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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.

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! ๐Ÿค—

We had a steady stream of beloved visitors at the hospital today and enjoyed EVERY MINUTE. What fun to be so LOVED. ๐Ÿ’• 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!!!
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 ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป}
#AwaitingAvari #AvariMae #ThinkPink ๐ŸŽ€#LittlePrincess ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ’•#CelebratingWithTheStakers ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ž

We #ThinkPink is already looking good on us! Thrilled to have her here! Such a JOYOUS day!!! #AwaitingAvari ๐ŸŽ€ #AvariMae ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’• #CelebratingWithTheStakers

All my wildest dreams come true... She's perfect in every way!!! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’•
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 ๐Ÿ’— #AvariMae ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’•#CelebratingWithTheStakers ๐ŸŽ€

Exciting day!!! Making slow progress... Stay tuned!!! We're hoping this little Sweetie Pie joins us for National Pi Day!!! #AwaitingAvari #AvariMae #CelebratingWithTheStakers ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป๐ŸŽ€๐Ÿ’•

Friends~ We are getting so close!!! ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป๐ŸŽ€
This little one is already sooooo adored... We can't wait to meet her! ๐Ÿ’•
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. ๐Ÿผ
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! ๐Ÿค—#AwaitingAvari #AvariMae ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ’•#CelebratingWithTheStakers ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป๐ŸŽ€#WhatDoYouThink?!? #LetTheGuessingBegin ๐Ÿ’•

Snuck away from the Before-Baby-Bucket List for a bit tonight to celebrate a belated Valentine's Day with my sweetie. ๐Ÿ’

Man, I love this guy. ๐Ÿ˜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 โค๏ธ#CelebratingWithTheStakers ๐Ÿ’•

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 โค๏ธ #CelebratingWithTheStakers ๐Ÿ’•

Fun time for my littles #IceSkating with Swim Team friends this afternoon... โ„๏ธ My favorite thing is watching the cool big kids on the team who help the littler ones and make them feel awesome. ๐Ÿ˜Š (But I do have to say... I think they're ALL faster IN the water ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ฆ than they are skating ON TOP of it โ›ธโ„๏ธ!!! ๐Ÿ˜œ) #UVRays #Christmas2016๐ŸŽ #CelebratingWithTheStakers ๐ŸŽ„โœจ#DaynenMckayGram #BronsonMichealGram

#Sisters... Oh, how I love them! ๐ŸŽ€๐Ÿ’• I didn't get to grow up having sisters. Which makes it AAALLLLLLL the more fun enjoying them now! ๐Ÿค—

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 ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’•

So many little details that we love... Temple Square never disappoints.
#CelebratingWithTheStakersโ„๏ธ #FamiliesAreForever ๐Ÿ’•#Christmas2016๐ŸŽ #TempleSquareLights๐ŸŽ„โœจ #LightTheWorld ๐ŸŒŽโœจ

All bundled up to enjoy a favorite festivity with my favorite fellas. The most wonderful time of the year. The most wonderful people. The most wonderful place... My heart is full. โค๏ธ#CelebratingWithTheStakersโ„๏ธ #FamiliesAreForever ๐Ÿ’•#Christmas2016๐ŸŽ #TempleSquareLights๐ŸŽ„โœจ #LightTheWorld ๐ŸŒŽโœจ

As the world prepares for the celebration of our Savior's birth, He is in my thoughts. Whatever you believe about Him, whether you believe He is divine or just a mortal~ "a good teacher with high ideals" ~it is clear from all accounts that His life was spent in the service of others, making the world a better place. I find His example not only deeply humbling, but also profoundly inspiring.
One thing He did often was pray for those in need. Not just for Himself, His family, His friends and His followers, but for the poor, the broken, the hungry, the outcasts. The blatant sinners. All of us. And those prayers weren't empty words with high hopes... They were accompanied by ACTION! Literally, by His own blood, sweat and tears. His own agony. He spent himself in every way to bring about our salvation. His prayers, His service, the miracles He performed on behalf of others weren't easy or convenient and then well... on with His own life and back to His own self interest. And He didn't spend His entire ministry in a church, a temple or a synagogue, blessing blessed believers and serving the saved. He, Himself, was an outcast, precisely because of his counterculturalism. He was a radical. He did not accept the status quo. He went out and changed it. By changing people. By loving them for who they are. Where they're at. Teaching us a better way. The only way.
I believe that when we pray sincerely for others, we have to be willing to accept responsibility and stewardship to BE a part of the answer to that prayer. To roll up our sleeves and get dirty in the process. To do the work. To make the sacrifice. To accept the inconvenience. Sometimes even the frustration. The exhaustion. We must be willing to follow the promptings and inspiration we WILL recieve... Every. Single. Time.
I believe we are all children of living, loving Heavenly Parents. And as such, their highest hope for each of us is that we will come together as a family, as brothers and sisters in spirit, and truly care for one another. In word AND in deed. I'm still figuring out what that looks like in my own life and family, but I believe it starts with a prayer, "What can we DO? How can WE help?" ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

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