06 January 2013


Frances and I have been home since Friday and it has been nothing but lovely ever since.
The boys are in love, taking her in, looking out for her every time she makes a peep,
wanting to check on her all the time. Frances and her little protectors. 
I am in awe of my husband who makes parenting four littles look so easy, who swoops in whenever there is a need or homework to help with, or a diaper to be changed. Who loves our girl with all the fullness of his heart.

Family and friends have come to express their love and excitement,
my sister has organized meals to be dropped off every night,
a shower is in the works.
As if I didn't already feel so blessed, we are being given grace upon grace as we find our footing as a family of six. 

If all that wasn't enough, I got a little surprise on my instagram feed yesterday...
tears welled as I saw photo after photo from friends welcoming Frances home.
My heart was so full, so surprised, so overwhelmed at the support and outpouring of love we've received over the last week. 
We are truly blessed.

Honestly, words cannot do justice to what is in my heart.
I am so grateful for this life, for my family, for my friends,
for God's faithfulness to us.
Thank you for being a part of that.
I think even Miss Frances would say thank you if she could.
She'd at least give you the best burp you've ever heard. She's pretty good at that.


  1. I'm still so excited for you. And oh my gosh you have four kids! You rock.
    Cannot wait to hang with you in October....

  2. God is good ... and so are people. It’s a beautiful thing to watch you be surrounded by all this love. I just recently started following and I’m so happy I did.

    Welcome Home, Frances!

  3. I'm so happy you're home with Lil Miss Frances. I've been looking forward to this post. I'm glad the boys and your hubby have been so helpful.


  4. Congratulations. She is beautiful.

  5. this is awesome! love the picture of your boys gazing at their new little sister. so precious.

  6. She is absolutely beautiful! What a little piece of heaven you have found. Congratulations!

  7. this is just so stinking good.
    welcome home Frances.
    she is so beautiful. :) i can't wait to watch her grow - in your family, and in God's! :) love you girl!

  8. everything about this is just so lovely!
    welcome home, sweet one. :)

  9. This is so awesome! What a wonderful community you guys have, and what sweet boys to be her big brothers :) Congratulations Carina and family!

  10. oh, she is so sweet with her big brothers :)

  11. Oh my word! Those instagram pics are the best! I'm so glad your girl is being loved on by the men-folk now. ;-)

  12. So exciting! That is one blessed girl with 3 protective older brothers. :) I would love to know the meaning behind her name one day.

  13. I'm a new follower too! Congratulations on your new baby! I'm so happy I found ur blog! looking forward to reading about all the happy wonderful God things HE does in your family!!

  14. this is too much goodness. i was gonna do the insta thing, but somehow screwed it up. you know how i do. but you know i love ya! xoxo

  15. Congratulations on your new precious little baby. New follower here, excited to read more about your adoption stories. I pray that I will one day be blessed to have the chance to adopt. So happy for your adorable family!!

  16. Oh my goodness that last photo of you saying thankyou is the sweetest!!! Congratulations!! What a gorgeous family :) xxxx

  17. I don't know how you guys do it with 4 little ones! That is amazing, you are my heroes.