caseychappell "Viewing the church building as a more sacred place than other environments in our lives insults the omnipresence of God, the sacrifice of Christ and the privilege we have as royal priests" | Eric Geiger Mamas who are home with sick kids or young babies or away from your church body this morning for some reason know that where you are is sacred and He is near!! (what a great sweet nugget of grace this morning. Thank you @tbelokonn ) 2d
  •   thankfulchronicles 🏼 home with a sick baby. Thank you for this. Sent the other 5 to church with Daddy (who's the preacher) and a grandma...that should be fun. 😬 2d
  •   montanamoxie Great quote. 2d
  •   estrellitazul_ I'm the sick one today, and these words couldn't have been more timely. I have a knot in my throat from the recognition of how sweet and true this is. I forget this when we're literally wrangling people some Sunday mornings as if somehow the goal is to get the attendance sticker and not to spend time learning and worshipping with other believers. And then on that rare day when it's me with a fever and still feeling guilty about not being there-- someone passes along some holy words to remind me God is a spirit not a structure. Thank you @caseychappell 🏽 2d
  •   shaneesnodgrass Such a good word! 2d

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caseychappell When you're thoughts and days are filled with the highs and lows of a new adventure, the hope of a new baby, the constant of a new school year and the joys of new friendships and old to tend to....then editing gets put off. So today and tomorrow will be filled with catching up on new memories to be treasured and shared! P.s. Print your pictures friends!! Some say a digital dark age is coming. Who knows. But ask yourself, if all digital images were lost today, what would your kids have printed to remember their childhood by? Just a thought. #printyourpictures 3d
  •   bearlovescrayons I have been trying to print all of my son's pictures but it has been taking ages as I have literally thousands and he's only 2! Ha but i agree pictures should be printed so much nicer to look at and flip through than on a computer or phone screen. 3d
  •   _jennabug80 oh don't remind me! I think of this often but then don't have time (or don't make time) 3d
  •   montanamoxie The thought of organizing my digital photos and actually getting them printed and put into albums and stuff has me like 😬😬😬. 3d
  •   lisaburns3 Chatbooks! 2d

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caseychappell So the first week of homeschooling didn't go exactly or even near as planned and next week probably won't either. I have to be honest I always thought I'd be awesome at doing what Ive always ALWAYS wanted to do in homeschooling my kids. But the reality is a lot of areas I simply suck at and some areas it's like I was born to do this. I guess I could say the same about motherhood as well. The last week of August can be tough for my heart as I see all the other families return go to school and I'm torn because I feel like two people...one who would be overjoyed at my kids being in class everyday and the other who can't bear the thought of being away from them that long. I would love the structure of traditional school and yet thrive in the freedom school at home brings. It tooks lots of prayer and conversations @dchappell to say this is the right choice for our family for this year. Who knows what next year will bring. But whatever comes I'm thankful that I can make these choices without fear of how my kids will "turn out" or the idea that we can keep our children safe from the world or sin. (Something I might not have been able to say 7-8 years ago). I'm thankful so many resources are available to us...my parents had hardly any when they were pioneering the homeschooling path with us. #atiadoesnotrock #literally #butwehadalaska 🏻 Of course having the Internet now and so many distractions is a love/hate aspect of learning for me. I'm thankful for the opportunity to have options and the freedom to make choices and a God who reigns sovereign over all choices...all methods of schooling and especially our fears, our unknowns and our weaknesses! So I'm going to document the good, the bad and the beautiful of this school year and give Him all the Glory!! #chappellslovetolearn #homeschool #fiveinarow #curriculumpeople #notglassesofwine #althoughitisfriday 4d
  •   iambonnieb I think you deserve those glasses of wine 4d
  •   willinghandscrochet I started my first year of homeschool this year. I think Five in a Row is going to be fantastic! Sadly, I didn't read any of the books covered as a kid. 😕 4d
  •   bethszmodis Hang in there! Five in a row is wonderful- it takes a little bit for everyone to get into the rhythm, but once you do, it's snuggles and great books and learning. :) 4d
  •   allisonfilkinshagen I was homeschooled and LOVED it!! I plan to homeschool too, and I know it will definitely be a challenge! We can do it! 4d
  •   appalachian_orchid Took the words right out of my mouth! 3d
  •   jessmakesstuff Your mid-comment hashtags crack me up! 3d
  •   suz1996 I totally understand what you're saying! Keep on!! 3d

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caseychappell Because its what you do when all the kids have a great trip to the Dr! 🏻 5d

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caseychappell Fall physicals. We have the BEST family Doctor!! 5d
  •   jena_kay_tx That makes a huge difference for sure! Sweet group. 5d

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caseychappell Photographed the next #bestofbasket today!!! It's so awesome and filled with what else but a lot of my favorite things!! #celebrateadoption #cominginseptember 7d

