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The family dinner we hosted this weekend was a success. Everyone thought the short ribs Steve and I made were delicious. It was so good no left overs to send home to our nephews. Next time we'll just have to double up. We had such fun realized I forgot to
micheleandsteven · 2 days ago

Evan has fallen in love with bounce houses and indoor play centers.  He wants to go to McDonald's for the playland more than the french fries!  This weekend we checked out a new place, and Evan was so brave.  It was really fun that this one is open on the
PeteandSarah · 2 days ago

We went to see a play, which was a comedy, with my mom.  It was really funny about family, growing up and included some Easter traditions, which we could all relate to when we were children and adults. Hopefully Easter weather will be warmer and Spring wi
phillipandmary · 2 days ago

This week we celebrated Pete's birthday. Evan bought Pete a front loader so they could play in the dirt together, and painted his portrait. I was super practical and replaced our broken weed eater. Since winter hasn't quite let go yet, Evan and I visited t
PeteandSarah · 4 days ago

We have been getting into family puzzle time lately. Its fun and Graham is pretty good at it. Until the weather gets better and we can be outside, its educational and mind-stimulating for all of us. We like activities we can do as a family and can't wait t
carol_adopts · 4 days ago

Sarah's parents live "out in the country" and Evan loves it there.  This weekend we spent time there while Sarah visited with her grandma.  Evan rode his bike up and down their long gravel driveway and dug in the dirt and rocks with his trucks.  We love ha
PeteandSarah · 6 days ago

We have been busy the past few weeks.  Last Saturday Brandon had the opportunity to participate in a local fund raising campaign to help raise money for a home for the mentally and physically disabled.  Brandon along with other family members participated
bvanstrien · 6 days ago

Went to our cousins for supper today.  Tomorrow we will go to the children's museum and to a pizza restaurant similiar to Chuck E Cheese.  Then an egg hunt is planned for the weekend.
micheleandvance · 7 days ago

Yesterday we hosted a yummy family brunch. Good times, yummy food and lots of family. Next week we are hosting a family dinner. Now on to creating the menu for that. We love hosting dinners for both family and friends and look forward to more wonderful tim
micheleandsteven · 8 days ago

We made a trip to Legoland during Graham's Spring Break! It was amazaing and creative and exhausting fun! We went with his friend from school, Jack, and met Batman and Darth Vader too! We have so much fun with Lego at home it was super interesting seeing t
carol_adopts · 9 days ago

We had a fun date night out this weekend.  Went to see the movie "Cinderella" and then went out to dinner.  What girl does not love Cinderella?!
phillipandmary · 9 days ago

Well, after all the snow this winter, I think Spring has finally Sprung!!!  It's been a beautiful weekend.  Yesterday Jay, Cooper and I spent the majority of the afternoon outside.  Jay helped me cut down old plants from last year and bag them up along wit
ShannonandJay · 9 days ago

We had a great time at a friend's wedding last night. The day turned out to be beautiful, but a little chilly. Here are some pictures.  
kevinandjillyn · 10 days ago

We headed up to Kearney, Nebraska, the sandhill crane capital of the world, to spend a couple of days on Spring Break. Our favorite part was standing on a footbridge one evening, waiting for the cranes to come down to the river for the night. It was so qui
Lecuyer10 · 12 days ago

The kids wore green to school today in celebration of St. Patrick's Day.  
CoryandCarrie · 14 days ago

It was an honor to be asked to be Baby Leah's Godparents.  Kevin and I are overjoyed.  Leah had a little onsie on that read "Will you be my Godparents? XOXOX".  Of course we said "Yes"!
kevinandjillyn · 15 days ago

We had such a fun weekend with Sarah's parents.  They came on Friday and Grandma went to the aquarium with Sarah & Evan.  On Saturday, Papa took Evan to the hardware store with Pete.  We spent a lot of time outside in the melting snow and sunshine.  On
PeteandSarah · 15 days ago

Today good friends of ours came into the city with their son Jake who is four years old. We went to lunch then just hung out. Have to say he is too funny. He is so mesmerized with trains, buses and the street names of the city. He wanted to hang out with u
micheleandsteven · 16 days ago

We are happy to announce we've had a week of spring-like weather!  It has been so lovely, and with the time change we've really enjoyed time outside as a family.  We finally got our Christmas lights off the house, and we exchanged winter boots for rain boo
PeteandSarah · 19 days ago

