Friday Finds: Organic Modern

1. Modway Transmit Mid-Century Offset Cube Wood Bookcase
2. Koko's House Moroccan Inspired Ivory Fringe Gold Sequin Pillow 
3. Poly and Bark Isabella Lounge Chair
4. Rivet Modern Wave Table Lamp 
5. Metallic Gold, Succulent Plant Pot
6. Mitchell Platform Bed 
7. Lochas Faux Sheepskin Rug 
8. DII Modern Cotton Geometric Blanket Throw 
9. Modway Display Stand 

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Jafta's Adoption is Final . . . . Finally!

On Thursdays I post from the vault. This post is from May 2008.

After three years, the courts upheld what we have been praying for the last three years - Jafta is an official member of our family. It was an incredible day. I can't explain how surreal it was to drive up to the LA family court knowing that we were going there to finalize the adoption. We have made that trip so many times in the last three years, and every time it has been a feeling of dread and anxiety as other people made decisions about our son's future. On our way there, I realized it was the first time that I didn't have a stomach ache due to worry as we approached the courts. It was the first time I wasn't petitioning God in prayer as we waited for our name to be called.

It was also a stark contrast inside the courtroom. We have always felt so alone and so intimidated in that courtroom. Today, as we literally had a room full of family and friends there to back us up, we felt so confident and supported as a family. It was overwhelmingly emotional. As soon as she had us raise our right hands and state our names, we were fighting the ugly cry. And losing.
We were asked to confirm that we wanted to adopt him, and then asked if we vowed to love him and treat him as we would any biological child. As we sat there with India, our little surprise in the midst of this journey, I knew full well that we did love Jafta as if he were our own biological child. When she announced he was now officially Jafta Jordan Howerton, the room erupted in applause.
When the day was done, we wanted to check in with Jafta to find out how he was feeling and what his thoughts were. This was his reply:

"It was a big day. We went to the court and we waited and waited and waited, for a really long time. And then finally, Ryder came!! And then everybody clapped for me. And then Ryder went down the elevator and I was sad, but then I saw him again!"

Leave it to Jafta to measure the gravity of the day by how much Ryder hangage he got! Love the 3-year-old brain.
As we process the end of this long road, we feel incredibly grateful for our son and for the friends and family who supported us and prayed us through this adoption. We can't even begin to say the weight that has been lifted off our shoulders, and it has struck me in big and small ways over the last 24 hours. He's ours. If someone had told me when we were placed our baby son that he would be in preschool by the time we finalized, I probably would have run screaming for the hills. But somehow, day by day, we got through it, and Jafta has been a gift worth waiting for. He teaches me daily with his ability to be in the moment, find the joy in small things, and live life with a zeal and energy that is inspiring (and yes, occasionally exhausting). We praise God for his hand in our family. Jafta, YOU ARE LOVED.

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Wednesday's Child: Leland

Every Wednesday I feature a child recently highlighted by a local Wednesday's Child newscast to share the stories of children from around the country who are waiting for a family. My hope is that this can broaden exposure for the children highlighted, but also serve as a reminder that these children represent thousands of children currently in the foster-care system. Perhaps their stories will inspire you to consider opening your home to a child needing a family. For more information and to learn about other waiting children, visit AdoptUsKids.

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The quest to be tan can be a problematic one, and yet many Caucasian folks can feel the pressure as summer approaches. We explore both the dangers and benefits of “getting some sun” as well as our own ambivalence, and we also share some of our favorite less toxic sunscreens and sunless tanning products.
In this episode we talked about:

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Life Lately

This one. Totally addicted to iced Americanos. (It’s decaf!)

Anyone else keep a jar of random foreign currency leftover from trips? My kids like to look at it and figure out the origin. Swipe left for the one we can’t figure out. Where’s that from??

I’m huge fan of subscription boxes and have tried several that tout themselves as “the Stitch Fix for kids.” But now, there actually is a Stitch Fix for kids! The company I’ve used for 5+ years is now styling boxes for kids and India is thrilled because she’s been watching my boxes come and coveting them for a long time. Here is a preview of her first box.

When your friends force your teens to pose for a photo and it’s awesome. Thanks @timree

There is seriously nothing I love more than a kid’s talent show and I will be so sad when my kids outgrow this.

If you’ve seen the episode of Friends where Monica lectures about closing the pen caps at a party then you’ve met my daughter India. #clipboardqueen #bossypants #enneagram3

I don’t know what I’ve done right in my life but I have four kids who are not my own sweeping the driveway while my own son is pissed that he’s left out. 😂🙌 
@cleezy @shesgonnalive @chadmarkley

Four books might have been ambitious for three days away but I’m pretty excited to read these new books by friends.

Honored to march with @conmijente today to protest Operational Streamline and the criminalization of immigrants in Southern California. #abolishice

Marching on the federal building with @conmijente . When the walking stalls it turns into a protest party. #abolishice #shutdownsessions

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