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Who is this kid!?!?

June 22, 2022

He swam in four races at his swim meet vs. North Montgomery.

Came home with one 1st place finish and three 2nd place finishes.

Unbelievable.🏅❤️🏅

Father’s Day ~ 2022

June 22, 2022

Bryan spent his Father’s Day weekend bouncing from ball park to ball park, coaching Morganne and Grace’s teams as they both made their way to championship games, and both came out on top as tourney champions!

Sidney didn’t come home with a ring, but Bryan did get to spend quite a bit of time helping to coach her team as well, and got to see her crush a home run for him. (Grace also hit a bomb last weekend, too. He just didn’t get to witness it in-person.)

He wasn’t able to make it to any of River’s games. It was impossible with all of the running around between the girls’ games. But, was very happy to hear that he went 11 for 11 for the weekend.

Pretty great way to spend Father’s Day, I’d say! 🏆

“Bucket Dad”

June 20, 2022

Bryan’s Father’s Day gifts, from the girls. ❤️❤️❤️

They were pretty excited to give these to him. He has spent so much time sitting on a bucket for each of them over these past several years…which has resulted in hours upon hours of conversations, pitches, catches, smiles, tears, strikes, balls, lessons, encouraging moments, discouraging moments, frustrations, and celebrations. Bryan is totally a “Bucket Dad”. A dad who is willing to take time out of his busy schedule, every day, to sit down on a bucket and sacrifice his time for his kids. Why? Because he loves them, cares about them, believes in them, and wants to help them be the best they can be at whatever they choose to pursue in life. Put simply, a “Bucket Dad” is a dad who is willing to give the gift of time to his child. And Bryan is definitely that kind of dad. He makes sacrifices daily for our girls, and for our entire family, in many ways. Sitting on a bucket, for hours on end, helping our girls achieve their goals, as pitchers, is just one of them. Giving thanks for him and his sacrificial love for us this weekend (and always)!

“ANNIE”

June 16, 2022

🎶❤️🎶❤️🎶

Simply amazing.

For the past 3 years, Clayton Christian Church’s youth theater camp has been one of the highlights of our family’s summer. This year was no different! I think I smiled during the entire show…and may have even teared up a bit as Haven (President Roosevelt) was wheeled out onto the stage and joyfully delivered his lines. Each year, Morganne’s natural gift for performing grows stronger and stronger. She comes alive onstage, just like Sidney, and is such a joy to watch! This year, she played the role of fiesty “Pepper” (the bold, outspoken ringleader of the orphans). Suited her to a tee, and she embraced it fully. Haven’s joy lit up the stage, and he couldn’t have been happier to put his very own wheelchair to good use…playing the role of President Roosevelt – one of the most famous wheelchair-bound individuals in American history. He, too, was suited so well for his role, and did such a great job. And Grace, who doesn’t enjoy the spotlight (but enjoys the fun that theater camp brings her way), looked beautiful, and quietly/flawlessly executed her ensemble role in the background – per usual.

Most importantly, through the message of “Annie”, our kiddos were reminded of the beauty of adoption…and how God lovingly/openly adopts us all into his family. They deepened their faith. They strengthened friendships they already had, and made some new ones as well.

They’re treasuring all of memories that were made this year, and already looking forward to the new ones they will make next year! ❤️

Jurassic World Dominion

June 15, 2022

JACKSON’S 14TH BIRTHDAY PARTY 🤎🦖🤎

He had such a great time hanging out with everyone, and told me afterward that he didn’t want it to end. Thanks to all who came out to celebrate with our birthday boy! You made his day!

The Best Gift!

June 12, 2022

Happy Birthday to our Jackson Carlyle! 🦖🤎🦖

He has always been our knowledgeable movie expert and dinosaur lover. So, you can imagine how excited he is that the new Jurassic World movie is opening up on his birthday weekend. He can’t wait to watch it with family and friends. Best gift he could’ve asked for. Love this kid so much!

A Swim Meet Surprise

June 12, 2022

This little boy just keeps surprising us. 🌊💙🌊

The only two goals we set for his first swim season were: 1) Keep him safe and fracture-free. 2) Make sure he’s having as much fun as possible.

