how we do Halloween

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I’ve shared before about our *ahem* spin on Halloween. This year we changed it up even more. The verdict is still out on whether or not we’ll do it this way again but, all things considering, it was a really good time. We used to do Halloween pretty traditionally. Here we are in 2008. Jude […]

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what I didn’t know

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If y’all didn’t know it yet, October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month (you can find an awesome post about it on No Hands But Ours). And as a mama to a precious bug with and extra chromosome, I not only feel it my duty to share all the sweetness that is Clementine (although I kinda […]

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celebrating Poppy

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She turned six at the end of last month. Strangely enough, it seems like she’s even older than that. Poppy is simply an old soul. She’s a thinker. A watcher. And always keenly aware of everything going on around her. In fact, she’s more frequently put “in charge” around here than most of her older […]

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end of last school year and beginning of this one catch-up post.

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So I’ve been in a fog of denial lately. But when October arrived, it hit me. Time to face it, chalk up how very much I’ve missed, and move on. I missed the last day of school pictures for last year. I missed the first day of school pictures for this year. But that’s just […]

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you did it.

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A few months ago I shared about a very special little one who needed our help. Her name was Joy and she was in the loving care of Meredith and Morning Star Foster Home. But her heart was broken, and only a major corrective surgery could repair it. I asked y’all to join with me […]

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to China for Clementine – my favorites: Shamian Island

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Yesterday marked nine months since we met Clementine. We didn’t celebrate with a cake or a photo session. Our girl is still deep in the recovery stages of open heart and slide tracheoplasy surgery. I’ve shared a lot of the last few weeks on Instagram and I’m not sure yet if I’ll sit down and […]

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here and now.

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It’s been a while since I’ve pulled out my big girl camera for anything other than the slew of birthdays we celebrate over the summer. But this is a special occasion. I wanted to capture our girl, where she is right here and right now, before heading into this great unknown. Also known as the […]

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Clementine’s real special need

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When we reviewed Clementine’s medical, it was pretty boring. In a really good way. Down syndrome, a minor heart issue and developing relatively well. Once we’d committed and were well into the wait, we got word of her breathing issues. Asthma? Pneumonia? Bronchitis? She was hospitalized for the entire month of April. Then in September […]

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to China for Clementine – my favorites: Martyrs Park

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I started going through these and sharing my favorites when we’d been home with Clementine about six months. Now we’ve been home eight, but I’m not quitting. I think I can, I think I can… Getting ready to take our girl in for a major surgery is getting me a little weepy. And nostalgic. And […]

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Isabelle = 11

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Isabelle (not-too-long-ago) turned 11. This is a girl that thinks about her birthday for approximately 360 days a year, give or take. During the 6 months that follow her birthday I refuse her attempts to engage me in birthday-themed conversations. You know, all the things she’d like to get for her birthday, what kind of […]

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