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Happy Thanksgiving!  Today we have reflected on the journey to adoption.  We are so thankful that Evan became our son through adoption.  Today as we celebrate with our family we sincerely hope his birthfamily is also surrounded by love and support!  ~ Pete
PeteandSarah · 13 hours ago

This week Beth enjoyed volunteerIng at the local middle school for a debate with the eight graders. This was the second year that she has volunteered.   We also had the opportunity to welcome Brandon's grandparents home by picking them up from the airport
bvanstrien · 15 hours ago

We are having such a fantastic Thanksgiving week!  Smooth flight, basketball games for the cousins, bowling and pizza... and tomorrow the real festivities begin. ~Sarah
PeteandSarah · 2 days ago

Last weekend Gabrielle went on her annual girls weekend trip to Traverse City. Every year she gets together with her girlfriends and goes shopping in Traverse City. This year the weekend started out with a lot of snow but with warmer temperatures the snow
ChadandGabrielle · 2 days ago

Just had one of the best weekends! I went to Minnesota with my stepmom and got to spend the weekend with my sister and family. I don't get to see her very often (maybe once a year) so getting to see her is always so much fun!! The best part is that we can
JosephandJennifer · 4 days ago

We spent the day at the Airzoo in Kalamazoo with Ginger's family - if you have never gone before it is a must see!  Very fun for the entire family!
TerryandGinger · 4 days ago

We enjoyed the weekend decorating for Christmas. One tree up, 3 to go! We also enjoyed a holiday party with friends. We hope that yours was as much fun as ours!
jasonandkenny · 4 days ago

Yesterday we went to our community's Christmas Carnival.  Among the many attractions were snow cones, cookie decorating, games, a train ride, and MEETING SANTA!  While Sloane approached him with caution, Jason and I are always happy to say hello to our goo
JasonandAmy · 5 days ago

It's National Adoption Day!  We are celebrating by heading into our little town for their annual "Taste of" day!  FREE food at 10 different business.  Plus a Christmas market AND tree lighting AND SANTA!!!   We love our small town!!
DavidandCarmen · 6 days ago

With the holidays quickly approaching, I think a lot about family and what it means to me. We are so fortunate to live close to family, especially my sister, brother-in-law and niece. I'm very close to my sister and I am just happy that we are able to spen
TimoandJessica · 8 days ago

We woke up to about four inches of new snow this morning!  At 7:30 we all headed outside to clear the driveway and sidewalks.  (I helped by taking pictures).  Evan was very excited to see the hill covered in snow, he remembers sledding! 
PeteandSarah · 8 days ago

We were at the mall last night and it was Santa's first night so all of the kids were invited to sit on Santa's lap and tell him what they wanted for Chirstmas.  Hayden was very excited about talking to Santa and reminded us that "last year he asked for a
PeteandMary · 9 days ago

We have a week until Thanksgiving, but we have already been counting our blessings around here!  We put together this blessing jar which holds several strips of paper with writing prompts, a pen, and tape.  We keep it on the kitchen counter so whenever one
JonandAmber · 9 days ago

We had a great trip to Cleveland! We did a lot of swimming in the pool, which was Sophie's favorite! We also visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Aquarium. Sophie and John fed the stingrays, which was pretty cool.  
JohnandLaura · 10 days ago

Hello! This past weekend we went on our annual trip to Cleveland to watch the Browns play football! We have been going each year for almost 10 years! We watch a game and do some sort of fun activity in the city to explore the great things Cleveland has to
ChadandGabrielle · 11 days ago

Jason's cousin and her husband visited this weekend. We enjoyed a fun night out on the town at one of our favorite restaurants and then on to coffee and dessert. We had a really fun time! 
jasonandkenny · 11 days ago

Brr!  This cold-cold weekend we put up our Christmas lights and wreath then finished some much needed yard work.  Now winter can really get going.  We celebrated a job-done with a cup of cocoa, it was Evan's first "hot" drink - and he loved it!  I have bee
PeteandSarah · 11 days ago

Yesterday we celebrated Brandon's birthday.  We did not do to much as he had to work.  He was able to also celebrate with the youth group and had a memoriable time.  We experienced our first snow fall for the year today.  Bosco went outside and was kind of
bvanstrien · 15 days ago

We celebrated our Goddaughter, Anna's first birthday! She shares a birthday with John's Uncle Mike.  It was a great night celebrating with family!
JohnandLaura · 16 days ago

