Sunday, April 03, 2011

A Treasure...!'s been a whirlwind of a weekend.  We had lots of big announcements about our journey - first to my extended family (crazy supportive!), then to our church family (mega supportive!) and then to some of Jake's family (super supportive!).  Everything went exactly as planned...all of Facebook is buzzin' with the news - cousins, aunts - everyone's saying "Carter Benjamin's comin' home!".  So ridiculously exciting.

Remember the day after your wedding?  Or your graduation?  Or the purchase of a house?  Yes, I'm talking about the letdown.  All the excitement - going nonstop all weekend - and now, crash.  Back to reality - actually - back to our 'new' and temporary reality of paperwork, signatures, government offices, and more paperwork.  Did I mention the tiling, groutwork, painting, and woodwork?  Ah, yes - that's right.  We are nearing the end of a home remodel.  Perfect timing, right?

Anyhow - back to the letdown.  In all my running around like a crazy woman stress, I almost forgot about Carter.  And then - I got an email - no, a treasure - from an awesome woman who has been loving on our little Carter before we even knew existed.  She's been to his orphanage - seen him!  Face to face!!  Her email had lots of great info - but it's all a blur, because all I read was this:

Look through the recent posts on my blog…there are baby pics if you don’t have them yet.  

What?  Baby pictures?  C'mon now, you know I'm a picture person!! 

So, without further he is - "Baby Carter".... (Nana...get your kleenex!!!!)

Baby Carter :)

Toddler Carter :)

AND - a new photo that was taken at the same time as the other one we have......

The top one is the one we've had all along, the bottom is new :) 
He's saying "oh, daddy - you're so funny!"

God is so good - He always knows just what I need, and is gracious enough to give it to me!  Blessed.

One Thing I Know For Sure:  Be still my heart....I'm in love....


  1. Congratulations! And welcome to the journey of your life! I can't wait to follow along :)

    adopted Artiom, RR

  2. Hi Ashely! I had been praying for your sweet boy since I first saw him!
    We adopted through Reece's rainbow 15 months ago, and we are moving to WI!
    If we are close, I would love to help! The little girl we adopted has CP, but, our youngest daughter has Ds. I love it! With the good and bad, I love it!
    Our oldest, for a lack of a "label" has decided she has "English" because "typical" is not a good enough word for her.
    I am excited t follow your journey!

  3. Congratulations, so excited for your family! We are in process of adopting Dariya from RR! Can't wait to follow your journey!

  4. Congratulations!!! I've been following Reece's Rainbow for a while now, and I just love your litte guy!!! He is adorable!! I'm so happy for your family!!

  5. congratulations..he is sooo adorable..can't wait to follow your journey..God Bless xxx

  6. Oh my. He is absolutely precious. Congrats!
    Shannon (RR Family) :)

  7. I'm SOO happy for Antonio, I mean Carter! Wow, is he ever blessed--and you will be, too! We just brought our little one home less than a week ago from EE. She's 5 and has designer genes, too! She's already such a blessing to our family. God bless you in your journey to your baby boy.

  8. Congratulations...this is so wonderful!! My heart is full of joy at the thought of baby Carter (Antonio) coming HOME to his "forever family"!! What a blessing to you all!! I am looking forward to following your "family's" journey HOME!!

  9. You were right sweety...I'm glad I had the kleenex handy. Even though I haven't met him..he's already in my heart and soul! Nana's arms are outstretched and anxious to hug!!!!

    Love, Mom

  10. Ashley, you do not know me, but I have been praying for a family for Antonio for almost 2 years! One look into his adorable face and I was hooked too! I am so amazingly happy he has found his family at last! God Bless your family on this awesome journey!! (And when you meet Carter give him an extra hug from me).

    Jackie VanNice


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