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  Tomorrow, August 29th, will be our 6th wedding anniversary.  We cannot believe that it has already been 6 years!  We will celebrate by starting the morning with a trianing run (3 miles) and probably end the day eating out at a nice restaurant.     David
DavidandCarmen · Yesterday

  Hanging with my college roommate and hubby in NYC. We imagine sharing this great city with a child one day.
micheleandsteven · 2 days ago

We had a great time celebrating Laura's birthday! During the day we went on a nature walk and took a ride on a giant swan, which was a lot of fun! We invited family over for a nice chicken and rib dinner with a delicious ice cream cake for dessert (Laura's
JohnandLaura · 4 days ago

Cannot believe summer is almost over!  We went to a flower festival over the summer - the flowers were beautiful.  Planted some flowers around the house & yard. A few flowers can really brighten up the house. Had some family partites to attend which is
phillipandmary · 4 days ago

Mike and I had a nice productive weekend. Mike worked in the yard, one of the things he likes to do. Trimming trees, bushes, weeding and picking vegetables out of the garden. I was inside cleaning house with all the windows open. There was such a nice bree
MichaelandKristi · 6 days ago

We can't belive its been a year since our home study was completed. This means we need to renew it pretty quickly.  We are very hopeful we will have good news really soon. 
theresamark · 6 days ago

Mark's cousins where visiting from California.  We had a big family dinner with lots of laughs and great food.  it was a really fun time.  Our families are so excited to welcome our baby into our loving family. 
theresamark · 6 days ago

  Visited the World Trade Center this weekend. We remember that day so well. It was such a sad day. It is amazing how beautiful it is today. Let’s never forget. 
micheleandsteven · 6 days ago

We added more photos to our profile today!  They are from our camping trip over the 4th of July and our trip  back to North Dakota.  
DavidandCarmen · 6 days ago

Greg picked up this book a couple weeks ago and has been enjoying reading it - "Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads."  A few evenings ago he closed it and said "Well, now I know how to swadle a baby!"  He really is getting prepared!
gregandpam · 7 days ago

Last week we had a blast.  It was our next trip.  Friday evening we drove to Mio Michigan to our friend’s cottage.  As long as we give our friend a heads up, we can stay there whenever we like. We had a plan for about two days. On Saturday we knew that we
marcinandkasia · 7 days ago

A couple of weeks ago, it was my husband’s birthday. This day we spent with Marcin's parents. Marcin is a loving and a wonderful husband. I baked him a homemade cake and prepared dinner for the family. In our house we always celebrate Polish and American t
marcinandkasia · 7 days ago

  So true. Important to have great people around you. We look forward to sharing our amazing family and friends with a child one day. Www.micheleandstevenadopt.info Micheleandstevenadopt@gmail.com 
micheleandsteven · 9 days ago

Today is the first day that has felt like fall.  Our cherry tree leaves have been falling for about 2 weeks now.  We think that fall is coming!   We are enjoying our garden.  Zucchini, cucumbers, and rhubarb is all that we've harversted so far.   We tend t
DavidandCarmen · 9 days ago

In our garden, along with cucumbers we grow Roma tomatoes and several different kind of peppers   Mike enjoys canning salsa each year. He makes it with a little bit of a kick to it and then makes a small batch that is hot. Mike enjoys very spicy foods. I l
MichaelandKristi · 10 days ago

We had such a great time playing with our niece Ashlyn Marie. The girls swam, colored and baked! We love that Sophie gets to be so close to her cousin!
JohnandLaura · 10 days ago

 We took a trip to West Virginia to go stargazing and see the meteor shower.  There is nothing better than seeing the milkey way and looking for shooting stars. Thanks Grandma and Grandpa for coming with us!
BobandKarin · 10 days ago

We went to Hershey Park with some friends. Rebecca loved the rides. Her favorites were the train and the carousel.  And of course the popcorn and blue slushie that we got.  
BobandKarin · 10 days ago

So, we are big adventurers. I think that's the part of our marriage (and really our entire relationship) that I love the most. Even when we're doing small things, like trying new foods, we seem to find adventure in it. This weekend, we decided to go to our
leighannandkevin · 11 days ago

It has been a summer of crafting! I love to paint and so does this messy little girl.  This week we have been arranging flowers and drawing or painting them.  It has been fun!  
JohnandLaura · 12 days ago

