Shull Party of Six!

I have waited a long time to write this post.  Eighteen months to be exact.

Today, the Shull five are boarding a plane and heading out to become the Shull SIX!

We always knew that we wanted to adopt two kiddos…it’s been our plan all along.  We prayed about it a lot before adopting Ashby, but really felt the Lord telling us to do it one kid at a time (instead of getting two at once).  So, we came home from China with Ashby on January 15, 2015 and immediately felt the Lord calling us to do it again.  I thought the calling was clear the first time around, but the second time around, it about knocked us in the face.  God was saying MOVE and so, we did.  In March 2015, we contacted our adoption agency and started the whole process over from the beginning.

We set out to adopt a little boy from India.

Andrew and I just had this vision that we were supposed to adopt a little boy from India, so we started…and God shut that door so fast that our heads about spun around.  Every single time, we thought we were moving in the right direction, God told us in no uncertain terms that no, that was not His plan for us.  We just kept hearing God say, you need to go back to China.  She’s waiting there for you.  We heard it.  We knew that even though our plan was to adopt a little boy from India (we had a name for him and everything!), God was telling us that our daughter was waiting in China.  So, we moved on that.  And now…18 months later, we’re off to get her.  Today.  Today, we leave.

This adoption has been very similar and very different (and perhaps one day, I’ll go into all of the details).  This adoption took 18 months just like Ashby’s did, this child is from China (just like Ashby), but this experience has been different.  We had to change adoption agencies about 12 months in and that was brutal.  We had referrals on two other little girls (one in January and another in March) and each time, we thought she was it…but both times, things fell through and the only way I can explain the disappointment both times would be to compare it to my miscarriage.  We had photographs, birthdays, all of this information, and because we just “knew” she was it, we of course, told our kids…and so those losses have been hard this year.  Through it all though, we have felt God’s constant hand on our shoulders guiding us through.  And then we saw her.  In May, we saw this little picture followed by a video and we knew…we knew and God really pressed it upon our hearts that we had found her.  And then we waited.  And we’ve been waiting until today, today, the Shull five head to China once again to come home plus one.

Adoption is not easy.  Adoption is hard and tough and messy.  We’re going to meet this little girl and we are all so excited to bring her home, but we also know that this will be a painful time for her as she grieves the loss of the only world she’s ever known…inside that orphanage.  We covet your prayers as we walk this road.  Specifically, we’re praying for her as she transitions from the orphanage to our family.  We pray that our trip can be as seamless as possible (I mean…as seamless as a trip to China with four kids can be…) and that we are able to get in to every appointment necessary to quickly and efficiently bring her back to the United States.  Just like last time, I’ll try and blog our journey as we go, and I’ll post pics of us on Instagram too.  WE ARE SO EXCITED.  We have waited a long time for this.  God is so good.

And just for grins…remember last year when we went to Paris and left a lock on a bridge?  Well, I showed you this picture…

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…but really, the lock looked like this when we put it on there…

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…we’ve been waiting a long time baby girl!  It’s time to bring you home!

xo

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  • Heather Bramlett September 8, 2016 at 4:48 am

    I just burst into tears when I read this! You are a strong woman Shay Shull!! I will be praying for y’all!!
    I can’t wait to read your journey!! A dear friend of mine has 2 precious girls from China!!
    Good Luck!

  • Jennifer September 8, 2016 at 4:49 am

    Wait… What?!?!?!?!
    Holy moly!!!!!! Congrats congrats congrats! What a blessing you guys will be to this little girl. My prayers are with you SIX!

  • Kate H. September 8, 2016 at 4:50 am

    OH MY GOODNESS! So beyond happy for your family! Prayers for safe and seamless travel and a wonderful unification with your baby girl!

  • Melissa Grimes September 8, 2016 at 4:55 am

    Oh shay, this is such a joy to hear! Big prayers for your family. It’s so awesome to hear how you have been obedient over and over again, God will bless you abundantly for that! Safe travels!

  • Erika Slaughter September 8, 2016 at 4:55 am

    Wahoo!!! The Slaughter family cannot wait to meet her. I think I said this last time but I’m saying it again…I love having friends who hear God’s call for their life and obey! Praying for all six! XOXO

    • Diana September 8, 2016 at 9:06 am

      Erika, you need another baby too that can be BFF with the new Shull’s addition!. Love how Ashby and Bowen are together. Congratulations Shay, reading about your family, experiences and commitments really make me think on my life and what should I do to. Waiting to keep reading your posts and safe travel to all the family.

  • Brantlee September 8, 2016 at 4:55 am

    So excited for y’all! Praying everything goes smoothly. Can’t wait to follow along.

  • Andrea September 8, 2016 at 4:57 am

    Oh my goodness! I am so excited and thrilled for the Shull family! I can’t wait to see more updates!

  • Samantha September 8, 2016 at 5:00 am

    What?! I almost spit out my coffee! This amazing! I can’t wait to read all about it! Praying for safety and smooth transitions.

  • Sally Hepworth September 8, 2016 at 5:01 am

    Oh my God!!!! I’m crying!

  • jamie September 8, 2016 at 5:05 am

    OH MY GOSH. bursting into tears at 6:00am. i have no words. my heart is so full of happiness and joy and thankfulness. so looking forward to seeing her face and hearing more about the journey god has taken you on.

  • Jill September 8, 2016 at 5:10 am

    Oh what wonderful news! So excited for all of you! Save travels and sending prayers for a safe, wonderful, happy trip! Good luck!

  • Nicole September 8, 2016 at 5:10 am

    I had to make sure I was reading the right thing! You and your family are amazing!!

  • karen September 8, 2016 at 5:11 am

    My heart is so full of joy at this moment! I am sending love and prayers to China with you! Adoption is part of our family story as well. I have two biological and one adopted from Korea. She was definitely divine intervention!

  • Eileen September 8, 2016 at 5:12 am

    Such wonderful news! Congratulations!

  • Susan September 8, 2016 at 5:12 am

    So excited for you!! Prayers for your family! I cant wait to see her!

  • karen September 8, 2016 at 5:13 am

    My heart is so full of joy right now! I am sending love and prayers to China! Adoption is part of our family story as well. I have 2 biological and one adopted from Korea. My sweet baby started 11th grade yesterday and every day I thank G-d for her.
    safest travels

  • Sheaffer September 8, 2016 at 5:14 am

    I can’t believe that today is finally here! I am SO excited to meet Miss M and will continue to pray for your family as you complete the journey to BRING HER HOME! Watching y’all walk this road again has been incredible. Through all of the heartaches and disappointment, you kept your eyes on God, kept trusting Him, and now TODAY IS THE DAY! I’m so excited for the updates, and I can hardly wait to meet this precious girl myself. Love You, Shulls!!!!!!!! Safe travels!

  • Sarah Shaneyfelt September 8, 2016 at 5:17 am

    Oh my word! How wonderful! I cannot wait to read all about this new child you are welcoming into your family! Prayers for safe travel and prayers for this little girl as she adjusts to a new life!
    MeetTheShaneyfelts

  • Emma September 8, 2016 at 5:17 am

    O! My! Word!!!!!!! I’m so excited for y’all!!!!!!

  • Nicole September 8, 2016 at 5:21 am

    So amazing!! What a testimony of faith and obedience to the call of God! Praying for y’all! Can’t wait to hear more!!

  • Katey September 8, 2016 at 5:23 am

    This post just made my morning! I had to keep re-reading it to make sure I was on your page. Congratulations Shull family! You are an inspiration to all & are now going to be the cutest family of 6 ever. God Bless & safe travels! Praying for you all.

  • Mary Ellen September 8, 2016 at 5:26 am

    May you have safe travels to China and home! This is so exciting!!!!

  • Lou September 8, 2016 at 5:30 am

    This is so exciting! Congratulations to all SIX of you! Prayers and love being sent all the way from Australia! xx

  • Sarah Rainier September 8, 2016 at 5:30 am

    I honestly got so emotional reading this!! So wonderful!!

  • Greta September 8, 2016 at 5:35 am

    Good luck sweet Shulls!!!!! We are always here !

  • Becky September 8, 2016 at 5:35 am

    Exciiiiiting!!!Such wonderful news! Best of luck on this new adventure! Thinking of you all. Safe travels.

