caseychappell Most of you know that we are hoping to adopt a little girl soon. I wanted to give a little update on the journey so far. * we are wanting to adopt a little girl with Down syndrome for many reasons but they include the fact that each of our kids have a sibling close in age and similar to them in story.... We want that for Abel too. We want Our family to always have a big family feel even when the kids grow up and pursue their dreams and we know that while Abel can do anything he might set his mind on we think that having a sister with similar challenges as well as similar giftings will be something that allows both of them to thrive and impact the world around them. * We are home study ready and a part of a registry that birth parents and agencies contact when they have adoption situations involving a child with DS. The registry does a great job with sending birthparents and agencies the profiles of families who meet their requirements and then they either choose and pursue a certain family or maybe choose to parent. We've been viewed by a few families but we know that God will open wide the doors for the one He wants to be a Chappell! * We hope to adopt this year but we also know that Gods timeframes are best and that often He works in unexpected ways that point to His good sovereignty and great love for us. So we are expectant and excited for what's to come and we trust and are content in today. * Even though we have Abel and so much of Down syndrome isn't a mystery to us anymore we still have fears and insecurities of the unknown. Will she have medical concerns? Will she be like Abel or completely different? How will this change our family? How much will it cost? What vehicle will we need to get? I remember vividly during each adoption these fears and worries and God has been so faithful to show us that He is sufficient to meet us where we need Him and to give more joy than we could possibly imagine! * We can't wait to meet her!!!!!! #downsyndromelove #adoption 4h

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caseychappell The positions this kid falls asleep in cracks me up! #downrightadorable 1d
  •   mo_213 Those widdle toes! He's super adorable. 1d
  •   lpfinn Babies are made of rubber (until you're carrying a toddler, then they are made of lead:-) 1d
  •   motherof4cubs Word. @lpfinn 22h

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caseychappell Hello Monday!!! #goodthinghessocute 1d
  •   intentionalhome Cutest 1d
  •   staceyzorma He's precious. 1d
  •   onmissiong Love that Abel! He makes my heart happy! Miss his kisses and snuggles! 1d
  •   kamaec Best way to start my Monday!! Love that sweet face 1d

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caseychappell Post about the Chappell kids and their favorite ice cream shop @meltfw up on the blog #linkinprofile 4d

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caseychappell These two... As different as day and night but compliment each other beautifully! 4d

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caseychappell This kid... He melts me!! 4d

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caseychappell “The weaknesses, failures, and sins of our family are the places where we learn that we need grace too. It is there, in those dark mercies, that God teaches us to be humbly dependent. It is there that He draws near to us and sweetly reveals His grace. Paul's suffering teaches us to reinterpret our thorn. Instead of seeing it as a curse, we are to see it as the very thing that keeps us "pinned close to the Lord.” ― Elyse M. Fitzpatrick 5d
  •   ourparade This is the story of our last 4 years. It is a horribly heavy load to carry, but it is a great grace as well. 5d
  •   autumnleggett Thanks for sharing 5d

