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One Year Ago, Today.

It’s LILA MEI DAY!! One year ago we walked into a government office in Guangzhou, China to get our girl. I remember every detail of the room- the purple couches filled with many other families, some that were already holding their new child and others who were still anxiously waiting to meet their new little one. I remember being so …

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Post Adoption- 8 & 9 months!

This week marks 9 months home with our girl! I completely skipped last month’s post adoption update, so there is so much to tell you about what’s been going on with our sweet Lila Mei! We went on an East Texas road trip to see Trey’s dad, which included lots of fun and french fries on the road (Lila Mei …

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Chloe’s 8th Birthday!

We had so much fun celebrating our Chloe turning 8!! She wanted a craft party, so we made it happen! We had a few girls over for art projects and cake, and it was a hit. I am so thankful for Chloe’s sweet friends! We set up a photo booth and the girls had a great time posing for pictures! …

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Weekly Paleo Menu- Vol. 2

We are still going strong on Whole30! This time has seemed the easiest, and I think it is because of all of the yummy recipes I have found! So, here’s another weekly meal plan for you. You can also check out Weekly Paleo Meal Plan- Vol. 1 and Paleo Favorites for more ideas! Monday- Grilled Citrus Salmon and PaleOMG’s Spicy Sweet Potatoes …

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Weekly Paleo Menu- Vol. 1

We are now a couple of weeks into our CFR Whole30 challenge! We have done Paleo/Whole30 before, but this time it just seems different. I think it is because I have a handful of great go-to Paleo recipes already, and then this time I decided to order a couple of cookbooks to help change it up! A friend asked if …

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Post Adoption- 7 Months

This crazy girl has been with us 7 months! I can’t get over that! The time really is flying by and she is changing SO much! I would say this last month was her biggest month of growth yet. She is a completely different girl from the scared, timid, bug-bite-covered girl we met on June 29th. The last 5 weeks …

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Favorite Paleo/Whole 30 Recipes

We are starting another Whole 30 challenge with our CrossFit community next week, and it’s stirred up a lot of conversations about our favorite Paleo recipes. When we are “on”, we eat a close-to-Paleo diet during the week, and then on the weekend we usually do a mix of Paleo and a few “bad” meals {aka Chuy’s 😜}. We were “on” …

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Chicken Noodle Soup

After Christmas, we got sick with The Worst Stomach Bug of All Times Ever. Only Lila Mei escaped the wrath this time- it knocked the rest of us out for dayzzzz. At the end of our recovery, the only thing that sounded good was my Momma’s Chicken Noodle Soup. I {finally} showered, then dragged myself to the store to get …

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New friends.

Yesterday was such a special day! I have a good friend {hi Kristi!!} that introduced me to a friend of hers last summer that was also in the process of adopting from China. They brought their little girl home not too long ago, and yesterday we were able to meet up for a fun play date for Lila and her new friend! They …

Preschool for the win! And Christmas is officially over. :(

Thank you for all of the encouragement and prayers yesterday! Lila Mei had a great day at preschool. The teacher said she only had to tell her “sweet hands” one time! You see, now Lila Mei doesn’t yell at new friends, she hits them! Yikes!! I really think it is coming from her not having words to say, plus I …

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First Day of Preschool

I am sitting here, alone in my house. My second pot of coffee is brewing {don’t judge} and I have the new Shane & Shane Psalms album playing. I don’t even know what to do with myself!!! Today is this sweet girl’s first day of preschool!!! Um, that face. Those cheeks. I can’t even! It was an easy drop off …

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Post Adoption- 5 Months

It’s been 5 months since we met our sweet Lila Mei. So much has changed in 5 months. We have settled into the groove of being a family of five. I’ve finally begun to live with the idea that we’re never going to be on time anywhere, and that we ALWAYS forget something wherever we go. Other than the big …

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Post Adoption- 4 Months

  This smile says it all… Four months in our arms. Four months with a home, a mom, a dad, a sister, a brother, and a family. Four months with fuzzy blankets and stuffed Minnie mouses and pizza and friends. Four months with love and tickling and M&M’s and slides. Four months experiencing new things like pumpkins and pumpkin bread and candy …