I never in my wildest dreams thought I would have two children less than a year apart. Milestone pictures are scarce with these guys, because 🤷🏻♀️ who has time?! They were together long enough for this picture, so here we go.
Lillie Rene’ turned 16 months today. 19 pounds of sweetness. 6 teeth (FINALLY) She is basically running now lol and is starting to talk. “UhOh” & “Dada” are her favorite words. Saylor lets her play in her room now and that is a BIG deal. Lillie gets very excited. She is a habitual sippy cup breaker🤦🏻♀️ lol and the #1 reason why we had to switch all the kids to stainless steal cups. Her favorite things are bananas and swinging outside. ••••• Remy Jane turned 6 Months on the 23rd. 17 pounds of sweetness. She has 2 teeth, is learning to sit up and is also saying “Dada”. We have started baby food & practicing with a sippy. She’s growing so fast and is still such a mama’s girl. I’m not complaining. I think her little birth mark on her eye is here to stay. It’s the cutest 😊 •••••
Both girls already wear the same size clothes & diapers, so that’s a plus. Lillie René is so tiny & Remy Jane is a chunky mama. These two have recently discovered how funny each other are. Lillie likes to scoot her play pen as close as she can to remy’s swing and they will talk and laugh 🤗 None of us know what they are saying, but they seem to enjoy it🖤
I don’t watch much current TV, but I make a point to catch ‘This is Us’ because I appreciate, so much, their spotlight on our foster and adoption system. It can be complicated and messy and heartbreaking. And it will change your life in ways you never expect it. But we are proof that love gives second chances. And this is a chance you won’t ever regret. #foster
Waiting for the school bus in the morning, we listened to @micahbournes ‘s track, Kissed. We went through it, line by line, pausing so I could explain each phrase. I want him to know expressly why we look to certain musicians, artists, activists, neighbors, role models. I need him to understand so he doesn’t miss the significance. So he doesn’t miss the urgency.
In parenting, exposure to diversity is a launch pad, but lacks longevity if we stop short of explaining why the exposure is imperative. Providing mirrors to my child encourages, but providing the reasoning empowers. He knows the world will throw him messages that he’s too much or not enough, that standards of beauty have been formed by racism, that he will be held to unfair judgements based solely on his skin.
He also knows that we believe this to be the result of a broken system- that these are lies to be fought against. He knows that we’re purposeful in lifting models of strength and activism because their lessons are the weapons with which we battle the system.
Which is where I will also interject to say: if your children happen to be white, there is an explicitness I need to ask of your parenting as well. Just as our children of color need to know how to fight against the tides bent on breaking them, our white children need to know how to swim upstream against the waves we as white people set into motion generations ago.
The way we turn the ship is by holding intentional conversations with ALL of our children. We are the ones responsible for holding the mirrors and shining the lights ahead, and we can’t expect a shift if we aren’t providing the tools.
I love this girl ❤ She is my everything!
While I was training for the @dcwonderwomanrun Sacramento, she was always on my mind. Thinking of the example that I was setting for her.
She's had some hard body image stuff come at her already, and she's only in 2nd grade 😞 But I wanted to remind her that she can do anything she puts her mind to. And in my training she has developed a love of running and is wanting to run with me next year. It will be hard training for her, but I know she is totally capable.
We need to teach our girls to be strong and teach them size doesn't matter.
We need to remind them of the strong machines their bodies are.
We need to teach our girls they have limitless potential and NO ONE can take that from them.
I love this boy so much! He’s at such a fun age where he’s talking non-stop and says some of the funniest things. Like tonight he informed me “I need to go Brush my teeth because I’ve had a lot to eat today.” 🤣 He has a large, ornery personality but the sweetest spirit about him. He loves to cuddle, hold your hand, give you kisses 😘 and says I love you more times a day than any other almost three year old I know. ~
I’m so glad we didn’t miss this and said yes to adoption 4 years ago. He has opened our hearts and blessed our lives in the best of ways!! 👦🏼💙
Meet Bryant! He is your typical 1 year old boy who is a bit energetic, lots of love, and needs some training :)
"Hi there, I'm Bryant, but my foster mom says I like being called Max! I am a very goofy boy who likes to flop on his back for belly rubs. I also love to shake especially if you scratch my underarm for me!