I am spending nap-time these days learning more about the Montessori Method.  We think this approach to early learning will be good for Evan.  I am excited to see what Montessori materials Santa brings *me* for Christmas!  ~Sarah
PeteandSarah · 16 days ago

One of our favorite things about the fall season is all the yummy food and baking!  We had fun today as a family whipping up a batch of home made pumkin bread.  Josiah and Ainsleigh had fun taking turns pouring ingredients and stirring the batter.  Yummy!
JonandAmber · 17 days ago

We said goodbye to our pumpkins today. They are filled with yummy treats for the deer to munch on this winter.    
JohnandLaura · 17 days ago

This past weekend we met with our adoption play group! This group is a huge part of our life and we are so blessed to know these families! We try to get together monthly to do some sort of kid friendly activity. This time we went to our local mall and play
ChadandGabrielle · 17 days ago


We woke up to snow on Saturday!  Time to get the garage organized and the deck furniture put away.  Evan was a great helper, and especially enjoyed climbing up on the step ladder.  ~Sarah
PeteandSarah · 18 days ago

Here are our smilies in honor of World Adoption Day. Adoption has touched our lives and families in so many ways. Rich was adopted as a baby and we anxiously wait to be connected with the little one we will welcome into our family, hearts and home. #WorldA
RichandGretchen · 19 days ago

October, 2014: What a whirlwind of a month!  In the midst of working and doing regular life, we started out the month with a trip to visit Carl's parents in St. Louis - we always have a relaxing fun weekend when we go out to visit.   The next weekend we ca
CarlandKarin · 19 days ago

Last night we went to an awards ceremony for our regional Chamber of Commerce. Gabrielle was nominated for an educator of the year award! All our family came out to support her and had a great time listening to stories of inspirational leaders and being a
ChadandGabrielle · 20 days ago

We are fortunate to have a local park that sponsors many family friendly activities.  We attended the fall festival with some of our nieghbors and enjoyed a hay ride, pumpkin painting and roasting hot dogs and s'mores at the bonfire!
PeteandMary · 20 days ago

We picked a beautiful Michigan fall day to go to the local pumpkin patch!  There are so many fun things to do!  You can pose with various tractors and vehicles.  There are giant kids characters built out of straw.  They even have a launch of the giant pump
JonandAmber · 21 days ago

It was the perfect cool and rainy day for a trip to Ikea.  And a trip to Ikea means a chance to build something together.  Evan and I got his new toy storage drawers assembled, and then Pete adjusted them to make them open & close smoother.  Evan loves
PeteandSarah · 22 days ago

We had a really good time at our hayride for the youth group.  Beth made 267 glazed doughnuts with the help of three other leaders and we had 46 kids come.  After it was all said and done there was not one single doughnut left.  The kids really enjoyed the
bvanstrien · 23 days ago

Hello!   This past Saturday we celebrated Gabe's grandpa's birthday!  As we mentioned in our profile birthday celebrations are BIG deal in our family:)! This one was no different!  Gabe's aunt from California even flew in for the special day! We handed out
ChadandGabrielle · 24 days ago

Quotes, Bible Verse and Song Lyrics speak to me... Here are a few of my favorites from the past few weeks: *A child born to another woman calls me mommy; the magnitude of that tragedy and the depth of that privilege are not lost on me. *Don't miss out on a
EricandMichelle · 24 days ago

The weather on Halloween this year was a little more like Christmas, but we didn't let that stop the fun!  We braved the elements with some friends of ours and showed off our costumes.  This year Josiah chose to go as a Storm Trooper from Star Wars and som
JonandAmber · 24 days ago

TerryandGinger · 25 days ago

What a nice fall day to make some applesauce and jump in the leaves!!  
JohnandLaura · 25 days ago

Halloween was a lot of fun this year, it was snowing but that didn't stop us!  Evan wasn't too sure about the process, but the first house was our neighbors so he did it.  The second house was a little easier.  At the third house he said "Thank you," very
PeteandSarah · 26 days ago

This was a Halloween to remember. We went Trick-or-Treating in the snow!  All the layers and mittens were worth it though, it was a blast!
JohnandLaura · 26 days ago

Click this link or the image below to view our full printable profile. Thankgiving 2013 Open adoption is not about the loss of a child, but about gaining a family.    
RichandGretchen · 27 days ago

