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We celebrated Graham's 5th Birthday last weekend. He had two parties with a theme of The Octonauts. Cookies and cake were shared with friends and family......so yummy! We love cake here! We had so much fun.  
carol_adopts · 33 days ago

Today is Steven’s birthday and can’t wait for tonight’s celebration. I am taking him to this new restaurant we have been meaning to try and have a nice gift for him. I think he will enjoy it. Also this weekend we have a baby shower for a family friend.  Lo
micheleandsteven · 35 days ago

Sophie got a guitar lesson from her Uncle Jack this week! She prefers to put the guitar down on the ground and just make noise, but it was cute to watch the two of them play. 
JohnandLaura · 36 days ago

Last night we attended a Waiting Family event at our agency.  We had a great time connecting with other waiting adoptive couples. We look forward to more meetings in the future!   This picture is from Sunday night when we watched the movie Courageous.  On
DavidandCarmen · 37 days ago

The holiday season is over and so far 2015 has been great!  It sure was a busy house over the holidays but what fun to see Hannah, Fred and Steven up from Florida (Emily's sister Hannah , brother-in-law Fred and nephew Steven).  Here's Fred and Steven play
emilyandmatthew · 38 days ago

Every year, we go ice skating for Kerriann's birthday.  Kerriann has been teaching Tamara to skate, and we both can't wait until this tradition includes our whole family!
Kerriann_and_Tamara · 38 days ago

Swim class was a big success! This little goldfish is learning to put her face into the water! She loves to swim and is learning how to get out of the pool by herself. 
JohnandLaura · 39 days ago

Swim class was a big success! This little goldfish is learning to put her face into the water! She loves to swim and is learning how to get out of the pool by herself. 
JohnandLaura · 39 days ago

One way we like to beat the winter blahs is to pack our bags and head south.  This year, we were thrilled to visit our best friends in Charleston, South Carolina!  We took a carriage ride, ate amazing food (fried chicken and fresh sea food), and kicked bac
JasonandAmy · 39 days ago

This weekend we had a sleepover with our nephews Aaron and Henry. It was a nice relaxing fun night. We had dinner and enjoyed playing some games.  Here Henry was teaching me all about Angry Birds Star Wars addition. It was so much fun to see how excited he
micheleandsteven · 39 days ago

What a week... We found out that E was nominated to be student of the month for her class - proud parent moment!  However with that came jeolousy as A was not student of the month - teaching and learnng moment!  Also had a trip to urgent care for one of th
BenandSusie · 40 days ago

We were visiting a friend’s house over the weekend and I noticed this wonderful picture they had. I thought this is great rules to live.  People sometimes say rules are meant to be broken, but in this case these rules are truly meant to be lived by and tau
micheleandsteven · 44 days ago

Our boy is 4!!!! We can't believe it!  Jonas wanted to have a Frozen ice skating party at Gabe's mom's lake but since the temperatures have not been cold enough, there was no ice on the lake!  We decided to do a Frozen rollerskating party instead!  It was
ChadandGabrielle · 45 days ago

This past weekend we went to Chad's sister's house for a holiday party!  We know that it is after the holidays but Chad's sister and her new husband were gone for two weeks on their honeymoon so they made the party when they got back.  It was great seeing
ChadandGabrielle · 45 days ago

As a gift for Gabe's mom for Christmas we went to The Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City!  We went swimming, shopping and stayed in a condo together.  The adults were cracking up because the kids went to sleep early and we wanted to play games but coul
ChadandGabrielle · 45 days ago

We always celebrate New Year's Eve at home playing games and being together as a family!  We are praying for another blessed year and a year that brings another baby into our life!  Maisy has been driving her new stroller from Christmas all around preparin
ChadandGabrielle · 45 days ago

I was going through my photos and came across this.One day while we were walking in the city we came across this. The great thing about the city is you never know what you will find. When we found this piano we knew it would be a great picture. I can’t wai
micheleandsteven · 46 days ago

We had so much fun watching our nephews’ open up their presents. It was especially fun watching Henry. He was so excited to get his Football Jersey. I am sure he can’t wait till he gets to wear it. We are looking forward to the New Year and all the joys it
micheleandsteven · 46 days ago

This week I helped pack meals for the homeless with my nephew Aaron. We really love doing this together because we get to spend time with each other while helping out people. Michele and I believe in helping those that are less fortunate wherever we can. I
micheleandsteven · 46 days ago

Hello!  We have been keeping a FaceBook page updated just for the purpose of getting to know us a little bit better!  It's a public page so that you don't need a friend request.  We are trying to spread the word that we are looking to adopt, and have asked
EricandSaundra · 47 days ago

We had a wonderful Christmas this year spending it with our family. Heidi’s sister hosted this year, as we take turns every year.  We love to watch our nieces and nephews excitement! Each year brings such joy. Here are a couple pictures of us with just two
JasonandHeidi · 47 days ago