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caseychappell Like the rest of the chappell kids he's a huge fan of noodles! Also likes pineapple, refried beans, canned peas, whole peaches, strawberries, pizza crust, rice, and chocolate chips. he'd take 5 bottles a day if I let him. (I still give him 2) he's still not a fan of the sippy cup. Hates: Cheerios, puffs, meat, popcorn and cheese and waiting to be fed. #28months #downsyndromelove #awesomeabel 7d
  •   touvell_boys Maybe try him on the munchkin 360 cups? Maybe he just wants to be a big boy instead. ;) I'll tag you in one of my pics of them. 7d
  •   angeyprice I love him!!! 6d

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caseychappell First day of homeschool. #funtimes Getting handwriting without tears STAT!! 1w
  •   angeyprice Aww, buddy!!!!! 1w
  •   ourgoodmess Jack!! 1w
  •   cnshows Love HWT. We are using it too. 1w
  •   suz1996 Oh my! This made me laugh and cry for him at the same time! 1w
  •   rolemodelagency Like it! 1w
  •   katiebhairco This looks like Henry last year feel you pain! 1w
  •   shaycochrane Saaaad! Love the honesty. Praying God will give you peace and resolve as you guys adjust!! 7d
  •   amersblade My mom is an OT and loves Handwriting without Tears! go for it. 7d

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caseychappell My heart overflows with gratefulness and love for you gals who have donated towards the Best of Beauty Benefit and brought in almost 4 thousand dollars towards the adoption of two little girls who are rocking an extra chromosome. I wish I could kiss you all on the cheek and leave a big lipstick mark that would last for days! The video of the drawing for who gets the basket of goodies is up on the blog!! (Link in profile) I wish I could send everyone everything but I'm filled with joy because you guys have not only because you share my love for makeup but because you see the beauty in adoption too!! #yourebeautiful #joyisthebestmakeup #adoptionrocks #downsyndromelove 1w

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caseychappell Well their outfits may not be matching each other but they matched their surroundings! (Yes, I'm weird in that I usually like to color coordinate their clothes...I call it color therapy/creative outlet). And why not have fun while they are little and will let me tell them what they can wear. #chuyshappyhour #5under7 soon to be #6under7 🏼 #vegasbaby 2w
  •   vegas_promoter_host I like it 2w
  •   ejoosten We matched all the time growing up, and of course I hated it then. But now, I've just started doing this with my boys and it's so fun 2w
  •   lophung I love this, especially little man's shoes on the wrong feet. My son does this all the time!! 2w
  •   lalondey They're getting so big. 2w
  •   plankface @caseychappell I love their facial expressions 1w

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caseychappell Please take me to happy hour at Chuys mama. Please. Please. Pretty please with Queso on top. - Okay...little one, but only because you're so cute...and free nachos. #happyhour > #witchinghour #downsyndromerocks 2w

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caseychappell "The best we can do is give them Jesus. Not rules, not behaviors, not entertainment, not shame. I have no confidence in myself but every confidence in Jesus. He is such a relief, isn't He? He is always the true answer, the strongest touchstone, the best example. When I am grasping as a spiritual mentor to my kids, there He is. When words and ideas and "right answers" fail me, His life and legacy deliver. With good reason my kids may doubt their parents, church, Christian culture, and their own understanding, but it is harder to doubt a Savior as good as Jesus. His is so incredibly dependable." -Jen Hatmaker #forthelove 2w

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caseychappell It's funny. It's tongue in cheek. It's convicting. It's honest. It's refreshing. It's light reading. It's deep. It covers a whole lot of topics. It's got recipes. It's got thank you notes. It's real life. It's church life. It's so damn good! It's Jen Hatmaker. #forthelove 2w
  •   rebecca_shrader I wanna read it but I haven't finished her other book. And you have 5 kids! 2w
  •   wynneelder Got mine today!! 2w
  •   thisgatherednest Got mine today too!!! 2w
  •   al_bond I can't wait for mine to ship from B&N. This post just makes me more excited!! :) 2w
  •   jbens73 Been reading it! 2w
  •   jordi413 i. can't. wait. why does shipping to sweden take soooo long??? 2w
  •   montanamoxie Agreed. 2w

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caseychappell Getting our ValueTales on. I loved these growing up and whenever my mom or I find them at yard sales or thrift shops we grab them up! We will be using this series as part of character development in school this year! #Valuetales 2w
  •   a_peaceful_clatter Sweet pic... What are value tales? 2w
  •   caseychappell @a_peaceful_clatter they are a series of books that take a person from history and tell their story and how they embodied the character quality that the book is titled. They are hard to find but they are out there if you are looking for them. 2w
  •   a_peaceful_clatter Hummm, may need to find some. I love that. 2w
  •   theandersoncrew Ha we have tons of those books! 2w
  •   jburlesonphoto I LOVE these books!!! We got new ones a few times a year & had the entire collection growing up. Wish I could find them now! 2w
  •   sarahkndjerareou Oh my word we have Louis Pasteur! It got me and now my kids through vaccines for overseas ministry but I didn't know there were more!!! 2w
  •   vashtidowns The hand on the head is too sweet. 2w

