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Toddler Corner- Room Sharing – This Gathered Nest


I thought it would be fun to share with you guys how we arranged Rosie’s little nook in the corner of our room! Eventually she will move into the “girls” room where her two big sisters are. But for now, we plan to co-sleep if she wants to, and we want to keep her close either way! This set-up would work really well if you are just crunched for space and needed to have a kiddo in your room. Just substitute her toddler bed for a crib!


On her bed, we have two throw pillows from Target, and one from Ikea. Her sweet little doll is handmade and is from Becky at JustPlainBecky on Etsy. She’s a fellow adoptive mama and I just adore these little dolls she makes! You can custom order them to look just like your kiddo if you want too! The quilt on her bed may just be my favorite thing in her entire room area!!! It’s a Cotton Muslin Quilt from Little Unicorn and it is THE SOFTEST thing ever. So perfect for little ones!


I made this letter R initial for her wall, all with supplies from Hobby Lobby, as a matter of fact, the girls loved it so much, they wanted one too! I’ve got a quick DIY tutorial on that coming in the next week!

The flower wreath, dresser and bed are all from Ikea! Clearly, we love Ikea! Her peach blanket and wood sign are both from Target!


Eventually, I plan to paint this dresser. I just can’t seem to decide what color/colors I want to do! I plan to hunt down some cute knobs too!


We got Rosie this sweet little toddler backpack for our time in China, and for her to keep her goodies in on the LONG plane ride home! The panda is from Zulily and the doll is a Corolle doll that I got for her on Amazon pretty much the day we decided to pursue her adoption 🙂 The book, I Love You like Crazy Cakes, is one of my favorite adoption related children’s book and I can’t wait to snuggle up with Miss Rosie in the bed and read it to her.

I leave for China on Christmas Day and I am SO ready to go and bring our sweet girl home to her forever family! I hope she loves her little nook area as much as I do. It makes me smile every morning when I wake up!



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Homeschool & Playroom Tour!


 I’ve been meaning to do a tour of our Homeschool/Playroom for a while now, however I was hesitant. There are so many things I still want to do in this room and changes I want to make. But I figure almost every room in our house is “in progress” so why not just share where we are at right now 🙂 It works great for us and we are so grateful to have the extra space to be able to put this together!

As you can see in the photos, we have split the room into two areas, the left is the Homeschool side and the right is the playroom. We put a baby gate up to separate the spaces, and keep the littles out of the school books 🙂 This room is a finished in garage, which was like this when we bought the house, the only change we have made is the paint color, which I want to change again, lol!


2- Kallax Shelving Units

1- 8 Cube Kallax Shelving Unit

We have three different cube units from Ikea which serve to store our curriculum, books, manipulatives and other supplies.

Our whiteboard is from Amazon, the giant gold “B” is from Hobby Lobby 🙂


Ikea Linnmon Table Top and Legs

This is our computer area, where the kids do math, typing and and any other activities we need the computer or internet for. We found a great Playlist on Youtube that coordinates with our history curriculum so sometimes we watch topical videos on the laptop. You’ll also see our whiteboard for All About Reading. I prefer to use a separate whiteboard for the AAR stuff.


This is my desk area, it’s another table top and legs from Ikea.


Now we move over to the Playroom side of the room! These awesome prints hang about our sofa. They are from Gracelaced, and they are the watercolor Fruits of the Spirit. The wood piece in the middle is from Hobby Lobby. I’m telling ya’ they have the best stuff and if you wait for the 50% off sales, it’s super affordable and cute!


And now we have the play area! We have really pared this down…we keep only what fits in this area and anything else has to go! We have 4 kids (soon to be 5) so they spend most of their time playing games with each other anyway. The small green table and stools are from Ikea! The toy box was from Target at least 3 years ago, I found it on clearance for a steal!

Mammut Table

Mammut Stool

Trofast Frame


Lastly, we have our storage closet… this is where I keep all our games, craft supplies, and extra curriculum that we aren’t using at the moment. This is also where I store our finished work for record keeping purposes. Both shelves in the closet are really old, and I’m not sure where they are from 🙂


I hope you enjoyed this quick peek into our Homeschool/Playroom. Right now this is working really well for us 🙂

Below is the video tour of the room if you’d like to see that as well!

