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Adriel McIntosh Booker ✌️️🌎  Writer. Speaker. Advocate. Lover of cities, beaches, books, + emojis. Boy mum (+wife). YWAMer. 🇺🇸+🇦🇺 Author: Grace Like Scarlett (2018) #loveamama

http://www.adrielbooker.com/

Dear Micah. Welcome to your first autumn. Isn't it divine? 🍂🍁🌾💛

Halp!!!! I'm almost 40 and I need hair advice, friends. I haven't had a haircut in *cough cough* and I have a photo shoot for new head shots coming up so these hairs need some attention. Cut shorter? Fringe? Color? (I haven't colored in years but when I did I always went darker. Those were also the days I often had a little suntan though, which ain't happening now.) I'm a low maintenance hair gal... like, if I would look good bald I'd probably choose that. That's the kind of low maintenance I'm talking about—looooow. (Confession: I sometimes don't brush it for days.🙊) I've had these long layers for a million years because I can shower and go. No drying, fixing, product. (See? Seriously lazy.) I've had fringe on and off (straight and side) but have been growing them out because I keep seeing these lovely ladies with middle(ish) parts and no fringe who inspire me. Not sure I can pull that off... but who knows. 🤷🏻‍♀️Then again, fringe can add some spunk and I like spunk. (They also add a tiny bit of maintenance but I can deal.) I don't want to be the boring old mom that has the same hair for a decade... yet, if it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? Where's the happy medium? How do I update this mop without doing something just before headshots that I end up hating? Like I said, HALP! Advice please?! 😬 Also, I need some lipstick advice. How do you wear lippy when you just don't like pink much but red feels so fancy? 🙄And maybe some foundation advice. What do you use on your skin as it gets older? I'm starting to feel like my foundation does little but accentuate my wrinkles. 😂Oh, and the eyebrows. Apparently fuller eyebrows are in style but I've got what I've got and they're not getting any fuller the older I get. Lol. The thought of drawing them on/in terrifies me. So...? Um, I think I need a personal beauty advisor. 😂 Help a lazy beauty routine girl out, friends—pick one question to advise me on? 😘Please help me feel great for my photo session! 📸✌️ #iveturnedintoTHATwoman #beautySOS

Thankful for these boys and the three babies we never got to hold who made me a mama. To be a mother is among the greatest gifts I've ever known. So grateful. 💛💛💛♥️♥️♥️
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(Also: newborn Micah. 😍😭)
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@thankyouaus #thankyoubaby #bookerbrothers #sydneykids #miscarriage #iam1in4 #iamahopemom #gracelikescarlett #bereavedmothersday #pregnancyloss #babyloss #sydneymumsandbubs #ywammotherscircle

Hey boys, I'd like two things for Mother's Day: 1. No fighting (keep your hands off each other); and 2. A lovely photo with all three of my littles. (If you can fold and put away the five clean loads of laundry that would be pretty awesome too.) #stretchingit #mothersdaymiracle #agirlcandream
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First, we took this pro photo. 🙄🤷🏻‍♀️😍 Then, 20 minutes later: Levi storms in reporting, "Judah just called me 'rudey pants.'"
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For the record, I was not able to keep a straight face. I mean, RUDEY PANTS. 👖👌😂
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♥️HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY, FRIENDS.♥️
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#bookerbrothers #lifewithlittles #boymomlife #boymum #honestmotherhood #mobsociety

Would you be willing to think of vulnerable women this Mother's Day, even while celebrating the goodness in our own lives?
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These strong, beautiful, resilient women share all the same heartache and joy as we do as mothers but there's one thing they grapple with that we don't: clean, safe birth and access to health care isn't a given for them. The statistics for maternal and infant mortality in the developing world are unacceptable, yet changeable.
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Let’s make birth safer for our sisters.
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Will you join the Love A Mama Collective and I as we train up midwives and make room in our hearts—and in the world—for more mamas to live?
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Please consider donating to the 2017 Love A Mama Mother’s Day Drive on behalf of your mom or another woman in your life. (Or perhaps donate on behalf of a baby you have lost to miscarriage or stillbirth?) We will send you a printable thank you card you can give to let her know you’ve donated toward our Midwifery Scholarship for a young woman in rural India on her behalf. It's the perfect Mother's Day gift for the woman who has everything... and the woman doesn't.
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Find more about our scholarship recipient, Jerina, and the rest of our maternal health work (and tons more photos) on my blog—link in profile.👉🏼👉🏼👉🏼
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It’s good to be alive, isn't it? It’s good to have a birth story to tell. ♥️
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Images of my birth by @laurenanddouglas. All other images by me. Please do not repost without my permission.
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#loveamama #maternalhealth #empoweringwomen #everymothercounts #midwifery #mothersday #midwifelife #doulalife #motherhoodrising #ywam #birthbecomesher #birthwithoutfear #vbac #waterbirth #naturalbirth #childbirth #birthjunkie #birthphotography #midwife #vbacwithoutfear #sydneymums #ywammotherscircle #doula #png #unitedmotherhood #honestmotherhood #thebump

