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User Image adrielbooker Posted: Sep 12, 2012 8:49 AM (UTC)

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Four more boxes of birth kits arrived while we were in PNG including yours @bohomama_meg :) #b4birthkits

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User Image adrielbooker Posted: Jan 11, 2018 2:51 AM (UTC)
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"Dear Jesus, thank you for this beautiful day, and this yummy feast, and that Micah holded our hands at dinner, and that I caught my first fish. Well, my first fish in a long time. Amen." Judah, age 6 #dinnertimeprayers #gratitude #livingsmalltolivebig
User Image adrielbooker Posted: Jan 9, 2018 6:17 AM (UTC)
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It will be a sad day (for me, perhaps not you) when babies are no longer the feature of my Instagram feed. I mean... 😍 Also: he's recently hit the toddler accessory obsession thing and I'm not mad about it. #hatshatshats #allthehats #beachbaby #sydneykids
User Image adrielbooker Posted: Jan 6, 2018 6:27 AM (UTC)
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One of the hardest things about traveling as a family is that it's really challenging to get alone time. (Individually and as a couple.) Today we had six hours to ourselves while a friend generously used her Saturday to watch the boys. It was our first alone time since my birthday (October) when my mom watched them.
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We spent most of the time processing our [crazy/difficult/amazing/challenging] trip, talking about the year ahead, praying, planning, and doing some significant decision-making about our work and ministry and family. We did this mostly in the Botanical Gardens under a giant tree while overlooking the Sydney Harbour on a wonderfully 'cool' summer afternoon (80F/27C). 😍 (If you're going to have a long meeting, I highly recommend this method. 😉)
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We then snuck in a 45 minute date at the end of it—the Opera Bar for a beer and wedges and the most perfect live music for a sunny January afternoon. (Side note: Sydney is gorgeous and we wouldn't want to live anywhere else. We are SO lucky.)
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Here's the thing: Despite the small moments of life's highlights that we love and share on social media (because we want to celebrate and remember them), we've also been feeling exhausted and stretched thin and stressed about our work load and about decisions that needed our time and attention and prayer... but not anymore. (Or at least not nearly as much.) We still have some heavy lifting to do this year but we now have the peace we need to dive into it. Maybe it’s cliché, but I am totally a new year, change of calendar, fresh start sort of girl so my heart is full of gratitude for today. (For the record, we could both use several days in a row of long naps and low responsibility... but hey, you can’t have it all so you make the most of what you’ve got.)
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Isn't it amazing what a difference a day, some sunshine, and prayer with your best friend can make? So grateful. It’s even worth posting a partly out of focus photo to document.♥️
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Also: Day dates are the absolute best. We actually have the energy to enjoy them (as opposed to evening dates when we feel like mush). Highly recommend for parents of littles. 🙌👌✌️
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#fortheloveofsydney #ywam #ywamsydney #travelwithkids
User Image adrielbooker Posted: Jan 4, 2018 12:39 AM (UTC)

