twice is better.

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Yesterday Tallula officially turned 5. But because of spring break and big siblings traveling, we had to have her party a few days early. Which she didn’t mind at all. But that left us with nothing especially special planned on the real day, her actual birthday. What to do? Celebrate again. This time with a […]

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full heart. full hands.

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A few weeks ago I shared about all that God has been doing in and through So Loved. And today, I get to share even more good stuff. Pictures. Pictures of some precious people wearing their So Loved at Morning Star Foster Home. Some so tiny they have to wear theirs like a little blanket. […]

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105 days

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105 days ago we stood in a police station in Changsha, waiting not-so-patiently for the first real-life glimpse of our daughter. And as I have shared, that first meeting was far from storybook. Amazing what 105 days can do. And so, in an effort to record how far she has come and all she has […]

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more than just a few pictures.

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When I asked my girls who wanted to go outside with me and my camera, wearing their So Loved shirt, Lula was the first to shout (and jump, with both hands in the air), “Me! Me!” The promise of a pack of Skittles might have helped. I can’t be sure. My hope was to just […]

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the year of the sheep

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We wanted to celebrate Chinese New Year on Thursday – the official first day of the Lunar New Year. Didn’t happen. Then we hoped to celebrate on Saturday. Nope. On Sunday Chris took the boys to church and I kept the girls home since we had three still recovering from fever/nausea/rash. And we were finally […]

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most days

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Things are usually a little crazy around here. Because, honestly, homeschooling seven kids is a pushing-this-mama-to-the-limit reality on most days. And since Clementine came home, the crazy has just gotten stronger. (In an adorable way, of course.) It has limited our outings significantly. And limited the time I have to spend one-on-one with my girls. […]

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Happy 11th.

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Sophie Lu is 11. And, among many other things, she’s a girl who knows her mind. So when it came time to pick a menu and shop for party accessories, I just got out of the way. She chose a local burger joint with the best sweet potato fries, ever. Chocolate Trifle, covered with chocolate […]

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So Loved – in stock and some precious news

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At the end of August, So Loved was relaunched to an amazing response. (Y’all are so crazy wonderful.) In just four months, over $2200 was raised, all from the sales of So Loved. My plan had always been to make the So Loved donation once a year – on July 31, Esther’s birthday. But then […]

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table for 14, please.

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Thanks to the generosity (and bravery) of a friend, photographer and fellow adoptive mama, we now have a new family photo. And then some. Our first photos as a family of 14. 14, y’all. Did I mention how brave my photographer friend is? Because photographing 14 people, 8 of whom are 10 and under, is […]

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two months with Clementine

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Two months ago we were in China. We had just arrived in Guangzhou with a wheezy, vomiting, rash-covered little girl. It’s so good to be in this side of those two months. Clementine started physical therapy this month and has just mastered pulling up to stand. On her own, y’all. We want her to learn […]

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