Ashby is SEVEN!

Friends, on Sunday, our Ashby will be SEVEN!!!

Oh my goodness!


How is that possible?!  Wasn’t she just…

…this age?!?!

Guys, I remember that day like it was yesterday.  This was the first morning we woke up at home after bringing her home.  PJs and a big stinkin’ headband were on the menu that day.  She went from 2.5 to seven overnight…

…now, she’s so BIG!


Ashby continues to be a ray of light in our house.

She is positive.  She is funny.  She is sincere.  She is thoughtful.  She is ALWAYS HAPPY!

Ashby conquered kindergarten like a BOSS and is so excited about first grade!

Out of all of my kids, she’s the one who lives in “happy world” the most.  Everything is always sparkles, rainbows and unicorns.  She skips from one thing to the next, always smiles and never complains. The kid with the most reasons to complain in my house is the one who looks at the bright side the most.  How cool is that?

Ashby London, we love you so much.  We love your giggle.  We love your sunny disposition.  We love how you are fearless and relentless.  We love how God made you uniquely you.

Happy birthday, Ashby.  We are so thankful to forever celebrate this day with you. xo


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  • Reply Susan McKain June 7, 2019 at 4:54 am

    Happy Birthday, sweet Ashby! Have a wonderful year ahead.🎂

  • Reply Susan Jeffries June 7, 2019 at 4:54 am

    Happy bday to Ashby! I have been following you since before she was a part of your family! Wow! She is such a precious, happy kid. Hope she has a great day!

  • Reply Tara G. June 7, 2019 at 5:09 am

    She is darling. Have so much fun celebrating her precious life!

  • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog June 7, 2019 at 5:16 am

    Awww, happy birthday to Ashby! She’s getting more and more beautiful each day! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Reply Ahna @ Hammers N Hugs June 7, 2019 at 5:21 am

    Happy birthday, Ashby! You are beautiful! We are forever grateful that God chose to use your story to start us on the journey of bringing our own son home. A birthday hug is being sent your way from our crew here in PA! XO

  • Reply Erika Slaughter June 7, 2019 at 5:41 am

    We can’t wait to celebrate her BIG! We love you, Ashby Shull! Happy SEVENTH Birthday! XOXO

  • Reply Ramona Puckett June 7, 2019 at 5:53 am

    Happy Birthday!🎁🎊🎉🎈🎂❤️

    • Reply Angie S June 7, 2019 at 8:20 am

      Happy birthday sweet Ashby! May God’s grace be with you and may His love surround you on this special day and always!

  • Reply Kasie Miller June 7, 2019 at 6:00 am

    Wow, has she grown! Happy Birthday to your sweet girl!! 🧁

  • Reply Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams June 7, 2019 at 6:18 am

    Aww look at Ashby’s smiling face in all these pics! She radiates joy! I hope she has the best birthday!!

    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Reply Amy Heinl June 7, 2019 at 6:19 am

    Happy Birthday sweet Ashby…have the best birthday year. May it be filled with many more treasured moments filled with laughter and love. Have your best day ever

  • Reply Laura E Fredlund June 7, 2019 at 6:34 am

    Happy Birthday to Ashby! You can just tell hiw seeet she is through the pictures. What a precious girl that you have ❤ My girls are 9 and 3, time just wont stand still! My oldest, a boy, is 12 and will soon be starting junior high. 😭

  • Reply Ariadna June 7, 2019 at 6:47 am

    Happy Birthday sweet Ashby!!! Shay, posts about your kids always bring tears to my eyes and a huge smile to my face. Thank you for letting us be a little part of your family. ❤

  • Reply Kim C June 7, 2019 at 6:54 am

    Happy birthday sweet, sweet Ashby! 🎉🎈🎂 Love “seeing”/hearing about her sunny disposition all the time! Her joy is truly contagious!

  • Reply Elspeth Mizner June 7, 2019 at 7:01 am

    Happy birthday sweet Ashby! Have the best time celebrating!! Cant wait to see how your celebrate your big day!

  • Reply Sarah Shaneyfelt June 7, 2019 at 7:09 am

    Happy birthday, Ashby!!! I cannot wait to see what kind of party you throw her! I love your themed birthday parties!

  • Reply Sarah M. June 7, 2019 at 7:24 am

    My birthday is on Sunday too! I just love that Ashby is happy all of the time, what a great example for the rest of us. Have a wonderful time celebrating her!

  • Reply Johannah Sirois June 7, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Happy Birthday Ashby!!!

  • Reply Brittany June 7, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Happy Birthday, Ashby! Geez, I didn’t realize I have followed your blog for so long!! I think I came on board right around when you adopted her. Time flies! I hope she has an amazing birthday and y’all have a great weekend celebrating sweet Ashby!

  • Reply Paula June 7, 2019 at 7:52 am

    Precious Ashby. Happiest Birthday wishes for your sweet girl. No doubt her birrthday bash will be fantastic!

  • Reply Susan Shelton June 7, 2019 at 7:54 am

    Happy Birthday to your precious Ashby!