Speaking of shake, I am a smart pup who has learned sit, shake, and kennel commands! We are currently working on down and I almost have it! I love my kennel and I am happy to hang out in there. I may let out the occasional noise saying I have to go potty or that I can hear you doing something fun without me, but I settle in well with something to chew on. I'm also potty trained!
I can be kind of selective of who I play with, so I'd do best in a home with just myself or another dog who can match my awkward, pushy puppy energy. I am terrified of cats, so no cats for me! 💕
I LOVE humans! Kids, adults, men, women, I can't get enough attention or cuddles! I really am a lap pet and would like nothing more than a family that will let me snuggle in for some affection!"
Rejoice with me! This week I am finally no longer in maternity jeans at 3.5 months postpartum. 😂🙌 and the new ones I bought are only one size up from what I was wearing pre pregnancy. I am going to take this little win and celebrate it. •
I was so sure that my pregnancy after Harper was going to be the fittest and most active one yet, but it was so far from that. I struggled with the worst morning sickness and exhaustion that I’ve experienced in any pregnancy. On top of that I was heartbroken and confused that our adoption journey was put on hold yet again due to my pregnancy. This choice was our agency’s and not our own. •
In hindsight, I know that I should have given all of those feelings over to the Lord and been grateful for the beautiful, amazing gift that I was given. I honestly did try, but I also allowed myself to mope and spiral a bit in my feelings. •
I guess my point is, things are never going to go exactly like you think they should. And praise the Lord for that, because look at this precious boy that He gave me that I didn’t even know I needed. He’s totally worth a muffin top and half a year in stretchy pants.
(check link in bio) Today marks three years since we became a family of seven. We celebrated our Adoption Day anniversary over the weekend with a family day (and mac & cheese and ice cream sundaes), and tonight we did our annual cheers with fizzy drink and juice and watched this video again.
While I am filled with joy that we get to be a family, there will always be a part of me that is sad for L and M's loss of their first family.
If you don't know our story, we started our journey towards fostering in January of 2015. By the end of June, we were picking up our first placement, a 2 and 5 year old sibling pair. When we got the call about them, we didn't say "yes" right away.
Our three other kids were 2, 4, and 6 yrs old at the time, and we weren't sure how that would play out. We thought it might be pretty crazy, and we might not be able to handle it. Eamon reminded me that there is never any "right time" or "perfect situation," so we decided to "take the placement." Well, it turned out that five kids within a 4.5 year age range IS actually pretty crazy... let alone the fact that they were all under seven. O, and two of them were toddlers that were four months apart... and ended up destroying EVERYTHING.
There were A LOT of tears from EVERYONE the first couple months. I found myself hiding in the bathroom crying at least once every day for the first week (after that it just wasn't daily ;) ). We questioned our decision. We questioned whether we could survive.
BUT we started to see glimmers of progress. We saw the five of them becoming siblings. We saw love growing. We saw that this was meant to be.
Today I spent most of the day reflecting on the progress we have made as a family and what these two have had to endure in their short lives.
The kids have changed so much. We all have. We are past surviving, and I feel like this year I can finally say that we are thriving. Every day our bond as a family grows, and every day is another day as a forever family.
So the other day a customer NEEDED unicorn cookies to send as a thank you gift... but our regular 🦄 cookies can’t be shipped (hello, fragile magical horns). Behold, these babies were born. And if I’m being honest I almost love them even more! 🤗 Ya’ll can move on to other trends if you want but here in the Greeno house? We will be rocking the unicorns forever and ever amen. 🤩
@Regrann from @somersetregionalanimalshelter - We have many kittens just like this one, waiting for their BFFs to find them. Visit soon! We are open daily from 12-4 pm and until 7 pm on Wednesdays. #rescue#kittens#adoption#supercute
UPDATE !!!!! ❤❤❤ Please donate if you can. Info for donations are on original post. Please read entire post and share him. CAN'T BELIEVE HE'S ONLY 10 MONTHS OLD! 😭😭😭😭 I hope he has the best life from now on.
