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Outrageous

January 16, 2019

Paying $70 to get a package shipped to a remote village in China might seem a bit outrageous. But, not when you consider the fact that the recipients of that package are the people who were (literally) responsible for finding your son and saving his life. Their outrageous act of love was/is a gift that keeps on giving. A gift in the form of a little boy named Haven. Forever thankful for them, and for their crucial role in Haven’s beautiful story. 🎁❤️🎁 #giftsofgratitude#annualtradition #chinesenewyear

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The Little Snowflake Sweater

January 14, 2019

As of today, this little snowflake sweater has been worn by ALL SIX of our kiddos. And they all looked pretty stinkin’ cute in it, I must say.

Definitely got our money’s worth out of this one!! ❄️💙❄️

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~ Sidney ~ Winter 2008 ~

 

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Birthday Love

January 12, 2019

Sending out a big THANK YOU for all of the birthday love that was sent my way yesterday!  I laid my head on my pillow last night feeling pretty darn great. 😍
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“I’ve learned that people might forget what you said and what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” (Maya Angelou)

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Birthday Volleyball Match 🏐 

There are few things I love more than playing volleyball.  But, I rarely get to do it anymore. So thankful that the peeps you see below were willing to get together and play with me tonight. It was such a blast! I found myself forgetting that I was 41 years old, and remembering what it was like to play in high school and college.  It felt great!

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January 10, 2019

“Jersey Day” for homecoming week 💙🏈💚

These two asked me and Bryan if they could borrow our Shaquem Griffin shirts. We knew they’d be way too baggy for them, but we couldn’t tell them, “No”. Of all the jerseys in this house that they could’ve chosen, we love that they wanted to rep a limb-different athlete, and we also love that they wanted to do it together…

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Fight for Your Teammates

January 7, 2019

“A pitcher doesn’t fight because she hates the enemy in front of her. She fights because she loves the people behind her.”

Came across that quote.  Thought it was great.  Put it onto a plaque.  Gave it to her for Christmas.  Made her smile. 😊

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Thriving

January 6, 2019

Gotta brag on this girl for a minute. Forgive me. ❤️

She just finished her first semester of middle school in a new school system, filled with new faces, new challenges, and new expectations. But, she didn’t just survive through it, she thrived…

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We hopped online last week to look at her grades and found out that she finished the second quarter with straight A’s (including two A+’s). She was able to do this in the midst of weekly softball practices, hitting lessons, pitching lessons, after-school weightlifting/workouts, ICC rehearsals, and ICC performances. She has balanced this full schedule of hers far better than we thought she would, and has matured by leaps and bounds over these past few months. She has become much more independent and has much less anxiety when it comes to school.

This is the first year that she has actually looked forward to her school days (for the most part), and regularly asks Bryan if he can drop her off at school early. No joke. There have been days when Bryan and I have looked at each other and asked, “Who is this girl?!?” We had no idea how transferring schools would affect her, and no idea how she would handle middle school, in general. We had our fair share of concerns, but she has already put most of them to rest. We prayed that God would go before her into this new chapter of her life, and it appears as though He has done just that.

As painful as it is to watch her grow up, I am finding that it is also incredibly beautiful. Watching her find her way in this complicated world is both frightening and rewarding. Watching as she begins tightening her grip on God’s hand, while loosening her grip on mine, is so hard. But, it’s exactly what I want her to do. In His hands is right where I want her to be, because He is the One who can help her soar higher and farther than I ever could. I’m so thankful for all of the ways that He has helped her to soar through these past few months, and we pray that He will continue to do so in the years ahead.

A Steinborn Christmas ♥

January 3, 2019

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree

is the presence of a happy family

all wrapped up in each other….