caseychappell I can't believe I get the joy of being their mom!! So enjoy watching their love for each other grow and blossom. #downsyndromelove #adventuresofabelandisla 3d
  •   lizzard90 So cute!! 3d
  •   caseychappell @jesshoke oh yes, Isla had no interest two months ago in lifting her head. It's crazy how they do come along in their own time. 3d
  •   tgracemahaffey Oh my goodness. They are beautiful babies. I need to meet this cutie Isla and have some much needed girl time with her mommy 2d
  •   caseychappell @tgracemahaffey lets do it!!! 2d

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caseychappell Evie is getting better at being a responsible big sister. The other day she had to go a whole day without being near Isla due to her ongoing ability to make her cry by poking/pinching. She was miserable without her sister. So I think she's understanding what a privilege it is to care for another with gentleness. #everydaywithevie #islaoliviarose 3d

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caseychappell Two weeks from today this cutie will have a different looking chest as she undergoes a 6 hour open heart surgery to repair a fairly large ASD. Is there such thing as surgical nesting? Because if so I have it big time!! Im praying that God completely heals her and that she doesn't need the surgery. We have a Big God who Heals!! And I believe He can! however we also have a God who comes near and proves Himself to be sufficient and a great comforter when times of hardship and suffering come. So this little one belongs to Him and I will fight to trust His goodness and love....and use my ongoing adrenaline rushes to organize #allthethings #islaoliviarose #downsyndromelove 6d
  •   makesomethingbeautiful Oh brave mama and baby I love you both 5d
  •   kristinnhunt Prayers up for y'all and that precious angel! 5d
  •   adrelly Cannot imagine how you must be feeling, I can only sympathize as a mom. Will be praying the same for her, take comfort that if she needs surgery God is in the hands of those talented surgeons. What a fighter she is. 5d
  •   jessicafaircloth I've been following you for a long time and just wanted to let you know that she will do great! My daughter was born with half a heart and we spent the first 5 months of her life away from home. She will be 2 next month and you'd never know she has half a heart! She's also complete heart block and is pacemaker dependent. Unless you see her scars, you'd never know! Good luck and prayers for your sweet girl!3d

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caseychappell "I love having special time with you mama." Oh sweet Evie, how I love you so. I'm so glad we said Yes, with all our heart Yes to a sweet abandoned 6 day old baby who was left to starve and was given a 50/50 chance of surviving. You are a smart beautiful girl who has a strength of spirit that I believe was forged in that first week of life and a tenderness of heart that has been cultivated from the moment someone found you, scooped you up and put salve on your bug bitten precious face and wrapped you in a snowsuit. I'll never forget that call that changed our world just a week after we said yes to your 8 month old brother. Look at you now!! I'm so happy I'm who God chose to be your mama. I wish I could meet your first mama and tell her what an incredible girl she gave birth to and that no matter what happened that Jesus was writing your story and still is and we can trust Him to take every detail and craft it for His glory and your joy!! #evieavonleajoy #everydaywithevie #adoption #congo #theinspiredstory 1w

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caseychappell Kept Evie home today just because my mama heart sensed she needed a day with us to be near me, stay in comfy clothes, to snuggle her baby girl and to have time to have some kid led play with Abel. She's in a interesting place where she's the younger of the big kids and the older sister to the littles. She thrives when she has ample time fulfilling both roles. So all day today she's mamas little girl and a wonderful big sister! School will be there tomorrow and she will be a better student when she's recharged doing things that bring her life and joy! (#notetoself) #everydaywithevie 2w
  •   lalondey I do this too with my youngest. This is our first year in public school and sometimes he misses home. 2w
  •   ourgoodmess Sweet. 2w
  •   meetjanay Oh how i wish more parents would do this. As a person working in the child care field... So many parents forget that these little people need a break or moment too! The children end up acting out 1w
  •   shaneesnodgrass Good word sister! 1w

