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adoption : plan a

let me start out by saying if you struggle to birth children -- my heart aches for you! i cannot even imagine the pain you've gone through. however it happens, you were made to be a mother. hang in there your time is coming. if adoption might be your plan B, meaning your plan for your life hasn't gone the way you desired then welcome to the party. God works in mighty ways. when we envisioned our family adoption was not our plan a. we were any normal family that believed you had to birth your own children before you could adopt a child. our vision has been just that, it was going to be this perfect little story with our children helping raise the adopted child.

welllllll it wasn't until Jesus turned our world upside down and told us we were to wait on having biological children |to clarify -- we have yet to try to get pregnant!|. we knew adoption was going to be the FIRST way we were to bring children into our family. a seed was planted so deep in our hearts that if we didn't walk out our adoption journey we knew we'd be living in disobedience to God and His word. i do believe Jesus has complete control over every single child and their birth order -- if we allow Him to reign. for your family an adopted child might come first, middle, or last. i'm here to just say s u r r e n d e r. adoption can be for everyone, it's just a matter of choosing to say YES and surrendering your children to Jesus.

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november is national adoption month. we've had these precious twin girls since they were 12 days old. we adopted them through foster care when they were 9 months old. we are coming up on the one year anniversary of our gotcha day. our family has still been processing all that happened over the first year. Jesus always takes me back to the two weeks He changed my life. i remember telling Him no to the call countless times. i've been reminded of these words that were so confirming -- it's not about you & hunter, it's about these children and their calling. they have to be first. they have to be chosen. you are changing their destiny. 

we tell our little ladies every single night that they were adopted, chosen first, loved so deeply, and hand picked to be in our family. now the vision for our family structure will be these adopted children helping raising our biological children one day. i've never birthed a child so i don't understand that kind of love but i have a feeling it won't look much different. there are many days that i forget they were adopted. last week as i was standing in Israel on the mount where Jesus left this earth and will return again, i was overwhelmed by the love of being grafted into His family. He didn't have to choose me but He did. i was chosen, i was adopted, my destiny has forever been changed. if you are questioning if you'd be able to love a child like you birthed them, just go ahead and stop. the love cannot be explained, it can only be experienced.

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the story of copper + pearl

this is a lifestyle blog about a day in the life of our twin girls - copper + pearl. no, these are not the girls real names. we officially adopted the twins in November of 2014. out of respect we knew we needed to keep the girls real names private since we adopted them from a small town in texas.

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copper + pearl started a few years ago as my hubby and i were on the journey of creating our first business. we made handmade wooden signs with song lyrics, scripture, and sayings. we even had our friend create a logo! but, the glory days of making money by our hardworking hands only lasted about 6 months. it was fun while it lasted but we realized all of our time was spent making these signs for not much pay. all that time wasn't really worth it to us. so off we went to different income opportunities. but, copper + pearl stayed in our hearts.

so here we are introducing our sweet twin girls | copper + pearl |

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i have a lot of vision for this blog but writing can be difficult with little ladies in the house. the last few weeks blogging has come up in almost every conversation i've had. & not the mention my friend jen hatmaker {blogger friends are real friends, right?} wrote a blog about becoming a writer. so here i go jen. entering the world of blogging. it's so exciting! plus you'll be seeing these cuties all over this blog. so join us in this adventure, we will learn and grow together!!

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one year ago

one year ago today we got to meet the little faces we would soon call daughters. the day was a whirlwind of emotions that i remember so vividly. they were so tiny and fragile, it felt like they could break. i remember walking into that dark hospital room just weeping because these little girls made me a mother. it is overwhelming that Jesus would choose my broken self and husband to care for his precious children. i'm still in shock that it was a year ago today that my life was literally transformed. motherhood is such a gift, no matter how it happens!

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just look at those tiny humans. how could you not give them your whole heart. today i'm reminded how stinkin' blessed we are. thank you Jesus.

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the phone call

"this is a blog post from june of 2014 when i was updating our friends & family about the adoption"

one phone call changed my life forever.

on march 3rd, hunter and i got "the call" about our placement for the foster to adopt journey we are on. that day my life changed forever as i walked into the great unknown of motherhood. in the many months preparing for our little family, i did not know what to expect on the day we would meet our babes. i can remember walking into the room just weeping at the thought of letting them have my whole heart. in that moment i felt such a grace to be able to fully love. looking into those sweet eyes, i knew i had no chance of holding back. even if our current family changes - these little babes made me a mom and they will forever hold that place in my heart!

the adventure of foster to adopt - the process can be scary. there are so many unknowns but at the end of the day it's worth it. these little life's are worth everything. each day we wake up in the morning thanking Jesus we are able to love unconditionally. in the beginning of this process i would hear things like guard your hearts and be careful because you don't know how long you will have them. what we came to, is that Jesus doesn't withhold love from us, so why should we? you are right- it is MUCH safer to love at arms length but we have been entrusted with a LIFE that needs so much LOVE. not knowing what environment the little babes could go back to, gave us all the more reason to love fearlessly. they are in need of more love than any of us can comprehend. we are delightfully overwhelmed that we have been chosen to be their parents for however long. i am falling more in love each day and i know i will never regret that!

