I’ll Be Home for Christmas if Only in My Dreams – Part 5 (Finale)

Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4

“Hey, Taylor,” I greeted my friend with a smile. “Yep, it’s me! What are you doing here?”

“Remember when we went to the park with our moms for a playdate?” Taylor asked. “My mom, Sierra, told me that I was going someplace to get my hair fixed – I had no idea it would be your house!”

“I’m glad you came!” I grinned, stepping aside and beckoning her inside. “It was great to meet you at the park, by the way.”

“Thanks! You, too.”

After leading Taylor through the hall, we arrived in the bedroom.

“Taylor!” Ellie gasped. “It was you!”

“What was me?”

Chloe piped up. “We thought you were an assassin!”

Taylor raised an eyebrow, but she was pretty used to Chloe’s craziness.

Ellie wrapped her arms around her friend. Apparently, ever since she Taylor came over to visit, she and Ellie had been great buds.

I watched with jealousy, my heart aching. That should be my sister and I hugging. We should be reunited like happy friends.

As the other dolls came over to greet their friend, I faded into the background and slipped back to my dresser.

I turned on my phone and opened my photo library for the last picture I had of my sister. I didn’t know why I did that to myself, for it made me miss her all the more.

I will see you again, sis, I promised, swallowing hard. And it’ll be soon.


Taylor’s visit came and went. All on video, Madison conditioned her old, frizzy hair and gave Sierra hairstyling tips for her. Days passed and the shock of leaving my sister lessened, but the numbing sadness remained. It was hard to enjoy life without her, as used as I was getting to living with my new “family.”

One day shortly after the new year, I offered to help Josefina make lunch. I hadn’t had my turn of cooking yet, but I wanted to get used to being in their kitchen.

“Thanks for offering to help, Taryn,” Josefina told me as she led the way. “That’s really sweet of you.”

I didn’t answer as we heard whispering to our left. We both stopped in our tracks and turned to see what was happening.

“Come on, Molly! It’ll be fun! You’re just the person we need!” Ellie was trying to convince Molly to do something.

“Yes,” Chloe agreed, nodding. She was wearing some sort of… spy outfit?

“I don’t know,” Molly sighed. “What if we don’t succeed and get caught? We’d get in trouble.”

“That’s why we never plan on getting caught,” Ellie answered.

“Yeah,” Chloe agreed. “We don’t have to succeed. Just don’t get caught.”

“Oh, I still don’t know,” Molly looked away. “It sounds like a bad idea.”

“Bad idea?! It’s a great idea!” Ellie scoffed. “Get this; we’re going to document the entire thing and post it on Delightful World of Dolls!”

“That’s an even worse idea.”

“People are going to love it, Molls. They’ve been asking for more prank posts for ages.”

Chloe nodded excitedly. “It’ll be called Strike of the Pranks. Or something like that. We’re still deciding on the exact name. It’ll even have multiple episodes! Doesn’t that sound like a GREAT idea?”

“That’s an idea, alright, but I wouldn’t call it a good one.”

“Just what are you planning on doing?” Josefina interrupted. With a start, all three whipped their heads to face Josie.

“Nothing!” Molly cried quickly.

Josie raised an eyebrow. “Molly, you’re a terrible liar.”

“Ohhh!” Molly groaned. “See, guys? I’d be horrible at this. Count me out.”

Chloe and Ellie’s shoulders sank in disappointment. “But we need three, otherwise we can’t be The Terrible Trio!”

Chloe’s face brightened as she turned to me. “What about you, Taryn? Does playing pranks on people and blogging about it sound like fun?”

I shook my head. “No, thanks. Totally sounds like something my sister would do, though.”

At this, everyone, even Josefina, dropped their jaws in the utmost flabbergasted surprise.

“Sister?” Chloe repeated.

I nodded, feeling awkward to have everyone staring at me with wide eyes.

“How come we never heard of her?” Curious Molly asked.

