Sunday, February 21, 2010

Awaiting Easton

Team Easton! This picture will be in the nursery for sure!

The Sweetest Hostesses

The cake my Lifegroup provided =)

I wish I could type this without crying but I'm pretty sure that is unavoidable!! I've come to terms with the fact that this journey is an emotional ride. Yesterday, I was surrounded by love and support from the women in my life. My childhood best friends, Lindsey, Lisa, Nikki and Katie hosted a baby shower full of laughs, memories and tears. Although, we haven't seen Easton's face, it didn't stop us from celebrating his life and preparing for his arrival. We believe Easton will be here in God's timing and have all of our Faith in the Lord. Reading the cards and words of encouragement wasn't an easy task, hearing words like "Easton's greatest wish is about to come true", and "You are going to be a fantastic mother", instantly brought more tears to my eyes. We received everything we would need to bring Easton home tomorrow. Some of the sentimental gifts, included an adoption baby book, a handmade bracelet with Easton's name and a tote bag that reads, "There's no where on earth I wouldn't go to bring you home to me."

Saying "Thank you" doesn't even begin to show our gratitude. Knowing that Easton has a team of people who are praying for him and providing for him is encouraging to us. This is especially important to us now, as we are so close to finally seeing his face. We truly cannot wait for him to meet each and everyone of you!

We are having a blast setting up his nursery, pictures to come soon!!! We are so incredible thankful to all of our friends and family for their support.

Verse for this week:
Isaiah 40:28-31
"Have you not known? Have you not heard?The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint."

Waiting on the Lord,
Ashlie and Ryan


Naomi said...

What a blessing to have so many special girlfriends to love on you and celebrate your baby! I do believe that they are just as excited as you are and you will have so many of these dear friends there to support you when he/she is home!

This is just the beginning of the most wonderful journey.... :)

Praying for a quick referral!

jamie ivey said...

Just found your blog tonight. Hoping that this wait goes by quickly and God moves your heart in big ways.

we just brought our son and daughter home in the past 4 months.


Real Simple said...

Amen on Is. 40!! You are precious. Glad you liked the idea to use the container (if you get another chance...well if you don' one in CELEBRATION and keep that one!!!) Waiting on the Lord is a blessing! For the things He has in store for us IS SO beyond our wildest thought/prayer! So we wait and while we wait we REJOICE in the things He has provided us each and every moment of the day. As i say everyday is a blessing...every moment a gift! all from GOD! I know you might be doing the Crazy Love cool as it in chpt 3 that "He knew us before we were created..." He has known you guys and baby Easton for a very long time! hugs! Keep that "congrats tub when it comes time....

Ryan and Ashlie said...

Hi Betsy!! I am reading Crazy Love and absolutely love it!! Especially chapter 4 about being Lukewarm, there is so much more that I could do for other if I truly followed God's word!! I would love for you to check out Katie Davis' blog. She is a 22 year old, Tennessee girl who moved to Uganda after high school. She is now a mother of 13 Uganda girls and feeds 400 children everyday!!! Her postings are so inspirational and life-changing. I will get to meet her in Uganda when we travel there. Here's the website:
Read her post on February 11th!!!! =)

Real Simple said...

i will go and read it now. i have a blog. it isn't very exciting but sometimes i write a good one.(realsimple) love telling others my God stories!
i have read chpt 4-3 times. molly has read the book 5 times! i am really moved by the whole book. i am on cpt.8? why did i forget...but i only have 2 more chpts to read! i really enjoy francis chan. i got to see him several times at PASSION in Atlanta. he is just as real as he is in the book. go to youtube and watch his message on lukewarm...later!

Real Simple said...

humbling!!! hug her for me! what a great example of crazy love and she used the same scriptures referenced in chpt. 4! i told her she is JESUS WITH SKIN ON! you've written about her on your bog before or have a reference to her site? hugs!

Ryan and Ashlie said...

Betsy, I have referenced Katie's blog before. I cannot wait to meet her in July!!!!! =)