caseychappell Can I just brag on Zoe's birthmom for a minute? She just graduated with her MBA!!! I remember her telling me she wanted to do this over 7 years ago as we talked in a hospital room both taking turns snuggling a 5lb little girl she just had given birth to. And she did it!!! We are so proud of you Mama S!!!! . One of the most surprising things about having open adoptions has been when you're raising a child that was given to you by a birthmom who is incredible and would have been an incredible mom to your child but for various reasons and circumstances ended up choosing you to love that baby and call her your own for the rest of her life! Most of them even go on to have more children that they choose to parent...and parent well!! Honestly, it's one of the areas I've struggled most with. I think sometimes it's easier to wrap my mind around a birth parent not being able to parent due to inability or tragic circumstances. It's definitely easier to explain to your child when that's the case. But I also look around and can't imagine my life without each one of my kids and see how perfectly each of them fit into our family. It's times like those I have to trust in Gods sovereignty and know that He was working in the heart and life of my Childs birthmother/father and that He is sovereign over their choice to place and our choice to say yes! He was there in that moment in time orchestrating it all. And He's big enough to hold us (both adoptive parents and birth families) and comfort when we doubt and struggle and wonder why. And that alone is enough of a reason to be confident in the story He's writing for each of us and to love boldly my children's first family and to tell my kids of Gods goodness even when answers aren't easy or simple. 4d
  •   adrelly So thankful for the beautiful relationship you guys have. Wish I had a much better one with my birth mom but I'm thankful for the wonderful relationship I had with my mom. I can definitely understand how you feel but I believe Zoe is so blessed to have two wonderful moms who love her so sacrificially. You are both amazing. 4d
  •   julskirby Beautiful. Thank you for sharing this, Casey!! 4d
  •   asparrowandasong Hey! I'm Amadaia. Im a birthmom with an incredible and unique story, and I love this SO so much!!! I just followed you! 4d
  •   hazelsheartgrace @juliestrait - THIS!!!!! This is true love and the definition of strength. Makes me think of you. And just how simply amazing YOU are and how strong you are. You have a beautiful heart and I'm so proud to know you. The best part, is I can call you my friend. 3d

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caseychappell It's a great day to try #poprocks for the first time with the best neighbor kids ever! 5d

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caseychappell I feel like this is so applicable to many areas in our lives. I think fear often can keep us from doing the very thing God has called us to, no matter if we feel uniquely gifted for it or not. I know I experience it often...especially when it comes to our ministry and the stance on orthodox sexuality we hold to but yet the posture of love and friendship we advocate for. It feels like someone has a problem with one or the other. But we know that when conversations are had, understanding is sought, fear is thrown out the window and humility is the underlying tone then Gospel centered hope can be gained. #theidentifynetwork 1w
  •   kristen.nick.emma I am all about respectful disagreement. I hope you didn't think I was trying to start a fight on your post the other day, I'm genuinely just trying to better understand. I have known LGBT Christians who are having a hard time finding churches to accept them, so if this program is genuinely accepting of their sexuality and doesn't try to change them, I would love to learn more about it and recommend it to my local churches. If not, I would understand and not comment on your posts anymore. Just trying to learn :) 1w
  •   kristen.nick.emma Love the quote : 1w

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caseychappell Hi everyone, Isla here. I'm finally up for doing my own post. Whew... I'm so glad to have that surgery behind me. I am so thankful for pain meds and comfy beds this past week. I'm getting a little tired of laying on my back so I tried rolling over today and while I did it... it's still a little painful so I got right back onto my back. But nothing is stopping me from smiling and laughing. I'm still not fully better but I think I can see a difference in having a heart that's fixed because I wake up starving and I let my mama know I want a bottle ASAP! I also want to be picked up a lot more so I realized that if I whine just a bit... presto, someone comes and scoops me up! Before my surgery I just didn't have it in me to be too demanding. But watch out world.... I have a strong heart and a smile that works magic! Mama said lots of you have been praying for me and I'm so grateful. Thank you from the bottom and top of my brand new heart! #diaryofislarose #downsyndromerocks #surgerynotsomuch #heartwarrior #zipperclub 1w
  •   adrelly She melts my heart. What a sweetheart. Thankful she's doing much better and thankful for that amazing strong heart of hers. 1w
  •   bennettsforchrist Love her and love you momma bear! 1w
  •   rachelgeer She looks great!!! 1w
  •   amelia_rose_and_i Gorgeous 1w

