caseychappell I'm really excited to be telling the beginning of our journey towards our Down syndrome adoption on @thearchibaldproject blog today.
Link In Profile!! "I was at a friends wedding ceremony and I was mortified. My date was rocking and moaning next to me for no reason other than he felt like it. When I asked him to stop he laid out his stocky 17 year old body full length on the church pew and pretended to go to sleep. Which at that point was fine with me. Then, when we got to the reception, I was thankful he seemed to enjoy the cake and punch...until I realized that he was stashing 10-15 cups of punch behind a door in the room and wouldn’t move out of the way for people to come in and out as they needed to. I cried all the way home and my buddy didn’t like that one bit. He apologized for not listening to me and for making me cry. That was my one of my first experiences with someone who had Down syndrome........ Check the blog for the rest!
#downsyndromerocks #downsyndromelove #lovechromosome #upsideofdowns
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  •   jaimedebruyn This blogpost was SO stinkin good! Loved the glimpse into your heart and the story written exactly for your family! 1w
  •   mommy.otay Beautiful 1w
  •   hollydoden Love this! "I think many people wait for their fears to be relieved or subside to act on what they know God is calling them to do and they don’t realize that only after trust and obedience do they fully understand how perfect love is faithful to cast out fear." 1w
  •   saranoniblanket Beautiful and inspiring! 1w
  •   rosrodri15 #downsyndromerocks For sure... Love my guy 1w
  •   twiggyandmoocow You have an awesome journey ahead of you- we've been traveling this road for 13 joyous years! 1w
  •   aseedinspired Beautiful @jessicaitken 4h

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caseychappell Zoe: "Dad, when you sit there you look like you're the boss of this house"
Dan: winking at me "well we know that's not the case" Jack: "yeah, cause God's the boss of this house!" #thatsrightjack
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caseychappell Today @makesomethingbeautiful is hosting #12prayersforwearymothers Every hour she will share a prayer that will bring encouragement and hope to our day! This week she shared stories from moms about weariness and this was my story: "Losing my son was not the hardest day of my life. Being told that I would lose him was. I will never ever forget arriving home after that fateful prenatal appointment and crying all the tears I had and beating the bed screaming to God to make this nightmare go away and then eventually giving into the utter exhaustion that engulfed me completely. Then waking up to find that I needed to get up and keep going but I had nothing in me to do so.
I don’t know fully how I survived the next 10 weeks of carrying my child to full term while planning a funeral yet hoping to all hopes that the dr.’s were wrong and knowing that God could heal him but was still God even if He didn’t. But I know that in that weariness of grief and sorrow He met me there and did not abandon me. It’s an intimacy with Him that I honestly miss at times because I felt so powerless and yet He carried me through. I did have to say goodbye to my son too soon. But God who knows all too well the pain of losing a son has been there every step of the way.
That was a weariness I will always remember and one that can’t help but to change the way I look at the weariness I face daily as I raise a 6,5,4,3, and 2 year old. Now, I get weary! I cried, l literally cried the other night when I was on a date with my husband because I was so happy to be alone with him and not responsible for anyone else. It’s intense and it’s real." Rest of the story in comment below #12prayersforwearymothers
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  •   jbens73 Yes!!!! Yes yes yes yes. Your words are so beautiful and spirit-filled @caseychappell. I just cried reading this. So deep and life giving. Thank you. 2w
  •   blairashlyn I'm refusing to get out of bed until @makesomethingbeautiful posts the first one. I just cannot. 2w
  •   vashtidowns Thank you thank you thank you for sharing this. I'm so weary right now. Life seems to have so many lose ends. Our visas are a mess, Hudson's adoption can't be sorted until the visas are sorted, our two daughters are still living in an orphanage. Our income is not enough, the strain is taking a toll on our marriage, the future of this country is in the balance, I'm in constant physical pain due to not having medical coverage. And I'm tired. I'm really really tired. Its a weariness that is felt in my very soul. So thank you for being so honest and vulnerable. I feel encouraged that I'm not the only one to feel like this in the midst of the calling!!! Xxx @makesomethingbeautiful #12prayersforwearymothers 2w
  •   caseychappell @blairashlyn me too!! I have two sweaty kids in bed with me already. #heavenhelpus 2w
  •   caseychappell @vashtidowns oh friend... Know I'm praying for you today! Each and every hour I will take those prayers to Him on your behalf and for your family!! He has not forgotten you. He is there. He knows intimately what's going on with the visas. But it's hard to see what His purposes are because they are usually so opposite of our plans!! I love you. Thank you for letting me pray for you!!! 2w
  •   d_and_em @caseychappell thank you for sharing this part of your life with us for God's glory! Your story is so encouraging to me. Praise the Lord, God is faithful! 2w
  •   karibreed Every suffering Mommy heart knows of that "beating the bed and screaming to God to make this nightmare go away" feeling. Well painted...Case. Oh how thankful I am that Father meets us in the mess and reaches into the wounded places of our hearts...unafraid of our raw recklessness and instead craving the moment with us. Oh WHAT A GOD. 2w

