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We crashed @adopttogether’s volunteer party today to say thank you!! We are so grateful for AdoptTogether and their volunteers for all they do to help families like ours bring home our babies. ❤️❤️❤️

We crashed @adopttogether ’s volunteer party today to say thank you!! We are so grateful for AdoptTogether and their volunteers for all they do to help families like ours bring home our babies. ️ - 1 day ago

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@heloge and her family are one serious Saturday summer MOOD! 🍦#summervibes

@heloge and her family are one serious Saturday summer MOOD! #summervibes - 1 day ago

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We know that international adoptions can be long, hard processes to endure. Knowing the right ways to approach an international adoption is vital to insure the proper steps are being taken on behalf of your family and the child. 
Tap the link in our bio to read about the five basic factors to consider when adopting internationally to insure that you are being as responsible, informed and wise as possible.

We know that international adoptions can be long, hard processes to endure. Knowing the right ways to approach an international adoption is vital to insure the proper steps are being taken on behalf of your family and the child. Tap the link in our bio to read about the five basic factors to consider when adopting internationally to insure that you are being as responsible, informed and wise as possible. - 2 days ago

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We know that international adoptions can be long, hard processes to endure. Knowing the right ways to approach an international adoption is vital to insure the proper steps are being taken on behalf of your family and the child.
Tap the link in our bio to read about the five basic factors to consider when adopting internationally to insure that you are being as responsible, informed and wise as possible.

We know that international adoptions can be long, hard processes to endure. Knowing the right ways to approach an international adoption is vital to insure the proper steps are being taken on behalf of your family and the child. Tap the link in our bio to read about the five basic factors to consider when adopting internationally to insure that you are being as responsible, informed and wise as possible. - 2 days ago

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생일 축하!!!!! Happy day, @macykay_14! I’m so glad you’re my sister (83% of the time 😂). Love youuuuu!

생일 축하!!!!! Happy day, @macykay_14 ! I’m so glad you’re my sister (83% of the time ). Love youuuuu! - 3 days ago

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Thank you so much for your support! We can never thank you all enough! We can’t wait to share with our little one all about amazing people like you that blessed us along our journey to him/ her. What a legacy of love and kindness this little one already has. Our the hearts are so full and thankful for you being a part of our story!
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The auction was able to raise just shy of $2,000! All orders have been processed for the items that payments were received. I (Kelsey) have emailed all the winners with details for your orders. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me if you have any concerns! And thank you again for your support!
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#AdoptionFundraiser #LoveMakesAFamily #AdoptionJourney #DomesticAdoption #AdoptionIsLove #WaitingToAdopt #WaitingFamily #ItTakesAVillage #WorthTheWait #Adoption #SavingForAdoption #adopttogether #familyiseverything #adoptionisbeautiful #crowdsintocommunity #tribecalledfamily #nomoreorphans #afamilyforeverychild #adoption #adoptionjourney #adoptionrocks #adoptionislove #adoptionisbeautiful #lovemakesafamily #adoptionstories #foreverfamily #infantadoption #domesticadoption #shoutyouradoption #knittogetherbyadoption

Thank you so much for your support! We can never thank you all enough! We can’t wait to share with our little one all about amazing people like you that blessed us along our journey to him/ her. What a legacy of love and kindness this little one already has. Our the hearts are so full and thankful for you being a part of our story! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The auction was able to raise just shy of $2,000! All orders have been processed for the items that payments were received. I (Kelsey) have emailed all the winners with details for your orders. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me if you have any concerns! And thank you again for your support! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #AdoptionFundraiser #LoveMakesAFamily #AdoptionJourney #DomesticAdoption #AdoptionIsLove #WaitingToAdopt #WaitingFamily #ItTakesAVillage #WorthTheWait #Adoption #SavingForAdoption #adopttogether #familyiseverything #adoptionisbeautiful #crowdsintocommunity #tribecalledfamily #nomoreorphans #afamilyforeverychild #adoption #adoptionjourney #adoptionrocks #adoptionislove #adoptionisbeautiful #lovemakesafamily #adoptionstories #foreverfamily #infantadoption #domesticadoption #shoutyouradoption #knittogetherbyadoption - 3 days ago

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Closing the day with a great turnout in #Delcevo for the @VladaMK & @UNICEFMK foster campaign #AFamilyForEveryChild

Closing the day with a great turnout in #Delcevo for the @VladaMK & @UNICEFMK foster campaign #AFamilyForEveryChild - 3 days ago

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First outing with all three. And I didn’t lose any of them!
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The doubts of being able to handle all three were strong before we got W in our arms. But, man, those doubts now come with an extra dose of mom guilt. There’s no doubt I love him and that we all love him or that he fits right into our family. It’s the question of whether or not I’m doing the right thing during the adjustment time or helping him learn English correctly or maintain his Korean heritage and language correctly.
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This morning it seemed like they were all antsy and bored so we got ready (which took 42 times longer with 3!), hopped in the car, and drove to the park. I was under-caffeinated and exhausted so the negative thoughts had easy access. As I was moodily driving I looked in the rear view mirror just in time to see W turn to hug P then turn to hug C. 😭❤️😭 •
I don’t totally know what I’m doing, I’m definitely going to screw it up in some way, but I think it’s all gonna be alright.

First outing with all three. And I didn’t lose any of them! • The doubts of being able to handle all three were strong before we got W in our arms. But, man, those doubts now come with an extra dose of mom guilt. There’s no doubt I love him and that we all love him or that he fits right into our family. It’s the question of whether or not I’m doing the right thing during the adjustment time or helping him learn English correctly or maintain his Korean heritage and language correctly. • This morning it seemed like they were all antsy and bored so we got ready (which took 42 times longer with 3!), hopped in the car, and drove to the park. I was under-caffeinated and exhausted so the negative thoughts had easy access. As I was moodily driving I looked in the rear view mirror just in time to see W turn to hug P then turn to hug C. • I don’t totally know what I’m doing, I’m definitely going to screw it up in some way, but I think it’s all gonna be alright. - 4 days ago

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Our hearts are with all the children and families who are separated. We pray for swift and careful reunification of every boy and girl. 
Artwork: @carolynsuzuki

Our hearts are with all the children and families who are separated. We pray for swift and careful reunification of every boy and girl. Artwork: @carolynsuzuki - 4 days ago

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Our hearts are with all the children and families who are separated. We pray for swift and careful reunification of every boy and girl.
Artwork: @carolynsuzuki

Our hearts are with all the children and families who are separated. We pray for swift and careful reunification of every boy and girl. Artwork: @carolynsuzuki - 4 days ago

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"She is a dream come true. We have waited so long for this angel babe to come to us and we’ve never been happier.... We are just soaking it all up. We are parents to the most perfect baby girl, and life is beautiful. Josie, we love you. #adoptionislove"
Words + photo by @meganeguerrero

Congratulations to @meganeguerrero and @bspirnak on the newest member of their beautiful family!

