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

Sunday, February 7, 2010

1 Month Waiting

As of today we have been waiting for our referral for 1 month! (Remember, a referral means that we have been matched with a child and we are able to see our baby's picture and paperwork)
Ryan and I are celebrating each passing month with a pint of Ben and Jerry's. When we first sent off our paperwork on 1/8/10 we easily finished Half Baked (fudge brownies and chocolate chip cookie dough). Today it will either be Cake Batter or Chubby Hubby (fudge covered peanut butter pretzels, yummm) We'll see what Publix has available.

Who knows, maybe today will be our day for our referral and we won't have to eat any icecream!!!

Ryan turns 30!!!

My amazing husband turned 30 this week!! We celebrated his milestone with our bible study group on Tuesday night, dinner out on Wednesday night, a surprise party Friday night, and finally a family lunch on Sunday! I'm exhausted!!! A huge thank you to all the friends and family that showed their love for Ryan this week. There is nothing better than seeing someone you love feel special. Everyday I am reminded of how fortunate I am to have him. We obviously have big plans for this year, most importantly becoming parents. Ryan is going to be an amazing Dad and I can't wait to see him with our baby Easton!

Happy Birthday Ryan!