Started the month with a fun Birthday party with our cousins.  Michele had a Choir and recorder concert at school.  Kyle and Michele are going to enjoy a school musical, "Princess and the Pea" this week.  We had a great time at the  St. Patrick's Day party
micheleandvance · 20 days ago

Anxiously awaiting the appearance of our video on this site.  It sounds like it should be soon!
micheleandvance · 20 days ago

Vance and Kyle had an adventure to the cabin the first weekend in the month.  Then we enjoyed our Valentine date night at "Crazy for You".  Michele helped some students prepare for a band competition and everyone recieved a high rating!  All throughout the
micheleandvance · 20 days ago

This weekend we got to spend time with our nephews Aaron and Henry. We ate lots of yummy Italian food and played games all night. They love playing with the iPads but also love the old fashion games like connect four. Needless to say they beat us at connec
micheleandsteven · 22 days ago

Hannah had her first soccer game today. We were so proud of her as we cheered her on from the sideline.  
CoryandCarrie · 22 days ago

This past month has been difficult, as Peter's dad passed away unexpectedly.  As sad a time as it is, we know that he will be with us always and a guardian angel to our new little bundle of joy.  He was so excited to find out we were adopting a child and c
PeterandCarol · 24 days ago

There has been a lot of snow in Central Kentucky in the last couple weeks- 2 rounds of double digit snows!  Last year, Cooper didn't know what to do in the snow, but this year- watch out!  From King of the Mountain, to sledding down hills, it's been a blas
ShannonandJay · 25 days ago

Over the weekend Steve and I went to the Museum of Natural History, lots of fun and informative. I remember when we went with my nephew Zach he had so much fun running around and looking at all the dinosaurs. Would love to one day bring a child of our own
micheleandsteven · 26 days ago

Boy are we ready for spring!  Today's "warm" temperature (34'ish) gave us plenty of time to be outside. We were able to be outside before lunch and again after mom-and-tot class. We even dug out our sidewalk chalk because the driveway is clear and dry. Spr
PeteandSarah · 27 days ago

The kids have really enjoyed the snow days that we have had this winter. Though we will miss the fun those days bring we are now ready for Spring to arrive!
CoryandCarrie · 28 days ago

We just set up our online profile and hope that you like it. It's very exciting to think that now the parents of our future baby could see us.
IngaAndMarkus · 28 days ago

Last night we had our weekly dinner at grandma's house. We had yummy lasagna. Steve and I are going to join in on the tradition and host family dinner at our place every other week. Now I just have to dig through my recipes for next week’s dinner. Loving t
micheleandsteven · 29 days ago

The MLB playoffs were quite a thrill this year, and when our beloved Royals made it to the World Series, we knew we had to be there for one of their games.  We were able to get tickets to Game 2, and it was one of the most thrilling experiences of our live
Lecuyer10 · 30 days ago

Yesterday my wonderful husband surprised me with tickets to honeymoon in Vegas with Tony Danza of who’s the boss fame. The show was great. Steve really is a wonderful husband and can’t wait to see him as a daddy.
micheleandsteven · 32 days ago

We had a great time on our annual Florida Trip.  The weather was a little chilly at first but then became BEAUTIFUL!  We saw so many alligators at "Gatorland", we went horseback riding in southern Flordia, swam in many pools, had delicious food and enjoyed
kevinandjillyn · 33 days ago

One of our favorite moments of 2014 was celebrating 4th of July. We took the kids to their first baseball game and fireworks show. The kids were enchanted by the fireworks. It was the perfect evening!  
CoryandCarrie · 33 days ago

Well, we're still frozen here!  These last two weeks have been brutally cold (with two "warm" days that reached 30)!  We took advantage of the warmest days to play outside, Evan even enjoyed a bike ride.   Last week we headed to a local library for a conc
PeteandSarah · 35 days ago

February has been full of fun for the Wiltse household! Carter ran in his first Pancake Day race and almost got second place but stopped right before the finish line to wait for his friends ;). Garett has been busy finishing his 6th quarter of graduate sch
karigarett · 36 days ago

We just returned from a family vacation in the Florida Keys. We had so much fun as we watched R. explore seashells, sand and even crabs on the beach. We went down with my mom and step-dad, sister, brother-in-law and niece. I feel so thankful that we are cl
TimoandJessica · 36 days ago

This weekend was filled with family and friends. My sister was in town and we also celebrated my mother-in law and cousin’s birthday with a family brunch. It was great to see everyone we got to also play games with our nephew’s. We look forward to one day
micheleandsteven · 37 days ago

