Three years ago today, we got our Ashby London…
We flew to Xi’an, China and met her in a civil affairs office inside a tall building. She was sobbing and scared to death, but we were so in love. We had waited 18 long months for that moment and immediately thought she was the most perfect thing we’d ever seen…and completely worth the wait.
After living inside an orphanage for 2.5 years, it took her a few days to warm up to us. I can’t even imagine how scared/confused/sad/lonely she was.
Little did we know that the girl in the purple pajamas would change all of our lives forever. We had no idea.
This kid right here…IS AMAZING. I can hardly talk about Ashby without crying. She is precious. She is sweet. She is kind. She is full of love. She is strong. She is brave. She works hard. She never quits. She NEVER complains. She is such a blessing to us. I cannot imagine our lives without her in it.
Ashby is happy all the time. And when I say “all the time”, I mean ALL THE TIME. She is always smiling, always up for whatever we have planned, always eager to cuddle, always excited to talk to you, always just so HAPPY.
Ashby has really matured this year. We have had some wonderful conversations with her about adoption, forever families, differences and such. She knows she is so loved by so many and right now, that’s all that matters to her.
I don’t think anyone has ever impacted my life more than this kid. All of my kids are special and unique, but this girl has opened my eyes and my heart to feelings and emotions I didn’t know I had. She just has this spirit about her that’s infectious.
I can’t think about this sweetie’s Gotcha Day without thinking of her mom and dad in China. We don’t know their story. We don’t know their reasons why. But what we do know is this…they loved her so much that they didn’t terminate the pregnancy. They loved her so much that they made sure she was left somewhere where she’d be found. I pray every single day, that the Lord gives them some sort of sign, some type of supernatural peace that lets them know she’s okay. I want them to know their daughter is happy, safe, healthy and loved.
Joy. She is joy.
Happy 3rd Gotcha Day, Ashby London Shull. I am so thankful to get to be your mom. I could not love you more. xo
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