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caseychappell sweetest brothers ever!! 1w
  •   rootedinfaith Adorable!! 1w
  •   bethanytl27 I know full well that your kiddos aren't perfect and struggle to get along at times- just like any other kid, but it has been such a delight to see these kind of captured moments between them. I often forget how gentle and tender children can be with one another. So sweet. 1w
  •   zeeramfam So grown!!! 1w
  •   raisingfivearrows Precious! 1w

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caseychappell This cute #heartwarrior gets to go home today!! 🏻 She's healing beautifully, tons of energy and almost back to her normal activity level. The kids are so excited to see her but I know it will be hard for them to not be able to pick her up like they are used to. But we will keep them busy and summer will be here before we know it. Thank you all your prayers and continue to pray for her the next five weeks as she heals (mostly for her broken and wired together breast bone). #letsblowthispopsiclestand #homesweethome #downsyndromelove #cookchildrenshospital #islaoliviarose 2w

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caseychappell Somebody's been laughing and blowing bubbles all day today! She's basically all ready to go home but since she hasn't been eating a lot they want to keep her longer. I tried telling them this is what she does sometimes, but I guess better safe than sorry. (So I threw in some butter, sugar and MSG into her last batch of formula...maybe that will help) *j/k . She got most of her bandages off today and is healing nicely. It's been so peaceful here but I'm ready to have her home! I think honestly she sleeps better with all the noise and busyness around her.
I have been reading while we've been here. hospitals and traveling are really the only chance I get to read these days. And usually it centers on a theme, like one trip in the past I read a ton about grief...the last hospital stay I devoured a book and podcasts on hospitality. This time I've been really been digging deeper into labels such as evangelicalism, progressive, liberal, conservative, left, right....all of which I find myself in various aspect of and all of which I have great issues within their core standard of beliefs and more so the people who hold to any one of them 110%. It's been good...lots to think through and chew on. I hope to blog about it soon. Any of you have questions I can be thinking on surrounding these kind of labels and how they are landing on your soul these days? I'm so thankful for Scripture and my belief that it is infallible even within the unexplainable and for the life Christ lived out in the gospels that demonstrated a love that shocked the saint and the sinner both! May I not strive for or be afraid of any label that man may put on me but may I press into a life that looks more and more like one that desperately needs Jesus and His redemptive power and who reaches out to love others no matter how risky it feels. * Photo by Islas awesome uncle john @kenai_460
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  •   charlieellie62 Love this funny face, she's fine for shure 2w
  •   babthom @caseychappell your words perfectly express what i am struggling through in a hard situation. The incredible love of Christ that shocked sinners and saints too. Would you share the titles of some of the books you've been reading on hospitality? 2w
  •   pikipaco so cute!2w

