Hey there, 2022!
I have so missed all of YOU!!!!!!!
It is always such a blessing to take a few weeks off and focus on my family, enjoy the holidays and travel, but I am always SO EXCITED to come back to this community at the beginning of each year. I am sincerely SO HAPPY to be back with you today!! It’s a special bonus, because just about every year, I come back on January 4th which is ASHBY’S GOTCHA DAY!
Seven years ago today, we became a forever family with Ashby London Shull.
Seven years of giggles, snuggles, laughter and love.
Seven years of sweetness.
Seven years of joy.
It has been the most amazing seven years, and I literally shudder at the thought of us not being a forever family with this precious girl. She is the most perfect piece of our family’s puzzle.
Where do I even begin with Miss Ashby?
She is just so amazing.
Over the last year, Ashby has grown and matured in so many ways. Going from 8.5 to 9.5 has been a huge transition! This once shy, uncertain, cautious girl has blossomed into an outgoing, fearless, very articulate young lady.
There have been so many changes and transitions this last year too. Ashby is thriving in school. Academically, she’s doing better than ever and absolutely LOVES her classroom, teachers and friends. Andrew attended her holiday party (while I was in charge of the first grade parties), and he said it was like attending a party with a rockstar. He said there was a line of friends who wanted her attention (both boys and girls). She is just a magnet for people. She’s my kiddo that after school, when I ask her what she did at recess, she could easily say “play house with the girls” or “played football with the boys”. She’s just everyone’s friend.
This last year, Ashby’s doctors have focused on medicine to treat her Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome instead of surgeries. After her last surgery in September 2020, she had a very rough 11 week recovery and medicine was a welcome reprieve for us all. That being said, between daily doses of injectable medicines and pills, we’ve also learned this year that living with a chronic condition, surgeries or no surgeries, life is hard both physically and emotionally. We are scheduled for surgery #23 later this winter, and the anticipation is already taking a toll on her precious spirit. Prayers are always so appreciated for our brave girl! Peace. We all need peace.
Ashby is creative (almost always coloring, painting, making a craft, creating jewelry), she loves to play outside (on her scooter, hitting tennis balls, going for walks, riding her bike…this girl loves to ski!), she loves to read books (Captain Underpants is her favorite right now!) and is obsessed with any sort of word find, crossword puzzle or Sudoku. Ashby is never bored and ALWAYS up to do something. When Ashby grows up, she wants to work for the New York Yankees’ front office and do some sort of job “with math”. I absolutely can see her there!
Seven years ago, we rode an elevator up high in a skyscraper in Xi’an, China all nervous, excited and giddy to meet the two year old we had only seen pictures of. We were certain that we were going to meet our daughter, we just had no idea that we were about to meet our hero.
Ashby Shull, you are a miracle to us. We are so thankful that a big God looked down on a big world and saw that we were a forever family. We are so excited to see what this next year has in store for you. We absolutely could not love you more!
Happy Gotcha Day! xx
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