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caseychappell Took my manCubs to see #thejunglebook yesterday and it was great! It was as if National Geographic redid the cartoon classic. Some have said it was too scary for younger kids. Honestly, I didn't think so. I think age 4-5 and up should be fine. Kaa and King Louie were pretty intense and if your kids have a certain fear of those kind of animals or animal attacks then maybe skip this one. (Although to be fair, My kids have seen Percy jackson and Echo so this definitely wasn't any more intense than those) Zoe did climb in my lap for the battle with King Louie. it was very well done! It's amazing what they can do with CGI these days! We didn't do 3D but I bet it would be pretty awesome too. (Fort Worth friends, if you've never been to the AMC downtown...it's the BEST theater in town!! Take your mancubs!!) #fortworth #disneyjunglebook 2w
  •   katiegriffith36 Such a strong adoption theme too. Loved it! 2w
  •   ashleerenewells I have heard this could cause triggers for adopted kids and should be seen with caution. What do you think!? Sounds like you all had a great family outing! Trying to decide if it would be wise for my (adopted) highly sensitive 15 year old. :/ I might need to see it without her to decide. 2w
  •   caseychappell @ashleerenewells I think it's great for adopted kids!! And especially a 15 year old. It's so nowhere close to being a reality and even so it conveys an always and forever mentality to adoption. 2w
  •   craigfoyerules The best Disney movie of 2016!!!! 5d

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caseychappell As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. "Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins "It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him

I love this story in scripture especially as a mama of two sweet babies with #downsyndrome because it shows how even the best intentioned people can be concerned and miss the boat when it comes to Gods design. His disciples were focused on what might be the cause of such suffering or disability (and let's not forget the blind man could still hear, way to be #awkward guys) But Jesus took ownership of this mans disability and went straight to the beautiful purpose of it...for Gods glory

Another aspect that I love about this story is that Jesus drew near to those who even religious people looked at with judgement or self righteous pity. Even when Jesus touched him and healed him the religious were more concerned that Jesus broke a rule, broke their interpretation of that rule, than the fact that there was a man who once was blind but could now see

A lot of times when it comes to the ministry of loving people you're going to really tick off those who aren't comfortable with the way you go about loving them because to them it might look like you're breaking the rules (or their interpretation of them). But friends, keep on loving!! Keep drawing close to the marginalized and outcasts, keep correcting and showing grace to those who are well meaning but awkward, keep frustrating the religious and keep looking for Gods glory and loving purposes to be displayed in the places where others just see sin and suffering.
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caseychappell Ever thought about adopting a child with Down Syndrome? It started as just a thought for us too, and has turned into adopting two of the most incredible blessings to our family! We had fears, A LOT of them.... but most of them faded as soon as we met Abel and Isla and the other fears that still linger just pale in comparison to the joy we've experienced in bringing them into our family! <3 Because #downsyndromerocks

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 20th at 1pm, EST for a FREE webinar that will introduce the work of the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network, which maintains a registry of families who want to adopt a child with Down syndrome within the United States.
The National Down Syndrome Adoption Network provides information to birth families who may be seeking alternatives to parenting as they prepare for the arrival of their child, provides support to families who wish to adopt a child with Down syndrome, and provides a link for agencies that are seeking adoptive families to provide loving homes for children with Down syndrome of all ages. During the webinar, Stephanie Thompson, Director of the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network, will explain the adoption process and what it takes to become an adoptive family. (I can't say enough about Stephanie Thompson and the work she does and the love she demonstrates towards NDSAN families!!) Here is the link: (also in profile) https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1002021603894469633
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caseychappell I just read this out loud to Dan and sobbed through it. Such powerful truth in these words. Congratulations Voskamp Family!!! Repost by @annvoskamp ・・・
... and then when it was #nationalsiblingday, Little One who had no siblings, was placed sleeping into my arms & in a moment, she had a Mom & a Dad, 4 brothers & 2 sisters-- & each of them had a new little sister & family is a verb, family is an action that we choose because family is not just what we are, it’s something that we actively keep on making.

