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We just returned from a holiday in Poland where we had a fun time exploring a new country together.  We saw castles, historical sites, went to a soccer game, and biked for 6 days in the countryside.  One of Greg's favorite things was feeding swans in the c
gregandpam · 2 hours 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 · 7 days ago

Tonight we went to our quarterly domestic waiting families meeting.. Tonight there were 3 birth mothers and a birth grandmother that each told their story about their adoption plan, their relationship with the adoptive families and the hospital experience.
MichaelandKristi · 18 days ago

tonight we start our monthly bowling league with family and friends. Looking forward to seeing everyone and lots of laughs!
MichaelandKristi · 23 days ago

Mike was busy today making more salsa, pickles and peppers.   
MichaelandKristi · 25 days ago

Yesterday we went with our nieces, nephew, and Pam's sisters to an indoor trampoline park.  It was SUPER fun!  Here are some (blurry) pictures of our trampoline moves!
gregandpam · 27 days ago

Family filled weekend. Today we spent the day at Mikes cousins house in the pool and eating pizza. Below is Uncle Mike and our niece playing in the pool and Uncle Mike and our nephew discussing football    
MichaelandKristi · 28 days ago

Perfect end to a great weekend. Tonight we had dinner at Mikes sisters house with Mikes parents. Always enjoy playing with our niece and nephew. Uncle Mike is their human jungle gym and Aunt Kristi is the tickle master. 
MichaelandKristi · 35 days ago

One of our favorite things to do is to hang out with our family.  Whether it's just the immediate family or the extended family.  Last night we went to the wedding of Kristi's cousins daughter.  We had such a great time dancing and hanging out with the fam
MichaelandKristi · 36 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 · 42 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 · 43 days ago

We had fun last night celebrating our nieces birthday!  Always enjoy spending time with our family.   
MichaelandKristi · 50 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 · 53 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 · 56 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 · 63 days ago

Fun activities this week at camp.   
MichaelandKristi · 66 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 · 67 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 · 68 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 · 70 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 · 70 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 · 96 days ago

Our profile went active this week, which is super exciting! We have started working on the nursery so that we are ready when the time comes to welcome a little one into our home. The walls have been painted and we have new, really soft carpet. Bob put toge
bobandarielle · 102 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 · 116 days ago

We headed to Kansas City this weekend to attend a graduation party, see Chris' sister, and catch up with some friends. When we go, we usually alternate staying with Chris' sister and these wonderful people. They have been close to Chris for many years and
Lecuyer10 · 145 days ago

Last summer a violent wind storm put a giant crack down the middle of our beloved Hackberry tree in the front yard. That tree and its cute little tree house were part of the reason we fell in love with our house. Sadly, it became a danger and we had to let
Lecuyer10 · 154 days ago

It's finally warming up and looking green around here after a boring, brown winter! We love to start working outside in the spring to make our house look bright and cheerful again.
Lecuyer10 · 154 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 · 229 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 · 230 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 · 249 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 · 256 days ago

My family has had a cottage on a wooded lake in Northern Indiana since the early 1900’s. As a kid I spent weekends up there.  The friends I made at the lake as a child remain my friends today.  Now they have kids who enjoy the same adventures. In the wint
MarkLetty · 270 days ago

Each year in December we go as a family to pick out a Christmas tree.  Decorating the tree on the following day with ornaments passed down from one generation as well as treasures our kids have brought home from school.  Keely makes holiday cookies with th
MarkLetty · 274 days ago

December, 2014:  What a busy, fun and reflective month! We had our normal schedule for the first few weeks; work, weekend errands and bible study on Wed. nights.  Karin had a stressful month at work rolling out a new accounting system by January 1.  Carl t
CarlandKarin · 275 days ago

November, 2014:  One weekend, we went to look at a few houses but didn't find anything we like yet.  We want to take our time and find somewhere with plenty of room, a good backyard and a few home improvement projects. We like to do that stuff. We love Foo
CarlandKarin · 275 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 · 286 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 · 311 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 · 316 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 · 329 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 · 329 days ago

Hello! We are new to Parent Finder and are excited to see where this road takes us!
mikeandkelli · 356 days ago

