2014 in review: 24 of my favorites

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It’s become a bit of a thing around here, I suppose: going through my pictures at the end of the year and plucking out a few favorites. It’s laborious. It’s time consuming. But I love it because it’s a chance to look back at the year, as a mama, and see how my babies have […]

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letting go

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My oldest child is 25. My youngest child is 1. And I am mama to 10 more that fall in between. My 1 year old cannot feed herself. Hold her cup. Walk from one end of the room to the other. I get to do all that for her. My 25 year old, on the […]

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the bath

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Clementine likes a whole bunch of things. Rice. The dogs. Going outside. She loves a good number of things. Yogurt. Dancing to music. Piggyback rides by her big brother. But things she really loves? We’ve found just a few so far. And one of those is the bath. Solo or with her big sisters, with […]

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christmas 2014

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It was noisy. It was chaotic. It was wonderful. And the best part? Having this little one home. Be still my heart. To have her here, with us this year, was the greatest gift we could have ever imagined. But the kids wanted toys, too For some crazy reason. Tallula got a Frozen snuggle-thing. Whose […]

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10 seconds with Clementine

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I almost didn’t even try to get these pictures. warning, photography talk ahead – feel free to skip the text and just check out the pictures The room was dark, it was well past sundown and I had my shutter speed at 60. And going below 100 is a no-no, especially when shooting kids. On […]

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one month with Clementine

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One month ago we met Clementine. And, to be completely honest, those first moments – after months of waiting, mounds of paperwork and countless prayers – were far from storybook. Before we even realized what was happening, she was rushed passed us in the police station, being carried flat on her back by what seemed […]

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Christmas cookies

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This Christmas we are paring down. 1. because we want to 2. because we have to Last year we pared down a lot. And it was good. But the Lord has continued to open our eyes to the all ways He has gone before us. And continues to walk alongside us. There is nothing that […]

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So Loved. And Found.

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What does one do when one should be prepping for Christmas? Decorating, baking, going to the mall? Well, evidently, this one organizes her closets. Maybe it’s because we don’t go further than the doctor’s office right now. Maybe it’s because we’ve grown by one and we need more room for that little one and her […]

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Oh, Clementine

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I am so happy you are home. We are all so happy you are home. You are getting stronger every day and can sit up so well now. In fact, you love to sit on the rug with your siblings, with your toys spread out in front of you. You are most definitely the center […]

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since then

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Wow – a week since we got home. Feels like no time. And it feels like forever. In an effort to chronicle Clementine’s journey accurately, I wanted to share the few pictures I took between then and now. On our last night in China we walked out for dinner with some sweet friends we made […]

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