Jason & I went to a college hockey game on Friday night.  My cousin's son plays for the #1 ranked University of North Dakota and whenever he plays near us we go.  Jason & I drove to Kalamazoo, Michigan and watched a night of exciting college hockey
anneandjason · 37 days ago

Quick winter trip for me to Florida.......I missed Graham the whole time but next trip he comes with me!!! Looking at Disney World for April.
carol_adopts · 37 days ago

We went to Brown County State Park for the President's Day weekend.  The park has a really nice indoor water park so we all enjoyed lots of swim time.  It ended up being really cold, so we didn't do much hiking, but we did get out a bit.  Overall, it was j
PaulandCheryl · 39 days ago

Love Dr. Seuss and all his great stories and wonderful quotes. A person can really learn a lot from him. Great life lessons for children of all ages. It is important to embrace your uniqueness because no one is a special as you are.  
micheleandsteven · 39 days ago

I was talking with my friend Melanie who adopted two siblings from Columbia a couple years ago.  She said that to remember that God will help you find your children and them to find you.  I love the idea that you are meant to be with children and you will
EricandSaundra · 42 days ago

Hi!  We are excited for our future!  Our family has started getting the nursery ready just so that everything is in place when we get the call!  We have Eric's bassinett that we are fixing up- I just had to repaint it!  Eric used it 40 years ago when he wa
EricandSaundra · 43 days ago

We just got back from warm Florida and are regretting coming home to sub zero temperatures. While there we were able to enjoy almost 70 degree weather with lots of sun.  We were also able to spend lots of time with Brandon's grandparents.  We were able to
bvanstrien · 43 days ago

We are spending this frozen Valentine's Day weekend inside!  Valentine's Day is a time when we feel very reflective on the love that has shaped our family.  The unconditional love of our family, the love and kindness of friends, the unselfish love of Evan'
PeteandSarah · 44 days ago

Some inspiration for today. It is important to live for now what will be will be. Everything has a way of working out.
micheleandsteven · 46 days ago

We cannot wait until we jump on the plane and head south for our annual Florida trip.  Both Moms and Dads are eagerly waiting for our arrival!  We have some really fun activities planned as well as some very relaxing, sun-soaking days :-)    Here is a list
kevinandjillyn · 49 days ago

Sometimes it is important to just share our typical day.  It started with breakfast together and then waving goodbye to Pete from the window.  I wanted to do a little sewing before storytime, so Evan and I headed to the basement.  He loves to sit up at my
PeteandSarah · 49 days ago

Gabe got together with the two people she teaches with and had a painting night!  We had an artist on hand to lead 20 women through painting a picture but we all got to add our special touches! Gabe's is for the new baby's nursery!  The theme is elephants
ChadandGabrielle · 50 days ago

One of the students in Gabe's class wanted to build the world's tallest snowman!  We got together on a Saturday afternoon and attempted to do just that!  While the snowman was not the world's tallest, as far as research goes we think it is the tallest in o
ChadandGabrielle · 50 days ago

We had the honor to go to the Auto Show Charity Event!  It was so nice because not only did we get to get all gussied up, but we also go to hang out with our family and check out cool cars!
ChadandGabrielle · 50 days ago

We made our own pizza tonight for dinner!  Sophie liked spreading the sauce and the cheese! 
JohnandLaura · 50 days ago

Over the weekend Steve and I went to a Mediterranean restaurant. We love to try all sorts of food and NYC is a great place for that. We look forward to exposing our child to food from all over the world. It is a great way to learn about all different cultu
micheleandsteven · 50 days ago

Today we spent an hour in the pool and Evan is swimming like a fish!  He loves jumping in and kicks like crazy to get up to the surface. He still needs help, but he's making big strides. We are so lucky to have an awesome community pool just around the cor
PeteandSarah · 52 days ago

Last night Steve and I took our nephews Aaron and Jared to the Barclays Center to see the Nets vs. Knicks. It was very exciting up until the last minute. Both of the boys were excited as they love to play basketball. We look forward to one day taking our o
micheleandsteven · 52 days ago

What a busy winter, January just flew by! Evan loves our snowy neighborhood; sledding with friends has become his passion.  We've been busy each week with playdates, storytime at the library, mom-and-tot preschool and playing outside.  Swimming lessons sta
PeteandSarah · 55 days ago

I found this cartoon and wanted to share it. I really think it describes adoption. You don’t have to look alike to be party of a family – it takes love.  We can’t wait to share our conditional love with a child.  
micheleandsteven · 55 days ago

