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I asked him, “What do you think about this tree?” 🌲
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Our teen answers, “I don’t care what it looks like, as long as we have a tree..” •
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#firstchristmastree #firsts #littlehomeinthevalley #imsotiredinthispicture #sick #everyoneofus #puffyeyes #christmas #christmastree #fostercare #fosteringteens #fosterlove #family #love #happyholidays #stoneyridgefarm #pnw #pnwonderland #mom #memories #treefarm #babygirl #girlmom #boymom #fir #instagood #parenthood
I asked him, “What do you think about this tree?” 🌲 • Our teen answers, “I don’t care what it looks like, as long as we have a tree..” • • • #firstchristmastree  #firsts  #littlehomeinthevalley  #imsotiredinthispicture  #sick  #everyoneofus  #puffyeyes  #christmas  #christmastree  #fostercare  #fosteringteens  #fosterlove  #family  #love  #happyholidays  #stoneyridgefarm  #pnw  #pnwonderland  #mom  #memories  #treefarm  #babygirl  #girlmom  #boymom  #fir  #instagood  #parenthood 
We really did have the best thanksgiving! 🦃
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#thanksgiving #attheinlaws #family #lovemadeus #thankful #holiday #thanksgivingdinner #lovemakesafamily #littlehomeinthevalley
| Burned Out | Sad | Hopeless | Words that surround the #fostercare system. •
& I’m feeling each one of them today. •
Then I looked at how happy this little baby is next to me & how annoyed my teen is at me for pushing him to do homework instead of tv & I know I’m doing exactly what I should be. #littlehomeinthevalley •
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#staythecourse #itainteasy #itsbeenaday #oneofthosedays #blueeyes #bathtime #momlife #family #teen #lovemakesafamily #tired #sad #ahomeforall
| Burned Out | Sad | Hopeless | Words that surround the #fostercare  system. • & I’m feeling each one of them today. • Then I looked at how happy this little baby is next to me & how annoyed my teen is at me for pushing him to do homework instead of tv & I know I’m doing exactly what I should be. #littlehomeinthevalley  • • #staythecourse  #itainteasy  #itsbeenaday  #oneofthosedays  #blueeyes  #bathtime  #momlife  #family  #teen  #lovemakesafamily  #tired  #sad  #ahomeforall 
Cozy night... 🍂
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#allmykids #littlehomeinthevalley
This kid || We were outside playing fetch with the dogs trying to kick the funk we were in (teething baby funk 😭) & out of nowhere he asked, “you got a rake?” 🤷🏻‍♂️
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He raked our hole front yard and swept the driveway, 2 hours worth!
ALL. OF. IT. 🍁 •
#fosterteens #everyoneneedsateen #teenagerforeveryone #selfstarter #littlehomeinthevalley
A big shout out to @leahspoelstrafit for throwing us a surprise baby shower yesterday to celebrate the start of our foster care journey ✨
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Thank you to the family & friends that poured love over us & made us feel special. You have no idea how much it was needed. 💕
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#littlehomeinthevalley #weveaddedonesincethisphoto 🤫 •
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#fostercare #fosterparents #babyshower #suprise #babygirl #mom #dad #momlife #fosterfamily #instantfamily #teen #love #childwelfare #awareness #pnw
A big shout out to @leahspoelstrafit for throwing us a surprise baby shower yesterday to celebrate the start of our foster care journey ✨ • • Thank you to the family & friends that poured love over us & made us feel special. You have no idea how much it was needed. 💕 • • #littlehomeinthevalley  #weveaddedonesincethisphoto  🤫 • • #fostercare  #fosterparents  #babyshower  #suprise  #babygirl  #mom  #dad  #momlife  #fosterfamily  #instantfamily  #teen  #love  #childwelfare  #awareness  #pnw 
Pumpkin Cat 🎃🐾
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#happyhalloween #littlehomeinthevalley
This guy is special… My first time doing it all on my own! Thankful for a husband that stays home with the babe so mom can do some grocery shopping, too. 🦌
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#deer #deerhunting #hunting #taggedout #firstlite #ruger #rugeramerican #rifle #camo #blacktail #pnw #buckfever #womenwhohunt
Doctor || “I’ve seen it get chaotic in here. I’m glad to see it going well. This is great.”
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1️⃣ mom 2️⃣ dads 1️⃣ social worker
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Little Bear got poked & prodded today 💉
A room full of love got her through it. • •
#littlehomeinthevalley #fostercare
Doctor || “I’ve seen it get chaotic in here. I’m glad to see it going well. This is great.” • • 1️⃣ mom 2️⃣ dads 1️⃣ social worker • • Little Bear got poked & prodded today 💉 A room full of love got her through it. • • #littlehomeinthevalley  #fostercare 
Slowly learning that foster care is just a big lesson in learning how to L E T GO. •
Learning how to let go of expectations. •
Learning how to let go of control. •
Letting go of your ego. • 
Letting go of a child you love. •
It’s hard. It’s also really beautiful. 
#littlehomeinthevalley
Slowly learning that foster care is just a big lesson in learning how to L E T GO. • Learning how to let go of expectations. • Learning how to let go of control. • Letting go of your ego. • Letting go of a child you love. • It’s hard. It’s also really beautiful. #littlehomeinthevalley 
pumpkins // mini donuts // cider 🍁 #littlehomeinthevalley
Let me tell you about today: • Get the babe ready for a home visit with the social worker & our foster care specialist from our agency. • Take cute selfie with the babe because she’s just to damn cute death-gripping her giraffe soothie. • Learn that there is a 17 year old kid that needs a home. A “really good, like a realllly good kid” the social worker says. One that just needs a home, a bed to sleep in when he’s not at school, a local school. • Heart breaks (and a little bit of tears) while I list off the reasons in my head why it wouldn’t work for us to take them in.
• Wonders if the kid would mind sharing a room with all my husbands deer mounts that are collected on our spare bed, bet they wouldn't. 
#whatsyourexcuse #runningoutofthem #fostercare #fosterparents #crisis #needmorehomes #kids #teenager #mom #fostermom #straightup #lovemakesafamily #home  #family #life #advocate #soothie #wubby #giraffe #girl #girlmom #littlehomeinthevalley
Let me tell you about today: • Get the babe ready for a home visit with the social worker & our foster care specialist from our agency. • Take cute selfie with the babe because she’s just to damn cute death-gripping her giraffe soothie. • Learn that there is a 17 year old kid that needs a home. A “really good, like a realllly good kid” the social worker says. One that just needs a home, a bed to sleep in when he’s not at school, a local school. • Heart breaks (and a little bit of tears) while I list off the reasons in my head why it wouldn’t work for us to take them in. • Wonders if the kid would mind sharing a room with all my husbands deer mounts that are collected on our spare bed, bet they wouldn't. #whatsyourexcuse  #runningoutofthem  #fostercare  #fosterparents  #crisis  #needmorehomes  #kids  #teenager  #mom  #fostermom  #straightup  #lovemakesafamily  #home  #family  #life  #advocate  #soothie  #wubby  #giraffe  #girl  #girlmom  #littlehomeinthevalley 
We’re off on The Babes first camping trip! 🏕

Allie won’t leave the center counsel & willow won’t stop stealing the babies soothie... 😂 #welcometothefamily #lovemakesafamily #momlife #thisisfostercare #littlehomeinthevalley