  • Holly Breton September 8, 2016 at 5:36 am

    Congratulations! When I read your posts, especially one like this one, I see someone who demonstrates the true meaning of serving the Lord. You are an inspiration to all of us and that baby girl is so lucky to be joining such a wonderful family. Looking forward to all of the pics and updates!

  • emily @ a little bit of emily September 8, 2016 at 5:39 am

    What an amazing announcement!!!! Wishing you all the best with your travels and meeting little M!

  • Kelly September 8, 2016 at 5:42 am

    Well, this is a surprise 🙂 So exciting to see how God works in the lives of those who are obedient to Him. Praying for you as you become a family of six. Thanks for letting us “tag along “.

  • Elizabeth J. September 8, 2016 at 5:44 am

    OH my goodness. I don’t even know you but I have tears in my eyes. So happy for your family and so excited for a sweet little orphan girl to be called “daughter”! Blessings as you travel.

  • Charissa September 8, 2016 at 5:44 am

    Congratulations, Shull Family!!! Sending prayers!

  • Taylor September 8, 2016 at 5:45 am

    Oh my lord! I burst into tears. Shay you are so inspiring! So many prayers are being sent for a safe journey! I can’t wait to read about it!!!

  • Karah Stracener September 8, 2016 at 5:45 am

    Oh my goodness this post gave me chill bumps! I’ve read your blog daily since before you adopted Ashby and have just loved your story. How exciting that you going back to China to adopt again. I wish y’all an easy travel and that this new baby girl adjusts well. All the prayers to your precious family!!

  • Lindsay September 8, 2016 at 5:46 am

    Congrats!!!!!! What an exciting day and how blessed your family is to be welcoming another sweet girl to it! Praying for your safe travels!

  • Alicia F September 8, 2016 at 5:52 am

    I am up early, waiting to leave to the USCIS office to get fingerprinted for out 1800-A form…for our child in China…and I just cried through this whole thing! We didn’t start out with China, but we ended here. And even as we work through our dossier, we keep thinking of that little one. Many prayers and blessings for you as you journey to your new girl. I am so excited for you!

    • Allison September 8, 2016 at 9:04 am

      Alicia,

      I remember writing a similar comment a year ago about leaving to have our fingerprints done. We were matched with our daughter in China on August 2nd and are preparing to meet her in 8-10 weeks. The wait seems like forever but remember on the tough days that God’s timing is perfect!

  • Britt Hensley September 8, 2016 at 5:53 am

    Congratulations & God bless!

  • Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World September 8, 2016 at 5:55 am

    CHILLS, Shay!!!! CHILLS!!!! Words cannot even describe just how excited I am for you guys! You. Are. Amazing. Just amazing. Safe travels, and I can’t wait to meet that sweet baby of yours!! What a blessing!

  • Chrissy September 8, 2016 at 5:56 am

    I love hearing stories of how adoption has touched others lives. Both my kids are adopted, domestic. There is no greater joy than that of looking at them everyday. Congratulations to you all, the Shull 6! Prayers for safe travels and the easiest transition possible!

  • Tamara R September 8, 2016 at 5:56 am

    Wow! You are a good secret keeper! Congratulations and may God bless and watch over you all on this journey. Shull party of Six sounds just perfect!

  • Jenny L September 8, 2016 at 5:58 am

    This is excited news as I have followed your journey with Ashby-and I will keep you and the family in my prayers!!

  • Lesley McFarland September 8, 2016 at 6:02 am

    Oh my goodness girl!!! I am so so excited for your family!! My heart is so happy for this journey you are taking. Prayers prayers prayers for safe travels and for things to oh so smoothly!!

  • Ashleigh Bielecki September 8, 2016 at 6:05 am

    Ahhhh! I’m so so happy for you guys! I have come to love your little family through your blog and can’t wait to read/hear about your newest addition! Congratulations to all of you!

  • Regine Karpel September 8, 2016 at 6:07 am

    Love.

  • Lisa September 8, 2016 at 6:08 am

    You’re family is the true definition of selflessness! Can’t wait to see your journey unfold.

    When I first read your initials I read it as Ask Sam…and wondered if it was a post connected to your nephew:)

  • Dawn September 8, 2016 at 6:11 am

    Such exciting news! Prayers for your family as you follow the Lord’s plan! What a beautiful story He has written for your family! I am so excited to meet this new little Shull! Just the other day, I saw an article on “Popular British names” and thought of you. 🙂 Looks like you’d already picked one out!
    I’m thankful for you and your heart!

  • Erin smith September 8, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Tearing up at this post. How wonderful. Congrats shulls!!

  • Christine September 8, 2016 at 6:16 am

    Wow! I’m so excited for you and your family!!

    And guess what… your story was part of the inspiration for us adopting a girl from China, too. We started the process over 2 years ago, and we go to China NEXT month to get her!!

    Hugs and prayers for all of you!! 🙂

  • Allison September 8, 2016 at 6:19 am

    I burst into tears reading this. What an amazing family! Prayers for a safe trip home! You are an inspiration.

  • Amanda September 8, 2016 at 6:19 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I stumbled upon your blog a few years ago when I was looking for a cake recipe, and I got hooked when I began reading about the adoption of your sweet Ashby. I’m adoptive mama too, and I love all stories related to adoption. It’s a love like no other! Safe travels as you get your daughter. Can’t wait to read about it❤️

  • Laura Fredlund September 8, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Congratulations!!! I love you even more now!:) such a great surprise to wake up to this morning. You are so strong to be able to keep this on the down low for so long 🙂 I can’t wait to see pictures and hear all about this adventure. So happy for the sweet little girl who will be blessed to be a Shull. Good luck with everything! God is so good!

  • Narci September 8, 2016 at 6:20 am

    Woohoo!! I’m so excited for you, my precious friend!! We will be in prayer for you the whole time! We love you, Shulls!! Xo

  • Esther September 8, 2016 at 6:22 am

    WOW This is amazing! Prayers go out to your family and safe travels!

  • Melissa September 8, 2016 at 6:22 am

    LOVE!!! I am so excited to follow along with your journey all over again and can’t wait to “meet” baby M! Thank you for sharing your story with all of us and allowing us to tag along. Adoption is something so heavy on my heart so I devour every post you write on the topic for future reference. Praying for your transition to a family of 6.

  • Angie Sharp September 8, 2016 at 6:22 am

    So stinking excited and happy for ya’ll!!! Can’t wait to meet your precious new daughter, even if just through this blog. Praying for safety, calmness, quickenss, and a easy and quick adjustment for baby girl.

  • Renn September 8, 2016 at 6:23 am

    So so so awesome! Will be praying all week as you travel and then as you adjust to this new chapter!!

  • Sara - Mississippi September 8, 2016 at 6:25 am

    AHHH! This so reminds me of the devo I just read. Hosea 3:5 “They will come with awe to the Lord.” Coming with awe before the Lord now for you and your family! What a story!!!! Praying for your girl that she will transition into your family as easy as possible. Thank you for being such an example to me, a 22 year old girl, who feels like she’s in a constant state of waiting. Thank you for waiting on the Lord. You are a blessing to so many! Praying for safe travels, the 5 of you, and for only pleasant and heavenly surprises!! Go team Shull!

  • Amanda Bellemere September 8, 2016 at 6:26 am

    Congrats!!! You know you will have to do it again, Poor Smith can’t be outnumbered!!!! Best wishes to you all,and prayers for a smooth transition!

  • Sarah September 8, 2016 at 6:30 am

    Congratulations! You and your family are going to be such a blessing to this little girl, just as you all have been to Ashby. I’m sure this little girl is going to be as much of a blessing to you as well. I have a question, though. Why do you change her (and Ashby’s) name? Presumably, they already have a name that they are used to being called. I would think a new name would make the transition even harder. Just wondering! Congratulations again. Can’t wait to hear more about this new journey!

  • Kara September 8, 2016 at 6:31 am

    I cannot wait to meet her! I have been praying over you six for a while now and to see it finally here is so exciting! You are such a good mom and I cannot wait to see you with four kids!!!! Love you sweet friend.

