As my friend Denise would say, “OH MY WORD!” the Oklahoma weather has been crazy good lately. All the windows open, walk to the farmers market, outdoor thrift shopping, picnic table dinner good…so, so good!

If there was one thing I would really love to do in this weather it would be to take a good long nap under the sycamore tree….


The picture below I shot at f/1.8. If you have been to a SnapShop you know I pretty much never shoot at that setting with kids

…too much movement for that shallow of a depth of field (small area of focus).809nap-06

And one where she is awake just because I think she is so stinkin’ cute.809bface

So there is a hint in this post about something I have in the works. I am going to drop hints each day this week and see if anyone can guess it. I’ll announce it next week….don’t get too excited it really isn’t a big deal…or a cool giveaway…or a SnapShop date announcement….just a fun guessing game.

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  • Jolie - oh so sweet…how do you not just nibble on that little piece of deliciousness all day long?

  • Jeannette Swan - I love all the pics…just amazing and awesome and a beautiful subject. I think I need more hints to guess what you have in the’re to creative for me!!

  • Stephanie - She is SO adorable! Great to see you last night friend!

  • pamela - OH! she looks so much like my little Zoe! hmmm, are you hinting that you’re making a quilt!?

  • Amy - Wall art???

  • christina larsen - you are going to make a hammock so you can nap outside.

  • Cate O'Malley - OMG, the cuteness!

  • Emma - What a joy it is to sit every morning with a cuppa and look at your beautiful photo’s! Thank you so much for sharing them with the world. (I live in Australia)

  • amy stamm - as your friend Denise would say….OH MY WORD= what a CUTIE PIE!!!! She is a doll– love the pictures- the last one is PRECIOUS!!!!! ENJOY!! thanks for sharing!!!

  • Kenna S - Her eyes and rosebud lips are just beyond precious! I’m guessing that you’re going to start quilting? When would you have the time?!

  • Jennifer - Oh how I wish you lived by me. YOur photos are beautiful and I have three little girls that I would LOVE to have photographed!

So I recently did my first ever “corporate” sponsorship at a golf tournament. Funny thing is usually sponsors do it for the advertising or tax write-off – I did it for neither. My hubby and an incredible team of others put on the first ever adopt[ed] golf tournament. They did a fantastic job. Along with the tournament they did a sports memorabilia auction and banquet…raising nearly $40k to provide grants for those adopting, help for the local DHS children’s home and the ‘purchase’ of an international orphan trust.

Baby Sister kicked it back in her stroller…but chose NOT to sleep all day…firecracker.


We got Biggest Brother out of school early so he could play a round with his daddy.


(those are my clubs when I was a little girl – my dad hoped for a golfer, he got a gymnast)809golf-2

Biggest Brother’s AWESOME ‘Sunday School’ teachers….he was stoked to see them there.809golf-3

A bit of a hockey player stance:)809golf-4

With me at my sign – I think we look a lot alike in this pic. Can I just say I am crazy about this kid. Crazy about him. And with his daddy (I’m crazy about him too).


With yesterday’s post and today’s I am guessing I will get more emails asking if any of my kids are adopted.

My answer, “not yet.”

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  • lesley - What a cute little golfer!! And your hair is too cute!

  • christina larsen - Wow, that’s an amazing total. I heard it was close to 30K, but that amount is amazing. Thanks for taking part in it. Can’t wait to see what is raised next year.

  • Jeannette Swan - Awesome!!! Biggest Brother is for sure the cutest golfer I have ever seen. I’m so excited that so much $ was raised for an awesome reason! And, I noticed your hair right away – looks adorable!

  • sheridan - Love those shots of biggest brother teeing off. You are is awesome and you wear it well!

  • sheridan - oops your hair is awesome is what I meant but you are awesome too:)

  • Carrie - I love your hair!!

  • Ang - Whoa – CUTE hair! The pictures of C golfing are just too much – such a cute little man!

  • Natasha Perryman - LOVE that answer : )
    I always seem to be given great opportunities to talk about adoption and today was one of those great moments. Got to pour my heart out about my kiddos and the beauty of God’s heart in adoption.
    I am glad the golf tour went so well. I am proud of TCABC’s adoption ministry.
    I also rejoice with the Woods over their son. I would have liked to seen the cardboard take you all did…
    Have a beautiful weekend.

  • Trinity - WAY CUTE HAIR!!!!!!!

  • Heather Stauffer - I LOVE YOUR HAIR!!!!!

  • AshleyAnn - Thanks for the comments on my hair! I cut 8 inches – it was wonderful to see it all on the salon floor. It’s usually wavy not straight…too much time to straighten it!

  • bopha - cute pictures of a cute boy! love the new do, it kind of makes you look more like your sister.

  • Liz - I love your hair!! I think that is great that the whole family was involved with the golf tournament. It is a great cause. I think adoption is a wonderful. We haven’t done it yet but I have always been open to it!