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The Story of Rosie


(I love this photo because it was taken in 2011, right after Rosie was born, though we didn’t know it yet)

I wanted to be sure that the story of how we got to our girl was on this blog, since my old one is gone 🙁

So I am just going to copy and paste that original post here. It was written back in April, but this is the God sized story that led us to our Rosie.


I don’t even know where to begin.

The last week has been a whirlwind!

Well, it’s actually pretty simple.

We were not planning on adopting right now, but God had other plans. As He usually does!

I was scrolling though FB and saw a fellow adoptive mama was advocating for this sweet girl to find a family. I was immediately drawn to her, and her name was Rosie, c’mon!!!

(If you don’t know our story, God was clear with me that I had a daughter and her name was Rose, back in July of 2011. You may want to keep that date in your mind for a minute…. But Noah is obviously a boy, and so is Jonah 🙂

The whole time I was reading about her, I was smiling from ear to ear. I decided to go ahead and ask to see her file, and honestly, I thought my hubby would just say no.

But he said he was open to it, and we both agreed to pray about it. The file was sent to me the same day I headed out of town for a weekend away with my mom’s group, and I couldn’t open the files from my phone.

I was bummed, but I just prayed and asked God to give me more of a clear answer, was this what He was asking us to do right now?

The timing was just all wrong! We’re busy… I’m trying to slow down with work…it’s our 10 year anniversary and we wanted to take a trip…. We never had a honeymoon or any kind of tropical trip and we thought this was our year! The list goes on and on. You know, all those “comfort things” that make you want to run for the hills when God asks you to do hard things?!

So when I came home, I still didn’t have much clarity…. I still just wasn’t sure. After I dropped Noah off at preschool on Monday, I sat down at the computer to look through her file.

There it was.

Her birthday was up in the right hand corner.

July 30th.

The same day as mine.

Chills ran up my spine. Okay Lord, I hear you. Oh and the year? 2011…. July of 2011 was the same month and year God had whispered the name Rose into my heart.

Alright God, I got it. LOUD AND CLEAR.

Of course my hubby needed more than signs, aren’t men just like that?! But after prayer and lots of research, he felt ready to say yes to her too!

Our sweet Rosie is special, she has an extra chromosome, and let me tell you, it hasn’t seemed to slow her down 🙂 I read once that they should call it “Up Syndrome” instead of Down Syndrome, that sounds about right 🙂

She’s making wonderful progress and achieving milestones! There is no telling what she can do once she has the love of a mama, daddy and 4 brothers and sisters! We are SO ready to bust her out of that orphanage!!!

She’s also tiny… very tiny! 23 lbs to be exact! She’s actually just a few months older than Noah (yep, they’ll be “twins”)  but smaller than Jonah! She’s a peanut, and that doesn’t stop her either!

 All of these things combine, her age & diagnosis etc make her a “difficult” to match child. But it doesn’t seem so difficult to us. She was made perfect by her heavenly father, He loves her so much. To Him, she is worth more than gold. My heart is just ready to burst, I feel lucky to soon be her mama <3

 Please know we are in no way down playing her condition, and what the future may hold for her. But we love this sweet girl, and are ready to walk down those roads with her…side by side.

 So here we grow again, we are so excited to be on this adoption journey once more, this mama is LONGING for the day I can scoop up my Rosie and smother her with kisses. We are so glad we gave God our “yes” years ago and allowed Him to direct our life path. Our life is crazy at times, but we have SO MUCH JOY!!!!

More details to come soon, but for now, we just hope you can all rejoice with us! Please keep our family in your prayers as we get this train moving once again!


 And now we are just a week or so away from sending our Dossier to China, which means we are about 4 months away from traveling to bring her home! And all the people said, AMEN!
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7 Tips for NEW Homeschoolers

Y’all, I made SO MANY mistakes when I began homeschooling 4 years ago. If I can save anyone from making the same ones, I’d be a happy girl. So, here are my 7 tips for newbies. And heck, maybe some of you veteran homeschoolers will find something helpful in here too! Let me know if you have anything you’d add to this list since I’ll be filming an update version of this video of soon!

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“Everyday” Makeup Routine


I hesitated to call this my everyday routine, because the truth is that I don’t wear makeup everyday. BUT, on the days that I do… this is a go-to look for me. This was filmed in January, so it’s pretty full coverage, in the summer I don’t wear as much foundation etc. I’d be happy to film a summer makeup routine if you’d like to see that! Just let me know in the comments 🙂