caseychappell While waiting for their t-shirts to dry (because they told us a few minutes ago that they were supposed to wear school shirts today...gotta love that!) they are discovering what a spine feels like...and I am assuring them Jack is not part dinosaur. I think one of the biggest most pleasant surprises I've had over the past few weeks is to see that they are always wanting to learn and be creative doing so....before school, after school, at bedtime, always. I feared that love being exhausted during their time in classes. But nope, they are still into making creative messes and soaking up new discoveries and having the best conversations!! 13h
  •   thenewland5 I did the same thing last week. You gotta love when your kids tell you things last minute 12h

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caseychappell Hi guys, I'm four months old today! I can sleep through pretty much anything and my mama says I'm super chill. my cheeks are ever growing and I love it when people talk to me. I'm eating 5 oz. at a time and love homemade goats milk formula and friends whose mamas give me donated breast milk. I have to have my milk thickened to the consistency of honey so I don't gag. I'm finally in the 10lb club and love being snuggled!! I discovered my hands the other day and they fascinate me! I also laugh when I see myself in the mirror. I'm loving spending my days with my mama and bubba and I get tons of attention when the big kids get home from school. I go to the heart doctor later this week and I think I'll get a date for when they will fix my broken heart. Mama is not looking forward to me being in surgery but I keep reminding her that God made me the way I am and that He has me and my doctors and my family and the whole wide world in His big hands!! Keep praying for me...and I'll keep showing everyone how amazing Jesus is for entrusting me with an extra chromosome and for giving me my big crazy family!! #diaryofislarose #downsyndromerocks 2d
  •   txfam2005 So so sweet ️ will she be at cooks? you can dm me if you want. 2d
  •   britni.eise Praying for that surgery! 2d
  •   charlieellie62 lovethose big smile, just want cuddle this little princess who look like a sunshine. Praying for surgery 2d
  •   angelabwyatt Beautiful gal! 2d
  •   angeyprice I want to squeeze her! 2d
  •   juliablessing My 2yr old daughter couldn't help but kiss the your baby through the screen! Sooo yummy! 2d
  •   stephdennis I'm always so inspired by your heart @caseychappell Thinking of you all the way over in Australia x 2d
  •   the_lauren_marie I had a heart condition similar to this has a baby! Praying!! 13h

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caseychappell Hello Austin!!! Just a few weeks ago I wasn't even planning on being here for #ifgathering2016 but God saw fit to bless me with the opportunity to come and sit and listen. My hearts cry on my drive down has been 'change my heart Jesus and scrape away what doesn't need to be there and replace it with You...Your words, Your truth, Your eyes, Your kingdom, Your purposes, Your priorities! But before tomorrow comes I'm hitting up a few thrift stores, spending time with my aunt penny, and drinking as much Jo's iced coffee as I can. (#ifaustin ladies...you gotta get some while you're here. It's just south of the bridge on congress. Also hit up magnolia cafe (24hr) and Torchy's tacos!!) 1w

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caseychappell Enjoying our morning chat as the sun rises. This girl loves to be talked to! She wakes up smiling and is one of the most content babies I've ever had. #islaoliviarose #downsyndromelove 1w

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caseychappell Because I refuse to have my kids grow up and one day ask me "what's American idol?" The Chappells be going all in to the end this American Idol Final year! 15 years!!! Wow. It's fun seeing my kids pick favorites already. We DVR it during the week and it's our It's Friday stay up a bit later evening entertainment!! I will say the videography is much more excellent since I last watched it. I miss simon from the old days but not the other two. ️ I love the team they have now! What seasons did you follow all the way through? Any fun memories involving #americanidol over the years? 2w

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caseychappell This having strep as an adult sucks!! About 8 years ago Dan had it and got scarlett fever even. We are praying Isla especially doesn't get it and being extra diligent to keep her away from germs as we can. Today I didn't wake up wanting to die...so hopefully that means I'm over the worst part. Though, the whole mommy not talking business sure is helping Abel learn what I am saying just by a look. He walks around doing stuff and just stares at me...he knows!!! #troublemaker #goodthinghescute 2w
  •   mrsyellowribbon Yes, they totally know!!! 2w
  •   graceandsaltyair Feel better!! Praying for you!! At least you have that sweet love to look at!! 2w
  •   kayla_craig Praying for health! 2w
  •   heyjbai I've lost my voice too. It's pretty funny that Zoe can read lips better than Andrew. Lol 2w
  •   chlobbearr @aonifer check out this lady :) I started following her while we did foster care, and she has adopted two children with Down Syndrome, her little girl was born right before Eden! 2w

