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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
Man, can i just tell you how amazing it has been to watch the resilience of a newborn child?
• When little miss first arrived at our door, she wouldn’t look at us in the face. She didn’t need our help to fall asleep. In her world, we were there just for her basic care (food & diaper changes) That’s heart breaking to think about for any child but especially for a 3 week old. • In the short amount of time we’ve had her she has started to look us directly in the eye. The first smile she gave us made us squeal with excitement, which prompted more smiles and more sequels (cause that’s a big deal!) • She searches the room for us when we walk away. She feels safe, she is relaxed, in 2.5 weeks!! • Thank you for everyone who has been praying for us, loving on us and helping us. Every kid deserves this.  #fostercare #family #littlehomeinthevalley #crisis #traumainformed #lovebig #girlmom #churchoutfit #wematched
Man, can i just tell you how amazing it has been to watch the resilience of a newborn child? • When little miss first arrived at our door, she wouldn’t look at us in the face. She didn’t need our help to fall asleep. In her world, we were there just for her basic care (food & diaper changes) That’s heart breaking to think about for any child but especially for a 3 week old. • In the short amount of time we’ve had her she has started to look us directly in the eye. The first smile she gave us made us squeal with excitement, which prompted more smiles and more sequels (cause that’s a big deal!) • She searches the room for us when we walk away. She feels safe, she is relaxed, in 2.5 weeks!! • Thank you for everyone who has been praying for us, loving on us and helping us. Every kid deserves this. #fostercare  #family  #littlehomeinthevalley  #crisis  #traumainformed  #lovebig  #girlmom  #churchoutfit  #wematched 
Last night at 11pm we became parents to the sweetest little girl. We can’t wait to spoil her (judging by the way we couldn’t control ourself shopping for her today.. there’s no way she won’t be 😬) love her & support her no matter how long her stay is with us.🎀
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This is what it looks like when you can’t stand the thought of her being in her new bedroom by herself the first night and the pack and play won’t fit in the open area in your bedroom. In the hallway, right outside our door, where we could hear every single sweet peep. 💕
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#fostercare #fosterparents #lovemakesafamily #littlehomeinthevalley
Last night at 11pm we became parents to the sweetest little girl. We can’t wait to spoil her (judging by the way we couldn’t control ourself shopping for her today.. there’s no way she won’t be 😬) love her & support her no matter how long her stay is with us.🎀 • • This is what it looks like when you can’t stand the thought of her being in her new bedroom by herself the first night and the pack and play won’t fit in the open area in your bedroom. In the hallway, right outside our door, where we could hear every single sweet peep. 💕 • • #fostercare  #fosterparents  #lovemakesafamily  #littlehomeinthevalley 
I really R E A L L Y love these people, a lot. 💕 #laborday #watermelonmargs #lookhowcutemyhusbandis
We are really excited to let our loved ones know that our family will be growing in August! •
On Thursday night we got the news that we are officially fully licensed Foster P A R E N T S  and expecting our first placement anytime. 💕
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John and I can’t wait to open our home to these kiddos and love each one that we get to call “ours” for how ever long that might be! •
(Photo: panic shopping for a car seat because we waited till the last minute 🙃 John googling “does @badlandspacks make diaper bags”)
We are really excited to let our loved ones know that our family will be growing in August! • On Thursday night we got the news that we are officially fully licensed Foster P A R E N T S and expecting our first placement anytime. 💕 • John and I can’t wait to open our home to these kiddos and love each one that we get to call “ours” for how ever long that might be! • (Photo: panic shopping for a car seat because we waited till the last minute 🙃 John googling “does @badlandspacks make diaper bags”)
It’s the 10th anniversary of my dads passing. The grief, it’s gets easier.. the “big” significant days, more manageable. These anniversary’s are no longer filled with the feeling that I’m only holding it together by a piece of thread. The day still feels heavy, my chest still tight. If you are still in the midst of heart-wrenching grief: take care of yourself, be kind to yourself & work through it. 
