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The highlight of our summer was a trip to the ocean.  It was Evan's first, and a first in a long time for Pete and I.  We spent a week with Pete's sister and brother-in-law, and Evan's cousins on the coast in North Carolina.  It was so great we already res
PeteandSarah · 2 days ago

This past weekend Mike and I went on our annual Halloween camping trip with family and friends. We rent cabins each year for the weekend and Saturday other family and friends come out for the day. There are lots of things for the kids to do all day long. I
MichaelandKristi · 2 days ago

Today we wanted to share a little bit about someone who meant very much to us. That is my (Laurelin's) mother, who passed away from breast cancer in October 2014.  Thais, my mother, had a very long battle with cancer, and became such an inspiration to so
travisandlaurelin · 10 days ago

      This weekend was another beautiful weekend. I spent the weekend at my sisters house watching my niece play soccer, BBQing , spending time with my niece and nephew, sister, brother in law and fun friends. Mike spent the weekend Up North with 3 of his
MichaelandKristi · 12 days ago

This summer, we were blessed with the birth of our first niece! Laurelin's brother and sister-in-law had their first child in June. We had been anxiously awaiting her arrival, and we are so glad he is here!  Since little miss Sabina has arrived, we spent
travisandlaurelin · 14 days ago

Two full weeks of school and I think we are finally getting in to a good morning routine!  I think everyone is exhausted with this new schedule, forms, registration and acitivites that come with starting school  I had no idea there would so much to do the
PeteandMary · 15 days ago

For Labor Day, we took a camping trip up north in Michigan. We had family come in from Virgina and from Florida to spend the weekend together. The weather was so wonderful and warm! We enjoyed a day on a boat... My brother and jumping! We spent a day tour
travisandlaurelin · 17 days ago

Today we celebrated one of our nieces birthdays.   
MichaelandKristi · 26 days ago

There is nothing better than the first cool fall day. Went to a fall festival with friends and then made a roast and mashed potatoes for dinner.  #puremichigan
PeteandMary · 27 days ago

Mike was busy today making more salsa, pickles and peppers.   
MichaelandKristi · 30 days ago

So after the kindergarten meet and greet, a day and a half of school and a parent meeting at school, we are ready for the long holiday weekend.  While it is nice to get back into a routine, it has been busy and exhausting! We are looking forward to realxin
PeteandMary · 35 days ago

Leaving in 40 minutes for the kindergarten meet and greet.  We get to check out Hayden's new classroom and meet some of the other kids.  Excitement is running high in our house this morning!
PeteandMary · 39 days ago

We just got back from our annual vacation up north.  The weather was great and what could be better than a week with friends and family.  We swam every day and cooked on the grill every night.  Of course we had to make some s'mores in the fire along with p
PeteandMary · 40 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 · 63 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 · 65 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 · 68 days ago

Fun activities this week at camp.   
MichaelandKristi · 71 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 · 96 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 · 102 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 · 106 days ago

Today is our 9th wedding anniversary! The years have just flown by. We have been so blessed but pray for a child to add to our family and love.    
shanaandsamadopt · 115 days ago

This month I celebrated my 40th birthday! My best friend & Steven surprised me with a slumber party with all of my girlfriends! We had a full day of fun filled with pedicures, shopping, dinner and a scavenger hunt! I couldn't have asked for anything el
annandsteve · 121 days ago

Hi, this is Cari.  I am a planner by nature.  I love to know what is coming so the adoption process would seem like it might be really hard for me since we don't know who the child will be.  But actually, what has happened is that I've already started feel
davidandcari · 142 days ago

It is so nice to be spending time outside again.  Some of my favorite moments are spending time in our front yard coloring with chalk on the driveway, digging in the dirt with a bulldozer and watching Evan ride his bike.  We have also been making the round
PeteandSarah · 166 days ago

Happy 16th Birthday to our dog Jupiter!  She has been our only "child" for 15 1/2 years and we love her every day.  She has been a blessing to us as a wonderful companion, snuggling when we are sad, playing when we are happy, sleeping on the bed with us wh
PeterandCarol · 171 days ago

Took my mom to church and spent Easter with our families.   Love Easter & everything it represents, but the Easter Bunny brings way too much candy!!
phillipandmary · 179 days ago

We had such a fun afternoon at the park on Sunday!  Warm and sunny, it was the perfect spring day.  A rousing game of hide-and-seek in the pine trees made all three of us laugh almost uncontrollably.  I am really looking forward to more park-weather days!
PeteandSarah · 179 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 · 194 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 · 216 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 · 228 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 · 237 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 · 241 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 · 244 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 · 247 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 · 262 days ago