  My hubby cooking Peruvian corn for our weekly family dinner at grandma’s. We imagine bringing a child our own one day to these dinners.
micheleandsteven · 13 days ago

Today we spent the afternoon with Kristi's mom and this evening we went out to dinner with Mikes parents to celebrate Kristi's birthday a day early.   
MichaelandKristi · 13 days ago

Mark and I did some family visiting yesterday. We spent time with our nieces, my grandparents, mom, sister, and Mark's parents.  Being with our families always makes us happy.  We also collected lots of good veggies from everyone's garden's!  We have a ton
theresamark · 13 days ago

We had fun last night celebrating our nieces birthday!  Always enjoy spending time with our family.   
MichaelandKristi · 14 days ago

The cucumbers are coming in like crazy. Mike canned 7 jars today and 3 jars before we went on our camping vacation.  With these he used his grandmas recipe which is with dill. Next batch will be my grandmas recipe.  
MichaelandKristi · 17 days ago

We recently celebrated our nephew's birthday! Our family tradition is everyone has a cake to celebrate his or her birthday and of course ice cream!      
ClaudiaandPaul · 17 days ago

We have had such a fabulous summer! All of our favorite things involve being outdoors so summer is the perfect time for walking on a trail, fishing, or just playing on a beach or in the yard.  
JohnandLaura · 17 days ago

I found this beautiful edition of Little Women this weekend. This is the first non-picture book that I (Leigh-Ann) can remember reading, and I'm excited to read it again! I may have bought several other books this weekend as well. Books are my weakness. ;-
leighannandkevin · 18 days ago

We decided to plant our first garden this summer.  We had some leftover wood that we inherited from the preivous owners of our home and used that wood to build two raised gardens.  We planted cucumers, peppers, onions, corn, squash, pumpkins, and carrots.
DavidandCarmen · 18 days ago

  Goofing around with my niece taking a magic carpet ride. Look forward to special moments like this once we adopt. Www.micheleandstevenadopt.info micheleandstevenadopt@gmail.com 
micheleandsteven · 19 days ago

A couple of Chris' bird dogs aren't able to hunt much anymore, so we began a search for a new little trainee.  Coincidentally, Chris' nephew's dog was having a litter of German Shorthairs, and we were able to work out a deal.  We brought this little one ho
Lecuyer10 · 19 days ago

We headed to Omaha for a few days to see a Stormchasers baseball game and visit the Omaha Zoo.  Neither of us had been before, and it was definitely as fun as everyone said it would be!  We spent six hours and walked nearly ten miles, and I'm not sure we e
Lecuyer10 · 19 days ago

We had a big BBQ to celebrate Chris' birthday with family and friends.  It was a blast with great food and fun for all ages.  Of course, it was the hottest day of the summer, so we had to get creative to stay cool.  The younger kids played yard twister, ca
Lecuyer10 · 19 days ago

This weekend we moved our best friends about an hour and a half away from us.  We had a great time doing that and moving them into their new house.  We are looking forward to going and visting them in a few weeks and going the the church that they are now
bvanstrien · 19 days ago

One of the many traditions that Mike and I have and can't wait to share with our child.  Every year our hometown has a big family fun festival. Complete with lots of things for kids to do, carnival rides, music and good food from local restraunts and commu
MichaelandKristi · 20 days ago

With less than a month until school starts I figure we really need to finish off the last few items on our Summer Bucket List.    Tonight is "guys night" and Hayden and Pete are sleeping in the tent in the backyard.  I made a special snack of white chocola
PeteandMary · 22 days ago

Our garden has exploded. Mike and I both enjoy the fresh vegetables we grow in our garden each year. Mike is the one that enjoys canning both my grandmas pickle recipe and his grandmas pickle recipe. They are each a little different and equally good. Mike
MichaelandKristi · 24 days ago

A MOTHER thinks about her CHILDREN day and night. Even if they are not with her, and will love them in a way they will never understand. Miles did a drawing of our family.  Cannot wait until it is complete with another bundle of joy.
laura603 · 24 days ago

Single motherhood is a choice I made five years ago when I adopted Miles.  I hope to add to our family again with another sweet little one.   A MOTHER thinks about her CHILDREN day and night. Even if they are not with her, and will love them in a way they
laura603 · 24 days ago

Hannah was so excited to get her 1st violin today. She has enjoyed playing music with it around the house and she is really looking forward to her lessons.  
CoryandCarrie · 25 days ago

