I loved getting to have Lysa TerKeurst here to record a podcast with me. Look for the details on our episode tomorrow!

Lots of baby food and trying new foods has been going down with the babies this past week. Champ is doing feeding therapy and he’s been getting to explore lots of new foods so Kierstyn is enjoying trying some of them, too!

Every morning Silas comes down to talk with the babies before he leaves for school.

Kaitlynn did a photo shoot with Kierstyn this past week.

Jesse went to Walmart for formula and came home with this for the babies. 😉

Champ loves playing with the ball with Silas. It’s so fun to watch them play together.

Champ is likely going back to his mom full-time this week. We are experiencing so many emotions leading up to this day — joy and excitement for him and his mom and sadness and grief at the loss of him not being here with us like he’s been for the past 8 months.

We are focusing some time this week to do a few different things to help us process this big transition — including family photos with him, a special shopping evening to buy matching stuffed animals for everyone, finishing up the chapter book and book of the Bible we’ve been reading, and lots of extra snuggling and rocking and playing time. And probably quite a few tears thrown in, too.

Champ has brought so much laughter and smiles into our home and it’s hard to imagine him not being here. And yet, we are so grateful that we’ve had the opportunity to love him as our own on his mama’s behalf. It has truly been one of the greatest honors of my life.

Last Week’s Goals

Personal Goals

1. Get 48,000 steps in.

2. Read 5 chapters of Atomic Habits. Read 5 chapters of Forgiving What You Can’t Forget.

3. Finish listening to The Body Keeps the Score.

4. Do pelvic floor exercises at least four times.

Home/Family Goals

5. Read 10 pages of A Boy’s War as a family.

6. Read three chapters of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to the babies and Silas.

7. Work on photo book for Champ.

Business Goals

8. Map out dates and project timelines for my book launch.

9. Put together two gift guides for Christmas.

Word of the Year Goals (my word is “savor”)

10. Watch an episode of The Amazing Race as a family.

This Week’s Goals

Personal Goals

1. Get 42,000 steps in.

2. Read 5 chapters of Atomic Habits. Read 5 chapters of Forgiving What You Can’t Forget.

3. Finish listening to The Body Keeps the Score.

4. Do pelvic floor exercises at least four times.

Home/Family Goals

5. Read 10 pages of A Boy’s War as a family.

6. Finish reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to the babies and Silas.

7. Finish reading Proverbs with the babies.

8. Get family photos done. (Someone whom I met at a foster care meet-up offered to come take our family photos before Champ leaves.)

9. Take kids out shopping to buy matching stuffed animals (we wanted all the kids to get to pick out a matching memento that they’ll have and then that we’ll send home with Champ to have, too.)

Word of the Year Goals (my word is “savor”)

10. Watch an episode of The Amazing Race as a family.

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