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caseychappell Just chillin out with this guy and his sister. I have the worst case of strep throat/ear infection I've ever had. It's kicking my butt. I'm on an antibiotic and using oils and just about anything that might provide some relief. It hurts to breathe much less swallow and talk. pray for healing. I'm so thankful for @dchappell who loves on me and the kids so well when I'm out for the count. 2w
  •   touvell_boys Gargle warm salt water it really helped me. Ive hear also honey+cinnamon tea works too. 2w
  •   lil_tibbils Praying for you! 2w
  •   lizzard90 Praying! 2w
  •   lizzard90 Praying for you! I struggle with ear infections my whole life. The best relief is heat. Try a wet wash rag in the microwave and put it on ur ear and it would feel good on ur sinuses too. Or a heating pad works also. And if u have a humidifier in these situations and in the winter it's my best friend! ( sorry did not mean for this to me long. I just know what your feeling and its not fun) 2w
  •   melimpea Praying ! 2w
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  •   millieholloman I hope you are getting some rest and feeling better. So sad I didn't get to hug your neck while I am here! One day we will meet!!!!!!!! 2w
  •   jbens73 @caseychappell hope you are starting to feel better now? Strep made it's round in this house. It was awful. 🤒 2w

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caseychappell Oh Abel. I need to create a hashtag of all the places I find him in that I'm not sure how he got there. I love that his curiosity is insatiable and that he will try anything to get to where he wants to be. I hope he never loses that. 2w
  •   claf0uti It tooks me a minute too 2w
  •   abbyros I couldn't find him at first! 2w
  •   fuellingthems :) 2w
  •   jakenlaurasnyder You should make a game out of it like those computer games where you try to find the hockey puck in a room full of junk LOL! 2w
  •   angeyprice So awesome! It took me a while to find him! Haha! 2w
  •   monkcharm8 I really had to look for him!! 2w
  •   a_peaceful_clatter Oh my gosh!!! It took me a second to spot him! 2w
  •   thomasjolin34 Took a while 2w

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caseychappell He thinks he's pretty awesome whenever he gets to hold and feed baby sister. I wholeheartedly agree. #abelandisla #downsyndromelove. P.s I am LOVING the @acolorstory photo editing app!! 2w

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caseychappell I had a list for the things my future husband would have/be and past sexual failure sure as heck wasn't on it. In fact the absence of having it was probably top of my list. I grew up being taught that we are like diamonds that shine for God and when we sin morally that our diamond is cut ... so we can still shine but not near as bright or sparkly as before

But Ya''ll.... I'm so grateful that God changed my prideful heart and wrongful thinking and gave me wisdom to understand what was most important in a spouse. In His goodness God brought me @dchappell whose light shone Brighter because of being plucked out of sexual brokeness. He also used a rejection of Dan's past in another relationship to sovereignly put us on the path to spending our lives together as husband and wife

If you struggle feeling valued or loved because of choices you regret, or you feel like you've screwed up Gods plan for your life.... If you have faced rejection because of your past sins.... Know that You are not damaged goods! You are loved!! Jesus heals and cares for his children in a way that His best work is often found in the most broken of lives

Im so glad that God didn't give me my "wish list" in a husband but that He gave me a gift in giving me a sinner saved by grace. He can't boast in his pristine past nor can we say our marriage hasn't been impacted by it. But you know what that frees us to do... Boast in the One who has us in the palm of His hand and who is making and molding us to look more like Jesus every day...and if the journey He's led us through gets us More of Him...then I'm grateful for every single regret and stumble along the way. #shinebrightlikeadiamond
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caseychappell It's been 40 years since Roe V Wade and while I hate that abortion is legal and encouraged to the extent that it is in this country and others....I will say over and over and over again that it's not enough to just say you're pro-life and against abortion being legal... or even just to vote that way. It's. Not. Enough

We have to live a life that is willing to disciple teenagers and college students... we have to talk about awkward topics like sex and conception with them. We have to mentor young moms and walk along side of single moms who the thought of a baby and working makes abortion feel like her only option... will you watch her baby during the week?? Will you help her pay rent? Will you let her live with you???? We have to Quit making comments about the number of children women have as if anything above 2-3 is weird and mind blowing. We have to Help medical professionals know where they see disability and brokenness... we see blessing and a gift from God