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caseychappell Going to the park before it turns blazing hot here. I get asked often how to expose a photo for various skin tones and on phone pics one trick is to tap on the person with the darkest skin tone so they aren't left in the shadows. Also I find I have to leave half my face out and then the camera won't fight as much wanting to expose properly for the closest face. With my big camera I use spot metering and point it on one of my darker children's face and fiddle with settings until the exposure bar is in the middle saying its properly exposed. Of course if you have both dark and light skinned kids then a little under or over is fine and you can tweak in post editing. Hope that's helpful! Now...off to play. #fullodysseyoccupancy #wheresbabygirlgonnaride (dan wants a suburban because it's super practical I want a 12 passenger van because room for friends) #Godownsthecarsonathousandlots 3w
  •   cryscox80 Get a suburban! We love ours. There is also a company called little passenger seats that makes extra seating to add to the back of the suburban. 3w
  •   touvell_boys Ok thanks so much for the response! Yeah my almost 4 year old is still 5 pointing and I feel its safest as we tried seat belt for 10 min (3-n-1) and he clearly was not ready. I just want what's safest for my boys. 3w
  •   christielacy Casey I just listened to your 'scope from yesterday. So moving! So many truth-bearing thoughts! Thanks for pouring out your story!! 3w
  •   caseychappell @cryscox80 good to know! 3w
  •   caseychappell @christielacy thank you for that!! It encourages me more than you know! 3w
  •   graceandsaltyair I got my Suburban so I'd have room for friends. I only have 3, so I usually have room for 4 extras. I love mine!! I never have to worry about getting stuff home either. 3w
  •   graceandsaltyair I also listened yesterday. Thank you for being so open and sharing! 3w
  •   plankface I was wondering where baby would sit too... I just love how that does stop you! @caseychappell 1w

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caseychappell "Zoe, it's complicated" I replied to the 2,693rd question I've been asked today. To which she responded. "No, complicated is trying to figure out how Jesus is God and God is Jesus and don't get me started on the Holy Spirit." #wellifyouputitthatway #shesstartingseminarythisfall 3w

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caseychappell "The gospel informs me that my security in Christ as a son or daughter is based on Jesus’ performance, not my own. It is in the context of this loving relationship that I desire to live in obedience.

Rules may change behavior, but they cannot change the heart.

This is why our children need first and foremost a relationship and not just a list of rules. They need our love, before they need our law. Our children need to know that we will not give up on them and that our love for them is not dependent on their obedience. Like God’s love, our love patiently instructs, pursues, and endures. This is how we parent because this is how we have been parented by God." Thank you for this reminder @thebettermom
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  •   angiewarrenwrites You have *such* beautiful children, friend. 3w
  •   thebettermom Beautiful family 3w
  •   whitleyrebecca I love this so much. It is the approach to teaching I have adopted over the past year in contrast to the first four years of doing it backwards. 3w
  •   ourgoodmess Thankful for this reminder today! This Momma's heart needed it! 3w

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caseychappell I might sound like a broken record sometimes regarding life and in utero diagnosis, but I just find the facts so sobering.
93% of babies with down syndrome diagnosis are aborted. 68% of babies with spina bifida are

Ya'll if the number of comments, concerns, and things said regarding our own life and future with Abel ( and we walked into this with knowledge and eyes wide open and have a ton of support!) are ANY indication of what mamas who are pregnant and don't have support or money or education and who even might be facing these diagnosis are being told. Then It's NO wonder they feel helpless and stressed and backed into a corner to terminate

Let's be the church
Let's welcome a pregnant mama into our home
Let's find her an apartment and a job and help with child care
Let's get our home studies DONE so that the women who do choose life because of this outcry have families ready to adopt the babies they might not be able to raise.
Let's STOP associating suffering and sacrifice and the death of a desired lifestyle with having a child with a special need... or a child that wasn't planned on. I promise you the joy far outweighs any plans we could make on our own. #standforlife #downsyndromerocks
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  •   christinedani3lle AMEN. This is amazing to read, especially on the day our application for adoption was approved! 4w
  •   alisonholcomb Casey- your words are beautiful and so true. totally crying over here. also, @ashtonsherman thought this would move you. 4w
  •   ashtonsherman @alisonholcomb thanks for sharing! So perfect! 4w
  •   caseychappell @mattandjulieweddings done! Thank you! 4w
  •   ashley_brummer @caseychappell I just started following you but saw this and wanted to share our story! I have a 4 year old who in utero at her 17 week ultrasound they found some issues. The maternal fetal medicine specialist "diagnosed" her with trisomy 18 (fatal before or at birth usually but not always) and suggested we "terminate the pregnancy" before it's too late. My husband and I (who have insurance and resources and are so pro life) would've never considered that and said no immediately. It opened my eyes to how people with less resources might consider it when a doctor says things like that --- I had no idea that was a big part of the abortion situations until this happened to us!!! She didn't even end up having that diagnosis and was born with a few issues that required surgery but she's so good now, he was so Debbie downer my entire pregnancy and it was horrible for ultrasounds -- but she's no less valuable in God's eyes and she's SUCH A BLESSING 4 years layer! 3w
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  •   domestic_apologist This is beautiful! 2w

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caseychappell Yes Abel...I totally feel ya. 4w

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caseychappell Good morning! 4w

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