"She is a dream come true. We have waited so long for this angel babe to come to us and we’ve never been happier.... We are just soaking it all up. We are parents to the most perfect baby girl, and life is beautiful. Josie, we love you. #adoptionislove " Words + photo by @meganeguerrero Congratulations to @meganeguerrero and @bspirnak on the newest member of their beautiful family! - 4 days ago

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As many of you may already know, I’ve been privileged enough to be a part of the LA board of Adopt Together, an amazing organization helping families raise funds to give orphaned children a forever home 🏡
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Over the years, I’ve received countless DMs and texts about how to get involved and volunteer. Well, now is your chance!! This Saturday, Adopt Together is having a meet-up for interested volunteers from 10-12pm in LA. Please shoot a DM over to @adopttogether with your name and email address for further details. Growing up with an adopted brother, this is something that is very dear to me and I encourage you to become a part of the incredible cause any way you can! #afamilyforeverychild #adoptionrocks #laevents

As many of you may already know, I’ve been privileged enough to be a part of the LA board of Adopt Together, an amazing organization helping families raise funds to give orphaned children a forever home . Over the years, I’ve received countless DMs and texts about how to get involved and volunteer. Well, now is your chance!! This Saturday, Adopt Together is having a meet-up for interested volunteers from 10-12pm in LA. Please shoot a DM over to @adopttogether with your name and email address for further details. Growing up with an adopted brother, this is something that is very dear to me and I encourage you to become a part of the incredible cause any way you can! #afamilyforeverychild #adoptionrocks #laevents - 5 days ago

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Know a professional photographer striving to make a difference in his or her community? Refer them here to become a volunteer photographer for A Family for Every Child and help change a foster child's life. https://www.afamilyforeverychild.org/photographers/ #AFamilyForEveryChild #HeartGalleryKids

Know a professional photographer striving to make a difference in his or her community? Refer them here to become a volunteer photographer for A Family for Every Child and help change a foster child's life. https://www.afamilyforeverychild.org/photographers/ #AFamilyForEveryChild #HeartGalleryKids - 5 days ago

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#afamilythatdrinkstogetherstaystogether #afamilyaffair2remember #afamilyman #afamily #afamilythatridestogetherstaystogether #afamilytradition #afamilythatprays #afamilythatrunstogether #afamilythattrainstogetherstaystogether #afamilythatslaystogetherstaystogether #afamilyliveshere #prilaga #afamilythateatstogetherstaystogether #afamilythathuntstogetherstaystogether #afamilydivided #afamilythatworksouttogetherstaystogether #afamilyforeverychild #afamilythatrunstogetherstaystogether #afamilysecondshop #afamilyaffair #afamilythatpraystogether #afamilythatplaystogetherstaystogether #afamilythatpraystogetherstaystogether #afamilyjakarta #afamilythatplaystogether #afamilything

. . . #afamilythatdrinkstogetherstaystogether #afamilyaffair2remember #afamilyman #afamily #afamilythatridestogetherstaystogether #afamilytradition #afamilythatprays #afamilythatrunstogether #afamilythattrainstogetherstaystogether #afamilythatslaystogetherstaystogether #afamilyliveshere #prilaga #afamilythateatstogetherstaystogether #afamilythathuntstogetherstaystogether #afamilydivided #afamilythatworksouttogetherstaystogether #afamilyforeverychild #afamilythatrunstogetherstaystogether #afamilysecondshop #afamilyaffair #afamilythatpraystogether #afamilythatplaystogetherstaystogether #afamilythatpraystogetherstaystogether #afamilyjakarta #afamilythatplaystogether #afamilything - 5 days ago

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Ever wonder how you can volunteer with AdoptTogether? If you're in the LA area, we would love for you to join us for an AdoptTogether meet up on Saturday, June 23rd, 10 AM - 12 PM.
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DM us your email and we’ll send you more details. We'd love to meet you!

Ever wonder how you can volunteer with AdoptTogether? If you're in the LA area, we would love for you to join us for an AdoptTogether meet up on Saturday, June 23rd, 10 AM - 12 PM. • DM us your email and we’ll send you more details. We'd love to meet you! - 6 days ago

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We enjoyed some mini golf today. One of Daddy and Johnny's favorite things to do in the summer! Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there! #hopingtoadopt #adoptionmatch #adoptionislove #lookingtoadopt #familymatch #pregnancyplan #pregnancycare #openadoption #openhearts #unplannedpregnancy #lovemakesafamily #afamilyforeverychild #childplacement #birthmomsrock #birthmom

We enjoyed some mini golf today. One of Daddy and Johnny's favorite things to do in the summer! Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there! #hopingtoadopt #adoptionmatch #adoptionislove #lookingtoadopt #familymatch #pregnancyplan #pregnancycare #openadoption #openhearts #unplannedpregnancy #lovemakesafamily #afamilyforeverychild #childplacement #birthmomsrock #birthmom - 7 days ago

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Dads, we’re grateful for you. We’re grateful for the way you serve your family. We’re grateful for the way you lead with courage. And we’re grateful for the things your lives teach us. To those waiting to be dads, birth dads, temporary dads, and forever dads- we celebrate you today!

#happyfathersday

Dads, we’re grateful for you. We’re grateful for the way you serve your family. We’re grateful for the way you lead with courage. And we’re grateful for the things your lives teach us. To those waiting to be dads, birth dads, temporary dads, and forever dads- we celebrate you today! #happyfathersday - 7 days ago

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To celebrate Father's Day, we're sharing the story of a very special father from a beautiful family: The Brandt Family. After receiving the news that they had been chosen to be the parents to a little boy, Joel Brandt began to experience an anxiety that is common amongst new adoptive parents: “what if I don't love this child like I would my own biological child?” But on the day of the birth, all of Joel's fears and anxieties melted away the moment he laid eyes on baby Tucker—he was immediately overwhelmed with the powerful, all-consuming love of a father for his son.
"My perspective on life has totally changed. Becoming a dad was the best thing to happen to me. This little guy just brings so much..."
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The Brandt family is adopting again! Tap the link in our bio to donate to their adoption fund.

To celebrate Father's Day, we're sharing the story of a very special father from a beautiful family: The Brandt Family. After receiving the news that they had been chosen to be the parents to a little boy, Joel Brandt began to experience an anxiety that is common amongst new adoptive parents: “what if I don't love this child like I would my own biological child?” But on the day of the birth, all of Joel's fears and anxieties melted away the moment he laid eyes on baby Tucker—he was immediately overwhelmed with the powerful, all-consuming love of a father for his son. "My perspective on life has totally changed. Becoming a dad was the best thing to happen to me. This little guy just brings so much..." • The Brandt family is adopting again! Tap the link in our bio to donate to their adoption fund. - 7 days ago

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#afamilythathuntstogetherstaystogether #prilaga #afamilyaffair #afamilythatprays #afamilyman #afamilyaffair2remember #afamilythatplaystogether #afamilyjakarta #afamilythatrunstogetherstaystogether #afamilysecondshop #afamilythatplaystogetherstaystogether #afamilyforeverychild #afamilythatridestogetherstaystogether #afamilythatdrinkstogetherstaystogether #afamilythatpraystogether #afamilything #afamilythatpraystogetherstaystogether #afamilytradition #afamilythateatstogetherstaystogether #afamilydivided #afamilythatworksouttogetherstaystogether #afamilythatslaystogetherstaystogether #afamilythatrunstogether #afamilythattrainstogetherstaystogether #afamilyliveshere #afamily

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Happy Father’s Day! “The righteous man walks with integrity - blessed are his children after him.” Proverbs 20:7
#happyfathersday #honoringdads #childrenneedfathersintheirlives #achildshopespokane #afamilyforeverychild

Happy Father’s Day! “The righteous man walks with integrity - blessed are his children after him.” Proverbs 20:7 #happyfathersday #honoringdads #childrenneedfathersintheirlives #achildshopespokane #afamilyforeverychild - 8 days ago

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Greatest Friday night party I’ve ever been to. ❤️

Greatest Friday night party I’ve ever been to. ️ - 9 days ago

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“Today I am thankful to be living outside the box. To be a part of breaking the mold that is how one gets to motherhood. To raise a child that has none of my blood but all of my love. To have a child whose joy is my sole purpose. And to soon multiply that joy by two. 
My womb may be empty but my heart has never been more full. & for that, Jesus; I thank you."
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@kenzireddick and her husband are in the process of adopting again! This time, a sweet baby girl.
Congratulations and thank you for sharing your adoption journey! Lane is going to be a great big brother ♥️

“Today I am thankful to be living outside the box. To be a part of breaking the mold that is how one gets to motherhood. To raise a child that has none of my blood but all of my love. To have a child whose joy is my sole purpose. And to soon multiply that joy by two. My womb may be empty but my heart has never been more full. & for that, Jesus; I thank you." Words + Photo by @kenzireddick@kenzireddick and her husband are in the process of adopting again! This time, a sweet baby girl. Congratulations and thank you for sharing your adoption journey! Lane is going to be a great big brother ️ - 9 days ago