#RepostSave @fortbendcountydogs with @repostsaveapp ・・・ RESCUED by @chancetobloom!!! They have officially rescued him (#a017639 ) today and he will be staying overnight at a vets. He is estimated to be 10 months old and extremely malnourished (he weighs 63 and should be over 100). When honoring your pledge please try to leave in the comments that it is for #a017639 ! You can honor your pledge by going to my profile page which currently lists their PayPal or you can go to @chancetobloom website. If you would like to use Venmo, their email is email@example.com. You can also call the vet directly, if you want that info please message me (@fortbendcountydogs). Please make sure to honor your pledges as this is a long road of recovery for him. Thank you all so much for helping with your pledges and shares! @chancetobloom is a wonderful rescue and always takes the hard cases and donations to help with medical costs are always welcome (follow them if you want further updates on him). P. S. He has been named Frank Sinatra!
Fort Bend County Animal Services, 1210 Blume Rd, Rosenberg TX #fortbendcountyanimalservices#fortbendanimalshelter#fortbendcounty#savealife#saveadog#save#help#adoptable#adoptnow#adoptadog#adoption#lostdog#founddog#lostdogtx#adopt#help#rosenberg#fbcas#codered#urgent#killshelter#houstontx#rosenbergtx#fosterdog
••I couldn’t shake these words today. I thought they might disappear by now but I feel a nagging tug to share. I hope this reaches who it’s meant for••
There has been times in my life when I’ve felt utterly alone. Abandoned. When my prayers felt like a mockery of my pain. Could anyone ever know the raging storm that was taking place in my mind? I was 28 years old when I bought my first cemetery plot. I was 29 when I bought the second one. .
How can I come back from this? How can this feeling of emptiness ever leave my aching soul? . How can I ever feel whole again? I begged for answers in prayer. . .
“Where can I turn for peace?
Where is my solace
When other sources cease to make me whole?
When with a wounded heart, anger, or malice,
I draw myself apart,
Searching my soul? “He answers privately,
Reaches my reaching
In my Gethsemane, Savior and Friend.
Gentle the peace he finds for my beseeching.
Constant he is and kind,
Love without end” (song: Where Can I Turn For Peace)
My dear friend, there is hope. A living, breathing hope for each one of us. It is continuous and meets our personal giants face to face. Hope saves the grieving. It lives on, for our benefit, even when we choose not to see, or feel it. It is freely given and offered eternally. Find hope in the quiet moments tonight. Close your eyes and know that your quaking heart, emptiness and fear can find solace. Take your Gethsemane to the Savior and He will take your emptiness and fill it with His goodness, His joy and His unconditional love. Hope has a name, He is perfect, He is fair and He is true. Come walk with me. Find hope again.
Meet Erica and Emma. Erica is working with us as we dig into the culture of Grace’s Table, and Emma is our amazing intern! Tonight we were working on our volunteer training materials and upcoming volunteer training. We’re excited about what’s coming! Stay tuned for more :) And if you’re interested in volunteering send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 🙌🏽
National Daughter’s Day. Awww my beautiful daughter. Being your Mom is one of the greatest loves of my life I’m so happy that God picked me to have your gifts and spirit and heart surrounding my life every single day. Love you to the moon and back. #adoption is the answer #love my daughter #beautiful girl #glad we’re done with teenage years #smart Stefanie Gene
No one will fight as hard for your dreams as you will; no one will be willing to sacrifice to the level you are willing to take hold of that dream. Your dream has been entrusted to you as much as the weight it is to carry it. You decide to what height you will reach, what depth you will dig, and for how long you can maintain the pace until you feel the momentum shift in your favor. In that moment everything changes. •
We can remember the day everything shifted. We remember when impossible was the appetizer that didn’t satisfy, discouraged, discounted, perplexed, and exhausted. In a moment the atmosphere changed. We caught our breath, steadied our gaze, and took the next step, then the next, often unsure, unclear, yet determined. We were not spared obstacles or challenges they have been many, and at times unrelenting . In response we took the next step anyway.