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caseychappell I love how when Abel gets sleepy he will fall asleep just about anywhere, especially if it's near one of his siblings. I love NPR on Sundays and wish more radio stations would be as educational and real people centered. I learned a ton about nurses and their work life today, made me admire them even more! I love weekends in general. Even if it's busy or dan has a lot of reading or work to do it's just a special relaxing time as a family. Maybe it's because I give myself more grace on weekends... Here's to more weekend grace on Mondays!! I love our big window in our living room. I grew up with one similar and it just let's you watch the happenings outside in the neighborhood and feel like you're a part of something bigger than just your home. It somehow feeds something in me that loves watching the world go round. I love people and discovering who they are which is why I love shows/movies with strong character development which is why as much as I didn't think I would and didn't want to, I really like the show The Slap. I love every single piece of clothing in the girls section at Target right now. I think it's because I love springtime and it's color palettes. If only money grew alongside the blooming buds! #iwantalltheprettythings Speaking of spring I love Really Really love the fact that it stays light later!! I love the book A Meal With Jesus so far. Today I just marveled at how Jesus came and He turned everything upside down!! I'm not sure He was what anyone (rich poor sinner saint Jew gentile) was expecting or thought they wanted. But He's way more than they would ever dream or imagine. I think I'm finding myself among those who expect/want Him to be one thing but fighting and slowly but surly embracing all He is and promises to be for me! I love breakfast for dinner... And I think the biscuits @dchappell just made are done. (He makes the Best biscuits!!) Hope you're having a wonderful Sunday friends! #sundaystreamofconsciousness 1w
  •   papersnipart I love this. 1w
  •   ourgoodmess Mmm, considering npr. . . Do your kiddos listen to it with you? Sounds educational? I miss having a big front window! Love this picture. That Abel looks like a cuddle bear. . . Very sweet! 1w
  •   graceandsaltyair Love all of this! And I'm on my way to snuggle with that sweet lil bug of yours! 1w
  •   kaiandike I love this photo and everything else lovely you had to say. Here is so a wonderful weekend night and grace on Monday 1w
  •   millieholloman You inspire me to journal about this weekend with this post so I did! Then I instagrammed it . Thanks for that! 1w
  •   maisoneverett @caseychappell have you heard of the podcast @onbeing? Every interview/episode I listen to is incredible....real people that discuss truth, life, mystery, the arts. Today I listened to one about the Civil Rights Mvmt - it was amazing. After reading your post just now I had to share! 1w
  •   caseychappell @maisoneverett I haven't heard of it... But I will totally check it out. 1w

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caseychappell Full post of our boys trip to @fortworthbarberahop up on the blog! Link in profile #linkinprofile #fortworthbarbershop #mastinlabs 2w

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caseychappell This kid loves it when someone cuts his hair....Well anyone but his hairdresser mom that is. #gofigure #ohwell #barbersrock #fortworthbarbershop #mastinlabs 2w
  •   mrsangelamurray That would be Coop too. Of course, I'm no hairdresser and there was that one time that I cut his ear just a teeny bit. 2w
  •   ourgoodmess Love that smile! 2w
  •   sarahmcaffry That face! He's adorable. 2w

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caseychappell Looking oh so fly with his "hamster" (what he calls hipster) haircut!! thanks @fortworthbarbershop #gq #fortworthbarbershop #mastinlabs 2w

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caseychappell I think that I've come to the place where the lump in my throat which leads to the prayers of my heart reminding me of my imperfections & limitations and God's perfection & sovereignty, is not something to fear or parent in such a way to avoid but yet a sign that this is the place I need to stay in throughout my years as a parent. I want so much to relax and say I'm doing it right and I know it... I want to assure myself that all the most important aspects of parenting long term are being focused on and prioritized rightly.... I want to have confidence that what I'm doing today will result in favorable outcome tomorrow. BUT I don't think that's the way intentional parenting works. I think it's way more risky than that. I think that it's full of humbling moments that show you there is something much greater at work than our limited knowledge and ability of raising children. So mama's with a lump in your throat and a prayer in your heart.... don't wish it away just keep on keeping on! #bringingbackthevillage #motherhoodthroughinstagram 2w

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caseychappell He asked daddy to get these for me!! I love this boys heart!! #raisintheseboysright 2w

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  •   mia_coelho Sweet boy️ ps. I miss you and CM. But mostly you. 2w
  •   tgracemahaffey Diet coke fan???? Love this. My kids order diet cokes too. I can't confirm or deny that their mother drinks them like others smoke cigarettes. 2w
  •   ourgoodmess Drinking out of a straw - super impressive! 2w
  •   caseychappell @kay.sand yes... I found that out AFTER I bought every other kind of sippy cup known to mankind thinking he'd have to work up to a straw. He had nothing to do with any of them and started just drinking from his siblings straws. 2w
  •   caseychappell @tgracemahaffey I knew we were kindreds!! 2w
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  •   iambonnieb Straws, yes. A wise feeding specialist started Emmi on straws and I'm so grateful. 2w
  •   kerri4581 Those lips!!!! 2w