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Our family LOVES going to the park, taking adventures outdoors, and playing all types of sports together. #adoption #hopingtoadopt #helpusadopt #wantingtoadopt #lookingtoadopt #adoptionplan #openadoption #closedadoption #unplannedpregnancy #birthmomsrock #nyadoption #afamilyforeverychild #adoptionplacement

Our family LOVES going to the park, taking adventures outdoors, and playing all types of sports together. #adoption #hopingtoadopt #helpusadopt #wantingtoadopt #lookingtoadopt #adoptionplan #openadoption #closedadoption #unplannedpregnancy #birthmomsrock #nyadoption #afamilyforeverychild #adoptionplacement - 10 days ago

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Are you a professional photographer looking to better the lives of others? Become a volunteer photographer for A Family for Every Child and help change a life! https://www.afamilyforeverychild.org/photographers/ #AFamilyForEveryChild #HeartGalleryKids

Are you a professional photographer looking to better the lives of others? Become a volunteer photographer for A Family for Every Child and help change a life! https://www.afamilyforeverychild.org/photographers/ #AFamilyForEveryChild #HeartGalleryKids - 10 days ago

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It's all about the heart ♥️
With Father's Day just around the corner, be sure to thank the dads, grandpas, uncles, brothers, and other father-figures out there who devote themselves to raising children. We love you for all that you do.

It's all about the heart ️ With Father's Day just around the corner, be sure to thank the dads, grandpas, uncles, brothers, and other father-figures out there who devote themselves to raising children. We love you for all that you do. - 10 days ago

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As a new parent, bringing home your adopted child for the first time is exciting, overwhelming, and maybe even a little scary. The good news is that there are things you can do to prepare for the big day to make the process as smooth as possible for you and the newest member of your family. 
For tips on what to do when bringing your child home for the first time, tap the link in our bio!

As a new parent, bringing home your adopted child for the first time is exciting, overwhelming, and maybe even a little scary. The good news is that there are things you can do to prepare for the big day to make the process as smooth as possible for you and the newest member of your family. For tips on what to do when bringing your child home for the first time, tap the link in our bio! - 11 days ago

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He eats all the time and all the things! How on earth am I supposed to say no when he asks me for a snack? I mean, look at that smile. 😍

He eats all the time and all the things! How on earth am I supposed to say no when he asks me for a snack? I mean, look at that smile. - 12 days ago

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Dear Future Adoptive Moms,
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What you thought you believed about adoption, what you swore you believed about adoption, what you were unwavering on when it came to adoption...........it's all about to change. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
And when it changes, it will be this force that crept into your psyche, seemingly overnight, and it will feel like it's always been this way, like what you believe now is what you were so rock solid on before, even though, it's in fact, just the opposite. You'll deny that you ever thought about your adoption criteria, about the process, the idea that open adoption was scary, risky, strange, politically correct, or for someone else. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
You'll be irritated at others when they express doubt about what you're doing, how you're doing it, why your mindset is changing, and why they can't just 'get there' with you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
You'll start to feel like anything else would be unnatural, like writing with the opposite hand, driving on the other side of the road, or sleeping on a different side of the bed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
When you start the adoption process it will feel like your criteria and open adoption is chasing you, threatening to defeat your will, about to overtake you, sucking up your determination about the process and then...........when it catches you........
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You'll realize that it was never trying to beat you. It was trying to catch up with you. It wants to help you maneuver through the rest of the race, give you a purpose for continuing to work hard and win, and to help you see adoption in its most pure, loving, and sacrificial light. It will make you a champion for the case you thought you would never accept.
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It will make you an adoption nut. You'll want to wear a pro-adoption sandwich board wherever you go so that people know to ask you about adoption so that you can tell them how it changed so many lives and how it will expand your family in more ways than simply giving you this amazing gift to raise and love beyond words.
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Dear Future Adoptive Moms, ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What you thought you believed about adoption, what you swore you believed about adoption, what you were unwavering on when it came to adoption...........it's all about to change. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And when it changes, it will be this force that crept into your psyche, seemingly overnight, and it will feel like it's always been this way, like what you believe now is what you were so rock solid on before, even though, it's in fact, just the opposite. You'll deny that you ever thought about your adoption criteria, about the process, the idea that open adoption was scary, risky, strange, politically correct, or for someone else. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You'll be irritated at others when they express doubt about what you're doing, how you're doing it, why your mindset is changing, and why they can't just 'get there' with you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You'll start to feel like anything else would be unnatural, like writing with the opposite hand, driving on the other side of the road, or sleeping on a different side of the bed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When you start the adoption process it will feel like your criteria and open adoption is chasing you, threatening to defeat your will, about to overtake you, sucking up your determination about the process and then...........when it catches you........ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You'll realize that it was never trying to beat you. It was trying to catch up with you. It wants to help you maneuver through the rest of the race, give you a purpose for continuing to work hard and win, and to help you see adoption in its most pure, loving, and sacrificial light. It will make you a champion for the case you thought you would never accept. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It will make you an adoption nut. You'll want to wear a pro-adoption sandwich board wherever you go so that people know to ask you about adoption so that you can tell them how it changed so many lives and how it will expand your family in more ways than simply giving you this amazing gift to raise and love beyond words. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Continued - 12 days ago

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"Welcome to our crazy family, Wesley!! We've been waiting for you for so long!!!" words + photos by @sarakfarns
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The Farns 4 has become the Farns 5! We're so happy for the Farnsworth family as they officially welcomed Wesley into their family yesterday in Seoul, South Korea. Wesley is already hopping right into the family fun and having a blast playing with his new brother and sister. Congrats, Farns 5!

"Welcome to our crazy family, Wesley!! We've been waiting for you for so long!!!" words + photos by @sarakfarns • The Farns 4 has become the Farns 5! We're so happy for the Farnsworth family as they officially welcomed Wesley into their family yesterday in Seoul, South Korea. Wesley is already hopping right into the family fun and having a blast playing with his new brother and sister. Congrats, Farns 5! - 12 days ago

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First meeting with our boy was amazing. I’m so glad to finally be able to share photos from our time with him!! We come home in less than 48 hours and I CANNOT WAIT! I love adventures and travel but this has been the most insane adventure ever. Ready for home and our own beds and our people!! 🎉

First meeting with our boy was amazing. I’m so glad to finally be able to share photos from our time with him!! We come home in less than 48 hours and I CANNOT WAIT! I love adventures and travel but this has been the most insane adventure ever. Ready for home and our own beds and our people!! - 12 days ago

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We all slept all night!! 👏🏼👏🏼 W definitely grieved for a little while as Steven walked with him through the Airbnb. It was so heartbreaking to see him cry silently for his foster mama. I think he’s trying so hard to be brave and is so excited to be with us but the reality started to hit a little last night. Once he was asleep Steven and I sat together and cried for our boy. So thankful he felt safe enough to sleep though. He did fall off the bed once in the middle of the night but he let me rock him back to sleep. And then he woke up so happy this morning, ate a ton of breakfast, and is playing like crazy with all of us. Off to get his visa today, wish us luck on the subway with THREE! 😬

We all slept all night!! 🏼🏼 W definitely grieved for a little while as Steven walked with him through the Airbnb. It was so heartbreaking to see him cry silently for his foster mama. I think he’s trying so hard to be brave and is so excited to be with us but the reality started to hit a little last night. Once he was asleep Steven and I sat together and cried for our boy. So thankful he felt safe enough to sleep though. He did fall off the bed once in the middle of the night but he let me rock him back to sleep. And then he woke up so happy this morning, ate a ton of breakfast, and is playing like crazy with all of us. Off to get his visa today, wish us luck on the subway with THREE! 😬 - 13 days ago