Happy Halloween (1 day late) and Happy November! Today I get to watch my husband bowl in a tournament - hope he does well!! Later on we are celebrating our two nieces and nephews birthdays with the family....and I guess mine too! Not really liking the chan
JosephandJennifer · 27 days ago

So nice to arrive home to my sweet husband and beautiful daughter.  Today, we are just hanging out inside, reading books, doing puzzles and coloring.  The cooler weather called for chilli, so the house smells yummy:)  Love these simple, quiet days at home.
JasonandAnn · 29 days ago

We went to the Annual Zoo Boo and had a great time.  All of the kids look so cute in their costumes.  It is a great family event that we enjoy attending every year.
PeteandMary · 29 days ago

Well, we just got home from our first family trip to Disney World and it was better than we could have ever imagined. From the minute we told Hayden we were going on vacation all he wanted to know is if we were staying in a hotel and if it had a pool, an e
PeteandMary · 30 days ago

We have really great neighbors!  They are helpful and funny, they love Evan to death.  Evan has called them by their last name since he first started talking.  Even their dogs are friendly and so gentle.  So Evan and I made them some cookies.  Evan loved c
PeteandSarah · 30 days ago

Mimi and Papa came to visit this weekend!  Sophie, Laura and I had such a great time with them. Couldn't have asked for better weather.  We went to a couple different cider mills and carved a couple different pumpkins.  Sophie is really grasping the whole
JohnandLaura · 32 days ago

We are new to parent finder and are very excited to a part of it! My husband and I can not wait to have a little one join our family and start are own traditions....especially with all the up coming holidays.
JosephandJennifer · 32 days ago

Kelli and I had a great time at two Halloween Parties this past weekend. We really enjoyed dressing up as a Flapper Girl and Gangster. It had been a while since the both of us had dressed up. I really enjoyed trick or treating as a child. I enjoyed being t
mikeandkelli · 32 days ago

We had a great time this past weekend with the hayride.  We had about nine adult couples here and Brandon drove the tractor for about 45 minutes taking them on a color tour.  This week we are looking forward to having our youth group come over on Saturday
bvanstrien · 32 days ago

Today we carved two pumpkins!  What fun.  Evan didn't really like getting his hands slimy, but he did great.  He even drew his own pumpkin face for Pete to carve.  We found really neat flickering lights that make it look like there's a candle inside, but i
PeteandSarah · 34 days ago

This week we are looking forward to hosting a fall hayride for one of the adult Sunday school classes at our church.  Brandon will be driving our neighbors tractor through the neighbors field along with a local farmers field.  We enjoy hosting people at ou
bvanstrien · 37 days ago

  Dear Baby, It is a Saturday evening in October. I’m sitting here listening to some soothing music while I write this. The house is otherwise quiet. Outside my office window I can see leaves on the bushes next door changing from green to oranges and yello
MarkandSarah · 38 days ago

What a fun visit with my parents!  On Sunday the weather perked up enough for time on the swing set and a bike ride around the block. We watched some football together, then Evan shared his two favorite (this week) books with them both. Today Grandma joine
PeteandSarah · 39 days ago

What to do on a cold and wet Saturday?  Go to Lowes!  Evan was so excited to see all the holiday decorations!  Christmas trees, sparkling lights, Santa statues.  He was pretty disappointed we were there to pick up light bulbs and weather stripping.  No wor
PeteandSarah · 41 days ago

I was driving home from work today reflecting back on time spent with my husband and our family this past weekend. We celebrated 3 birthdays at my parents home. It was nice to see my brother and his girlfriend along with thier little one. No matter the bir
mikeandkelli · 44 days ago

It is getting colder and colder in the mornings here in Liberal. The positive side being that my little Carter is much more apt to cuddle in the mornings over cartoons for him and Facebook news for me. Last night after I picked him up from daycare, we came
karigarett · 45 days ago

Hello! We are new to Parent Finder and are excited to see where this road takes us!
mikeandkelli · 46 days ago

Okay so I blinked and now we are in October. This year is moving faster as we approach the new year. I always like the Fall, the changing of the leaves and all the beautiful colors. There is so much to be thankful for.  I mentioned before that my husband a
SteveandJessica · 51 days ago

We do most of our growing on the farm, but we like having herbs and flowers around the house as well.  This week we planted tulip bulbs, which (if the deer don't eat them) will bloom in the spring. 
Kerriann_and_Tamara · 54 days ago

