Help Ashley and Shane Adopt!

$6,175 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 21 people in 11 months
“So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” -Ephesians 3:17-19

Almost 9 nine years ago now I came home from college and took a job as a bookseller.  I had taken a semester off from school and thought I could make some money, read a lot of books, and just focus on trying to figure out the whole adult thing.  A month after taken the job this very handsome man walked in the doors of my store and took my breath away (they ambulance driver uniform helped!).  Although Shane and I went to middle and high school together I’m pretty sure we never said two words to each other before that day.  He came through my line, made small talk, then left.  About 5 minutes later he called the store to ask me out to dinner and it has been us against the world ever since.  My gratefulness to God for giving me not only a partner but a love that I can lean on through the good times and bad is beyond anything I have ever felt.  I didn’t know how much I needed him but know after almost 8 years of marriage I can’t imagine how I lived without him.

Shane and I have come through a lot these past years.  We have lost more loved ones than we could’ve imagined.  Found out that starting a life together will test you in ways you couldn’t even imagine.  That if you have to, you can survive on only peanut butter, bologna, and spaghetti for weeks!  We learned the value of a good budget, that some things aren’t worth fighting over, and that being a grown up gets easier when you have love to support and grow with you.

Building a family has always been a desire of ours.  Our families are so important to us and are such a huge part of the people we are today and having one of our own was just also supposed to be.  We began trying to start a family about 5 years ago and around that 2nd year decided that something might not be right.  After multiple doctor’s appointments and month after month of disappointment, we began to pray.  We prayed for answers, we prayed for a child, for a healthy womb and finally, we prayed for stronger faith.  It has been through prayers and faith in God that we have been lead to adoption. 

I’m an adopted child and have always felt called to adopt because of the gift it has been in my life.  Although I lost both my adopted parents very young I can say without a shadow of a doubt that God placed me with the Mother, Father, and family I was meant to have.  Shane and I feel the same call my parents did and have begun the process to adopt with a company called Lifeline.  We are going into this with a firm faith that it is not only our wanting to be parents, but more importantly that it is God’s plan on our lives to be parents to the child that he has chosen for us.

Adoption is not cheap, and we are by no means wealthy.  We plan to work hard and raise the money with fundraisers and donations.  Shane has also been blessed with a second job that is going fully into paying for this sweet baby.

We are so blessed to have you all in our lives: family, friends, and an amazing church family.  We ask that most importantly you remember us in prayer.  Secondly, if you feel lead to help us through this process, our debt of gratitude is more than words could say.  Please don’t underestimate the power of $5 when it comes in multitudes.  I will be sharing updates and such as we go here and on Facebook.  If you would like to reach out to us with questions or words of encouragement please don’t hesitate!  We love you all, and can’t wait for baby Russell to know you and be here with us.

Love,  Ashley and Shane.
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Hey Family &Friends!

Are you anxious about your upcoming date with wrapping paper and tape this Christmas? Would you like to get at least this one chore off your list?

Help us, help you!!!
Now through Dec. 17th we will wrap your gifts for you as you help us raise funds for our adoption at the same time!

Here’s how it works:
1) Contact us and let us know you are in. (FB, e-mail, text, call)
2) Drop off your gifts or we can schedule a pick-up.
3) We will provide Tape, wrapping paper, boxes or bags and Tags (and other supplies as needed).
4) Together we will come up with a drop off plan to get them back to you.
5) Contribute any amount to our Adoption Fundraiser Page (or you can give your donation to us directly)!