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Daddy's little girl | photo by @kirabug

Daddy's little girl | photo by @kirabug - 13 days ago

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Those two excited faces had just become active and were on a babymoon celebrating all the paperwork finally being done. If I could go back I would tell myself to manage my expectations about adoption so much better. I could have saved myself so many ruined holidays and heartache. I am a planner and it has been so hard for me to learn to let go, but with letting go of expectations of time frames and trying to let go of the expectations others as to how I should be handling things, my expectations of comparing us to other families that were matching or even what my thoughts were about the birth moms who were seeing our profiles expectations of us. While it was our responsibility to manage our expectations that magic "our average placement is 4 months" made telling myself this is the last Christmas or by our big family vacation, a little one will be joining us so much easier. I can honestly say I didn't think it would only be 4 months, I knew that was the average but after 6 months and as time frames came and went it started to hurt. When we interviewed the consultant agency, we were told they worked with 25 active families at a time. So, when multiple occasions came and went with posts that said we had 20 people placed this month or this is our 10 match this week- our hearts would break. How could yet again half or almost all of their families place and here we are still waiting- WHAT IS WRONG WITH US? Come to find out that 25 number was so far from accurate and while yes I know many of people that placed very quickly- there were more families just like us than we were ever lead to believe still waiting. When on occasions when it would come down to us and another family and we would get to have a phone call with the birth mom and then two days later see a post that the family that matched had been active 4 days and here we were 8 months into our wait- our hearts would break at the same time of sharing joy for them.
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Those two excited faces had just become active and were on a babymoon celebrating all the paperwork finally being done. If I could go back I would tell myself to manage my expectations about adoption so much better. I could have saved myself so many ruined holidays and heartache. I am a planner and it has been so hard for me to learn to let go, but with letting go of expectations of time frames and trying to let go of the expectations others as to how I should be handling things, my expectations of comparing us to other families that were matching or even what my thoughts were about the birth moms who were seeing our profiles expectations of us. While it was our responsibility to manage our expectations that magic "our average placement is 4 months" made telling myself this is the last Christmas or by our big family vacation, a little one will be joining us so much easier. I can honestly say I didn't think it would only be 4 months, I knew that was the average but after 6 months and as time frames came and went it started to hurt. When we interviewed the consultant agency, we were told they worked with 25 active families at a time. So, when multiple occasions came and went with posts that said we had 20 people placed this month or this is our 10 match this week- our hearts would break. How could yet again half or almost all of their families place and here we are still waiting- WHAT IS WRONG WITH US? Come to find out that 25 number was so far from accurate and while yes I know many of people that placed very quickly- there were more families just like us than we were ever lead to believe still waiting. When on occasions when it would come down to us and another family and we would get to have a phone call with the birth mom and then two days later see a post that the family that matched had been active 4 days and here we were 8 months into our wait- our hearts would break at the same time of sharing joy for them. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Continued - 14 days ago

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It's National Children's Day! We believe in celebrating the children in our lives EVERY DAY, but celebrate this #nationalchildrenday today by giving the kiddos in your life extra hugs and kisses (and maybe even a scoop of ice cream?)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

It's National Children's Day! We believe in celebrating the children in our lives EVERY DAY, but celebrate this #nationalchildrenday today by giving the kiddos in your life extra hugs and kisses (and maybe even a scoop of ice cream?)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - 14 days ago

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Some of our top 10 fave things about Korea: friends and cute ice cream! 🍦👭👫👭

Some of our top 10 fave things about Korea: friends and cute ice cream! 👭👭 - 15 days ago

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Become a photographer for A Family for Every Child and help a foster child find a home! One photo can change a life, so can you. #AFamilyForEveryChild #HeartGalleryKids https://www.afamilyforeverychild.org/photographers/

Become a photographer for A Family for Every Child and help a foster child find a home! One photo can change a life, so can you. #AFamilyForEveryChild #HeartGalleryKids https://www.afamilyforeverychild.org/photographers/ - 15 days ago

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Did you know that at any moment, 73.5 MM people in the US are considering adoption? That's 4x the amount of adoptable children in the entire world!
"There is no such thing as a perfect parent, so just be a real one." -Sue Atkins

Did you know that at any moment, 73.5 MM people in the US are considering adoption? That's 4x the amount of adoptable children in the entire world! "There is no such thing as a perfect parent, so just be a real one." -Sue Atkins - 15 days ago

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Made it to our FINAL @airbnb of this incredible adventure in Seoul. Last week got a little dark and twisty in my head so to be here is a light I am not taking for granted. It’s just two days until the Farns Four become the Farns Five. CAN. NOT. WAIT.

Made it to our FINAL @airbnb of this incredible adventure in Seoul. Last week got a little dark and twisty in my head so to be here is a light I am not taking for granted. It’s just two days until the Farns Four become the Farns Five. CAN. NOT. WAIT. - 16 days ago

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So, this is actually a post I wrote back in November- but in lieu of this week, I thought I would re-share. ASK FOR HELP. For some, this may have been a well duh, silly. For me this was huge. I don't just like to not ask for help, I don't. I tell everyone I am fine and think I can carry the weight of the world on my own and handle everything. I take care of everyone else before me, even if it is at my hearts own expense. It wasn't until it was too late, that I learned that I am not invincible and there is such a thing as a breaking point. This process is hard, without the added heartache of failed adoptions and huge losses before you start, but I was working under the thought that if I couldn't handle everything that was going on or I let someone in to know I wasn't ok - well it would jeopardize our adoption. You see when you adopt, you are constantly being "sized up", watched, evaluated to see if you will be "fit" parents. I will spare you the details, but what I have learned is let those that love you help. Whether is it a listening ear, coffee, tacos delivered to your door, deep conversation or just someone to sit with you when you cry. It is ok to not be fine. It is ok to ask for help. It is ok to seek professional help. It is ok to accept help. And not to assume just because someone has a smile and seems ok- that they are. Don't expect someone to come to you, no matter how close you are. Don't assume someone will just reach out if they aren't ok. Depression, anxiety, postpartum, deep grief they are real and debilitating. Don't just have an "open door" policies and expect someone hurting to just walk through it, have a show-up and be there even if they don't ask for it policy. I also learned a similar lesson in my faith. I held this belief that I couldn't be angry and I couldn't ask why or for the help I needed. I felt like if I did, I somehow was not being strong enough in my faith.
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So, this is actually a post I wrote back in November- but in lieu of this week, I thought I would re-share. ASK FOR HELP. For some, this may have been a well duh, silly. For me this was huge. I don't just like to not ask for help, I don't. I tell everyone I am fine and think I can carry the weight of the world on my own and handle everything. I take care of everyone else before me, even if it is at my hearts own expense. It wasn't until it was too late, that I learned that I am not invincible and there is such a thing as a breaking point. This process is hard, without the added heartache of failed adoptions and huge losses before you start, but I was working under the thought that if I couldn't handle everything that was going on or I let someone in to know I wasn't ok - well it would jeopardize our adoption. You see when you adopt, you are constantly being "sized up", watched, evaluated to see if you will be "fit" parents. I will spare you the details, but what I have learned is let those that love you help. Whether is it a listening ear, coffee, tacos delivered to your door, deep conversation or just someone to sit with you when you cry. It is ok to not be fine. It is ok to ask for help. It is ok to seek professional help. It is ok to accept help. And not to assume just because someone has a smile and seems ok- that they are. Don't expect someone to come to you, no matter how close you are. Don't assume someone will just reach out if they aren't ok. Depression, anxiety, postpartum, deep grief they are real and debilitating. Don't just have an "open door" policies and expect someone hurting to just walk through it, have a show-up and be there even if they don't ask for it policy. I also learned a similar lesson in my faith. I held this belief that I couldn't be angry and I couldn't ask why or for the help I needed. I felt like if I did, I somehow was not being strong enough in my faith. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Continued - 16 days ago

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We can't stop watching the beautiful interview that #SandraBullock gave to the @todayshow about the decision to grow her family through adoption. "It's just like being a mom, I finally realize, 'Oh, this is what I was supposed to do when I grew up. Not be an actress; to be a mom. ...This is my purpose."
Tap the link in our bio to watch the full, touching interview with Sandra and Hoda.

