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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 into a rocky hill, though now closed up for the winter.
KimberlyandJosh · 759 days ago

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 FIREWORKS!  Living close to DC gives us a pretty unique opp
Melissa_and_Tim_Adopt · 900 days ago

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 alittle bit older such as we have more patience now than in o
· 956 days ago

Our home study is complete and we are ready to adopt!
PattyandJim · 739 days ago

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. We aren't sure if you can tell from the photo, but the
smlbdl · 755 days ago

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 the little taste got me over my melancholy that the trees
KimberlyandJosh · 756 days ago

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 preparations. Isaiah turned seven and decided he was too big
KimberlyandJosh · 768 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 · 808 days ago

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 little bummed that I won't have time to go to them.  I h
NickandKristina · 822 days ago

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, played with barrel of monkeys, pick up walnuts, and play
NickandKristina · 822 days ago

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 sure your child knows you and your love unconditionally, al
westonregina · 824 days ago

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....needless to say I think I need to learn how to ride a bike aga
NickandKristina · 826 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 · 829 days ago

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 are going through, God has a plan for you and I and it is
jmangum · 831 days ago

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 nursery colors are going to be blue, yellow and sage. It
JoshKelly · 833 days ago

We went for a walk in our favorite park this afternoon. We fed the ducks and geese. The weather was beautiful.
JoshKelly · 834 days ago

We're painting the nursery tomorrow. Decorating the nursery will keep us busy as we wait to adopt.
JoshKelly · 841 days ago

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 we know,  the love we feel is deep and real, as if it had
etstone · 862 days ago

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 start posting everyday-life stuff....because that's me. So
JenniferTom · 935 days ago

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 sleep and eat in shifts but enjoy every precious second.
MattandJenny · 938 days ago

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 fantastic screened-in porch, looking at the countryside and ca
sallyjoe · 940 days ago

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 decision.  I feel in my heart that she will be a GREAT parent,
chrisandkevin · 952 days ago

MIke is a great instructor looking for baby boy to adopt   We are hoping to adopt a baby soon typre
MikeandMary · 958 days ago

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. Festivities which ALWAYS involves yummy food! Both Micah and I l
MicahandJenn · 959 days ago

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 is, "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares th
sallyjoe · 966 days ago


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.  Technology helps so much in our ability to connect- I've met
· 972 days ago

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 soon. This book helped her through the process. it cert
· 982 days ago

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.  Our adoption journey is a long one.  We got married i
KateTodd · 984 days ago

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 hospital she will deliver at.  We also got to share her bi
MattandJenny · 990 days ago

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 too cool to like a nerdy girl like me." We dated for a ye
JenniferTom · 1000 days ago

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 OLD!!! For now, I am a laughing, smiling, playful grandm
SarahandNate · 1001 days ago

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 hold up if we are chosen by a birthparent. We went out a
heatherjeremy · 1024 days ago

We are off to IHOP to celebrate.  Instead of a birthday cake we are having birthday pancakes for dinner!!!  
MattandJenny · 1028 days ago

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 embarrassed by our infertility and worried about how other wou
MattandJenny · 1030 days ago

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 or approved family for adoption TO use headings use the
MikeandMary · 1076 days ago

     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 won't lie - I had a couple days of that.  But, I tend to
KateTodd · 875 days ago

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 spent it moping around the house, being miserable.  But
KateTodd · 953 days ago

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 learn and experience so much. Our childhoods were spent wit
· 987 days ago

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 other. It's such a nice ritual. Of course it's great to h
KimberlyandJosh · 764 days ago

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" asks, "So, when is the baby coming?"  And I smile and s
KateTodd · 971 days ago

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 that God has a plan but sometimes the waiting is so hard.
JoeyAnn · 926 days ago

Yippee for Valentine's Day! Jack got a heart shaped box of candy, Kevin got Angry Bird boxer shorts and I got Angry Bird pajama pants! :-) 
chrisandkevin · 676 days ago

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 that I know she’s thinking about me. Most are sweet, and I
· 1061 days ago