We have to be people who want the unwanted....not just the unwanted in the hours before the mom is considering the abortion... .the unwanted that's born addicted to drugs, the unwanted that was sexually abused, the unwanted that comes over and wants to spend all their after school hours at your house instead of theirs, the unwanted who is taking up space and resources in a struggling orphanage, the unwanted who doesn't look like us or talk like us or worship like us... (and I don't see much of that voice resonating in the political square right now from believers)

We have to #standforlife by LIVING for OTHERS lives!! To Be a VOICE for the VOICELESS in the womb... and outside of it. Stop worrying about all the ways we can protect our lives and let's lay them down for the sake of theirs. #jesuswords #notmine
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  •   c_r_p_r_r_l_b I am very pro-choice. It's not a choice I'd ever be willing to make, but it's a choice I do think should exist. BUT one of the biggest issues I have had with people who are pro-life is that they aren't pro-life, they are pro-birth. You are not. So, while I disagree with at least some of that you believe, I respect your views. I've met so many people that think they should be able to tell a woman what to do with her body and her unborn child until its born and then it's her problem. I think the key to eliminating (or at least drastically depressing) abortion rates is to support the women who have it tough and still make the choice to give birth. 3w
  •   jenruthsaxton I love these words so much!!! You've put such truth so clearly with grace and the life lived backing it up. You are an inspiration, but I also see that you are a woman like any other, but being obedient to Jesus and living her life as he asks! 3w
  •   kelsey_lindell Girl yes. 🏿 3w
  •   jessandtheburnettboys @c_r_p_r_r_l_b agreed. Totally. 3w
  •   caraahicks Yes this is my ️ and by God's grace, my calling with @themomentumnet 3w
  •   estrellitazul_ Grateful and convicted by this truth. 🏽 3w
  •   lifeographer Love. Every single word. 3w

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caseychappell Hey everyone, thanks for praying for me as i have had a tough time with all this coughing and stuffy breathing business. Everyone at @cooks.children took really good care of me. They even brought in a team of doctors to show off and teach about some of my specialty features that come with my #lovechromosome (and because mom never meets a stranger... Well, she did some teaching too about what parents hearts hear when they talk super technical and forget that most parents who have a baby like me are scared at first. The doctors really enjoyed hearing from that perspective!! I was proud of her, but I bet in a few years she will embarrass the heck out of me but I know it's because she loves me and my extra chromosome!!) But I'm SO happy I get to go home tonight!! I slept a ton in the peace and quiet of my room (so did mommy!🏻) but we are ready to be around all the love and comforts...and craziness of Home!! #diaryofislarose #downsyndromerocks 3w

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caseychappell Our sweetheart has a RSV. #tistheseason After two nights of not sleeping well and last night having bad congestion and rapid breathing we headed to the ER in the middle of the night and after a 5 hour wait we finally got seen...then another 6 hours and we got admitted to a real room where they will keep watch over her and help her manage her congestion through the worst of it. She's loving the peace and quiet now but not loving the IV guys. Both of my children with Down syndrome have terrible time getting and keeping needles into veins. so pray for quick healing and recovery and that this mama will get some much needed sleep tonight. (Strange fact about me; I sleep really great in hospitals!!!) #islaoliviarose #rsvsucks #avsdsucks but y'all #downsyndromerocks 3w
  •   christinehudson09 Familiar sight. Sweet girl. Praying! Holler if you need food or help with the big kids. 3w
  •   thebakermama Praying for her comfort & quick healing. 3w
  •   rhiannonmichelle Praying for you & sweet Isla, as well as Dan & everyone at home! 3w
  •   fuellingthems Continued prayer 3w
  •   bennettsforchrist Praying for a quick recovery for sweet girl and much needed rest for momma 3w
  •   angeyprice Oh baby, I'm praying for a quick recovery and for rest for you!!! 3w
  •   bluejeanbean Poor sweet girl :( 3w
  •   waverleew Oh no Casey! Praying for a speedy recovery. Let me know if I can help. 3w

