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Mark and I did some family visiting yesterday. We spent time with our nieces, my grandparents, mom, sister, and Mark's parents.  Being with our families always makes us happy.  We also collected lots of good veggies from everyone's garden's!  We have a ton
theresamark · 18 days ago

We had fun last night celebrating our nieces birthday!  Always enjoy spending time with our family.   
MichaelandKristi · 19 days ago

The cucumbers are coming in like crazy. Mike canned 7 jars today and 3 jars before we went on our camping vacation.  With these he used his grandmas recipe which is with dill. Next batch will be my grandmas recipe.  
MichaelandKristi · 22 days ago

We recently celebrated our nephew's birthday! Our family tradition is everyone has a cake to celebrate his or her birthday and of course ice cream!      
ClaudiaandPaul · 22 days ago

We have had such a fabulous summer! All of our favorite things involve being outdoors so summer is the perfect time for walking on a trail, fishing, or just playing on a beach or in the yard.  
JohnandLaura · 22 days ago

I found this beautiful edition of Little Women this weekend. This is the first non-picture book that I (Leigh-Ann) can remember reading, and I'm excited to read it again! I may have bought several other books this weekend as well. Books are my weakness. ;-
leighannandkevin · 23 days ago

We decided to plant our first garden this summer.  We had some leftover wood that we inherited from the preivous owners of our home and used that wood to build two raised gardens.  We planted cucumers, peppers, onions, corn, squash, pumpkins, and carrots.
DavidandCarmen · 23 days ago

  Goofing around with my niece taking a magic carpet ride. Look forward to special moments like this once we adopt. 
micheleandsteven · 24 days ago

A couple of Chris' bird dogs aren't able to hunt much anymore, so we began a search for a new little trainee.  Coincidentally, Chris' nephew's dog was having a litter of German Shorthairs, and we were able to work out a deal.  We brought this little one ho
Lecuyer10 · 24 days ago

We headed to Omaha for a few days to see a Stormchasers baseball game and visit the Omaha Zoo.  Neither of us had been before, and it was definitely as fun as everyone said it would be!  We spent six hours and walked nearly ten miles, and I'm not sure we e
Lecuyer10 · 24 days ago

We had a big BBQ to celebrate Chris' birthday with family and friends.  It was a blast with great food and fun for all ages.  Of course, it was the hottest day of the summer, so we had to get creative to stay cool.  The younger kids played yard twister, ca
Lecuyer10 · 24 days ago

One of the many traditions that Mike and I have and can't wait to share with our child.  Every year our hometown has a big family fun festival. Complete with lots of things for kids to do, carnival rides, music and good food from local restraunts and commu
MichaelandKristi · 25 days ago

With less than a month until school starts I figure we really need to finish off the last few items on our Summer Bucket List.    Tonight is "guys night" and Hayden and Pete are sleeping in the tent in the backyard.  I made a special snack of white chocola
PeteandMary · 27 days ago

Our garden has exploded. Mike and I both enjoy the fresh vegetables we grow in our garden each year. Mike is the one that enjoys canning both my grandmas pickle recipe and his grandmas pickle recipe. They are each a little different and equally good. Mike
MichaelandKristi · 29 days ago

A MOTHER thinks about her CHILDREN day and night. Even if they are not with her, and will love them in a way they will never understand. Miles did a drawing of our family.  Cannot wait until it is complete with another bundle of joy.
laura603 · 29 days ago

Single motherhood is a choice I made five years ago when I adopted Miles.  I hope to add to our family again with another sweet little one.   A MOTHER thinks about her CHILDREN day and night. Even if they are not with her, and will love them in a way they
laura603 · 29 days ago

Hannah was so excited to get her 1st violin today. She has enjoyed playing music with it around the house and she is really looking forward to her lessons.  
CoryandCarrie · 30 days ago

We couldn't have had a better weekend. Pete took Friday off work and we went to see Inside Out at the movie theatre. When we got home we played outside,grilled steaks and then did sparklers. On Saturday gram came over to spend the day and we went to the
PeteandMary · 31 days ago

  At the famous comic strip live in NYC getting ready to listen to some good jokes. Love to laugh. Our motto is live love laugh. 
micheleandsteven · 32 days ago

Wednesday I met up with my best friend Ana, and her two beautiful daughters Luna and Hanna. I originally met Ana in school and now we often spend time together.  During the summer Ana always comes by with her daughters since they are not in school during t
marcinandkasia · 32 days ago

Came home from vacation yesterday. We had a great week with our family and friends. Couldn't have asked for better weather. Spent last night and today doing laundry and putting our camping stuff away. Back to the normal routine tomorrow. 
MichaelandKristi · 32 days ago