I gave her a small, sad smile. “Because she wasn’t adopted with me.”

Ellie’s mouth hung open in sad shock. Then she clamped her mouth shut, and the determined look I had grown to notice many times a day settled across her face. In a flash, she whipped out her phone from her pocket and speedily dialed a number.

“Here,” Ellie handed the phone to me. “Madison’s on the line. Tell her about your sister. She’s really nice and understanding. I promise, she will-“

“Ellie!” Josefina interrupted as I stepped away to talk to Madison on the phone. “May I speak with you for a minute?”

With a look of annoyance, Ellie followed Josefina behind the closet door.

“Why did you stop me?!” Ellie demanded. “I was about to tell her that Madison would adopt her sister, too!”

“That’s why I stopped you!” Josefina exclaimed. “We don’t know that for sure! You can’t just promise Taryn something and get her hopes up like that!”

The phone rang, and rang, and rang. Please answer, I hoped to myself. I hadn’t seen this “Madison” except for brief moments where she dashed into her room to change clothes. The others told me she was always busy, but how on earth could she be doing so many things that I hadn’t even gotten a chance to talk to her since I had arrived on Christmas?

Finally, a voicemail sounded in my ears.

“Hi! This is Madison. I’m sorry that I can’t take your call right now, but please leave a message and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. Thank you and God bless you!”

Oh yeah? I thought. She couldn’t possibly refuse a second call. Gritting my teeth in determination, I redialed the number.

This time, Madison answered on the second ring.

“Hello?” she asked in a hurried way.

“Hi. You might not recognize my voice, but I’m Taryn, the new doll you adopted.”

“Oh, Taryn!” Madison exclaimed as if she had remembered something fond. “Hi! What is it?”

“Well, erm, I know you’re busy and all, but…” I trailed off. What if she said no?

“Yes?” Madison urged gently.

“I have a sister back at the orphanage,” I blurted. “I really, really miss her and was wondering if you would please, please, please adopt her.”

I sighed in relief, but then held my breath in anxious wait for her answer.

“Oh, Taryn, I don’t know…”

My heart instantly sunk. That didn’t sound good.

“Please!” I begged. “You don’t know how much I miss her! Don’t you even care?!”

There was silence on the other end, and a muffled voice shushing her. “Pay attention,” it sounded like her dad.

“Taryn, I gotta go. I’m at the groundbreaking service for our new church building and my pastor is praying. I’ll get back to you later about this, okay?”

She hung up before I even answered her back.

I pulled the phone away from my ear. Nothing was going right!

“Here,” I mumbled, handing Ellie’s phone back to her. “She said-“

“We heard what she said,” Ellie interrupted. “We’re spies.”

That was rude. And cool. After handing the phone back, Ellie informed me that Josefina had already started making lunch, and I nodded. I didn’t feel like helping her anymore, and I’m sure she understood. I felt too hollow and sad inside to try to cook and talk with her then. I just walked numbly back to the beds and sat on a bottom bunk, picking up a book to read but not turning a page in thirty minutes.

Later, Molly and I were sitting down at the table and beginning to eat our homemade pizzas that Josefina had made, all the while I was plagued with thoughts about never seeing my sister again.

“I’m so sorry to hear about your sister,” Molly mentioned sweetly. “I had no idea.”

“Thanks,” I told her.

“I hope Madison will adopt her,” she shared.

I nodded. “Me, too.”

All of the sudden, we heard someone walk through the room door. We both turned our heads to trail up the long legs and meet the eyes of…


“Taryn,” Madison smiled for the first time at me. “I don’t know exactly when, but this summer, if you want to come with me… we’re going to get your sister.”

My eyes widened as my mouth hung open. Then I began to smile, happy tears feeling my eyes. Summer was a long way away, but either way, I was going to get my sister back. And with such a caring family, crazy as they were, I did feel at home; I had been home for Christmas.

And come summer, my sister would join it.