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caseychappell I've made a few new friends this week so I thought I'd join in on #fridayintroductions
Twelve years ago on a Friday night like this one I was walking down the isle to my college sweetheart! We knew we wanted to adopt before getting married but could never have anticipated the adventure God would take us on as our first son was born and went into the arms of Jesus soon after. 4 months later Zoe (whose name means life!) was placed into our aching arms. The rest is a blur of saying Yes, paperwork, fundraising and opening our hearts and home to six incredible kids each with stories as unique as they are.
We also didn't know that God would take our individual deeply rooted struggles, Dan with same-sex attraction and me with legalistic self-righteousness, and use our marriage to uproot and expose our need for Jesus and to mold and refine us to look more like the Savior who loves His bride the Church so much, despite their sin, He gave His life for her!
We are passionate about living out the Gospel and reaching those who feel like they are beyond His reach, challenging those who live in Christian bubbles to see with the lens of eternity and not comfort or fear, and standing for justice for the marginalized and misunderstood. Happy Anniversary @dchappell You are the only one is want to be on this adventure with! Thank you for choosing me 12 years ago and each and every day since!
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  •   britni.eise Thank you for being open. 2w
  •   created4worship With our four, I feel like we are stretched to max capacity. I really just cannot imagine making your life work. I hope it yields immense rewards in your life as well as in eternity. 2w
  •   raeamor Hi there I found you on the 'general feed' and want you to know I am praying for that gorgeous baby of yours who is undergoing serious issues and for your whole family to continue to feel His presence. You are very inspiring 2w
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caseychappell Finally!!! My girl is all smiles!! I think she's forgiven me for putting her through all this. We got booted out of ICU and are in a regular room (which is a lot more private but not near the level of care, I think it's designed to make you want to go home!! ️) Not sure when that will be...they said 2-4 days in here. She has some congestion in her chest they really want her to get out. And she still has some moments of pain that scare her. Had the dietician swing by yesterday and she was super impressed with the homemade formula we use for Isla and wrote for her to start taking that now. (The ICU Dr. wasn't too keen on using goats milk formula so she had her on EleCare, it did the job but I don't think Isla liked it near as much...plus I really like knowing all of the awesome ingredients she's getting with ours) Visitors are welcome to come by now. One of us should be up here most of the time. Thank you for praying for our girl. Last night I walked in with a young mama whose 2 year old son Jackson is in here for brain stem cancer. They are trying some heavy treatments and are fighting for him!! Let's pray for them as they walk out this story that really scary and seems oh so dark! #cancersucks #downsyndromelove #heartwarrior #islaoliviarose 2w
  •   in_vienas_shoes Oh my goodness!! She looks so good for just having had the surgery. Her smile radiates with "I'm a heart warrior" now. Welcome to the club sweet angel 🏼 she'll heal in amazing ways that you'll wonder how on earth she recovered so well. She is an inspiration to so many!! Yay sweet baby girl!! 2w
  •   thimbleandpine Awwwwww!! Xxxx 2w
  •   sirenpink Sending prayers 2w
  •   stacie_aspden My little girl had a complete AVSD repair back in April last year. She was in hospital for 10 days in total. She also has Down's syndrome and her name is also Isla! wishing your beautiful little Isla a speedy recovery! Let's hope she can go home soon!!xx 2w

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caseychappell Each afternoon this week the kids have started going a little bonkers. I anticipated as much with the approachment of summer in the air, wonky schedules, and wrapping their little heads around weighty things like babies having heart surgery and great grandmas passing away. But each afternoon there has been a knock on the door and a package arrives..... and squeals erupt as they open fun craft activities from our Amazon list that all of the sudden turned a crazy afternoon into a fun and exciting one ....Abel is fascinated by developmental toys we've wanted but haven't had until now.... And like a mom nerd I cheer at getting paper plates and laundry soap!! And then...dinner comes!! This crew is being spoiled by some good food!! So THANK YOU from the bottom of our heart to those who have been such a blessing!!! Know you've been the hands and feet of Jesus to us! #ittakesavillage #askforhelpmamas #weneedourvillage #iheartamazon
#ithinktheUPSguythinkswerunaDaycare #paperplatespaperbowls #christmasinmay
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  •   mikstevens was there an Amazon wish list you had? I would love to see it! 2w
  •   mycolonialremodel Loving your full house and your amazing heart! 2w

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caseychappell She had a good night but woke up with quite a bit of pain but is pretty drugged up now. She's still not ready to smile (probably due to the uncomfortability of the chest tube which should come out in a little bit) but she's up for playing a little so I'll take it. Hopefully leave the CICU today for a normal room. But everyone here has been incredible!! Have loved sharing our story with the staff here to how she became our daughter. And you all have been so awesome with your love for her and us! Thank you for everything! We are so thankful for each of you in our lives. #ittakesavillage #heartwarrior #islaoliviarose #downrightperfect 2w
  •   angeyprice I've been praying for her pain to lessen! 2w
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  •   tianalinlee Sweet baby Isla! Sending up a prayer for her recovery 2w
  •   lyndseyyo Prayers to that gorgeous girl!! Xx from a NICU mama 2w

