…I had one yesterday. Thankful for today….

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  • amanda torres - So you are human! Nice to know ;)

  • meg duerksen - here’s to today!! it will be better…it has to be.
    :)

    kissed by a goat? how many people can say that?

  • Jill R - YES!! This looks exactly like what we’ve had going on at our house for the past couple of days. Is something in the air? The goat picture is a little funny though…. ;) Here’s to a better day today!

  • Lisa - I have a lot of “those” days!

  • Trinity - don’t ya love the look on big brother’s face as he relaxes and smiles as little brother falls out of the jeep! too funny!

  • Shannon Phillips - Whew! I am glad that I am not the only one. I am with Amanda, glad to know that you are human too. ;)

  • sheridan - oh girl if we didn’t have those days we wouldn’t enjoy the peaceful ones as much! Same song just a different face at my house:)

  • rachel denbow - These photos are fantastic. This should be a hallmark card!

  • christina larsen - How about weeks or months? Definitely there.

  • Chris Campbell - It’s tough being the youngest brother sometimes. It is funny that mom is behind the camera while the boy struggles… I guess it builds a little character!!

  • bopha - I was wondering the same thing Chris, how long was poor Rett hanging out of the car…I have done the same for the sake of a funny picture. It does build character!

Remember THIS POST (click here)…well do I have exciting news! With about 36 hours of notice that they were becoming first time parents – Robert and Rachel welcomed Griffin into their arms, hearts and families. He is one of the cutest baby boys and has the greatest head of hair. His parents are completely smitten and are some of the most at ease, natural first time parents I have ever met. They had a really good thing going as a couple and it is SO MUCH fun to see the great thing they have going now as a family. This tiny guy has one incredible story of love both from his amazing birth parents to his mom and dad – it is just beautiful! Rachel told me a month or so ago that our kids could be in the same grade – she was right, they are about 4 weeks apart.

I have gotten several phone calls, emails and in person questions asking when Griffin would be making his blog debut…here you go:

These next 3 are my favorites. The night before she had him, Griffin’s birth mom packed this basket full of essential items for Robert and Rachel. She knew they didn’t have much time to prepare…how incredibly strong, beautiful, and selfless is that! I so hope to meet her one day…

I love baby yawns!

He likes me. He really likes me.

Yeah, it didn’t take long for him to realize how cool his Aunt Ashley is (Rach says I need a new name b/c that is hard for a kid to say).

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  • Rachel - Ash — They are beautiful! They definitely capture all of the “griffin-isms” we’ve come to adore — like those pouty lips. The smile picture at the end is hilarious….and, you are right, Grif definitely loves his Aunt Ashley. Thanks so much for EVERYTHING. We are PARENTS, can you believe it?

  • Kristen - Hooray! He is simply beautiful! My dear friends that I commented on your blog about when you posted their amazing story adopted a precious boy about 5 weeks ago. GOD.IS.GOOD! Congrats to you all!

  • Lisa - Congratulations to the new parents! Such a beautiful baby and such a blessing. The pictures are amazing.

  • Courtney Connelly - The pictures are just precious and Griffin sure is a cute little guy! You all are PARENTS and it is so WONDERFUL!!!

  • christina larsen - Congrats Rachel and Robert. He is precious; and could a baby have anymore hair. Both mine were baldies. Enjoy him, as I know you will. So excited for you ALL.

  • amanda torres - He is so ADORABLE! The whole adoption process always makes me cry. The selfless act of love by the birth mom. The trust and faith of the parents…gets me everytime. What a blessing!

  • lesley - Congratulations to the new parents! He’s beautiful. Amazing pictures Ashley.

  • Mandy B - Rachel and Robert, he is absolutely beautiful….how could you not want to is those lips all the time!!! I can’t wait to meet him face to face – CONGRATULATIONS!

  • Shanalea - Congratulations Rachel and Robert. What a blessing this little one will be in your life. Boys are fun as Ashley can share as well. Enjoy the newborn moments because before you know it they are crawling around and doing all kinds of crazy things.

  • Trinity - I was just wondering the other day if they had gotten a baby yet. Then I just started praying for that family instead of just wondering. I am so glad for them….Griffin is so cute with all of that hair! Congratulations!

  • Jeannette Swan - Congratulations Robert and Rachel!! I cried when I saw him yesterday and I’m crying now!! How amazing and wonderful our God is!! I’m touched by the birth Mom’s thoughtfulness and kindness too – I pray God’s blessings on her and her family!