#ihaventevencriedtoday
It’s the 10th anniversary of my dads passing. The grief, it’s gets easier.. the “big” significant days, more manageable. These anniversary’s are no longer filled with the feeling that I’m only holding it together by a piece of thread. The day still feels heavy, my chest still tight. If you are still in the midst of heart-wrenching grief: take care of yourself, be kind to yourself & work through it. #ihaventevencriedtoday 
lake day // family day // best day 🌞🌊🌲
lake day // family day // best day 🌞🌊🌲
This little girl turned two this weekend. 🎉🎂
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I may have wanted to sell her on Craigslist a few times the first year of her life but she has turned out to be the best dog, companion & adventure buddy a person could ask for. 💕 #alliestillhatesher #charcoallab #willowgraep
This little girl turned two this weekend. 🎉🎂 • • I may have wanted to sell her on Craigslist a few times the first year of her life but she has turned out to be the best dog, companion & adventure buddy a person could ask for. 💕 #alliestillhatesher  #charcoallab  #willowgraep 
5 Year’s down - I can’t wait to drink a beer with you after work! 🍻😘 #loveyou
5 Year’s down - I can’t wait to drink a beer with you after work! 🍻😘 #loveyou 
I never knew a pack and play could bring up so many emotions.
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Excitement for this chapter of our lives to begin. Sad because it’s not for a baby that’s in my belly. Tears because it’s going to be for a child who’s parents may have  never gotten excited over a pack and play.
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That little dog on the left, won’t leave my side. I don’t care if she never retrieves anything again. She’s worth her weight in gold on the hard days. •
#fostercare #fostercareawareness #fostermom #familiesmatter #fosterfamily  #firsttimefosterparents #littlehomeinthevalley
I never knew a pack and play could bring up so many emotions. • Excitement for this chapter of our lives to begin. Sad because it’s not for a baby that’s in my belly. Tears because it’s going to be for a child who’s parents may have never gotten excited over a pack and play. • That little dog on the left, won’t leave my side. I don’t care if she never retrieves anything again. She’s worth her weight in gold on the hard days. • #fostercare  #fostercareawareness  #fostermom  #familiesmatter  #fosterfamily  #firsttimefosterparents  #littlehomeinthevalley 
Old School Brewery was my favorite but the baked apple cider did me in.🍻 #aprilbrewsday #idranktomuch #forgottovote #ooops #beer #cider
This is two grown adults celebrating completing our last interview for our home study! 🎉
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Next up, home inspection. 😬
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If anyone has any gently used or new car seats, booster seats, changing table, crib or twin mattress.. we would love to take it off your hands! 😃
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#fostercare #fostering #fosterfamily #kidsincrisis #family #ourfosterjourney #familiesmatter #littlehomeinthevalley #icecream #mystomachhurt #fosterkids #fosterparents
THANK Y O U for all of the birthday wishes yesterday! 🎉
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Somehow, I convinced a few of my closest friends to travel to Winthrop to celebrate a little early & we spent last weekend in cabins on the river having a little to much fun! 🍻 •
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#happybirthday #spoiledrotten #bestfriends #winthrop #cabin #river #party #thankyou #goodtimes #peachvodka #hottub #canwegoback #shananigans #appropriatepicsonly
It’s her 8th birthday today and I’m more emotional over it than any human should be. She was 4 weeks old when I became her momma and I haven’t felt true loneliness ever since. She was my therapy dog long before emotional support animals ever became cool. She has sat with me through every panic attack - she has laid on my arms during every self destructive spiral I’ve ever been in and she’s been my companion in the most calming parts of my life. She’s worth her wait in gold or anything that’s worth more. #happybirthday #dogbirthday #tothemoonandback #muttsofinstagram #thebest #allie
It’s her 8th birthday today and I’m more emotional over it than any human should be. She was 4 weeks old when I became her momma and I haven’t felt true loneliness ever since. She was my therapy dog long before emotional support animals ever became cool. She has sat with me through every panic attack - she has laid on my arms during every self destructive spiral I’ve ever been in and she’s been my companion in the most calming parts of my life. She’s worth her wait in gold or anything that’s worth more. #happybirthday  #dogbirthday  #tothemoonandback  #muttsofinstagram  #thebest  #allie