This past weekend we watched the Super Bowl. For us, we enjoy watching football, mainly rooting for the Detroit Lions or for Michigan State, but we enjoy watching the Super Bowl for its funny ads and it’s a great excuse to make some snacks we don’t usually
PatrickandKatherine · 56 days ago

Snow storm Linus dropped 15" of snow at our house when sweeping through the region this past weekend. My son Miles and I had a great time getting out and playing in the thick of it. His favorite part is sliding down the hills of snow that were created by t
laura603 · 56 days ago

We did get alot of snow!One more view!!  
kevinandjillyn · 58 days ago

Last night I won tickets to go see On the Town. This is one of my favorite classic moves. It was such a nice surprise to go to see Broadway show at the last minute. It did not disappoint. Truly was an amazing show and we both left the show smiling and sing
micheleandsteven · 60 days ago

We watched our 3 neices for a little bit the other day.  The girls took turns trying on my running shoes and Uncle Matt was giving the best laundry basket airplane rides!  I just wish my phone took better pictures!
emilyandmatthew · 62 days ago

What a fun time last weekend .... watching Disney characters fly around the ice on skates!
PaulandCheryl · 62 days ago

January 2014:     Carl had a business trip to California this month.  I went out to join him for a long weekend. It was 65 and sunny and a welcome change from the 5 degree temps. here.  We went whale watching on Friday and we actually saw 3 grey whales!  I
CarlandKarin · 62 days ago

    We celebrated Nana's birthday with a dinner out with our friends and cake at home.... a lot of winter birthday celebrations here!
carol_adopts · 62 days ago

It's winter here in Michigan but it doesn't seem like it's already been five months since we had summer weather. Up North summer nights with Kate's extended family always included several fires on the beach to roast s'mores. Kate's mom, aunt or grandmom wo
PatrickandKatherine · 64 days ago

Steve’s birthday celebration was great. We really enjoyed the restaurant and it was only two blocks away from where we live. That is what we love about living in the city everything is so convenient.  Saturday night the celebration continued at Steve’s mom
micheleandsteven · 64 days ago

We celebrated Graham's 5th Birthday last weekend. He had two parties with a theme of The Octonauts. Cookies and cake were shared with friends and family......so yummy! We love cake here! We had so much fun.  
carol_adopts · 65 days ago

Today is Steven’s birthday and can’t wait for tonight’s celebration. I am taking him to this new restaurant we have been meaning to try and have a nice gift for him. I think he will enjoy it. Also this weekend we have a baby shower for a family friend.  Lo
micheleandsteven · 67 days ago

Sophie got a guitar lesson from her Uncle Jack this week! She prefers to put the guitar down on the ground and just make noise, but it was cute to watch the two of them play. 
JohnandLaura · 68 days ago

Last night we attended a Waiting Family event at our agency.  We had a great time connecting with other waiting adoptive couples. We look forward to more meetings in the future!   This picture is from Sunday night when we watched the movie Courageous.  On
DavidandCarmen · 69 days ago

The holiday season is over and so far 2015 has been great!  It sure was a busy house over the holidays but what fun to see Hannah, Fred and Steven up from Florida (Emily's sister Hannah , brother-in-law Fred and nephew Steven).  Here's Fred and Steven play
emilyandmatthew · 70 days ago

Every year, we go ice skating for Kerriann's birthday.  Kerriann has been teaching Tamara to skate, and we both can't wait until this tradition includes our whole family!
Kerriann_and_Tamara · 71 days ago

Swim class was a big success! This little goldfish is learning to put her face into the water! She loves to swim and is learning how to get out of the pool by herself. 
JohnandLaura · 71 days ago

Swim class was a big success! This little goldfish is learning to put her face into the water! She loves to swim and is learning how to get out of the pool by herself. 
JohnandLaura · 71 days ago

One way we like to beat the winter blahs is to pack our bags and head south.  This year, we were thrilled to visit our best friends in Charleston, South Carolina!  We took a carriage ride, ate amazing food (fried chicken and fresh sea food), and kicked bac
JasonandAmy · 71 days ago

This weekend we had a sleepover with our nephews Aaron and Henry. It was a nice relaxing fun night. We had dinner and enjoyed playing some games.  Here Henry was teaching me all about Angry Birds Star Wars addition. It was so much fun to see how excited he
micheleandsteven · 72 days ago

What a week... We found out that E was nominated to be student of the month for her class - proud parent moment!  However with that came jeolousy as A was not student of the month - teaching and learnng moment!  Also had a trip to urgent care for one of th
BenandSusie · 72 days ago