We are back in the swing of school, work and daycare. Carter has started taking karate classes and he loves it! Kari is also starting something new...kick boxing class. She made it through her first couple classes and is looking forward to more. Garett is
karigarett · 48 days ago

As we continue to wait, we continue to pray for the birthmother and her child.  We are anxious and sometimes have a hard time waiting.  The girls are excited to become big sisters, and will be awesome helpers!  I long to have a baby in my arms for special
BenandSusie · 48 days ago

We have had a fun week in the snow.  We have been very fortunate to have really good neighbors that plow the driveway for us.  We have received around 10" of snow in this past week alone.  That has made for some fun adventures driving in it.  Bosco is havi
bvanstrien · 48 days ago

Happy New Year!!! Hope you had a wonderful holiday. We rang in the New Year with friends and family. I actually tried to make one of my favorite cookies (in the picture) French macrons . They were not as hard as I thought but still a little tricky. Everyon
micheleandsteven · 49 days ago

During our trip to Arizona we all celebrate a big milestone in my family, my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary. My parents were so happy to have all their children and grandchildren there to help celebrate this wonderful occasion. They renewed their vows a
micheleandsteven · 49 days ago

Hannah, Ellie and I decided to bake something sweet for the family. We decided on our favorite chocolate chip cookies. It was so much fun to bake them and of course the best part eating them. Everyone really enjoyed the cookies, which were all gone before
micheleandsteven · 49 days ago

Everyone pitched in to help with the thanksgiving feast. We all made out favorite dishes. Steve and my favorite dish besides the turkey of course is the stuffing. This has become a family tradition to all help prepare the meal. After our meal we all spent
micheleandsteven · 49 days ago

Sophie had a play date with her newest cousin Quentin Max! She loves to make him smile and we just adore his cute noises.  Quentin Max is 3 months old next week.  
JohnandLaura · 51 days ago

 Makes for a good day to enjoy homemade Chili. Along with a fire and blanket, we will be enjoying the brisk cold weather.
JoshuaandAlicia · 52 days ago

We were lucky enough to enjoy the holidays with our family, reminding us how much hope we have for this new year.  There are so many things to be thankful for every day, especially each other.  This year will hopefully be a complete change in our lives and
PeterandCarol · 53 days ago

We usually travel for holidays, either to North Carolina (to visit with Tamara's family) or to New York (to visit with Kerriann's family).  This past Thanksgiving, we ate dinner at Kerriann's mom's house, with all her siblings and cousins.  This is a photo
Kerriann_and_Tamara · 53 days ago

  Every year, we do something special to commemmorate our wedding anniversary, whether it's a trip, a special event, or just a nice dinner.  This past year, we ate down in Baltimore at Woodberry Kitchen, one of our favorite restaurants.  
Kerriann_and_Tamara · 53 days ago

We both love watching soccer games, on TV or live.  Every once in a while, we venture down to DC to watch DC United play.
Kerriann_and_Tamara · 53 days ago

We both love the holidays, especially all the quality time we get to spend with our family and our friends.  We got to see our good friends for a Christmas dinner party a few weeks ago, and, as a special treat for their 11- and 8-year-old daughters, we hel
Kerriann_and_Tamara · 53 days ago


Steve and I are at the airport headed home from our holiday out west. We’re delayed alittle but not bad. We can’t wait to share all of our pictures and activities. Stay tuned for all the vacation updates.
micheleandsteven · 54 days ago

Well Steven and I made it out of NY. The snow did not stop us. Right now we’re relaxing poolside waiting for the rest of the family to come in. I promised Ellie that we’ll bake cookies. That will be two of my favorite past times at once baking and spending
micheleandsteven · 54 days ago

This weekend we started to prepare for our annual Thanksgiving trip with my family out west. The bags are packed and the presents are wrapped. Now we just have to wait for Wednesday for our flight. We are looking forward to having quality time with our nie
micheleandsteven · 54 days ago

Beautiful Snowy morning to wake up too. Looks like a great day for a fire. It is the first snowfall that is actually sticking this winter. Love when it first falls. First blog of 2015. Expecting, Praying and Believing for great things in 2015. Many blessin
JoshuaandAlicia · 55 days ago

Our holiday season was wonderful! Shane had so much fun playing with his grandparents. He was the center of attention at every family gathering! Chris and I are excited for this new year. We wish you and yours all the best in 2015. Laura
ChrisandLaura · 55 days ago

December, 2014:  What a busy, fun and reflective month! We had our normal schedule for the first few weeks; work, weekend errands and bible study on Wed. nights.  Karin had a stressful month at work rolling out a new accounting system by January 1.  Carl t
CarlandKarin · 56 days ago

November, 2014:  One weekend, we went to look at a few houses but didn't find anything we like yet.  We want to take our time and find somewhere with plenty of room, a good backyard and a few home improvement projects. We like to do that stuff. We love Foo
CarlandKarin · 56 days ago

HAPPY NEW YEAR one and all. I took my son and some of his friends to count down at noon at a local science museum.  We arrived early to do all the activities such as paint facing, making crowns and maracas. there favorite part other than the count down was
laura603 · 58 days ago

