Sunday, December 23, 2012

wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and many blessings in the coming year.

from our family to yours.

hal. angel. ashton. adam. hayne. andrew. anna grace. & ainsley. 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

One Year.

One Year ago today we were in Xi'an China anxiously counting down to meet our sweet girl.

Oh, how life has changed in one simple year. For our family and for our girl especially.

One Year ago we were very much manageable as a family of 7. Everyone was very easy to manage and we lived the high life, but something…someone was missing.

One Year ago a little girl lay dying in an orphanage. At 28 months old she barely weighed 12lbs. She had never known anything but her crib and being left.

Today, Life is incredibly different.

Today, we are a messy, everywhere, child-proofed family. Our littlest princess is into everything and is affectionately known as "Tornado Ting"

Today, that 12lbs baby is now a 32lbs 3 year old who is so full of love and life it simply radiates.

Today, we are simply thankful that God would choose our family to have this special little girl in our life.

Today, we can't imagine our lives without Ainsley Ting….and we don't want to.

Ni Hao Yall

Thursday, December 13, 2012


As most of you know Hayne is already our miracle boy. {see HERE}

Hayne is also a very good football player and a very active 10 year old boy. He is always on the go and always into something! We love Hayne and treasure him as a part of our family.

About 5 weeks ago now on a Monday night, Hayne went to football practice as he normally would. Nothing different about it, just how it normally goes. While at football he took not one, but two very hard hits to the head while at practice. Hayne is tough and kept playing but when he got home his headache got really bad. He was up most of the night in severe pain. The next day we sent him to school and by 10:30 he was home. My parents took him to the doctor immediately and we were informed he had a concussion, it was no big deal and that he would be fine in a few days.

Well, a few days passed and his headache had not gotten better instead it had gotten much worse. Hayne was in so much pain he couldn't function enough to get out of the bed. Friday night my parents took Hayne straight to the ER. After a few tests he was admitted overnight. They did countless tests, MRI, CT scans, etc. He was diagnosed with two severe concussions and was considered a Traumatic Brain Injury patient. The doctors could not emphasize to us enough how lucky we are and how this could have been so much worse.

This continued for the next 4 weeks. Hayne couldn't leave the bed, was sentenced to strict bed rest and it was horrible. After 5 weeks in bed, therapy and numerous doctor appointments, he is finally getting back to himself.

Hayne talking to Santa. He wasn't able to walk yet at this point. 

We still have a long road ahead, but we are so thankful for God's guidance and protection for our boy…oh, and the fact that our eyes have been opened to the dangers of football. Please, please research and be so careful if your child is playing football. We had no idea a simple practice would turn out like this!

Hayne is now back at school, still going to therapy and walking like a champ. Please continue to pray for our entire family in the coming days!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


I accept it. I'm a failure who never updates her blog. I send my sincerest apologies. Truly I do.

A LOT has been going on in our lives right now and I just have not had a chance to blog about it. So I will be doing major catch-up posts in the near future. I am working on them all now.

Today though I will be updating through my beloved instagram. It has become my newest obsession lately, actually. (you can follow us @ashtonbry)

So, enjoy our quickie update ;)

Baking Day with my darling friend

Miss Tornado Ting at her finest….(she did have clothes on before she ripped them off) 

Anna Grace and I

How Zoey and I spend our days

Only the greatest dog in the world. 

Typical Ainsley getting into the Christmas Spirit

Chinese food is our favorite. 

Saturday mornings with this girl. 
 And now my very favorite part. I am in child development this year and we had a flour baby project. For two weeks I carried around a sack of flour whom I lovingly referred to as Paisley. Here are just a few of her adventures.
Paisley and I with our friends Maddie and baby Stone

Proud Auntie and Uncle ;) 

I am planning on doing a Friday Phone Dump from now on with all of the fun pictures from our week. Hopeful that I will become a better blogger from now on!

Happy Hump Day!