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Michelle | PNW πŸŒ²πŸ”  "For I will walk by faith even when I cannot see." -2 Corinthians 5:7 πŸ’• Endo, infertility, adoption πŸ’› Future family fundraising: @ohsolovelylippies πŸ’‹

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Today was such a wonderful day! ❀️ We got to meet up with Tara @tlwangen and her beautiful daughter, Izzy! Tara and I "met" in passing in Fall 2015 when we were both at the beginning of our adoption journeys and attending agency info sessions. We ended up at two different info meetings and if wasn't till last year that we somehow randomly followed each other on IG! (And I think it wasn't till after doing so that Tara recognized me and made the connection! 😍) This adoption community is wonderful! It seems big at first, but it really is so close knit and I'm grateful for these special friendships! It was incredible to spend the morning together finally meeting each other's sweet blessings. Before, when we were at the beginning of that uncertain, hopeful road, our arms were empty. Today, they are so, so full. We are beyond blessed! πŸ’•
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One of Hazel's many adorable faces! 😍😘 (Swipe left to see it in full effect!) She has so many silly faces, expressions, and sounds and it's amazing how much JOY, smiles, and laughter she brings to those around her. When we're out and about, even strangers are overcome with her friendliness, and the happiness her sweet smiles and cute waves bring makes my heart melt. You are pure sunshine, little love. πŸ’›
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10 sweet, incredible months! Oh how I adore our little Hazel! She is growing and learning at super fast speeds... she is cruising with her walker and absolutely LOVES "walking." She can balance without help for a couple of seconds. We have a feeling she'll be walking for real before we know it! She's obsessed with climbing things and still loves to dance. In addition to saying mama and dada, she now says "dog," "nana" (which I think is for banana), and can sign for milk (but doesn't always use it). She started to pull off her headbands, hats, and wraps, so I try to sneak clip-on bows now. Her hair is getting thicker and longer and she sported her first pigtails the other week! 😍 Some of her favorite foods are banana, plum, blueberries, and bell pepper, but she really likes everything we've given her! She tried pickle over the weekend and lemon today and she didn't even flinch, she just ate away! She likes to throw food and her sippy cup to her right for some reason... our dog Sophie enjoys cleaning up but has to dodge the cup. πŸ˜‚ Her fifth tooth is coming in (right front tooth) so now she has 5 total, 3 on top and 2 on the bottom. Recently, if Hazel gets mad, she throws her arms up and down in a little fit. It doesn't happen often, but it's super cute. (Though we think everything she does is cute!) She enjoys being chased and "startled". Hazel is so funny and I can't wait to see her sense of humor develop even more. I find it amazing that she tries to make us, and others, laugh at this age! She's such a little character! Sleep is going good and she still sleeps through the night, waking at 6:00-6:30am, occasionally a little earlier, and takes two solid naps. Other things she likes: baths, playing with Sophie 🐢, anything musical. She still dislikes being changed. This girl is bursting with personality, is as cute as a button, and my love for her is endless and grows each and every day! 😍 β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
P.S. Swipe to see the adorable back of this dress and her little ruffle butt!

