Hi there, and welcome to my little corner of the interwebs… If you followed this blog years ago, welcome back! If you are new here, welcome! I’m glad you are here. I am Joanna, and I write the words here at Crafty Nester… there are words about adoption, about parenting, and words about parenting kids…

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This little heart of ours, we’re gonna make it shine. 💙💚 A heart transplant is not a cure for heart disease… it is essentially trading one heart disease for a better, more manageable one. Paisley will take immune suppressing meds every 12 hours for the rest of her life so her body doesn’t try to…

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I don’t want my kids safe and comfortable. I want them BRAVE… I don’t want to be the reason my kids choose safety over courage. I hope I never hear them say “Mom will freak out” or “my parents will never agree to this.” May my fear not bind their purpose here. Scared moms raise…

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Sometimes, you just have to eat barbecue ribs for breakfast… He is a good brother… First sleep away camp is in the books. She loved it…mom did not. He might be cooler than all of us… I could watch him sleep all day. When your sister has a book that plays Frozen songs, and you…

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Go and love someone exactly as they are. And then watch how quickly they transform into the greatest, truest version of themselves. When one feels seen and appreciated in their own essence, one is instantly empowered. ~Wes Angelozzi

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To the mother of my daughter’s heart… This next week our girl will graduate kindergarten.Just over three years ago school wasn’t a thing we even dared to wish for her… But here she is… she is learning to read, she has friends, her teachers love her, she is full of sass and joy and life…

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Bubble excitement… Happiness is a plate of bean curd. She is the cutest… This baby… Hospital day… She is the funniest… What Paisley will look like when she is 100… the banana is a wheelchair. Boy in a box on a unicorn. Little matching friends doing yoga. She says she’s ready to go… I love…

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