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511 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
I'm sitting in the morning quiet of Josh's parents house. Right now Isaiah is playing with his grandpa on the computer and everyone else is asleep. I'm looking out the window at their lovely pool set
653 days ago 0 comments Categories: Holidays Tags: traditions, family, holidays, adoption journey
The Fourth of July! I love this holiday!  As a 1st generation American,  i love proudly displaying the flag, putting out the flag bunting on the railings and wearing red, white, and blue... and FIRE
708 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
Though our birthdays may make us a few years older than other families on this wonderful website, please take a moment to reflect on this journal post. There are many wonderful benefits of being alitt
491 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:

Our home study is complete and we are ready to adopt!

507 days ago 1 comments Categories: Holidays Tags: Christmas, Holidays
This evening we started decorating our Christmas Tree. This was quite the experience this year because Christina isn't old enough to remember last Christmas, and this year she is walking and exploring
508 days ago 2 comments Categories: Family Tags:
When we arrived home late last night, there was snow on the ground. When snow falls, I'm still a little kid, happily caught up in the magic. We're probably a couple of weeks from true snow, but just t
520 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
My first journal entry on parentfinder. I'm excited to share my thoughts about this adoption and our life as we wait.   Even though our new baby hasn't found us yet, we're moving along with our prepa
561 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags: adoptive couple, adoption journey
  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 f
574 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
Today was a quiet day for me which was so nice.  I even found time to take a nap...it was so good. The city we live in is know for their great garage sales and has them going on this weekend...I am a
575 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
So yesterday we got to spend the day with our niece Kaylin who is 2 years old.  We had so much fun we took Kino(our dog) for a walk, read books, picked tomatoes out of our garden, baked some muffins,
576 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
We promise to be the best parents we can be to your child.  We promise to love your child unconditionally, forever and always. We promise to be open and honest with you always. We promise to make sur
578 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
So yesterday we thought that we would take a bike ride on some trails.  It was such a beautiful day.  So we got up went to church, had lunch, watched football and then went for our bike ride....needle
581 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags: birthmother, match, waiting, adopt
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 lit
583 days ago 1 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
I heard this song on the radio this morning and it never gets old. It always hits me to the very core. Praying each and everyday for the little one God has for us and for the mom.  No matter what we a
585 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
We have finished painting the nursery. It's a beautiful blue. It will be a pretty and soothing color for boy or a girl. Kelly plans to paint a Jenny Lind baby bed next. It will be a sunny yellow. The
586 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:

We went for a walk in our favorite park this afternoon. We fed the ducks and geese. The weather was beautiful.

593 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:

We're painting the nursery tomorrow. Decorating the nursery will keep us busy as we wait to adopt.

615 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags: poem, adoption, waiting parents
Recently, I came across a poem that really moved me and really sums up the love we have for a child that we hope will be ours very soon . . .   We didn't give you the gift of life, but in our hearts w
688 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Sometimes, I don't know what to write on this blog. Part of me doesn't want to reveal too much so that whoever is reading this won't think I'm crazy :). But I think I'm just going to be myself and sta
690 days ago 0 comments Categories: Baby Blogs Tags:
We have welcomed and adopted our new son Miles.  He was born on May 10 in Tucson.  He is amazing and beautiful.  He grows and changes every day. Parenthood is already an amazing journey.  We get less
692 days ago 0 comments Categories: Joe and Sally's Adoption Journal Tags:
We are one day into our family Memorial Day celebration. Sally's grandparents' house in small-town Virginia is becoming a wonderful central location for family gatherings. Mostly, we sit on a fantas
704 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
We were close to being matched...very very close.  The birthmom decided to parent.  While we were waiting to hear, I prayed for the birthmom...'cause I can only imagine her anguish in making a decisio
710 days ago 1 comments Categories: Baby Blogs, Adoption process Tags: family looking to adopt baby boy
MIke is a great instructor looking for baby boy to adopt   We are hoping to adopt a baby soon typre
712 days ago 1 comments Categories: Holidays Tags: Holiday
Micah and I love to celebrate every holiday we can think of. If there is a day to celebrate, you better believe that Micah and I will have friends and family over to share in the festivities. Festivit
718 days ago 0 comments Categories: Joe and Sally's Adoption Journal Tags:
Since we have become "waiting" parents, we have been praying for the baby that we will have the privilege of loving and raising.  There are several verses from the Bible that inspire our prayers.  One
723 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:

bio and adoptive parents are both real parents

724 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
Networking in the adoption community can give you a sense of support and, for those who are hopeful adoptive parents, can make you feel like you are "doing something" while you wait...and wait.  Techn
734 days ago 0 comments Categories: Books Tags:
My best friend sent this book to me and urged me to read it. Her daughter was stillborn last year. It was devastating for her and her husband. They are doing better now and hoping to be pregnant again
736 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
Hello to anyone reading this.  This is the Kate of Todd and Kate.  I tend to be the writer in the family, so I will probably be posting the most.  But, I'm sure Todd will post an entry here and there.
742 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We are so blessed to be matched with such a wonderful expectant mother.  We are lucky she let us to go a doctor's appointment recently we saw and heard our child's heart beating and got to tour the ho
753 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Some people don't believe in true love. I do.   Tom and I met in college, and I thought he was the coolest guy. We were friends for 3 years before I even realized he liked me because I thought "He's t
753 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Hi, my name is Mary. I am Nate's mother and grandmother to his nieces and nephews. Do I have my hair in a bun? Do I bake cookies and teach my granddaughters how to make doll clothes? MAYBE WHEN I GET
776 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
We met with our assessor this afternoon and our homestudy is nearly complete. They are just waiting on a couple of our references to make it official. The waiting on our references is not really a h
780 days ago 0 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:

We are off to IHOP to celebrate.  Instead of a birthday cake we are having birthday pancakes for dinner!!!  

