Happy July 4th, friends!
This red, white and blue holiday is always so special in our family for two very big reasons. First, 17 years ago today, I met Andrew Shull. I was staying at my aunt and uncle’s house with my two teenage cousins (as their parents and my parents were out of town) when my parents’ neighbor called to say that their dog had gotten out of the yard and that someone needed to come get her and take her back. I drove to my parents’ house to get the dog and when I opened back door from the garage into the house, Andrew walked out of the guest bath…super tall, really hairy (he had a head full of hair and a FULL beard) without a shirt on. Who knew that 17 years to the day later we would be celebrating this together…
…4.5 years with our baby girl from China 🙂 .
That’s right! Sweet Ashby has been in our family for four and a half years! Friends, it is so hard for me to remember a time when she wasn’t in our family. Our world just wasn’t right without her.
Today, I thought we would look back at sweet Ashby on each July 4th…
July 4, 2015
Only six months into being a Shull and she was already smitten with Bowen 🙂 .
July 4, 2016
This has been such a big year for Ashby. She finished kindergarten and is gearing up for first grade, she is now working with an occupational therapist in order to strengthen her left hand, she has love, love, loved dance this year and is anxious to play soccer this fall and she has made the sweetest friends at her new elementary school.
July 4, 2017
Ashby continues to have the most easy going personality in the bunch. She’s always so happy, so upbeat, so loving…just a bundle of JOY! Her favorite things to eat right now are tomatoes (she requests them for breakfast!), she wants to be in the pool as much as possible, she loves playing with her Barbies and she’s learning how to ride a bike without training wheels.
July 4, 2018
Ashby always tells us that she wants to go to Kansas State when she grows up and then become a doctor and a mom. We have been so proud of her this year because at every turn, there has been an obstacle or two and yet, she’s smiled and conquered each and every one.
Friends, adoption changes everything. There are so many kiddos in the world who just need a family. They have all of this potential, all of this love in their hearts, these big and beautiful personalities…but they need a family.
My prayer today is that if you have adoption on your heart, that you don’t dismiss it. I truly believe that God wouldn’t put it on your heart unless He is wanting you to pursue it. What if your kiddo is out there waiting on you? What if your family isn’t complete because you’re missing someone who just needs you to take that first step towards adoption? Adoption is complicated…but oh my gosh, it is beautiful. When I look back on my life, I just know that the best thing I ever did was adopt my two girls. Was the unknown a little scary? Yes. Was I nervous? Of course! Is it the best thing I’ve ever done? WITHOUT A DOUBT! I’m praying that many of you finally take that step towards adoption today.
From our family to yours, we’re wishing you a happy and healthy holiday. I’m so thankful today for my country, my husband and my family. God bless you and God bless the U.S.A.!
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