We couldn't have had a better weekend. Pete took Friday off work and we went to see Inside Out at the movie theatre. When we got home we played outside,grilled steaks and then did sparklers. On Saturday gram came over to spend the day and we went to the
PeteandMary · 26 days ago

  At the famous comic strip live in NYC getting ready to listen to some good jokes. Love to laugh. Our motto is live love laugh. 
micheleandsteven · 27 days ago

Wednesday I met up with my best friend Ana, and her two beautiful daughters Luna and Hanna. I originally met Ana in school and now we often spend time together.  During the summer Ana always comes by with her daughters since they are not in school during t
marcinandkasia · 27 days ago

Came home from vacation yesterday. We had a great week with our family and friends. Couldn't have asked for better weather. Spent last night and today doing laundry and putting our camping stuff away. Back to the normal routine tomorrow. 
MichaelandKristi · 27 days ago

Our little animal lover was so excited to hold the alligator.  Some of her cousins were a little fearful, but Sophie dove right in and held the baby alligator right away.  She even gave  him a big kiss at the end! 
JohnandLaura · 29 days ago

    Hope to one day see what our child can do that we can’t. These are way too funny. Www.Micheleandstevenadopt.info micheleandstevenadopt@gmail.com
micheleandsteven · 29 days ago

We had such a great time exploring at the aquarium! We learned, played, experienced, and most importantly had fun making more memories. We can't wait to return with a child! Check out some of our photos!  
JasonandHeidi · 29 days ago

It is finally starting to feel like summer.  We have been spending lots of time in our pool.  My sons swimming skills have grown so much.  No more life jacket needed.  I would've loved having a pool when I was young and now we have one in our own backyard.
laura603 · 29 days ago

I have wanted to write a post for July, but there were too many fun things to choose from.  How to choose?  There was the Fourth of July celebration, a Saturday trip to a friend's cabin, a shower for my sister, a trip to Chicago...but tonight I know what t
JasonandAmy · 30 days ago

Fun activities this week at camp.   
MichaelandKristi · 30 days ago

Today was another beautiful day. Had a bit of on and off rain but still enjoyed the day. Today was one of our nieces birthday and Mikes parents brought our other niece and nephew out and spend the day with us. 
MichaelandKristi · 31 days ago

We had a fabulous trip to Florida with Laura's family! We couldn't have asked for better weather.  It was so woderful to get the family together!
JohnandLaura · 31 days ago

Uncle and nephew bonding. Henry has so much fun with his Uncle Steven. We can’t wait to bond with a baby one day. Look forward to connecting with that special person one day. If your thinking of adoption we would love to hear from you.
micheleandsteven · 32 days ago

Monday is the guys annual golf day while the girls and kids spend the day at the beach. Today the whole group spent the day kayaking. After dinner we will have our traditional "Family Olympics" games. Since Mike and I are only 2 of us for this year, we wil
MichaelandKristi · 32 days ago

I finished my adoption classes a few weeks ago. It was by far one of the best classes. I met some adoptive parents who are really nice. I also felt comfortable being a single mother by choice. It was not an easy choice to make but I want to be a Mommy more
katie_adopts · 33 days ago

Every year we reserve the same cabin. The cabin is up on a hill with nice shady trees for relaxing and not to far from the beach. It is nice and spacious inside and sleeps 6 people. Plenty of room for adults and kids.
MichaelandKristi · 34 days ago

Each year for the last 11 years we go on a camping trip with family and friends this same week in July. There are 8 families that come each year. This year there are 2 additional families here for the week and 2 more families here for part of the week. All
MichaelandKristi · 34 days ago

Summer is in full swing here. Unfortunately our historic home does not have a "real" pool but we make due with our mini version. Graham hopes for a big pool someday as he loves swimming but we have a blast with our version. Keeping cool comes in all variet
carol_adopts · 34 days ago

When I was a child my mom would read to me every night. One of the books that she would read to me was "Winnie the Pooh".  I love this book. It is one of my favorite books. Sometimes when I think back on my childhood memories, I decide to go and read that
marcinandkasia · 35 days ago

    we decided to go for a boat ride last weekend. We love to take advantage of the city. When we adopt we want to do all these fun activities with the child.
micheleandsteven · 35 days ago

