it’s summer, the end.

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Finishing out with Miss Isabelle, our public schooler turned homeschooler. Because it just seems like she deserves a post of her own. In November of last year we pulled Isabelle out of public school to bring her home. It was, honestly, quite a surprise to all of us as we weren’t expecting to homeschool her […]

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it’s summer, continued again.

dalton1

About this time last year, I posted about the curriculum I’d purchased for the 2013-2014 school year. So, as we close out the year with pictures and an end-of-the-year interview, I figured I’d toss in a quick review of the curriculum choices we made. Because I am nothing if not opinionated. But first, the year-end […]

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it’s summer, continued.

vivi2

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 […]

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become a mentoring mom

MentoringMom

I am so. excited. This project has been in the *dream* stage for a long time. But with a website overhaul pending, and realizing our need for more organizational and informational supports to make No Hands But Ours all it can be, the time to turn this dream into reality is now. Joining me on […]

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it’s summer.

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And school is out. How the heck did that happen? Actually, school has been out for a week already and I’m just now getting my head above water long enough to post these pictures I took on the last day of school (aka last morning to wake up at 5:45 until September, hallelujah). And in […]

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Maria’s Big House of Hope spotlight: Nathalie

ShowHope

**Today Show Hope and I are switching blogs. I’m sharing over there and they’re sharing over here. So excited to share this sweet little one – and all about Show Hope Care Centers – with y’all.** Back in 2003, Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife, Mary Beth, founded Show Hope out of their desire to […]

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biggest and littlest

afterchurch

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 […]

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we don’t celebrate gotcha day

sophie

… because gotcha day looks like this. Oh my heart. Just look at her sweet 27-month-old self. Confused. Sad. And perched uncomfortably in the arms of a complete stranger with a few peace offerings clutched in her tiny hands. More and more it hurts my heart to look back at gotcha day pictures. Because while […]

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he knew

noellebw

It’s been three years. Three years since the phone rang, that Monday after Mother’s Day, and the voice on the other end asked me if I was sitting down. Our precious Esther, for whom we had just received LOA, had suddenly passed away. We were absolutely shocked. Horrified. Silenced. But God was not surprised. He […]

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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 […]

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