We were lucky enough to enjoy the holidays with our family, reminding us how much hope we have for this new year.  There are so many things to be thankful for every day, especially each other.  This year will hopefully be a complete change in our lives and
PeterandCarol · 277 days ago

Merry Christmas!  Today we celebrated with Sarah's parents. We enjoyed the excitement and the quiet of the day, all getting to play with our new toys. Evan helped pass out gifts at the nursing home where Sarah's Grandma Eloise lives, and boy did he love th
PeteandSarah · 288 days ago

We have been really busy with family Christmas' this year already.  Typically our family Christmas' start the second weekend in December and go until Christmas day.  The thing we love most about this time of year, is the amount of time we are able to spend
DanandLaurel · 291 days ago

Today Evan and I are headed out to visit with my sister and her kids.  Then we're going to meet up with Pete and spend the night with Grandma & Papa.  I made gifts for my Gramma's (Evan'a great-grandma) caregivers, so we are going to wrap and deliver t
PeteandSarah · 302 days ago

Today, after visiting Santa, we put our Christmas tree up and began decorating the inside of our home.  Evan even wore reindeer antlers to get into the spirit.  ~Sarah
PeteandSarah · 306 days ago

For over 25 years Sarah's sister and her husband have invited Thanksgiving guests to paint ornaments for their Christmas tree.  This was Evan's third Thanksgiving, and his third set of ornaments.  Thanksgiving in Texas is memorable for so many reasons!  ~P
PeteandSarah · 310 days ago

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 · 316 days 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 · 317 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 · 324 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 · 325 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 · 327 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 · 332 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 · 336 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 · 337 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 · 340 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 · 345 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 · 357 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 · 359 days ago

We've been keeping busy working around the pendulum of spring temps - warm one day, cool the next.Recently, when the weather turned cool, we rented the movie Frozen and snuggled together on the couch to watch it as a family.  We all enjoyed it! This past w
jmorahan · 557 days ago

Entry by Gwen I am just getting back home to Dodge City after spending a week visitng family in North East Kansas. Lots going on up North! Spent a lot of time helping family as they just purchased a new business and I also got to spend lots of time with
WesandGwen · 567 days ago

"Bluebirds fly.  And the dreams that you dream of really do come true!"This is our favorite lullaby to sing to Hayley each night.   Speaking of Hayley...We are one month away from Hayley's 3rd birthday.  We can't believe how fast the time has flown.  We're
jmorahan · 574 days ago

Mother Nature dumped 7 inches of snow on us yesterday.  It was our usual heavy, wet March snow.  Thankfully, Ernest made it home from work a little early safe and sound before the roads got too bad.  We stayed in, sunuggled by the fire, and watched the mov
jmorahan · 580 days ago

Well, February went by in a blur.     Hayley and Julie traveled up to Gillette, WY (a 5 plus hour drive) with Julie's mom to visit with Aunt Cheryl and Uncle Jim for a weekend, while Ernest stayed home to work on some minor things around the house on the h
jmorahan · 585 days ago

Fall is our favourite time of year. The color of the leaves, the excitement of Thanksgiving and then Christmas, right around the corner and of course, very, very happy memories of our autumn wedding! We’re always looking for new fun things to do and spec
Melissa_and_Tim_Adopt · 671 days ago

This weekend we are making a quick trip to Ohio to see our families, and Tracy will get to see some old friends as well.  During the summers of 1997 and 2000, Tracy worked as a counselor at a sleepaway camp for children with special needs, which inspired h
paskoff · 792 days ago

One of our favorite summer activities is Theatre in the Park.  Shawnee Mission Park has a wonderful outdoor community theatre that puts on shows each weekend.  Tim and I love to attend the theatre and the outdoor, laid-back, family atmosphere can't be beat
timamber · 798 days ago

We are excited to spend the weekend with old family friends from Ohio.  It has been fun to hang out this summer with the "little girl" who I babysat in college starting when she was 6--who is now 21 and all grown up, completing a summer internship in DC
paskoff · 800 days ago

What an exciting week it has been for us!   Thursday was the Fourth of July and this year Tim and I celebrated by attending a friend's party in the evening.  There was so much food, much of which was wrapped in bacon.  Tim was in heaven.  There were bacon
timamber · 825 days ago