In case you are wondering “we don’t have this all figured out” most days I’m not sure we could “buy a vowel”. If you are waiting for the dream to arrive passively it won’t. If you want to change the world, you first change the atmosphere, the catalyst is hope, the sacrifice in climbing mountain builds endurance in the valley. Your dream is worth chasing. The world is waiting for you to write your story with passion, so they know it’s possible. #changetheatmospherechangetheworld#reachoutrootdownriseup#yogateacherbyday#traumainformed#fostercare#adoption#makespacegreatagain#marineinthearmy#ayearthatchangeseverything#daretodreamalittlebigger
Shopping is therapy. There. I said it. It’s a reminder to me that I have choices. Lots of them. I have options. Several. In so many arenas of life! Exploring the offerings in my community- be it clothing, gadgets, books, or lattes is always a reminder of the blessings that abound in this great state and country.
October 1st is just around the corner and that means DOWN SYNDROME AWARENESS MONTH💛💙 We would love to get our GoFundMe to $3000 by then. We need $141 to go before we meet this goal. We are also hoping to have some updates by then too!!! If you have a few dollars to spare, the link is in our bio💛
As parents, how many times have we wondered if we would’ve been friends with our kids if they were our age? Tina Gibson believes this would’ve been a reality. Her daughter, Emma, was frozen as an #embryo in 1992. But a few days after Thanksgiving last year, she was born. More than 25 years later. It’s the longest an embryo has been frozen before being born. The doctors who work with #NRFA say this is because the technology has become more sophisticated in the last few years. Link in our bio to learn more about the embryo #adoption and #donation process and how NRFA can help bring your own Emma to life.
➳ I get to hang out with Ryker during his lunch hour and the most amazing thing has happened! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
➳ Ryker's never had to make friends before now. He hasn't learned the social graces of friendship and playing with other kids yet. When playing ball he thinks it's funny to throw it away from the other kid so that he "wins." That doesn't keep friends interested in playing for very long. BUT....get this .....
➳ 3-4 kids have persisted in wanting to play with him. They have learned if they bring MORE friends over they can cover more ground and he can't throw it away from them all. They've now turned it into a game that they think is hilarious. He has a group of about 8-10 kids that all wanted to play with him today and yesterday. . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
➳ ONLY GOD would take something that should be pushing kids away and turn it into a kid magnet.
➳ Oh, and just to top it off, picture this. I have The Lion King theme song as an alarm on my phone (which Ryker thinks is awesome). He belts it at the top of his lungs when it comes on. So now, every time he throws the ball he is loudly singing the song. Now, EVERYONE thinks it's funny and sings along to the Zulu words at the beginning of the song when he's throwing the ball....hahaha
➳ We all have laughed so much during lunch the past few days.
➳ Only God, y'all, only God. Remember my worry over the buddy bench at the beginning of the year? God is Good, y'all. And I'm so thankful.
Milagros. La atropellaron y la veterinaria que la salvó no la podía tener y llegó a @fundacion_animalove . Con sorpresa abordo. 3 bellezas nacieron y fue una mamá amorosa. Ella está ahora lista para adopción. Una hermosura que busca un hogar para siempre #dogsofinstagram#dogs#adoptdontshop
This weekend I had a movie made about my wild life! I am still looking for a home so they told me this movie might help me find the right home. I know it’s out there! @fortheloveofsmiley and @s.a._esseh are watching over me! They know my home is out there!!! You can adopt me through @redemptionpaws 🐾
I used to worry so much about what would happen to their relationship once he “passed her up”. Once he started really talking, and realized she couldn’t. As it often goes, my worries were for nothing. In fact, their bond is just that much stronger. He’s her biggest cheerleader and defender. Today I told Sevy to “say sorry” for dumping sweet and sour sauce on the ground. To which he quickly and frustratedly interjected- “Mom, she can’t talk so don’t tell her to do that she’s just sorry!” ••• Of course she can and should say sorry (by signing), but he just didn’t want her to be in trouble ••• And in that moment, her jerky defiance and the sticky ass mess didn’t matter. ••• The magic of The Hooligans will never ever fade. I have no doubt about that. 💖 (Swipe for a throwback from 2 years ago) #thehooligans#adoption#madeforeachother