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caseychappell If you're a newer friend of mine and wanted to know the whole story of our adoptions and how we came to adopt... then adopt internationally... then two special needs adoptions in such a short time span.... well, here is the Long-story-in-a-nutshell post on my journey to motherhood. Link in profile.
Also.... Are we done adopting? Can we have more babies biologically? I include that info towards the end. #linkinbio #adoption
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  •   growing_by_grace Beautiful story! Thank you so much for sharing! 3w
  •   lindsfondsmith @lrmcg great blog and account to follow!! 3w
  •   audreygthomas Thank you for sharing! What a beautiful story. My husband and I are foster parents and currently trying to adopt the 3 blessings we have in our home. I also have a younger brother with Down Syndrome! May God continue to bless you and your family!!! 3w
  •   downrightwonderful Loved reading your inspiring story! God is so amazing! Adopting a baby with Down syndrome has been on my heart since our 17 month old was born with DS. I will be reading more of your blog for any wisdom and info! :) 3w
  •   txfam2005 Enjoyed reading that. 3w
  •   sunnysidejims Thank you for sharing!! Can't wait to read your story!! My hubby and I have just started the beautiful journey of adoption- everything is overwhelming and exciting and crazy & beautiful- Sooo encouraging to hear others stories!! 3w
  •   owhatever22 I just read your story, such wonderful heart you and your family have! 3w
  •   sunnysidejims @caseychappell just read your post & had to pop back on here to say a huge THANK YOU! What a beautiful story God has weaved! More than anything, I feel such HOPE now... Thank you! 3w

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caseychappell This is the last thing the kids do before heading to school. A kiss and a wave and Abel sends them off. I love it

Two weeks in and these are a few things I've learned
- school days make the week FLY by
- I'm a morning person, I just don't like other people in the morning. - I'm so grateful for school provided lunches
- my kids don't drink cows milk regularly but that's the only drink option at lunch. 🐄 the teachers look at me like I have ten heads when I said they couldn't drink milk/chocolate milk.(suggested I needed a dr. Note to let them pass on it). But we're getting water bottles for them so I think it will be fine
- I definitely can feel my mind and soul beginning to find a little rest during the week. Though I have a LONG way to go
- same for being the kind of intentional mom I want to be
- Evie and Ezra are learning nursery rhymes/fairy tales in pre-K and I think after teaching them to Zoe and jack I just forgot to with them. But I love the imagination and lessons they teach
- Abel is loving the more focused attention in playing and eating but not so loving the more focused training in obedience
- But I like to remind him that mommy is learning obedience too and that while it may be tough and outside our comfort zone, there is so much joy found in it!!! #trustandobey #happyinjesus #tgif
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  •   theandersoncrew The milk thing 🏻 4w
  •   graceandsaltyair Lots of transitions for you this year. That is such a sweet picture. My daughter didn't drink milk either and we had to get a doctors note so she could have OJ when she bought her lunch... It was kinda crazy. You'd think by now they'd get it that not everyone drinks cows milk. 4w
  •   twofeatheredarrows HI, Casey! I have some question for you about adoption {specifically with Down syndrome}. Could you DM me your email address! 4w
  •   orchardmama @caseychappell I just heard you on the @influencenet podcast:) so fun to hear you voice and your story! I just joined influence network, I'm excited to see what it's all about! 4w

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caseychappell I had set up at @fwcitychurch today and can I just brag on @dchappell who got six kids ready and to church on time on his own!! Then he served in a classroom with 17 two year olds! Our church loves some kids!! 🏻 (and our church families love making/adopting them. ) @a_peaceful_clatter is one of those families and this is her beautiful daughter jumping in our #sundaysonSouthLake Photo. (We'll claim her any day! ) Happy Sunday Yall! Stay warm! 1mon

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caseychappell It's Friday!! It's my first Friday as a mama with kids in public school and not homeschooled. Someone asked me if I was bored or going crazy with the hours of quiet during the day but I think it will take weeks maybe months of catching up on pretty much every area of my life before I start feeling a little more free while they are at school. (Not to mention, the two kiddos still at home still keep me hopping) The kids did really great and loved it and are outside soaking up this warm January day here in texas before it turns cold tomorrow. I was telling my brother today that I'm excited for this year and all it holds because for the past 8 years I've been on a journey that while incredible and epic has left me feeling every day like I've been run over by a mac truck! I want to thrive and not just survive. Which I think will involve quite a bit of self care (hello #whole30 & beginner yoga ) soul care (hello lots of #paultripp books, #ifgathering2016 and #lingerconference ) getting rid of my tendency to do things out of obligation or fear of rejection...and to firmly believe that all Gods promises find their Yes in Christ and that He is who He says He is!! #tgif #fridayintroductions 1mon
  •   erynkesler @caseychappell I'm with you! As a momma of 5 (2 littles at home), I think they'll be graduated before I catch up on all to be done...but I've declared 2016 the year to get well. To get out of survival. To feel not beat up. 1mon
  •   studandme2 "Getting rid of my tendency to do things out of obligation or fear of rejection." Yaaassss! I need to write this down for moi. 1mon
  •   the_bees_kneez Found your blog somehow thru pinterest, love what you've had to share, thank you!!! Let us know if you ever come to Sydney Australia, and we'll have you over for a coffee on our couch 1mon
  •   heyjbai Dude. The Lord recently lead me to yoga. Check out holyyoga.net. 1mon
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  •   apriltashhman6 You are so blessed, love you 1mon
  •   jocellajd You are so lovely. 4w
  •   ashleybrooke02 Thrive not just survive. ..I love it @caseychappell !!! Time to get some you time ! 4w