Living in the Washington DC area is awesome, there's just so much to do.  So many things we can't wait to share with our little ones.  Recently we decided that now the weather was getting warm, it was the perfect time to check out the Nation's past-time
Melissa_and_Tim_Adopt · 891 days ago

While on this adoption journey Tim and I have had countless curious people ask us about every aspect of adoption! From: Q: Why are we adopting; to what do we hope for? A. To build our precious family, of course! Q: What do we fear? A. Well it might be sil
Melissa_and_Tim_Adopt · 903 days ago

A quick little post to say “Happy Easter” and Happy Spring!  Although today was a wet and gray kind of day, the bright little daffodils nodding their heads in the breeze made it more cheery.  That, and the chocolate that the Easter bunny left. Tim and i
Melissa_and_Tim_Adopt · 917 days ago

Hi there!  Today I thought I’d share a little bit more about the fun we’ve had decorating the nursery. (Check out the first blog about decorating the nursery, if you haven’t read it already!) It’s been a work in progress as we’re slowly adding little touc
Melissa_and_Tim_Adopt · 936 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 · 961 days ago

 While on this adoption journey Tim and I have had countless curious people ask us about every aspect of adoption! From why are we adopting; to what do we hope for?; what do we fear?;  and how do we stay so optimistic and positive while on this rollercoa
Melissa_and_Tim_Adopt · 989 days ago

Well, we had a super blessed Christmas. I just love the holidays. Every year holds a different Christmas feel to it and this year was super magical. I can't quite say any one thing made it magical, but rather it was a combination of many wonderful moments.
RandyCrystal · 1003 days ago

I am sure that being pregnant people have said some pretty ignorant things to you. I know they often mean well, but there are days when I feel like screaming “did you think about that before it came out of your mouth?” Insensitivity around a very sensitive
AndyandKristin · 1004 days ago

We received word from our agency that we need to “re-up” our paperwork. So that you know, this includes: new physicals for both of us, DMV records, meeting with the social worker, etc, etc, etc. I would say that all of this has been frustrating for no reas
AndyandKristin · 1004 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 · 1005 days ago

I think I have been going about this in the wrong way. . .trying to tell you about us. . about our lives. .when, to be perfectly honest, our lives are about to change completely. Who we are as soon as we are selected to be parents will be changing complete
AndyandKristin · 1022 days ago

Last March, after years of trying we found out that we are unable to biologically have children. I guess if you are birth parents reading this. . .you don't know what that feels like. Just like I have no idea what it feels like to be you.  After all of tho
AndyandKristin · 1022 days ago

Last March, after years of trying we found out that we are unable to biologically have children. I guess if you are birth parents reading this. . .you don't know what that feels like. Just like I have no idea what it feels like to be you.  After all of tho
AndyandKristin · 1022 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 · 1032 days ago

We were lucky enough this Thanksgiving to have the entire family together.  When you count us, my parents, my brother's family, my sister's family, and some of my aunts, uncles, and cousins, there were twenty of us for dinner.  I feel fortunate that every
etstone · 1034 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 · 1046 days ago

What an emotional 24 hours it has been.  I am on an email listing for an adoption attorney in Florida.  I got an email last night about a baby girl that was born yesterday who's mom was going to be choosing a family for her today.  It seemed like the "perf
SamandJennifer · 1048 days ago

What would we say to you, if you're considering making an adoption plan? First, anyone considering making a plan for adoption is extremely brave.  To make such an unselfish and absolutely loving decision is amazing.  We can’t even begin to imagine how d
Melissa_and_Tim_Adopt · 1053 days ago

In my first blog post about decorating the nursery (posted Oct 25), I mentioned how a rug inspired our decorations for the nursery. Yup! A trip to Kohl’s department store and I spied a super-cute alphabet rug. I loved the bright colors and the animal
Melissa_and_Tim_Adopt · 1059 days ago

It is so cold!  I think I like summer better than winter.  I can't stand to be cold!  It seems we have skipped fall and gone straight into winter!  Although the trees are soooo pretty right now.  I love looking out our windows into the backyard.  It looks
SamandJennifer · 1060 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 · 1062 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 · 1064 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 · 1067 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 · 1067 days ago

