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133 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
136 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
140 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
142 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.  
142 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
145 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
147 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
147 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
149 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
153 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.

153 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.
153 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

155 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
159 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
161 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
167 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
167 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
170 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
174 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

179 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
180 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
183 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
189 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
202 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
202 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
214 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
217 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:

Hi, folks,

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

MB and Larry

221 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
228 days ago 0 comments Categories: Books Tags:
I love Instagram.  In browsing my feed I see this: http://instagram.com/p/hyZqYMk4My/ It reminds me of being in Massachusetts, but it also reminds me how many great kids books are out there and what w
230 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family, Games Tags:
It's basketball season.  Friday night we went to our nephew's game.  Tonight we're going to our niece's game.  Go Panthers!
233 days ago 0 comments Categories: Holidays Tags: holidays, traditions, family fun,
Fall is our favourite time of year. The color of the leaves, the excitement of Thanksgiving and then Christmas, right around the corner and of course, very, very happy memories of our autumn wedding
237 days ago 0 comments Categories: Holidays, Friends Tags:
Getting everything ready for my church's Happy Birthday Jesus event Saturday.  Right now I have 50 children signed up.  That's more than the past few years, so that's great to see!
248 days ago 0 comments Categories: Holidays, Family Tags:
Enjoyed the annual Holiday Craft Fair with my mom and sisters last night.  A little bit of Christmas gift shopping done!
254 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Today is our 11 year anniversary.  It does not feel like 11 years.  It's gone by so quickly.  But we love each other and are best friends.  We have a great life together.  
255 days ago 0 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
What do you do for the holidays? We will be visiting family for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.  It's wonderful to be able to spend time with siblings, parents, neices and nephews.  
258 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
I used to take for granted the little things in life that were fun. Didn't place A lot of importance on them. Don't get me wrong - I LOVE amusement parks and Can ride the spinning rides forever! I a
265 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
My family spent Sunday afternoon moving out my mom's living room furniture so she could get new carpet this week.  The kids had a fun time playing in the open space and my oldest nephew said to just l
269 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family, Holidays Tags:
We had two special trick-or-treaters make a stop at our house last night - our two year old twin niece and nephew as a giraffe and a puppy. 
271 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We had our annual hayride with Jon's family this past weekend.  As always, we had so much fun!  Great weather, lots of family and good food.  We're already looking forward to next year!
271 days ago 0 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
Hard to believe another holiday season is quickly approaching.  Starting to plan our church's Happy Birthday Jesus childrens event for early December.
274 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We've been keeping busy this fall.  We have been celebrating birthdays, decorating for the holidays and spending lots of time together as a family.  We've been traveling and working hard getting ready
279 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:

Sam has played soccer for the first time this Fall.  He has loved it!  It has been a great experience and he has played with some sweet friends.  Only two games left . . .

287 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Saturday we went to "Walter's Pumpkin Patch" with my best friend and my old college roomie and their families.  This pumpkin patch was amazing so many fun things for the kids to do.  I cannot wait to
293 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
This past weekend Bodie got his pictures in his halloween costume.  Since he loves bananas and can eat 3 a day if we let him, we thought it fitting that he be a monkey this year.  My mom got him a boo
296 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Some really hard stuff has come across my radar lately. Little children in schools so full of rage that they can't go A day without punching someone....Families divided and Unable to reconcile for v
307 days ago 0 comments Categories: Baby Blogs Tags:
To all our Parentfinder visitors, we have started an adoption journal at our adoptimist website found here:https://www.adoptimist.com/adoption-parent-profile/3295 Please read our posts there! Thanks
310 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We spent part of this rainy day working on kitchen renovations. After twelve years of marriage, we work well together. We argue very little over little things that don't matter. Neither of us likes th
313 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
The other day we had a few thunderstorms roll in.  There is nothing more calming than waking up to rain drops falling on the roof with the gentle rumble of thunder miles away.   Now on the other han
313 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
About a year after beginning our adoption journey, we finally decided that it was time to start on a nursery. It finally seemed like the right time and we were at a place in our journey where we cou
313 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
It's already mid-September!  I can hardly believe it.  Here's an update...   Clara is now in 2nd grade and still at St. Dominic's School.  She's loving her 2nd grade teacher, who is very good at helpi
320 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
No one wants to be rejected. It feels bad. Every time I log on and see that one more person has looked at our page and we haven't been contacted I'm blasted with the realization that once again we hav
322 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Bodie attended the state fair with his birthmom and her family on Saturday, I think he enjoyed people watching and eating a corndog. They said he was quite the flirt with other girls in strollers.  St
323 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
There is nothing better than a cool crisp fall day.  We love fall.  We are decorating our house and enjoying the great weather.  Hope you're enjoying it too!  
328 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We are in Denver this week to look at apartments. For the past 14 years we've been without real roots. We knew we were only in a location for a short time. First for undergraduate, then graduate schoo
328 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
I always look forward to holidays and a day off work to spend with my little boy.  Friday we had some friends over for pizza and to cheer on K-State.  Even though they lost it was fun for the kids to
328 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Bodie has mastered meal time prayer, sometimes he is patiently waiting for us instead of us asking him if he is ready.  It is such a proud moment when you ask him to pray and he folds his little hands
329 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Hello! We thought we would start using the journal just to tell you all what we have been up to lately! Kylie just started a new job on a Mother/Baby unit. She is really liking it so far- although it
329 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:

Our twelth anniversary was Sunday. I think we are happier each year. I know we get closer with each year, and that makes us both happy.

331 days ago 0 comments Categories: Games Tags:
Josh has worked for universities for about eleven years. This year, he made a career move to a major SEC school. I have always loved living in college towns for several reasons. But what is new to us
336 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:

Jacob turns 2 years old today!  The time is going by so fast!

340 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
8-22-13 Wow!!! Time flies when you're having fun!?  Or when you're starting a new job and are trying to figure out what you're doing:)  As Payton and I have gone back to school and we're rushing aroun
341 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Teething is not so fun.  Bodie got his first 6 teeth no problem but tooth #7 has not been so friendly.  It is finally here and lets pray #8 is a little nicer!  I hope when he gets older that brushing
342 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
To watch your child learn and grow warms my heart.  I love when Bodie learns new things, he obviously learns by example.  It is apparent he has seen me cook a few times as he went to the kitchen drawe
347 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
I'm noticing more and more that it is the "little things" about my child that bring me joy. Michael HATES bandaids - absolutely despises them!  Not exactly typical for a little kid, but I guess that i
348 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
The end of summer is near and I am getting into full school gear! Planning new lessons, going in to set up my classroom next week with some of my students that volunteered to help me from last year's
350 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We went on our 20th annual family vacation this year!  There were 32 family members that attended!  What a great way to celebrate family!  We camped at Echo Lake near Idaho Springs, Colorado!  We had
353 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags: family, weekend, summer
This weekend we are making a quick trip to Ohio to see our families, and Tracy will get to see some old friends as well.  During the summers of 1997 and 2000, Tracy worked as a counselor at a sleepawa
354 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
Just finished painting the spare bedroom a warm yellow. Want it to feel like sunshine to a baby - plus it's appropriate for a girl or boy:). It's exciting to be preparing. I feel so hopeful. Yesterda
357 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
The rain unfortunately has kept us indoors this past week.  Bodie had his 15 month check up and was pleased to hear he is exceeding his development goals as he has passed the 18 month test.  Also glad
358 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
Another beautiful day on Long Island....this weekend we decided to take a long drive out East and have a picnic lunch at a beautiful winery and then do some local small town shopping......followed by
360 days ago 0 comments Categories: Music Tags: theatre, family, music, love
One of our favorite summer activities is Theatre in the Park.  Shawnee Mission Park has a wonderful outdoor community theatre that puts on shows each weekend.  Tim and I love to attend the theatre and
361 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags: family, weekend, summer
We are excited to spend the weekend with old family friends from Ohio.  It has been fun to hang out this summer with the "little girl" who I babysat in college starting when she was 6--who is now 21
364 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
60 degrees in Kansas and its July crazy!!  We took advantage of this beautiful weather and went to the zoo on Saturday.  Bodie's favorite part of the zoo is the farm were he can brush the goats.  I th
365 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
Last night we had a great time at a Bon Jovi concert! Bryan was the only guy with 7 women! He is always up for anything and always good company. The women we went with have been friends of mine since
365 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Enjoyed the birthday party of my two year old niece and nephew.  We all had fun even though it did not feel like summer outside this weekend.
367 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:

We are finally in our new home. Whew! So much to unpack. Hopefully we can post before and after photos in a few weeks.