We had ZERO expectations when it came to the actual competition aspect of swimming because his disease gives him a significant disadvantage against his opponents. So, we honestly just wanted him to be competitive enough to hang somewhat close to the pack each race. But, at his first meet last Thursday, he shocked us by going out there and finishing the night with (from what I could tell) 2nd and 3rd place finishes in all 5 of his races! I wasn’t paying much attention to the scoreboard because I was focused on standing next to him, watching him like a hawk, and trying to make sure he didn’t slip on deck. So, I didn’t take note of any of his times. All I know is that he was right there in every race, competing. Having had a front row seat to all that his body has been put through over the years, it truly blew my mind.

After the meet, he got many compliments from fans, and from his awesome coaches. I think we were all pleasantly surprised by what we witnessed.

I know that many of you prayed for him before his first meet last week, so I wanted to be sure to post an update on how it went, and also just wanted to thank you all! As I nervously watched him all night long, I kept telling myself to calm down because he was covered in the prayers of many. Repeating that to myself helped me tremendously. So, thank you for that, friends! #JustKeepSwimming

SUITE 16!!

June 10, 2022

Sidney’s “Suite 16” Birthday Bash ⭐️💙🌙🖤

Better late than never! Her softball schedule made it difficult for us to celebrate her birthday in April. She partied with family, but had to delay partying with friends. Finally got around to it last week, and had such a blast! Thanks to all of the great girls who came and helped make her birthday so special! She loves you all!

Diving In!

June 6, 2022

10 years old.

53 fractures.

13 surgical procedures.

Tiny body frame, covered in scars…

This little boy decided a couple of months ago to try to participate in a sport for the first time (the only sport that a fragile body like his can handle). Slipped on the deck and broke his shin at his very first swimming lesson. Showed up to his lesson the next day, and kept swimming, broken leg and all. Signed up for the swim team. Started to learn a few strokes. Learned how to dive off of the blocks (which required facing his fear of falling, overcoming a protective mental block that told him he should never throw himself headfirst into anything, and rewiring his mind.) Swam in his first unofficial meet last week with his daddy – one of his greatest protectors and advocates – standing by his side and talking him through it all.

And he did an AWESOME job!!

Words can’t explain how courageous, strong, and brave this boy is. He’s an overcomer. A heroic little human. A daily inspiration to us, and we love him so much.

His first official swim meet will be this Thursday. If you think about it, please say a prayer for continued courage and safety. We never thought that a team sport would be a reality for him, but here we are. We’re hoping that being on the swim team will be a positive, joyful, safe experience for him. When it comes to athletic options for him, swimming is pretty much it. So, we’re praying for the best! 💙#JustKeepSwimming#BreakableBody#UnbreakableSpirit

(Photo Credit: Grandma Steinborn)

I CAN

May 30, 2022

We have some exciting news to share! 🥎

Sidney, Grace, and Morganne will all be appearing in an upcoming movie entitled, “I CAN”. It’s an inspirational film based on the life of our friend, Katelyn Pavey, who is a successful college softball player. So, what is it that makes her story so movie-worthy? She was born with only half of her left arm. But, she has never allowed her limb difference to stand in the way of her dreams. These past several years, she has been an inspiration and mentor to our Grace, who also happens to be a talented athlete that has had to overcome a limb difference.

Our family was introduced to Katelyn shortly after one of Grace’s first travel softball games, when she was about 8 years old. A fan from an opposing team took note of Grace’s limb difference and found us after game. She told us about Katelyn, gave us her information, and the rest is history! Grace felt an instant connection with her, and we’re very grateful that their paths crossed with one another.

As most of you know, there are plenty of great baseball movies that have been made over the years. But, no softball ones. So, “I CAN” will be a trailblazer in the softball movie genre, and we’re very grateful that our girls get to be a part of it, especially since they are all softball players themselves.

Each of their appearances will be brief. But, we’re thankful and honored, nonetheless.

We’ve been asked to spread the word about this movie as much as possible. So, please visit and follow the “I CAN” Facebook page today! Follow along for updates as production continues, and be prepared to not only watch the film once it comes out, but also encourage your family and friends to do the same. Also, I believe that they are currently looking for “extras” to appear in crowd scenes throughout the film. So, if you’ve ever wanted to do something like that, now’s your chance.

We know Katelyn. We know Katelyn’s story. We know that God is at the center of it all. And we know that He writes the very best stories. Because of that, we know that this story is going to be one worth telling, watching, sharing, and re-sharing.

Katelyn’s story is one that hits very close to home for Grace, and for our entire family, and we cannot wait to see it.

Please pray for all involved, as production takes place this summer. Also, please pray that God will do great things through this movie and its message. The hope is that it will touch many lives, in a positive way.

Thanks (in advance) for your support, friends! 💜