My parents are amazing. Last week my fruit bowl broke, and my mom got my dad to work on a new (much more special and amazing and gorgeous) one. I love that it has so much character and it's extra special because my dad made it. Thanks, mom and dad! Y'all are the best! (And yes, that is just a week's worth of fruit for us 😳)


I'm trying to document all the things this Christmas... and this is how 98% of our photos are turning out πŸ˜‚ I love that this captures reality and I hope it makes me smile in twenty years just like it does now πŸ˜„ Thanks @allenoliver for the memory!

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Christmas with cousins! You wouldn't believe what we had to do to get this photoπŸ˜‚ #matchingjammiesforthewin

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These two are celebrating 38 years of marriage. I am so thankful for their dedication, their love for each other, and their example. They are such a blessing to me and seeing them as grandparents to my kids is the best. Happy anniversary, mom and dad! #andmanymore

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I just added a couple of new growth charts to the shop, including this colorful swan. I had so much fun designing these, I hope y'all will enjoy them too! Right now through Christmas I'm offering 20% off your entire purchase with coupon code JOY20. Our growth charts make wonderful gifts, and as always, 50% of profits go straight to program care and prevention. #shopsmall #giveback #buyhandmade #orphancare #orphanprevention #etsy

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This girl has incredible determination, and in eight short weeks has learned to ride a bike, rollerblade, play the piano a bit, and (almost) swim without a float. All while learning a new language, new family, new food, new school, new everything. I've decided Ephesians 3:20-21 is our verse, as it describes God's great grace to all of us in this tough (but totally worth it) time, and our hope that Yasmin will glorify him with her life. "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen." #byhisgrace #forhisglory #adoptionrocks

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The kids are back in school after a weeklong break πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ #currentmood

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Oh goodness. #thatsmilethough

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Happy birthday to my beautiful seven year old! We love you, Gigi!

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More sweetness in the midst of the struggle. This photo was Yasmin's idea, and captures just a bit of our crazy. πŸ’• #ilovethese #adoptionrocks

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Yasmin is doing amazingly well. She is the sweetest with little ones, and all of her brothers and sisters adore her, but these two are something special. It makes my heart so happy. I keep thanking God again and again for bringing her into our family. #adoptionrocks #ethiopiaadoption

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Together at home at last! Praise the Lord! #adoptionrocks #ethiopiaadoption

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We're coming HOME! I'm beside myself and can hardly believe it. God is so good! And to make things even sweeter, today is Yasmin's birthday! #adoptionrocks #ethiopiaadoption

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I am headed (once again!) to Ethiopia. This time to bring Yasmin home with me. Her US visa has been printed, and we plan to be home by Thursday afternoon. Please pray for me as I travel alone, for no further problems or delays in the adoption, and for Yasmin as she is about to have her world turned upside down. I am so thankful for everyone who has helped us along this journey, for all the prayers said on our behalf, and for God's goodness to us through it all. But y'all, I am ready to be done with this and to have our family all together on the same continent! #letsgetitdone #adoptionrocks #ethiopiaadoption

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Finally finished and ready for our Yasmin to come HOME. We are hoping and praying she'll be here next week and nesting like crazy in the meantime. Please, please pray for negative TB test results, for no more complications, and for her to be home with us forever and for good next week! #ethiopiaadoption #adoptionrocks #yasmincomehome

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We celebrated one year of joy with this sweet girl tonight. She is truly a delight, an easy baby who tolerates being toted along just about anywhere and being smothered with love by her big siblings (and mama and daddy, too). None of us can get enough of her bright smile, big kisses, and chubby little legs. We love you, sweet Magnolia Kate!

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Thank you so much to everyone who has been praying for Yasmin! She has been discharged from the hospital and is doing well. Just got this photo today from a sweet friend of her playing in HAIL! In July! Can't wait to get her home, please keep praying!

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We've been home from Ethiopia for a week now, and again, I'm still processing all that happened. We were unable to get clearance for Yasmin to travel home with us, and facing a seven week wait, we had no choice but to come back home to work and little ones. So our family is fractured still. This adoption has been such a battle, and we are feeling war weary. If not for our good friends and family praying and fighting alongside us, and God sustaining us, we may have given in to despair. We are so thankful for all who have supported and prayed and kept our kids (Ami and Popo!) and contacted senators and the CDC on our behalf. You have encouraged us more than you know. Please keep praying now, as we have received news that Yasmin is in the hospital. We are waiting on more information on her condition, and praying that it isn't serious, but we covet your prayers. Please pray for healing, comfort, and peace for her, and that she will be able to come home to us soon.

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Please pray with us today. We are hoping to hear today if we will be able to bring Yasmin home or if we will have to leave her behind for another 7 weeks. Please pray that the right people will review our case and will be gracious. Pray that we will be able to fly home tomorrow and be together as a family. Pray for comfort for Yasmin as she will face scary unknowns either way. Pray that God will be glorified in this situation and in our reactions to it. #ethiopiaadoption

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Please pray y'all. We passed court and have custody of Yasmin, but are now being told we have to do a tb culture that takes 4-8 weeks. We came here expecting this to be a 1-2 week trip, and with little ones at home, need for new meds in the US for Yasmin, and work obligations, we just can't make 2 months work. Please pray that we will be able to do a much faster (1-3 day) DNA test so we can finally be home together as a family!

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