JOSH + SUSAN FOWLER
Adventure seekers  //  adoption advocates  //  13 years of marriage
5 kids  //  2 businesses  //  We like living life to the fullest

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Happy 5th Birthday Zane!

Oh my word.  I’m in disbelief that today is Zane’s 5th birthday!  It’s his second birthday with us, and his first birthday with an esophagus. His first birthday being able to ingest food.  Sometimes it’s still hard for me to wrap my head around it all.  2.5 years ago we first saw his face and fell in […]

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The Insurance Battle | A super personal post you may want to skip right over…

Have you ever known that you were right, but everyone who mattered to a situation insisted you were wrong?  But you stand up for what you know, you push through… and still people lie to your face.  You carefully take every step to make things right, but still, you’re considered crazy and annoying and there […]

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6 Hard Things About Adoption (That You Probably Haven’t Heard)

There are a lot of really beautiful and really tragic aspects of adoption, and people ask questions all the time.  I think most people realize that there is so much involved in adoption, that the questions are endless and they don’t even know where to start.  So here you go– 6 things about adoption that are […]

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Journal Entry from Meetcha Day | Adoption

We woke up crazy early that morning in Sofia, Bulgaria, still jet-lagged, but filled with nervous excitement.  Honestly, I still felt like a fraud.  We had this huge support system back home rooting for us, yet we were just regular people.  We’d spent 8 months fundraising and working like mad to prove to two countries that […]

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18 Days in the Hospital… in Boston

If medical things mess with you, then don’t read this post.  Please, just don’t scroll down because it is really rough.  There isn’t blood or anything, but there’s tons of wires and tubes, and I know not everyone is okay seeing that.  But for those parents who are preparing for something like this, it’s helpful […]

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We Made It To Boston!

We arrived in Boston and spent the 4th of July roaming the city and trying to hold on to the last bit of normalcy for awhile.  Zane wasn’t having the best time.  His whole schedule has been thrown off, he had to take two plane rides (the first since leaving Bulgaria, which can bring up […]

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Spit Fistula | Our Adoption Journey

Just a heads up– if you’re a really squirmy type and can’t handle anything medical, then you’ll want to skip this.  It’s all pretty mild stuff, but it shows a feeding tube and some weird medical things. No blood, and nothing gory, though. Four and a half months ago we arrived at Zane’s orphanage on a cold day, […]

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You’re Four Today.

I don’t know what I was doing four year ago today… the day you were born. I don’t know if there’s a woman… a family… on the other side of the world mourning you today. There’s a lot I don’t know.   As I looked through pictures to share, I cried.  I’ve missed a lot […]

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When Facing Huge Obstacles | Personal

Sometimes I shy away from blogging about things because I feel like I’m not qualified enough to talk about the subject. I don’t want to give tips on running a successful business because I only have experience from my own life. Marketing is the same—I know what has worked for us, but that doesn’t mean […]

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How We Took Two Months Off Work | Personal + Business

We recently adopted our 3 year old son, Zane, from Eastern Europe.  We’ve had him home for two months now.  He has esophageal atresia, which means his esophagus doesn’t connect to his stomach (he’ll have surgery to correct that) and is on a feeding tube.  Our daughter, Hazel, is 5 years old. ——– We did it.  We […]

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