We had a great time with our niece and nephew over Christmas! Sophie loves playing with her cousins. They made Christmas Bread (our family tradition) and had popcorn movie night.  
JohnandLaura · 59 days ago

  What a great day!  We spent so much time with family and are so thankful for that! Jonas LOVES his dirt bike helmet and gear and Maisy LOVES playing with her dollhouse.  We LOVE that we are blessed beyond words with love, family, friends, a home, a car,
ChadandGabrielle · 59 days ago

Every year on Christmas Eve we go to church, sing Christmas songs and have a candle light service.  It is amazing to see all the lights in the dark church and remember the One who brought us light! We are ready for Jesus's birthday!  
ChadandGabrielle · 59 days ago

Well, this is not what we thought would happen in the days before Christmas, but it is raining!  Jonas is ready for anything with his umbrella, boots and rain coat on:)!  The fun must go on and so off we go to play in the rain!
ChadandGabrielle · 59 days ago

We are officially done with family Christmas parties.  We had a great time spending the holidays with family and friends and remembering the true meaning of Christmas.  This week we look forward to spending New Year's Eve with a couple from church.  For Ch
bvanstrien · 59 days ago

We had a fun visit from Santa at our home this year!  Cooper asked for a baby brother or sister...and Batman, Paw Patrol and Octonauts toys:-)  What a blessing it would be to add to our family in 2015 - we pray for that miracle. Merry Christmas and God Ble
TerryandGinger · 61 days ago

With our Christmas comes some traditions ---- We do two Advent calendars, one that documents the arrival of all the people present at the birth of Baby Jesus and one that's just plain fun. For each day from Dec 1st-24th there is a tiny stocking into which
carol_adopts · 62 days ago

Merry Christmas!  Today we celebrated with Sarah's parents. We enjoyed the excitement and the quiet of the day, all getting to play with our new toys. Evan helped pass out gifts at the nursing home where Sarah's Grandma Eloise lives, and boy did he love th
PeteandSarah · 64 days ago

John's family tradition is to go out looking for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. This festive tradition goes back to when his grandpa was a little boy. After our Christmas Eve Mass we headed outside to hunt for Santa.  Suddenly, we heard his bells! Our daugh
JohnandLaura · 64 days ago

We had a great time visiting Santa!  
JohnandLaura · 66 days ago

We have been really busy with family Christmas' this year already.  Typically our family Christmas' start the second weekend in December and go until Christmas day.  The thing we love most about this time of year, is the amount of time we are able to spend
DanandLaurel · 67 days ago

OMy father introduced Miles to one his childhood favorites DANIEL BOONE.  I snapped a few photos of them hunting for bears.  I love watching play together and interact.          
laura603 · 67 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 · 67 days 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 · 67 days 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 · 67 days ago

Christmas preparations at our home. Its a wonderful time of old and new traditions. So much fun!!!
carol_adopts · 68 days 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 · 72 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 · 72 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 · 73 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 · 74 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 · 74 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 · 74 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 · 77 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 · 77 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 · 79 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 · 80 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 · 80 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 · 81 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 · 81 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 · 83 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 · 85 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 · 85 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 · 85 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 · 86 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 · 87 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 · 87 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 · 87 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 · 88 days ago

We had the pleasure of celebrating a second Thanksgiving with some of our dearest friends on Saturday night. 
jasonandkenny · 88 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 · 88 days ago

Here is our tree!
ChadandGabrielle · 89 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 · 89 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 · 89 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 · 91 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 · 91 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 · 92 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 · 92 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 · 93 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 · 95 days ago

We spent the day at the Airzoo in Kalamazoo with Ginger's family - if you have never gone before it is a must see!  Very fun for the entire family!
TerryandGinger · 95 days ago

We enjoyed the weekend decorating for Christmas. One tree up, 3 to go! We also enjoyed a holiday party with friends. We hope that yours was as much fun as ours!
jasonandkenny · 95 days ago

Yesterday we went to our community's Christmas Carnival.  Among the many attractions were snow cones, cookie decorating, games, a train ride, and MEETING SANTA!  While Sloane approached him with caution, Jason and I are always happy to say hello to our goo
JasonandAmy · 96 days ago

It's National Adoption Day!  We are celebrating by heading into our little town for their annual "Taste of" day!  FREE food at 10 different business.  Plus a Christmas market AND tree lighting AND SANTA!!!   We love our small town!!
DavidandCarmen · 97 days ago

With the holidays quickly approaching, I think a lot about family and what it means to me. We are so fortunate to live close to family, especially my sister, brother-in-law and niece. I'm very close to my sister and I am just happy that we are able to spen
TimoandJessica · 99 days ago

We woke up to about four inches of new snow this morning!  At 7:30 we all headed outside to clear the driveway and sidewalks.  (I helped by taking pictures).  Evan was very excited to see the hill covered in snow, he remembers sledding! 
PeteandSarah · 99 days ago

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