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User Image adrielbooker Posted: Jan 2, 2018 3:56 AM (UTC)
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Here's how I'm ringing in the New Year: Final, final, final edits. 😅 (Sidenote: The page proofs look pretty. 😍 I'll even show you the gorgeous cover soon.)
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It's hard to let go, knowing this will be on the shelves and I can't take back or add to or further clarify anything I've written. 😬 And yet it's also liberating to know I'll be letting go tomorrow. 🙌 I'm ready and it's certainly time. 🤓 (Yes, allllll the emojis. 🙃)
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Reading through this manuscript again leaves me confident this is exactly the book I intended to write, and even more confident in the *fact* that God will reach hearts and instill hope through it because that's what his grace does. I've done my part; he will do his. I can't wait for you to read soon. 💛
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✨Grace Like Scarlett: Grieving With Hope After Miscarriage and Loss✨ releases May 1st (Baker Books), just in time for what many women consider the most sensitive holiday of the year (Mother's Day). If you don’t need this book, chances are you know someone who does. 💛
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#gracelikescarlett #miscarriage #stillbirth #hopewriters #amwriting #ourscarlettstories #grievingwithhope #amediting #miscarriageawareness #iam1in4 #hopemommies #nilmdts #mothersday #mothersday2018 #bereavedmothersday #ectopicpregnancy #molarpregnancy #miscarriagesupport #hopemoms
User Image adrielbooker Posted: Dec 27, 2017 6:10 AM (UTC)
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When you’re one and an impromptu dip in your nappy is possible anytime. 🙌😍👌 #freedom #sydneykids
User Image adrielbooker Posted: Dec 26, 2017 1:06 AM (UTC)
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A Hebrew blessing for our sons:
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May you be like Ephraim and Menashe.
יְשִׂימְךָ אֱלהיִם כְּאֶפְרַיְם וְכִמְנַשֶּׁה.
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May God bless you and guard you.
יְבָרֶכְךָ יְהוָה וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ
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May God show you favor and be gracious to you.
יָאֵר יְהוָה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וִיחֻנֶּךָּ
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May God show you kindness and grant you peace.
יִשָּׂא יְהוָה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלום
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* Ephraim and Menashe are the first pair of brothers in the Bible who do not see each other as competitors. They do not struggle for power, and their dynamic as a family never seems to be the source of great difficulty in either of their lives. By blessing our children to be like Ephraim and Menashe we seek to bestow upon our children the legacy of peace and harmony between brothers. Source: https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/blessing-the-children/
#bookerbrothers #mythreesons #boymom #sydneykids #boymum #mobsociety #christmasjammies
User Image adrielbooker Posted: Dec 25, 2017 4:12 AM (UTC)
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I could list all the reasons this year was one of the hardest ever. But here’s the honest truth: my list of reasons to celebrate is even longer than my list of challenges. I mean... life is never ever dull is it, my friends? Like, woah. 😅 So CHEERS TO *ALL* OF IT.🥂 Couldn’t be more grateful to do this hard and wonderful life with this sparkling gem of a man—my dearest friend and light. I love you deeply @ryanbooker74. Merry, merry Christmas. 💛🌲✨
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P.S. Not gonna lie... I’m also cheers-ing to 2017 being nearly over. Let’s just say I don’t want a repeat. 😬😉🙃😘
User Image adrielbooker Posted: Dec 25, 2017 2:54 AM (UTC)
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Christmas can be an emotional time—the whole spectrum depending on your life station and circumstances—but *always* joy is possible. So this is my Christmas prayer and blessing for you:
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May JOY run deep under all the other ‘stuff’ you may also feel and experience, and may it take root and then bubble up to the surface spilling over throughout your home and onto (and into) all those whom you hold dear.
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May you know the PEACE that calms storms and mends fences and builds bridges and turns swords into plowshares.
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May you embrace the LOVE that renews the world one wild, priceless heart at a time.
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May you pause to remember the Divine who took the shape of a babe within a misfit family all those years ago, interrupting our mess with HOPE that changes everything.
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May you let TRUTH sink deep into your marrow as you absorb its profound promise and anticipate its formation within your spirit.
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And lastly, this:
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Hear the angel voices, friends. Feel the thrill of hope. Let the new and glorious morn cause you to fall on your knees. Rejoice with a weary world at his appearing. Allow your soul to feel its worth.
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Love,
Adriel & the boys
XOXO
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P.S. Don’t mind us, all rugged up posting a Merry Christmas photo from Norway even though we’re already back home in Australia sweating our faces off. 😅🌲❄️♥️✨
User Image adrielbooker Posted: Dec 7, 2017 8:39 AM (UTC)
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Babies at Christmas time in Scandinavia...🎄😍✨❄️♥️👌 #ywamoslo
User Image adrielbooker Posted: Dec 5, 2017 10:59 AM (UTC)
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This lady and Emma Lazarus—making me cry since I was old enough to understand the significance of her message. So grateful and so hopeful. 💛✌️
User Image adrielbooker Posted: Dec 5, 2017 10:48 AM (UTC)
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I sure do love my Sydney. But NYC? She’s in a league of her own. Love love love. 😍 We had two days in the Big Apple last week on our way out of America. Never enough time, but visiting during Christmas season was a dream come true and it was fun to take the boys to the home of Buddy the Elf. 😉 So thankful.
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#travelwithkids #nyc #bookerbrothers
User Image adrielbooker Posted: Nov 27, 2017 11:37 PM (UTC)
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Hanging with Sister last week in Michigan at the Motherhouse. What an absolute gift. ♥️ Last time I️ saw her was in Rome in 2014 when I️ was having my second miscarriage. She features in the opening line of Grace Like Scarlett (which releases May 1st!). Now you have a face to the name. (And a lovely face, indeed.) We’ve been friends for more than 25 years and I️ LOVE HER. So inspired by her life and faith. 😍
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#gracelikescarlett #ourscarlettstories #miscarriage #religiouslife #vocation #dominicansistersofmary #dominicans
User Image adrielbooker Posted: Nov 19, 2017 9:31 PM (UTC)