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caseychappell Well, trying to keep socks and shoes on this one may not have worked this past year but I wrote what all DID WORK for us crazy Chappells on the Blog! (Link in bio) I also included my favorite products/things of 2015 as well as exciting things ahead! #2016goalsetting #makingthingshappen #ilovelaracasey 1mon

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caseychappell Finishing up our #whole30 day two breakfast. Yes, We are the crazy people who started whole 30 and a new routine on the same day. I even drank my americano black yesterday! 🏻 taking some extra time to snuggle our babies (I totally blame her for our Christmas tree still being up anyone besides me wish they made year round lamps with that same twinkling glow a tree provides ) Yesterday went great and the kids had a great day at school. They all wanted to go back today so I call that a win!! I think transitions and changes like this impact jack and Evie the most (like needing pull-ups at night and us being in tune to the actions that are expressing the emotions they are trying to communicate but might not know how to put them into words) but I love to study my children and help them fly!! And I get how big of a change this is for us, already Im having to fight my laid back ways and 'unschooling' tendencies and prayerfully seek where I need to let go and where I can step up and incorporate those things after school and where I can be their teachers biggest cheerleader! It just all takes time and trusting Him! I'm really quite overwhelmed at the encouragement you've given me the past few days. Someone told me a few months ago that my online world of friends is fake and akin to playing a video game.... but how they are wrong. God has blessed me with you crazy Lovin people (some whom I've never even met) and you make me a better mama, wife and friend!! Thank you! 1mon
  •   iambonnieb I'm so glad they liked their first day! Sending Emmi to school (even though I'm there teaching 2 mornings a week) was an adjustment for this homeschooled teacher! It helps me to remember that I'm sending her out into her little world to impact others, build relationships, and expand our influence as a Jesus family. What a big job for our kids! 1mon
  •   verpetersen I am so glad the kids had a great day at school yesterday, @caseychappell! Thanks for always being so authentic on here and sharing your schooling journey. I think that you've been such an encouragement to many people who have either only homeschooled or only public schooled to simply just be open to different options. There are definitely various seasons of life which require changing things up a little (or a lot!). And I would agree with you that though social media can be a time sucker, it can also become quite a sweet community of sorts. I have definitely found that as I have been on bedrest and experiencing other health issues that have prevented me from leaving the house and being face to face with people. Enjoy those snuggles with those sweet babes of yours! (We just took our tree down yesterday ). 1mon
  •   bonniemartin Oh how they are wrong! I've never met you, but as a fellow homeschooling mama, I know you had a hard decision to make in sending your babies to school. You've been on my mind and I have been praying for you and them on their new adventure! Thank you for sharing your heart and wisdom with so many of us you've never met! 1mon
  •   caseychappell @verpetersen thank you! The fact that you're going through so much pain and you wrote all that makes me feel so loved by you!! praying for relief and a for sure diagnosis, and that doctors take you seriously, I hate when they don't!! 1mon
  •   caseychappell @iambonnieb yes yes yes!! 1mon
  •   caseychappell @bonniemartin thank you. You are so kind!! 1mon
  •   heyjbai So awesome! That's how I roll too... Big goals all at the same time. Praying for yall in this season. You've got this... Because He's got this. 1mon
  •   faitharding Yes, I want that year round twinkle light lamp too please!! 1mon

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caseychappell What a sweet day with these two cuties!! Abel was not happy about the kids leaving until he realized that nobody was left to veto watching episode after episode of Signing Times! 🏼🏼🏼🏼🏼 I dreamt about the relationship these two would develop far before she was even conceived. I want them to be each other's biggest cheerleader, to have each other's back, to be best of friends and always there for each other! I can't believe God gave them both to us! We are so blessed! #downsyndromerocks #abelandisla #islaoliviarose 1mon
  •   jbens73 I was just thinking of you as I was pulling into my driveway from picking Addie up from school! I looooove that you got some good time with Abel and Isla today! 1mon
  •   living_a_simple_life Man, I love this! 1mon

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