Ashby is FOUR!

Today our Ashby London turns FOUR!  
Four is big.
Four isn’t a baby.
She’s so pumped.
It has been such a blessing watching Ashby grow and blossom over the last 12 months.  Her language has come so far, her physical abilities have grown, her little personality has blossomed, and she has been nothing but pure joy.  Over the last 12 months, Ashby has completed her first year of preschool (which she LOVED), gone on 3 big vacations, had two surgeries (on the same day!), made new friends, learned to ride a tricycle, and has become obsessed with all things Disney Princess. #holycinderella  
What a blessing Ashby has been to us this year.  We loved every minute of it! 
On Sunday, we celebrated her birthday with friends at Ashby’s Popsicle Party and today…well, today, we have BIG plans.  This day will be extra fun for our four year old (and for everyone else too!).  
Here’s a look back at our sweet Ashby over the last 12 months…




I will always wonder what it was like the day Ashby was born.  What day was it exactly?  What time?  How much did she weigh?  What did she look like?  How long did her mom hold her?  Love on her?  Feed her?  I will always wonder.  As special as this day is for me, I know that it’s equally as special and heartbreaking for another mother in China.  May God bless her on this day as well.
Happy birthday sweet Ashby London Shull.  You just have no idea how blessed we are because of you.  
 And because it’s Ashby’s birthday, I decided to do an Ashby inspired menu on my foodie blog

Today’s menu is full of big and bold flavor…just like our Ashby likes it!

See it here.


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  • kelly June 9, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Happy birthday sweet Ashby! And wishing a happy day to all the Shulls!!

  • JenWebb702 June 9, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Faithful reader but have never commented…thank you for sharing your journey with your daughter. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASHBY from here in Las Vegas!!

  • Amber Sult June 9, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Happy Birthday Ashby!

  • Valerie Cox June 9, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Happy Birthday, sweet Ashby London! Hope you party big today!

  • Narci June 9, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Happy Birthday, precious girl!! We love you!!

  • Erika Slaughter June 9, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Happy Happy Birthday to Ashby! Our family loves that little girl big. I hope she has a fabulous day!

  • Cori Cane June 9, 2016 at 11:43 am

    How great for you to think of and pray for her birth mom on this day! What a blessing you are to sweet ashby. Happy birthday to your girl!!

  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} June 9, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Happy Birthday to Ashby! One of the sweetest and certainly one of THE MOST FUN kids I know! All of us who know Ashby are so very blessed by her and the extreme joy that she brings to everything! WE LOVE YOU, ASHBY!!!!

  • Amber June 9, 2016 at 11:54 am

    I will always love the comparison picture of your sweet baby…amazing what s year can do!!! She is a doll!!!!

  • Donella Dulworth June 9, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Happy Birthday, Ashby!! Hope you have a wonderful day!!

  • Kelly June 9, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Happy birthday sweet Ashby! You look like you are one VERY happy little 4 year old! Have the best day celebrating!

  • brookerichardson June 9, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Happy Birthday to the sweetest 4 year old with a smile to light up a room!!! I just love her!!!! She is getting too big though….I always joke with my kids and say I'm guna put a rock on the head so they don't grow anymore.

  • Alexis Boerneke June 9, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Happy Birthday Ashby!! She is too cute!! 🙂

  • kimm atwood June 9, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Happy birthday ashby

  • Genevieve Hughes Graham June 9, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Happy Birthday, sweetie. Your post brought tears to my eyes… She is one lucky and CUTE little girl. What a blessing to everyone involved. GG

  • The Allen Family June 9, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Happy Birthday sweet angel! What a blessing you are.

  • Leigh (Balancing By Faith) June 9, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Happy Birthday Ashby!! Praying for that mama that has heartbreak today – and knowing she made the best decision to give Ashby life!!

  • Three Gals and a Guy June 9, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Happy Birthday to sweet Ashby! It's unbelievable of what a year can do! Here's to another year of growth and fun!

  • Jackie Belin June 9, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    I don't always comment, but it's been a joy watching you grow, Ashby! Happy Birthday, sweet girl!

  • Tracy June 9, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Four is one of my favorite ages! Happy Birthday to your sweet girl. Hope she has a fun day!

  • Tara Smith June 9, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Big happy birthday wishes to Ashby!!
    She is so cute! Im so thankful you share your family life with us! Thank you Shay!

  • Suzy June 9, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Happy Birthday to that sweet precious gift from GOD.

  • Sarah June 9, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Oh my goodness, Shay! Long time reader, first time commenter and I just had to say reading your thoughts about Ashby's birth mother brought tears to my eyes. How sweet of you to think of her! I can't imagine what she went through and how difficult that must have been. Even still, Ashby sure is one blessed little girl.

  • Haley Southey June 9, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    She is such a cutie!!!!! Happy, happy 4th Ashby!!!

  • Rebecca Jo June 9, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Happy Birthday beautiful Princess!

  • Melissa June 9, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Happy birthday sweet Ashby. You are pure joy!

  • Lauren Honeycutt June 9, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Happy birthday big girl! She's more entertaining and lovely everyday!

  • Kristina @ Ms.Modify June 9, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Happy Birthday sweet Ashby! It's incredible to see her transformation over the year! xoxo

  • Dani Lewis June 9, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    I too often wonder about her as a baby. Makes me tear up when I think about it. Lots of love to your family and Happy Birthday sweet girl.

  • Jen Cho June 9, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Happy birthday Ashby!!

  • Ramona June 9, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    I hope Ashby has the best birthday ever! She's a lucky little girl to be a Shull. 🙂

  • Debbie June 9, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Her happiness radiates in every picture. She looks like a completely different girl from when you first got her because of her happy face! She is blessed for sure!

  • Foxy's Domestic Side June 9, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Happiest of birthdays!

  • Jeanie June 9, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Happy birthday to Ashby! She has grown up so much. It still makes me sad to see the first pictures you took of her; my heart just hurts. But look at her now! I don't think she could be any happier. She is such a lucky little girl to be adopted into such a loving and wonderful family. You all have been blessed.

  • Megan June 9, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    Happy birthday sweet Ashby!!!!!!

  • Amy Androff June 9, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Happy Birthday Ashby! I got tears when you mentioned her biological mom how she did the hardest thing ever! So glad God gave her that courage and passed it onto your family!

  • Erin Bradley June 10, 2016 at 2:42 am

    As a birthmom myself, it means so much to hear you mention what a hard day it is for Ashbys birthmom. I know that her birthmom would feel so reassured and happy to know that Ashby is part of your special family, because I feel that same way torwards my sons adoptive parents ����

  • Karen Massey June 11, 2016 at 6:38 am

    Long time reader, first time commenting. Shay you have such a beautiful heart to include and think about her birth mom. It shows the level and depth of your soul and love for others. Ashby is definitely one blessed, beautiful four years little girl to be an did part of your family. God bless you, love you and keep you all safe
    Thank you for continuing to share your gorgeous family with us!! The Shulls are loved!

  • The A Team June 13, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Happy birthday, Ashby!!