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Sara Staker  Adoring Wife. Doting Momma to 4 Little Misters & 1 Little Miss. Photographer. Author. Designer. Decorator. Cyclist. Sideline Momma. Summer Lover.

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My favorite person had a birthday today. 🎈Quietly and without much fanfare, we celebrated just the way he likes it... An early morning bike ride πŸš΅πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ (complete with a hot air balloon rising above the fog at sunrise), a homemade hot breakfast at home 🍳, an afternoon of bowling with the fam 🎳, a dinner date to his favorite spot (with a surprise serenade from his sis and fam!🎢) and a cozy movie night🎬 in our jammies. Simple and easy, just like he is. 🎁✨
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And now that the festivities are over I can't help but smile as I listen to him breathing next to me, drifting off to sleep. My heart is full of gratitude and I don't know what I ever did to deserve him.
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This guy makes our world go round. He's our boys' biggest hero and the highlight of little Ava's day when he comes home. He's as good as they come~ right to his core. I can't think of anyone I'd rather be living this crazy life alongside, than this guy right here. For more than half my life we've laughed and cried, hoped and dreamed and struggled to build a life and family together. We've dug in our heels, worked our tails off, fought and made up, driven each other crazy at times, but most often and most importantly- Kept. On. Loving. He still makes me laugh the hardest and understands my heartaches more than anyone else. He's held my hand through the births of all five babies we got to keep~ and he held my heart through the three that we didn't. He doesn't always know how to fix everything but that sure doesn't ever stop him from trying. He's the hardest worker and best man I know. .
I love you, Sweets. You may have a few more wrinkles and a lot less hair, but you're still the sexiest man alive and I'm ever so glad you're mine. Happiest Birthday to you. πŸŽˆπŸŽ‰πŸŽπŸ’• PC: @alpalz_ πŸ“·βœ¨

As we have rearranged our family this year to make room for another sweet baby, we have felt the gravity of our lives shift in the most blessed of ways... We can't help but be reminded of yet another sweet baby, born some two millennia ago, for whom there was initially "No room"... We pray that you may seek Him and His grace at this glorious season and always, and find peace, joy and love as you make room for Him in your hearts and homes. #MerryChristmas with love from The Staker Family πŸŽ„πŸŽβœ¨ PC: @alpalz_ πŸ“·βœ¨

Seriously... Is this my real life?!? I just CAN NOT get enough of this sweet little one. My heart may actually burst~ She is pure joy! πŸ€—

We had a steady stream of beloved visitors at the hospital today and enjoyed EVERY MINUTE. What fun to be so LOVED. πŸ’• I have sooooo many photos and cute stories I want to share so I can remember... What a special time for our family. I just want to soak in every moment and never forget!!!
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I think that's the blessing of doing this all over again at this stage of life... Having enough life experience and wisdom to know how very fleeting it all is! It helps to be able to share it with your most beloved people and embrace every moment with gratitude. .
Ava and I are both doing great... She's just been wide-eyed and content all day, taking in her new world. Or dozing in someone's arms. She's been such a little sweetie. Peaceful little soul. I just got her ready for bed and had to share how darling she is tonight. One day old.
Oh~ And she just figured out her binky. {Bless Heaven πŸ™πŸ»}
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#AwaitingAvari #AvariMae #ThinkPink πŸŽ€#LittlePrincess πŸ‘‘πŸ’•#CelebratingWithTheStakers πŸ‘ΆπŸ»πŸ’ž

We #ThinkPink is already looking good on us! Thrilled to have her here! Such a JOYOUS day!!! #AwaitingAvari πŸŽ€ #AvariMae πŸ‘ΆπŸ»πŸ’• #CelebratingWithTheStakers

All my wildest dreams come true... She's perfect in every way!!! πŸ€—πŸ’•
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We welcomed #Avari Mae Staker to the world on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 8:06 pm after a long, but delightfully relaxing labor and a surprisingly peaceful delivery. .
She is 8 pounds 6 ounces and 21" long. .
She has plenty of thick, dark curly hair and (we think) hazel eyes. .
We are absolutely #smitten. #AwaitingAvari πŸ’— #AvariMae πŸ‘ΆπŸ»πŸ’•#CelebratingWithTheStakers πŸŽ€

Exciting day!!! Making slow progress... Stay tuned!!! We're hoping this little Sweetie Pie joins us for National Pi Day!!! #AwaitingAvari #AvariMae #CelebratingWithTheStakers πŸ‘ΆπŸ»πŸŽ€πŸ’•