We can't stop watching the beautiful interview that #SandraBullock gave to the @todayshow about the decision to grow her family through adoption. "It's just like being a mom, I finally realize, 'Oh, this is what I was supposed to do when I grew up. Not be an actress; to be a mom. ...This is my purpose." Tap the link in our bio to watch the full, touching interview with Sandra and Hoda. - 16 days ago

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In just three days we get our boy FOREVER!!!!!! We have been given final approval to be his forever family and will bring him home with us next week. {how about incredible timing!?!} 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

In just three days we get our boy FOREVER!!!!!! We have been given final approval to be his forever family and will bring him home with us next week. {how about incredible timing!?!} - 17 days ago

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After our second failed adoption we were met with a lot of questions. "How can you still want to pursue adoption after all the loss", "What about a surrogate", "Your body has had time to recover, have you talked to the doctor about being pregnant again?", "How can you trust another birth mom after having two take the baby back?" "What about your heart, I don't think you can handle more". I have heard all these statements and more from very well-meaning people that were just trying to protect us from further hurt and loss. So, the thought of sharing the financial losses we took in those failed adoptions seemed crazy. I mean sometimes I think we are crazy. Adoption is expensive without experiencing failed adoptions. Trust me there have been many times where we have set on our sofa, discussing if it is even financially responsible to try again. There have been many cases where we saw that 10k at risk listed and had to walk away. The fear of losing more of our life savings, the fear of not being able to adopt if we lost more has dedicated many of our decisions. I am not proud to admit that we haven't always had the trust and faith that we should and have let fear rule. But it is hard when you loss $27,000 and are still looking at adoption bills to come and the possibility of never seeing that "at risk" money again should another fail occur. Then there are times we feel absolutely silly for not remembering to trust that God is in the details and that He will provide. This spring I applied for a grant, in all honesty, I never expected to be the recipients of. So much so, I never even told Chris I had applied for it. You see after our second failed adoption we asked our consultant agency if we could apply to be one of their families to receive help from the fundraising efforts that they do to assist families that have experienced a failed adoption. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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After our second failed adoption we were met with a lot of questions. "How can you still want to pursue adoption after all the loss", "What about a surrogate", "Your body has had time to recover, have you talked to the doctor about being pregnant again?", "How can you trust another birth mom after having two take the baby back?" "What about your heart, I don't think you can handle more". I have heard all these statements and more from very well-meaning people that were just trying to protect us from further hurt and loss. So, the thought of sharing the financial losses we took in those failed adoptions seemed crazy. I mean sometimes I think we are crazy. Adoption is expensive without experiencing failed adoptions. Trust me there have been many times where we have set on our sofa, discussing if it is even financially responsible to try again. There have been many cases where we saw that 10k at risk listed and had to walk away. The fear of losing more of our life savings, the fear of not being able to adopt if we lost more has dedicated many of our decisions. I am not proud to admit that we haven't always had the trust and faith that we should and have let fear rule. But it is hard when you loss $27,000 and are still looking at adoption bills to come and the possibility of never seeing that "at risk" money again should another fail occur. Then there are times we feel absolutely silly for not remembering to trust that God is in the details and that He will provide. This spring I applied for a grant, in all honesty, I never expected to be the recipients of. So much so, I never even told Chris I had applied for it. You see after our second failed adoption we asked our consultant agency if we could apply to be one of their families to receive help from the fundraising efforts that they do to assist families that have experienced a failed adoption. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Continued - 17 days ago

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“Together with my mate @thebillyharris, we raised over $5k for @adopttogether at our #insideaccessfromchase dinner on Monday. Excited to be working with AdoptTogether this year as part of my #commit2one initiative.” | words by @curtisstone + pictures by @curtisstone + @thebillyharris and @gwenla •••••••
We’re so grateful to @curtisstone @thebillyharris and @gwenla for the incredible support and generous donation thanks to the #insideaccessfromchase dinner on Monday night. So excited to be working with Curtis this year as a part of his incredible #commit2one initiative! 
Stay tuned for more on this exciting opportunity for the AdoptTogether community.

“Together with my mate @thebillyharris , we raised over $5k for @adopttogether at our #insideaccessfromchase dinner on Monday. Excited to be working with AdoptTogether this year as part of my #commit2one initiative.” | words by @curtisstone + pictures by @curtisstone + @thebillyharris and @gwenla ••••••• We’re so grateful to @curtisstone @thebillyharris and @gwenla for the incredible support and generous donation thanks to the #insideaccessfromchase dinner on Monday night. So excited to be working with Curtis this year as a part of his incredible #commit2one initiative! Stay tuned for more on this exciting opportunity for the AdoptTogether community. - 17 days ago

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We are travel weary; stretched to the max; beyond homesick. All four of us. May I never forget how this feels so when our newest boy is grieving and doesn’t have the words in English or the capacity to express his grief I can sit with him in silence or tears or wails or anger and love him unconditionally. Prepping for the unknown is scary, but I’m trying to take all the feelings we feel on this adventure and look at them with curiosity and understanding. Right now, we are all experiencing a huge amount of homesickness. It got a little ugly today. Weariness is a feeling I’m not too familiar with but, wow, it’s powerful and not fun. Any tips to cure the homesickness bug?
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Anyways, this sheep we met yesterday makes me smile. Today has been a rollercoaster of highs and lows so I just keep looking at this sheep and smiling. His tiny smile and teeth are amazing. I love him.

We are travel weary; stretched to the max; beyond homesick. All four of us. May I never forget how this feels so when our newest boy is grieving and doesn’t have the words in English or the capacity to express his grief I can sit with him in silence or tears or wails or anger and love him unconditionally. Prepping for the unknown is scary, but I’m trying to take all the feelings we feel on this adventure and look at them with curiosity and understanding. Right now, we are all experiencing a huge amount of homesickness. It got a little ugly today. Weariness is a feeling I’m not too familiar with but, wow, it’s powerful and not fun. Any tips to cure the homesickness bug? ******************* Anyways, this sheep we met yesterday makes me smile. Today has been a rollercoaster of highs and lows so I just keep looking at this sheep and smiling. His tiny smile and teeth are amazing. I love him. - 18 days ago

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When we started the adoption process there were so many decisions we had to make, gender if any, race if it mattered, amount of drug and alcohol exposer we were willing to accept, level of openness with the birth mother, what our budget was and so much more. Even though we started out with an agreed upon criteria (which still make me cringe a little... I mean this is a baby we are talking about), to say we agreed upon whether to present or not to every case that came through would be a big fat lie. WE HAVEN’T. But we have the rule that if either of us have reservations about a case then we don’t present. We both have to be on board, but we are each allowed to present our feelings on the situation and the other has to listen. Sometimes one of us will change our mind and sometimes we don’t. But we have to listen and be respectful of each other's feelings toward the case. I am not saying there aren’t cases that I didn't cry over because we didn't present. Though most of the time it wasn't because we didn't present- it was out of heartbreak for the birth mom and the baby she was carrying and the details I had just read. You see more often than not, Chris would be correct it wasn't a right fit for us- but emotionally it would just pull at my heartstrings. We make a good team this way, him with the logic and me with the emotional. And then there are the no's. When we got a no, it taught us to lean on one another like never before. As our hearts have crumbled more and more with each one and as the wait has gotten longer and longer, we cling to the need for each other more and more. Then came our failed adoptions- if you can't tell yet... I work through my thoughts and emotion through words. It took lots of listening and lots of leaning on one another during those days and even now. While it hasn't always made our relationship easy, it had grown us as individuals and as a couple, it has strengthened us, it has shown us some of our highest moments together and lowest, and it has shown us what the power of love can get you through.