✖️✖️GIVEAWAY CLOSED✖️✖️Sneak into this giveaway before it closes on Mother’s Day! $450 worth of prizes up for grabs in our New Mama (+Baby) Bundle. If you've already entered on my other giveaway post, feel free to enter again here for extra entries! ✖️✖️Did you know we’re also raising funds to help empower clean and safe birth for vulnerable women??! Because one woman dying in childbirth every minute is unacceptable, and yet changeable. We’re pleased to say that we’ve *almost* met our goal to raise another year’s Midwifery Scholarship for our young midwife-in-training in rural India. (Check out the link in my profile if you’d like to help get us over the edge!)✖️✖️
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PRIZES:
@zarparbebe—Handmade baby carrier
@rubyoliveonline—Chew safe ‘softies’ necklace
@mammojo—Nursing hoodie
@bloomingbundle —Maternity dress
@thankyouaus—Diapers + wipes + full range of baby care products
@jesswolstenholm—The Baby Companion (book)
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TO ENTER:
1. Follow me + like this post.
2. Tell me your city + tag a friend in the comments.
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EXTRA entries (not required):
1. Do the same thing on @zarparbebe @bloomingbundle and @jesswolstenholm's giveaway posts. (Each post of theirs you like and tag a friend will count as an additional entry.)
2. Share on facebook or twitter (please use #loveamama + tag @adrielbooker so we don’t miss your extra entry!).
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WINNER to be chosen on Mother’s Day (May 14, 2017) and will be notified via DM after verified.
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This contest is not sponsored, associated with, or endorsed or administrated by Instagram. #loveamama

"Dear God, How exciting it is to see my baby's personality bloom. Give me eyes to see the little person you are creating. Help me to see deep into my child's heart. Thank you for the privilege of being mom to this precious life. Amen." —A prayer from @jesswolstenholm from The Baby Companion.
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Let me commend this book to you friends. It is full of all the practical stuff—baby stats, development checker, baby care, what to expect during doctor's visits, common questions—as well as stuff for your heart as a mom: self care, soul care, prayers, and faith inspiration. Honestly, the combination is so refreshing and unique—it's hard to find resources that combine the two. If you get one book for #babysfirstyear, this is the one. Good news is, we're giving it away as part of our New Mama Bundle
🎉G I V A W A Y. 🎉 (Find the giveaway post a few instas back—we'll draw our winner on Mother's Day!) XO
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#loveamama #NewMamaBundle #thebump #mothersdaygiveaway #pregnancy #firsttimemom #newmom #giveaway #sydneymumsandbubs

One woman every minute dies in childbirth. I am not her. You’re not either.
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But every “her” has a name.
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She’s built with strength and dignity. She’s woven together by the Creative One—all beauty and resiliency, determination and vulnerability.
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She is tender; she is fierce.
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She is our sister. Our friend. Our grandmother.
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She is our blood.
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Somewhere back in time a thousand generations removed, we are family. We still are.
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We take for granted safe and clean birth. We look forward to Mother’s Day in hopes of fresh flowers and breakfast in bed. (Can I skip the laundry that day? Will someone else do the dishes? Oh please dear God, can I take an uninterrupted bath?)
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But somewhere she’s laboring. She’s bearing down on a promise. She’s birthing new life into the world and hoping she’ll be there to hold a beating heart in her arms.
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She’s hoping she won’t be the “one.”
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Safe birth is not a given, friends. Maybe for you and I it is, but across the earth our sisters labor and push, rise and bloom into motherhood not knowing if they’ll wake up next to the child they so carefully grew.
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Today I'm sharing a photo essay on my blog (link in profile). It's the birth story of my son and the birth story of my neighbors, my sisters. There are a few (important) words, but mostly it's the images that tell the story. It's a celebration of the dignity and strength and beauty of women and a plea for the lives at risk in areas where safe birth is not a birthright. Please read and share and allow your heart to be moved to compassionate action along with me this Mother's Day. Please follow the link in my profile. 👉🏼👉🏼👉🏼@adrielbooker
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📷: @laurenanddouglas
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#loveamama #safebirth #maternalhealth #empoweringwomen #birthbecomesher #birthwithoutfear #gracelikescarlett #everymothercounts

✖️✖️GIVEAWAY ✖️✖️ Have you entered yet? This cute (BPA-free, chew safe) necklace from @rubyoliveonline is part of the #NewMamaBundle up for grabs! (As well as this perfect little black 'maternity' dress from @bloomingbundle.😍 And yes, I'm still wearing a few maternity items—no shame, ladies! No shame whatsoever! 😜🙌) Check my feed for the New Mama Bundle giveaway post for entry details, just a couple of posts back. The lucky winner will be drawn on Mother's Day! ✌️
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P.S. Would you believe me if I told you I didn't realize how coordinated my outfit was with the *wall* until I got home and started swiping through photos? #busymumlife (Must have been some subconscious styling?💛) And yes, we absolutely forced our baby to wear sunnies. He was totally into it. Obviously.👌 #ridiculousness #adorbs

We live in such a dog-happy area that when Ryan goes out like this people get confused as to where to give their attention—cute baby or cute puppy? 👶🏼💛🐶 (Or cute daddy?!) Also, I wonder if @ryanbooker74 secretly coordinated his outfit to perfectly match our gorgeous new @zarparbebe carrier? 😉 If you haven't already, make sure to enter to win one of these ethically made baby carriers—check my insta a few posts back for the New Mama Bundle giveaway in honor of Mother's Day. ✨
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#loveamama #NewMamaBundle #newtownsydney #frankiethepup #amstaffy #americanstaffordshire #alookintoourneighborhood #zarparbebe

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