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caseychappell that's about right. 2w
  •   lindsayburrell wow! I can't get over how big they're getting. 2w
  •   julskirby Holy cow when did they get so big?! Beautiful kiddos, Casey. They are just radiant with joy. 2w
  •   victoria_petro_eschler Ezra is going to be a heart breaker. .. we could share some gorgeous grandchildren if he's into redheads :) 2w
  •   danacordell Ezra is making a dan face... Don't you love it when you're adopted kids start looking like you!! 2w
  •   caseychappell @danacordell so true!!! 2w
  •   katiekesler Precious! 2w
  •   cdalaska Oh man so grown up!! 2w
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caseychappell Halfway through this book (which I got yesterday) and I'm a fan!!! This is the result of just step 1.a of her process! It's a super fast read with some eastern spiritual undertones which is to be expected with the author being from japan. but nothing I can't easily filter through or understand what she's meaning by it. Super practical!! #mariekondo #operationtidyhome 2w
  •   mynameisrush Thanks so much for recommendation! I got the book. It's fast to read and the important points are in bold. I'm ready to roll!! 2w
  •   caseychappell @mynameisrush yay!! Loved the bold points! I am reading dan the section on books this weekend!! 2w
  •   caseychappell @vanessaleevl I think so! I think it's super practical and makes you feel like she's having a conversation with you! 2w
  •   vanessaleevl Thanks! 2w
  •   mynameisrush I don't think mine came with that section. Maybe it's an old edition. Oh well... 2w
  •   mynameisrush And also, what do you really think is going to be the answer when you ask Dan, "Which of these books spark joy for you?" Do you really think he's going to say "not that one, not that one, not that one?" I think you will have the same number of books as when you began. 2w
  •   caseychappell @mynameisrush a girl can dream!! 2w
  •   mommy.otay I need it 1w

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caseychappell Slowly but surely. I've always wanted to homeschool my kids...like since I even had kids! But homeschooling a kindergartener and three preschoolers has been much harder than I ever thought it would be. And harder not in the actual activity part but in the emotional sense. I'm following my heart and studying my kids and finding out how each of them learn, but I'm shocked how often I still battle the weight and doubt of am I doing this right?? As if there exists a right way to educate a child! I'm also continually battling wanting my free time and time to invest in what is on my personal agenda but right now they are like little learning locusts...devouring everything around them and what I hope would keep them busy for a day really only lasts an hour if that...then on to whatever else lay in their path! Chomp! Chomp! Chomp! I'm an unschooler at heart so I'm pretty good at letting them be bored and discover creative outlets on their own.... But y'all it's wearisome because creativity and art and discovery all makes messes generally and is loud and involves teamwork and conflict and did I mention makes messes? I know the pay off is a rich love of learning and an excitement for life. But it's just the one of many areas parenting is humbling to me right now. (Although I'm so thankful for so many of you who encourage the heck out of me through your wise words and examples!!) Come on summertime!!!! #homeschooling #unschooling #charlottemason #lotsoflittles 3w
  •   raisingfivearrows My oldest is finishing 2nd grade, my next is wrapping up kindergarten (and you know I also have a 4yr old, 2yr old and 6 week old). Our kindergarten looked almost exactly like @herbanhomestead 's . We do nature study (exploring) with a group once a week, and I expose them to tons of things that interest me (art, symphonies, plays, etc.) and I READ TO THEM. I don't care if they can read by a certain age. They've all learned their letters/phonics and numbers by watching the Brainy Baby DVDs. I've not taught any letters, numbers, colors or shapes to any of them (except my oldest when he was an only child, and we played with a shape sorter and some flash cards). While one of my degrees is in child development and I did an internship at a Montessouri school, I no longer agree with anything I was taught to believe😬I like the Charlotte Mason approach to education - former education should begin after age six. It may not work for everyone, but it's worked beautifully for us. 3w
  •   raisingfivearrows For anyone who doesn't know, Charlotte Mason believed in children doing very short 10 min lessons between ages 6-8, and spending 5-6 hours outside playing :) 3w
  •   herbanhomestead @raisingfivearrows yesss!!!! We are CMers over here too. Just read, read, read aloud. 3w
  •   caseychappell @raisingfivearrows @herbanhomestead I'm totally with y'all!! I CM! I think I'm just surprised how easy it is to doubt the method when everyone around you is doing it differently (homeschool or traditional) and when it feels so non measurable in short term time tables. I think I was born to do it this way, it's just lonely at times. I know y'all get it! 3w
  •   caseychappell Thank you for loving me through your words!! 3w
  •   verpetersen @caseychappell, I used to doubt what we did too as a homeschool family, but you gotta know what your teaching style is, learn what jives with your kids, and then just be confident that you are doing exactly what God has called you to do! You are doing a great job with those kiddos. And I also do get the whole inner desire to do your own thing and have free time...I have battled this all year as I have had to put several hobbies on the back burner this year with being pregnant and homeschooling a 3rd grader, kindergartener and preschooler. So much of motherhood is dying to self and realizing that there are busier seasons than others. Love you and thanks always for being a transparent encourager here on IG! 3w
  •   ourgoodmess With yah. Homeschooling = life without margin! ️u! 3w
  •   raisingfivearrows Totally get it! I used to feel isolated, when my oldest was just 5, and I had a newborn. Joining a co-op where there were other women in the same season helped so much! It was there that I met all my best girlfriends (also in the same life stage) and we formed our own group to see our kids through middle school (at least!) It's been the greatest blessing, and no more isolation #communityhomeschool It will look different for everyone, but we all need our village. 3w

