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Birth Mother’s Day

Birth Mother’s Day is May 9. As it approaches, my heart is in reflection.

Imagine for some reason you had to choose a new mother for your child.

Think of all the qualities you would want that woman to possess… kindness, gentleness, loyalty, patience, wisdom, stability, the ability to love and nurture your child and shape who they will be. Think of the amount of trust you would be putting into her. Think of the tremendous treasure you would be placing into her arms. Think of the panic that must be in the corners of your heart as you hand your child over to her – frantically wondering if that woman will really be all that you’re trusting her to be.

Twice, a woman has chosen me to mother her child. Twice, a woman has placed that child into my arms and trusted that I would come through on my promises. Twice they have signed their name on a paper in court saying it was forever – no turning back. Twice they have had faith in my marriage, in my abilities, in my character, in my commitment.

I don’t take it lightly. And I don’t kid myself in thinking that I am even a little bit worthy.

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I think about those two women every single day. Every day, my heart aches for and longs for Harbor’s birth mom. (Aaaaand here comes the tears, because that is a wound that is still so very raw). Every day, my heart wonders about Noley’s birth mom and if she’s safe. When my children do something wonderful, those women come to mind as quickly as my husband does. When my children are hurting, I hope that somehow those women can feel that I am comforting them. That I love them as fiercely as if they had come from my body. That I am doing my best to come through on my promises. And that I am so so grateful for these gifts.

I don’t claim to speak for every adoptive mom, and I know open adoption is something that sounds terrifying to many people from the outside. But these emotions have been my experience. And they are so bitter, and so unbelievably sweet. These women are woven into my soul so tightly that they feel like an extension of me. They gave life to my children and they gave me the gift of being their mom. On Birth Mother’s Day and every day, I am grateful.

How should I be so blessed?

And this is where I wish I could post a picture of me, Noley’s birth mom, and Harbor’s birth mom together. A picture I dreamed of having and for two months told myself we’ll make it happen eventually. But then it was too late.

Instead, my full arms. Physical evidence of my full heart.

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Happy Birth Mother’s Day, Alex & Veronica.

XOXO
Madison

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This Family's Journey - April 18, 2015 - 3:26 am

This is so beautiful. From one adoptive momma to another — thank you for sharing. -Shelley

Ready to spread our wings | Oklahoma homesteading

A few weeks ago I announced on instagram that we are moving “off the grid” in 2015.

Over the past several months we have searched our hearts out for the perfect place to build our homestead. Our heads are in the clouds thinking about creek stomping, chicken chasing, treehouse building, garden growing, rainwater collecting, fishing, getting dirty, and being free. We’ve viewed several properties and envisioned ourselves creating our home on many of them.

In the meantime, we’ve enjoyed our own worn out backyard and dreamed big dreams.

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Yes, we have two sketchy-looking trampolines right now. One is the old one that will be hauled off (net ripped, canvas ripped. We play hard!) and the other is the new one which will have a pad and net as soon as Ty gets around to putting them up.

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About a week ago we found the perfect homestead. It’s 39 acres with a creek, pond, stables, barns, farmhouse, fruit trees, lush green as far as the eye can see… and oh man… my heart is set on it. But of course I want no part of it if it’s not God’s will for us, so we are waiting anxiously to hear from Him and see how it plays out.

Until then, we’re visiting lots of homesteads and learning about caring for different animals & plants. We’ve decided we like goat’s milk, the kids love watching eggs come “right out of a chicken’s butt!” and don’t mind eating them after, and we have a lot to learn about living where bugs and snakes are prevalent ; )

Oh and also chunnels.

Here’s to newness, adventure, and spreading our wings!

XOXO
Madison

Madison Vining

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My friend Trisha was teaching a 1:1 mentoring session the other day and needed a family with 3+ children. She had a momentary lapse in judgement and asked our crazy crew to volunteer as models : )

It rained, so we ended up just snapping a few quick shots under the cover of an old pole barn.

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A photo with all 6 of us together is becoming a rarity these days. I love them.

Thanks, T!

XOXO
Madison

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DIY Detox Bath Gifts | Young Living Essential Oils

Since this post, I’ve gotten some emails for more information on detox baths.

This week Story & I put some together for the kids’ teachers in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week.

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The cute little jars can be found here.

For more information on essential oils and to grab your starter kit, click here.

We go through a lot of epsom salts, so we buy this 19 pound bag here.

-I filled the jars halfway with epsom salts
-Filled them the rest of the way with baking soda
-Added 10-15 drops of essential oil
-Put the lid on & shook ‘em up a little

…And that’s it! Perfectly thoughtful, cheap, and easy gifts.

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XOXO
Madison

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Transformation Tuesday | Tulsa Oklahoma Childhood Photographer

This sweet baby…

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…is now this chunky beauty queen!

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Sweet baby Sage — you are just too much, and so adored.

XOXO
Madison

Madison Vining

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