Adoption Allows Her to Share Her Love

Adoption Allows Her to Share Her Love

Ashley Rhodes-Courter lived with 14 different foster families prior to being adopted at the age of 12. Now, she shares the love her parents gave her with her own three sons, one of whom is adopted. For more inspiring stories like this, subscribe to Guideposts magazine.

  • Ashley Rhodes-Courter outside her home in St. Petersburg, Florida

    Ashley Rhodes-Courter, 2016

  • Gay, Phil and Ashley in 1996, prior to her adotion

    In 1996, Ashley was still in foster care, living at a group home. This picture was taken on Gay's birthday when she and Phil, who later became Ashley's adoptive parents, took her to see the musical Phantom of the Opera.

  • This 1997 picture was the first photograph Ashley took with her new family, including brothers Josh and Blake (l-r) and her adoptive parents, Gay and Phil.

    This 1997 picture was the first photograph Ashley took with her new family, including brothers Josh and Blake (l-r) and her adoptive parents, Gay and Phil.

  • This photo shows Ashley's family during a 2007 trip to Montana (l-r) Josh, Blake, Ashley, Gay, Phil.

    Ashley's family during a 2007 trip to Montana: (l-r) Josh, Blake, Ashley, Gay, Phil

  • Ashley with her parents, Gay and Phil, in 2010

    Ashley with her parents, Gay and Phil, in 2010

  • Ashley with her husband, Erick Smith, and sons (l-r) Andrew, Skyler and Ethan Smith

    Ashley with her husband, Erick Smith, and sons (l-r) Andrew, Skyler and Ethan Smith

  • Ashley and Erick play with their sons Andrew, Skyler, and Ethan.

    Ashley and Erick play with their sons Andrew, Skyler and Ethan.

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