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now, we need prayer. our hearts desire that Jesus' will would be done over the babes life. only He knows their destiny and the family they are supposed to be with. do i believe that is with us? yes, but there is so much more to the story than just our desires to be fulfilled. i want Aycock to be their last name as soon as possible. but, i am learning this is a process for a reason. there are so many people you come in contact with along the way. all the different meetings, court hearings, and appointments are for a purpose. there is a bigger picture to the story - it is about trusting Jesus along the way.

thank you for joining us in this adventure!! i hope to be able to share as much as possible along the way. we do have to spare you all of the juicy details until adoption is official. until then please keep us in your prayers.

"this is a blog post from june of 2014 when i was updating our friends & family about the adoption"

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our greatest adventure

"this is a blog post that i wrote on jan. 26th of 2014 as we announced to our family and friends about the start of our adoption journey"

we've got a story for you & its all about Jesus. we are so excited to finally share our journey with you. there have been lots of tears, joy & redeeming love through this process. so here we go...

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the aycock's are adding a new addition to our family! the key is, we don't know when our baby will arrive.... you guessed it! we're going to be fostering to adopt our first child!!! i know many of you are wondering why in the world we would be doing this first but don't worry! we had those questions too. that's why this story is all about Jesus.

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before getting married, hunt & i knew adoption would "one day" be a part of our story but we never really talked about when "one day" was. we just knew that we would have our children and adopt eventually. or at least that's what we believed in our hearts. that's until Jesus decided to literally flip our world upside down in just a night. it's like an etch-a-sketch, you draw a picture of what you think your life is going to look like & hand it over to God. He smiles, tells you that He has something greater in store for you, and you hand it back over to Him. He literally shakes up the etch-a-sketch right in front of you & draws a different picture of His plans for your life, that are better than anything you could imagine on your own. that's what happened to hunt & i. we thought we would start trying to have a family over the next year but we never felt the peace of the Lord to start that process. my heart was so confused because the Lord had me on a journey preparing me for what I thought was motherhood. boy, was i struggling! it felt like Jesus was withholding something from me that He had created me for. as soon as I was able to share my heart with hunt, Jesus gave me a dream one october night.

you know the kind of dream that's so real you can feel the emotions of the dream even days after you have woken up? that's the kind of dream it was. in the dream, hunt & i had a carseat and diaper bag in hand as we walked into the hospital. immediately i looked down at my stomach to feel if there was a baby bump. i was thinking "of course we are walking into the hospital because i'm about the birth our baby!" but there was no baby bump. as we were walking into a room, the nurse handed us our child, and congratulated us on our new baby. all i remembered was complete joy, i was overwhelmed with lots and lots of tears seeing our child for the first time. as i was looking down on the dream, we were there for one purpose, and it was to pick up our baby. the entire time my hand was still on my stomach, i was a little confused but knew that i had not birthed our baby. as hunt & i headed home, we arrived to a house full of people & a once guest bedroom turned nursery complete with all of the baby essentials. and then i woke up.

after a dream like this you can imagine i would be waking up screaming with joy to tell hunt the good news. that was definitely not the case. it actually took me a while to be able to share the dream with him. it was so real and i knew Jesus was telling us something. it scared me. i had to grieve the idea of birthing my first child and life in the order i felt it should go. Jesus was and has been faithful and kind as He revealed His perfect plan for our life and our little family.

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and that leads us to today!

we've chosen our agency, filled out mounds of paper work, had our home-visit and we're on the road to meeting our sweet baby! we're moving as quickly as we can because the need is great and our hearts are yearning for our child. we aren't sure when we'll welcome our newest aycock, but we're expecting to be a family of 3 within the next few months.

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so here we are! we welcome you on this journey with us as we trust God and watch His goodness unfold in our life. we would love your prayers as we walk into this great unknown following a God who knows all. we love you & are so thankful for your love, support, and prayers.

big thanks to our wonderful photographer: kelly gilgenbach

"this is a blog post that i wrote on jan. 26th of 2014 as we announced to our family and friends about the start of our adoption journey"

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