12.27.2016

Making gingerbread houses with cousins at the farm. Hammie was not at all interested in decorating his, he just wanted to eat it 😁.


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12.24.2016

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. - John 1:14. Wishing you all a joy-filled Christmas!


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12.17.2016

Taking this third wheel on a date tonight. πŸ’•


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12.16.2016

Last year, I decided to try something new with our kids for Christmas. We cut waaay back on gifts, and instead gave them a booklet with a coupon for an activity for each month of the coming year. (Some coupons are for "bigger" things, like a visit to a museum, or a trip to sky zone, while some are freebies, like a baking class with me, or camping with daddy. There are also 12 coupons in the back that they can use anytime they want for things like a movie night, or having sprite with dinner (a big deal for our kids!), or going to the dollar store.) I wasn't sure how it would go over, but after a year of getting a family experience each month, they begged for another coupon book this year. I love the idea of giving experiences instead of stuff, and I love that we were able to enjoy fun family time all year long. This is our new must-have each Christmas!


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12.13.2016

After many years (and almost 5 kids), this charcoal from our honeymoon is finally framed and hanging. It gives me so much happiness every time I look at it, and reminds me of the sweetest, most romantic thing anyone has ever done for me. Not only did Keith take me to Italy, but he planned the entire trip by himself and kept the destination a surprise until we showed up at the airport the day after our wedding. I love surprises, and I love Italy, and there were so many special moments in that trip, and it all comes back each time I glance at the charcoal. So thank you, honey, again and again for the honeymoon, the gelato, the boat ride, the evenings in San Marco square, and most of all - the surpriseπŸŽ‰ and the memories! I love you! #besthusbandever @schaeferkeith


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12.06.2016

Happy 3, sweet Hampton! You are so funny, gregarious, and affectionate, and we love you to pieces!


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12.04.2016

We had the great joy of seeing sweet Magnolia baptized today. So thankful for God's promises to his covenant children, and reminded of his great grace to us.


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11.30.2016

Sometimes she has trouble eating because she can't. Stop. Smiling. Also, trouble falling asleep. For the same reason. #happiestbabyever #itsagoodkindofproblem


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11.28.2016

I'm so thankful for these people and for all the ways they have become my family: marriage, adoption, or birth. They mean the world to me, and I can't imagine life without them! #adoptionrocks #nationaladoptionmonth #thankful


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11.08.2016

Today is the last day to share to win a$25 target gift card. Just to inspire you, I've rounded up 9 awesome target finds, each under$25! To enter to win, just tag 4 friends on auction items @linvilleadoptionauction, then comment on the target photo to let us know you want to win! And don't forget, this is all to raise funds for the Linville's adoption - thanks for helping!


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11.04.2016

Hop on over to @linvilleadoptionauction for a (super easy!) chance to win a target gift card and to help my sweet friends with their adoption funds!


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10.31.2016

I just found this and it's got me all 😭. Same aviator hat that Gus wore tonight, but what happened to these little babies?!? I just want to go back in time and hug on them!


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Two aviators and a hot air balloon. Not pictured is little Magnolia Kate as a cloud ☺️. Taking full advantage of every year they let me pick out their costumes!


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10.25.2016

Item 16 – Canvas growth chart. Your choice of over 50 designs, personalized with your little one’s name. Donated by @gusandlula. See all the available designs at gusandlula.etsy.com. Bidding Starts at: $15.00. Free shipping to 48 contiguous states only. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• To bid please leave your email address and bid amount and TAG THE PREVIOUS BIDDER. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Auction opens Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 10:00 a.m. EST and will run through Thursday, Nov. 17 at 10:00 p.m. ALL BIDS POSTED BEFORE THIS TIME WILL BE DELETED. #adoption #adoptionislove #adopt #adoptionevent #adoptionauction #adoptionrocks #donations #foradoption #givingback #createmakeshare #adoptionauction #auction #instagramsale #shopforacause #igsale


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So thankful for six years. Happy birthday, baby girl!


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10.18.2016

Somehow my tiny newborn is two months old. Missing those sweet first days, but soaking up her amazing SMILES! #youmakemehappy #8weeks


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Hi, friends! I will be hosting an adoption auction for a sweet family from our church Nov. 15-17. There are some amazing donations from some very talented (and generous!) makers. Please follow along @linvilleadoptionauction, get a little Christmas shopping done, and help this family to recover some of their adoption funds after a heartbreaking loss. You can read about the Linvilles and their adoption journey, and start watching for items up for bids @linvilleadoptionauction. #adoption #adoptionislove #adopt #adoptionevent #adoptionauction #adoptionrocks #donations #foradoption #givingback #createmakeshare #adoptionauction #auction #instagramsale #shopforacause #igsale


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10.03.2016

Cutest SIX year old you ever saw. Happy, happy birthday my Gus! #thoseeyes


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9.28.2016

A few more shots of the farmhouse. πŸ’•


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The farmhouse

My parents' farmhouse renovation is finally complete, and they are moving in!  I got a chance to walk through last week and took a quick video of the almost-complete house.  I was going to trim it up and edit it a bit, but my time (and my arms) have been full lately!  So for your viewing pleasure, a very amateur, wobbly video walk-through in which I sometimes forget that you can't turn the phone sideways while filming :)  


Despite the shaky video, I felt that this place was just too special not to share.  The original house (the front living room and master bedroom as well as the upstairs) was built in the 1850s.  It had been added onto over the years, and the whole house was in pretty rough shape.  My parents were able to save the original portion of the house, but everything else was torn off and replaced.
They matched the shiplap walls and ceilings from the original house, and added character in many details throughout: the doors, baseboards, lighting, countertops....  They were also able to save some of the original character - the front door (with the adorable doorbell!), the upstairs floors, etc.
The property is such a peaceful, unique place, and I'm so glad my parents will be able to enjoy it now from their new old home.    
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