  • Katie H. - YAY Grif!!! I LOVE these pics they are so great! Now we need some Cousins pics to go with them! Hmm…Carter will be 3-months next week that sounds like a good time to take them to me. ;)
    Great job Ashley!

  • Bobbi - He is soooooo Cute. Congrats! You two are going to be such good parents! Welcome to this crazy and wonderful world.

  • Brandy - Awesome Pictures! Rachel and Robert, you have such a beautiful little boy; how can he not take cute pictures? :) What a wonderful blessing. We are so happy for you both and know that Griffin is so blessed to have you as his parents. Can’t wait to meet him! – Brandy and Joe Jack

  • Allison - I have been anxioulsy awaiting this post, and of course Ashley you don’t disappoint! Griffin is beautiful and the family together is even more beautiful! Congrats to Robert and Rachel, welcome to the club!!! ;-)

  • Jill R - I don’t think I have ever seen a more beautiful little family! Griffin is so adorable. I love the yawning picture, and of course the big smile. I can’t believe it – he already looks older since I saw him last!! Congratulations Rachel & Robert. Enjoy every precious moment!

  • Emily Beaty - How exciting!!! I LOVE the last one!

  • meg duerksen - that is so cool!

  • Georgia Davis - I have been waiting to see these pictures. He is so beautiful. I can’t wait to meet him.

  • bopha - He is adorable and I am so happy for the 2 of you. I knew that God would bless you with a sweet baby, enjoy parenthood!

  • alex himaya - Absolutely some of the best pictures I have ever seen!
    He is so adorable!
    Praise the Lord for Griffen.

  • amy stamm - sweet!! CONGRATS TO YOUR FRIENDS! THEY SEEM SOOO HAPPY! ENJOY THAT LITTLE GUY–YOUR PICTURES ARE BEAUTIFUL AS ALWAYS!!!!

  • Heather Stauffer - Rachel and Robert, I am SO happy for you guys! Your new little family is just perfect! I am sitting here in tears of joy for you guys…so that alone shows how well Ashley captured that story for you…

  • Megan Hubbard - I love the last one of his smile. These are precious. Congrats Robert and Rachel.

  • Jennifer K. - OMG! I had no idea! Rob and Rachel – He is BEYOND precious! You are so blessed! But more than that, HE is so blessed!! Congratulations!!…Ashley- Great job, as usual!!

  • Jamie - Look at that hair. He is gorgeous. I can’t help tearing up at every adoption story. This one is no exception. Such a powerful demonstration of love all around (birth mother, adoptive parents, and our Father in heaven). Thanks for sharing.

  • karla stroike - Congratulations. He is precious. I am so happy for all of you.

  • Emily - I LOVE this and I’m so excited for Rachel and Robert, what a blessing!

  • Hannah - Even though no one will ever see this comment bc it’s literally 2 months late…. Here it goes:
    love the pics of griff! I’m absolutely obsessed with all of them. Ashley, you couldn’t have done a better job!
    Ps… It was great seeing you at Ikea yesterday! :)

  • Helen + Bill + Mirys from Brazil - CONGRATULATIONS for all of you!!!!

    I´m in tears! What a beautiful love story!

    Keep send news from this extraordinary family!

    Mirys – http://www.diariodos3mosqueteiros.blogspot.com

I get asked all the time about post processing/digital editing/”photoshopping” and what I recommend. There are so many options out there is it difficult to make recommendations. Most cameras and computers come with software. I’m a mac girl, so I don’t really know anything about software that isn’t mac friendly. I had heard a little about Picnik.com for free online editing so I thought I would give it a test run for you. I played with the free version, but they have upgrade options for an affordable price that allows for more customization. I was pleasantly surprised with what it could do for being free. If you haven’t played with digitally editing your photos before I recommend trying it out. Here are some of my “before” & “after” shots.

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Biggest brother (and Big brother) in Hawaii…3 years ago

Biggest brother 3 years ago. The skin tone came out a little too warm, but I could have played with it more.

Biggest brother learning to walk…the vignette is a little strong for my taste

For the record, I use Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop

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  • Rachel - Thanks for the website. I have been playing around a lot with photo editing lately. I am also a Mac girl and have been looking for good software, that is cheaper than PhotoShop :-). I have LightRoom but have not played around with it enough to get the best use out of it. It’s a little complicated. :-)

  • becky - I have a free software called GIMP that I use. I don’t know what most of the things are but it’s a good program.

  • Faith Buss - What are some of your fav actions/presets? (If you use them…)

  • Serena - Picnik is easy and nice! I use it too, but looking for something else!

  • Emma - Ashley, I was just wondering if you did a course to learn how to use Photoshop?