Every Saturday morning, we harvest vegatables to sell at the farmers market on Sundays.  We love spending that time outdoors in the sunshine together, and we can't wait until we have little ones there with us enjoying our weekly ritual. 
Kerriann_and_Tamara · 55 days ago

We have been trying our best to take more photographs of ourselves, so that we can provide a clearer picture of who we are and the kind of parents we will be.  This photo was taken at a concert hall in Washington, DC, right before a show by one of our favo
Kerriann_and_Tamara · 55 days ago

Happy Fall! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Matt and I decided to go pumpkin picking. The weather was just wonderful.  There is nothing like 80 Degree weather in the fall.  We had a lot of fun and cannot wait to have a child to be able to share these fun
Matt_Laura4 · 60 days ago

We just got home from Adam's football game. They lost but they played hard and we, and both sets of our parents, had a great time cheering him on. He always has a big cheering section at his games.  It's funny that before I became a parent to Isaac and Ada
revjenlynn · 64 days ago

August 27th - Usually we have nights at home, watching TV during the week and don't normally go out. But we decided to get tickets to see a show that we had seen advertised and my husband and I had a date night together. The show was funny and we had a gre
Matt_Laura4 · 66 days ago

August 26th- My mom and I got together to pick out decorations for my step-fathers surprise birthday party. 
Matt_Laura4 · 66 days ago

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We had a wonderful weekend -- we took our 99 year old Grandma out for a drive to her hometown and took her to see her old church and the cemetery where so many of her relatives are buried and we got to hear some of her memories of growing up there... After
revjenlynn · 68 days ago

Laura met her mother for lunch today to dicuss plans her step-fathers surprise party. The place was selected and we ordered the invitations today.   
Matt_Laura4 · 68 days ago

Sundays are a favorite day in our home.  We enjoy sleeping in just a bit, and then we get up and head to Sunday school and church.  Nothing energizes us for the week ahead like participating in worship!  Afterward, we enjoy a good lunch and then spend the
revjenlynn · 75 days ago

Sundays are a favorite day in our home.  We enjoy sleeping in just a bit, and then we get up and head to Sunday school and church.  Nothing energizes us for the week ahead like participating in worship!  Afterward, we enjoy a good lunch and then spend the
revjenlynn · 75 days ago

A tradition on Ali's side of the family is an annual trip to the State Fair.  We always have to go see all the latest and greatest displays and vendors, what the butter sculpture is this year, the pig races, the 4H exhibits, and so much more.  There's also
Lecuyer10 · 75 days ago

Last week was very busy at work, but also very rewarding.  On Labor Day we had an opening morning dove hunt for new and beginning hunters.  The birds cooperated and gave the kids plenty of hunting action.  All but 1 of the 16 kids managed to get at least 1
Lecuyer10 · 79 days ago

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testapsept09 · 79 days ago

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testapsept09 · 80 days ago

Wow is it September already!! I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend.  It is crazy how fast time goes by. I read something the other day that said Christmas is only 16 Friday's away. I wish is were feeling a little cooler outside. It has been so hot. I l
SteveandJessica · 86 days ago

Apparently yesterday was National Dog Day!  I loved seeing pictures of everyone's puppies online but it made us sad because both Brian and I miss having dogs around.   We both grew up with dogs in the house and think that it's a great experience for kids t
brianandcarrievogel · 93 days ago

Seems like only yesterday we were filling out forms and going through background checks to start our adoption process. Now here we are a year later doing the same thing to renew. Steve and I are blessed to have such a great surrounding of family and friend
SteveandJessica · 99 days ago

Every year, Chris does a program called the Creature Feature at a couple of the area fairs for kids (and adults!) to learn about some of the local wildlife.  During the week leading up to the event, he will start looking out for some live animals to catch
Lecuyer10 · 103 days ago

It's August, and the peaceful, quiet halls at classrooms at the school are starting to liven up a bit!  Ali has gone back to start working in her classroom, turning the blank walls and pile of furniture into an inviting learning space for her first graders
Lecuyer10 · 103 days ago

We just came back from our vacation and took a road trip to Canada.  We visited Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.  We had a very nice time and enjoyed seeing the beautiful countryside.
Matt_Laura4 · 106 days ago

We are so excited to share that we have a new nephew!  Carrie's brother (also named Brian) and his wife Michelle, had a baby last week!  We are excited to have a nephew who lives near us (they live near San Frnacisco) and look forward to vsiting often!  An
brianandcarrievogel · 110 days ago