When we started the adoption process there were so many decisions we had to make, gender if any, race if it mattered, amount of drug and alcohol exposer we were willing to accept, level of openness with the birth mother, what our budget was and so much more. Even though we started out with an agreed upon criteria (which still make me cringe a little... I mean this is a baby we are talking about), to say we agreed upon whether to present or not to every case that came through would be a big fat lie. WE HAVEN’T. But we have the rule that if either of us have reservations about a case then we don’t present. We both have to be on board, but we are each allowed to present our feelings on the situation and the other has to listen. Sometimes one of us will change our mind and sometimes we don’t. But we have to listen and be respectful of each other's feelings toward the case. I am not saying there aren’t cases that I didn't cry over because we didn't present. Though most of the time it wasn't because we didn't present- it was out of heartbreak for the birth mom and the baby she was carrying and the details I had just read. You see more often than not, Chris would be correct it wasn't a right fit for us- but emotionally it would just pull at my heartstrings. We make a good team this way, him with the logic and me with the emotional. And then there are the no's. When we got a no, it taught us to lean on one another like never before. As our hearts have crumbled more and more with each one and as the wait has gotten longer and longer, we cling to the need for each other more and more. Then came our failed adoptions- if you can't tell yet... I work through my thoughts and emotion through words. It took lots of listening and lots of leaning on one another during those days and even now. While it hasn't always made our relationship easy, it had grown us as individuals and as a couple, it has strengthened us, it has shown us some of our highest moments together and lowest, and it has shown us what the power of love can get you through. - 18 days ago

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With millions of children in need, idleness is not an option. The world needs our action today. Join us at the link in our profile.

With millions of children in need, idleness is not an option. The world needs our action today. Join us at the link in our profile. - 18 days ago

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Become a volunteer for A Family for Every Child and help a foster child! https://www.afamilyforeverychild.org/volunteer/ #AFamilyForEveryChild #HeartGalleryKids

Become a volunteer for A Family for Every Child and help a foster child! https://www.afamilyforeverychild.org/volunteer/ #AFamilyForEveryChild #HeartGalleryKids - 18 days ago

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One of the exercises we had to do for our adoption was write a letter to our future child with our hopes for him/ her. So here is part of it. I hope that you know you are beautiful simply because you are you and God made you. You have a body that moves and is healthy and will grow. It will crawl, and walk, and run and it is a thing of wonder. I hope that I can instill in you that the prettiest of mouths will be the ones with a smile that spreads a kind word to everyone, that the most beautiful eyes are ones that sparkle when they look at sunsets and paintings and not at the reflection in the mirror and that the most graceful hands are the ones who know how to comfort and give service. Know that nothing will make you lovelier than being kind, virtuous, generous, and good.
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I hope that you know how to be silly, be creative and play. The world will ask you to grow up all too soon. Try to resist. Be a child for as long as you possibly can. Know that it is okay to draw pictures where the trees are purple and the cows have wings. Turn our backyard into a busy bakery that sells nothing but the most decadent mud pies. The space under the kitchen table makes the best fort and is the perfect hideout from the pirates who live in the bathroom. Let's play together and not on a smartphone, or a tablet, or with video games, but with homemade hats on our heads, and cardboard swords. Let's swing from trees and rock our dolls to sleep. Use your imagination and never stop being creative.
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I hope you Read, Read, Read and not just because your mom is an English major and it would make me super happy. Let books be your best friends. There is no place in the world off-limits when you pick up a book. In books, you can find people you never meet and have some of your most exciting adventures. I hope you know you can be and do anything. You are your own unique person. There is nobody else like you in the entire world.
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One of the exercises we had to do for our adoption was write a letter to our future child with our hopes for him/ her. So here is part of it. I hope that you know you are beautiful simply because you are you and God made you. You have a body that moves and is healthy and will grow. It will crawl, and walk, and run and it is a thing of wonder. I hope that I can instill in you that the prettiest of mouths will be the ones with a smile that spreads a kind word to everyone, that the most beautiful eyes are ones that sparkle when they look at sunsets and paintings and not at the reflection in the mirror and that the most graceful hands are the ones who know how to comfort and give service. Know that nothing will make you lovelier than being kind, virtuous, generous, and good. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I hope that you know how to be silly, be creative and play. The world will ask you to grow up all too soon. Try to resist. Be a child for as long as you possibly can. Know that it is okay to draw pictures where the trees are purple and the cows have wings. Turn our backyard into a busy bakery that sells nothing but the most decadent mud pies. The space under the kitchen table makes the best fort and is the perfect hideout from the pirates who live in the bathroom. Let's play together and not on a smartphone, or a tablet, or with video games, but with homemade hats on our heads, and cardboard swords. Let's swing from trees and rock our dolls to sleep. Use your imagination and never stop being creative. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I hope you Read, Read, Read and not just because your mom is an English major and it would make me super happy. Let books be your best friends. There is no place in the world off-limits when you pick up a book. In books, you can find people you never meet and have some of your most exciting adventures. I hope you know you can be and do anything. You are your own unique person. There is nobody else like you in the entire world. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Continued - 19 days ago

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“For the first time in my life I have the last name of someone who loves me
I’ve prayed for this my whole life
I finally have a family ‘everything you’ve ever wanted is right in front of you and you see the impossible coming true’ Officially a Romero!!! HERE’S TO ADOPTION!!!” | Words + photo by @sierrakromero 
Today, after growing up in foster care her whole life, Sierra was adopted by a family who opened their home and hearts to her when she was in high school. Now, she is in her last year of school at AMDA in Los Angeles and an official member of the Romero family! A huge congratulations to Sierra and the rest of the Romero family on this life-changing day!

“For the first time in my life I have the last name of someone who loves me I’ve prayed for this my whole life I finally have a family ‘everything you’ve ever wanted is right in front of you and you see the impossible coming true’ Officially a Romero!!! HERE’S TO ADOPTION!!!” | Words + photo by @sierrakromero Today, after growing up in foster care her whole life, Sierra was adopted by a family who opened their home and hearts to her when she was in high school. Now, she is in her last year of school at AMDA in Los Angeles and an official member of the Romero family! A huge congratulations to Sierra and the rest of the Romero family on this life-changing day! - 19 days ago

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I’ve been wanting to attend an @arisecapetown event for ages and last night broke the ice for me. Altho, having a same race family means that I don’t often find a permanent seat in South Africa’s adoption narrative 🇿🇦 (which I get), I am so glad it didn’t stop me from going. It was a reminder of this amazing, supportive and inspirational community who are invested and bonded by the greatest of all things - LOVE ♥️ Thank you Arise, I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and collected many gems along the way. Till next time!
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I’ve been wanting to attend an @arisecapetown event for ages and last night broke the ice for me. Altho, having a same race family means that I don’t often find a permanent seat in South Africa’s adoption narrative 🇿🇦 (which I get), I am so glad it didn’t stop me from going. It was a reminder of this amazing, supportive and inspirational community who are invested and bonded by the greatest of all things - LOVE ️ Thank you Arise, I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and collected many gems along the way. Till next time! ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #adoption #adoptionsouthafrica #afamilyforeverychild #foreverfamily #bondedbylove #lovemakesafamily #arise #arisecapetown - 19 days ago

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One Olympics site visited completed. One more to go! We leave tomorrow to visit Pyeongchang!!