After a long break, I made time at the beginning of this year to start running and cycling again.  I have some really active co-workers who have encouraged me and gone out with me for runs and rides over the lunch hour.  I have had a great time and am real
timamber · 842 days ago

This weekend is going to be amazing! It's the first day of summer break! My cousin just had a baby girl and my other cousin graduated from high school. I got to hold McKenzie for the first time last night. She is so tiny and so different from her sister Ky
TimShana · 868 days ago

Recently we attended our first opening day of baseball.  We are big fans of the Kansas City Royals and each year we try to attend several games. Opening Day is special, and this year was amazing.  The weather was beautiful, the game was exciting, and atmos
timamber · 904 days ago

We had such a great time Sunday visiting the zoo with our family! Tim and I love animals and some of my favorite childhood memories are of visiting the zoo in Memphis with my grandparents, mom, dad, brother and aunts. Nashville has an awesome zoo now, so w
TimShana · 910 days ago

Today was a beautiful Easter Sunday.  We traveled to our hometown to spend the day with Amber's family at her parents.  We attended church with mother in the morning and the service was beautiful.  It was truly a wonderful reminder of what Easter is all ab
timamber · 922 days ago

I had over the other day 5 out of my 6 nieces and nephews.  I love how they all get along even though they only see each other at my house since they are not technically related. 
ReneeandScott · 925 days ago

        One of the benefits of living right on the river is all the wildlife that surrounds us.  We know that we'll be spending many happy family outings down at the River Walk feeding the birds. It had been a rainy few days so when we got to the water
Melissa_and_Tim_Adopt · 966 days ago

Tim recently celebrated his 30th birthday.  Thirty seems like such a big milestone.  We remember when thirty seemed so old! We travelled back to Manhattan, KS for a Kansas State University (our alma mater) basketball game and a weekend spent with friends a
timamber · 981 days ago

Happy New Year!! Us at Mount Vernon Happy New Year! Well the rushing around of the holidays is almost behind us and so we’ll take a moment to reflect upon some of the fun things we did for Christmas 2012. One of the best things about being close to DC
Melissa_and_Tim_Adopt · 1010 days ago

We just had our holiday work party.  It was fun to hang out for a bit with colleagues and not be working.  We had a contest for the ugliest wrapped gift and I (Cindy) won; very unexpected.  After work, Meg and I are going to go for a little swim at the Y a
MegandCindy · 1025 days ago

We have had a full weekend already and it's only half over!  Last night we went with some close friends to Callaway Gardens to see their Fantasy In Lights show.  It was awesome!!!  After riding the trolley through the light show we had a funnel cake and ho
SamandJennifer · 1028 days ago

Wow!  My first marathon is finished...one more goal to check off my list.  It was great fun...My sister traveled a few hours to watch and Meg was, of course, there.  One of the best parts of the race was seeing my family on the route cheering for me.  The
MegandCindy · 1032 days ago

Tim and I both love this time of year!  The Christmas lights sparkling in the night make the whole neighborhood look so jolly.  The doors all decorated with evergreen wreaths and big red bows.  We love picking the fresh Christmas tree and how the whole
Melissa_and_Tim_Adopt · 1037 days ago

I (Cindy) has a marathon event coming up on the weekend and hopefully the weahter will be great.  I seem to focus a lot on the weather, but I think that is because I love being outside, even in the winter.  The interesting thing about running is engaging i
MegandCindy · 1038 days ago

This is a rare Saturday that we have home!  Usually we are gone doing something with one of our families.  Today Makenzie was in the local Christmas Parade with the Drama Club from school.  Years past, we've always ridden on the float with her.  This year
SamandJennifer · 1043 days ago

Looks like lots going on this weekend.   The first activity, after running, will be a parade.  Lots of floats, families, food, and fun! 
MegandCindy · 1044 days ago

This is our graduation picture...Bailey graduated from puppy school where he learned to sit, come (sort of), down, and wait.  He is now into adolescence and has seemed to forgotten some of what he learned in puppy school, but it is all good!  
MegandCindy · 1046 days ago

Today we celebrated Thanksgiving with my family.  We always have so.much.fun!!  There are tons of people there-most of which are under the age of 20!  I am very fortunate to have the family I do.  We all are very close and have great relationships.  We are
SamandJennifer · 1049 days ago

I love Thanksgiving! We should always be thankful for everything we have in our lives, but this is a day to: stop reflect, and praise God. It's a day to remember all your trials and blessings and be thankful for all of it. This Thanksgiving as we prayed
RandyCrystal · 1049 days ago

