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If You Were Born With Your Siblings…

Any mom can attest to the crazy joys of parenting several children all at once. The fights over...well, everything. The tattling. The "ick" factor. The exhaustion. The laughs... but think back to when you were "one of the kids" growing up. Remember? Well, recently David's identical twin brother, Daren, and his family were at our house. They were in town vacationing and we were super excited to have them visit. Pretty much anytime I'd been with David's twin was when we were visiting his family in Georgia - David's home state. And of course pretty much everyone had watched them grow up and were used to their identical-ness. But this time they were on our turf. They came to our … [Read more...]

What He Said…

Gay. Straight. Marriage. Hate crime. Tolerance. Intolerance. Wackos. Religious. Homosexual. Homophobe. These words are pretty much everyday words in mainstream media these days. Seems everyone has an opinion and few want to listen to those opposing their viewpoint. If you disagree, you must be intolerant. If you fall on the other side of the line - in a different camp - you must be made to accept my convictions. It seems fear is often at the base of the motivation of many who follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, who trust in Him for their salvation. But this ought not to be so! For this earth is just our temporary home! We are journeying through! We are guaranteed that the world will … [Read more...]

Another First – Staying with Papa and Yaya

David and I haven't been away from the babies in 539 days...or since they were born. (We did take a very short overnight, two weeks after they were born and still in the NICU for a quick breather. But I was hooked up to my friend, the Pump, every two hours so you can imagine how crazy that was!) I haven't been away from them for more than four hours. Ever. I have been entangled by three babies 24/7 for 18 months solid. Because of our breastfeeding schedule (which I l.o.v.e.), nobody has taken one or two and left me with "the baby." I've eaten, slept, dreamed and breathed baby x 3 for the past year and a half. And I have loved it. Of course there are times I've been touched out (every day!) … [Read more...]

“The Least of These”

Jesus calls us to care for those in our community and the world abroad in whatever ways we can (Matthew 25:31-46). Some are called to go and do. Some are called to prayerfully or financially support those who go and do. Some are called to rescue. Some are called to heal. Some are called to preach the Gospel. And some are called to adopt. David and I feel we fall in this last category, especially. Before we had even met one another, we each had a burden to add to whatever family God gave us by adoption. For as long as I can remember, I've felt called to rescue a little girl from China. (For months into my pregnancy with the trio I felt a stronger connection to our little girl who most likely … [Read more...]

Harlem Shake…Exodus Style

This made me laugh so hard. I love that they can have fun like this. Yes, that was my husband. And yes, this means I am Cat Woman. For those of you who thought so, you were right. I was waiting till now to tell you. Ha! Happy Friday, y'all! … [Read more...]

The Name Game

Yep. It was time. We needed a fresh new name for our blog and after much deliberation (and pestering my poor husband with suggestions, making him vote, etc), we landed on: Growing Up Triplets. While our babies aren’t the only thing I write about, they are one of my life’s highest priorities – following closely behind my relationship with my Lord and Saviour and marriage to my best friend and hubby, David. My goal with this open journal of our lives is to be just that: open. If you stumble upon this blog, I want you to feel as if we’re sitting with coffee and chatting. I want you to hear my struggles, joys, victories and disappointments. I want to share with you new things I’ve learned and … [Read more...]

A New Year – Reflections on the Old

While many of us are hurriedly writing our New Year's resolutions and patting ourselves on the back for jumping on that dusty treadmill or saying "no" to that can of soda that calls out to us, my friend Sheree is reflecting on God's faithfulness through the years. She writes: What are you feeling about the new year? I know people who are hoping to become engaged; have a baby; get a better paying job; move to a new home; overcome a longstanding illness; or see a family member become a Christian. Who will experience the fulfillment of these hopes and who will be disappointed when 2013 ends and there’s no fiance; no baby; the same job; no new home; remaining chronic pain or sickness; and … [Read more...]

Christmas With An Instant Family

I've been busy writing several guest posts for other blogs - one of which has published this morning over at Modern Alternative Mama! I'm sharing what it's like to get an instant family for Christmas. :o) Here's a bit of what I shared... Christmas with Three New Babies Christmas, fresh snow, hot cocoa…do these conjure warm, snuggly feelings? (Well, maybe not the last one if you’re on the GAPS diet!) What about traditions, caroling, and stockings? Yep – me, too! Ok, then how about screaming babies, reflux and poopy diapers? I’m gonna take a wild guess that these do not make you dream of a white Christmas. However, for my husband, David, and I this was our Christmas last year. On October … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas!!!

From the Fountain Family to yours - we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a joyous Christmas season! We are celebrating Him who came to give life, to rescue us from the miry pit!! The rest of the pictures from the photo shoot will be up tomorrow. I'll give you a'll meet a frog and a princess or two. =) … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, part 1

Well, it took me long enough, right??? Only 43 days past their birthday...but who's counting? September 30th, 2012 dawned clear and bright. And hot. Very, very, VERY hot. The day the babies were born (October 1, 2011), was chilly and everybody arriving at the hospital had their warm scarves, jackets and hot coffee in hand. 364 days later there was not a scarf in sight! But we kept on, grateful that it wasn't raining! I have to pause here for a moment and thank several people who made this day possible. (With three one year olds to still care for, I was left with very little time each day to prep for the party! Eight solid hours each day are spent just feeding my babies. Need I say … [Read more...]