  • Tamra Smith September 8, 2016 at 6:32 am

    Have prayed this morning for your new little one and for the rest of your family. She’s already a lucky little girl and I know she’ll immediately feel that love … from you and her Father above. Blessings to you all!

  • Sarah @The Teacher's Wife September 8, 2016 at 6:33 am

    Oh my goodness! I’m so excited for you all! I can’t believe you were able to hold it in completely for this long. Will be praying for a great trip and some sweet memories for your family of SIX!

  • Sophia September 8, 2016 at 6:33 am

    I have been following your journey for almost two years now and I could not be happier for your sweet family!! May God bless you on this beautiful path you have chosen! Praying for your sweet daughter in China and for your family as you travel to get her! What an example you are to us all to follow God’s calling in our lives, with faithful patience and a listening ear. Thank you for sharing, it has been a real blessing in my life!

  • Karlene September 8, 2016 at 6:33 am

    Praying for you all as you travel and bring your new little one home! How exciting and special for all of you. Thanking God for your faithfulness.

  • Valerie September 8, 2016 at 6:36 am

    How beautiful! Have a safe trip and God bless you all!

  • Paula September 8, 2016 at 6:36 am

    All my prayers Shula family! Praying like Ashby, for smoothness throughout the whole process! Praying for sweet M’s heart! Praying for each of your kiddos as they become adjusted & bond. Especially praying for you & Andrew! God is good & faithful! No doubt this will be a blessing ten fold! Excited to read all about the journey! Safe travels!

  • Heather September 8, 2016 at 6:37 am

    Congratulations! What an amazing gift you are giving (and receiving!) I can’t wait to hear all about it. May God bless you during your travels abroad.

  • Amanda September 8, 2016 at 6:37 am

    Amazing! I’ve been a long time follower, and I love your blog! I’m an adoptive mama too, so your journey to ashby captured my heart! Adoption is a love like no other, and you have a wonderful testimony! God’s blessings and safe travels. Looking forward to reading all about it!❤️

  • Karen September 8, 2016 at 6:38 am

    I am so happy for you all!! My heart is so filled with joy…What an amazing family! Prayers for safe travels!

  • Kelly Stamps September 8, 2016 at 6:38 am

    I’m blown away and so excited for you!!!!! Praying for y’all and can’t wait to “meet her”.

  • Kim September 8, 2016 at 6:39 am

    Many prayers being lifted for your and your entire family! So excited for you all.

  • Laura September 8, 2016 at 6:40 am

    What a wonderful post with such exciting news! Can’t wait to meet the new Baby Girl!

  • Mama V September 8, 2016 at 6:40 am

    Breathtaking and amazing news! God bless your family on this newest journey!

  • Rachel September 8, 2016 at 6:42 am

    So amazing. Tears of joy. Prayers for safe travels and a smooth transition!

  • Dawn September 8, 2016 at 6:46 am

    So amazing! Praying for the six of you as you travel and become a family of six. Praying for a smooth and seedy process while in China,(My cousin just adopted 3 kiddos from Uganda, so I know the process can be trying)! So happy for you all, Congratulations

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life September 8, 2016 at 6:47 am

    How exciting! You are all so amazing! Wishing for a smooth trip and I can’t wait to hear more about the new addition!

  • Brooke Richardson September 8, 2016 at 6:52 am

    Praying for Gods hand to be in every detail of this journey!!! I’m beyond excited for your family and I can’t wait to meet this precious girl!

  • Jess Deisher September 8, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Ah! I was SOOOO happy when I read this. I have followed you before and through your last journey with Ashby and I’m just so excited for your family. Sending love and prayers your way. xoxo!

  • Brigid September 8, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Oh my gosh!! When I saw “family of six” on Instagram I really thought you were about to say you were getting a dog or something! This is so exciting for you all!! Congrats!

  • Angela September 8, 2016 at 6:55 am

    Tears of joy for you all! WOW!! God is so good! And I am so impressed by you, Shay! I don’t know how you manage it all! Praying for your journey to China!

  • Connie September 8, 2016 at 6:55 am

    Congratulations!!!! Prayers for all of you!!!!!

  • Katie W September 8, 2016 at 6:56 am

    How wonderful! Sending lots of love and prayers that you all are safe and that M adjusts well to her new family. God is good!

  • Valerie Cox September 8, 2016 at 6:58 am

    Yay, Shull Prty of 6! So happy for you guys! Can’t wait to hear her name and see her sweet name! Praying for safe travels and a smooth transition!

  • Suhana September 8, 2016 at 6:58 am

    Wow this is a surprise! So excited for the Shull family! All the best. Safe travels and looking forward to blogs about M!

  • Kimm September 8, 2016 at 6:59 am

    Much love to you!!!

  • Kellee September 8, 2016 at 7:00 am

    God bless your family! I read your blog everyday and I was very surprised when I read this morning’s post! Have a safe trip! God has truly blessed you and your family!

  • Kait September 8, 2016 at 7:02 am

    What beautiful news to read this morning! Praying for your family of 6! Safe travels! xo

  • Kim Fleming September 8, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Oh my gosh! What a blessed little girl! Although, Smith might not be happy to be surrounded by all the girl stuff….LOL. Prayers lifted for all of you and what hearts you have filled with love for children who are God called just for you!

  • Elizabeth Feldpausch September 8, 2016 at 7:08 am

    This is so incredibly exciting!!! My friend woke me up to tell me!! God Bless you and your entire family! Can’t wait to see your little angel and find out her name!

  • Allison September 8, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Incredible!!! There are no words. Praying for you all as you begin your journey to bring M home. I’m in awe of how you say YES and obey the Lords call in your life. I will eagerly await your updates.

  • Rayne September 8, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Tears of excitement here too!! Covering your family in prayer!

  • Katelyn September 8, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Ohhh myyy goodness!!! I’m about ready to bawl my eyes out! How exciting and what a nice surprise post on a Thursday. Many prayers to your family!

  • Emily Harrison September 8, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Tears are filling my eyes. Thankful for how your family sees the beauty of adoption and how adoption is such a picture of the Gospel lived out.

  • Grace September 8, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Ohmygoodness I can’t stop smiling!!!!!!! I am OVER THE MOON for you all!!

  • Lauren B September 8, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Shay, I love following your blog for all the yummy recipes and fun fashion, but your heart for your family and God is my favorite part. Safe travels, and our family will keep you all in our prayers on your adoption journey!

  • kathy Olson September 8, 2016 at 7:25 am

    What wonderful news to read first thing this morning!!
    I will be praying for you and your little girl.
    Much love!

  • Kim September 8, 2016 at 7:25 am

    Oh my goodness! I follow your blog because it’s such a nice start to the day, and don’t know you or your family personally, but was SO excited to read this! How amazing. Enjoy every moment, even the tough ones because it’s all part of the journey to become the Shull Six!

  • Sarah September 8, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Congratulations!! Yesterday was my 34th airplane day – my parents adopted me from Korea. I am so happy for all of you and can’t wait to hear about all of your adventures!

  • Karen September 8, 2016 at 7:29 am

    Oh my goodness! This is the greatest thing I’ve read in a long time! Congratulations, Shull family! Sending prayers for all six of you.

  • Jen September 8, 2016 at 7:29 am

    Good thoughts from NJ for you all!
    Fyi- my hubby and I are feeling the call to adopt as wel on our hearts. I feel it slightly stronger because I see how your family is with Ashby. I know it will be great, and thank you for sharing your journey.

  • Ashley Van Dam September 8, 2016 at 7:30 am

    This is so amazing!!! The way you allow God to move through your lives is truly inspirational.
    I’ll be glued to Instagram, stalking, waiting for the updates 🙂
    Praying for safe travels for all 6 and a quick return home!
    ???????? God is so good! ????????

  • Katie September 8, 2016 at 7:31 am

    I don’t usually leave comments on your blogs but I am so surprised/thrilled/excited/happy to wake up this morning and read your big news. Best of luck on your journey to China and I am sending many thoughts and prayers your way!

  • Corinne September 8, 2016 at 7:32 am

    WOW! You sure did keep that under wraps! I’m so happy for you all and cant wait to hear more news. I’ll be glued to Instagram and the blog to hopefully see updates.

