Today, our sweet Ashby London is FIVE!
Rarely can I talk about this girl without crying. She is just such a special little girl, and the fact that the Lord has entrusted Andrew and me to be her parents is quite overwhelming. Ashby is just sweet, sweet, sweet to her core. She is upbeat, positive, happy, giggly, and loves deeply all while being such a fighter. This girl loves to snuggle, is such a pleaser and never wants to disappoint. This has been a HUGE year for Miss Ashby. Over the last 12 months, she has become a big sister and undergone eight surgical procedures. Ashby love, love, loves taking care of Madeley. In fact, only one week into summer vacation, and I think she’s a little bummed that Smith and Kensington are around to help because she takes great pride in caring for Madeley during the day 🙂 . Ashby’s health has been one of the main topics of conversation over the last year. Our goal is to keep her healthy and safe…so, we’ve spent a lot of time seeing doctors, getting opinions and having procedures. We’ve had our ups and downs, she’s worn a sling/soft cast/compression garment 80 days this year. She’s had limited physical activity, missed out on some fun things and been in tremendous pain…all while smiling. Ashby is my hero.
When I think about Ashby’s birthday, I always think about her birth mom. I have to imagine that her mama is thinking about her today too and that leaving Ashby that fateful day was the hardest thing she has ever done. The other day, we had been swimming in our backyard and while we were drying off, I told Ashby that she was just so pretty. I said, I bet your China mommy is so pretty too because you’re such a pretty girl. And do you know what she said to me? She said, I hope she has a family too. Wow. I started crying and couldn’t stop. What a sweet girl I get to raise.
So, today, she is FIVE! We are once again celebrating Ashby’s birthday in a BIG WAY! Yesterday morning, 18 members of my family boarded a plane and headed to Seattle for an Alaskan cruise. We are PUMPED! We have big plans to honor our birthday girl today.
Happy Birthday Ashby London Shull. I just know in my heart that God is going to continue to use your life to further His kingdom. I am so honored to get a front row seat to watch Him use you in big and mighty ways.
Here’s a little look back at Ashby this last year…
September 2016. We found ourselves once again back in the exact same spot we had been just 20 months before. In Guangzhou, China. This time though, she wasn’t that shy girl who didn’t know who we were and what we were doing. She was a growing, thriving member of our family excited to be a big sister.
January 2017. We celebrated her 2 Year Gotcha Day. Look how much she has changed from the day we got her!
Happy Birthday Ashby!
God can do anything, you know-far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams. -Ephesians 3:20