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caseychappell Love joining in on #fridayintroductions . It’s the post that reminds each other who we are and gets to know the face behind the images and the person behind the posts.
I’m Casey. 37. Mom of a 6,5,4,3, & 2 year old! I’m a full time fort builder, storyteller, chore hater, memory keeper, risk taker, mommy blogger, procrastinator, dream pursuer, people lover, and gospel believer! I’m LEARNING to call this big huge state of Texas home; 6 years and it’s still a process, although I think the tamales and tacos are wooing me well. I LOVE adoption, date nights, Down syndrome, airplane trips, the ocean and majestic views of nature. I ENJOY deep conversations, thinking outside the box, laying out by the ocean, meeting new people and hoping in the coming of Jesus where darkness will be no more and everything sad will become untrue. I MISS Yellow sony walkmans, camping in Alaska, the Ocean! ️ This week’s question is morning or night person? BOTH! We go through seasons of getting up earlier or staying up later. I think most of the time I stay up later simply because having all my kids asleep and quiet is SO incredible that I want to enjoy every moment of it I can. Whatever the case, early or late, I think for me getting at least 7 hours of sleep is KEY! Most of the time for me it looks like 11:30-7:00.
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  •   katiekesler Beautiful!! 3w
  •   millermommy43 Beautiful! You look so much like your mama here.:) 3w
  •   hellothewarrens Pretty pretty you!!! 3w
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  •   diana_meredith You said you love adoption and down syndrome! Me too! Have you adopted any kids with down syndrome? We are planning to in the next couple of years. 3w
  •   caseychappell @diana_meredith we have!! Our youngest has DS. 3w
  •   diana_meredith Most people think we are crazy, but my background is special ed and I have felt strongly that we should adopt a child with DS. Glad to "meet" you! 3w
  •   jessieweaver Happy Mother's Day to you! You're an inspiration! 3w

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caseychappell Don't think I'm being all resourceful and having my kids help prep dinner, I just think the cost of a half of a bag of potatoes is well worth an hour or two of activity that keeps them busy. 3w
  •   acoresmama I totally understand!!! 3w
  •   amymbird Really do miss you Casey Chappell. 3w

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caseychappell To all the mamas out there who Sunday mornings are anything but sabbath! It's a weary but well worth it (and short) chapter of nurturing our seedlings. #sundaysonsouthlake 4w

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caseychappell For my whole marriage (11 years!) I've been a teachers wife. And I've seen my husband faithfully pour into the hearts and minds of students and we love getting to still have them in our lives years later. But for some time we've been feeling led to take a step of faith and pursue full time ministry! We have some incredible hopes and dreams and can't wait to embark upon this adventure one step at a time wherever that might lead us. Those whose paths we have yet to cross are already in our hearts and we are excited at opening our hearts and home to making much of Him through a more focused life of counseling and discipleship! There are lots of unknowns and in many ways this feels very similar to the leap of faith that comes with adoption (and we are still excited about our next adoption as well) but we've proved Him over and over to be sufficient and good and faithful to lead us to a life we likely never would have planned for ourselves but yet is more than we ever imagined! Keep us in your prayers and I'm sure we will need encouragement along the twists and turns and loop de loops the next few months and years hold for our family! @dchappell the moment I met you I knew adventure awaited! I'm so glad to be by your side each and every step of the way. 1mon