  • Jen September 8, 2016 at 7:37 am

    What fantastic news! Prayers for all of you on this life changing trip, and I can’t wait to follow along. We brought a daughter home from China in 2014 and are heading back for our son in just a few months. 🙂

  • Leigh September 8, 2016 at 7:40 am

    What an amazing morning to wake up to this news!! God is SO good. I love that you have kept this close to your family and that God has clearly directed your path. Praying for you as you go – and love seeing the work of God through your life!!

  • Lindsay B September 8, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Prayers to your family as you embark on this journey. My heart is bursting with joy reading your post this morning. You and your family are an inspiration!

  • Stephanie Jennings September 8, 2016 at 7:44 am

    How amazing!! So happy for everyone!! Praying for an easy transition for all 6 of you!!!

  • Darcy Sexson September 8, 2016 at 7:46 am

    What tremendous news! Safe travels, and God speed.

  • Nicole September 8, 2016 at 7:50 am

    This is so amazing! I almost cried while reading it. Congratulations to you and your wonderful little family!

  • Kelli September 8, 2016 at 7:51 am

    Crying at my desk this morning, thank goodness it’s before the students arrive! How amazing and awesome is HE! I can’t wait to hear, see, and pray for your sweet little one and the whole family as life transitions for you! God is so good!

  • Katie Stewart September 8, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Congratulations to the Shull family! Praying that things go smoothly during this process for you all! Can’t wait to see pictures!

  • Kate T September 8, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Reached for a tissue immediately ;)… Safe travels and congrats on your wonderful new addition. Red Sox baby and I will keep you in our thoughts.

  • Chasity September 8, 2016 at 7:56 am

    I feel like i’m gaining a new family member along with you guys!! I am so thrilled for your family and that little girl! She just doesn’t know how lucky she is yet, to have you wonderful people as her family!! Many many prayers as y’all travel and bring her home!

  • Kim Nations September 8, 2016 at 7:56 am

    So excited for you.. Safe travels.. God is so good..

  • Emily September 8, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Amazing! So excited for your family…… what a courageous thing to adopt. This truly is a blessing for this little girl. can not wait to read the updates on the blog!! Safe travels and praying for this little girl to feel loved and secure with your family.

  • Maria Moreno September 8, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Oh my goodness! I had to fight back tears of joy as I read this this morning. May God protect you all on this wonderful journey.

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams September 8, 2016 at 7:58 am

    What a surprise today! So happy for your soon to be big family, praying for your safe travels to bring her home 🙂

  • Angela Ellingson September 8, 2016 at 7:58 am

    This is incredible! So happy for you. I love your little family so much and will be praying for all SIX of you in the coming days.

  • Ashley Clark September 8, 2016 at 7:59 am

    This is such great news! So happy for all of you and will be sending good thoughts your way this week! Safe travels!

  • Tracy September 8, 2016 at 7:59 am

    I got chills when I saw this on your facebook page this morning. I’m so thrilled for all of you and especially your sweet new daughter! Can’t wait to “meet” her here on your blog. Praying for all of you!

  • Kristin M. September 8, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Amazing! So amazing! God is so good! May He bring your safe travels and peace as you open your heart and arms to welcome your new baby into your family! Congratulations! God bless your family!

  • Jennifer Maynard September 8, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Oh, I am so excited to meet this new little girl!

  • Morgan September 8, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Congrats!!! So excited for your family! Will keep y’all in my thoughts and prayers!

  • Amy S September 8, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Congratulations! I squealed when I read this post. Praying for every step of your journey. Praying that God prepares her little heart to join your family.

  • Rachel Zimm September 8, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Wow!!! How wonderful! Can’t wait to hear more about M and see her photo!! May God bless you and keep you on this big adventure today 🙂

  • Helen Truesdale September 8, 2016 at 8:11 am

    God is so good!!! I had chill bumps the whole time I was reading! I am so happy for your family and excited to follow along this new exciting journey! Thank you, thank you for taking your blog family along.

    Ps-I’m not sure how you kept quiet on here for so long!!

  • Kate L. September 8, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Just a few days ago I looked at a picture of Ashby on your Instagram and thought to myself, “How could they see that girl and not do it again?” I am SO happy to read this post and so grateful to you for sharing your story. It is inspiring to see God work through you all, and I am so happy he’s leading you back to China. Congratulations, Shull six! As a girl who has always felt the call to adopt (though I’m not married or there yet), I so appreciate hearing about your journey, and it only makes me more excited to one day do the same!! I’ll be praying for you all, and keeping my eyes on social media for the updates!! Safe travels!!

  • SuzyH September 8, 2016 at 8:12 am

    WOW! Just WOW! You guys are one amazing family!!! Bless you all in your travels and bless that precious baby that GOD has chosen for you……can’t wait to see her sweet face!!

  • Erin September 8, 2016 at 8:13 am

    I cried when I read this. I am praying for you. You are an amazing inspiration.
    God is good! This baby is so blessed to being welcome into a wonderful family

  • Tracy Doubts September 8, 2016 at 8:15 am

    There are no words. You are an amazing family. Continued prayers for you and your family as you make your journey to becoming a family of six.

  • Marty September 8, 2016 at 8:16 am

    This was the first thing I saw on my phone this morning, and I got all up in my feels. SO HAPPY to know there is ONE LESS. In one of his messages last year, our pastor told us to “stay in your lane.” He encouraged us not look at other people…and long for their lives, or to try to imitate anyone else. He emphasized that God made us all different…and that He calls us all to different paths of life and ministry. And that we should “stay in our lanes” with respect to what He is asking us to do. Your family is doing this well. I’m so incredibly excited to see this all play out. Soli Deo Gloria.

  • Anne September 8, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Shay, I am so happy for you and your family! I am so excited to “meet” your new daughter and will be sending you so much love on this journey.

  • Emily September 8, 2016 at 8:17 am

    What an amazing story of your faithfulness to God’s call. Praying for safe travels, a smooth trip, and a quick return home for the Shull Six!

  • Melanie September 8, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Ahhhhhhhhhhh. I saw your post on Instagram and was just floored! Can’t wait to “meet” your new Shull! So many prayers for that little girl and your family!

  • Lauren Graham September 8, 2016 at 8:19 am

    My best friend and I read your blog every single today! My husband is currently out of town and she is staying with me for the week. While drinking pumpkin spice coffee this morning we read this incredible news!!! We almost cried! We love your family, and will praying for all of you every step of the way! Praying for safe travels and for God’s hand to be covering all of you in the weeks to come!! God is so good!

    XOXO
    Shelby and Lauren

  • heidi September 8, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Well I now have tears streaming Down my face. I’m so excited for you. Your lock reminded me of a scripture ” ask and you shall receive knock and it shall be opened unto you”. You asked and the Lord heard your plea, and had a precious daughter waiting.
    You know I’m gonna be glued to IG waiting to see a glimpse of this sweet precious girl. X

  • Laura September 8, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Oh wow!! Wish you all the best!!????????????????

  • Sharon September 8, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Best news ever! Miss M is so very blessed to be joining your precious and loving family! Thrilled for y’all. And praying! ❤️

  • Lindsay Dunagan September 8, 2016 at 8:28 am

    I’m so happy for your family!!! I immediately started crying and had chills when I read this. Your family is such a blessing and thank you for sharing your lives with all of us! I will be praying for your family!! God is so good!!!!

  • Shayla September 8, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Shay!!! This is so amazing! I re-read this whole post twice just to make sure I was reading it right. Your family is amazing!! Prayers for you guys as you embark on this next journey in your life! Safe travels and cannot wait for updates and pictures! 🙂

  • Leslie T September 8, 2016 at 8:29 am

    My sister woke me up with this news this morning!!! We are so happy and excited for you! We are praying for your family as you travel to get your sweet girl! Blessings and love from Georgia!!!

  • Lisa Richardson September 8, 2016 at 8:30 am

    OH WOW!!! I have a huge lump in my throat and tear filled eyes. This was a shocker. Praying for it all to go smoothly and “seamlessly” Can’t wait to see your new little girl and how wonderful for Ashby to have a sister from her birth place. That’s going to be so special for them. Good luck Shull party of five…soon to be six❤️

  • Tasha September 8, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Amazing news! Praying for you all, and especially for your newest daughter to feel the love that surrounds her as her life changes.

