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Feeling stuck?
Bear was. He was trying to walk through this snow that was almost up to his knees. The whine started first, which I diligently ignored to see if he would use his words.
Then it got quiet and I turned around to see him crying a bit, wiping the tears away with his gloves.
And I heard his little voice cry out, “help me! Help me!!”😭
I turned to make my way back to him-I was shoveling us out-but before I made it up our stairs, there was Lily.
Hand out stretched, a gentle voice, I heard her whispering “it’s okay Bear. I got you. Here walk with me.”
She guided him back to their “home” in the snow and the smile emerged again.
How simple it was to become unstuck, when a single kind person chose to take his hand and walk beside him.🙌🏼
If you’re stuck right now, use your words. Cry out, help me, like Bear did.
And if you’re safe, moving freely? Be like Lily. Take their hand and help them move forward.💙
(#hopewriterlife ~stuck~)


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Did you know that Maria has a $3,000 Adoption Assistance Grant from LWB? She is 12 years old and has less than two years remaining before she ages out. If you would like to know more about Maria, please message us with your email address, or reach out directly to our Adoption Advocacy Team at adoption@lwbmail.com. We'd love it if you could share Maria's photo to help spread the word. Here is the link to see Maria and the rest of our Adoption Assistance Grants recipients: https://www.lovewithoutboundaries.com/adoption-grant-recipients/ #adoption #chinaadoption #adoptiongrant #olderchildadoption #agingout #lovewithoutboundaries #15yearsoflove #everychildcounts #everychilddeservesafamily


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When you workout from home you can say mean things to the trainer without hurting their feelings.
Today I did more sweat therapy & used some colorful words while doing it. The thing is I feel better. When you put your bad day into doing a hard workout it clears your head & you’re in a better mood.

If you would like to try out some sweat therapy of your own I can set you up with a free 2 week trial to see if this is a good fit for you. If you’re interested drop an emoji below or DM me for more info.


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Making new friends at a birthday party! :) not afraid to learn/try new words!! #brave #colombia #olderchildadoption #adoption #barkeyfamilysuperseven #internationaladoption


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Down syndrome & metabolism 😬. Healthy living comes from healthy lifestyle choices. Healthy lifestyle choices comes from learning healthy habits!
As a mom of 2 teenage boys w DS, I get it!!! They literally would stuff themselves if I let them! 🥬 habits➡️lifestyle ➡️living 🥬kid learn to love what we love!!! 🥬kids love adventure and weird things so let them 🧪 experiment in the kitchen. 🥬kids lovevto do thing “their way” so let them “build their own” 🍕, 🌮, 🌯 and more BUT ONLY SUPPLY veggie loaded options! 😘 🥬get them involved in your workout routine!! Yes it’s great to have some alone time, but they learn by example 👊🏻🙌🏼 🥬teach them smart portion control at a young age!!! Show them what plates should look like 🍽
Kids don’t have to struggle with weight, as parents we can help them live stronger healthier lives. BUT WE MUST START WITH OURSELVES! .
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#specialneedsadoption #momofmany #adoptionjourney #largefamily #graceupongrace #olderchildadoption
#homeschoolmom #specialneedsmom
#theluckyfew #nothingdownaboutit #healthykidsmeals #healthymetabolism


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Every day is full of opportunities to make a decision to make it happen.
Pursuing what you want to see in your life is so much more satisfying than sitting around feeling frustrated that nothing has changed.
This is part of why I take every Friday to look back at my week and plan the week to come! I want to be purposeful in my growth!
Looking for women who : •Believe everything is figureoutable and aren’t afraid of hard work 👊🏻 •Who measure a successful nap time by how many things they got finished while their kids slept 😴!! •Get fired up about helping others. 🤝 •Who have that feeling in their gut that they just want something “more” in their life. 🙌🏼♥️ •Who’d love to have a source of income that also brings them joy not just money 💰
Next week I’m hosting a behind the scenes “what is coaching to me?” Series. You have freedom to watch and check it out behind the scenes!
Just click the link in my bio to find the tab “I want to grow stronger” and we can chat !!! Or just shoot me a message 😘😘


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Getting myself out of a bad mood by lifting heavy weights. I never thought in a million years that I would have thought I would enjoy lifting weights but I do!! When you workout it literally helps improve your mood & I REALLY needed that improvement today!