(Listen to the theme song for this mini series. ?)

The End

If you enjoyed this series, please let me know! Just hit “like” and leave a comment below.

P.S. No, I didn’t get #39… 😛 I felt kind of bad that everyone thought I did, though that was the desired effect… XD #39 is my Floridian BFF, Sierra’s, first doll, Taylor! It was fun to condition Taylor’s hair for her and to feature her doll in a post (that was actually Sierra’s idea! Thanks for the plot twist, BFF! ?).

I will be purchasing another doll this summer, though, that will be Taryn’s sister! Any guesses on who she is? Actually, I’ve given it away in the comments already. XD

2017-01-30T12:08:43-05:00 January 28th, 2017|63 Comments


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    Grace | The Girl Upstairs January 28, 2017 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    Aww, how sweet! I’m SO happy that Taryn’s sister will join your doll family! (Are you allowed to tell which doll or is that classified? 😉 )
    ~Grace <3

    • Madison
      Madison January 28, 2017 at 2:45 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much! Taryn is glad, too! A few people already know, so I guess I’ll just say it… ? #62! Her eyes look a lot like Taryn’s and her skin tone is a little like hers, and I’ve fallen in love with #62! 😀

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        Grace | The Girl Upstairs January 28, 2017 at 3:18 pm - Reply

        Ooh, I love 62! (Although 66 is my favorite…I plan on getting her this year once my dollhouse in finished. 😀 )

        • Madison
          Madison January 28, 2017 at 3:21 pm - Reply

          Isn’t she gorgeous?! And #66 used to be on my wishlist! I thought she looked EXACTLY like me, and I was like, “FINALLY!” And then my mom was like, “Madison… your skin is way lighter.” XD 66 would be my look alike with a Josefina mold and lighter skin (like Victoria’s custom doll, Beth, from The By kids for Kids Blog)

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            Grace | The Girl Upstairs January 28, 2017 at 3:35 pm - Reply

            I know! I love her. 😀 Heehee! XD A doll of you would be gorgeous! (Like you. 🙂 ) The AG doll Elizabeth is my look-alike…her hair is almost identical to mine. 😀

            • Madison
              Madison January 28, 2017 at 3:40 pm - Reply

              Aww, thanks. ? Elizabeth is so pretty! I see pictures of her a lot and I’m like ? “Why must you be retired?” LOL!

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            Grace | The Girl Upstairs January 28, 2017 at 3:47 pm - Reply

            Heehee, ikr? Thankfully I have her, but still! I wish AG wouldn’t retire dolls…

            (I’m reading Chapter 20, so that’s why I might not respond. 😛 )

            • Madison
              Madison January 28, 2017 at 3:49 pm - Reply

              Same here! I wish AG would stop making new dolls and then retiring them three years later. 😛 (YAY! Okay! ??)

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    Natalie January 28, 2017 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    So, wait, you didn’t get two dolls??? I’m so confused. Anyway, Great series!!!


    • Madison
      Madison January 28, 2017 at 2:47 pm - Reply

      No, I only got Taryn! Sorry that was confusing! Thank you so much!

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    Sarah | For All Who Wander January 28, 2017 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    Aww, what a sweet ending! And you guys got a new church building? Neat!

    • Madison
      Madison January 28, 2017 at 2:56 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much! And yes, it was so exciting to be at the groundbreaking service! 300k dollars was raised for the foundation that very night and I can’t wait for the building to be finished! 😀

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        Sarah | For All Who Wander January 28, 2017 at 3:15 pm - Reply

        That’s so exciting! Wow, that’s a lot of money!

        Ooh, and you’ll need a new header image that includes Taryn, right? :)))

        • Madison
          Madison January 28, 2017 at 3:19 pm - Reply

          I know – I couldn’t believe they’re paying out of pocket instead of going to the bank! 0.0 Yes, yes I do… XD Thanks for reminding me. I need to take that soon, as well as get her profile up. XD

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    From a Doll's Perspective January 28, 2017 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Wow! That was AMAZING!