  • Rebecca Jo September 8, 2016 at 8:35 am

    I seriously weeped reading this with excitement for your family & for this new addition to your family. I know your ENTIRE family has to be celebrating for another Shull!!! Bless you in your travels & for the amazing time you’re going to have

  • Judy September 8, 2016 at 8:36 am

    I am so thrilled for you and the little girl who waits to meet you in China. My prayers are with you and your entire family.

  • Keisha Dawson September 8, 2016 at 8:36 am

    My heart is overflowing with JOY for your sweet family! God is so good and so faithful! Can’t wait to meet your new baby girl!

  • Amy September 8, 2016 at 8:37 am

    May God bless you and your family! We adopted two children from Guatemala, so I too have walked this wonderful adoption journey. May your transition be smooth, and may you feel the Lord’s presence. Blessings!

  • Lori Ann September 8, 2016 at 8:38 am

    What a blessing! One lucky little girl! And one lucky Schull family!

  • Andrea R September 8, 2016 at 8:41 am

    I have loved reading all of your adoption posts. My heart totally melted when I read this one. What a blessing your family is to children in need. What a special time in all of your lives. May God’s richest blessings shine down on you as you travel and bring your sweet little one home.

  • Brooke Retherford September 8, 2016 at 8:45 am

    I am so happy for you guys! I have been reading your blog for 3 years now and I love seeing how your family is growing! I hope for the best and that you may have a smooth adoption from here on out. So happy for the way God is calling you guys to work in His name!

  • Natalie September 8, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Wow! This is amazing news! Praying for safe travels and smooth transitions.

  • Corbie September 8, 2016 at 8:47 am

    I too am in tears this morning! What a surprise! I agree with Erika… I LOVE that you hear Gods call in your life and you obey. Absolutely incredible. I am dying for updates and will be PRAYING!!!!

  • Ruth September 8, 2016 at 8:48 am

    WOW! When I read the post title, I just thought you would be announcing you are adopting again and were in the process, not actually going to get your little girl today!!! EEEEEKkkk!!! I’m so excited for all of you. 🙂

  • Jenny September 8, 2016 at 8:50 am

    I am over the moon excited for you all! I can’t wait to hear more! 🙂

  • Krystal September 8, 2016 at 8:51 am

    I am overjoyed for you and your family! congratulations!!!!!

  • Gardner September 8, 2016 at 8:51 am

    This is the BEST!!! Love reading about your family and this just brought so much joy to me!! Cannot wait to see pictures. 🙂

  • Brittany B September 8, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Wow, what awesome news! This was a much better surprising than learning Nick is the new Bachelor! 🙂 But seriously, I will be praying for your family (safe travels, smooth transitions, etc.). It is so awesome to see people being obedient to where God calls them. Praise God!

  • Kerry perkinskn September 8, 2016 at 8:54 am

    This is so exciting! I leave next week for China!

  • Jessica Tilson September 8, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Congratulations Shay and fam! That’s so exciting! I absolutely love reading the updates about your adorable family. Prayers that everything goes smoothly in China and can’t wait to read the updates on the journey and the Shull SIX! 🙂

  • Sarah September 8, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you guys. I will keep you all in my prayers!

  • Caroline September 8, 2016 at 8:58 am

    That is awesome!! You’re a rockstar momma and wife! Can’t wait to read about this journey.

  • Amber Dowdy September 8, 2016 at 8:59 am

    God is good!!!! So excited for you!!!! PLEASE update!!! Many prayers as you are truly the hands and feet of Jesus…

  • Pgarrett September 8, 2016 at 9:01 am

    I always look forward to your posts. But this one just made my whole day. I love it when Christians hear a call from God and then immediately obey. You are so kind and brave and I am so thankful that one more little girl out there will have a forever home. Congratulations. I can’t wait to find out her name. Praying for safe travels and easy transition for everyone.

  • Carla M. September 8, 2016 at 9:02 am

    God Bless you and your family! Safe travels!

  • Nicole September 8, 2016 at 9:03 am

    What a shock to read this happy surprise! Good luck with all your travels and I will definitely lift this up in prayer! God is amazing in His ways.

  • Mandy Stewart September 8, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Just tears of joy over here. 🙂 I don’t personally feel called to adopt (it’s for some and not for others) but I do know that since reading your adoptions posts with Ashby and seeing photos of the orphanage that she lived in, that I think and pray daily on the hundreds of babies in cribs. Your photos spoke to me then and still do now and those girls are on my heart always. What a blessing you are to some sweet little angel. Good luck and safe travels. God speed!

  • Caitlyn September 8, 2016 at 9:09 am

    What a blessing! So excited for you all! I woke up this morning to see your announcement and it made my day so much better! I can’t wait to see your little girl and hope you have safe travels! Praying for you all!

  • Tricia Cole September 8, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Wow. I was so surprised to see this, but I could’t be happier for all of you! Safe travels! Sending lots of love from California for an easy transition. What a blessing (on both sides)!

  • Jeanie September 8, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Totally awesome! The world is lucky to have people like you. Maybe next time it will be a little boy from India.

  • Elizabeth Reynoso September 8, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Wow! Congratulations and safe travels!!

  • Laci Murray September 8, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Wow!!! So exciting!!! Can’t wait to follow along. The adoption with Ashby was amazing to follow so thank you for allowing us in on this special journey!!! Yay!!!!

  • MelanieL September 8, 2016 at 9:23 am

    How wonderful! My 11yo daughter and I love keeping up with the Shull’s so I texted her a screenshot of your news that she’ll see at lunch time:) Prayers for you all as you bring your newest child home!

  • Chrisandra September 8, 2016 at 9:25 am

    I read this post while waiting to get yet another blood test on my infertility journey and it has filled my heart with so much joy! God provides hope just when I need it and I’m grateful for this news you’ve shared! I’m praying for the Shull SIX!!!

  • Kayla Bruce September 8, 2016 at 9:27 am

    SO surprised and SO excited for you all! I bet Ashby will relish the chance to be a big sister. Congratulations! Will be praying for you all on your journey and for sweet M <3

    I know that you have your hands full (and will for awhile), but it would SO wonderful if you (or maybe you and Andrew) would write a book about adoption. I would LOVE to read it with my husband, as we are praying about what adoption might look like for us. Blessings!

  • Debbie Dunbar September 8, 2016 at 9:28 am

    I’m so excited for you and your family and especially for your new daughter. This is such a blessing for each of you! I’ll be praying!

  • Kelsey September 8, 2016 at 9:31 am

    This was just the best thing to wake up and see this morning!! I’m so excited for the Shull party of six & can’t wait to hear all about miss M! Watching you all follow the Lord as you adopt has been so inspiring.

  • Stacey September 8, 2016 at 9:33 am

    So exciting!! Congratulations and many prayers for your family!

  • Kathryn September 8, 2016 at 9:34 am

    WOW, WOW, just WOW! You guys are amazing and God’s love truly shines through you and your family. I’m beyond excited for you guys. Can’t wait to read along this journey with you. I pray for a fulfilled and exciting trip, lifetime memories being made and a lot of love shared. May God truly bless you on this journey.

  • Ariadna September 8, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Oh My Goodness!! What a sweet and unexpected surprise for your readers!! I tried my hardest to not start bawling in my office while reading this. Every morning I take my daughter to daycare we pray for all the kids who don’t have families and pray that somebody is loving on them. Thank you for doing this, one more time. You guys are amazing!! My prayers and thoughts are with you all during this journey. 🙂

  • Gloria September 8, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Many blessings and prayers for the Shull Party of Six!!

  • Susan Matthews September 8, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Whoa! I was not expecting to read this today. As an adoptee (back when being adopted wasn’t so “cool”) I love to read these stories and follow the journeys that you have taken. God speed Shulls.

  • Nicole September 8, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Prayers beyond prayers for your beautiful family!

  • Shay September 8, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Shay! I’m so excited for your family! I was also adopted, from Korea and it has always been a plan to adopt someday. You are truly an inspiration and I’m sending prayers and thoughts to you and your family as you venture into this journey! Yay to the Shull SIX!!