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We made our annual trip to see the circus....what fun! The animals and acts were incredible, as was the cotton candy! Graham got his first library card last week. He was so excited to check out his first book "Planet Earth". We read it that night together.
carol_adopts · 75 days ago

We were visiting a friend’s house over the weekend and I noticed this wonderful picture they had. I thought this is great rules to live.  People sometimes say rules are meant to be broken, but in this case these rules are truly meant to be lived by and tau
micheleandsteven · 76 days ago

Our boy is 4!!!! We can't believe it!  Jonas wanted to have a Frozen ice skating party at Gabe's mom's lake but since the temperatures have not been cold enough, there was no ice on the lake!  We decided to do a Frozen rollerskating party instead!  It was
ChadandGabrielle · 77 days ago

This past weekend we went to Chad's sister's house for a holiday party!  We know that it is after the holidays but Chad's sister and her new husband were gone for two weeks on their honeymoon so they made the party when they got back.  It was great seeing
ChadandGabrielle · 77 days ago

As a gift for Gabe's mom for Christmas we went to The Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City!  We went swimming, shopping and stayed in a condo together.  The adults were cracking up because the kids went to sleep early and we wanted to play games but coul
ChadandGabrielle · 77 days ago

We always celebrate New Year's Eve at home playing games and being together as a family!  We are praying for another blessed year and a year that brings another baby into our life!  Maisy has been driving her new stroller from Christmas all around preparin
ChadandGabrielle · 77 days ago

I was going through my photos and came across this.One day while we were walking in the city we came across this. The great thing about the city is you never know what you will find. When we found this piano we knew it would be a great picture. I can’t wai
micheleandsteven · 78 days ago

We had so much fun watching our nephews’ open up their presents. It was especially fun watching Henry. He was so excited to get his Football Jersey. I am sure he can’t wait till he gets to wear it. We are looking forward to the New Year and all the joys it
micheleandsteven · 78 days ago

This week I helped pack meals for the homeless with my nephew Aaron. We really love doing this together because we get to spend time with each other while helping out people. Michele and I believe in helping those that are less fortunate wherever we can. I
micheleandsteven · 78 days ago

Hello!  We have been keeping a FaceBook page updated just for the purpose of getting to know us a little bit better!  It's a public page so that you don't need a friend request.  We are trying to spread the word that we are looking to adopt, and have asked
EricandSaundra · 79 days ago

We had a wonderful Christmas this year spending it with our family. Heidi’s sister hosted this year, as we take turns every year.  We love to watch our nieces and nephews excitement! Each year brings such joy. Here are a couple pictures of us with just two
JasonandHeidi · 79 days ago

We are back in the swing of school, work and daycare. Carter has started taking karate classes and he loves it! Kari is also starting something new...kick boxing class. She made it through her first couple classes and is looking forward to more. Garett is
karigarett · 80 days ago

As we continue to wait, we continue to pray for the birthmother and her child.  We are anxious and sometimes have a hard time waiting.  The girls are excited to become big sisters, and will be awesome helpers!  I long to have a baby in my arms for special
BenandSusie · 80 days ago

We have had a fun week in the snow.  We have been very fortunate to have really good neighbors that plow the driveway for us.  We have received around 10" of snow in this past week alone.  That has made for some fun adventures driving in it.  Bosco is havi
bvanstrien · 80 days ago

Happy New Year!!! Hope you had a wonderful holiday. We rang in the New Year with friends and family. I actually tried to make one of my favorite cookies (in the picture) French macrons . They were not as hard as I thought but still a little tricky. Everyon
micheleandsteven · 82 days ago

During our trip to Arizona we all celebrate a big milestone in my family, my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary. My parents were so happy to have all their children and grandchildren there to help celebrate this wonderful occasion. They renewed their vows a
micheleandsteven · 82 days ago

Hannah, Ellie and I decided to bake something sweet for the family. We decided on our favorite chocolate chip cookies. It was so much fun to bake them and of course the best part eating them. Everyone really enjoyed the cookies, which were all gone before
micheleandsteven · 82 days ago

Everyone pitched in to help with the thanksgiving feast. We all made out favorite dishes. Steve and my favorite dish besides the turkey of course is the stuffing. This has become a family tradition to all help prepare the meal. After our meal we all spent
micheleandsteven · 82 days ago

Sophie had a play date with her newest cousin Quentin Max! She loves to make him smile and we just adore his cute noises.  Quentin Max is 3 months old next week.  
JohnandLaura · 83 days ago

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