One Olympics site visited completed. One more to go! We leave tomorrow to visit Pyeongchang!! - 20 days ago

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98 that is the number of Birth Mom names in this notebook and the number of no’s we have received. I never set out to memorize them, but I could repeat their names, the date we presented, their approximate due date and the gender of the baby if it was known as if you were going to quiz me on the state capitals. I have repeated these names every morning during my study and ever night in my bedtime prayers, some for over three years. While each of these birth moms didn’t choose us, I learned very early on that I could let another “no” devastate me or I could find purpose in why we felt called to present. I like to tell myself that God placed that particular birth mom in our path because she needed extra prayers. It’s hard to not become attached to these women. Often times we receive photos of them, we learn their likes and dislikes, we hear about their hard life stories that sometimes could make a Lifetime movie seem like a fairytale. Your heart just goes out to them and you hope that God can help heal the brokenness they feel. We don’t get updates after we aren’t chosen, so I never know if the birth moms choose to parent or picked another oh so deserving adoptive family. So, I pray. I pray for each by name and her baby and the family if she chose one. These 98 women have each touched my life in their own way and I am grateful for the lessons they have taught me.

98 that is the number of Birth Mom names in this notebook and the number of no’s we have received. I never set out to memorize them, but I could repeat their names, the date we presented, their approximate due date and the gender of the baby if it was known as if you were going to quiz me on the state capitals. I have repeated these names every morning during my study and ever night in my bedtime prayers, some for over three years. While each of these birth moms didn’t choose us, I learned very early on that I could let another “no” devastate me or I could find purpose in why we felt called to present. I like to tell myself that God placed that particular birth mom in our path because she needed extra prayers. It’s hard to not become attached to these women. Often times we receive photos of them, we learn their likes and dislikes, we hear about their hard life stories that sometimes could make a Lifetime movie seem like a fairytale. Your heart just goes out to them and you hope that God can help heal the brokenness they feel. We don’t get updates after we aren’t chosen, so I never know if the birth moms choose to parent or picked another oh so deserving adoptive family. So, I pray. I pray for each by name and her baby and the family if she chose one. These 98 women have each touched my life in their own way and I am grateful for the lessons they have taught me. - 20 days ago

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“Three years ago we became foster parents to 3 and 8-year-old girls.  It was the toughest experience of our young lives.  We worked tirelessly to try to meet their needs, but we only seemed to exasperate their issues.  In a place of desperation...”
Read more about how Connected parenting has been a game changer for the Troyers over on our blog!

“Three years ago we became foster parents to 3 and 8-year-old girls. It was the toughest experience of our young lives. We worked tirelessly to try to meet their needs, but we only seemed to exasperate their issues. In a place of desperation...” Read more about how Connected parenting has been a game changer for the Troyers over on our blog! - 20 days ago

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First lost tooth!!! 👏🏼🎉❤️🇰🇷🤩

First lost tooth!!! 🏼🤩 - 21 days ago

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Be the change you want to see in the world 🌎

Be the change you want to see in the world 🌎 - 21 days ago

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When someone asks me how many children I have, my answer depends on my mood, how much time I have, and how well I want to get to know the person asking. I usually just tell them the easy answer, but sometimes that feels like something between denial and betrayal. They are no less our babies even if they live only in our hearts and all that we have left here on earth are memories and a few pictures.
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Losing a child is unthinkable. It's not something that people like to talk about, so they usually don't. I am always amazed at how the world just goes on as though nothing had happened and the extent to which I would go out of my way to pretend everything was fine. My life was far from fine. The death of my babies changed my life in ways I never could have imagined. The lessons weren't easy ones to learn and took a while to see, but I had to take what I could get from their short lives and time here with us.
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Through this, I learned that I am a much stronger woman than I ever could have imagined. In my younger days, I had dealt with pain in less than healthy ways - denial, rage, or over-indulgence. This time, I had to find another way. I knew that the only way that the world would remember them was through me. If I became a bitter, angry, then that would be their legacy.
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People would look at my life and think "She was fine until she had those babies that passed." Whatever negativity followed would be blamed on them. I could not do that to them. Their lives were created in love, and I wanted their memory to be as well. I had to work through this and find hope.
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I guess I may have taken it for granted at one time, but now I understand that motherhood is a sacred and special club that any member is blessed to join. I realize what a gift a child truly is. My priorities shifted, and I realized that things that may have warranted anger or tears in the past really were not that important at all. In the end, the only things that really matter are the people you love.
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When someone asks me how many children I have, my answer depends on my mood, how much time I have, and how well I want to get to know the person asking. I usually just tell them the easy answer, but sometimes that feels like something between denial and betrayal. They are no less our babies even if they live only in our hearts and all that we have left here on earth are memories and a few pictures. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Losing a child is unthinkable. It's not something that people like to talk about, so they usually don't. I am always amazed at how the world just goes on as though nothing had happened and the extent to which I would go out of my way to pretend everything was fine. My life was far from fine. The death of my babies changed my life in ways I never could have imagined. The lessons weren't easy ones to learn and took a while to see, but I had to take what I could get from their short lives and time here with us. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Through this, I learned that I am a much stronger woman than I ever could have imagined. In my younger days, I had dealt with pain in less than healthy ways - denial, rage, or over-indulgence. This time, I had to find another way. I knew that the only way that the world would remember them was through me. If I became a bitter, angry, then that would be their legacy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ People would look at my life and think "She was fine until she had those babies that passed." Whatever negativity followed would be blamed on them. I could not do that to them. Their lives were created in love, and I wanted their memory to be as well. I had to work through this and find hope. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I guess I may have taken it for granted at one time, but now I understand that motherhood is a sacred and special club that any member is blessed to join. I realize what a gift a child truly is. My priorities shifted, and I realized that things that may have warranted anger or tears in the past really were not that important at all. In the end, the only things that really matter are the people you love. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Continued - 21 days ago

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83% of our trip can be summed up by ice cream and photoshoots. Also, happy Pride month fam! Love love love. 🍦📷

83% of our trip can be summed up by ice cream and photoshoots. Also, happy Pride month fam! Love love love. - 22 days ago

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Made a new doggo friend today while escorting Lord Vader!! Super nice fire dog was out at Hero For A Day in Springfield! 
#mandalorian #dalmatian #firedog #springfieldoregon #heroforaday #starwars #starwarscosplay #cosplay #afamilyforeverychild

Made a new doggo friend today while escorting Lord Vader!! Super nice fire dog was out at Hero For A Day in Springfield! #mandalorian #dalmatian #firedog #springfieldoregon #heroforaday #starwars #starwarscosplay #cosplay #afamilyforeverychild - 22 days ago

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Thank you everyone for sharing in our excitement of being the June Cheers To Plan A Family! Have some questions for us? Leave them in the comments below or shoot us over a pm. We will be jumping on here to do a live this weekend to answer your questions!

Thank you everyone for sharing in our excitement of being the June Cheers To Plan A Family! Have some questions for us? Leave them in the comments below or shoot us over a pm. We will be jumping on here to do a live this weekend to answer your questions! - 22 days ago

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Some days are epic adventures and others look like this. I’ll be honest, I’m having a day where I’m just in a funk and ready for this waiting to be over with. I knew walking into this that the waiting would be so hard, but just knowing doesn’t make these days any less frustrating. I’m so grateful for kids who can hang on their own and let me take a few hours to try to kick this rotten attitude I’ve got. Also, thank you @apple for creating the iPad. 🙌🏼

Some days are epic adventures and others look like this. I’ll be honest, I’m having a day where I’m just in a funk and ready for this waiting to be over with. I knew walking into this that the waiting would be so hard, but just knowing doesn’t make these days any less frustrating. I’m so grateful for kids who can hang on their own and let me take a few hours to try to kick this rotten attitude I’ve got. Also, thank you @apple for creating the iPad. 🏼 - 23 days ago

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“When we began dating almost 10 years ago, we talked about a big family that included adoption. Chris jokes that I am lucky I did scare him away when on our 4th date, I just randomly blurted out "Hey, would you ever be open to adopting?" The timing hasn’t been what we expected, but it was something that we have always felt a calling towards, way before I ever knew what we would encounter during our journey. In the spring of 2014, we found out we were pregnant.
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“When we began dating almost 10 years ago, we talked about a big family that included adoption. Chris jokes that I am lucky I did scare him away when on our 4th date, I just randomly blurted out "Hey, would you ever be open to adopting?" The timing hasn’t been what we expected, but it was something that we have always felt a calling towards, way before I ever knew what we would encounter during our journey. In the spring of 2014, we found out we were pregnant. ⠀ read the rest of the Christopher & Kelsey’s story on the blog! ⠀ ⠀ who is ready to show these two some love & support this month? ⠀ ⠀ - 24 days ago

