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5/14/18

best gifts come in tiny packages

OH BABY
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secret’s out- new little Kozelek joining the crew this November!!!
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“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift” // 2 Corinthians 9:15 
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1/31/18

oily supplies




It is no secret how much our family loves essential oils-- they have changed our world in so many ways!! I often get questions about where our favorite oily supplies come from, so thought it would be good to compile our favorites into a post for easy reference!

DIY SUPPLIES

+ SAMPLE BOTTLES +
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 + MINI GOLD ROLLERS +
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 + 3 ML ROLLERS +
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+ YL ROLLER FITMENTS+
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+ DROPPER BOTTLES +
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+ 16 oz GLASS SPRAY BOTTLES +
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+ MINI STAINLESS SPRAY BOTTLES+
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+ SMALL GLASS JARS +
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+ EPSOM SALTS +
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+ CAPSULES +
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+ CASTILE SOAP +
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+ WHIMSY + WELLNESS ROLLERS +
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CARRIER OILS

+ FRACTIONED COCONUT +
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+ V6 +
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+ ALMOND +
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+ JOJOBA +
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BOOKS

+ DESK REFERENCE +
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+ POCKET REFERENCE +
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+ INNER TRANSFORMATIONS +
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+ GENTLE BABIES +
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+ OIL + GLASS +
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BUSINESS RESOURCES

+ OILY TOOLS +
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+ POST MY PARTY +
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+ DIAMOND PLANNER +
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+ ABUNDANCE PLANNER +
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+ GAMEPLAN +
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+ HAPPY HANGOUT +
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+ ITOVI SCANNER +
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We would love to walk beside you on your wellness journey!


12/30/17

our bright shining JOY



One year ago today, our precious Ellie Joy came home to us. At the time it was as a concurrent foster placement, with the adoption process in the works. There was still a number of steps that had to happen before adoption was final, but there was a lot of faith + peace things were all moving that way!!

Her adoption story begins in early August 2016, at the time she had been in foster care for over 6 months at that point- and we didn't even know about her yet. We had foster care + adoption on our hearts since before we got married.. just weren't sure what time frame looked like. That month, I miscarried our precious second baby. Our hearts hurt so much- even though we hadn't gotten the chance to meet this little baby, we loved it. In the hurt + not understanding why-- it became a very precious time of immense peace as we leaned on God + spent time in fellowship with Him as my body healed. We both had a stirring in our hearts during that quiet time, that it was time to move forward with foster care- a peace we couldn't shake.

After lots of prayer, on August 20th we sent our initial email to our county foster coordinator, expressing interest in pursuing foster care. We quickly got some paperwork back in the mail and got started on the process of being licensed! At this point we expressed interest in potentially adopting, but had do idea how quickly that would happen!

September 13th. the first time we met our Ellie Joy. It was at our church, were she attended with her previous foster family. In my brief conversation with her sweet foster mama, I learned she was her foster baby. At that point, we didn't know her name, or anything. Just those big brown eyes + toothy grin. I remember as we got into the car that day I told David excitedly about how I met a foster mom!

At this point, we were in the middle of many home visits, background checks, etc. During this time we were also so surprised and elated to find out we were expecting again!!  End of September, our social working came to us + said "wow. Your case is moving along way faster than normal!" (only God) At this point we had no potential foster placement lined up, but were cleared for respite care so we quickly got our home set up for another baby/toddler "just in case!!" (Again, only God.)

End of October, David took us on a weekend getaway to celebrate our second anniversary. I spent most the trip in the Hotel room so morning sick, but we savored the time. Little did we know our lives would change forever that weekend, when I randomly checked emails + had one from our case worker about a placement- "A baby girl.. we think you might know her from your church and would be a good fit..." cue. all. the. screams.  FOR REALS??!!!! Never have we prayed harder or dialed the phone faster. SO.MUCH.PEACE.

Literally just days later, we started to get to know this sweet baby girl. Her previous foster family requested a slow transition, which was different then most foster cases, but we knew we would do anything to get her home.  To date the hardest thing I have done was give my baby back for days at a time, even to people who loved her so, so much. Nothing has stretched David + my faith, or strengthened our marriage more than the process of getting her home.

During the process of bringing her home in late november, we had to quickly leave our home due to black mold, and practically start over, leaving a lot of our belongings + furniture behind. We quickly had to find a place, and God provided a beautiful rental in a nearby rural community- He knew we what we needed!

December 29th, our official foster license arrived in the mail. oh.happy.day.
December 30th, with butterflies in our stomach, we went to pick our sweet baby up from her previous foster family- she was home for.good.

We were blessed to keep things moving along with the many next steps- working with a local adoption agency to finalize things!!

And in early September 2017, Our Ellie Joy became our forever girl.


Fingerprints, appointments, + so.many.phone calls. 

The nursery that was prepared "just in case" 

First home visit 

First time we got to take her somewhere with us. 
First time- "are they twins?!" 
Signing the papers for our new rental together! 

First overnight at our home 

Not much sleep happened for a long while, haha 










Besties. 



                                     













Becoming a big sister!! 






The day we dropped off our final adoption papers before court date!






Adoption day. 
















Incredibly blessed by our sweet, supportive families. 


















We love you, Our "Bright + Shining JOY"!!!! 

"The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy." || 
Psalm 126:3


some adoption day photos by Ray + Kelly Photography 

p.s. Each foster + adoption story is SO different- but if you want to chat, 
we would love to share our heart with you about adoption xoxo