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caseychappell Kicking off this Saturday morning with a little dubsmash! 1mon

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caseychappell Adoption has been a huge part of my life even before I became a mom. It changed my whole world 17 years ago when my parents after 3 years of a long emotional adoption process brought my sister home to us from China! She was 7 and probably very overwhelmed to have gained such a big and crazy bunch as her family and to have been taken from The Great Wall to the Great Tundra of Alaska! I know it hasn't always been easy on her but she truly sparkles from the inside out. I'm so glad she's my sister!! We had a great day together... I cut her hair and then we got long overdue pedicures (where the nail gal guessed she was 12 years old!) @whereislove12 (Jess, might want to make that @whereislove23 ) you are a beautiful woman, a kind and giving mama and wife and a spunky awesome sister!! I love the fact that we can talk about just about anything and I think your heart for your family is precious! I'm going to miss you and your babies so! Hurry back to us. 1mon

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caseychappell This is a picture of Zoe and her birth family. She's been full of questions about them. I will answer them and then she will think on them and come back with more questions. It's not easy at times to answer them. And if I'm honest sometimes it's emotionally hard for me to hear her talk and think about her birthmom so much. (Only because I'm selfish and want her heart all to myself) But that's where I preach to myself and remind myself that this is Gods story He's writing for us! He will be the comfort and understanding she needs and the confidence and wisdom I need and He will be the assurance and peace that her birthmother needs as we all walk across the pages of this narrative we are living out for His glory and our joy! #openadoption #anythingproject 1mon
  •   waverleew You are a good momma, Casey!! 1mon
  •   katiekesler Makes me emotional just reading this! 1mon
  •   laurengmorgan Beautiful. I can so relate. 1mon
  •   marladecubellis Totally understand! God is good! 1mon
  •   tgracemahaffey Feel ya sister. This adoption scenario is like the Wild Wild West sometimes and we are on the frontier. I know without a doubt our babies were given to us by Gods hand and grace. He has and will give us the wisdom and clarity to go down this path, with all its ups and downs. I know I could never do it without him. Never. Much love and prayers coming from me to you. 1mon
  •   riceandbaguettes From the voice of an adopted kid...she'll love you a whole lot more for answering all those questions for her!! :) :) 1mon
  •   jennoms Bless you. I work with a lot of adopted kids and it can be so hard. I think you are exactly right to be allowing and encouraging her to talk about it. Much love to you and yours. 1mon

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caseychappell I can't believe this is his last week as a one year old!!! 1mon

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caseychappell It's time for #fridayintroductions with @thetinytwig and @jessaconnolly it's just a weekly reminder of who we are and a tad bit about ourselves as we get to know this community Gods given us and placed us in online. I'm a mom of 5 adopted kiddos. (I feel so lucky to get to be their mother!!!) In a lot of ways I feel like I'm finally coming up for air after the past 6 years of lots of littles and more diapers than I can count! They are growing and becoming more independent and always learning! I'm excited at the years ahead. My husband is a school teacher and phD student but we are excited at what the Lords doing lately as we begin to step out on faith to pursue a few dreams He's planted in our hearts! (More on that in the weeks to come) We love date nights, traveling, culture, dreaming big and people! This weeks question is How do you take your coffee? Well I'm a decaf girl because I've found that when I drink caffeine I may clean like super woman but I'm mean to my kids and battle anxiety. So a messy but peaceful home and decaf it is!!! if it's replacing dessert then a flat white is so good but if it's any other time an Americano with cream and 1 Splenda is my go to... Hot or iced! (If you've never tried Illy brand coffee you must... It's SO good!!!) 1mon
  •   jocellajd You are beautiful 1mon
  •   nodotss Love Illy coffee as well and you and your clan are beautiful !! 1mon
  •   angielerew Lilly coffee is my FAVORITE!!! 1mon
  •   weroarproject Just listened to your interview with @laracasey on - so lovely and inspiring!! Your heart for Jesus just shines through every word! 1mon
  •   weroarproject @influencenet (hit send too soon ) 1mon

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caseychappell I can't believe he's going to be two in a few weeks! But then again, he is constantly showing me that age is just a number. This kid really teaches me to slow down and soak up life. You mamas who have babies...they grow up much faster than you ever realize! I never noticed how fast until Abel came along and showed me how precious it is to get to savor and study each phase as a baby. He's probably about where most 11 month kids are but he's so happy and he's super attached to all of us and he's learning new things each week. I don't have a list of where he needs to be when developmentally wise because he's growing and he's happy and he soaks in so much love and activity every day! I think he's going to be an incredible adult! #downsyndromerocks #hawiiansrock 2mon

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