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World Foster Day // we are just weeks away from our 1 year mark as foster parents and in the past year we have fostered 3 children and have had numerous calls for others. The need for foster homes is so great and our very own county is hurting greatly. Children around the world are in need of a family for one reason or another. And while my family alone can not help them all, our hope is to give hope and unconditional love to one child & family at a time (and sometimes two). It really is exhausting, taxiing... yet it’s been the most incredibly beautiful journey we have ever experienced as a family. To see the changes in my children (and myself!) brings me to my knees. The marks these children leave on our hearts is permanent and those hearts are even stretched so much I sometimes think it’s impossible to go on. I know foster care isn’t for everyone... but YOU can still help and support foster children and even foster parents. Become a CASA, drop off a meal to a foster family when they get a new placement (or even after a hard day/week... because there are some TOUGH days/weeks!!), take a foster parent friend out to lunch/coffee, donate new or gently used clothes/toys to the foster family for their new placement (these kids often come with little to nothing) or get involved in any local programs that support an bring awareness to foster children/foster care. Even better... help us change laws that give children rights and the protection they deserve! 
#worldfosterday #fostercareawareness #fostermama #fosterparents #fostercare #fostercaremonth #givehope #loveunconditonally #childrenmatter #afamilyforeverychild

World Foster Day // we are just weeks away from our 1 year mark as foster parents and in the past year we have fostered 3 children and have had numerous calls for others. The need for foster homes is so great and our very own county is hurting greatly. Children around the world are in need of a family for one reason or another. And while my family alone can not help them all, our hope is to give hope and unconditional love to one child & family at a time (and sometimes two). It really is exhausting, taxiing... yet it’s been the most incredibly beautiful journey we have ever experienced as a family. To see the changes in my children (and myself!) brings me to my knees. The marks these children leave on our hearts is permanent and those hearts are even stretched so much I sometimes think it’s impossible to go on. I know foster care isn’t for everyone... but YOU can still help and support foster children and even foster parents. Become a CASA, drop off a meal to a foster family when they get a new placement (or even after a hard day/week... because there are some TOUGH days/weeks!!), take a foster parent friend out to lunch/coffee, donate new or gently used clothes/toys to the foster family for their new placement (these kids often come with little to nothing) or get involved in any local programs that support an bring awareness to foster children/foster care. Even better... help us change laws that give children rights and the protection they deserve! #worldfosterday #fostercareawareness #fostermama #fosterparents #fostercare #fostercaremonth #givehope #loveunconditonally #childrenmatter #afamilyforeverychild - 24 days ago

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Sometimes I just stare at her. She is beautiful. 
And sometimes, the weight of orphans still waiting for families rests heavy on my heart. I look all my kids, and the thought of them never having a family makes my heart break. Adoption isn’t always easy. Let’s face it, being a parent isn’t always easy— Today was particularly exhausting for me. But, it is so very worth it. 
#lifeisbetterwithyou #wecouldhavemissedthis #chinaadoption #thisisadoption #t21rocks #t21adoption #downsyndromelove #theluckyfew #lovemakesafamily #foreverfamily #afamilyforeverychild

Sometimes I just stare at her. She is beautiful. And sometimes, the weight of orphans still waiting for families rests heavy on my heart. I look all my kids, and the thought of them never having a family makes my heart break. Adoption isn’t always easy. Let’s face it, being a parent isn’t always easy— Today was particularly exhausting for me. But, it is so very worth it. #lifeisbetterwithyou #wecouldhavemissedthis #chinaadoption #thisisadoption #t21rocks #t21adoption #downsyndromelove #theluckyfew #lovemakesafamily #foreverfamily #afamilyforeverychild - 26 days ago

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We put our Farns Fam lock on the love lock wall! And of course wrote our very inspired family motto on the back: Don’t be idiots. ‘Cause, really, what else is there to be said in pretty much every situation? Just don’t be an idiot and you’re bound to succeed, right? Probably need to rethink that motto. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤔😬

We put our Farns Fam lock on the love lock wall! And of course wrote our very inspired family motto on the back: Don’t be idiots. ‘Cause, really, what else is there to be said in pretty much every situation? Just don’t be an idiot and you’re bound to succeed, right? Probably need to rethink that motto. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤔😬 - 27 days ago

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On this #memorialday we pay tribute to our military members and their families and thank them for the immense sacrifices they have made for our freedom. We honor you today. 
#landofthefreebecauseofthebrave

On this #memorialday we pay tribute to our military members and their families and thank them for the immense sacrifices they have made for our freedom. We honor you today. #landofthefreebecauseofthebrave - 27 days ago

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I love playing tourists with these two. 💜

I love playing tourists with these two. - 28 days ago

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I have moments of weariness in being so far from home and in waiting to have our boy in our arms forever (and I’m not having a date for that big day). But having these three here to explore with makes those moments bearable and fleeting. This trip of a lifetime has had more ups and downs than I could have prepped for, but the impact it’s left on our family so far is powerful. Also: if you are interested in testing your patience level with your children+husband, live in a 509 sq ft space with them for several weeks. 😬 Thank goodness for this amazing walking path by our Airbnb.

I have moments of weariness in being so far from home and in waiting to have our boy in our arms forever (and I’m not having a date for that big day). But having these three here to explore with makes those moments bearable and fleeting. This trip of a lifetime has had more ups and downs than I could have prepped for, but the impact it’s left on our family so far is powerful. Also: if you are interested in testing your patience level with your children+husband, live in a 509 sq ft space with them for several weeks. 😬 Thank goodness for this amazing walking path by our Airbnb. - 1 month ago

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This team always makes me proud through all of their hard work, willingness to learn, long hours at the office, and their consistent dedication to always do the right thing.

Earlier this year our team voted and we unanimously decided that if we performed well enough each month to earn a bonus then we’d all give a portion of our bonus to a local nonprofit organization who helped make our community a better place.

This month we were excited to make a donation to “A Family for Every Child” located here in Eugene.

We’ve been blessed with a lot of success. It’s been a lot of hard work, long hours, a constant willingness to learn and improve, a strong commitment to our relationships with our clients, and the best most loyal customers we could ask for, and we know that it’s important that when you get where you’re going that it’s important to stop and turn back around and help the next person in line.

If you have any suggestions about local nonprofits who would appreciate our support then be sure to comment and let us know! And be sure to reach out to us anytime you need someone to review your home, auto, and commercial insurance coverage so that we can continue to grow our business with outstanding customers like you and give back to our community.

#WeAreFarmers #EugeneOregon #AFamilyForEveryChild

This team always makes me proud through all of their hard work, willingness to learn, long hours at the office, and their consistent dedication to always do the right thing. Earlier this year our team voted and we unanimously decided that if we performed well enough each month to earn a bonus then we’d all give a portion of our bonus to a local nonprofit organization who helped make our community a better place. This month we were excited to make a donation to “A Family for Every Child” located here in Eugene. We’ve been blessed with a lot of success. It’s been a lot of hard work, long hours, a constant willingness to learn and improve, a strong commitment to our relationships with our clients, and the best most loyal customers we could ask for, and we know that it’s important that when you get where you’re going that it’s important to stop and turn back around and help the next person in line. If you have any suggestions about local nonprofits who would appreciate our support then be sure to comment and let us know! And be sure to reach out to us anytime you need someone to review your home, auto, and commercial insurance coverage so that we can continue to grow our business with outstanding customers like you and give back to our community. #WeAreFarmers #EugeneOregon #AFamilyForEveryChild - 1 month ago

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