Friends~ We are getting so close!!! πŸ‘ΆπŸ»πŸŽ€
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This little one is already sooooo adored... We can't wait to meet her! πŸ’•
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Just to make things more fun, our boys have placed their wagers on a baby bottle full of candy~ which will go to the winner who predicts most closely. 🍼
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We want to know YOUR guesses!!!
Her Birthdate~
Time of Birth~
Weight in pounds and ounces~
Length in inches~
Hair Color~ (And Straight, Curly, Fuzzy or Bald)
Eye Color~
And who she'll look most like at birth! .
Can't wait to hear your thoughts! πŸ€—#AwaitingAvari #AvariMae πŸ‘‘πŸ’•#CelebratingWithTheStakers πŸ‘ΆπŸ»πŸŽ€#WhatDoYouThink?!? #LetTheGuessingBegin πŸ’•

Snuck away from the Before-Baby-Bucket List for a bit tonight to celebrate a belated Valentine's Day with my sweetie. πŸ’

Man, I love this guy. 😍He's the rock of our family. The yin to my yang. I was so sure I loved him 21 years ago, but looking back I can see now that we were just crazy kids who had no idea what sort of beautiful, crazy life was ahead of us.
But there was a moment on Tuesday where I paused and thought "Here it is... Our whole world. Everything I ever wanted. Right here." Fleshed out and huddled around our kitchen counter devouring a heart shaped pepperoni pizza, delivered from Pizza Hut, because he knew this momma was too tired to cook dinner but too stubborn to give up on the festivity. How's that for romantic? (#Goals, young ones... Choose wisely!) Our four handsome boys (and soon-to-be little lady!), have brought us more love and joy than I ever dreamed possible. Sure, they're loud, stinky and obnoxious at times, but I wouldn't trade them for all the boxed chocolates, candlelight dinners or bouquets of roses in the world. They are our greatest work. Together. Our Valentine's gift to each other is this blessed LIFE we've built. Happier and fuller and infinitely harder than promised. BUT ever so WORTH IT!!! I love you, @mattgyver_ . Thanks for hauling me and my ginormous belly out of the house tonight for a real dinner date. It was delicious. THANK YOU for being kind. Patient. Helpful. Forgiving. Hard Working. Loyal. And good to the core. Even when I'm not at my best. Because THAT is True Love. You are my everything... And I'd choose YOU over and over again. #Valentines2017 ❀️#CelebratingWithTheStakers πŸ’•

They have my heart. Not because of who they are. Or what they do. Or because they're "perfect", but precisely because they aren't... In fact, if I allow myself to be completely honest, they often make me crazy! But because of that, I owe so much of who I am "growing up to be" to my LOVING them. Truly. Madly. Deeply.

What much of the world seems to have forgotten is that love is not about perfection. It's messy. It's wild. It's free. And it must be fiercely loyal.
Love is a choice to embrace another in the beauty of their ever-flawed and ever-evolving state of growth. With all the struggle and vulnerability that entails.

Love is patient. Kind. Accepting. Merciful. Forgiving.

Love is not meant to be conditional upon the reciever attaining an imaginary ideal. Or earned by maintaining a particular standard. Or complying within some certain sphere of sameness as the giver.
And love should NEVER be withheld... Suppressed. Used to compel. To manipulate. Or to shame. Ever.
Love is meant to be given. Freely. It simply IS. It is not bestowed. It is meant to be a steady. A constant. A reliable aura. Ever-present. Eminated in generous, copius amounts.
This is the way God, who IS Love, loves US. And the way Heaven intends for us to grow into our own inherent divinity. Our highest version of ourself. Not because another deserves it by their worthiness. But because WE DO. Because we ourselves, are LOVING. Always.

Let it ever be so. In our hearts. In our homes. In our circles. Our communities. And reaching out with gentle healing into our broken, aching world. #Valentines2017 ❀️ #CelebratingWithTheStakers πŸ’•

Fun time for my littles #IceSkating with Swim Team friends this afternoon... ❄️ My favorite thing is watching the cool big kids on the team who help the littler ones and make them feel awesome. 😊 (But I do have to say... I think they're ALL faster IN the water πŸŠπŸΌπŸ’¦ than they are skating ON TOP of it ⛸❄️!!! 😜) #UVRays #Christmas2016🎁 #CelebratingWithTheStakers πŸŽ„βœ¨#DaynenMckayGram #BronsonMichealGram

#Sisters... Oh, how I love them! πŸŽ€πŸ’• I didn't get to grow up having sisters. Which makes it AAALLLLLLL the more fun enjoying them now! πŸ€—

One of the very best parts of being "found" and reconnecting with my #BirthFamily is having these beautiful ladies in my life... The sisters I always wished for, but never knew I had! What an incredible blessing to know and love them. So many things I adore about each one. #Adoption #LongLostSisters #Beauties πŸ˜πŸ’•

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