Wednesday, December 11, 2013. We had just received our approval letter from our adoption agency which put us on the official waiting list for a baby. Our home study was scheduled to start in January. I was in the elevator at church, making my way to the third floor chapel for Wednesday night women’s Bible […]

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  • August 18, 2014 - 9:30 pm

    Tiffany - Well now, that hit home. “Follow what’s on your heart …” Thank you for this reminder.

    Lord, we don’t always understand Your ways. Thank you for writing the Bunker’s story, even the scary parts, and letting it have a beautiful ending. In Jesus’ name, Amen. ReplyCancel

  • August 18, 2014 - 9:43 pm

    Emily Eberle - Thank you for writing this. My husband and I have been married 5 years this October and have been struggling with infertility for the last year and a half. It’s exhausting and draining and knowing that God has a grand plan for us doesn’t always seem to ease the pain. We have discussed adoption (I personally was adopted as a newborn from an agency and know the blessing that comes from it) but keep thinking of all the obstacles that are in our path. We have also discussed more intrusive fertilty options but that too comes with it’s share of financial burdens. I used to work with Aaron years ago when he lived in CO and have been blessed watching how God has transformed your family. Your babies are precious and your words empowering. Thank you for sharing :) ReplyCancel

  • August 18, 2014 - 10:18 pm

    Leigh Ann Bunker - Even though I knew the details of this story I am sitting here with tears rolling down my cheeks as I read it. Only God could have orchestrated this miracle and I am reminded anew of how very much He loves His children. Thank you, Lord, for the gift of Cason and Grace. ReplyCancel

  • August 18, 2014 - 10:25 pm

    Elizabeth - Thank you so much for sharing this! I can imagine how hard it would be to be let go from a job, but what a blessing it turned out to be! I’m so excited he’s getting to work on his counseling practice and no daycare? What a HUGE blessing! :-) ReplyCancel

  • August 19, 2014 - 8:44 am

    Kasey - I remember praying for you through that time and that Aaron would be able to find a way to do counseling full time. And the the match and adoption happened so fast! It’s so cool to look back now and see God’s hand in it all. ReplyCancel

  • August 19, 2014 - 12:01 pm

    Erica - Thank you so much for being so vulnerable. It’s so difficult, but there is always so much healing and community building after we dare to share. Only God could use these hurts in ways to grow us in amazing ways. Thank you for sharing.
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  • August 19, 2014 - 2:37 pm

    Meg O. - There are no words. Thank you so much for sharing your story- I am blown away at how amazing our God is. ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2014 - 10:39 pm

    Shelby - Thank you for sharing! This is the #1 thing that stands in the way of us and adoption: fear. It’s all related. Worry about provision. Job security. Financial anxiety. Thank you for showing how God is so faithful! :) What an encouragement to us.ReplyCancel

Normally when I take pictures of the kids, it’s just me with my camera capturing them in their natural play because I totally realize that kids + posing + camera = not happening. But once a month I try my hand at posed photos just so we can see how they’ve grown. Month 7 was […]

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  • August 15, 2014 - 11:28 am

    Tiffany - They are just beautiful!!! Her rolls! His smile! Makes my day. Just perfect. ReplyCancel

  • August 15, 2014 - 11:42 am

    Hazel Smith - Just a note to tell you and Aaron what beautiful babies Cason and Grace are. They are so wonderful and so happy. Leigh Ann shares with me all of her wonderful grandchildren. You all are a delight with your pictures and words.ReplyCancel

  • August 15, 2014 - 1:02 pm

    Leigh Ann Bunker - Oh Hannah, Every month when you post new pictures I think – these are my favorites — you can’t possibly take a cuter picture than these — and then a new month rolls around and they are even cuter! Love my grandbabies and love reading about their growth. You are a great mom. Love you, Momma B.ReplyCancel

Another month has passed, another In the Books post (late, of course). Every month always starts out with the kids’ monthly photos. July’s 7 month photos were very patriotic with their patriotic onesies. ‘Twas the last month of easy-ish monthly photos (I just did their 8 month and oy vey!). Our July 4th was celebrated with […]

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  • August 13, 2014 - 1:33 pm

    Aaron - It is crazy to see how fast time flies! They have changed SO much every single month! What a journey parenting is. Love you and love our babies!! ReplyCancel

Today’s blog post video is brought to you by nap time and a Jesus miracle. I can’t believe that I was actually able to film a coffee chat video! I’m feeling like all things are possible right now. I’m not a beauty blogger but I enjoy getting my girl talk on and blabbing about makeup […]

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  • August 11, 2014 - 2:36 pm

    Kristen Bullock - It was so weird, I saw your post on Facebook right as I grabbed a cup of coffee. So I felt legit drinking coffee during your coffee chat. Perfect timing! That was fun! My favorite go to make-up is my mascara, (full’n soft maybelline) which I’ve found to be tried and true through the years. . It doesn’t crust, clump, and shed like others I’ve used. I feel like it makes my lashes look more voluminous. I want to get your unii palette! That looks awesome!ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 10:54 am

      hannah_bunker - So glad we could share a semi-legit internet coffee together! ;) I\’ve used that mascara before and I like it too! The unit palette is awesome – One of the best beauty purchases I\’ve made! ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2014 - 2:55 pm