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 long time.  Matt's parents and sister were visiting, we f
pauljennifer · 934 days ago

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 asked why we were still waiting so long for a little br
etstone · 941 days ago

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 our family.
JoeyAnn · 914 days ago

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. We have enjoyed a wonderful Memorial day weekend with f
JoeyAnn · 938 days ago

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 husband. I am so thankful to have such a caring and loving
JoeyAnn · 990 days ago

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 year, so cute! I am so glad that she loves coming over wit
JoeyAnn · 1013 days ago

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 last year. We made several new friends and welcomed a n
JoeyAnn · 1075 days ago

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 Eve and spent the night with us. We went to church, ate lo
JoeyAnn · 1092 days ago

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 our boat out for dinner last night with our sweet niece to
JoeyAnn · 901 days ago

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 think about Colby's birthmother often, but especially a
etstone · 956 days ago

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 parentfinder today. I know that we are all on the same path in
JoeyAnn · 988 days ago

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 for us. I thought to myself "many times I feel like Jack
chrisandkevin · 998 days ago

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 move, but a little worried too. Looking for a job is nev
JerryandKiley · 999 days ago

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 your sleeve and yet the only way someone can see into yo
bobnme · 1001 days ago

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, 'cause he was with his friends, his teacher and his paren
chrisandkevin · 1019 days ago

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’ve observed, Francesco hasn’t either. The fact is our pup
· 1019 days ago

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 this man and his work?? Obviously not many because his b
· 1025 days ago

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 it is offical baby Brown will be here soon . I am so than
JoeyAnn · 1036 days ago

On Saturday night we celebrated Christmas with Gabe's family. We had it all planned to do gifts, dinner and then head to Crossroads Village to tour the village (an annual tradition) but Gabe was recovering from strep throat so we decided not to make the Cr
ChadandGabrielle · 5 hours ago

On Saturday we celebrated two special birthdays! We went to a huge building that was filled with bounce houses! Even Maisy was able to join in! Jonas said this was, "The best birthday ever!!!" He was excited because the goodies bag had Chapstick in it:). W
ChadandGabrielle · 5 hours ago

Two weeks ago we went to our church and wrapped gifts for some families in need. Gabe's sister, her husband, and her two kids were also able to join us! Most of the kids got to lend a hand picking out wrapping paper or helping to tape up gifts :-). Prior t
ChadandGabrielle · 5 hours ago

Christmas preparations at our home. Its a wonderful time of old and new traditions. So much fun!!!
carol_adopts · 18 hours ago

Yesterday Evan and I made candies to share with friends and neighbors.  It is fun to have a partner in this holiday season's baking and making!  Today we took a small jar with us to our playdate with new friends we met at our mom-and-tot class.  The boys h
PeteandSarah · 5 days ago

We took Shane to see Santa! Chris and I love these family outings. Needless to say, Shane was fascinated by Santa. He even tried to get Santa to play peek-a-boo with him!
ChrisandLaura · 5 days ago

Hello! Last weekend we had two wonderful Christmas celebrations with people we love! On Friday night we got together with Chad's family. We had a visit from Santa Claus, opened gifts and made cookies. Jonas and Maisy love the books they got and the mats th
ChadandGabrielle · 6 days ago

Patience is never easy.  Although we have been married for 15 years, we have always known how much we wanted a family of our own.  It will be possible in God's own time.  We know that, but it is never easy to just sit and wait.  So we began our journey to
PeterandCarol · 7 days ago

Just taught my last day of class before our Holiday break.  We made Christmas ornaments!  It was so much fun.  I am definitly looking forward to our Christmas break.  I am ready to clean out the guestroom and start decorating it to be a babies room.  The C
carrieandrichard · 7 days ago

Happy Holidays! We are frantically getting everything wrapped and packed for our long (14 hour) trip to North Dakota for Christmas. Luci will be staying at the "spa with her friends" aka the vet for boarding. She does NOT like the snow and so the trip woul
karigarett · 7 days ago

I just love the excitement and beauty of Christmastime!  Had such an enjoyable evening together- we wrapped all the presents we bought for an under-privileged young boy in our community.  Jackson was excited and proud to be able to help wrap the presents..
ElizabethandJeffrey · 10 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 · 10 days ago