  • Missy September 8, 2016 at 9:48 am

    So awesome!! I’m so excited for your family!!! Blessings!!!!

  • Angela Banae September 8, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Oh my goodness!!! What a wonderful surprise to hear you are adding to your family!!! You all are amazing!!! And God. He is just so. good. ❤️ Prayers for you all!!!!

  • Megan September 8, 2016 at 9:55 am

    My jaw hit the floor! I’m sooooo excited for your family! What a blessing. I can’t stop smiling.
    Safe travels to your family.

  • Kristin September 8, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Congratulations Shull family!!! What an exciting time for you all. I hope the trip and transition is easy for you all!

  • Alexis deZayas September 8, 2016 at 10:04 am

    YAY! Such a special and exciting time for you!!! Praying for your family and can’t wait to see your newest addition! 🙂

  • Megan September 8, 2016 at 10:10 am

    My jaw just hit the floor when I read this!! I am so unbelievably excited for you guys!! This is amazing and so inspiring that you and your husband have committed to the Lord on his will for your lives!! My husband and I will be praying for you and your family during this journey and bringing M home!! Love to all!

  • Lauren September 8, 2016 at 10:12 am

    I am soooo THRILLED to hear this news! I have wondered a few times if you would expand the family again. I hope you write all about this journey too. I loved keeping up with Ashby’s adoption and cried as I saw the pictures and read about bringing her home! She has blossomed so much since she became a Shull!!!!

  • Ashley September 8, 2016 at 10:14 am

    What a wonderful announcement! I have been reading your blog since I stumbled across your instagram after watching Sean’s season of The Bachelor. So excited for you and your family as you bring home your newest addition! 🙂 Your family is so strong, and you all are a wonderful example of love in its purest form.

  • Christin September 8, 2016 at 10:17 am

    I”m in tears! Congratulations!! I’ll be praying!

  • Janelle September 8, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Huge congratulations Shay and fam! So incredibly blessed by how the Shull’s love God and follow his leading. It is so evident in every post, every photo, and every encouraging word. Praying that as you take the next step on this new adventure, you will sense more of God’s love being showered down. May God give you peace, safe travels, good health, and a seamless adoption process. Looking forward to news and updates! Thanks for opening your family to the world! I have no kids right now, but hope to very soon (through birth and adoption)! You are an inspiration!

  • April Caddis September 8, 2016 at 10:26 am

    I am SO happy right now!!!! Eeekkkssss!!!!

  • Karen Shireman September 8, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Wahoo!!!!!! Ill be praying all along for you guys……………I am so excited for you and to follow a new journey with all of you!

  • Karen September 8, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Congratulations Shull Family!! You guys are amazing and I can’t wait to read along your journey this time around. Praying for safe travels and a smooth transition for your new little girl!

  • Whitney Pegram September 8, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Chills!!! God is SO good! Can not wait to see pictures of her!

  • Kristi Ward September 8, 2016 at 10:36 am

    This post gave me chills. I am so happy this little girl will have your family to call hers. We all know she will be loved. Prayers for a smooth transition and for safe travels.

  • Julie Clark September 8, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Oh my goodness!! Your ending brought me to tears. I think you are amazing. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers through out your journey. I will look forward to reading your updates.

  • Gina Gryzlo September 8, 2016 at 10:49 am

    This is the best post ever! Praying for your family of six 🙂

  • Gentry September 8, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Oh my goodness- so happy for you and your family!!! What a wonderful blessing this sweet baby girl will be! Lots of love and prayers for your trip and the transition to SIX! 🙂

  • Mel @ The Larson Lingo September 8, 2016 at 11:00 am

    TEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    So incredible!!!! Praying for you as you go to China…again!!!!!!

  • Alexandria Nigh September 8, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Seeing the two pictures of the locks gave me chills! I always thought ya’ll would adopt again! Absolutely amazing! Prayers for you all ❤️

  • brett September 8, 2016 at 11:10 am

    So happy for you and your family!

  • Molly September 8, 2016 at 11:10 am

    This is SO amazing! I got chills & tears in my eyes.
    You are a very blessed & lucky family & your children from China are also very lucky & blessed. I cannot wait to hear more about your newest child. Best of luck to you & happy travels!!!!!!!

  • Jocelynn Webb September 8, 2016 at 11:20 am

    I’ll be praying for your family and a smooth transition back to the US as a party of 6! God’s plan is always so much greater than we can imagine!

  • Susie Harrold September 8, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Shay, I am a teacher, and I read this during my lunch break while tears flooded my eyes. I am so happy for you, Andrew, Kensington, Smith, and Ashby! I am lifting up your new daughter even as I type and I’ll be praying for a transition where confusion will give way to comfort and anxiety will give way to a quick connection to the family as a whole or even to a specific family member. You all handled the transition, especially the time after you arrived home with Ashby in such an intentional, thought-out way, and I know that little “M” is in such caring hands. I can’t wait to see pictures and “meet” her. 🙂

  • Rebecca September 8, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Oh, wow reading this gave me goosebumps! How wonderful and how exciting!! I am so very happy for you and your family. I love how you took the time to really share how God is working in your lives and has a wonderful plan. Congratulations on your new little girl!! I will be praying for your trip and can’t wait to see pictures.

  • Kim C. September 8, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Praying for your sweet, sweet family! You are definitely an inspiration! What a blessing for all of you!

  • Morgan Weller September 8, 2016 at 11:40 am

    I love this post so much! I am so thrilled for your family…and a little teary. You are such a testament to keeping your faith and focus centered on God and never doubting his will. I admire that so much in you. Safe travels and lots of prayers for the most seamless transition back home.

  • Kathy Lang September 8, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Wow–you sure do know how to keep a secret, and a wonderful one at that! Your enthusiasm to add another child through adoption is so apparent in your writing. I’m excited for your family and praying that you all have safe travels. Looking forward to the updates!

  • Lori Savage September 8, 2016 at 11:43 am

    I reread your post twice bc my heart was so filled with happiness. I have to say, when you write about the Lord moving you and Andrew thru these decisions- I get goosebumps. May you continue to feel his presence as you travel to meet your sweet new daughter! Praying for all of your kids as they make this transition.

  • Jana Hampton September 8, 2016 at 11:46 am

    I seriously got goose bumps reading this! I’m so excited. It’s like I’m welcoming another member to my own family. 😉 Continued thoughts and prayers are you guys go through this journey. I’m sure Ashby is excited to be a BIG sister.

  • Kate September 8, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Praying for your family + your beautiful baby girl! Jesus is so good + you have shown me that through all of your posts!

  • TIFFANY September 8, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Oh my gosh! I couldn’t believe the title when I started reading this on my phone so I ran to my computer and grabbed my glasses to be sure I read that right! I am SOOOOO happy for you and your family. How exciting and nerve-racking all at the same time. We brought our Princess home from China 8 years ago next month and sometimes I still pinch myself when I see her lying in her bedroom that she is really here and really ours. I can’t wait for blog updates and Instagram pics. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

  • Taylor September 8, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    This just gave me the chills!! I’m so excited for you and your family! I can’t wait to follow along with your journey and hear more about your precious new little girl!

  • Sarah September 8, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Oh Shay, I am a longtime reader and never comment but I just had to leave a note for you today. My heart felt like it skipped a beat when I first realized what you were saying in your post this morning. How awesome for your family! I am especially excited for Ashby to be a big sister. You are an amazing woman and mama.

  • Liisa September 8, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Wonderful news – filled my heart with joy and my eyes with tears! I was trying to figure out what “M” name you chose, so I looked up British towns starting with “M”….hmmm…Marlow?

    • Maureen September 9, 2016 at 4:18 am

      I did that EXACT thing and narrowed it down to Marlow, as well! Great minds think alike. Can’t wait to find out! 🙂 “M” is one blessed little girl!

  • Meredith September 8, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Chills as I read this! Praying praying praying for you and your family.

  • Karen C September 8, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    I keep on reading this post over and over again and I’m like WOW! God truly is amazing and works in people in different ways. What a great surprise this was. Congratulations on becoming a family of SIX and may God bless you. ????

