birkeland family update :: growing our family

I know, I know so mean of me to make you wait. But I had good reason, I promise {it's all about timing, don't ya know?} A lot of friends in our new city didn't know about our journey to Evie so that has made this {re}sharing even more fun. And of … [Continue reading]

infertility lead us to adoption :: part 2

I'm just so undone by the love I've received since I decided to start sharing again. Thank you for the love and the responses from my last post. You guys are so good at rallying behind our family in the big stuff and in the small stuff. I am just so … [Continue reading]

infertility lead us to adoption :: part 1

It took me a longer than I want to admit to be okay with saying those words :: *infertility lead us to adoption* I didn't want to be labeled one of the couples who-didn't-get-pregnant-so-they-adopted. But for real though, that's our story and I own … [Continue reading]

there is always more.

Last year was a lot to process and I recently told a friend it wasn't my usual struggle of *waiting on a child* which was new to me - the main theme of my life from 2008 - 2015 was *where my baby at tho?* - oh, little did I know, there was more work … [Continue reading]

Shop Small Christmas Guide 2016

It's time for our 2nd annual #ShopSmallChristmasGuide ... and everyone said, YAY!!! Please consider doing some {or ALL} of your shopping here from this list.  If you are looking for something specific email me & I'll do my best to help you locate … [Continue reading]

what’s next for Cheers To Plan A?

hi friends! after praying & thinking about this blog, I've decided to discontinue sharing here. it saddens me, but I know this is the definitely the best decision for this season. this blog has been such a space of love, encouragement, and just … [Continue reading]

Be Brave Enough to be Vulnerable by Lauren

“There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken...” ― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves  And so I ask, “What do you love? “ And how do you know for sure? I thought my love … [Continue reading]

Get Up & Choose to Be Brave by Taylor Madu

My name is Taylor Madu. I am 28 years old, born and raised in the good old South, a small town, El Dorado, Arkansas. I am the youngest of 3. My mother was a full time, stay at home Mom. Not only was she a full time mom, she was Super woman in … [Continue reading]

Be Brave Enough to Ask & Believe by Tyler Koch

  Hi! My name is Tyler Koch. I'm passionate about my family, adoption & my relationship with the Lord. Throughout our journey with infertility & adoption, I have come to know the Lord’s love for me in a deeper way. I blog about … [Continue reading]

Be Brave Series: Lean In & Be Brave by Jessica Lauren

"Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.” Psalm 27:14 AMP When my lovely Sister-friend Kailey asked me to write for her blog on … [Continue reading]