We just got back from a wonderful family vacation to Michigan. It was a great getaway with all my (Katie) siblings, spouses, and children. We swam in lake Michigan, built sand castles, enjoyed dune buggy rides, and shoppped. We look forward to another trip
mkrkid · 35 days ago

Lunch at Katz Deli. Best deli in NYC. Remember the movie When Harry Met Sally. The restaurant brought back memories of my dad taking me as a child. Can't wait to carry the tradition on and bring our child after we adopt.
micheleandsteven · 38 days ago

Last week we decided to go on a little vacation.  Normally at this time of the year we head out to Mackinac Island, but this year we decided to do something different, and instead we drove off to Traverse City, because it was highly recommended by all of o
marcinandkasia · 38 days ago

This past weekend Paul and I had our family on Cape Cod for some beach time and fun! Friday we spent the day at the beach as it was warm and bright sunshine. After dinner we headed into town to see the town band play in the common where there are sing alon
ClaudiaandPaul · 39 days ago

We are just back home from a week long vacation in Tennesee!  We spent the week Ina beautiful cabin with Teresa's side of the family.  Lia loved playing with her cousins every day and we all enjoyed spending time together relaxing. We spent some time hikin
richandteresa · 40 days ago

We welcomed our first eggs from our chickens.  It was exciting to go outside and see two eggs that the chickens left for us.  We at them this past Saturday and they were amazing.  We are patiently waiting for many more eggs to come.  Check out our pictures
bvanstrien · 40 days ago

We just returned from a family trip to San Diego ----- Graham wanted to see the Big Legoland so off we went! Everything was so fun from meeting Emmett and Wild Style, to seeing all the characters in full size made of Lego (see pics of Dath Vader!) and the
carol_adopts · 40 days ago

I'm a SINGLE MOTHER BY CHOICE and I hope to adopt again. My 30 year old birthday hit me like a rock.  I always dreamed of being married and having a large family.  Here I was single without anyone meaningful on the horizon.  I've dated but no one that I wo
laura603 · 40 days ago

We love summer! The kids have been enjoying long days spent at the pool, bike rides, trips to see the grandparents, visits to the library and local children's museums. Hannah has also been having a ton of fun at morning camps that include ballet, violin, s
CoryandCarrie · 40 days ago

Hanging by the east river. So relaxing dreaming of one day bringing a child to enjoy the local park near by.
micheleandsteven · 41 days ago

Hanging poolside watching the kids having fun splashing around. We imagine next summer bringing a child of our own to enjoy the pool.
micheleandsteven · 43 days ago

Welcome to our blog!!
richandteresa · 45 days ago

Central Park NYC carnival fun for children of all ages imagine taking a child of our own one day after we #adopt www. MicheleandStevenadCentral Park NYC carnival fun for children of all ages imagine taking a child of our own one day after we #adopt www. Mi
micheleandsteven · 46 days ago

Emily's sister Julie got married over the weekend to her husband Russell! It was very hot and humid out  for this July wedding but the wedding was very beautiful! In September Julie & Russell will also welcome a new baby! 
matthewandemily · 46 days ago

  Biking around Randall’s island NYC lots to do from BBQ, miniature golf, horseback riding and visiting a farm. Dreaming of taking a child here after we #adopt and explore the island. 
micheleandsteven · 48 days ago

  We have been busy planting, planting, and more planting! Heidi's dad made the nice planter boxes for our deck.  We will be adding a hummingbird feeder to that hook, to attract more wildlife to our backyard! We just recently added an awning over our de
JasonandHeidi · 50 days ago

We just had the opportunity of celebrating the Fourth of July.  We started out Saturday going with Beth's parents and our neighbors to the local parade, we followed that with spending the day at Brandon's uncle and aunts house in their pool with lots of fr
bvanstrien · 51 days ago

  love this! Children are so special best feeling when our nieces and nephews wrap their arms around us and give us hugs. We imagine giving lots of hugs to our child.
micheleandsteven · 52 days ago

Saturday, June 13th  The family gathered at my aunt and uncles house to celebrate my parents wedding anniversary.  We had lunch and a cake for them and celebrated their special day together as a family.
Matt_Laura4 · 52 days ago

Friday, June 12th   I enjoyed spending the time with my mom and going out to lunch with her today. After lunch we spent time at the botanical garden and enjoyed looking at all the pretty flowers.
Matt_Laura4 · 52 days ago

