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Back from Traverse City, MI…

We are back after an AMAZING week in Traverse City! Did you think I’d fallen off the planet?? Well–I kind of have. I’ve really just been trying to be 100% with my littles–and having 5 littles 8 and under–this is just such a sweet time. Having so many that are little right now–also means it’s […]

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Allison - August 24, 2013 - 9:59 pm

What a blessing to spend some focused time together. I LOVE Traverse City!! I was born and raised in West Michigan and spent many summers in TC as a camp counselor. The beaches, the dunes, the Cherry Festival, Moomers Icecream–I didn’t know what a gem northern Michigan was until I moved away (married an Air Force guy). It makes my heart smile that you love it there, too. 🙂

a little closer…

Each day brings sweet connections…more than the day before. But the night. Oh the night. Four times so. Exhausted after a day of chasing littles. After dinner, I spend an hour playing a Hasbro Guess Who game with Frank…then Isaac…then Laney–then Isaac again. Frank jumps in and out of my lap—a fair weather teammate. When […]

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april - July 9, 2013 - 2:53 am

I love that you learned Manadarin before and during bringing home. You are a wonderful momma. Your kids understand, in their own way that Zeke needs their momma right now. Thank you for sharing.

Natalie - July 11, 2013 - 11:26 pm

I’m really enjoying your blog. We are eagerly waiting to be matched to our daughter in China. I would love any recommendations you might offer on resources to learn some basic mandarin. I’d love for our family (including girls 6&8) to learn t little, especially some songs.

Thank you & God bless your sweet family,

Faiza - July 14, 2013 - 9:31 pm

I just wanted to share with you that this post spoke right to my heart. Being a mommy of 2 little ones and a third on the way, I tend to get stuck in the details of our daily routines and comparing myself to what other mommies I know do with their children. Thanks, because I needed to hear this.

1 month in our arms… {and a few other reflections}

It has been a whole MONTH since we first met our newest love! Crazy–how time flies by! And we’ve been home for 3 weeks! Things here are going well…one day at a time. I’m still working on figuring out our new normal with 5 little ones–which will be much easier when our new one understands […]

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Maureen Werner - July 6, 2013 - 8:58 am

I love that book! It really spoke to my heart at a time when I genuinely needed it. So glad you have read it and it has helped you.

I too think about living somewhere where I could make a difference, and then I remind myself that this is where God has me, and my Mission is my children (For now!). I need to stop trying to peek around the corner to see what is next in my life and stay in the moment that is NOW!

Praying you have the most wonderful summer ever with your Little Ones! Oh and would love an update of your beautiful girl you hosted last summer. Praying that she has settled into her new family and they are loving her BIG!

Blessings to you!

Sara - July 6, 2013 - 10:26 am

I have followed your blog for about a year and I just want to thank you for your honesty. My husband and I are about to bring home our two year old daughter from Congo (excitement mixed with almost overwhelming fear) and we have four boys at home now who we homeschool. In this process I have been so encouraged by what you have chosen to share and this post spoke to me b/c so often I feel that I am not doing nearly enough! Thank you, friend, and God bless you and your family!
BTW, I will definitely be ordering that book! 🙂


Ellie - July 8, 2013 - 9:24 am

Thank you for sharing your heart! I love what you said about the enemy sneaking in and lying to us about how we should be doing more. Wow. I think you are right on target with that. I’ve heard that lie before when I have been taking care of my home and being a wife and a diligent student and feel like I should be doing more…when the life God has called us to is often right in front of us. Thank you for that lovely reminder this morning. God bless!