

  • Jessica R - Oh Ashley. I have read this post a dozen times over the past 24 hours, and have cried so many happy tears for your family. She is so beautiful! I love all of the photos you posted and am so, so thrilled that she is finally in your arms. The picture of your husband holding her, with the tears – I don’t think I will ever forget it. It gave me chills. God bless that baby girl!

  • shadi - I am deeply happy for you, your family and your little daughter…Her smile and your tears made me cry…your kind hearts will be her most precious asset in her life…She is beautiful!

  • Abby - I’ve been following your family’s journey, and I am overjoyed for you!

    It is clear to see that you were meant for each other.

    So many people are celebrating for you, and your Little One!

  • Abby - I am so overjoyed for the 7 of you!

    It is clear to see that you were meant for each other.

    So many people are celebrating for you, and your Little One!

  • Connie - I am so very happy for you all! She is simply beautiful as are you my dear. I can feel your love for her pouring from the photos. Thank you for sharing this moment with all of us.

  • Dara Campbell - What a beautiful story told in pictures. I am so happy for you and your family! What a lucky little girl to be led to such a sweet family!

  • Chas - She is beautiful! Such wonderful moment to share with all of us.

  • allison - GOD IS SOOOOO GOOD!
    she is beautiful! how blessed she is that the Lord has set her in a family… a wonderful family, a family that loves Him! rejoicing with you guys!

  • Natasha - Ashley, I’ve read your blog for years but have never actually wrote until today. Now I simply can’t resist – I have to reach out and let you know much seeing these photos meant to me. I’m in awe of how beautiful your daughter’s smile is and the love I feel from your family for each other at every turn. I am so inexplicably happy for you that I’ve been reduced to a sniffling, sobbing mess by this post! Thank you for sharing such an intimate milestone in your journey, and for being a bright spot in my every day!

  • Emily - Campbells! This post makes my heart so joyful and thankful you’re sharing this. I’ve reread this 3 times, still crying tears of joy! I can’t imagine all the emotions you’ve experienced and how fulfilling it is to FINALLY be in this moment. I can’t tell you how much I have prayed for this day to come and how precious she is. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the pics and her sweet little hands and feet and smile :) God is so good! I am so extremely happy for you guys and cannot wait to meet her. I am continuing to pray that the transition goes smoothly and that you all will enjoy each moment you’re there!

  • Manel Buenafe - I am in tears. You’re family has been an inspiration to many. So much blessed! :)

  • Soraya - I am so happy for Little One and your family. Your recent posts have brought me to tears (of joy and happiness for you all). I have followed your blog because I love all that you do as a mum and live vicariously through your artistic talent. The adoption journey has been an added bonus of intrigue as my own mother adopted out a son when she was very young. I have spent many long hours wondering about him, hoping he has enjoyed as good a life as my mum was able to give me and my sisters, and ache for my mum as she too wonders and hurts about the son that she made the decision to give up for adoption. Hopefully we will get to meet him and his family one day. I am in awe of you and your family for opening your arms to Little One and am certain that she is going to be a very happy wee girl. XXX

  • Carol Van Boening - Praise God from whom all blessings flow! What a glorious blessing for your family!! Thank you for sharing your journey. She is SO precious and I can’t wait to meet her at church. I LOVE that she is SO comfortable with all of you and I can’t wait to see her with her big sister, Firecracker. THAT will be amazing!! Love to all!!

  • Ashley Aneese - I just found your blog this evening via Pinterest (your homemade bubble recipe). I am so grateful to have read your posts. It is so clear that you have a huge heart and your beautiful daughter and loving family are so lucky to have each other. Your story and pictures brought me to tears. So inspiring and lovely. I can’t wait to continue reading about your journey. So much positive energy coming your way!

  • Holly - I’m just commenting because I think it’d be really neat if she had over 1,000 comments on her adoption! This one is #948. Congratulations Campbells! :-D

  • Stephanie - She is beautiful. Tears of joy as I read the story and saw the pics. God bless cant wait to see her running around at church.

  • Cath - Tears, tears and then some more tears…reading that post was the most beautiful blog post I have ever read. The picture of her asleep in her Daddy’s arms with a tear rolling down his cheek is priceless. I love the one of her laughing real hard at you laughing too…seems like she was destined to be part of your loving family. I am so very, very happy for you that your first day with Little One turned out to be such a success.

