Made a little side trip to see the church where we said "I do" 10 years ago. I am so very thankful for how God has blessed our marriage and grown us both over the last decade. #thankful #Godisgood (Photo cred Gus)

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We're making the trek to St. Louis today and this funny little one insisted on wearing his penguin costume for the ride. I took the opportunity to remind him how quiet penguins are -- especially in the car. #itdidntwork #notevenalittle

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We have a few best selling prints and growth charts on zulily today and tomorrow on sale.  Everything will ship to arrive for Christmas! 

Go here, then search Gus & Lula.

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When we talked about her big girl room (to be shared with her sister as soon as she comes home !), she had one request: pink everything. I'm just starting to put it all together, but so far her wish has been granted. ;) And apparently she likes it enough to try sleeping in her own room -by herself- for the first time in her life! #mamaforthewin #pinkeverything

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I used to think that I would only ever hang black and white photos on our walls. Is there some kind of rule about that? I don't know, but I finally decided that I don't care, and that I wanted to do what made me happy. And seeing these sweet faces in full color is it. (I still can't share our new daughter's beautiful face, so it's blurred for ig.) #nowtostraightenitallup

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When God in His amazing providence brings an Ethiopian family to your community that shares your faith, and also happens to be from the same tribe as your kids, that's pretty amazing.  When that family comes for dinner and brings you a stack of fresh injera, that's plain 'ol yum.  We had an amazing time fellowshipping last night, and Gus has not stopped asking for injera since. (He will eat it with other dishes, or rolled up by itself - he just loves the stuff!) My favorite part of the night was when we talked about our kids' birthplaces.  Our new friends' eyes lit up and they told us how that is the "crazy, party, fun part of Ethiopia". Well, that explains some things :) #feelingblessed #Godisgood #ethiopianadoption

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We loved apple picking with cousins yesterday. We are so blessed to have such wonderful family nearby!

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Gus has been stressing out about his five year check up for approximately 364 days. Both completely lost it when I told them it was today. But after an impromptu trip to the pharmacy to demonstrate that I could tough out my flu shot, they were champs! I didn't hear a whimper from either of them. (Or maybe it was the ice cream I offered them for being tough?) #briberyatitsfinest #soworthitthough #justthisonce

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Totally taking advantage of the fact that they still let me pick out their costumes. #ohthecuteness

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We are celebrating FIVE years of this creative, energetic, compassionate, FUN girl! She is our whirlwind, our firecracker, our sunshine. I am so thankful for her and can't wait to see what God does with her life. Happy birthday, sweet Gigi!

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"Check out my tooth!" This girl. Such a mess, but cracks me up like no one else. #loveher

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How do they look so old?! I loved watching these run wild together yesterday. #cousins #friendsforlife Photo cred @allenoliver

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The cuteness. #cousintwins

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Hanging with the cousins at the farm #cousins #thankful

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If you missed our t-shirt fundraiser, we have the "chosen, adopted, and loved" tees, as well as this new design available now. (There is an elephant sanctuary near where all three of our Ethiopian babies were born, and I originally did this design for our girls' room.) Women's, men's, and kids' sizes are all listed in the shop! (Link in profile.) All proceeds go straight toward bringing our daughter home! #ethiopianadoption #adoption #adoptionfundraiser

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Smiley eyes, chucks, and SUNSHINE after weeks of rainy, cloudy days. #perfectoctoberday

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This guy has been a blessing to us for five years now.  He is enthusiastic, dependable, affectionate, and very concerned about injustice.  I am so blessed to be his mama, and I can't wait to see what God does in his life.  Happy birthday, sweet Gus!

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It's not often that we leave her hair down because it tangles easily, but I just LOVE when we do. Because just look at those CURLS. And also, when did my baby get so old?!? #fourgoingonfourteen #chocolatehairvanillacare #curls

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We decided to try a birthday trip this year instead of gifts, and it was awesome! We took just the big kids to Chattanooga and hit the creative discovery museum, stayed in a Chattanooga Choo Choo train car, and rode the kids' first roller coaster at Lake Winnie. It was a joy to watch these two experience new things with exuberance and belly laughs. They are truly a gift, and I am so blessed to be their mama. #giveexperiences

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Some of my favorite things in the kids' room: Owl illustration torn from an old book, corner reading nook, and my very favorite - a wooden elephant bust from our church's annual yard sale. We know very little about the area where the kids were born, except that there is an elephant sanctuary. So this was just meant to be in their room. So worth the $5! #details #boysroom

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