This is our very first entry so we had to start with a special photo to reflect Christina's personality.  We did our annual Thanksgiving celebration yesterday with a family dinner.  Lots of food and fun!  We had two birthdays to celebrate too.  Christina l
smlbdl · 1050 days ago

Happy Thanksgiving!  Getting ready to put a French toast casserole in the oven and watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!  Watching the parade has been a tradition ever since I was a little girl.  We will be going to visit extended family later this aft
etstone · 1052 days ago

Sorry I haven't updated in a few days.  My dad was released from the hospital Friday night.  Makenzie and I were there to help get him and my mom home and settled.  He has to follow up with a urologist this week.  So thankful that he is home.  What is craz
SamandJennifer · 1055 days ago

It has been a couple of days since I posted.  My dad is still in the hospital.  They told him this morning he was going to be released, but shortly after that they came back in and said a culture had come back positive (for what I don't know) and he would
SamandJennifer · 1059 days ago

Well Saturday while we were at Sam's dad's house I got a call that they were taking my dad to the ER because he had a fever of 104.3.  After being in the ER for several hours, they determined he had a SEVERE uti.  His white blood cell count was over 17,000
SamandJennifer · 1062 days ago

Today we went up to Grandpa's and Grandma's house to celebrate Grandma's birthday.  Makenzie invited Ava to go with us.  We all had a great time.  Grandpa grilled ribs and corn on the cob and we also had mac and cheese.  It was very yummy!  After singing h
SamandJennifer · 1063 days ago

Today I subbed in Makenzie's class at school.  I was a little nervous about it at first, but it ended up being a great day.  I am so glad we are able to send her to the school she attends.  We truly are blessed to be able to send her there.  I was very imp
SamandJennifer · 1067 days ago

What a wonderful day!  We got to sleep in an extra hour-woo hoo!!  After getting up we had breakfast and then got ready for the two hour trip to Cleveland for Sam's grandmother's surprise 80th birthday party.  The leaves are so pretty this time of year.  I
SamandJennifer · 1069 days ago

One of my hobbies is that I like to bake.  My newest fascination/cooking gadget is my cake pop maker.  This started when Colby saw one advertised on TV.  "Hey Mom, you should get one of those," he told me.  Well, that 's about all it took and shortly there
etstone · 1072 days ago

Last night, we went trick-or-treating as our usual big group!  It's so much fun to be in a neighborhood full of kids.  Colby wasn't sure if he really wanted to go trick-or-treating or not, but decided to when he found out all of his buddies were going.  He
etstone · 1072 days ago

How is it possible it already is November!!??  Time gets faster and faster!  Today was warmer so that was really nice.  It's been really cold the last few days!  It makes it hard to get out of bed in the morning!  Tomorrow I will be going to Makenzie's sch
SamandJennifer · 1072 days ago

Phew!  I am TIRED!  We have had a busy but fun day!  After school Makenzie had swim.  It was her end of season party and awards.  I think for Makenzie's first time swimming competitively she did awesome!!  She ended up getting a reward for Heat Winner, 2 2
SamandJennifer · 1073 days ago

No strep!!  That is always good news!  I took Makenzie in to the doctor this morning because she kept telling me she thought she had strep throat.  Luckily the strep test came back negative.  I think Makenzie was looking forward to a day off school   Then
SamandJennifer · 1074 days ago

Hope anyone reading this in any of the mid-Atlantic is able to stay safe this afternoon and through tomorrow!  We are in Virginia and just have a light rain at the moment, but it is supposed to get much worse this afternoon.  Schools are closed today.  Yes
etstone · 1076 days ago

A Christmas craft fair, dinner out with my mom, and a slice of Reese's and a slice of Oreo cheesecake to take home - what could be better!  It was great to get out yesterday and spend some time with my mom.  It helped me get my mind off of waiting  and the
etstone · 1077 days ago

Love Saturdays!  We all slept in and then cleaned house!  Around 2:00 my parents came over for a visit.  We went out to eat at Tokyo (a really good Japanese steakhouse).  We came back to watch the GA game and to carve our pumpkin while the game was on.  I'
SamandJennifer · 1077 days ago

Dear Birthmother, Today I heard that some adoptive parents met and held their baby girl for the first time.  The agency person writing the post commented on what a wonderful gift the birthparents were giving to these adoptive parents, not to mention the ba
etstone · 1078 days ago

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