Monday, September 28, 2009

From Ashes to Africa

We hope you are having a wonderful beginning to the fall season. We don't have too much to report but we are happy to announce that we finished our home study last weekend. We will be approving the final report this week! We feel blessed to be moving through the process efficiently and pray that we continue on this path. We added a timeline of paperwork on the right hand side of our blog, along with a ticker, to show how long we have been in the process. As of today it's officially, 3 months and 5 days!

We recently purchased this book and thought we would share it with you. It is the story of a couple's journey, which is very similar to our own.
It's very informative about the Ethiopian adoption process but most importantly it's a beautiful story!
The authors of the book, Amy and Josh have a very inspirational blog that we love to follow. We admire them so much, although we've never met them! We're sure you will feel the same way:

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Photographs for Ethiopia!

God has created an abundance of opportunities for me to use photography to raise funds for our adoption. Last week one of my friends, Kelly Dunnington, shared with me that the Manatee High School Varsity and Junior Varsity Cheerleaders wanted to support our cause by having me take their annual photographs! I am so thankful that the girls have such caring hearts!
Basically, God said, "Pursue the adoption and I will provide for you".

I am charging $70.00 for a photo session, which includes 400 (or more) pictures, editing, and a CD of all of your prints. All of the proceeds will go toward our adoption and orphans in Ethiopia!
If you are interested or know someone who might be, please email me at
Thank you for your love and support,

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Home Study this week!

Hi Everyone!!
Ryan and I are so excited about our progression in the adoption process! We are having our first Home-Study this Saturday with our social worker, Vickie! Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers!
Below is a design that our buddy Andy made for us. We are in the process of making t-shirt to sell to raise money for the orphans in Ethiopia. More information to come!!

Love, Ashlie and Ryan