This past week was not very fun.  Beth is now recovering from the upper respitory flu and Brandon did a good job being a supportive husband.  Beth did have the opportunity to attend a band concert for one of the youth group girls and she did a good job.  T
bvanstrien · 12 days ago

We have been celebrating Advent with Evan, and he loves hearing about "Baby Jesus" who was born in a barn with animals!  Sarah made a felt nativity set for Evan to play with as we celebrate during this special season.  ~Pete & Sarah
PeteandSarah · 13 days ago

We had such a blast picking out our Christmas tree this year. The winter snow began to fall as we were leaving. Best of all, sitting on Santa Claus' lap was a big success! 
JohnandLaura · 13 days ago


One of our favorite hobbies is cooking and baking.  Thanksgiving is always special because we break out the old family recipes! This year we enjoyed having Terry's grandmother and mother make their signature dishes - what a special time we had together. We
TerryandGinger · 14 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 · 15 days ago

Last night, the three of us went to our town's Christmas tree lighting ceremony. We had a great time enjoying the lights, the horse-drawn wagon ride, and the hot chocolate and cookies. We love these family events! 
ChrisandLaura · 16 days ago

We got together with Chad's family for dinner to finish out our wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! Even though we only live a few miles away from each other it seems we can never spend too much time together:)! We enjoyed talking, laughing and eating together
ChadandGabrielle · 18 days ago

We won't let this cold Michigan weather keep us inside. Today we bundled up for a bike ride, some driveway tennis, and kickball on the hill. ~Sarah
PeteandSarah · 18 days ago

We had a such a good time on Thanksgiving. Our house was full of friends and family and tons of food! Shane loved playing with his grandparents, aunt, and uncle. Holidays are such a fun time for us, and we hope they are for you too. Wishing you a wonderful
ChrisandLaura · 18 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 · 19 days ago

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  Spent time with both of our families and many friends.  One of my favorite parts of the thanksgiving weekend is getting up early on Friday and going out to get our Christmas tree.  This year we picked the largest t
ElizabethandJeffrey · 20 days ago

We watched the Polar Express for the first time this past weekend.  I enjoyed the overall message of BELIEVE.  Miles of course loved the trains. Believe in yourself today, tomorrow and forever...    
laura603 · 20 days ago

Alan and I look forward to the holidays every year.  Thanksgiving kicks off the season with traditional family gatherings on both sides of the family.  Right after Thanksgiving, every room in the house is transformed into a Christmas wonderland with santas
AlanandJennifer · 20 days ago

We hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving and was able to spend it with their families! We actually got to have 3 different ones…way too much food! got to see a lot of family that we don't normally get to see. Looking forward to this up coming weekend
JosephandJennifer · 21 days ago

We had the pleasure of celebrating a second Thanksgiving with some of our dearest friends on Saturday night. 
jasonandkenny · 21 days ago

This past weekend was a very relaxing one.  Brandon is getting over a cold so we just stayed home and had Beth's parents over for hamburgers and homemade onion rings.  This week Beth will be attending an 8th grade band concert for one of the youth group gi
bvanstrien · 21 days ago

Here is our tree!
ChadandGabrielle · 22 days ago

The holiday season is here! During Thanksgiving week there were many activities and traditions that our family had. Thanksgiving started out with making date squares. This is one of Gabe's mom's favorite recipes. Since we have started dating we have spend
ChadandGabrielle · 22 days ago

Gabe's aunt from California is back in town for the holidays!!! A huge tradition in her family is to go to the wonderful city of Frankenmuth. Last weekend we all got together, headed to Frankenmuth, and had a huge chicken dinner! We visited Bronner's to le
ChadandGabrielle · 22 days ago

We feel thanful to be part of such an outstanding extended family.  Thanksgiving dinner was delicious and the evening felt festive and cozy.  We feel blessed. 
JohnandLaura · 24 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 · 25 days 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 · 25 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 · 26 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 · 26 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 · 28 days ago

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