The deadline to contact us is Dec. 15th and all gifts will be done before or by the evening of Dec. 17th.
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Hey Y'all

I'm so behind on our updates and I'm so very sorry!!! I wanted to send our most heartfelt thanks to all those who came out to support our Yard Sale and a special thanks to our church, friends and family for not only helping us set up but also staying with us and helping through out the sale. We couldn't have done anything without you (pics below!). We were incredibly blessed with the sale and were able to add $3,100 dollars to the adoption fund!!! It was a huge blessing and we are getting ready to do it again! We will have another indoor Yard Sale at Bethel Baptist in Pleasant Grove on October 14th. If you have items you'd like to donate please contact Shane or I either via phone or Facebook. Also, if you have extra space and could help us store stuff until the sale we would be forever grateful! Shane and I have turned in our required paperwork and background checks and we are now working on our profile book for potential birth mothers to see. We are meeting with our social worker on the 15th for one of our home study interviews. We'll have 3 more interviews and then our profile will start being shown! Thank you all for staying with us and looking for our updates (I promise they will come sooner next time) we love you all and the continued support and prayers mean the world!
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Quick update! Shane and I would just like to thank everyone for your prayers and donations. We are so blessed to by the amazing people God has put in our life and this baby is already so loved! We'll have more to share with y'all in a few weeks, but in the meantime I just wanted to send out a remind that the yard sale will be July 7th & 8th at Bethel Baptist in Pleasant Grove. We've had a ton of donated items and I know some of you still have more for us, if we haven't worked out a time to get stuff from you just call me or shoot me a message. Love you guys so much! #growtherussellfamilytree
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Hey everybody, just wanted to give a quick update. We've had 129 shares of this page since it went live and $125 dollars have been donated so far!!! Thank you so much to everyone that is sharing, donating and praying for us as we go. Please known that any amount we receive through donation will be such a huge blessing, but if you are unable to help financially, you can still help by sharing our story and joining us in prayer.
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$6,175 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 21 people in 11 months
Created May 26, 2017
$25
Baby's Library
You get to pick out a book for the baby's book self and we will inscribe your name in it as tribute for your gift
$50
Roll Tide Baby
The baby a BAMA fan!!! All attempts to turn our babe into anything else will be swiftly crushed with extreme force! :)
$75
Signed by Baby
You will receive a personalized and autographed picture of sweet baby Russell! (Bonus option of having a pawographed photos of Baby and the pups!)
$100
Fandom/Hobbies
You can choose a Fandom or Hobby for Baby Russ to be introduced to! Hogwarts Alumni and Timelords... do not let me down! (Also Hunters and Fishers LOL)
$175
Nursery Decor
We will display a framed photo of you in the baby's nursery so they will know that your loving donation help get them here!
$250
Dinner's on Us
We (ok Ashley!) will prepare a 4-course dinner for four and deliver it to your home* *must be within an hour drive.
$300
Lullabies
You can choose what song will be the babies lullaby song for me to sing at night. Special bonus prize: I will sing the song you choose on Facebook Live!
$400
Extended Family
You get honorary Aunt/Uncle status!!! And a day with the baby (and Mom or Dad of course)
$500
Name that Baby!
You can help us choose Baby Russell's middle name! (All names will be thrown into a bucket and one will be The Chosen One!)
$600
BAMFam Offer!!!
A special reward for my Books-A-Million family! With your donation, Erin Blake has agreed to be nice to you... for 3 MONTHS!!!!!
$700
Maid Service
You get us for the day to clean your choice of the house, car or yard. * *Must be within an hour drive
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JW
$25
Jordan Weinmann
4 months ago
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Merry Christmas!

YS
$1,645
Yard Sale
6 months ago (Offline Donation)
$200
Anonymous
7 months ago (Offline Donation)
SF
$25
Stacy Fox
7 months ago (Offline Donation)
RD
$200
Ryan & Katie Duncan
7 months ago (Offline Donation)
YS
$3,100
Yard Sale
8 months ago (Offline Donation)

Thank you to everyone who came out to support, set up and shop!!! We love you all so much.

BS
$60
BAM Bake Sale
8 months ago (Offline Donation)

Thank you to my BAMily for your support!

TS
$50
Taylor Snuggs
8 months ago
1
1

Praying for you guys! ❤️

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