Sunday, May 31st   We were invited over my aunt and uncle's house to celebrate my cousin's birthday.  They had lunch and a cake and we all had a wonderful time celebrating her birthday.
Matt_Laura4 · 52 days ago

Sunday, May 24th It was a wonderful day to go for a drive to Pennsylvania. We stopped on the way for breakfast at the Cracker Barrel and then visited Bushkill Falls for the day. We hiked around by the falls, which were beautiful. We lucked out and had grea
Matt_Laura4 · 52 days ago

This past Saturday, Marcin and I decided to stay home. Since the weather was nice, we ended up having a barbecue. We decided to spend the whole day outside. Once we got everything ready for the grill, we reflected on how great it is to eat dinner out on ou
marcinandkasia · 53 days ago

As a child we always did fireworks in our own backyard.  The neighbors would come over and my  father would set them off.  It was one of my favorite nights of the year.  All the kids would be running around playing, catching lightening bugs and staying up
laura603 · 54 days ago

One thing to know about us is that Carmen is a planner and David just goes along for the ride!  This works well for us for the most part. Our last post was about pudgy pies.  We went camping over the fourth of July and Carmen planned the whole weekend's me
DavidandCarmen · 54 days ago

We had such a fun Fourth of July weekend!  Sarah's sister and niece were in town for an overnight visit with her parents, so she and Evan started the weekend early.  I joined them on Friday afternoon and we enjoyed nightly campfires, lots of outside playti
PeteandSarah · 55 days ago

We had the best time in Orlando this 4th of July weekend.   Discovery Cove was the most amazing experience, we both completely disconnected from the rest of the world and really enjoyed snorkeling next to our favorite fish and stringrays.   Jeff and I both
jeffandaudrey · 55 days ago

Hope you had a great 4th. What better way to celebrate the 4th of July then watching the Macy’s fireworks practically in our own backyard. We imagine bringing a child one day and watch their eyes light up as they watch the fireworks.
micheleandsteven · 55 days ago

While in Central Park we ran into a friend to everybody Big Bird. A baby will be so excited to meet him and take part in all the wonderful activities of the park when we bring them here.
micheleandsteven · 56 days ago

This past Sunday Marcin and I went to the festival to see some fireworks. It was our city's 65th birthday celebration. This is just one of many events that happens in our city, which is very near our home.  We decided to leave the house in the evening.  It
marcinandkasia · 58 days ago

We are soo excited for a three day weekend filled with fun and friends celebrating the freedom of this great country. Up first tonight, a baseball game!!  We are so lucky to have a top notch minor league team close to home for some good family fun. Tomorro
joshandamber · 58 days ago

We are planning a camping trip very soon.  Carmen is in full planning mode while David just sits back and says, "yes, dear".  Carmen has been researching "pudgy pies" or also knwon as "hobo pies".  There are way too many delicious flavors to choose from!  
DavidandCarmen · 58 days ago

Yesterday my sweet love surprised me with preparing a chicken and rice dinner. It was yummy. Preparing meals together for our child will be s much fun.
micheleandsteven · 59 days ago

Love Michael Buble. Someone posted these words about their adoption journey and really express how we feel. Can't wait to meet you.   
micheleandsteven · 60 days ago

Here is a photo from last weekend's Crossfit Competition.  Kara and a couple of her friends competed as a team.  Kara is below (wearing black) lifting the barbell.  They had a great time working together and rooting for one another and I was there to cheer
donaldandkara · 60 days ago

The weather this weekend was amazing, so we packed up and went for a hike. Our jobs keep us at the house for most of the week, so we relish the chance to get outside and appreciate all the natural beauty in our area on the weekends. I mean, just look at th
leighannandkevin · 60 days ago

Sophie and John went out fishing! Soph caught her first fish!  
JohnandLaura · 61 days ago

Hanging out good friends talking, laughing and eating. They happily talk about the future good times of birthdays, graduations, and other milestones.
micheleandsteven · 62 days ago

Gorgeous day in the park. Lots of kids playing and moms with their babies. We imagine the times when our child will play in the park with their friends with us watching to make sure they are safe.     
micheleandsteven · 64 days ago

Wow!  We have been horrible about updating this journal!  We are try to update our social media accounts everyday but have not been very good about updating here.  So sorry about that!   Last week brought on the first day of summer!  We have been enjoying
DavidandCarmen · 64 days ago

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