  • Peta - clicked open the page, saw the first image and burst into tears.

    Congralations to you all – she is beautiful. You are already bringing so much joy to her life. I can see it in her eyes.

    Bless you all.

  • Theresa G. - Tears of joy and happiness for you while reading this! I am so happy and pleased for you and your family!

  • Jenny - This post made me cry. I’m so happy for you all. Congratulations on finally holding your daughter close.

  • stepht - totally in tears while reading this…
    just overcome with God’s love for us.
    even the least of these.
    God has a plan for everyone’s life.
    your daughter… born of someone else… is in your arms now.
    all provision of God.
    so amazing!
    so full of happiness for you guys.
    love all the pics…
    the one of chris and her with him with tear…
    ugh… stab to the heart.
    that’s the one that gave me ugly tears!!!
    what a wonderfully beautiful post.
    thanks for sharing… all of it!!!
    God is good!
    All the time!
    xo

  • Jess Cudzilo - I have never cried this hard reading something online. She could not be any more perfect and those pictures were so beautiful. Thank you for letting us in on one of the biggest days of your life.

  • Helen - Congratulations Campbells, and congratulations Little One. God has obviously picked an awesome forever family for you. So happy for you all (and yes, crying my way through your blog Ashley!) Hugs from Australia xoxo

  • Ria - I don’t think I’ve ever commented, but I’ve been following your blog for a while now. I’ve forgotten how I discovered your site, but I clearly remember the day you announced the official start of your adoption journey. So to be able to take part of this incredible moment, albeit virtually, is incredible. Thank you for sharing your words and photos. The Little One is immensely blessed to be part of your beautiful family.

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  • Kassie - I cried tears of joy for you and your family. What a blessing for all. Good luck to you all!!

  • Simone - Such a beautiful journey! I’ve been reading along for over a year now but don’t think I’ve commented before. This post brought tears to my eyes. I’m am so happy for you all that this story is complete and you can venture off into the sunshine of life as a family of seven! Lucky Seven! Congratulations! xx

  • pinksuedeshoe - Ashley this is such a beautiful post. I had tears pouring down my face as I read about your sweet family, finally complete. What a treasure your Little One is, and what a beautiful blessing to have so much peace on your first day together. Sending lots of love to all of you, can’t wait for your whole family to be together under one roof!

  • Bárbara Isenberg Grzybowski - God bless you all!!

  • Iara - I can’t stop the tears seeing the beauty of this meeting. It makes me remember the day my little sister joined our family through adoption. I was 10 years old and only child and she came to change my world forever. I am sure this little girl will going to be a wonderful gift for the life of the 6 of you. God bless you and your family, Ashley. Congrats on your daughter!

  • Kristin C. - I haven’t been on in a bit and just came back to read your updates. I cried all the way through reading this. I am so happy for you and your family. Many blessings, Kristin

  • Nicole - Beautiful…no truer words were ever spoken! Welcome home little one! You are one blessed little girl! And God has an incredible plan for your life…”plans to prosper and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). Thanks so much Campbell family for sharing your journey with us!

  • jen@thecottagenest - The picture of Daddy holding her while she slept and the tear running down his cheek, is perhaps the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen in my life. That gorgeous new baby of yours is clearly loved so deeply already. I feel full of joy for her and the life she will get to live in your amazing family.

  • Susannah - I tried to comment on Monday but the site was so overwhelmed by love that it wouldn’t let me! I’m so happy for you and your family! She will come to see how blessed she is that God chose her to be your little one. I have cried reading every one of your adoption posts!

  • ashley gee - your journey makes my heart sing, joy that wells up in my chest. thank you for sharing. beautiful.

  • Darcie - Favorite pic: Her sleeping in daddy’s arms. I see the tear on his cheek. Precious and tender. Daddy’s are so awesome. Congratulations on the new beginning!

  • Darcie - Favorite pic: Her sleeping in daddy’s arms. I see the tear on his cheek. Precious and tender. Daddies are so awesome. Congratulations on the new beginning!

  • Karla - Every now and then I visit to see what else is new, and when I heard about your adoption story I was eager to see how it would unfold. As This Day got closer, as your hope and anticipation grew, I got more and more excited for you. It’s amazing to see how God works all over the world! So happy for you and praying for your family and your beautiful new daughter.

