Today is the day.

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13 days ago it was my birthday. And I asked y’all to partner with me to help heal a broken heart. 8 days ago Meredith and I talked about who would be the recipient of this effort. The one who, right now, most needed it. And we decided it would be for Joy. As always, […]

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for joy

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Look at this sweetness. The newest arrival to Morning Star. Meet Joy. Meredith and I talked a bit about this precious little one and her desperate need for corrective surgery in the next few months. And we both agreed, we should use the funds generated by the sale of So Loved to help heal her […]

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it’s my birthday and I want to do something wonderful. join me.

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I love it when it’s my birthday, because I get to do special stuff. Ask for special stuff. And usually, because I’m the birthday girl, I get what I ask for. Last year I asked y’all to join us in celebrating a new little one who would be joining our family. (Can you believe it’s […]

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sixteen is pretty sweet.

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Be forewarned. This is the first of several similarly themed posts. Between June and July, we celebrate four birthdays around here. But they’re all important. The older I get, the more I see time rushing past. I can’t stop it. But I can do all I can to squeeze every bit of joy out of […]

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a mama’s gotta do…

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School’s out. Which means I have all of my babies, from the littlest to the biggest, home. As must as I wish it were otherwise, this is rare. Due to Zach’s college schedule, sometimes this phenomenon only occurs twice a year. Which leaves a mama with only one thing to do. Insist on taking pictures. […]

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to China for Clementine – my favorites: Clementine day

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Continuing to peck away at all my pictures from our trip to China for Clementine. It’s getting harder and harder to pick favorites – so instead of being pickier, I’m plucking out more and more. But it’s for a good reason. Once I have them all edited and organized, they’ll be saved here. I’ll also […]

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a family for Scout

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A few months ago, I posted about a little girl named Rosie. I had seen her on the Down syndrome adoption FB group, and was simply taken with her. She was precious in every way and I was surprised that a family hadn’t already come forward for her. She continued to wait and I began to wonder if maybe […]

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what 10 years looks like.

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We spent this weekend reminiscing. A lot. It was 10 years ago that we were in China for the first time. Holding a feisty, determined, pint-sized survivor, with a half-dollar sized hole in her heart. I still remember how it felt as those last moments inched by before I would finally become her mama: standing […]

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it’s official.

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He’s a teenager. To be completely honest, he’s been a teenager since December. But we got home with Clementine 8 days before he turned 13. I’m just glad he actually had a cake. And presents. Because mama was jet-lagging. Bad. So bad, I’m not 100% sure I remember everything that was actually going on at […]

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half a year with Clementine

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It’s been six months, y’all. Since she came home in November, I’ve shared a few updates, detailing her adjustment into our family and the numerous milestones our girl has reached. Two weeks. One month. Two months. Three months (or so). Yep. We’re pretty proud of this little bug. But right now Clementine health depends on […]

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