    Also someone else’s info was filled out again. (I am using Microsoft Edge again.)

    • Madison
      Madison January 28, 2017 at 2:57 pm - Reply

      Thank you SO much!
      Oh no, I’m SO sorry about that! I’m trying to get the problem fixed as soon as I can! Thank you for letting me know!

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    Lucky January 28, 2017 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    Nice post Madi!
    Oh, and thanks by the way for confusing me!
    I really thought you got 39!
    I can’t wait to see number 62 in your collection!

    • Madison
      Madison January 28, 2017 at 3:25 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Lucky!
      You’re welcome! XD Just kidding! I’m so sorry I confused you! I felt so bad that people really thought I had gotten #39… ? I can’t wait to get her! I have the money for her and am just waiting for when I can go to the AG store and pick her out! 😀

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        Lucky January 28, 2017 at 3:31 pm - Reply

        It’s ok your forgiven!

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    Olive January 28, 2017 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    WHAT??!! you didn’t get her?! you little stinker, making us think you did! (good idea though, very evil. XD )


    now I can’ wait until summer. XD

    (well of course I can’t wait until summer, it’s so stinkin’ cold here…)

    Most crazily, ~Olive



    • Madison
      Madison January 28, 2017 at 3:59 pm - Reply

      Nope! Sorry you thought that… Evil comes naturally to me… ?
      LOL! Me neither! XD

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    Charlie January 28, 2017 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    Ugh, the dreaded plot twist. 😉 Amazing series! I loved it! <3

    ~ Charlie

    • Madison
      Madison January 28, 2017 at 4:01 pm - Reply

      Hahaha, yep. 😉 Thank you so much, Charlie! Thank you for commenting, too!

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    agsparklesisters January 28, 2017 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    How cute! So glad that Taryn’s sister will be a part of your doll family! Which doll is it?

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    Kendall January 28, 2017 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    MADI! That is so exciting! I am so happy for you!
    I loved the pigtails you gave Taylor. Gotta do ’em on Julia. 🙂
    Love the story, and LOVE Chloe and Ellie! lol! 🙂

    • Madison
      Madison January 28, 2017 at 5:36 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Kendall!! 😀 And I know, I love her hairstyle, too! 😀 LOL! 😀

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    Christian Homeschooler January 28, 2017 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    Hah, Madison, you didn’t trick me-I was pretty positive the girl at the door wasn’t Taryn’s sister. Although I did kind of think you had gotten another doll…..
    Anyway, it’s good that Taryn is starting to feel at home in the DWOD family. 🙂
    ~Christian Homeschooler
    P.S. The comment problem also is happening to me on a browser I use called Vivaldi, I don’t know if it matters or not.

    • Madison
      Madison January 29, 2017 at 2:09 pm - Reply

      Ooh, you’re smart! 😉 I’m glad Taryn is starting to feel at home, too! 🙂 😀

      P.S. Thank you so much for telling me! I’m going to see what my server company can do with all these different browser names. I really hope to get it fixed soon!

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    Light4theLord January 28, 2017 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    Love, Love, Love this part! I really want you to post more pictures of Taryn! She’s gorgeous!
    This whole little series was PERFECT! I love it. 😀
    ~ Light4theLord

    • Madison
      Madison January 29, 2017 at 2:10 pm - Reply

      Aw, I’m so glad you liked it! Hehe, I will! I have three different photoshoots just waiting for me to edit and post! Thank you SO much! 😀 😀

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    Gracie January 28, 2017 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    What a nice ending! That’s really neat that you will be getting her sister! This was a very fun photoseries! 😀

    • Madison
      Madison January 29, 2017 at 2:11 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Gracie! I’m so glad you liked it! 😀

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    ThePolkaDotPatriot January 28, 2017 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Wow! I was so confused… 😉 great photostory.
    62’s eyes are so pretty! I can’t wait to see her!

