Saturday, March 10, 2018

Caroline Paige : teeth and crawling

This cutie girl is a delight.

She loves sticking out her tongue,

and she has a gorgeous smile with 3 pearly whites!

She's been a big walking girl for a few weeks now, but this week she figured out how to crawl.

It's hard work, but baby girl is pretty proud of her new trick.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

the sweet life

Our life is so sweet.  Hectic and loud and a little bit wild.  But sweet.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

happy ballerina girl

playing at Papa & Grandma's

We spent the afternoon at Papa & Grandma's house, and I kept thinking of all the cute pictures of baby Lauren and baby Collin that I took with this cute wooden chair.

Turns out one dude has moved on to a bigger chair. :)

Saturday, March 3, 2018

fort sleepover

Collin and Lauren decided to do a downstairs sleepover in their forts. 

Lauren's fort didn't last through the night...

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

work & play

While the bigs were busy working

(Collin built a hydraulic claw and Lauren frosted cookies for her half-birthday...)

Dominic was busy ruling the roost!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

America's Kids Belong

My cute husband and I went on a date with ~100 other people who will be part of the solution to the foster care & adoption crisis in our area -- to the launch event for America's Kids Belong.

America's Kids Belong works to bring together the faith, business, government, and arts communities to address the foster care and adoption crisis in the U.S.

400,000 kids in foster care in the United States. 100,000 of them are legally free for adoption and waiting for a forever family!

AKB sees three groups in the foster care equation:
1) Heroes. The kids are the heroes. Regardless of why they came into care, they've endured unspeakable trauma. They're warriors- still up and still fighting. For love. For belonging. For a family. 
2) Healers. Foster and adoptive families can be the healers. It isn't about "let me fix you," but more like, "You know what, baby? You don't have to handle the hurt alone. We're with you. We'll love you like crazy and do everything we can to fill your world with joy and help you learn to feel safe and loved and confident. You're not alone. You don't have to walk this road alone. You're hurting, but we're here and you are so loved." We bring vulnerable children into our homes and hearts. The kids do the hard work of healing, but we create safety and stability, show love, and hold the hands of hurting children as they walk through the unimaginable. 
3) Helpers. The rest of the community can wrap around foster families and children in foster care in many practical ways- buying a box of diapers or some kind of baby gear, donating gift cards for kids' clothing, mentoring children in foster care, helping a child who has aged out of foster care find a job, offering foster families a discount through their business, and even physically or financially supporting organizations like AKB. 

Together we can make a greater impact for children in foster care. They deserve to be safe and loved. They belong in families.