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

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A few more shots of the farmhouse. 💕

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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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She is a wild one, our little whirlwind. But with babies she is gentle and motherly and compassionate. And can you see the love on her face? Melts my heart.

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Sweet Nolie Kate in the dress we bought the day we found out she was a she. Tiny cuffs and plaid and the teeniest pocket you've ever seen 💕

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Book fair flyers came home with them today and they haven't put them down yet. I love that they love books 📚

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I love them so.

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Went today to check out my parents' farm house renovation. White shiplap on walls and ceilings, 10" baseboards, 5 panel doors, gorgeous tile and light fixtures... You really can't tell where the original 1850s house ends and the new addition begins. Can't wait to see it completed in about 10 days! #newoldhouse #shiplapeverywhere

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Magnolia Kate 8.19.16 7 pounds, 19.5 inches. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

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First day of kindergarten and pre-k 2. Besides being a little teary at how BIG they all are, I'm thankful baby waited so I could be here for their first day. Now I'm (impatiently) waiting for her arrival. #firstdayofschool #8moredaystilbaby

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