    • Madison
      Madison January 29, 2017 at 2:12 pm - Reply

      Sorry ’bout that! 😛 Thank you so much! I can’t wait to get her!

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    Gracie Brown January 28, 2017 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    I knew it!!! #62 will be a perfect sister for Taryn! I was just wondering, when you get #62 will you be continuing this photostory, or is that the last part, and you will be doing a different photostory for when you get #62. also, WHAT IS HER NAME?!?!?!?!?!?! I NEED TO KNOW!!! sorry about that… XD awesome pictures as always!


    • Madison
      Madison January 29, 2017 at 2:14 pm - Reply

      Hehehe! I’ll probably make a new photostory and was thinking of calling it True North in reference to Taryn’s compass necklace. Well, there might be a slight problem with her name…. I HAVE NO IDEA! XD LOL! ? I’ve been brainstorming ever since I wanted her, but the only name I like is one that another blogger has already named their #62, and it would be totally copying. *sighs* Oh, well. 😛 Aw, thank you SOO much, Gracie!

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        Gracie Brown January 30, 2017 at 12:52 pm - Reply

        Ooh! that’s so cool! well… maybe you could think of a name that’s similar to the name you like, (is it Renae?) or you could find a new name, and use the name you like as her middle name! also, i love #62 too! and now i really want her… uh oh. :O right now the next dolls I want are #63, and Rebecca, I plan on getting Rebecca for my birthday! also, i am on chapter 2 of your book, and it is AWESOME!!! you are such a good writer!!! *faints* and, how did you come up with all those (chinese, or japanese?) names?!?!?! i never could have done that!!! XD keep being awesome!


        • Madison
          Madison January 30, 2017 at 12:59 pm - Reply

          That’s a good idea! It’s Delaney (but I saw that Catlover02 got #62, too!). True, true! Thank you for the ideas!! Ooh, Rebecca and #63 are SO pretty! I’ve wanted Rebecca on-and-off over the years, she is such a gorgeous doll!
          And aww, thank you SOO much,Grace! That means so much to me! Actually, I made most of them up and they aren’t even real Japanese names! Except for Hinoki’s last name – you won’t believe this, but it’s actually Japanese for monosodium glutamate! *smacks forehead* Toward the end of the book I actually find real Japanese names for characters, though. XD Aw, of course you could!! ? ? You too, Gracie!! ?

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            Gracie Brown January 30, 2017 at 1:39 pm - Reply

            ooh! Delaney! *faints again* Love it!!! aw, i’m so glad you think i could do it!☺ ooh real japanese names? i never would have guessed that they weren’t! XD Thank You So Much!!!


            • Madison
              Madison January 30, 2017 at 1:41 pm - Reply

              Isn’t that so pretty?! I really wish I could use it! But like you said, I might just make that for her middle name or something! LOL! ??You’re so welcome!! 😀

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    M&M January 28, 2017 at 10:12 pm - Reply


    I would have been so upset if she never got her sister ;P

    What a nice ending! Or is it?…..


    • Madison
      Madison January 29, 2017 at 2:16 pm - Reply

      YEP! So would I… I’m not THAT cruel… XD
      Hehehe! ?

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    samanthadolls January 29, 2017 at 11:13 am - Reply

    Oh my gosh, this is SO CUTE! I love how you write your photo stories, so creative!
    Also, that’s so cool that you will get another doll this summer! I’m HOPING I get Felicity, I absolutely LOVE her! Are you gonna’ buy her? I might ask for her for Christmas. I’d rather they bring back Molly, but I guess I just have a soft spot for her because she was my first doll. 😛

    OK, I just have a couple questions for you, Can you make Blogger Blogs show up in the wordpress reader? Because that’d be so cool, I don’t follow as many blogger blogs as I should. Oh, and do you still have the video? Can you send it to me?