Turns out we aren’t merely born into families, families are born out of our reaching out & holding on & serving anyways & giving always... Always.
Turns out it's not only the blood in our veins that make us family — it’s the blood & sacrifice in our days that makes us a family.
Turns out? Parenting isn’t quite as overwhelming when we simply understand how to serve in this minute. Sometimes figuring that out is hard. Sometimes what serves best is simply our open arms & the close beat of our own breaking heart.
Love breaks & gives away your heart. Every time.
And her little heart broke in my arms -- sad & grieving & confused & overwhelmed by all the unknown & unexpected. And I rocked her close, our tears all a mess together, and I whispered to her the only thing there ever is to hear:
"Shhhhh... It's okay, it's okay... You are safe.
You are Beloved.
You Belong.
Believe."
She felt like kin, our hearts beating sort of brave & unbrave side by side.
#1000Gifts #adoption
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caseychappell I'm kind of a magazine junkie. I LOVE them! I think with 6 kids it's like a mini vaca each time I open one and get lost in their pages. And I like reading different ones at specific times...like airplane trips always require the latest People magazine, pedicures...Instyle or Vogue, and Dr. waiting rooms usually I'm stuck with Good housekeeping. But my favorite two magazines are these two! @southernweddings and @belongmag are the ones I look forward to reading each and every time they come out! I love Southern Weddings because it's about so much more than weddings, they are about telling a couples story and about inspiring strong marriages. Belong is a fairly new magazine that's all about blogging and using social media well as a blogger/small business owner. I love the quality of this magazine and the artful layout! You can find them both at Barnes and Noble as well as online. I will also say that these magazines are produced by women (@laracasey and @bsaxonspencer) who love Jesus and who honor Him through their dedication to doing each issue well!! Ladies, keep up the good and hard work because you inspire us to live meaningful lives and make our days (and coffee tables) a little more beautiful! 3w
  •   twofeatheredarrows I've heard of Southern Weddings, but not Belong. Gotta check it out! P.S. Fellow magazine junkie over here, too. 🏼 I've eased up a bit since Pinterest, but I do like to pay this section a visit every time I'm in a store. 3w
  •   caseychappell @twofeatheredarrows yes, and reading stacks of them at B&N for free over a cup of coffee is the best ever!! It's one of dan and I favorite kind of date! (Though he reads smarty pants books) 3w
  •   thegloriousmundane Yes! A mini vaca!!! Exactly! I always go to the library and check out like 20 magazines! I don't always get the most current/updated issue, but I always leave with so many! 3w
  •   southernweddings Grateful for your support, Casey! 3w

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caseychappell Few things I adore more than yearly traditions and bluebonnet season here in texas!! #bluebonnets #fortworthtx 3w

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caseychappell #heyworld I'm six months old today!! I'm about to dig into a half of a strawberry cake my grandma made me. It will be my first taste of real food. I'm still loving my bottles. I learned how to roll over a few weeks ago but I tend to get myself in a pickle because I can't hold my head up for very long. But all I have to do is fuss and my people come running to help me turn back over. I love playing with and chewing on my toes!! But most of all I love it when my family talks to me. I'm all smiles when they do. I like blowing bubbles and started babbling a little.
A month from tomorrow I'm having a 6 hour open heart surgery to fix a big ASD. We live just five blocks from the hospital I'll be at. Mom and Dad really like my surgeon... He's really really good at fixing sweet little hearts like mine. I'm ready to have this last surgery behind me. I think my family will be so glad it's done too.
Mom said that in some ways the past six months have flown by and in some ways they seem like a lifetime ago. I just know I've been loved so much in six months and I'm one blessed baby!! #diaryofislarose #downsyndromelove #happyhalfbirthday #islaoliviarose
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  •   sandrapeoples Thinking and praying this morning! Hope everything went smoothly! 3w
  •   caseychappell @sandrapeoples thank you!!! It's actually going to be may 10th. I think the way I worded it was confusing. But I'll take all the prayers!! I will keep you posted!! Love you friend! 3w
  •   evaoke Oh my gosh she is so sweet! Hope the upcoming surgery goes smoothly! 3w
  •   sandrapeoples I thought a Sunday surgery was odd. That's what I get for scanning! Even more weeks to pray now! 3w