367 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Once a year I take my Godchild(Megan) and her 1st cousin, my 2nd(Paige) for a girls day.  They came up with the name "Munchkin Day" as this was started 7 years ago and they are now 11.  So today marke
369 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:

Tomorrow we move into our new home that we have been renovating for about six weeks. I can't wait. We've done a lot of work, but there's still more to do.

369 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
The heatwave is over, but it is still a rather warm summer.  Just wondering if anyone even reads my blog posts.  Whether you are a PAP or a potential expecant mom browsing, inquiring minds want to kno
370 days ago 1 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
7-24-13  Payton and I just spent a week in Winfield/Wichita visiting family, shopping, and for Payton, attending church camp with Grandpa.  It was a tiring and fun week!  I found some fun stuff to dec
370 days ago 0 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:

We enjoyed a nice day off work to celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary. 

371 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:

We have been trying to get this to work and I finally tried it with Firefox as the browser instead of explorer and it works.

371 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
What an amazing weekend we had!  We are so blessed to live so close to Bodie's grandparents as we were able to see all of them this weekend.  Bodie loved to chase Steven's dad's dog with the water hos
373 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We celebrated our 14th anniversary this past week.  We had a very nice and leisurely dinner at a new restaurant.  Jacob stayed home with Nana... it felt strange not having him there with us!  But we e
374 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
Tonight Bryan and discussed having our place painted and although I have not set up a nursery (trust me I have a ton of ideas saved to my computer) we did discuss painting the room that will become th
376 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
Well it is still pretty hot around here and I am hoping to get to the beach today.  We are having a heatwave and I've noticed that I really just don't enjoy the SUPER hot days unless I can be by the w
379 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
So last night Bryan and I had the best night out! We started with going to see my asst. principal get married (just the ceremony) which was beautiful. Then we drove into the city and walked around cra
380 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:

Jacob recently had his first opportunity to play on a beach.  And here he thought the bathtub was fun... he had no idea how much fun he could have with water!

382 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Last week, Amanda and I went up to the UP (upper peninsula) of Michigan for vacation.  Amanda's grandmother grew up in the area which was a major logging center, and Amanda's great grandfather was a l
384 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
The past few days I have been thinking about how amazing it will be to have a little one around here.  I try to stop myself from getting excited because of all we have already been through trying to s
384 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags: Hurley
Amanda and I adopted our new puppy a little over a month ago now, so I wanted to talk a little more about that! Hurley is our third adopted dog.  Our first, Braxton (a black cockapoo) - we loved very
384 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
Waiting to be matched is hard.  You pray that you put your best foot forward and you try to let go and wait patiently.  It's hard to let birth parents know how much love you have to give when all they
385 days ago 1 comments Categories: Family Tags:

Our new puppy, Hurley!

385 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family, Holidays Tags:
Enjoyed a four-day weekend.  It was sweet to see my nieces and nephews together.  My oldest niece did a good job sharing and helping out with her youngest cousins.  My 4 year old nephew snuck at least
386 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
I should have kept the thought about all the rain to myself! It went from rainy to SUPER HOT around here! I did get to enjoy a great day at the beach which always puts a smile on my face, but the heat
386 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags: family, holidays, fun, pool, volleyball
What an exciting week it has been for us!   Thursday was the Fourth of July and this year Tim and I celebrated by attending a friend's party in the evening.  There was so much food, much of which was
388 days ago 2 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
Not much of a blogger.  Not sure how much information to write- what is enough? What is too much? Here it goes  I became a scrapbooker before my son was born. I wanted to document the process for him.
389 days ago 0 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
I grew up outside a small town. We always went to a neighboring town called Clintonville for fireworks. Everyone sat around the baseball field and the fireworks were shot from the middle. These were s
389 days ago 0 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:

Happy Fourth of July! It's rainy cats and dogs here in Alabama, so no fireworks. We have had a great day spending time with family.

389 days ago 0 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
We have had a great holiday so far.  We had pancakes and sausage for breakfast.  Spend time with members of our church at a cookout and Miles took part in a bike race.   Now we're just relaxing and wa
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