Tim and i recently celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary.   Check out photos from our anniversary adventure here!   OMG! Ten years?  Yup!  It just feels like yesterday that we strolled down that aisle arm in arm as newly weds.  And it was such a great da
Melissa_and_Tim_Adopt · 1068 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 · 1069 days ago

Thankfully, we never lost power and our house is in one piece after Hurricane Sandy rolled through yesterday and last night.  We did get another day out of school today as a precaution.  Over the weekend, I had bought plenty of canned goods and water just
etstone · 1069 days ago

What a COLD, WINDY fall day!!  It is so cold we are having our first fire of the season tonight.  We love having fires!  The dogs love sleeping near it while we are all tucked under our blankets in the living room  I guess I will be taking Makenzie back to
SamandJennifer · 1070 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 · 1071 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 · 1073 days ago

Today was such a fun day!!  Makenzie had a field trip to a local pumpkin patch.  We got there around 9:00 am and stayed until about 1:00.  Her two friends, Cara and Izabella, came home with us for a couple of hours before their swim meet.  They played whil
SamandJennifer · 1073 days ago

Feathering the Nest - Getting the Nursery Ready Until recently i thought that getting the nursery ready before we had a strong connection with an expectant mom (who we adored and who thought we were the bees knees and who knew Tim and I were THE perfec
Melissa_and_Tim_Adopt · 1074 days ago

After waking up today with the birth mom heavy on my heart, I continued to pray for her all day.  She's obviously on Makenzie's heart too because she's been talking about her a lot lately.  Today was our busy day.  Thankfully Makenzie didn't have a lot of
SamandJennifer · 1075 days ago

Today I woke up praying for our birth mom.  I know she is out there somewhere.  I can only imagine how hard this must be for her.  I pray that she feels my prayers and knows that she isn't alone.  I pray that she has family and friends that are supportive.
SamandJennifer · 1075 days ago

Today has been a good day.  After picking Makenzie up from school we went to get our hair cut.  Nothing new, just a trim for both of us   Thursday we start our first session with the adoption counselor via SKYPE.  I'm excited to get this started.  I believ
SamandJennifer · 1077 days ago

It is true that we have a lot of pictures on our profile.  I spent some time this morning trying to figure out if I could edit these down in any way, and honestly, I was not able to do so.  Every single picture we have placed on our profile shows how impor
etstone · 1078 days ago

We had a great day today!  We were able to sleep in-always a good thing   Up until it was time to get ready to go to the "Screen on the Green" at Makenzie's school, we really didn't do a whole lote.  Well, that's not exactly true!!  I did a lot!!  I had to
SamandJennifer · 1079 days ago

"Never, ever go to Kohl's without a coupon!"  I told Erik as we headed out the door for Kohl's late this afternoon.  He needed some more shirts for work.  So, we quickly printed off a coupon and away we went!  He got his shirts while Colby and I looked aro
etstone · 1079 days ago

I came across this photo and saying today.  I absolutely love it!  It is so true!  Anything worth having is worth the wait.  Although it took us 7 years to get pregnant with Makenzie, I wouldn't trade it for anything.  She is so worth all the tears and hea
SamandJennifer · 1080 days ago

Hi!  Today has been a good day. Not a lot to talk about, just our normal weekday routine.  This weekend will be fun though.  We are going to Makenzie's school Saturday evening.  Her drama club is having a fundraiser.  They are having a "Screen on the Green
SamandJennifer · 1081 days ago

It's been a few days since I've written.  Not a whole lot has gone on.  We are just in the school/work routine.  Makenzie did get her report card today-all A's!  So proud of that girl!  She works hard.  Swim will be wrapping up at the end of the month.  As
SamandJennifer · 1082 days ago

I have really got hooked on Pinterest lately!  Maybe you like looking at Pinterest, too?  I love to cook, so my favorite thing to look at is the recipe boards, especially desserts.  Do you like cooking as well?  I am trying really hard to actually follow t
etstone · 1084 days ago

We went to Belvedere Plantation today to get our pumpkins!  We have been here several times over the years.  We did the corn maze, watched some pig races, rode zip lines, fed sheep, and took a hay ride out to the pumpkin patch to get our pumpkins.  Colby,
etstone · 1086 days ago