I was tagged by @prayersforbaby for #widn and per usual, I'm late! πŸ™ˆ Hazel is cutting her other front tooth (5 teeth total!) and I'm always looking for good teething solutions. She doesn't really love frozen teethers, but she does enjoy dried pineapple! 🍍 So we're enjoying some right now! These pineapple rings are organic and unsweetened and Hazie likes the rough texture on her gums. She doesn't really eat the whole thing--more like sucks, gnaws, and pulls on it. (Swipe to see a pic of the package; we got ours at Costco.) We also use Punkin Butt teething oil and it works great for us. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ (Thanks @mighty.mama.and.co for the tip!) Also, lots of cuddles and time in our ring slings. 😍 I can hardly believe this sweet girl is 10 months old today! I'll be posting her 10 month pic soon... I'm pretty much late posting everything. πŸ˜‚πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ And I tag @lexyax @thecunhasadoptionjourney @roadmaptobabyh for #widn. Only if you like!
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The @brooksadoption auction is live! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ There are over 135 amazing items available, including an @ohsolovelylippies LipSense Starter Collection that I donated (item #15). πŸ’‹ Head on over to see all the goods, shop your heart out, and bid with love! It's for a wonderful cause and family! πŸ’• Auction ends tomorrow (8/2) at 5pm CT.
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Hi friends! Are you following along with the @brooksadoption auction? I donated this @ohsolovelylippies LipSense Starter Kit (your choice of color, and if you're not a LipSense newbie, you have the option to select a color + gloss of choice!). πŸ’‹The bidding starts tomorrow at 7am CST.
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The Brooks Family recently experienced a heartbreaking failed adoption. It was a devastating blow to their family both emotionally and financially but they're still on a mission to find baby sister. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
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Please head over and give them a follow. There are a lot of amazing items up for auction by some truly wonderful shops. Let's join together to help this sweet family and lift them up during this time! ❀️ And please DM @katiebettendorf if you have a last minute donation!
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Hazel's sleeping and naps were totally off today... she's always been a great sleeper and has down a routine. She normally wakes at around 6:00am every morning, but today she woke at 8:00am! So unusual for her! This pushed her morning nap later and then she completely skipped her afternoon nap! 😳 I know babies skip naps all the time, but this is the first time she ever has! We couldn't believe it. But since we're practically jumping and waiting for her to wake up anyway, we took full advantage of extra Hazel time! 😍 We (and Sophie too 🐢) walked to the neighborhood coffee shop and spent some family time at the park on this perfect summer day. As I laid on the blanket staring at the blue sky, with this sweet angel by my side playing in the grass, I asked Robbie, "Can you believe this is our life?" πŸ™πŸΌ We love and cherish each day as a family of three! ❀
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You're changing right before my eyes, Hazel girl, and growing faster than ever. I catch glimpses of your babyness; it's still there. I never want to forget these days so I memorize the feeling, the wonder when you see the world around you, and your sweet features. The biggest, bluest eyes, curly lashes, button nose, bunny teeth, kissable cheeks, adorable chin, strawberry hair, soft, perfect fair skin, full lips, chubby hands. It's a blip in time in the grand scheme of things, so while I still can, I soak it all in and hold you a little tighter and a little longer. You're a fierce, curious, determined, and eager girl, ready to conquer the world! I'm so proud of you, and no matter what, you will always be my baby! πŸ’•
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One year ago: July 19, 2016 || Match Day πŸ’•
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This day & moment... it was the one we had been hoping & praying for! A year + one day ago, we met "Z" and it was one of the most amazing experiences of our lives. She was sweet, caring, & radiated pure joy. I see so much of her in Hazel! Today is incredibly special to us because we prayed for the desires of our heart & He blew us away with His faithfulness... there she stood, love & courage all around her. Our lives would never be the same. The following day, I was sitting in my car & decided to check my email. There were the words we had dreamed of. Z expressed how it would be a blessing if we were to be the parents of her sweet child. She then attached the most beautiful saying (see 2nd photo). I wept & laid my head on the steering wheel, letting the intensity of it all sink in & the weight of everything else lift from my shoulders. I wiped my face & took a photo because I wanted to remember this moment forever. It was a little after 11am & I debated calling Robbie at work, but I also wanted to be able to tell him in person. I've never had the opportunity to do a pregnancy announcement with my husband, & this was my chance to share the amazing news in a special way. I got pink balloons & placed a trail of them to the nursery. I laid a onesie & outfit at the door & I stood inside with a sign that said we'd been matched and Z had chosen us! I remember shaking, and as Robbie walked into the nursery, I broke down. My husband was going to be a father & I was going to be a mother! We cried and hugged one another. This day will always be near and dear to my heart because it was the day that Z made the huge decision in choosing us to be mommy and daddy to this precious baby girl. There is no greater honor or privilege and we love Z dearly and we're so thankful! She also sent us an ultrasound pic of Hazel and the first time we were able to see her was indescribable. I'm still amazed that we are here, that she is here! So much can change in a year, a month, a day, an instant. We may not see what's ahead, but He does. Live in hope, push forward in faith. His plan is greater than you imagine! πŸ’—

Me and my girl πŸ’•
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Yay for weekends! They're our favorite! ❀ And that smile!😍
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July 11, 2016 || The day we found out about Mama Z πŸ’•
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I'm naturally a big crier, but my emotions have been on another level this summer! Ever since Hazel blessed our lives, I've found myself reflecting on the year before it... where we were at in the process and how she wasn't here yet. I recognize a distinct divide... life before Hazel vs. after Hazel. Summertime has been particularly emotional because, this time last year, we were in the waiting pool. One year ago today, we received a message that would change everything. Our social worker sent me an email titled "Profile of an expectant mom interested in YOU!" She attached further information which I hardly read. It didn't really matter what was written, my heart was already saying yes. This day may seem like any other day, but to me, it's extremely meaningful and significant. That day, that message... it was the beginning of something beautiful, it was the moment we learned of "Z" and baby-to-be. Our world has been brighter ever since they came into our lives! If you'd like to read more about this day, please visit #hazelangeliadoptionpart12 (I started to document the story using the #hazelangeliadoption hashtag... I still need to finish the series!). β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
This photo was taken at our family cabin this past weekend for Robbie and I's 10 Year Anniversary trip. We went to the lake last year for our anniversary and I remember we were trying to find peace during the wait. A different expectant mother was viewing our profile and we were waiting to hear back. (Come to find out, Z wasn't given our profile book at first because this other expectant mother had us in her top 2 so they pulled our books. We did have an online profile though, which is how Z found us!) It's amazing to me that last year we were praying for an answer, and this year, we hold our answered prayer in our arms. I snapped this pic as sweet Hazel sat on daddy's shoulders, wonder filling her eyes as she gazed at the lake. I've wept many tears this week reminiscing over that agency message, the email Z sent me, & the beginning of many confirmations from God that this was it. ❀

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