I went to my basement & lifted heavy & put all of my bad move I to each rep I did. It’s the best stress reliever I’ve found & it gets me great results physically as well so win win! 😏


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Adoption doesn't aways look like sweet little babies from domestic or foreign adoption agencies. Sometimes adoption looks like this: A precious little girl who was abandoned by her mother as a toddler, and then a few years later she walked in her father's bedroom to find him no longer living. Adoption sometimes mean older children who are very aware of their losses and their sadness, who are trying to get over their tragedies. It sometimes looks like a little girl who had to go live with her aunt and uncle in order to stay out of the foster system, only to discover that she could not thrive there... not because she wasn't appreciative of them but because her entire world had been turned upside down and she needed more. Adoption sometimes looks like an older child who God sends your way through a series of very unlikely events just so you will know that He intends for you to help this child. Adoption was never on our radar, but God definitely had a different plan for us. And I am so thankful because our family would not be the same without her.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#adoption #adoptionrocks #adoptionjourney #adoptionislove #adoptionannouncement #adoptionfamily #adopt #olderchildadoption #chosenbylove #adoptionprayer #prayforadoption #adoptionfundraiser #adoptachild #socialcurator


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Long before we brought any children home, these verses in Isaiah were my prayer. I had no idea how many times I would cling to them when my #adopted children were struggling. Or how many times I would pray them, saying, "Lord, I know this was a prophecy for another time and place---but let it be true in my home and my family today." .
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#Olderchildadoption #RADparenting #adoption #hope


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Anyone else shelling out for College books that are crazy pricy, even used? Don't you just love when they say "newest edition required" (so you can't buy used) only to find out the newest version has like 2 pages that are different ;) ;) 📚

I still remember buying mine just a *few* years ago and gasping at the sticker, so with Jacob in music and Sophie in EMT you better believe I'm watching those stickers!

We are bound and determined to have our kids NOT start their future in debt. We don't want them walking into their adult job or marriage with thousands in debt.
We lived it..... we had those student loans for a while into our marriage. no fun. 😒

We didn't want that for our kids. But we used up most of our savings on... #adoption (no surprise there) ;) You know what?-- we pay CASH for all of their crazy overpriced books and their classes. Yes, there is some scholarship, but the rest.... CASH. 💰

Straight out of my coaching account. Last year, January 3rd, 2018- I went into town and opened a separate account to have my coach paycheck go straight into so I wouldn't touch it and we could save it for..... well, at the time, Sean's truck. (maybe you remember the story) 🚘
Then, we got a deck on our pool- CASH.


Now, college payments in CASH and books in CASH. 💰

This is such an AWESOME feeling as a parent!!!! ♥️ This coaching thing- it's the real deal friends. Real people. Real lives changed. Real opportunity. I'd love to chat with you. I'm an open book and happy to share! 🙌🏼🙌🏼
Plus, I have a behind the scenes "what is coaching for me" event coming up!!!! I'd love to see you there!
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#adoptionrocks #adoptionstory #adoptionawareness #teachermom #adoptionisbeautiful #fostercare #specialneedsadoption #momofmany #adoptionjourney #largefamily #graceupongrace #olderchildadoption
#homeschoolmom #specialneedsmom
#theluckyfew #nothingdownaboutit #blessedbyadoption #hopeheals #nothingiswasted #adoptionishard #connectedparenting #jesusandcoffee #coffeeandjesus


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Without Jesus there is no light to shine. My prayer is that He is all you see when you look at me. My family, my days, my dreams, my failures, my pain, my joy, my everything is for Him. .
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Our season of struggle pales in comparison to the joy He’s given. His purpose for our family is SO much greater than anything I could imagine. That makes me so excited about the future and what’s yet to come. But for now I’ll just continue to point back to Him. He is the reason I can still SHINE. ✨
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He brings beauty from ashes my friend. Beauty from ashes.


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When you’re having a hard trauma drama day you need extra love & attention. For this one it means extra mom time doing fun stuff.

Adoption is hard. Trying to figure out what their life was like before they met you & then trying to help them process the grief of losing so much is beyond hard.

I can’t imagine our lives without our little girls in it but it’s not always rainbows & smiles & I think that’s something that needs to be shared every so often.

Adoption comes from brokenness & your job as their parent is to help them feel secure & loved no matter what.


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Only happy taste buds happening this morning. Once you realize which foods make your weight go up or down it’s easy to make amazing things to eat without depriving yourself.