Today we celebrated my mom's birthday with my sister and her family.  Everyone came over and we all had such a great time.  Tonight is my nephew's homecoming dance. Since they had to leave from here to go to his girlfriend's house we were able to get some
SamandJennifer · 1086 days ago

Today has been a good day.  It started off like usual.  I got Sam and Makenzie off to school and work.  About 20 minutes after they left Sam called and said they'd forgotten Makenzie's lunch.  He said he would take an early lunch and come home to pick it u
SamandJennifer · 1087 days ago

R&R at the Beach What is the most relaxing thing on the planet? Sinking your toes into the sand, feeling the warm sun and hearing the waves crash onto shore. After many years of talking about getting a beach house, we finally did it. And boy,
Melissa_and_Tim_Adopt · 1087 days ago

  Building a relationship with our birth-mother*:  The key would be for as much communication as possible.  Of course this starts with that first phone call from an expectant mother… it is thrilling for us, but we’re sure is pretty nerve-wracking for an ex
Melissa_and_Tim_Adopt · 1094 days ago

I came across a great quote today: “There are no unwanted children, just unfound families.” The National Adoption Center This is so true!  There are so many families out there that want a child.  It's just a matter of finding the right family for that chil
SamandJennifer · 1097 days ago

            Last week, two dear friends of ours adopted their first child.  It's brought great joy to us to know that their family has grown and they now get to experience the joy of being parents.  The mother and I talked from time to time over the past c
BradleyErica · 1103 days ago

Tired!!!  I'm so tired!!  I don't really have a good excuse for being so tired except that I drove for several hours today back and forth to the doctor's office.  I seriously feel like I could go to bed now and it is only 6:33!  I am leaving in a few minut
SamandJennifer · 1104 days ago

Yay!!  Makenzie is home!!  I know she loves being with family and friends but we miss her so much when she is gone!  I worked a little this morning and then drove to pick her up at my parent's house.  She and my mom have such a close relationship!  I am so
SamandJennifer · 1105 days ago

Today has been a beautiful day.  It has been so nice having the windows open all day.  What an awesome start to fall!  We are missing Makenzie!  Just one more sleep until I go pick her up!  We got up and went to church. After church Sam and I went to Apple
SamandJennifer · 1106 days ago

Today was such fun!  We went to my sister's house to celebrate my nephew's 14th birthday.  I can't believe he is 14!  It seems like just yesterday I was blessed to be allowed to be in the room when he was born.   He is such a good kid.  We enjoyed being wi
SamandJennifer · 1107 days ago

Believe it or not, it turns out Makenzie has strep!  I would have never guessed!  The rash she has is caused by the strep.  You would never know she is sick though.  She is constantly doing handstands and cartwheels! No fever, tiny bit of sore throat!  The
SamandJennifer · 1108 days ago

How has your experience in the world of adoption mirrored or changed your expectation of adoption?* Well, we knew it would take time.    We’ve been really fortunate to have a lot of cheerleaders (family, friends, and total strangers!) who’re there to en
Melissa_and_Tim_Adopt · 1108 days ago

Today was a regular day.  Sam and Makenzie left at 7:30 for school and work.  I went to work also (here at home!!).  I got a phone call from Makenzie's school around 11 saying she wasn't feeling well.  I went and picked her up from school.  Other than bein
SamandJennifer · 1109 days ago

Today we went to the Zoo with Makenzie's class.  We had beautiful weather.  It was not too hot and not too cold!  We all had a great time!  Once we got done with the zoo we headed back to the school to take a couple of Makenzie's classmates back then we he
SamandJennifer · 1110 days ago

Rain, rain, rain!!  It has rained all day long!!  Makenzie was supposed to have a field trip to the Zoo today but since it was forcasted a 100% chance of rain it was rescheduled to tomorrow.  She is beyond excited about going.  I will take her to school in
SamandJennifer · 1111 days ago

Dear Birthmother, You may have noticed that we haven't written any journal entries in quite a while.  Around the middle of August, we met with an absolutely wonderful young lady who was due with a little girl in a few months.  We were beyond impressed with
etstone · 1115 days ago

Traditions!   Do you have any current family traditions that you celebrate as a family? If so, how did these traditions begin?* Well there are lots of traditions that we both bring from our families but with just the two of us, we created some new ones: F
Melissa_and_Tim_Adopt · 1115 days ago

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