  • Lindsey M - Tears of joy falling for you and your family! May you all become “comfortable” in God’s perfect timing. Many, many blessings.

  • Maran Buck - I may not have ever met you or your family BUT the tears were streaming down my face as I read your post today and looked at the amazing pictures with your new daughter. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I look forward to getting to follow along in the coming months!

  • Maran Buck - Oh and I meant to mention, the picture of your husband holding her with a tear streaked down his cheek – Oh my word. So moving.

  • Billiejean - I have been waiting for this post! I shared it on my FB page so that others that don’t know your story would be able to share in your joy. These pictures moved me- really moved me.
    How great, how deep, how wide, does this love seem. Thank you so much for letting us be a part of your journey.

    To Little One- soak up every bit of this blessing. You deserve every good and perfect gift and your life will be so rich (in all the ways that matter!)

    Love to you all, from across the miles.

  • Laura - Crying, smiling, giving thanks for you and your family.

  • noël from AR - Praise the Lord for this glorious day! I have loved watching this family love story unfold, and thank God with you for this day.

  • Kate Strabley - God is gracious! I am overjoyed for her and your family! Tears of joy are streaming down my face. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story.

  • Claudia - Dear Ashley, you’re simply my inspiration! Thank you for your generosity to share so precious moments, so truly, so beautiful. God bless you and your wonderful family ever and ever.

  • Krystin - Ashley, I can’t begin to tell you how beautiful this was. The photographs, the little story… It was so wonderful. I have read this twice now and I cried each time. It’s so inspiring and I can’t wait to see the life that your family will give to this little girl. She’s beautiful!

    XO Krystin

  • Paulina J! - Congrats!!!! I’m finally catching up on the blog and it’s 12:38 in the morning and I cant stop crying!!! I’m so happy for you and your family. SO much love :)

  • Jeana - AMAZING.. sums up those photos. And God’s faithfulness, goodness, and His perfect timing. He planned and knew this day long before you dreamt and hoped for it in your hearts and how beautiful to see the outcome! There’s so much unconditional love in those photos.. brings me to tears.. God bless your new fulfilled family. She’s beautiful! Made in His image, perfectly.

    xoxo,
    Jeana Cosentino

  • Amber - I can’t tell you how touching this is to me. I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of years now, but I’ve never commented. Now I am checking your blog daily for updates on this beautiful story. Truly, you are doing God’s work. The photo of your husband holding her brings tears to my eyes. I don’t know your take on this, but do you think breastfeeding her would help her with the bonding process? Once she gets a little more used to you that is? I know she’s 9 months old and probably very used to a bottle by now, but I just feel so sad that she never got the chance to breastfeed. There are special devices called SNS’s made by Medela that are specifically used by adoptive mothers to start nursing. Not sure if this is something you’re able to do, just thought I would throw that out there. Good luck in all your beautiful days ahead! :)

  • amber t - You are truly doing God’s work. Do you think breastfeeding little one would benefit her and strengthen her bonding process? They make special devices called SNS’s so that adoptive mothers can begin to nurse. I know she’s 9 months and used to a bottle by now. Not sure if you’re interested in this, just thought I would throw it out there. Good luck in all your beautiful days ahead!

  • amber t - Whoops! So sorry, I didn’t mean to post pretty much the same question twice :/

  • Kym - this is such a beautiful post. I’m new here, and i had tears in my eyes for you. adoption is such an amazing thing- god bless you.

  • Lacey - Thank you so much for sharing this journey with us… I feel honored to see these images. Blessings to Little One and your amazing family!

  • Lindsay - Congratulations on finally getting to join up with your daughter! She is absolutely gorgeous and looks such a happy little miss. All the best for your families future together.

  • ruth - Ashley, I have been so anxious for you that this day would be everything little one needed and that you two would make a bond like every mother wishes for when she has her new baby in her arms. It made me so happy that you and your whole family have had such a beautiful and miraculous experience this day. Little one has more than just you and your family looking out for her, and sometimes things are so much more wonderful that you have expected.
    all the best,
    Ruth

  • SedaSD - This is a post I will come back and read anytime I’m low in my days, this is so moving. Congratulations,she’s precious…

  • Jill Denton - Beautiful! As God adopts us into His family and gives us a new life, rich and full so you have done for sweet Little One. What a story!

