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Ashley is a lover of Christ who takes pride in her role as wife to one and future adoptive mother to many.

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  1. This is such a beautiful post. I am very eager to begin reading your E Book. My husband and I are a little over one year into our fertility treatments. We are on treatment cycle number six with our fertility doctor. BUT, like you so wisely mentioned in this post, God is constantly leading me back to Him through this journey. I write some about it on my blog… you have inspired me to keep writing! Thanks… 🙂

  2. Sorry for the double post… I just read through some of your E Book preface and noticed that you are in the process of adopting via the foster care system. I have been working in the filed of adoption for 4+ years (I do both private infant adoptions as well as children in foster care). If you ever have questions about the process or just need to vent don’t hesitate to email me at brittnieblackburn@yahoo.com. Just wanted to pass that along as i know the process can be overwhelming (to say the least!) at times. Have a great day!

    • That’s great Brittnie! I have also worked in a residential treatment facility for at risk youth for the last year. It has been a great learning process and season or preparation for me!

      It can definitely be overwhelming! Thanks for the encouragement!

      -Ashley

  3. I have to say this hit my heart today. I’ve recently been reading through my Caringbridge journal (leukemia/bone marrow transplant) for the same reason. It has been so encouraging to me….all of the reminders of how God provided. I’m also wondering if it would be encouraging to others. Might just have to check into this E-book thing 🙂
    Bless your heart and I pray the Lord continues to hold you in the palm of His hand!

  4. It is so good to hear the raw authenticity come through your words. Thanks for sharing. I’ll be sure to read your e-book!

  5. For you it may be having a child of your own… For me it was wanting a husband and fearing I may end up alone.

    I had almost given up complete hope when a friend led to me to Yahoo Personals. I had some dates, but again lost ALL HOPE that my “man” was out there. One day at work I just threw a pencil down on my desk and shouted, although quietly, “God, no more blind dates for me..if you want me to marry then you’ll have to send someone my way”.

    What happened… God sent a most wonderful, loving man and 10 weeks later we married..that was 7 years ago!

    Don’t ever give up hope.. keep praying and God will send a child your way!

    • God uses many ways to bring us to Him. How wonderful for God to bring someone like your husband into your life, probably just when you needed him!

      Thanks for sharing!

  6. Ashley,
    I can so relate to this article. Not the adoption and infertility piece, but other aspects of my life and going through the doubting God’s goodness phase and the process of winning it back again. Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Yes, yes, yes! It is so easy to doubt God’s goodness in so many areas of our life! However, God is good, even in our difficulty!

      Thanks so much for sharing today!

  7. I love that through reading your OWN story, in your own words, He led you back to Him…

    That is one of the biggest reasons that I blog. I want a record of what He is showing me, and the mountains that He is moving, and the hearts of stone that He is changing!!!

    *hugs*
    Thank you for your transparency, and your obedience!!

  8. My husband and I are married 24 years this weekend…I remember the pain of infertility coupled with a horrible disrupted adoption when we were only married about two years. I was afraid to adopt again and sure God would never give me my desire. I continued to pray and follow His lead…He has built our family and last year we completed (I say completed, though, I am not sure what He has in mind!!) our family with the addition of a sibling group of 7 and we now have 11 children. He can, and does, abundantly bless us when we follow His leading.

    • Congrats on your anniversary! What a beautiful story!

      We too have had a disrupted adoption. It was absolutely heartbreaking!

      However, my husband and I are hoping to adopt a sibling group of up to four children later this year! So, we are very excited!!!

      Thanks for sharing with us!!!