  • Kara May - What an awesome event! I was adopted so things like this completely touch me. Great images too :)

  • Mandy Metcalf - That’s incredible that you guys raised the much! Awesome! I’m loving your hair – it’s super cute.

  • amy stamm - so cute!! He is a ham!!! Love your pictures= you do great work— what kind of camera is that??? What do you recommed- Im shopping for one!

  • Ashley Smith - Hey, we made your blog, I’m honored and stoked. Wish we could have played with Corbett, such a great boy!!! See you guys soon.


I was reading a friend’s blog and he challenged his readers to share how an orphan has changed your life. I love that idea for many reasons, but one of the biggest for me is to get to share about a little girl who never had a mom or dad go on and on about her to others. This might be a wordy post…

In the summer of 2000 Chris and I spent 8 weeks in Kazakhstan. It was the summer before we got married and we were there partnering with workers in that country to teach summer english camps. The camps were great, but in our down time we volunteered at an orphanage. My time with those kids was the highlight of my summer. It was amazing to watch Chris with the kids – confirmed in many ways he was the guy for me. From the first time we walked through the gate a little girl with a questioning smile caught my eye. She always stayed on the edge of the group and never demanded my attention. In the games she seemed to have a need to prove to the boys she could beat them – which she usually did. She was strong willed, quiet, and liked to take charge. She reminded me of myself in many ways and we just hit it off. Her name was Sabina and she became my little friend for the rest of the summer. I would have adopted her had the country allowed it. When our summer was over and we began preparations to leave my heart broke at the thought that I wouldn’t know how her story ends. The only picture I have of the two of us now hangs on my refrigerator. My boys know her story – which makes me happy that she is not forgotten. I still think of her all the time. She is probably about 14 years old now. Most likely she is still in a government home for teenagers. If that is the case in a couple of years she will age out of the system and be left to fend for herself in a very poor country. If she goes the road of many young girls like her it is likely she will find herself in the sex trade industry. If she is like many young girls she will sell her body to feed her stomach. As I look at her picture, I pray that she has found a different road. I pray that light in her eyes is still there. I pray that the fire in her would be used to change not only the course of her life but the lives of other girls like her. I pray that when she falls asleep at night she would somehow know she is not forgotten. I pray she is happy…and loved…and safe. And so I share her story with you, so again she is not forgotten….

We killed Chris and the boys at baseball – we had to prove ourselves and we did:)


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  • Aaron Hamilton - Ashley,
    Okay…so you said Kazakhstan and I had to comment. What a beautiful story and a beautiful little girl. Those Kazakh kids are all knockouts. Do you remember what city you were in?

    And…we adopted a baby girl, Lyla Dawn, when she was only 2 days old. We haven’t updated the blog yet, but will soon. She is beautiful and has totally got me (Aaron) wrapped around her finger at only 6 weeks. Your little girl is beautiful! God is good.


  • Trinity - Yes, I have tears in my eyes. What a beautiful girl, and I pray that God saved her from that hard road. I also pray that somehow you might get to find out where she is. I have 4 beautiful “used to be orphans” in my home that have totally changed my life! It makes me overwhelmed to think of where they could have been and where they can be now…….thanks for sharing!

  • alex himaya - Praying with you for her!

  • Rachel - Praying for Sabina — and hoping that one day you would meet again.

  • Stephanie - I will pray for Sabina!

  • christina larsen - What an amazing story. Thank you for sharing it with us. I also pray that she has found a forever family and she is sure of their love and that they embrace her strong spirit. She is beautiful.

  • Linda - Thank you for sharing!

  • Kirra Sue - Just read this and am in tears. Praying for Sabrina today.

  • Janelle Vano - Oh my goodness…I started to cry just reading this. I often think of the lost, lonely children of the world and my heart breaks for them. But, seeing the original date of this post…Aug 2009…I realized that little Sabina is the same age as my own daughter, Sabrina. Lord, please protect Sabina!!

  • Holly Andrews - Ashley, I just found your blog today from totally random link through pinterest and I have to tell you I was hooked! I love your quirky style, amazing photography and random posts! Looking over the time your daughter was in the hospital, I was wondering if you were a Christian and then I stumbled on your December post regarding the negative comments you’ve received. I appreciate that you present Christianity the way you do. You have a normal, very busy family, amazing God given creativity and you present a light-hearted, laugh-at-yourself picture of what life should look like with a sort of graciousness that is so uncommon. I don’t know why people think they can tell you what to post on your blog – hello! the whole purpose of blogging is to have a personal voice! But keep doing it! You’ve got a perfect window to plant those seeds on unbelievers that come to see what gifts God has given you. Good job! You sound like someone I’d love to have as a friend (you probably give the best Christmas gifts) and I’d love to have my kids play with yours (getting into good clean trouble). Good luck on your adoption, she’s one lucky girl!

  • dana - She is beautiful! I do see the light in her eyes! It must have been so hard to leave this little one there. Praying for Sabina that she is safe with her family and oh so happy. I hope you hear good news about her from someone soon. Thanks for sharing!