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caseychappell His concerned face and her tears say so much to me of their love for their sister. Zoe said, "Mama, I'm so sad. Isla is still so new to our family and I'm afraid to see her like this. I want to hold her so bad." I said "Zoe look at my eyes...I know fully what's going on and I'm not afraid and I know this is what's best for her. You can trust me." I saw her relax and she hugged me and said "I'll try my best to remember that, it's hard to trust." and then I bent down and said, "I know sweetie, I have to pray for God to help me trust Him when I'm afraid and I know that He knows Everything that's going on and He knows what's best for us. So tonight we can both be praying for our hearts to trust fully! And we can thank Jesus for Islas heart that was broken and now is made whole." I love when life unfolds into living breathing Gospel rich moments that become branded upon my heart and hopefully are molding and impacting my children for eternity too. #islaoliviarose #heartwarrior #Chd #downsyndromelove #hemakesallthingsnew 2w

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caseychappell Surgery is DONE!! She did great. We got to see her really quick (literally one minute) on her way to the cardiac ICU. They will take an hour or two and get her all settled. Then we will get to go be with her and can stay by her side until she leaves the hospital. So glad that part is over. Pray for her pain management tonight and tomorrow! #heartwarrior #islaoliviarose 2w
  •   tachymelo Dios te bendiga preciosa 2w
  •   keirabeach My daughter is 16 & had asd tricuspid valve repair twice -at 14 & 15 Never easy at any age - prayers for you all! 2w
  •   alittleextradesigns Prayers for your baby girl! 2w
  •   yasmininna Dios te bendiga y este contigo para salir adelante, él es omnipotente y todo lo puede.. Millones de besitos hermosa bebe 2w

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caseychappell Almost ready for surgery! She's so hungry but still got a smile out of her. #islaoliviarose #heartwarrior #downsyndromelove 3w

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caseychappell Went to go grab her a sleeper and came back to her fast asleep like this. #wecallhersuperflex She was a champ today at Pre-op. Everyone at Cook Childrens was SO kind! We learned today that her Surgeon will use the sack around her heart, cut a piece out of it... soak it to toughen it and then use that very piece to patch the hole in her heart. Isn't that amazing!! It will be a long day tomorrow with lots of waiting. She will go back into surgery at 9am and we probably won't get to spend much time with her until around 5-6pm.
Thank you to everyone who has messaged, texted, and to those of you who will be watching our kiddos, feeding us and providing basic needs we have as a family. It takes a village. We are so grateful you are a part of ours.
Now, I've got to go wake this sweetie, kiss that precious chest of hers and give her her last bottle for a while. #heartwarrior #zipperclub
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caseychappell This sweet girl has Pre-op this morning! We've had two friends whose adopted babies with #downsyndrome go through heart surgery the past two weeks and it's been such a blessing to take notes from them and feel a smidge more prepared for this week. Tomorrow first thing Isla is having a hole in the upper chambers of her heart repaired. Pray for her to specifically have success at getting blood drawn and IVs put in, our ds babies are notorious for being difficult to stick. I'll keep you posted on her progress this week. #avsd #joiningthezipperclub #islaoliviarose 3w
  •   norabish Praying mercy Lord, mercy and for a quick recovery, in Jesus name Amen 3w
  •   angeyprice Praying for Isla!! And for you and Dan and the family too!!! And doctors! Love you!!!!! 3w
  •   jessicamiller_realtor Praying for sweet Isla! And the medical staff! In Jesus' name. Amen. 🏻 3w
  •   standforlifemovement Praying for sweet baby girl - and for all of those with hands to heal her tomorrow! 3w

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caseychappell Some would like a month of Sundays but I would love a year of Aprils! Here are some of the things I learned last month in the Blog. It includes, cabbage, laundry, lice and to gift wrap or not to gift wrap. And I put a few of my favorites lately on there too. Link in Profile. #thingsilearned 3w

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caseychappell When it's Star Wars day at school and you realize you don't own anything Star Wars you get creative.....meet girl Yoda. (so glad they still love to use their imaginations) #maytheforthbewithyou #everydaywithevie 3w

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caseychappell Hey friends, this sweet nook is at a coffee shop just blocks from my house. And I've been longing to sit and talk with my friends just about real life, struggles, frustrations, and joys. But right now as a mom of lots of littles time doesn't afford me much of that lately.
So I'm trying to be more intentional at emailing friends and sharing deeper parts of my heart and story with those who can be encouraging and prayer warriors on our behalf... And who can be okay with the real and raw that life can bring sometimes.
So, if you want to have a heart to heart chat in your inbox once a month or so then let me know and leave me your email address below 🏻 and I'll add you. I've got an email I'm working on going out tomorrow.
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