What an amazing vacation!! Returning this week from our Northern Michigan trip, we are feeling so blessed to have spent time with our family with a week away! We spent our time kayaking the very peaceful Fox River, a day on Lake Superior on the pontoon tou
Sigleradoption · 113 days ago

We planted a small salsa garden this spring, and it has become a jungle of tomatoes! We've been sharing fresh tomatoes with our friends and neighbors as well as some of the five or so gallons of salsa Ali has made so far. We're also saving and freezing som
Lecuyer10 · 115 days ago

It's still the middle of summer, but starting to get excited that the fall hunting season will be starting in just 4 weeks! That means it's also time for me and the dogs to start getting ourselves in better shape for an early season bird hunting trip out t
Lecuyer10 · 118 days ago

Every summer, Ali's parents take us to Kansas City for a fun weekend, and we have just returned from this year's trip. It was a nearly perfect weekend! Friday we drove up and got checked into our hotel then headed out for the Royals game. There was a great
Lecuyer10 · 123 days ago

Ali drove down to Dodge City this week to visit another of her college roommates. The girls spent the day with her two daughters going to the zoo, getting slushes, playing Barbie, and just talking. It was a beautiful day in every way. There were lots of te
Lecuyer10 · 127 days ago

We are preparing to leave tomorrow for our annual Northern Michigan adventure with our best friends, which also happen to be our cousins. For the past several years, Chuck and I, Scott and Ali, along with their two children make the journey to the Upper Pe
Sigleradoption · 127 days ago

Hi!! We are Chuck and Sheena and we live in a small rural community close to both of our families. Some people love the city life, but we would not trade our small, close knit community and being minutes away from our family and friends for anything! We
Sigleradoption · 128 days ago

Hi, Friends, Larry's brother and sister-in-law have been visiting.  We had four fast-paced days of music--including the comic opera Don Pasquale--good food and lots and lots of family gab.  Took a trip to the local Indian reservation, where we had a guided
MBANDLARRY · 129 days ago

Hi, friends, It's been a busy summer.  We've had some great days in the mountains (check out this beautiful stormy day), and are looking forward to more camping in August. MB and Larry
MBANDLARRY · 129 days ago

You never know how your little one will react to fireworks, but Bodie loved celebrating the 4th of July. Instead of fireworks, he calls them "showerworks". Anything loud he called them "pop its". We went to my cousins who has a big annual party every ye
StevenSara · 137 days ago

Ali spent the weekend with a friend from college whose in-laws have a lake house. The girls spent plenty of time gabbing and soaking up some sun. It's so nice to have those friends with whom you can always pick right back up where you left off, no matter h
Lecuyer10 · 137 days ago

Chris built a raised garden bed in the backyard this year so Ali could plant a salsa garden with just some tomatoes, peppers, and onions.  We've had so much rain and nice weather that the plants have really thrived.  The tomato plants smell so great, sweet
Lecuyer10 · 143 days ago

Hi!
We are excited to be on this journey and look forward to getting to know the people who will be our child's birth family!  This process has encouraged us to to think a lot about the responsibility of being parents and how we will raise our child.  We look
brianandcarrievogel · 146 days ago

Happy 4th! This is a favorite holiday at our house, especially for Adam. He loves shooting off fireworks! :) We are enjoying the nice weather and working around the house today, and tonight we will go celebrate with good friends. These are three other fami
revjenlynn · 147 days ago

Last night we were playing a round at the local golf course, and we had a visitor. This doe came wandering over to the edge of the fairway at the 9th hole and started munching on grass as we were about to tee off. It was about 40 yards ahead of us and to t
Lecuyer10 · 151 days ago

Chris and I went over to his sister's house to help take out some trees tonight. Instead of hot, dirty work, I got to hang out with these pretty little ladies while Chris and their daddies worked. There is nothing like spending the evening with giggly litt
Lecuyer10 · 154 days ago

Indoor summer project #1 is cleaning out and organizing all the closets, and we've run across some real treasures. In the closet of the future nursery we were keeping our individual boxes of pictures and keepsakes from our childhoods. It brings both smiles
Lecuyer10 · 157 days ago

Hi, Friends, We want to share news about our vacation plans this year.  We'll be heading to New England, visiting parts of that beautiful coast that we have not seen before.  We're lucky to be taking MB's mom along for the ride.  As we approach the anniver
MBANDLARRY · 161 days ago

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