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Young Woman Adopts 6 Sisters To Keep Them Unseparated, No Matter What It Takes

Young Woman Adopts 6 Sisters To Keep Them Unseparated, No Matter What It Takes

Motherhood was always something Lacey Dunkin could see in her future, having a child in her life was her ultimate idea of happiness.

So it was in 2011 when Lacey decided to become an adoptive mother – a decision that would change her life forever.

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    The Family She Always Wanted

    Not long after her certification came through to legally adopt, Lacey received a phone call asking if she would be willing to foster four children – but not just any four children – they were all sisters.

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    Knowing the importance of keeping siblings together for the sake of family ties, bonds and sisterly love, Lacey gladly agreed to take in the four girls to create a stable and loving environment for all of them, together with Lacey’s own parents.

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      A Temporary Goodbye

      The incredible journey didn’t end there. After nine months of creating motherly bonds with the four girls, the sister’s birth mother regained custody including another sister – a newborn that had been looked after by another family.

      It was after they were parted from each other and feeling the big hole left by her foster daughters, that Lacey received a phone call from the birth mother herself.

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        A Surprise Twist

        The birth mother had been struggling to bring up her daughters and decided she wanted what was best for the girls – this meant asking Lacey, knowing how much the girls adored her, to adopt all four of them including the little newborn.

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          An Extra Person To Love

          Lacey said yes in a heartbeat knowing how much she loved and missed the girls welcoming their youngest sister to the new family.

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          It was to be a year-long adoption process that wasn’t short of yet another surprise – the birth mother contacted her to say she was pregnant with another baby girl and asked if she would be willing to adopt her too.

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            A New Life Full Of Happiness

            Without hesitation, and knowing the importance of keeping all the sisters together, Lacey agreed. Despite the unusual request and the impending growth of her family, Lacey was happy to have her own big family of happy and healthy children.

            “They bring me so much joy and chaos, but life would be so empty and bland and boring without them,” explained Lacey.

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            “It’s an honor to be their mother, they melt my heart.”

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              An Unusual Set-Up But An Amazingly Happy Ending

              Despite the unorthodox process, Lacey and her family are truly happy with the outcome and three years on, are living a life together – six girls with a mother who was prepared to take them on and love them as her very own.

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                Featured photo credit: Lacey Dunkin via littlethings.com

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                Last Updated on July 3, 2020

                30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

                30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

                In today’s world, true peace must come from within us and our own actions. Here are 30 small things you can do on a regular basis to increase your overall sense of harmony, peace, and well-being:

                1. Don’t go to every fight you’re invited to

                Particularly when you’re around those who thrive on chaos, be willing to decline the invitation to join in on the drama.

                2. Focus on your breath

                Throughout the day, stop to take a few deep breaths. Keep stress at bay with techniques such as “square breathing.” Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, then out for four counts, and hold again for four counts. Repeat this cycle four times.

                3. Get organized and purge old items

                A cluttered space often creates a cluttered spirit. Take the time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year and invest in organizational systems that help you sustain a level of neatness.

                4. Stop yourself from being judgmental

                Whenever you are tempted to have an opinion about someone else’s life, check your intentions. Judging others creates and promotes negative energy.

                5. Say ‘thank you’ early and often

                Start and end each day with an attitude of gratitude. Look for opportunities in your daily routine and interactions to express appreciation.

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                6. Smile more

                Even if you have to “fake it until you make it,” there are many scientific benefits of smiling and laughing. Also, pay attention to your facial expression when you are doing neutral activities such as driving and walking. Turn that frown upside down!

                7. Don’t worry about the future

                As difficult as this sounds, there is a direct connection between staying in the present and living a more peaceful life. You cannot control the future. As the old proverb goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Practice gently bringing your thoughts back to the present.

                8. Eat real food

                The closer the food is to the state from which it came from the earth, the better you will feel in eating it. Choose foods that grew from a plant over food that was made in a plant.

                9. Choose being happy over being right

                Too often, we sacrifice inner peace in order to make a point. It’s rarely worth it.

                10. Keep technology out of the bedroom

                Many studies, such as one conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have connected blue light of electronic devices before bed to adverse sleep and overall health. To make matters worse, many people report that they cannot resist checking email and social media when their cell phone is in reach of their bed, regardless of the time.

                11. Make use of filtering features on social media

                You may not want to “unfriend” someone completely, however you can choose whether you want to follow their posts and/or the sources of information that they share.

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                12. Get comfortable with silence

                When you picture someone who is the ultimate state of peace, typically they aren’t talking.

                13. Listen to understand, not to respond

                So often in conversations, we use our ears to give us cues about when it is our turn to say what we want to say. Practice active listening, ask questions, process, then speak.

                14. Put your troubles in a bubble

                Whenever you start to feel anxious, visualize the situation being wrapped in a bubble and then picture that sphere floating away.

                15. Speak more slowly

                Often a lack of peace manifests itself in fast or clipped speech. Take a breath, slow down, and let your thoughtful consideration drive your words.

                16. Don’t procrastinate

                Nothing adds stress to our lives like waiting until the last minute.

                17. Buy a coloring book

                Mandala coloring books for adults are becoming more popular because of their connection to creating inner peace.

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                18. Prioritize yourself

                You are the only person who you are guaranteed to live with 24 hours a day for the rest of your life.

                19. Forgive others

                Holding a grudge is hurting you exponentially more than anyone else. Let it go.

                20. Check your expectations

                Presumption often leads to drama. Remember the old saying, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.”

                21. Engage in active play

                Let your inner child come out and have some fun. Jump, dance, play, and pretend!

                22. Stop criticizing yourself

                The world is a hard enough place with more than enough critics. Your life is not served well by being one of them.

                23. Focus your energy and attention on what you want

                Thoughts, words, and actions all create energy. Energy attracts like energy. Put out what you want to get back.

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                24. Assign yourself “complaint free” days.

                Make a conscious decision not to complain about anything for a whole day. It might be harder than you think and the awareness will stick with you.

                25. Surround yourself with people you truly enjoy being in the company of

                Personalities tend to be contagious, and not everyone’s is worth catching. Be judicious in your choices.

                26. Manage your money

                Financial concerns rank top on the list of what causes people stress. Take the time each month to do a budget, calculate what you actually spend and sanity check that against the money you have coming in.

                27. Stop trying to control everything

                Not only is your inner control freak sabotaging your sense of peace, it is also likely getting in the way of external relationships as well.

                28. Practice affirmations

                Repeat positive phrases that depict the life and qualities you want to attract. It may not come naturally to you, but it works.

                29. Get up before sunrise

                Personally witnessing the dawn brings a unique sense of awe and appreciation for life.

                30. Be yourself

                Nothing creates more inner discord than trying to be something other than who we really are. Authenticity breeds happiness.

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