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Darby Stickler  In the morning, when I rise, give me Jesus. owner:@honey_bee_tees | Dothan, AL | 🐝 | 🐔 | China adoption 12/25/17🎅🏻| spin® 🚴🏻‍♀️ | #moonpiestickler

Thankful for this family of mine! We had an amazing little getaway in Orange Beach, saw so many friends and took so many trips down memory lane! We went ahead and left our boat there, which means we will be back... and it won’t be three years! So much love to our precious community of friends there! ❤️

Another full day! There’s nothing better than feeling exhausted AND having your heart filled to the BRIM! That’s exactly what yesterday did for all of us. JM turned 10-years-old yesterday and we celebrated with ice cream cake and a slew of old friends. Everyone, kids and adults, picked up right where left off and it was soooo good. Lots of laughs and good times had by all. We love this community, these people, these friends, why have we been gone so long? ❤️🏝

Day 1 off to a great start! We lived here in Orange Beach for 4+ years (J for 5+), and moved back to Dothan 3 years ago. Sadly, this is my first trip back, Justin’s been a lot for work, but the rest of us haven’t. It is sooo good to be here! We’ve seen a few friends already and it makes my heart swell. We took the boat out on Perdido Bay like old times and introduced Levi to our favorite Baldwin County pastimes (aka boating & eating)! He’s in love with Orange Beach as we knew he would be... and we are all so glad to be back. Looking forward to several more days here. We had an amazing dinner at @playaoba last night.... if you’re vacationing here you have to put it on your list! 😍👌🤤

Sooooo incredibly thankful for the fathers in my life!!! Between Justin and my dad, and Justin’s dad... I feel so loved and supported! They’re the best “dad”, “baba”, “pop-pop”, and “daddyboy” on the planet! Our children have it so good with these men! Happy Father’s Day to all the dads who do all the things with all the kids with all the love in your hearts!!!! ❤️❤️❤️ @jstick78 @edmcpherson @billygolf46

It’s been a while since I’ve posted #moonpiestickler don’t worry, she’s not changed one bit! 😴🐶

Thankful for the opportunity to experience and ride in the #tristates100 a ride in the @bamabackroads series that raises money for pediatric cancer patients at Children’s Hospital! I rode 41 miles and look forward to more next year! The camaraderie amongst cyclists is the best. Thankful for a group of friends to experience it with; so much sweat, grit and laughter! Joined a group from ATL Cycling Club for a recovery 20 mi on Sunday morning, such an awesome group of stellar athletes (who were kind and patient with me 😜)! @katewhartz @nelson.joellen @bamaboone @brentcook_ @blairemccurry

459 cyclists took to the roads south of Dothan yesterday to raise money for children battling cancer at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham! It was hot and humid, but it didn’t rain! In our fast paced, technology-crazed world, it feels so good to get out and push yourself up and down country roads! The whole crew and rest stop volunteers were amazing! And it was so fun to ride with so many @cycology.cycling friends, as well! #tristates100

❤️🇺🇸🙏 Justin’s great uncle Edward Stickler, who was killed in battle shortly after the invasion of Normandy. I’ve studied a lot of world history this year with the kids, and it never gets easier to go over the heartbreaking facts and statistics of war. I would quiz Paige, and look at Justin and say, “really?!” 💔 Do you know how many Jews were killed in concentration camps, or how many Americans were killed in the western theater of WW2? It will make you want to throw up. I remember watching the opening of Sarah’s Key and being so completely horrified that I couldn’t watch another second. Each and every person who serves our country through military service is a hero. Thank you, Lord, for the sacrificial service of each and every one. #freedomisntfree Thank you @paulammlt for sharing this picture! ❤️💔🇺🇸 🇫🇷

Such a fun weekend celebrating Whitney (& Chance)! 🎂🇺🇸 @erikampowell is always gracious to open her home to our crazy crew.... and we savor every second of it, rain and all! ❤️😘

❤️ Mother’s Day | Levi Hong Yi’s Baptism ❤️
Today has been so special! I can’t remember the last time both my family and Justin’s family have all been together. We started with church & Levi’s baptism ⛪, and ended with lunch at our house, we ordered Indian food (Levi’s favorite) and had cake to celebrate all the mothers and Levi’s baptism! I am feeling so thankful for my family and for Justin’s and that we could all be together to celebrate! ❤️ @erikampowell @knot_a_chance @conniem213 @edmcpherson @kathiestickler @billygolf46 @jstick78 @donastickler

John Martin (9) has recently finished his communicants classes at church. He met with an elder and was asked to give his testimony, and I love that our friend Steven asked him how he would explain and share his faith with his little brother. This past Sunday JM became a communing member of our church ⛪ (1st Presbyterian) and took the Lord’s Supper with us! I am so proud of JM. He is young for his classroom age, but has such a unique gifting. Sometimes he’s your average boy, but most of the time he’s not! Writing and drawing are his two favorite things to do. He’s the most amazing big brother to Levi. He’s caring and tender. We are thankful for him, for his faith and that he trusts in Jesus! ❤️

What a difference 4 months has made for all of us! Levi speaks and understands English almost fluently, and continues his Mandarin lessons 2 mornings a week. He’s changed and he has changed us. It’s hard to imagine life without him. We talk a lot about adoption at home, mostly in humble gratitude of the gift it has been to us. Grace upon grace. We could have missed this, but all glory to God we didn’t! We love you Levi Hong Yi and we thank God for you every moment of every day. ❤️👦🏻 #adoption #chinaadoption #wecouldhavemissedthis @jstick78

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