  • Beth - Having prayed for your family and “Little One” for some time now and having watched as you’ve gone through this process I was quite prepared for a very emotional first meeting and enjoyed the pictures you’ve captured. However, I was NOT prepared for my own flood of emotions that welled up as you shared this with us. Adoption is amazing and I think you’ve given a clear picture of Jesus Christ through your love and sacrifice to make this beautiful girl your own. Praying for the rest of your trip!

  • Irene M. Phillips - Those pictures tugged at my heart. How awesome it is that God would grant you a sweet lil baby. Praising Him!

  • Shannon Phillips - ASHLEY!!!!!!!!!! She is so perfect in every single way! We just got back from our trip to Michigan and finally have internet access again. This is for certain the most beautiful post I have EVER laid eyes on. Seeing you my sweet friend mothering your precious little one the same loving way you have mothered all of your babies makes my heart turn to goo and my eyes well up with tears. Little one is so blessed to be in the most amazing family and your family is so blessed to have been chosen by God to care for this sweet angel.
    God is SOOOOOO GOOOOOOD!!! Love to you from the other side of the world. xoxoxo

  • Awbree - This so absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing your story. I have tears running down my face as I read and see your smiling faces. The picture of your husband holding little one with the year rolling down his cheek is priceless. I’m so happy for you. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to one day adopt a baby from Korea. I hope to one day fullfill that dream. In the meantime, I’ll share yours :)

  • Jenna - As someone who is also awaiting the day we begin our adoption, this post spoke right to my heart. The waiting is worth it. Thank you for sharing this moment with us all. The picture of your husband holding your sleeping baby girl will forever be etched in my memory. Truly it was a beautiful day.

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  • Suzy - Little One, the favor that God has shown you and your family is so overwhelmingly good. Welcome to your forever family and to a family of blog readers who undoubtedly shed tears reading this post as I have. My youngest daughter is your age too, and even though your past year has been a bit different than hers, nothing is different regarding where God has you right now, in your sweet mommy and daddy’s arms, with their love outpouring for you. Big hug and kiss for you!

  • Gentry - I don’t know you, but I’m bawling! What a beautiful memory of the introduction to your daughter that is God given. God knew before she was born that you were her mommy and daddy. It just took determination and time to make it happen. You have a beautiful family and a beautiful love story. BTW…I love the tear on her daddy’s cheek.

  • Missi - Dang. I was trying to kill some time before going to bed this evening, and now I’m sobbing on the floor of the living room. Thank you for sharing this special and intimate time.

  • Caitlin - My heart sings for you. I have wept many times reading about your journey to your little one, but this post is the most moving of all.

  • Jess - Thank you so much for sharing your story. These photos and yours words bought tears of happiness to my eyes. You and you’re family are amazing!

  • Barbara G - I am so happy for all of you. You have been waiting so long for this day to come and you have come a long way to get to this point. It is so wonderfully beautiful to see your family finally becoming one.
    Little One, finally you can meet your family. Only the best to you!

  • allie - this post is SO special. the raw emotion is so real. the picture of chris holding her with tears streaming down his face has me bawling on my couch like a baby. so incredibly special! thank you for letting so many of us who don’t know you personally share in this story with you.

  • Rebecca Hackworth - It was wonderful to peek into your precious day, Campbell family, and I’m so excited and thankful her adjustment seems to be going so well – dancing a jig about that! And looking forward to seeing your wonderful family soon!

    Rebecca

  • Kathleen - Tears of happiness for your joy. Congratulations on your new daughter!

  • Kelley - What a happy and beautiful day it was!! I’ve been covering this day in prayer since you announced it was coming! Little One is beautiful and adorable and a perfect fit for your sweet family! What a blessing to see the joy of your first day together!

    I’ve read this post 3 times now (and shared with countless friends)… I cry each time I read it! Especially over the part that she fell asleep in her daddy’s arms, maybe the first time that has happened! And Chris’s tears in the picture… pure joy of a proud father!

  • Clarice - first time here and so touched by this post. just precious, what a beautiful family. the photo of dad holding her asleep is so sweet.

  • Lauren - These pictures are priceless. Thank you for sharing this moment with me & the world. Your daughter is so unbelievably beautiful. I can’t help but cry out of joy for you. What an amazing blessing God gave you.

