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Grace & River’s Birthday Bash

September 20, 2022

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Finally got the chance to celebrate our 2 August birthdays with a pool party at Grandma & Grandpa’s house. We don’t get to the beach as much as our beach-lovers would like to these days, so we brought the beach vibes to them. Such a great evening spent with some great people. Thanks to all who came!

School Portraits ~ 2022

September 16, 2022

Hard to believe that these 6 kiddos are spread among 5 different school buildings this year. Pretty crazy. Our schedule is jam-packed these days. Exhausting? At times, yes. But, we wouldn’t want it any other way!

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7 Years Old

August 30, 2022

Wishing a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our adventurous, gem-mining, rock-climbing, critter-hunting, beach-loving, athletic, energetic, friendly, clever, affectionate, hilarious, 100% lovable River Ericson! By looking at him, you’d never know that he was born with a significant heart defect that changed the trajectory of his life forever. (Unless, of course, he lifts up his arm to reveal his large scar.) I can’t help but smile each time I think about how this precious little guy who once had a hole in his heart, came to me and filled the hole I had in mine. I pray often that God blesses those who played a huge role in his story…including his birth parents who gave him the gift of life, the Chinese surgeon who fixed his broken heart in that Shenzhen operating room, and the loving nannies who enriched his infancy and cared for him as if he were their own. On this day each year – more than any other day – I am filled with thoughts and with gratitude for each of them. River is here, because of them. We get to experience the joy of loving (and being loved by) him, because of them. What a gift. πŸ’™ #birthdayblessings#forevergrateful

A Belated Honor

August 29, 2022

Happy dude! πŸŒŠπŸ†πŸŒŠ

His swim trophy finally arrived today (after being on back-order for a couple of months), and was delivered to him at school. Still can’t believe he was able to walk away with this award. Truly a miracle. #highpointwinner#firstswimseason#unbreakable#myhero

“You Will Bear Much Fruit”

August 29, 2022

Gas prices have been insane this summer. The cost of groceries and other necessities have been increasing daily. There are days when that can make a mom of 6 kids want to start freaking out. But, as silly as it might sound, every time I catch a glimpse of one of our overflowing blackberry bushes, peach trees, or apple trees (which have been so good to us, and produced more than the previous two summers combined), I’m given daily little reminders that God is ultimately in control. He’s got this. When governments, corporations, and the powers-that-be fall short, we can rest on the fact that somehow – some way – He will provide. πŸ‘πŸ‡πŸ

“If you remain in me, and I in you, you will bear much fruit.” (John 15:5)

Fall Ball

August 29, 2022

Fall Ball has begun! πŸ’œπŸ―πŸ’œ

The Hawkins Tigers kicked things off last weekend with 2 back-to-back wins. Morganne and one of her travel ball teammates from Greencastle decided a couple of months ago that they wanted to have one final fall ball season together. So, their dads got together and are making it happen. After this season, our rec softball days will be behind us. So, we’re going to soak up every moment and do our best to go out with a bang, alongside some great friends of ours who have become like family to us. We love travel softball, but rec softball will always have a special place in our heart. It’s more laid-back and carefree. You don’t encounter as many ego issues. You can focus on things like silly team names and fun mascots and just letting your kids be kids. You get to play ball with people from your own community, and surrounding communities. And there’s a sense of purity to it. We have LOVED our rec softball experiences over the years, and we will truly miss it, once it’s over! I’m sure this next month will fly by, but we’re going to enjoy every second. Go Tigers!! #WE#LOVE#THIS#GAME

A Hidden Talent

August 29, 2022

Morganne’s hidden talent.

(I mean…who knew???)

She’s taking a photography class at her middle school. Last week, she showed me and Bryan some of the images that she has captured at home and at school so far. Bryan and I were both impressed. And Bryan isn’t easily impressed. Haha! We knew she was artistic, but didn’t realize that she had such a good photographic eye. (Keep in mind that she’s just 11 years old. Not too shabby.) πŸ’›πŸ“·πŸ’›

Becoming a Parks

August 16, 2022

12 years ago, this cutie officially became a Parks.❀️

(This photo was taken at her “Welcome Home Party”, two months after we brought her home, and was one of our first favorite pictures of her.)

We love her more than she will ever know!! HAPPY GOTCHA DAY, GRACIE!!

Two Sisters

August 12, 2022

Two sisters. One is a lefty. One is a righty. One has a natural drop. One has a natural rise. One is quiet and reserved. One is animated and enthusiastic. Opposites, in so many ways. But, they both have a shared love for the game and for each other. Can’t wait to see them join forces, and take the field together this fall!Β πŸ’•

Last, but not least.

August 9, 2022

Last, but not least. πŸ–€

First day of 8th grade (third year with Indiana Connections Academy) for Jackson. All 6 kids have now kicked off the new school year, and all of them seem to be settling into their new routines just fine. Covering each of them in prayer, and hoping for the best!

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