    Aunie - the only thing we have in common in regards to makeup bags is our love for sonia’s bags! haha. fun choices and super cute vid :)
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  • August 12, 2014 - 3:29 pm

    Meg O. - Yay! I enjoyed this! Don’t be afraid to use a liquid foundation on oily skin. I HIGHLY recommend the Revlon Colorstay foundation – it’s got great coverage. Probably my holy grail foundation and it’s drugstore! Just if you ever feel like mixing it up :) I’ve never heard of unii palettes, but I am a huge fan of the z palettes for depotting stuff and throwing them in there. In fact, I think it’s time I order one. Haha. Oh, and if you’re looking for cheap brushes that perform well, I recommend checking out Coastal Scents! Not as good as Sigma but they are still really great! Anyway, enjoyed watching! You get on with your low-maintenance DIY self!!
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    • August 15, 2014 - 10:52 am

      hannah_bunker - Ooo! Thanks for all the insider tips! I\’m going to check them all out! ReplyCancel

Back in June when we received the letter from our lawyer after they filed our adoption paperwork, telling us that our court date for finalization would be August 1st, I cried staring at that piece of paper. I don’t cry a lot. But I cried at that. I also jumped around my kitchen like a […]

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  • August 4, 2014 - 2:40 pm

    Aunie - CONGRATS!! SO SO SO HAPPY FOR YOUR FAMILY!
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  • August 4, 2014 - 8:49 pm

    Rob Phillips - Congratulations to you and your family! Our experience with PCHAS and Mandy was equally wonderful! You have a beautiful family and story; thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • August 4, 2014 - 9:40 pm

    Elizabeth - Yay! Yay! A HUGE congratulations to you guys! What a huge day! :-) And also, how are they so big!? You must tell them to stop growing already! ;-) ReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2014 - 10:54 am

    Jeni - it has been so beautiful to follow your family’s story! thank you so much for sharing this beautiful day!!! tears… such happy tears for you! God Bless You Bunker Family of 4!!

    p.s. G’s chunky arms are too much! i’m dying over those rolls!ReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2014 - 12:02 pm

    Erica - What a wonderful Gotcha Day story…I love how supportive the courtroom and judge are there for the adoptive families. What a great thing! I hope if/when we finalize it’s in a courtroom like this, but I’m scared they are rare.ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 10:54 am

      hannah_bunker - Oh, I hope they are for you! It\’s such a special moment, I think all courtrooms should be that nice. ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2014 - 6:51 am

    Lisa - I don’t cry all that easily either and your story has teared me up again!! Thanks for sharing. So incredible. ReplyCancel

7 months is now upon us and what adventurous little babies we have! Gracie hit some pretty big milestones. Girlfriend’s now crawling AND pulling up on all the things…my legs, the couch, her brother’s head. And she did all of this within two weeks. It’s crazy how fast she’s developing. And it’s crazy how fast […]

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  • July 16, 2014 - 11:28 am

    Hannah C. - I love watching your little ones grow! They are adorable! And the drool on Cason’s arm – stop it! :)
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My sister in law is having a baby. She’s due in two weeks and in two weeks (or earlier, hopefully not later for her sake), she’ll head to the hospital where she will give birth to my sweet niece. I’m so excited to be an aunt and meet my niece. When she is born, they […]

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  • June 30, 2014 - 7:54 am

    Lesli Westfall - Tears. Beautiful. Love your heart and I love the Bunker’s!ReplyCancel

  • June 30, 2014 - 8:11 am

    Jo - Love the post, Hannah! Those babies of YOURS are adorable!ReplyCancel

  • June 30, 2014 - 8:35 am

    Lisa - Wow, fantastic imagery. Thanks for sharing this.

    P.S. Grace’s arm rolls KILL me!!! :-) ReplyCancel

  • June 30, 2014 - 10:28 am

    Nike - The emotions you describe sound just like labor. <3ReplyCancel

  • July 18, 2014 - 3:06 pm

    Christine - Loved this post (and all your previous ones related to infertility and adoption). My husband and I are in the process of adopting as well, and are so excited that God led us through infertility, and placed a desire to adopt in our hearts. Similar to what you’ve said, the desire to experience pregnancy and the desire to adopt are totally separate. Where once we used to only desire pregnancy, we now desire both pathways to parenthood, and will have to mourn if one of them doesn’t happen. I’m so happy for you and Aaron and hope that August 1st is a wonderful day of celebration. Thanks for sharing your story and heart. I’m sure you’ve encouraged lots of others besides me! :)
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  • August 1, 2014 - 1:31 pm

    Beth Forbus - Beautiful. Just as a birth story should be. Thank you for sharing your story.ReplyCancel