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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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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