  • Jordyn September 8, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    This is the best news!! So thrilled for your family! Seems like yesterday I was reading your updates about Ashby’s adoption. I will keep your family in my prayers as you make this transition. Hugs!!

  • Lauren Elizabeth September 8, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    praying for your sweet sweet family. this post was something I really needed today. been in the adoption process for three years and just had to change our path from one program to another. adoption is hard and messy but so so beautiful and this was a reminder I needed today 🙂 Thank you for sharing your life with us ????

  • Kristin Tate September 8, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    That M gave me chills on my face! Y’all are a blessing, every.. single.. one.. of.. you. Praying.

  • Theresa September 8, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    I stumbled upon your IG post shortly after you adopted Ashby last year (the one where she’s wearing a “Chosen” top). And I don’t know why, but I felt compelled to look at all your pictures and eventually reading your blogs about adopting Ashby. Maybe it’s because I have a young son around the same age, or maybe it’s because Ashby slightly resembles him (please don’t think it’s weird)… but I couldn’t stop my tears from falling as I was reading your blog on public transportation (nor did I care) – the thought of all those children growing up not knowing the love of a parent… breaks my heart. Ever since then, I’ve been a fan, following you and the journey God has chosen for you. There’s so much I want to say (first time leaving a comment), but it all comes down to, Thank you and your family for answering God’s calling. Thank you for opening up your heart to love, raise and support a child who desperately needs it. Thank you for sharing your difficult journey and finding the positive in everything with us. I’m VERY happy for you and your family. Pray everything will go smoothly.

  • Genevieve Graham September 8, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Such exciting news! It is so wonderful being part of this blogging world because I read this news today as if it were a close friend of mine being given a gift (even though we have never met)! All of my prayers and good thoughts are being sent your way for a wonderful transition and safe travels:) gg

  • Ashley September 8, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Gah!!! Tears on tears. Praying for your trip and for all four of your little ones.

  • Megan September 8, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    YAYYY!!!!

  • kelly September 8, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Yippee!!!
    I don’t know why but I have often thought that you would be adopting again! !! This is so THRILLING!! I feel like it’s almost Christmas and I’ve got that crazy anticipation waiting and feeling like I just can’t wait another day for you to post some video and more about your new little girl. Just so exciting! ! Congratulations to you and all your family! ! Godspeed to the Shulls ♡♡♡♡♡

  • Madisen Ro September 8, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    I screamed once I read this while eating breakfast. I am so excited to see what God has in store for you and your family. I love how you are glorifying the Lord through this experience and as I pray for you and your family, I also pray that maybe a nonbeliever would be encouraged by this post. Thank you for sharing so much about your life and how you try to obey His word. It’s extremely encouraging and I can’t wait to hear about future updates. Good luck and I’ll be praying for your safety as well as little M’s transition.

    Not gonna lie, I seriously hope her name will be Madisen. Or Madison. But my mom thought that because I was a daughter and not a “son”, ending my name with “sen” would be more fitting. Anyways, to Him be the Glory.

    Blessings, Madi

  • Karen September 8, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Shay!!!!!!!!! SHAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so excited!! It is creepy that I feel like I am a close Shull family friend, and I feel like my extended family is also growing!! I’m SO SO HAPPY FOR YOU ALL! WHAT A BEAUTIFUL STORY OF OBEDIENCE AS WELL. SO MUCH LOVE!

    • Karen September 9, 2016 at 8:27 am

      should have said… “Is it creepy…??””
      I was so excited my fingers typed a little too fast!
      WAHOOOOOO!!

  • Megan September 8, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    I couldn’t love this post more!!!!!!!!!! And the lock story!!! Love love love love love!!!! Prayers for you friends!!

  • Lauren September 8, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Hi,
    I have never left on a comment but I have been following your adoption(s) story(ies). I am moved to comment now to tell you that I think you and your family are amazing!

  • Monica Hooper September 8, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    What awesome news to wake up to this morning! (Your FB post was nearly the first thing I saw!) I’m so excited for your family!! Prayers being sent for every single detail to fall into place and for safe travels! I absolutely CAN NOT wait to hear the rest of little Miss M’s story! Blessings to you all!!

  • Leah September 8, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Wow!! Such exciting news!! Congratulations on your new daughter!! So happy for your family!! Can’t wait to hear all about her!!

  • Elise September 8, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Your adoption stories are so inspiring!! I love them and love your heart. I hope to adopt one day too. Thank you for the encouragement and openness. Praying for you these coming weeks! xx

  • Ann Marie Tennison September 8, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Shull family of 6!!! I’m SO excited for you guys!!!! I can’t wait to meet her! BIG HUGS!

  • Ali September 8, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    your family provides inspiration for us all! thank you!

  • Angie McKay September 8, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Whaaaaaat ?? this is the best!
    Can’t wait for updates

  • Jaclyn September 8, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    What a wonderful surprise for all your readers! I about lost my breath when I saw this post this morning! So excited to see the love you will give this child!! You truly are an inspiration when it comes to adoption. Thank you for inspiring us all. CONGRATS!!!!!!

  • Mel September 8, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    May the Lord bless and keep you safe and fill your journey with joy as you serve Him!! I am adopted from Korea and 2 of my littles ones are also adopted domestically. Congratulations from the bottom of our hearts!!

  • Trish September 8, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    So excited for all of you! Praying for safety on your journey and for the transition to Shull party of 6!

  • Christina September 8, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    I’m so excited, how awesome! I’ll keep you in prayer during this time. Thank you for sharing this with us!

  • Hanna September 8, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    This post brings me absolute joy! I’ve been so happy for y’all since I saw your Instagram post first thing this morning. I’ve also been praying for y’all because I know this will be a very emotional and wonderful time as you gain a new daughter/sister! Congrats! Continued prayers! Thanks for sharing your adoption journey with us and thanks to your story I feel God is also laying adoption on my husband and I’s heart.

  • Emily September 8, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Like so many others this post immediately brought me to tears. The way you all live out your strong faith is amazing and how much you cherish family and have a heart for those who need one….incredible. It is so uplifting to read your blog even on the days that the context isn’t all roses. Prayers for you and your family as you bring home precious, little “M”!

  • Kortney September 8, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Ahh, I am so excited for y’all!!!! Cant wait for the upcoming pictures & blog posts!!!! Praying for a smooth trip!

  • Melissa Carswell September 8, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    I am beyond excited for you and your family. What a true blessing. You and your family are such an inspiration for so many. Thank you for sharing your life with us and this journey. You have touched so many lives. God bless and safe travels.

  • Jill September 8, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    …we’ve been waiting a long time baby girl! It’s time to bring you home! <– {insert ugly cry here}

    So happy for your precious girl who is there waiting for you!

  • Caroline September 8, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Congrats!!!

  • Angela September 8, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    I’m in tears reading this. Adoption holds a special place in my heart and I can’t wait to meet your new girl. She is one extremely lucky kiddo! Prayers for a safe journey. xoxo

  • Maria September 8, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Congratulations to you all! What an incredible journey. I was happy to see that you brought the whole family! Its incredible how God works and the doors he shuts sometimes – especially in adoption. Adoption is such a tumultuous process as it is, even without all of the political and technical complications. Excited to see updates from your family’s journey!

  • Jaren September 8, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Oh my goodness!! I am so excited for y’all!! I have loved watching Ashby’s journey, and I am so excited to follow along again. Thank you for continuing to be an inspiration and sharing your walk to follow God’s will in your lives!! God bless y’all, and may He watch over you all as you begin this new journey. You have shown me that ADOPTION IS AMAZING!! Can’t wait to “meet” her!!

  • Jaime September 8, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Congratulations Shull family! I’ve been following your blog since just before you brought Ashby home and I am so excited for you all this new journey. Can’t wait to “meet” M!

  • Loni September 8, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    When I first saw this title – I had to stop and think what it even meant. I was so surprised, yet so, so happy. You two are remarkable people. You truly saving souls every time you choose to adopt a sweet little boy or girl. This little girl is so lucky to be join such a loving and generous family. Lots of luck on your adventure and adjustment to becoming a mama of 4!

  • Kelly September 8, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Well obviously we’ve all been googling “British names M”. ???? So excited to see your sweet family grow! Can’t wait to follow along. Congrats and best wishes on this journey as the Shull Six.

