Our Story

A Little Bit More About Our Family:
We weren't always a family of seven and it's been quite the journey.
It's our hope that our family's story will fill you with hope for the future.

A Little Bit More About Me:




My name is Sarah. I love God with every ounce of my heart. I am a thinker. I am a dreamer. While I do many jobs, my favorite one is being a mom. After years of heart ache and longing to expand our family, God intervened and dramatically transformed our lives. I believed in God before but now I'm burning with a desire to share about His love with others. I do that through this blog and through speaking.

I also have a passion for four other topics...

An Inviting Home: Parenting.Adoption.Organization.Decor

My heart is to show you that turning your house into a home takes time and a budget.
 I use Pinterest to work for me and not against me and I don't just make decorating decisions based on what looks nice, but on what's practical for our family.

Let me tell you a little bit more about my passions...

Parenting. Somehow in making sense of how to go from 2 kids to 5 kids, in just minutes, with only three years experience at this whole parenting thing, our organization & parenting skills went up a whole notch. How do you parent a second grader when you haven't even sent a child to kindergarten?  We now have how much laundry to do? You want to put every single piece of artwork that you ever made on my fridge x5? Just some thoughts that have bounced through my head since we transitioned. 


When it comes to parenting, I am no expert! Make sure that goes on the record books. (You did record that right?) The truth is, my husband and I have a blast parenting. We believe that parenting should have purpose and vision just like a job would outside of the home. We may not have grown our family the traditional way, one by one, but that is what allowed us to process how to be the best parents that “we” can be with the shortest amount of time to practice. We have literally had to quickly adapt solutions that may or may not have worked for our family. We have values that are intertwined in our parenting as well as our home decor for the kids to see on a daily basis. We have routines (a key that has helped our specific kids thrive) and we still like to switch it up a bit (throw the routine out the window!) to keep life exciting and not be totally predictable.


Adoption. The truth is, it is on God's heart and He put it on our hearts many years ago. We always wondered about the timing. Then with one toddler and a baby at home, it was clear that there were three other precious kids that might someday need a forever family.


Then some thoughts after two years...The Untold Story Of Open Adoption.


Organization. I'm a type-A, likes to have a place for everything kind of gal. It didn't happen overnight but over the course of years and taking one small project at a time we have added household systems that work well for us and keep all of this going...most days. (Staying sane until I am 40 is also on the top of my priority list!)


Decor. I love decor. My style is Modern Texture


I don't think that you can go wrong with any style if you are discovering what makes your house feel like a home and what brings you joy. I love to decorate with things that have meaning to our family. You can view our home tour here to catch a little glimpse into our home.


A month after welcoming our three oldest kids into our home we moved into a bigger space. We had just purchased our first house two years prior to that, but now having bedrooms that could fit all of the beds AND dressers, for seven people, was way more important.



Through all of our transitions, I came to a place of asking myself, "What are some things that I enjoy?" I narrowed it down to parenting, adoption, organization & decor. I also realized that I needed a way to stay sane through it all…and for me, blogging is the perfect way.



What are some ways that I keep calm through it all?…one prayer, one hug, one label, one beautiful couch pillow at a time. We want our children to feel truly loved and for friends, new and old, to feel welcomed. We want our space to be functional while still being warm and cozy, we are always doing our best to create an inviting home.


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29 comments:

  1. Hi Sarah! I'm so happy to have stumbled upon your blog! I think we just might be kindred spirits! My husband and I also live in the Twin Cities, have five young children ages 8-4; 2 by birth and 3 by adoption. We love family, love adoption and love the Lord! I look forward to following the adventures of your family and the journey God is taking you on!
    God's blessings on your family!
    Kristen

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    1. Hi Kristen,

      Wow! That is a LOT in common. :-) I would love to hear more about your story. If you get a chance in between chasing those wonderful kiddos send me an email. Blessings to you!

      ~Sarah

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  2. Hi, I'm Iris.
    I just found your blog and WOW. I'm really touched by your story ! Your family is beautiful. This is such a great story and it just makes my testimony of God and his kindness even deeper.

    Iris from France
    http://matthewandiris.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Iris, you are very kind. God is truly amazing.

      ~Sarah

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  3. Wow, love this story of God's greatness!! So touched by your story and obedience! We are currently adopting from the Philippines and I love to hear other people's story of adopting!

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    1. Mandy,

      It is totally unreal how GREAT God is!! How is your adoption process going...have you already been placed with a child? So exciting for your family! :-)

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  4. Sarah, I just stumbled upon your blog via Pinterest. It has brought tears to my eyes, and hope to my heart.
    A week and a half ago, I had my second miscarriage. 2 miscarriages in a period of 5 months. With this last miscarriage, I was almost 13 weeks along. :(
    My husband and I have 2 babies in heaven, but none on this earth. Our hearts are broken, yet we are are clinging to the hope that a future pregnancy might give us the baby we ache for. We also have a desire to adopt one day. Thank you for this blog post, it was encouraging. God bless.

