Happy Birthday, Ashley!

Ashley turns the big two-oh today. She’s no longer a teenager. It’s hard to believe so much time has passed by so quickly.

Ordinarily, we’d have a party, but Ashley is in the Dominican Republic teaching English to children at an orphanage. You can read about her adventures on her blog.

At the end of the summer, before Ashley left, we made a three-layer dessert and celebrated early. Somehow, that’s not filling the gap we feel today…

Happy birthday, kiddo! We’re so proud of you!

Update: We don’t need Ashley to celebrate her birthday. We made a confetti cake, blew out candles, sang “Happy Birthday,” ate cake, and missed Ashley. When we talked to Ashley later this evening, we learned her students and adopted family had many birthday surprises for her throughout the day.