This is my breakfast & I’m losing weight eating real food & exercise is just a bonus. I’m finally breaking free of my food issues. It used to be I didn’t eat enough or on a stressful or bad day I would eat comfort food (aka junk). Now I know things like this healthy breakfast can also be comfort food.
So on a trauma drama days like I’m having today my good healthy food helps bring comfort knowing that I’m not undoing all the progress that I’ve done so far and that I’m taking the best care of myself so I can take the best care of my family.


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I've been listening to the audiobook of Anne of Green Gables. Anne has such a sweet, sassy and endearing personality. She was adopted as an older child. Her story highlights the fact that all children desire permanency, a place to call home and a family to love them. ❤ #olderchildadoption #adoption #fostercare #permanency #belonging #annewithane


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Your child... Their child... Every child is a person first and foremost. We do not define them by their diagnosis, their familial status or what has happened in their life. We give dignity to the child when we refuse to use lazy language and always speak child first. So instead of foster child (please, please please) use CHILD IN FOSTER CARE. Instead of Autistic child, child with autism.... Down syndrome, FASD, congenital heart defect, etc. You get the picture, right? WORDS MATTER! Our kiddos deserve all the work to get the education we need to serve them well- including how we talk about them and how we talk about the kiddos around us. Take a second to rethink your langue and maybe a few extra to graciously remind those around you that no child deserves to be boxed into a corner. Child first language whenever possible. It's about grace, and love, and a world of possibilities. #fostercare #kidsincare #fosterfamily #family #mom #dad #child #brother #sister #childfirstlanguage #adoptionlanguage #adoption #specialneeds #specialneedsadoption #toddleradoption #olderchildadoption #downsyndrome #autism #congenitalheartdefect


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With one question answered, Liz and Weston still needed to answer another: How would they afford Mel’s adoption? “Adoption is expensive. There’s no getting around that,” said Liz. “But we decided early on that we wouldn’t let money stop us. Still, we had no clue how we were going to come up with what we needed.” They were feeling hopeless about raising the money they’d need in the short time they had to raise it.
Fortunately, they were introduced to the Bethany Caring Connection grant. “When our adoption specialist told us we were awarded the full amount of the grant, I bawled like a baby,” said Liz. “God had a part in every step of the adoption process, and this was no exception. We were so thankful.” The adoption process can be unpredictable at times, and Liz and Weston’s journey ended a lot differently than they originally expected. But looking back, they wouldn’t change a thing. “Our story doesn’t make sense without God,” said Liz. “He was bigger than our fears. Our family was orchestrated by Him.” (3/3)


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The more they learned about the children in South Africa who needed families, the more their expectations began to shift. Liz and Weston soon learned about a list of older children waiting for families, whose age was working against them. “Many of these children age out of the system without ever having a family to call their own,” said Liz. “What about the 5-year-old? The 10-year-old? The 15-year-old? Seeing pictures of these older children wrecked us.” While they weren’t expecting to be matched with an older child, what ultimately led Liz and Weston to adoption in the first place was giving a child a home. “We couldn’t find a good reason why we wouldn’t consider an older child,” said Liz. “It seemed unfair that these kids might not get a chance to be adopted because they are considered older. They are still children.” “If we were truly adopting because we wanted to give a child a home, then our answer would be ‘yes,’ we would adopt this child.” (2/3)


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When Liz and Weston first began to pursue adoption, they had a picture in mind of what that might look like for their family—a baby or an infant age 0–3 who, by the time of adoption, would be younger than their son, Jeremiah, who was 2 at the time. “That seemed traditional and explainable,” said Liz. “An older child would have a past we weren’t a part of, and we would miss out on all the baby things.” But as they moved further into the adoption process, God moved in their hearts to consider something different, something they had not imagined. When they were matched with an 8-year-old girl in South Africa, they were initially surprised; but they soon knew this was unfolding according to God’s plans, not their own. (1/3)


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This laugh never gets old!! ❤️ watching “Smallfoot” with his siblings. Mom is sick so we are having a “Pizza & Movie Night” 😁😁
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#california #colombia #olderchildadoption #adoption #barkeyfamilysuperseven


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Sometimes you go into a workout as a way to get out of your head. I call that sweat therapy.

Today’s fun workout was challenging because I tried to learn new dance moves but it had me laughing at myself which I desperately needed!!


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Amy asks me every morning if it’s going to snow. She was so excited to wake up to this yesterday!


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One thing I’ve been learning is you want to lift heavy when you’re working your legs.