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caseychappell We took the kids through the @compassion experience this afternoon and it was awesome! Such a great way to spur conversations about global missions with your kids. Also has the effect of convicting ones heart of ungratefulness about where one lives and what one has. 🏻 it was beautiful too to be able to show the kids what it was like where Evie and Ezra are from #africa and where Islas birth grandmother and great grandmother used to live #philippines. Well done @compassion thank you for bringing two incredible stories to life in such a vivid way and for doing so much for the sake of the gospel all over the world! #compassioninternational 3w
  •   jbens73 Jack's stance. Love it. And Ezra... Every pic, he is so dang handsome. Maybe we can work on an arranged marriage. 3w
  •   staceyzorma Is this organization anywhere else? I think there's something like this here in FL but my memory is vague. @caseychappell 3w
  •   tammylmcg Sweet kids 3w

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caseychappell I've always been drawn to photography. I started out apprenticing in high-school, shooting studio work, proms, then in college shot for my school to cover events and such. It was a great job to have. But then after getting engaged I needed a wedding photographer, we ended up not finding or getting one who could truly tell what an incredible story that was beginning that day. It was a job to her.
That launched me into a career as a wedding photographer and I poured everything I had into capturing those love stories.
I knew then that stories mattered. And that a photo could capture that story if you looked for it and listened to it.
Little did I know that I was being awakened to tell a story of my own that would entail some of the darkest days of my life and some of the most beautiful miracles one could imagine. I would tell others stories through the lens of authenticity and truth. I was being given a tool to give a voice to the voiceless. I was capturing images of the Gospel in action. I was showcasing the beauty of Gods image bearers.
It wasn't just a job anymore. It was a life changing gift from the author of the Greatest story ever told!
PHOTOGRAPHERS.... We want you to see your gift as just that! And I think this conference will be life changing. It's Aug.5th-7th 2016 in Dallas!! I'm teaching....and many more who I've tagged in the picture. Come spend three incredible days with us. You will be so glad you came!! Link in Profile!!! #theinspiredstory #ilovetotellthestory
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  •   monroesmom1 And you're a mighty fine photographer too!!!!!! 3w

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caseychappell These two!!! Gosh I love watching them grow up together. Islas birthfamily loved her dearly and placing her in our family was such a sacrifice for them and one they are still grieving and healing from, but it is moments like this one that I know is the heart behind their love for her in wanting her to have a sibling that has a special #downsyndrome bond together. I'm so grateful for her first family and I love celebrating her heritage and telling her story! It's precious to me and I can't wait to watch it continue to unfold!! #islaoliviarose #downsyndromelove 4w
  •   aduarte I had a dream a couple nights ago that I gave birth to twins (boy and a girl) who both had downs. I woke up nearly in tears because I felt even so honored to be given that kind of love, even if it was just a dream lol. Love your littles! 4w

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caseychappell I'm a bit late in posting this and am currently laying in bed ready to fall gloriously to sleep as soon as I post this. Yall six kids is so much work! I know I post our highlights and funny moments but please know that every day I get through on a wing and a prayer. I leave the kitchen a mess, laundry piles, emails unanswered, relationships neglected, teeth unbrushed and feeling totally inadequate to do what Gods called us to do in family, in school and in ministry. I feel weary and lonely and angsty many days...and I know it's mostly because this is a season of tilling, planting and getting messy.... Growth will come and oh for the days of harvest. But right now... It's hard to have so many areas of life be in this often messy very imperfect very humbling phase. Just wanting to keep it real with you guys. So keep praying for us and thank you for the encouragement and love you give me! It means so much! #sundaysonSouthLake #everyhourineedThee 4w
  •   funnygal77 Oh, as a fellow mommy of 6, I so relate! Thanks for the encouragement! 4w
  •   rootedinfaith Love this. Thanks for keeping it real. You've got this! Love what you said about tilling, planting, & getting messy...reminds me of James 5:7 in the message. Your planting & growing such valuable crops! 4w
  •   rachelgfisher EXACTLY how I feel! Thanks for the encouragement. He is faithful to complete His good work! 4w
  •   more.than.a.sparrow I'd just like to say that this is how I feel....with 2! lol - Keep fighting the good fight, mama! 4w

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