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649 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
790 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
845 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
628 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:

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

644 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
645 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
657 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
698 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
711 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
712 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,
714 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
715 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
718 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
720 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
722 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
723 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.

730 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.

752 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
825 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
827 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
829 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
842 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
847 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
849 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
855 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
860 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:

bio and adoptive parents are both real parents

861 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
871 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
873 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.
879 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
890 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
890 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
913 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
917 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!!!  

919 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
966 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
764 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
842 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
876 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
653 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
860 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"
816 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
951 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
823 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
830 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
804 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
828 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.
880 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
902 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
964 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
982 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
791 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
845 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
877 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
887 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
888 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
890 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
908 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, '
909 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
915 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
925 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
7 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags: dogs
Apparently yesterday was National Dog Day!  I loved seeing pictures of everyone's puppies online but it made us sad because both Brian and I miss having dogs around.   We both grew up with dogs in the
12 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
Seems like only yesterday we were filling out forms and going through background checks to start our adoption process. Now here we are a year later doing the same thing to renew. Steve and I are bless
17 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Every year, Chris does a program called the Creature Feature at a couple of the area fairs for kids (and adults!) to learn about some of the local wildlife.  During the week leading up to the event, h
17 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
It's August, and the peaceful, quiet halls at classrooms at the school are starting to liven up a bit!  Ali has gone back to start working in her classroom, turning the blank walls and pile of furnitu
19 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We just came back from our vacation and took a road trip to Canada.  We visited Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.  We had a very nice time and enjoyed seeing the beautiful countrysi
23 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We are so excited to share that we have a new nephew!  Carrie's brother (also named Brian) and his wife Michelle, had a baby last week!  We are excited to have a nephew who lives near us (they live ne
27 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
What an amazing vacation!! Returning this week from our Northern Michigan trip, we are feeling so blessed to have spent time with our family with a week away! We spent our time kayaking the very peac
28 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We planted a small salsa garden this spring, and it has become a jungle of tomatoes! We've been sharing fresh tomatoes with our friends and neighbors as well as some of the five or so gallons of salsa
32 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
It's still the middle of summer, but starting to get excited that the fall hunting season will be starting in just 4 weeks! That means it's also time for me and the dogs to start getting ourselves in
37 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Every summer, Ali's parents take us to Kansas City for a fun weekend, and we have just returned from this year's trip. It was a nearly perfect weekend! Friday we drove up and got checked into our hote
41 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Ali drove down to Dodge City this week to visit another of her college roommates. The girls spent the day with her two daughters going to the zoo, getting slushes, playing Barbie, and just talking. It
41 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We are preparing to leave tomorrow for our annual Northern Michigan adventure with our best friends, which also happen to be our cousins. For the past several years, Chuck and I, Scott and Ali, along
42 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
Hi!! We are Chuck and Sheena and we live in a small rural community close to both of our families. Some people love the city life, but we would not trade our small, close knit community and being min
42 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Hi, Friends, Larry's brother and sister-in-law have been visiting.  We had four fast-paced days of music--including the comic opera Don Pasquale--good food and lots and lots of family gab.  Took a tri
42 days ago 0 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
Hi, friends, It's been a busy summer.  We've had some great days in the mountains (check out this beautiful stormy day), and are looking forward to more camping in August. MB and Larry
51 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
You never know how your little one will react to fireworks, but Bodie loved celebrating the 4th of July. Instead of fireworks, he calls them "showerworks". Anything loud he called them "pop its". W
51 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Ali spent the weekend with a friend from college whose in-laws have a lake house. The girls spent plenty of time gabbing and soaking up some sun. It's so nice to have those friends with whom you can a
57 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Chris built a raised garden bed in the backyard this year so Ali could plant a salsa garden with just some tomatoes, peppers, and onions.  We've had so much rain and nice weather that the plants have
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59 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
We are excited to be on this journey and look forward to getting to know the people who will be our child's birth family!  This process has encouraged us to to think a lot about the responsibility of
61 days ago 0 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
Happy 4th! This is a favorite holiday at our house, especially for Adam. He loves shooting off fireworks! :) We are enjoying the nice weather and working around the house today, and tonight we will go
65 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Last night we were playing a round at the local golf course, and we had a visitor. This doe came wandering over to the edge of the fairway at the 9th hole and started munching on grass as we were abou
67 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Chris and I went over to his sister's house to help take out some trees tonight. Instead of hot, dirty work, I got to hang out with these pretty little ladies while Chris and their daddies worked. The
70 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Indoor summer project #1 is cleaning out and organizing all the closets, and we've run across some real treasures. In the closet of the future nursery we were keeping our individual boxes of pictures
75 days ago 0 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
Hi, Friends, We want to share news about our vacation plans this year.  We'll be heading to New England, visiting parts of that beautiful coast that we have not seen before.  We're lucky to be taking
76 days ago 0 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:

Pancake breakfast and fishing with friends! Cool

76 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Chris' birthday is tomorrow, and we like to find special ways to celebrate birthdays.  We're packing up and taking off for a weekend in Kansas City!  Chris has some rounds of golf planned with friends
77 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Teaching Bodie manners is very important to me.  Children learn by example for sure so I stared out with the simple, please and thank you.  Just this week he has learned "bless you" when someone sneez
86 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:

Boys will be boys and Bodie is all boy!  He is in a phase were he love to "Ride Em'"  In one day he accomplished riding 4 things and thought it fitting to put the pictures in a collage.

86 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
It's pretty accurate to say that Bodie and I go to the Zoo at least once a week.  He of course loves to feed the animals.  This weekend we had the pleasure of going to a very interactive Zoo with Stev
98 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We are finally moving into our new home this weekend-yah! Trying to learn a new city is hard but we've only been lost a dozen times or so :). We have attended Mass at a new church and met a few homes
107 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Doug, Ellie and I joined several family members in a day of sunshine at a local winery.  Ellie loves their rootbeer so she was excited to go too.  It was so nice to sit in the sunshine and listen to t
108 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Hi, friends, Want to share our latest culinary successes with you!  Morning visit to the Farmer's Market yielded beautiful kale, raw milk and pasture raised eggs.  Celebrated with a GREAT Lemon Merang
110 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We have a garden!  Doug worked very hard this spring and doubled the size of our garden.  We will have basically the same number of plants but they will be spaced out much more.  We added potatoes and
113 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We are on our vacation in St Louis at the arch and museum today. Tomorrow we head on towards Kentucky, then to North Carolina, our new home with a new job! Between the mountains and the coast, what
127 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Hi, friends, We're off tonight to see a film about the use of Genetically Modified Organisims (GMSs) in our food supply,  It's an event hosted by our farmers market.  We're big supporters of the Farme
135 days ago 0 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
Good morning, friends, We had a great Easter weekend.  We got started planting vegetables, getting in some greens as well as strawberries.  We were fortunate to take advantage of the spring temperatur
136 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Wes and I went to Easter Vigil tonight. It started at 8:30 and went until 11. Being in choir, we sang through the whole thing and are now exhausted!!! Wonderful service though and we enjoyed singin
139 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
141 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.
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