Think about it. Your legs have the biggest muscles so they will help you burn the most calories.

Ladies it feels so amazing when you go up in your weight lifting. BTW track your weight progression so you know how awesome you are. I totally feel like freaking Wonder Woman right now. 😁

I bumped up several of my weights today in different exercises.
Keep pushing yourself because you’ll never know what you’re capable of if you don’t.


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Every year we invite all of our current and former employees over and do an “Egg Drop” competition from off my roof. This Entry from Judah’s team (the “Green Cheetah Strawberries”) was Easily the winning design! 😁😍❤️
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#california #colombia #olderchildadoption #adoption #barkeyfamilysuperseven #judahbarracuda


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#fostercare #fostertoadopt #adoption #fosteringhopeaustin #fosterparent #adoptiveparent #fostermom #adoptivemom #fosterdad #specialneedsadoption #olderchildadoption #siblingadoption #fosterlove #family #atx #austin #texas #afutureandahope #afah2019 #conference #internationaladoption #isaidyes #familypreservation #mentor #wraparound


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Learning English continues(every day “Poco a Poco”/Little by Little)... this time with a little guy peeking over his shoulder! 😜❤️
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#california #colombia #olderchildadoption #adoption #barkeyfamilysuperseven #jameiscalderjohn #sebastianjoben


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T•W•O•Y•E•A•R•S We have been home completely as a family of 3. Two years of firsts, learning each other, struggles, laughter, frustrations, and joy. Two years ago the butterflies of excitement of bringing our son home to America became a reality. You have grown into a handsome young man full of life. Happy 2 years in America Rikardo. We love you! @adoptwell #welcomehome #adoption #olderchildadoption #ukraine #america #love #forever #family #finally #excitement #unknown #growth #healing #trauma #struggle #laughter #joy #frustration #journey #firsts #experience #twoyears


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2 years ago to this day was our last day in Kiev awaiting on the day we would finally fly H O M E with our son. We spent 3 weeks in country bonding as we waited on paperwork and it couldn’t have been better. To experience his wonder and excitement as a child and seeing his capital city for the first time was #priceless. I am so thankful for all of the memories and our wonderful friend @nina_korliuk who took care of us in all situations. #journey #newbeginnings #adoption #kiev #ukraine #ukrainiantoamerican #awaiting #adventure #olderchildadoption #home #fly #friends #family #forever


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I’m supposed to be running today but it was looking questionable outside so I decided to do my cardio in the basement.

I love learning new workouts & trying to learn some moves while I’m sweating.

Today’s workout was fun & challenging for me at the same time. I’m beyond glad there are no cameras watching me!!!! Not all workouts are equal. This is just learning some dance moves then practicing the routine to a song. This by the way is when I screw it up!

If your new year’s resolution this year was to become fit then join my team & try out some amazing workouts from awesome trainers. You can have fun getting fit & you can even do it in less than 30 min!


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Happy #PlayfulTuesday with #RileytheBrave.

While most of these little activities and tips can be used for kids of all ages (even though they might seem like they are for little kids), this one is GREAT with teens!

Playfully make a little bet - about the weather or traffic lights or getting stuff done. Be specific so that it doesn't turn into an argument later. Instead of wagering money, make it about doing a little something nice for the other person or a small chore or a bag of the other person's favorite candy or who gets to choose the movie this weekend. Endless possibilities.

I was reminded of this when it played out beautifully in my office one day. I was sitting with a mom and son (who has a lot of porcupine moments), and they were talking about whether or not school would be canceled for snow the next day. Mom had a playful tone and said, "Wanna bet?" And so they did. Lots of friendly eye contact and joking around as they figured out the terms of the bet ("no, we aren't betting $100"😂) and then a hand shake to seal the terms.
In that interaction, a hypervigilant teenage nervous system and a mom who is used to getting poked A LOT got some really positive input that changes their brains! 🧠🧠Amygdalas were soothed, the social-approach system lit up with safety signals and neurons are firing together that pair this relationship with the joy of connection. WIN WIN WIN! 💥Here's the best part, the mom technically won but she surprised her son with a bag of candy when he got home from school anyway. 💞💞💞*******#teens #parentingteens #realmom #raisingdaughters #raisingsons #parentinglife #parentingwin #funnyparents #playfulparenting #connectedparenting #motherdaughter #fathersandsons #motherson #daddysgirl #fathersontime #daddydaughtertime #momsofgirls #boymom


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