a family for Scout

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A few months ago, I posted about a little girl named Rosie. I had seen her on the Down syndrome adoption FB group, and was simply taken with her. She was precious in every way and I was surprised that a family hadn’t already come forward for her. She continued to wait and I began to wonder if maybe […]

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what 10 years looks like.

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We spent this weekend reminiscing. A lot. It was 10 years ago that we were in China for the first time. Holding a feisty, determined, pint-sized survivor, with a half-dollar sized hole in her heart. I still remember how it felt as those last moments inched by before I would finally become her mama: standing […]

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it’s official.

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He’s a teenager. To be completely honest, he’s been a teenager since December. But we got home with Clementine 8 days before he turned 13. I’m just glad he actually had a cake. And presents. Because mama was jet-lagging. Bad. So bad, I’m not 100% sure I remember everything that was actually going on at […]

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half a year with Clementine

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It’s been six months, y’all. Since she came home in November, I’ve shared a few updates, detailing her adjustment into our family and the numerous milestones our girl has reached. Two weeks. One month. Two months. Three months (or so). Yep. We’re pretty proud of this little bug. But right now Clementine health depends on […]

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to China for Clementine – my favorites: the Great Wall

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(continuing on with posting my favorites from China – you can see the first post here.) It was six months ago, yesterday, that we were standing right here. In fact, it was on the Great Wall that we got a phone call with the news that Clementine would be well enough for us to meet […]

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a dirty secret in adoption

My heart is naturally bent toward encouragement. Focusing on the good stuff. And as an adoptive mama, I can’t even begin to put into words all the ways that the Lord has blessed me through my children. The work He has done in them, and in me… good stuff. But I have learned that sometimes the […]

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undefeated

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Jude and Shepherd played soccer for the first time this spring. It was really their first time to play an organized sport of any kind. They were pretty excited about it. I was a smidge worried, though. Neither had any experience beyond our back yard and both are on the *ahem* smaller side for their […]

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to China for Clementine – my favorites: Beijing

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I know. We’ve been home with Clementine for almost 6 months. But when we traveled to China, I brought along my camera. And I brought along my iPad. But I didn’t bring along my PS6. That was here at home. On a desktop that most definitely wasn’t going to make the trip. And since we […]

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firsts.

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Clementine came home last November at 19 months of age. And five months later, so much has changed. I’ve done my best to blog about all the changes, but honestly, she’s learning and doing and changing so quickly, I really can’t keep up. Five months. When I think about the amount of time she’s been […]

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guess who is two.

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We got to celebrate Clementine turning two the other day. Her first birthday with us. And I’m not sure who had more fun, Clementine or the rest of her crazy-for-Clementine family. As she always does, Victoria wowed with a beautiful cake for the occasion: a four-layered, pink, polka-dotted cake, just for our girl. We tried […]

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