9.23.2018

One year ago, this sweet girl and I boarded a plane in Addis Ababa on her birthday and said goodbye to everything she had ever known. We landed the next day and celebrated both her homecoming and her birthday, still jetlagged and shell shocked. After the hardest, most stressful, most sanctifying year of our lives, we are giving thanks to God for this precious girl and for all the wonderful progress we have made in a year. Through it all, God has shown his faithfulness, His lovingkindness, and his great mercy. I am honored to be Yasmin's mama, and can't wait to see what God has in store for us in the year to come. #adoptionrocks #Godisgood #happybirthday Yasmin!


8.20.2018

Happy birthday, my sweet Nolie! I am thankful every day to be your mama. You are so compassionate, nurturing, and affectionate, and we all adore you! #happybirthday #twoyearsold


8.10.2018

New year, new school. So thankful for how God has brought us to this point, and so hopeful for the year ahead. #Godisgood #adoptionrocks #backtoschool


7.04.2018

Hope you had as much fun this fourth as we did! #allthecousins


3.23.2018

We're on Zulily today and tomorrow! Some of our favorites are included in this sale, and they're offered at a great discount! As always, 50% of profits go straight to orphan prevention, orphan care, and adoption charities. Link in bio!


3.19.2018

In addition to his wavy hair and smiley eyes, this sweet boy was born with a unibrow. 😊 We haven't really said anything to him about it, but I may have waxed it a few times (maybe I even snuck in to wax it once or twice while he was sleeping)😜. The other day in the car, Yasmin noticed it and said something about how he only has one eyebrow. At first he argued that he had two like everyone else. Then yesterday out of the blue, he very proudly proclaimed "Look, mama! I have ONE REALLY BIG eyebrow!" Clearly I need to learn a thing or two about confidence and perspective from Hammie πŸ˜„ #unibrowproud #icantbelievetheresnounibrowemoji


1.29.2018

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 😳)


12.26.2017

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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12.25.2017

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


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12.15.2017

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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11.30.2017

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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11.27.2017

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


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11.02.2017

Oh goodness. #thatsmilethough


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10.30.2017

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


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10.22.2017

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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9.22.2017

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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9.21.2017

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


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9.20.2017

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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9.18.2017

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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