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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a family for Rosie

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I first read about this precious girl on the Down Syndrome Adoption FB group and was immediately smitten. And when you see her picture, I’m sure you’ll agree. Those chubby legs. That black hair. Those pink cheeks. Oh my. Now that we are home with our Clementine I have a huge soft spot for these very special kiddos. Before […]

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co-sleeping is king.

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As a mom of a large, relatively conspicuous brood, I get a lot of questions. One question I’m asked frequently is how we manage so many little ones, specifically, how we are able to foster attachment considering the size of our family and how quickly our family has grown from 4 kids to 12. I […]

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her new love.

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This child. She babbles constantly. But speaks rarely. So rarely, we’ve been putting off pronouncing her official *first word*. Sometimes she says Dada. Sometimes she says Mama. But nothing you could say for sure. (Chris and I might both be a smidge biased.) But now. Now she has a new love. And the love is […]

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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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