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User Image adrielbooker Posted: Nov 16, 2017 10:38 PM (UTC)
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Last week we were in Arkansas (or ‘Arkenstyle’ as Judah somehow picked up 😂), and it was a dream come true to see @amberchaines and @sethhaines and finally introduce Ryan and the kids to them, letting our families merge—seven little boys!—while also getting to spend time with John and Jane Ray. 😍 What a gift this family of God is that we all belong to. I’m so grateful to @jenni_burke for connecting us on the first #tuscanywritersretreat. Our lives are richer because of these beautiful friendships. Amber and her crew are most definitely my people and our *whole family* misses them already. 💛😭😘
User Image adrielbooker Posted: Nov 12, 2017 12:24 AM (UTC)
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Old friends in new places. 👌 Dear Claypools, we love you. 😘 And dear NW Arkansas, we love you too. 💛 #arkansas #bentonville #fayetteville #ywamtownville
User Image adrielbooker Posted: Nov 9, 2017 4:44 PM (UTC)
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I would rather be out exploring the Ozarks with @amandamichelleclaypool and Justin or @amberchaines and @sethhaines but since I have to work on edits I’m pretty thankful for today’s office: a covered porch on a brisk November morning in Arkansas. Who knew this amazing little corner of the world exists? Apparently the Claypool and the Haines families. Spectacular. 😍👌🍁💛✨
#november #autumnisunderrated #nwarkansas #amwriting #hopewriters #amediting
User Image adrielbooker Posted: Nov 7, 2017 2:25 AM (UTC)
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A lot of firsts on this trip. 🍁💛😍 #grateful
User Image adrielbooker Posted: Nov 4, 2017 10:55 PM (UTC)
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The boys have been begging for a visit to the snow for almost a year now. Last week in Oregon we made it happen on my 40th birthday! 🙌 Levi has played in the snow once at 11 months old, but this was the first time in memory for them. Lots of fun on a beautiful sunny day! ♥️
User Image adrielbooker Posted: Nov 2, 2017 6:24 PM (UTC)

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Well, hi there. 👋 Miss me? I’ve missed you. 💛 I got crazy-awful-sick, then went to a family memorial service overseas, and pulled the kids out of school to leave for an international trip for two months with our family with two weeks’ notice to organize it all. Things have been… full. 😉 Thankfully they are starting to normalize a little now. 😅 BUT, check this out: I got some new glasses for computer work. Im lucky to have near perfect vision but turns out when you write a book and stare at a screen all day, every day, eye strain is a THING and can cause some massive headaches (migraines) and neck pain. 😩 Who knew? I *wish* I had found these (non prescription) blue light filter glasses sooner. Which do you like best? 👓👓 And would you like to own some because @baxterblue_ is *giving* one of YOU one! 🙌 I’ll put the rules of entry below. Oh, and also, I took these photos a few weeks ago at home when I *meant* to post this giveaway. I’ve since landed in the States and lopped all my hair off. 😳💇🏻 I’ll show you… but that will have to wait for another post. 😘
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RULES FOR ENTRY to win a pair of blue light filter glasses:
1. Follow me and @baxterblue_ on instagram.
2. Comment below with which pair you like better: #1 or #2.
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FOR EXTRA ENTRIES:
1. Find this same giveaway post on facebook (my page is facebook.com/AdrielBooker) and ‘like’ Baxter Blue’s page (which is tagged there on the post!).
2. Tag a friend in the comments below and tell us which city and state/territory you live in.
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This giveaway is not endorsed or sponsored by Instagram. #computerwork #bluelightglasses #eyestrain #baxterblue #sydneymums #wahm #mompreneur #blogger #momblogger #mummyblogger #amwriting #entrepreneur #glasses #eyehealth #writerlife #writersofinstagram