  • Reply Nicole Miller June 7, 2019 at 8:04 am

    Happy birthday, Ashby!!! Hope you have a fabulous weekend!! 🎉💝

  • Reply Amanda Wilson June 7, 2019 at 8:07 am

    This little sweetie has changed so many peoples lives with the way we look at adoption and conquering challenges!! What a blessing to this world!! Happy 7th Birthday Ashby!!

  • Reply Carly June 7, 2019 at 8:13 am

    Happy Birthday Ashby! You bring such joy and inspiration to this little corner of the internet!

  • Reply Beth June 7, 2019 at 8:23 am

    I do t know why but this made me tear up! I’ve loved following you through your “birth” as her Mama! She is such a special girl and it just shows! Happy lucky 7 to your sweet Ashby🎉🎂

  • Reply June 7, 2019 at 8:29 am

    Happy birthday Ashby!! She is amazing Shay! You are so blessed.

  • Reply Amy D. June 7, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Happy Birthday, to sweet Ashby! She is a true ray of sunshine in this world. I love your positive and upbeat attitude and I hope you have the best birthday!

  • Reply AmandaG June 7, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Happy Birthday, Ashby! What a sweet, sweet soul. I hope seven is the best one yet!

  • Reply Diana Holguin June 7, 2019 at 8:53 am

    Happy birthday, Ashby!! You are my hero. Shay, thank you for sharing your sweet family with us.

  • Reply Heather Newman June 7, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Happy, happy Birthday sweet Ashby!! Hope you have the best day ever!!

  • Reply Andrea June 7, 2019 at 9:41 am

    7…how is this even possible? She just keeps getting prettier! Have the Happiest Birthday sweet Ashby!🎈🎉💕

  • Reply janie reinert June 7, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Happy Birthday Sweet Ashby ! Enjoy your special day !!

  • Reply Deb Weber June 7, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Happy Birthday to your sweet Ashby!!

  • Reply Amy Baker June 7, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Happy birthday sweet Ashby! You look like a ray of sunshine! I hope 7 is a fabulous year for you!

  • Reply Amanda @ That Inspired Chick June 7, 2019 at 11:17 am

    Awww Happy Birthday to sweet sweet Ashby!! xoxo
    That Inspired Chick

  • Reply MAUREEN C WERNER June 7, 2019 at 11:35 am

    Happy Birthday Ashby London!! I found this blog when you all were still waiting and praying for this precious girl! I remember my first time reading your blog and seeing the little sign in your mud room with her name on it and praying with you for the sweet little one who’s backpack would hang there! Praising God today for her!!

  • Reply Liz Thorson June 7, 2019 at 11:56 am

    Happy 7th Birthday precious Ashby London Shull! You are indeed, one very special little girl! I carry you in my heart every day thanks to your mom sharing you and your incredible spirit with us! Here’s to a joyful celebration on Sunday! 🎈🎈💕💕🎉🎊🎂🎊🎉💕💕🎈🎈

  • Reply Sheaffer June 7, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    Happy Birthday, Ashby! I certainly hope you are spoiling her today and letting her eat all the fresh veggies she wants! Love that girl!

  • Reply Beth K June 7, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Happy Birthday, Ashby! Reading your blog over the years, I can’t even believe she is that old. Have the best time celebrating your girl!

  • Reply Shelly Janac June 7, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    I really cannot even believe it’s been that long!! 7!! Crazy…I have loved watching these kids grow.

  • Reply Tracy June 7, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    She’s adorable! Hope she has a happy happy day!

  • Reply Rachel June 7, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    She just seems like the sweetest girl! Happy Birthday to Ashby! Have fun celebrating 🙂

  • Reply Laurel M June 7, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    I might be biased but June babies rock! My birthday is at the end of the month. Happy birthday Ashby!

  • Reply Nancy Le June 7, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Happy birthday sweet Ashby! Your positive attitude and kind and loving nature inspires me!

  • Reply April Parrish June 7, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Happy Birthday to sweet ASHBY!!! Y’all celebrate BIG this weekend!🎂🎈🎉❤️

  • Reply Jeanie June 7, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Happy birthday, Ashby! I simply can’t believe you’re seven years old already. I remember when your mom and dad brought you home from China. You’ve turned into a lovely, amazing little girl! Keep up the sparkle!!

  • Reply Kathy Roe June 7, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Happy Birthday Ashby! Have fun celebrating this weekend!

  • Reply Valerie June 7, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Happy Birthday, sweet Ashby! I hope you have a wonderful day and year 7 is full of laughter and joy!

  • Reply Danielle Rigg June 7, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Happy Birthday! Enjoy your special day!

  • Reply Mary Dollar June 7, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Happy Birthday Miss Ashby!!! I know you will be celebrated in a super special way!!!

  • Reply Deems June 7, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    Happy Birthday to sweet Ashby! I can’t believe she’s 7, she’s still 4 in my head. 🌼

  • Reply Paula June 9, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    One of the first blog posts of yours I read was about Ashby. Her story imprinted on my heart! Since then I’ve enjoyed checking in with your family. Blessings abound! Enjoy this special day.

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