I’m gonna miss ‘em.

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So what does a mama do, when she should be packing for China? She ventures into the fall-colored woods with her kiddos and takes pictures of their sweet faces. Because she's gonna miss 'em. Crazy to me that I'll be leaving in a little over 24 hours. And I'll be away for 2 whole weeks. Away from all these shiny little faces. All these busy little hands. All these noisy little feet. I am *almost* missing them already, and I haven't even left yet. Almost. Thankfully, they're not feeling the same sappy sentimentality over momma leaving. Because … [Read more...]

orphan sunday

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Today is Orphan Sunday. We watched a video in church that was created to celebrate all the children who have come home to families in our church through adoption. Some from Ethiopia. South Korea. Alabama. And a few especially adorable ones from China that, when their faces flashed across the screen, might have made me tear up a little. Especially their faces before they came home. It's not that they didn't have a roof over their heads. Or clothes on their backs. Or food in their belly. It's that they didn't have parents, a mama to snuggle … [Read more...]

the daily

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In July, on a challenge from my friend Lisa, I dusted off my Instagram account. And it's been true love ever since. I was a bit wobbly starting out, not quite sure how to pick and choose what to post. But I've since decided to pursue pictures that very much represent *real-life* to me... the things that intrigue me, inspire me, and the things I want to remember. Maybe my kids being silly. Maybe a mushroom (yes, I have a thing for colorful mushrooms). Maybe my dogs. Whatever it is, though, the pressure is off and I can just be me. The pictures might not be … [Read more...]

because He loved us

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Wow. Just wow. It's been four days since our fundraiser ended and I'm still basically speechless. Over 700 people gave. Over $36,000 was raised. And over 1500 Found shirts will be printed and worn - God's people carrying His Word on their back on behalf of one little girl, halfway around the world. Speechless. So I thought pictures might better convey the joy we are feeling around here. Because of all God did - and all y'all did - in helping us bring our sweet Clementine home. First a little background on the pictures. The girls and I have been … [Read more...]

Lula Mae

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A week ago, Lula asked to play *dress up*. Which really is just Lula asking permission to rummage through her closet, pull 90% of the clothes off the hangers, and pick an outfit she deems to be a dress up kind of outfit. On this day, she chose a hot pink tutu and a t-shirt that said Joy. (I posted a picture of her over on Instagram which I have just re-discovered, and to which I am now completely addicted.) Well, she was quite pleased with her dress up selection, specifically her tutu. And seemed to think wearing a tutu gave her some sort of … [Read more...]

sisters

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We went to the Lifeline family reunion yesterday at Veteran's Park. And I brought my camera along. But, let's just say, I ended up doing a whole lot more talking than picture taking. And I came home without a single shot. But the day wasn't over yet. I was standing in the kitchen watching the girls furiously coloring the cup inserts they got from the festivities, and listening to them chat about their drawings, the colors they were choosing and discussing their appreciation for the fine-tipped markers we have at home versus the broad-tipped ones at … [Read more...]

out and about

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It's summer. And all my babies are home. My most favorite time of year. And there is so much I want to squeeze into the time we are all together - all fun stuff, of course. But the truth is, we just don't get out a whole lot. For several reasons. 1) I am a homebody 2) "We" is a whole lot of people 3) For this mama to get this crew rolling, it has be good. And it has to be affordable So when we found out that this much-talked-about, National Historic Landmark, 20th century blast furnace was open to the public, (and free!) we were all … [Read more...]

it’s summer, continued.

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A few days ago I posted about the "school kids" and their last day of school. Today I'm following up with the littlest three. And then I'll cover the "homeschool kids". Slow and steady. .......................... First is our littlest peanut, Tallula. Tallula is 39" and 33 pounds. That means she has grown 2 inches and gained one pound since I measured the kiddos last September. (Yes, I keep all my kids measurements here on the blog so I don't lose them. Don't judge.) Best friend: Tori Favorite color: pink Favorite TV show: Peppa Pig Favorite food: … [Read more...]

biggest and littlest

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Been thinking a lot about adoption lately. April marked 2 years home with Tallula. May was the month we traveled to China for Sophie in 2006 and Isabelle in 2005. It's also the month Esther passed away in 2011. And June will mark 10 years since the Lord opened our eyes to caring for the orphan. 10 years, y'all. (Excuse me while I take a moment to feel very, very old.) June was also the month we traveled to China for Jude in 2008 and Shepherd in 2009. Yep. Adoption has been on my mind for so many reasons. Usually, when I look at pictures of my … [Read more...]

lunch, these days

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I'm not much of a scheduler, organizer or list-maker. You could say I'm about as far from a Type A as possible. If there's anything past a Type B, I'm it. But some things happen in the same way, most every day, whether I intend to or not. Like eating. Evidently, these crazies want to eat just about the same time. Just about every day. And they like to sit - like this - just about every day, too. Which gives me a front row seat into their craziness. Some days the craziness even includes a guest. Like Froggy. Which is okay with my girls because … [Read more...]