    ~Noel

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    1. Noel,

      I am SO SORRY for your loss. Wow...to have it be your second one and be that far along, I can only imagine how heartbroken you must be. My second miscarriage was the hardest emotionally because I expected everything to be fine after going through one miscarriage. Take time to process through this and be real with God about what you are feeling...He isn't afraid of the real stuff. I pray that our story gives you a glimmer of hope because with all of my might I firmly believe that ANYTHING is possible with God! He sees you where you are at and He is walking right beside you. Keep clinging on to that HOPE!

      ~Sarah

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  5. Hi Sarah,
    This is a wonderful story and what a beautiful family. We are trying to have a second baby, our daughter is almost 3. I miscarried 2 months ago....and I realized that everything just needs to be left to God. I hope we will expand our family soon :)Wish your family all the best and lots of happy days!

    N

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    1. N,

      I am so incredibly sorry for your loss! I fully believe in the power of prayer. I will begin praying that God would give you the desires of your heart! Thank you for sharing.

      ~Sarah

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  6. What a wonderful story and a beautiful family!! I got my BFP with my daughter on June 1, 2008.. just one day before your BFP with your younger daughter. :) That's amazing that your friend prayed for you to have a baby in 9 months and it happened. Wow!

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    1. Karen,

      What a fun coincident! :-)

      God is pretty amazing when it comes to timing, I'd say!

      ~Sarah

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  7. Hi - just stumbled on your blog! Isn't God wonderful to give you the opportunity to care for these gorgeous children? I wish the world was made up of more people like you and your husband. God Bless your family.

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    1. Petra,

      We feel humbled and blessed beyond belief to have each one in our family. God is SO good!

      ~Sarah

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  8. I just visited your blog from a link party at Remodelaholic and after commenting on your scarf towel bar glanced at the menus to really visit your site. The first link I saw was your adoption story. My husband and I just turned in our paperwork recently to being the process of foster/adopting a baby or child. We've both had adoption on our hearts for a long time (me since I was 15 and spent a month working in an orphanage in Costa Rica some friends started) and it's exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. It's been tough to surrender in this and know that God is in control and has a child (or a few?) that we can love and nurture in our family. I'm not sure what the future will bring, but I loved reading your story and seeing how God has worked in your lives. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Ashley,

      That is so cool that you guys just turned in your paperwork! It is a fun journey for sure. I almost went to Costa Rica after college to attend language school but then I got married instead. I bet your experience was life changing! Keep me posted on how things go...I would love to hear about it!

      ~Sarah

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  9. What a wonderful way to form a family! My husband and I adopted our sons from Kazakhstan in 2000 and 2006 and feel so blessed to be their parents. We found out one of our sons has a bio sister that lived very close to us. Talk about diving intervention! Now we are one big family and fell so blessed to have her and her family in our lives. Talk about an Oprah moment;-)

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  10. It seems like most adoption blogs I come across are about international adoption or private adoption of newborns, but since we're pursuing adoption through fostering I'm so glad I found this blog! We don't know what will happen, we've been foster parents for several months and have fostered 3 kids total, one still with us. Even if we don't end up adopting we are so thankful for the opportunity we've had to foster!

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    1. Katy,

      That is awesome that you guys are opening up your home to foster. So many possibilities on the horizon... :-)

      ~Sarah

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  11. My Aunt & Uncle have been foster parents for years. Only once did they come close to being able to adopt. The agency decided last minute to put them with another family and took the kids directly from school. The kids had lived with my Aunt & Uncle for 4 years! They were 2 &1 at the start of it all. To this day it breaks my Aunt's heart but she has continued to foster anyhow (through a different agency). I believe she has fostered closed to 100 kids from a few weeks old to older teens and for as long as a day to 6 years over the last 20 years. I've seen what it takes to open your home like that and not know how long the child will be with you. Its incredible and exceptionally commendable!!! God Bless you!!!

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    1. Wow, what an incredible blessing your Aunt & Uncle have been to all of those children!

      ~Sarah

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  12. I just stumbled on your blog this morning. Such a beautiful family you have. Thank you for encouraging my heart this morning and reminding me that God is at work even when we can't see it. We have been approved to adopt and are in the waiting stage...which feels like an eternity at times.

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    1. That is wonderful that you have been approved to adopt! I also know that the waiting stage can be so difficult. I'm glad that you were encouraged...God really does work amazing things behind the scenes. :-)

      ~Sarah

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  13. Hi Sarah,

    I stumbled across your website and it was surprised to see that someone else out there has also adopted three children all AT once! My husband and I have also adopted three children. We were not even able to conceive any children and felt led towards adoption. After looking into adopting a baby we were drawn to fostering to adopt. We got our foster care license and I quit my job while waiting for the phone call that would change our lives. Within a few hours of receiving a phone call and saying yes to bringing home two little girls ages 2 & 3 and one little boy, 5, we were driving them all home. We had never met them before that day and knew little about them. We carried in one garbage bag full of clothes for all three children and nothing special from their previous family life. The next few months were harried and crazy! I had one kid in kindergarten and two babies at home all day with me. Little did I know the craziness that would ensue but we are very blessed to have them all in our life!

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    1. Wow, hearing you tell your story reminds me of all of the emotions that we faced during those first days, months, year. So many changes, challenges and TREASURES all at once. What a blessing indeed! Thanks for sharing your story with me. :-)

      ~Sarah

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