    • Brigid September 9, 2016 at 10:30 am

      Oh my gosh! I did this too.. So glad I’m not alone. Just thought it would be fun to try and guess! ????

  • A.P.F. September 8, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    This is amazing, wonderful, happy news. I cannot wait to see her! I will be praying for all six of you! I was curious as to why you shared so much leading up to ashby, but this time kept quiet? It was the equivalent of you hiding a belly for 9 months then posting today that y’all were headed to the hospital to give birth. It just is so different and was curious if you would share why you chose to go about it so differently this time.

  • Wendy September 8, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Such happy news! Much love to your family on this incredible journey! Something funny, when I first clicked on your blog this morning the first thing I saw was the picture of the lock . . . and when I saw the “A•S•K•S•A•M” – I saw it as “Ask Sam” and thought maybe you were doing a Q&A on your sweet nephew Sam! Lol!

  • Shan Rocha September 8, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    I choked up reading this, what an amazing surprise to wake up to this morning ! I texted my husband that I had “big news!” He called me right back and I told him “Shay is adopting another baby from China” he proceeded to laugh at me lol. We don’t even know you but you make us feel like we’re all your friends by taking us along your many fun and exciting journeys. Congrats, can’t wait to read all the updates and see the first pic of Miss M.. Safe travels always, God bless the shull six ????

  • Rachel September 8, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    what beautiful news! I’ve been following your sweet family for what seems like forever and this makes my heart happy. prayers!

  • Anne September 8, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Congratulations!!! Can’t wait to follow this next chapter of your journey as a family of SIX! You are an incredible person thank you for sharing. Safe travels.

  • Jordan Belk September 8, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    I am so so so excited for all of you! Prayers prayers prayers!!

  • Laura September 8, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    Oh I am so happy for your sweet family! We are waiting for PA for our second child from China (our fourth adoption!) Praying for safe travels and and peace for your new daughter.

  • Kelly September 8, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    So very happy for you guys. I had a terrible day today, but this post just made me so happy. Thanks for that Shulls!

  • Renee Georget September 8, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Wow! You stopped me in my morning routine this morning. This was certainly a good excuse to be late for work.. prayers for the Shulls. You guys are so wonderful..i have been following this blog for many years and you and your family never seem to disppoint. God Bless and enjoy your trip! I’ll be eagerly sitting in front of the computer waiting on some updates!! ????????❤

  • Elizabeth September 9, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Such a wonderful surprise to see on Instagram this morning! SO happy for you! Safe travels and cannot wait for you to hold that sweet girl in your arms and welcome her in to your family!

  • Shelly September 9, 2016 at 12:14 am

    Wow! This was quite the surprise. Prayers for a safe trip and a smooth transition for new little Shull.

  • kelly September 9, 2016 at 4:43 am

    I came back hoping to see an update on your new baby and saw the picture of the lock you guys put your initials on! I think it’s so cool that y’alls initials say, ” Ask Sam”! (Sean and Catherine’s baby) haha. Seems like it’s meant to be .
    I’m REALLY interested in Ashby’s reactio to everything going on with this new adootion.
    Oh I can’t wait to see your new girl ! Love you guys – it’s so crazy!! Lol

  • Jill - Long Island, New York - Yankee fan September 9, 2016 at 7:55 am

    So excited for you and your family ! I love your blog and read it every morning and I was SHOCKED when I read your post, but it doesn’t surprise me at all ! Safe travels and I will be waiting patiently for updates !! Will “M” be a Yankee fan or a Red Sox fan ???? 🙂

  • Bethany September 9, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Absolutely Amazing, Shay & Family. I saw your IG post first and about spit out my breakfast!! haha. You are doing god’s work and are about to make another little girl’s life extraordinary. Congratulations on your new “baby”

  • Jessie Maynard September 9, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Shay! This was such a wonderful post to read this morning!! So incredibly excited for the new Shull family SIX. Praying for safe travels (to and from), a smooth transition, and for God’s great love to surround you all during this time. You are an inspiration to move when God asks us to move.

  • Jess September 9, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Praying God’s hand guides you all safely home as quickly as possible. Sending love to your family of 6! Congratulations!

  • Kyleigh September 9, 2016 at 9:56 am

    I’m crying tears of joy for you all! What a blessing! Prayers to you and your family and may God bless you all!!

  • Alice September 9, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Wow, what beautiful news! I can’t wait to see God bring her to her forever family, by following here. Thank you for sharing with us, I’ll be praying for you all!

  • Sara September 9, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    The picture of the lock brought tears to my eyes. Go get your girl! Praying that everything goes smoothly for your family.

  • Rho September 9, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    This!! I love this!! When I saw that lock, I actually welled up with tears. I so love this for you all and that precious baby girl. I just see two little girls that will now love the Lord Jesus with their whole heart because you and your husband stayed obedient to the Lord. It’s sooo beautiful!

  • Rachael Corbett September 9, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Shay – You and Andrew, and Kensington and Smith and Ashby – are incredible!
    I don’t even know you and yet I “tune” in every day to follow along on this wonderful life, in which you give back ten fold what you receive. Wishing your party of six safe travels and best of luck. Can’t wait to see the story unfold.

  • Erin (No Bohns About It) September 9, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    I’m SO happy for you guys! Congratulations! I’m really glad you ended up adopting from China again. Most adult transracial adoptees say that as children they really wanted a sibling who looked like them. It makes a big difference for kids not to be the only one of their race in the family. Both Ashby and this little one will be much happier having each other!

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to hear more 🙂

    -Erin (a fellow adoptive mama)

  • April September 9, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Wow, I had no idea. That is so beautiful, you and your family are truly amazing! Safe travels to the other side of the world and I can’t wait to see/read the about the next chapter in your journey. God bless you Shull Family of 6!

  • Bailey Garner September 9, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    So incredibly excited for y’all! Many prayers headed your way for safe travels and easy transitions! ❤️

  • RoseMaryN September 9, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    God is good…ALL the time!!
    ALL the time…God is good!!!

  • Sarah September 9, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    You all are just amazing. So excited for your family!!! And I can’t wait to see photos of the new family of 6!!!!

  • Holly Hopkins September 10, 2016 at 5:45 am

    *Tears* So happy for you guys and so moved. Adoption has been on my heart for a few years but i just dont feel like im a good enough Mom. That Mom guilt hits me hard.
    I love that you listened to God and went for it so much courage and faith. Praying for safe travels and a beautiful experience.

  • Kerri September 10, 2016 at 8:09 am

    I’ll be actively hitting “refresh” on your blog and Instagram for updates! It feels like you are in labor and we are waiting to hear the announcement 🙂
    You are such an inspirational mom. I don’t know how you do all the things you do in a day and still seem so put together but it is definitely motivational!

  • Lisa September 11, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Our message at church this morning was answering God’s call and how he equips those who answer His call. I couldn’t help but think of you and Andrew and how you are both the perfect example of this. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Prayers for you and your family as you bring sweet Madeley back home.

  • Amy September 11, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    So exciting! What a blessing you and your family will be to this precious little girl! Godspeed!

  • Nicole September 12, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Shay – I’ve only read a few of your posts, Asby’s Gotchya and now Madeley’s, but I have to tell you how inspiring you are. I get chills and tears in my eyes reading your posts. I will continue to follow along as God speaks through you, and will add your family to my prayers for a safe and uneventful trip home from China and as Madeley transitions.

  • Elizabeth Watson September 13, 2016 at 7:50 am

    I have used about half a box of kleenex this morning reading this. Haha! I saw your instagram post a couple of days ago about y’all becoming the Shull six, and knew I needed to head over to your blog as soon as I got a chance. Oh my goodness, I am so overjoyed at what the Lord is doing in your family’s lives. You have answered a call that many people don’t even open their hearts up to at all. God is guiding and directing this walk, you and Andrew have a strength in you for THIS particular road that ONLY God can provide. I am so excited to watch this amazing journey unfold. Thank you for sharing with us all. I am so blessed by your story!

  • Chelsey Boren September 15, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    I remember seeing the post with the locket and thinking “why didn’t she center their names better” and now it makes sense ????????