How did my little babies graduate kindergarten? #slowdowntime

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This girl turned nine months today and took her first tiny step. Up next: climbing trees and riding a bike with no training wheels. #justtryingtokeepup

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We finally opened the pool today and this girl went for her first ever swim. I can't even handle the rolls and cheeks and fluff πŸ’•

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We had a wonderful Easter Sunday celebrating the resurrection and enjoying family time at my parents' farm. He is risen!

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1. Nesting is for adoptive mamas, too. I am nesting SO bad right now, trying to keep my mind off the fact that we are 1 document and (hopefully) just a few weeks from bringing our big girl home from Ethiopia. I seriously feel 100% as hormonally driven to have every. single. thing. perfect as I did when I was pregnant. 2. My husband is amazing. He’s been so sweet as I rearrange and paint and shop like a madman. He made the little daybed in our kitchen nook from two vintage bed frames after I came up with the plans in a particularly bad fit of nesting. He’s currently putting up beadboard in our laundry room. And cutting down a console table to fit our foyer. And making all kinds of long-needed repairs to the house. So maybe nesting is for adoptive dads, too. :) 3. Sweet Nolie Kate has decided that there’s too much crazy going on at our house for her to miss out on, so she’s decided to get moving. And she’s fast! 4. I have no idea how we survived the wait for our last adoption without four other littles at home to keep us busy. Half of me is 100% preoccupied with the whirlwind that’s always happening at home, and half of me is 100% wondering about our new little girl, praying she’ll be home soon. Adoption is crazy and painful and agonizing. But so worth it. #adoptionrocks

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So hammie got a much needed haircut, and every time I look at him I can't help thinking of Jim Halpert. #amiright #imisstheoffice

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Just finished up a few new growth charts. Get 'em while they're fresh πŸ˜‰. Link in profile.

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Snoring like a pug. Couldn't be sweeter πŸ’• This girl is so adored.

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Hammie is completely obsessed with elephants. So when he saw this family of elephants in target last week, he made it his mission to buy it. He worked so hard all week long -asking for jobs around the house and getting them done all on his own- and earned enough to go buy them today. Could he smile any bigger? πŸ˜„

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And also, baby teeth! ❤️

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They match! #twinning

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My husband is amazing. #shiplap !

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

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

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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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