  • Jessica H - I am in awe. My heart is overflowing with such happiness for you, your family, and your precious sweet little girl. Such a blessing, for ALL of you!

  • Kristen - This is one of the most awesome blog posts ever. She is simply beautiful. A true blessing from God, perfectly formed and created in His image. Many happy first moments with your daughter to you!

  • cory - Oh Beloved One, what a delight to see you with your family! I have tears streaming down my face as I am sure so many have already done as they read this. What a joy! God, you are so good!

  • Robin - She is so Beautiful! Congratulations to your family! …I have loved following your journey to this moment…tears of Joy!

  • Amy - Congratulations, she is so precious. I cried all while reading this article. My youngest son was born with a cleft lip and I remember all those same fears and concerns regarding feeding. I am so very happy for your family!!!

  • Sophie - Ashley,
    Life has been busy and I hadn’t checked your blog in a few weeks. Finally tonight I started to wonder how your family was doing and about your new little one. I just read through all the recent posts up to this one and I was overcome by tears of joy! I am so happy you finally have her home with you. You are a beautiful person inside and out and so is your family.

    Thank you so much for sharing your journey.

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  • Maike - moodkids - what a lovely family your have ashley, I love the way you are, all the best for you and your loved ones.

  • Nina von Butterzart - My english is not good enough to write you down exactly what I felt when I saw this pictures and the tears in my eyes made it much more stronger.

    Your dougther is a wonderful little girl.

    All my best wishes the long way from Germany to you,

    Nina

  • Melissa - I am crying tears of joy and happiness with you. She is beautiful!!

  • Vera - oh how amazing you all are! And how blessed she and your family to have found each other! May the Lord continue blessing you all!

  • Debbie - You and your family are amazing people. You are all really lucky to have one another. I hope I will also have the chance to adopt in the future.

  • Jane Hudson - Your story is amazing and beautiful and it made me shed tears of joy and wonder. Your little girl is gorgeous and incredibly lucky to have a future so bright thanks to you and your family. Thanks for sharing.

  • abby - I have just read through all of your adoption posts up to here – I am in floods of tears. I am just so happy for you all. What a wonderful family. After all this time waiting, it is so clear to see it was because you were waiting for this little angel.

    I am just so happy for you all!

  • Jessica - I am officially bawling my eyes out! So beautiful. As a mom, I could completely feel your pain when she first cried. Still reading more, but wanted to tell you how touching this is.

  • Melissa - So I am sitting here at our kitchen table (With a cup of coffee just like you instructed) and I am CRYING MY EYES OUT. Such a sweet story. You documented it perfectly.

  • Joanne - I was recommended this blog by my cousin. I am not sure whether this post is written by him as no one else know such detailed about my difficulty.
    You are wonderful! Thanks!

  • ami@naivecookcooks - It is my first time visiting your blog and this post of yours made my heart heavy!! So so proud of you my dear friend!

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  • Kristen - I have been reading your blog from the beginning of your adoption journey since this morning and I am having to MAKE myself stop to leave a comment! I couldn’t stop reading earlier to make one…I wanted to keep reading and keep reading and see this sweet baby! I have cried and laughed and felt emotions that I have never felt before so I can only imagine what it was like for you and your family to actually go through all of this. I am 28 years old and have PCOS. I found out when I was 23 and that is when I knew I would eventually have to adopt to become a parent. When I was 25, I unexpectedly got pregnant with my “miracle child” as I call her who is now 2 1/2. I want to have more children and could careless whether I have them myself or adopt, at least that is how I have felt. But after reading this post, I want to adopt and I would love to adopt a child with special needs as you did. One question stayed in my mind the entire time I have been reading and that was “Was her disability the reason for her being abandoned?” It’s so sad to even think about it and my heart truly goes out to each and every little baby like her. It makes me want to open my home to as many as I can possibly afford who are just like her. She is perfect and has the sweetest demeanor and smile. The pictures of you holding her for the first time and her crying and you crying were so touching and emotional…I balled lol! I just wanted to make myself stop reading long enough to comment and tell you how touched I am by your story and I am so glad that you shared it. Now…I HAVE to get back to reading the months and years to come! I can not put this down! You should really publish a book!

  • AshleyAnn - Kristen – thank you so much for taking the time to comment. I truly appreciate you sharing a bit of your story and sharing in the excitement of mine. Parenthood is such a beautiful adventure!

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