    • Madison
      Madison January 29, 2017 at 8:43 pm - Reply

      Thank you SO much! That means so much to me, thank you SOO much, Sam!
      I really liked Felicity, but not enough to buy her. She’s super cute, though! Yeah, I’d rather they bring back Molly, but I’m also afraid of what horrible changes they might make to her collection. 😛 Same. 😛

      Yes! I go to my WordPress reader, go to “Followed Sites” on the left, click “Manage” and then type in the address of the Blogger blog I want to follow! 😀 I do, I’m just trying to get it to upload to my computer so I can send it to you! I’m out of space on both my phone AND my computer, so the video won’t upload or send anywhere. *shakes fist at computer* *whacks computer* *whacks phone* That was fun. ? I’m really trying, though. Sorry it’s taking forever!

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    Izzy January 29, 2017 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    This photostory series was so good, but the ending was just… dissatisfying. I want you to get her sister now! ? Plus, Taylor and Taryn would be such cute sister names! You broke my heart, Madi. ?



    • Madison
      Madison January 30, 2017 at 8:11 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much! Don’t worry, I’m getting her sister this summer!! I know, they would be cute sister names! Sorry 🙁 🙁 🙁

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    Maddie January 29, 2017 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    Awww! I love the ending!!! Even though you didn’t get #39 the ending was absolutely amazing. Especially with the song… enough to make you feel all warm inside ? Haha! #62 is a beautiful doll for sure! And I want to think it shall be her sister, but at the same time something is telling me she won’t be, which is terrible! Cause I really want it to be her beloved sister. Ah Madi, making me double think ?

    • Madison
      Madison January 29, 2017 at 7:33 pm - Reply

      Hehe, thank you so much, Maddie! 😀 😀 LOL! ???

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    Olivia Bell (aka Livy) January 29, 2017 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    Awww, this was so interesting! And it had a great ending! I was so excited to hear that you’re going to adopt Taryn’s sister in the summer!!! Will you be having more parts, like when she arrives?

    I was wondering, how did you take the picture with your legs in front of Molly and Tayrn sitting at the table? I was just curious! I’m excited for your new movie coming out, it’s going to be epic! 😀

    Hugs and lots of <3 <3 <3 to you! 😀

    • Madison
      Madison January 30, 2017 at 6:28 pm - Reply

      Thank you SOO much! I’m so glad it! Me, too! I can’t wait to get her! I’m going to make a new photostory series when I get her!

      I placed had my brother press the shutter button on my camera for me! I positioned the camera on my tripod, focused it on my dolls, and had my brother tell me where to move so I’d be in the middle. And thank you SO much! I’m super excited, too!!
      ❤ ❤ ❤ 😀 😀

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    Daisymermaid (the great ?) February 5, 2017 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    I was almost like OH MY GOSH YOU NAMED A DOLL AFTER ME!! but it wasn’t your doll. Great photostory series though!

    • Madison
      Madison February 5, 2017 at 10:36 pm - Reply

      LOL! XD Aw, thanks so much!

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    SierraMist February 7, 2017 at 11:20 am - Reply

    If u would like I could give u Taylor?

    • Madison
      Madison February 7, 2017 at 11:22 am - Reply

      Like for another photostory? No, it’s fine, I’m going to be purchasing her actual sister soon (but Taylor can come over for playdates! ?)

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    Anonymous February 7, 2017 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    Aw! You tricked us! LOL! I really enjoyed this photo story! I love the antics of Chloe and Ellie always getting up to shenanigans and pretending to be spies. heehee! I’m so glad that Taryn will be reunited with her sister! Also, just to let you know, we are having a giveaway on our blog! Come check it out if you like!

    ginnie / http://www.fakingitmostly.com

    • Madison
      Madison February 7, 2017 at 10:12 pm - Reply

      LOL! I’m so glad you liked it! And hehehe! ? Ooh, I think I saw that giveaway! I will totally check it out! It looks awesome!

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