782 days ago 1 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags: waiting to adopt, parenting, adoption, hopefull
Five Ways to Not Go Insane While Adopting is the new article/blog at the adoption goddess.  She encouraged us to share our own ways of dealing.   1)  Talking about it.  I think at first we were embarr
829 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags: adoption situation
Birth Mother Seeking Family for Adoption The above text is a header1 type. This will help you be found via search engines. Using heading1, heading 2 or heading 3 with key words like adoption, adopting
627 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
     Well, it seems it has been awhile since I have written anything.  Why?  One simple word: summer.  I'm sure most people see teacher and summer and think it's just been relaxing and being lazy.  I
705 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
Happy Mother's Day to anyone reading this who is a Mother.  And to those who, like me, are waiting to become mothers, Happy Mother-to-Be day! In the past, Mother's Day has been so tough on me.  I have
739 days ago 2 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We both strongly agree in equality and respect as well as appreciate another's race, religion, and/or creed. There is so much beauty in different cultures. From the language to the food we can lear
516 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
I love our Friday nights. Unless we're out with friends or away, we sit down to a nice dinner, light candles, and say prayers, and then go around the table saying one thing we really love about each o
723 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
So, we announced at church that we had passed our home study and were officially in the "waiting pool" to adopt.  That was awhile ago.  Ever since, it seems that I get at least one sweet "church lady"
679 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
We have been on the adoption waiting list for about 7 months now. Praying that God gives us strength during this waiting period. We would love to be parents and share our love with a child. We know th
814 days ago 0 comments Categories: Random Tags:
So my mom (Oma) likes to forward me emails. She rarely writes her own message—we save our chats for our frequent Skype talks—but forwards these feel good, have a great laugh, just for fun mails so tha
686 days ago 0 comments Categories: Baby Blogs Tags:
We made some new friends today.  Paul and I went over to a fellow ParentFinder couple who were just placed with their baby.  They welcomed us into their home, it felt like we have been friends for a l
693 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags: brother, adoption, waiting family
Colby and I had an opportunity to have a mommy/son date tonight.  We went to get ice cream at one of our favorite places - Bruster's.  After talking about various random things, out of the blue, Colby
666 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
I am so proud to say that Joey and I have been together 17 years today! We have such a special love and I am so lucky to have such a wonderful man in my life. We are so looking forward to adding to ou
690 days ago 0 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
Thank you to all of our military for the freedom we have in the USA. My father was in the Vietnam War and I am so thankful for all the military that put their lives on the line for us to have freedom.
743 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Today is a wonderful day! It is my husband's 36th birthday and the day our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified so we could have eternal life. I am so thankful for today. Happy Birthday to my wonderful hus
765 days ago 0 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
This weekend was Joey's little sisters birthday. Lauren turned 12 years old this year  . Lauren has decided for the last two years to have her birthday parties at our home. We did Smurfs theme this ye
827 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
We are so looking forward to a wonderful 2012! Looking back 2011 I believe we have been so blessed in life. I have to say the good far out ways the bad. We experienced a lot in 2011. Brief view at our
845 days ago 0 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I believe this has to be one of the best Christmas times we have had so far. We started a new tradition with my family. My entire family came over Christmas Ev
654 days ago 0 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
Heading out to the lake for some fun in the sun. Looking forward to skiing and wakeboarding with family. Grilling out this afternoon and then going to our friends home to see the fireworks. We took ou
708 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags: Mother's Day, adoption, waiting family
As I make plans to honor my own mother and mother-in-law by cooking a brunch for Mother's Day this Sunday, I have to stop and think about how lucky I am to be able to celebrate Mother's Day myself.  I
740 days ago 0 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
Happy Easter to everyone. So thankful for today that our lord and savior Jesus Christ rose from the dead to live so that we may have eternal life. We are saying a special prayer for everyone on parent
750 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
The other night after bedtime prayers, Jack said "everyone in my class has either a brudder or a sister. It's not fair." Then we got into a long conversation about life and fairness and God's plan f
751 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
New things are on the horizon... We are getting ready to move to Florida this summer! Jerry and I have decided to move to be closer to Kiley's family; and the warmer weather. We are excited about the
753 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
We have been getting a few opportunities to put our profile out there to meet possible new additions to our family. It is exciting and nerve racking at the same time. It is hard to have your heart on
771 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
It's just 2 days before Spring Break, so Jack's teacher asked the parents if we all wanted to go see The Lorax as a class. Jack asked Kevin and me if we could ALL go, so we did! Jack was so happy, '
771 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
I’ve often been told that I shouldn’t openly gush about our puppies. Not unless the one I’m gushing to has their own pup to gush about as well. I never really listened to this advise and from what I’v
778 days ago 0 comments Categories: Random Tags:
OK, so this might be a little of the bookseller in me, but I can't possibly let this day, the anniversary of Theodore Seuss Geisel's birth date, go by without a shout!   Who hasn't been influenced by
788 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We are so exicted to say that are best friends are expecting a baby in September. Our friends have one child who will start school in August of this year. After 6 pregnancy test and a doctor's visit i
2 days ago 0 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
Hello, everyone! It's been a busy two weeks for us.  We celebrated Larry's birthday with a trip to the wetland preserve (in New Mexico called the bosque), which was fabulous.  We just missed seeing th
4 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We met tummy mommy K. the other day for lunch. She is our adopted son's (Dothan's) mom and that is what we have always called her.
5 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Went to the MCC Sale at the KS State Fair Grounds Saturday with college roommate Jenny and her kids.
9 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:

Time flys when your having fun.  It is amazing watching Bodie grow and learn new things.  This weekend we will celebrate his 2nd Birthday with family complete with a "Cat in the Hat" theme. 

11 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Natasha's mom and dad came to visit from CO. Dothan, our truck lover, first asked when he woke up "What car or truck did they bring?" I told him that they had brought their large one with trailer an
16 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We went down to the Oklahoma Science Museum last weekend and had a blast.  It has the tallest twisting slide in the country for kids.  Dothan enjoyed the 3 dimensional maze and Wes liked the Segway.
16 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Hello, friends, It's another beautiful spring here at the "ranch."  The roses and fruit trees are budding; the grass is that sweet green that we only see in the first days of spring; and the air is so
18 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags: family, disney, papa, waiting
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
26 days ago 0 comments Categories: Friends Tags:
We enjoyed a wonderful weekend with friends.  Our best friends traveled accross the state to spend a couple days at our home.  They have one precious daughter through adoption and are currently matche
28 days ago 1 comments Categories: Family Tags: Travel, Puppy, March Madness, Family
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
32 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We are blessed with so many things in life, from our lasting relationship together, the ability to adopt a precious child, family, friends, to all of the small details in life, including the fact that
33 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We have been taking advantage of the warm weather these past few days.  Ellie has been begging to get her pink scooter out.  We live about a block and a half from a walking/biking trail and we use it
35 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags: spring, family, baseball, lullaby
"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 birthda
40 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Friday night we watched our 2 year old twin niece and nephew.  It's the second time we've watched them for the evening in the past few weeks.  It was fun for the most part (not as fun... the extra poo
41 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags: snow, family, nature
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.  
41 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags: Playing, Outside
Today we had a beautiful spring day!  Such a blessing after a week of freezing rain.  We love snow but are delighted to have a warm sunny day. The children have been enjoying time outside after being
44 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags: mom, getting old, humor
Today, I went down to the department of motor vehicles to register our new mini-van for license plates.  If you would have told me in my teens that I'd be driving a mini-van in my 30s with a "Respect
46 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags: family, skiing, winter fun
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 hom
46 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Today's a big day!  For months we've been helping a friend run for political office, and tomorrow's the election.   Wish us luck!!  MB and Larry
48 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Hi, Friends! February's been quite the month!  We're running like crazy with two puppies at home, and feel like we're in training to be parents--learning to be calm and patient! If you've seen our pos
52 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family, Holidays Tags:

Yesterday was Ethan's birthday.  We both took off work and were able to enjoy going out for breakfast and realxing at home with a movie.

52 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Saturday morning I got to stand in for my sister at the twins swimming lesson.  There needed to be one adult for each child and she got called in to work.  So I got to be my nephew's swimming partner.
52 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:

Greetings,

We are asking for your prayers for two expectant moms.  Both have decisions to make and could use your help now.  Start the prayer wheel with us!

MB and Larry

55 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
    Oh, it has been a busy last few weeks, but yesterday we slowed down and relaxed to enjoy the beauty of a local State Park.  We walked approximately six miles, and did so with our beloved puppy, La
58 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
I am not a blogger.  I am not the kind of person who posts a lot of stuff online.  But, I did want anyone who is checking out our profile to know that I look on here every single day, hoping and p
61 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
There are 6 birthdays in my family in February.  This year we celebrated with a family weekend trip to an indoor waterpark resort.  The nieces and nephews had a great time.  The wave pool was the favo
66 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags: winter, fun,
We love snow days!  They are some of our favorite days of the year.  We don't get them too often, so we try to soak up every minute of fun.  We make sure the kids have good snow gear for when they pla
66 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Hello, friends and family, Much to our surprise, over the weekend a lost wounded kitty found its way to our door.  This kitty is so full of love and desperately in need of a family.  She was a champ w
69 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
The weekends allow for special face to face time with loved ones with little to no time constraints. This weekend was no different - we started our weekend on Friday evening entertaining family at our
73 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:

Hi, Friends,

We've had some encouraging signs on a couple of fronts, so please keep us in your prayers!

MB and Larry

78 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
Hello, friends, For those of you who are following our adoption process, here's an update.  We have completed home study and are pursuing private adoption.  Hope to hear from you if you have news to s
79 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Good morning, friends, Our fostering efforts have paid off, and we are happy to welcome home our little pup, Essie.  She's a marvel of feistiness and fun mixed with a sweet spirit, and she's changed a
82 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We had a nice quite weekend with each other, and I closed my weekend with a three hour painting class.  I find it fun to paint, to be free, and to utilize the creative side of my brain.  I look forwar
88 days ago 0 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
Wow, January is upon us once again, which means a celebration of Troy’s birthday is in order.  We enjoyed a birthday dinner on Friday evening over Mom and Dad’s with Troy’s favorite meal, King Crab
101 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Larry's beloved Aunt Esther died today.  She was his surrogate mom and played a role in shaping his life that can never be replaced.  Please join us in celebrating the life of this beautiful lady. MB
101 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Our foster puppy, Fred, has been adopted!  He learned so much while he was with us--everything from house training, to sit and stay and get on your bed, to, best of all, running around with us and our
114 days ago 0 comments Categories: Holidays, Family Tags:
We had a great Christmas week of activities.  Saturday night we went to our nieces' and nephews' Christmas program at church.  Sunday afternoon was our Sunday School Christmas program.  Monday enjoyed
116 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:

Hi, folks,

Here's the latest addition...just home from the shelter!  Happy Christmas! 

MB and Larry

120 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
Hi, friends, Larry and I are LOVING all the extra time we're getting with family and friends as we share the news about our adoption hopes.  Home Study is almost done--just in time for Christmas, whic
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