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caseychappell Girls day at the movies!! (I tried to get the boys to come but time with grandpa trumped Cinderella) 2w
  •   astick123 Just saw this today with my nieces! Such a wonderful movie, it far surpassed the cartoon version which I watched everyday as a child. 2w
  •   31gracelane Hubby took me to see it after church yesterday. We had to laugh because we shared the theater with a bunch of giggly little girls. I loved it! 2w
  •   joieinthejourney I love this!!!! Love that they got all dressed up. Wish I were there with you all, I can't wait to see it! 2w
  •   nicolewilsonconley This makes me think they're trying to perfect Aunt @angeyprice smiles on their photos. ;) 2w
  •   angeyprice Hahahaha yes!!!! @nicolewilsonconley 2w

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caseychappell Hello Monday!!! Let's do this! 2w
  •   vashtidowns Gorgeous gang! 2w
  •   ourgoodmess Lovin' Ezra's face! Looks like fun! 2w
  •   annajoyfrench Your kids are adorable. 2w
  •   mandiejoy This is a photo you're going to want to recreate in 10 years. So sweet! 2w

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caseychappell I just had to #Repost @echoesofmercy tonight in honor of her Birthday!! This chick is one of my personal heroes!! I'm so serious! There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about her and her God. And what joy it is that her strong sustaining and good God is also the same one who is able to strengthen and sustain me when I'm weary. I love that we met this past summer and that I can call her friend and I count down the days until I can see her again! Go follow her... She will bless your socks off!! Love you @mandiejoy ・・・It’s been a while since I’ve joined in on #fridayintroductions, but today seemed like a good day to say hello again. We tried to get a nice little family-of-seven photo and this is as good as it got. Two of these little people are my forever daughters (from Uganda last year) and the other four are with us through #fostercare. We’re getting into a groove of being a family of this size (with only one parent!) and I’m starting to really love it! I run @echoesofmercy to support our family and love spending my free time designing truth for your walls. Some of you are new here and I’d love to get to know you more. Today’s question is what day of your life would you want to relive? For me it would be the day I met my girls in Uganda. I’d love to remember each moment in better detail. How about you? #aboutechoesofmercy 3w
  •   katiewalters So funny great minds think alike! I have tried to repost this too but can't get her words in the repost. I can't wait to meet you when you come back in town! 3w
  •   millieholloman Totally following her now! Not only do we share the same birthday, we both foster as single moms. Happy Birthday to you @echoesofmercy! 3w
  •   caseychappell @millieholloman I totally was like what are the chances two of my hero foster mama chickadees have the same birthdays?? 3w
  •   mandiejoy oh sweet Casey, I love you so much. Cannot wait for the next time we get to be face to face again - and oh how I’d love to see our littles all together. We’d be squished, but you know you always have a place to stay here! 3w
  •   nontraditionalmommy I love this!! Thanks for the introduction you are awesome! 3w
  •   sundilou Wait.. She an adoptive, foster, & single mom?? How does she do it? As a single gal in my thirties that desires to be a mom this gives me hope and shows me that there are other possibilities out there. @mandiejoy & @millieholloman I would love to hear more of your stories!!!!! 3w

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caseychappell One of the greatest blessings in having a big family is gaining brother and sister in-loves! ( I have a total of 19 siblings and in-loves) Some days I wish we were as happy and picture perfect as a TV show about 19 kids... But I'll take our reality of a struggling real problem laden wrestling for peace family who at the end of the day can only say we are desperately thirsty for grace and Jesus is what we need most! @anichols2912 showed us grace today and watched our gang, Anna is amazing and shows me what being real and loving people looks like. I can't wait to grow old with people like her to call family for always! #familyismessy #amessworthmaking 3w

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caseychappell I'm a total sucker for kids and suckers! Daddy brought these home from his trip to L.A. last week.#seescandies #letthekids #noshoesnoshirtnoproblem 3w
  •   graceandsaltyair See's suckers are the best! Such cuties!! 3w
  •   vashtidowns CUTE! 3w
  •   aprils25 Best suckers hands down. One place in town carries them here. I think we have a field trip to make... 3w
  •   apkweber Evie's pants unbuttoned... Too funny!! Love this pic!! 3w
  •   yesterdayandforever SO CUTE! 3w
  •   keri1david I laughed at Evie's pants too! A girls gotta get comfortable when she eats! 3w
  •   wacocampbells They are adorable!! 3w
  •   waverleew Love this picture! 3w

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