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Her Own Player

June 26, 2020

So proud of Morganne.

She is constantly comparing herself to her big sisters, and sometimes doubts herself, as a result. We have to remind her often that they are OLDER than her…and that comparison is the thief of joy. She needs to be her own player, and her own person. Not another version of Sidney, or another version of Grace.  We also have to be careful that we don’t leave her with the “leftovers” of our time.  With two older sisters in competitive travel ball already, we can easily fall into that trap sometimes.  We have to remind ourselves to make the effort to give each of our girls equal time.

She questioned herself heading into her first travel ball tourney a couple of weekends ago. Wondered how she would handle it, especially on a team full of girls she doesn’t really know yet. But, she ended up finishing the day with a (legit) triple, a couple of doubles, a few singles….and a big grin on her face. I could tell she was relieved, and pretty darn pleased with herself. Made my heart happy. 💙 #dohardthings


Haven’s Spring Piano Recital 

June 26, 2020

He was the first performer of the night, and did so well. Didn’t miss a beat. It was great to see him walk all by himself to the piano and do his thing. He still has a nice limp, but he’s now walking unassisted. Another amazing recovery for this amazing boy. What a difference a month can make. 🌷🎵🌷

Quiet Service

June 22, 2020

She asked me yesterday morning if she could make him vanilla cupcakes for Father’s Day (because she knows that vanilla is his favorite flavor of anything). I told her she could. She is still learning her way around the kitchen, but I let her do this all on her own because she insisted.

We all show love in different ways. Gracie isn’t necessarily my “warm and fuzzy” child, so to speak. But, she certainly knows how to show love. She often shows it by kindly helping and quietly serving…willingly and freely. It’s her primary love language, and I’ve always really appreciated that about her. So it was fitting that she wanted to do this for her dad.

She loves him very much, and that’s exactly what this act of service – and those tasty cupcakes – said to him.


Even More

June 22, 2020

Happy Father’s Day to the love of my life!
When he became a dad, I can remember thinking that I couldn’t love him any more than I did at that moment. But, I was wrong. Watching him become a father to the fatherless has made me love him even more. He leads “Team Parks” so well, and is the glue that holds all eight of us together. 💙


Softball Sunday

June 15, 2020

It’s finally SOFTBALL SUNDAY again! Woo hoo!

Seven games today between the two of them.

Gracie plays next weekend.

(Morganne has decided to follow in her big sisters’ footsteps, and give travel ball a try.)


Rub-A-Dub Dub!

June 15, 2020

These rascals wanted to try out Mommy’s new bathtub last week…which ended up giving me an awfully cute photo op!


Twelve on the Twelfth

June 13, 2020

to our boy with the heart of gold! 💛
Our creative, kind, Lego-loving, deep-thinking, movie expert. We love everything about him, and we celebrate him today!


Home Sweet Home 💙

June 9, 2020

We have a new home!!

A few years ago, Bryan felt like we were starting to outgrow our current home, and wanted to start house-hunting. So, we did. But, our search didn’t last long. We began to feel as though we should put our home search on hold, and adopt another little boy from China instead. Financially, it didn’t make sense for us to do both of those things at once. So, we followed God’s lead, put our moving plans aside, and brought River home. It was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. We simply can’t imagine our lives without him. 

Recently, we reached the point where we felt like we could resume our search. Last month, a home went up for sale that seemed to have everything Bryan has been wanting. Twenty acres of wooded land, an outbuilding for sports/training, a creek, and a large finished basement. It can be very difficult to find homes that will work for families of our size, but this seemed to be a great fit for us. So, we jumped on it. And, they accepted our offer.

The kids are so excited. I’m excited. But, most importantly, Bryan is excited. I’m happy for him, more than anyone else. He’s been wanting this for years, but he put his wants on hold so that we could meet River’s need for a family. He decided to wait. He continued to work hard to not only provide for us, but also set some funds aside in preparation for the day that the right home would come along. Well, that day has come.

We’re so thankful to call this place our new home, and we can’t wait to begin making memories in this next chapter of our lives…



Haven’s new lighthouse.

Guiding him to his new home…


They know.

May 27, 2020


They just seem to know
when their people need them. ❤️


Gifted Hands

May 19, 2020

His legs have failed him.
Over and over and over again.
But, thankfully, his hands have not. 🖤