Our little animal lover was so excited to hold the alligator.  Some of her cousins were a little fearful, but Sophie dove right in and held the baby alligator right away.  She even gave  him a big kiss at the end! 
JohnandLaura · 34 days ago

    Hope to one day see what our child can do that we can’t. These are way too funny.
micheleandsteven · 34 days ago

We had such a great time exploring at the aquarium! We learned, played, experienced, and most importantly had fun making more memories. We can't wait to return with a child! Check out some of our photos!  
JasonandHeidi · 34 days ago

It is finally starting to feel like summer.  We have been spending lots of time in our pool.  My sons swimming skills have grown so much.  No more life jacket needed.  I would've loved having a pool when I was young and now we have one in our own backyard.
laura603 · 34 days ago

I have wanted to write a post for July, but there were too many fun things to choose from.  How to choose?  There was the Fourth of July celebration, a Saturday trip to a friend's cabin, a shower for my sister, a trip to Chicago...but tonight I know what t
JasonandAmy · 35 days ago

Fun activities this week at camp.   
MichaelandKristi · 35 days ago

Today was another beautiful day. Had a bit of on and off rain but still enjoyed the day. Today was one of our nieces birthday and Mikes parents brought our other niece and nephew out and spend the day with us. 
MichaelandKristi · 36 days ago

We had a fabulous trip to Florida with Laura's family! We couldn't have asked for better weather.  It was so woderful to get the family together!
JohnandLaura · 36 days ago

Uncle and nephew bonding. Henry has so much fun with his Uncle Steven. We can’t wait to bond with a baby one day. Look forward to connecting with that special person one day. If your thinking of adoption we would love to hear from you.
micheleandsteven · 37 days ago

Monday is the guys annual golf day while the girls and kids spend the day at the beach. Today the whole group spent the day kayaking. After dinner we will have our traditional "Family Olympics" games. Since Mike and I are only 2 of us for this year, we wil
MichaelandKristi · 37 days ago

I finished my adoption classes a few weeks ago. It was by far one of the best classes. I met some adoptive parents who are really nice. I also felt comfortable being a single mother by choice. It was not an easy choice to make but I want to be a Mommy more
katie_adopts · 38 days ago

Every year we reserve the same cabin. The cabin is up on a hill with nice shady trees for relaxing and not to far from the beach. It is nice and spacious inside and sleeps 6 people. Plenty of room for adults and kids.
MichaelandKristi · 39 days ago

Each year for the last 11 years we go on a camping trip with family and friends this same week in July. There are 8 families that come each year. This year there are 2 additional families here for the week and 2 more families here for part of the week. All
MichaelandKristi · 39 days ago

Summer is in full swing here. Unfortunately our historic home does not have a "real" pool but we make due with our mini version. Graham hopes for a big pool someday as he loves swimming but we have a blast with our version. Keeping cool comes in all variet
carol_adopts · 39 days ago

When I was a child my mom would read to me every night. One of the books that she would read to me was "Winnie the Pooh".  I love this book. It is one of my favorite books. Sometimes when I think back on my childhood memories, I decide to go and read that
marcinandkasia · 40 days ago

    we decided to go for a boat ride last weekend. We love to take advantage of the city. When we adopt we want to do all these fun activities with the child.
micheleandsteven · 40 days ago

We just got back from a wonderful family vacation to Michigan. It was a great getaway with all my (Katie) siblings, spouses, and children. We swam in lake Michigan, built sand castles, enjoyed dune buggy rides, and shoppped. We look forward to another trip
mkrkid · 40 days ago

Lunch at Katz Deli. Best deli in NYC. Remember the movie When Harry Met Sally. The restaurant brought back memories of my dad taking me as a child. Can't wait to carry the tradition on and bring our child after we adopt.
micheleandsteven · 43 days ago

Last week we decided to go on a little vacation.  Normally at this time of the year we head out to Mackinac Island, but this year we decided to do something different, and instead we drove off to Traverse City, because it was highly recommended by all of o
marcinandkasia · 43 days ago

This past weekend Paul and I had our family on Cape Cod for some beach time and fun! Friday we spent the day at the beach as it was warm and bright sunshine. After dinner we headed into town to see the town band play in the common where there are sing alon
ClaudiaandPaul · 44 days ago

We are just back home from a week long vacation in Tennesee!  We spent the week Ina beautiful cabin with Teresa's side of the family.  Lia loved playing with her cousins every day and we all enjoyed spending time together relaxing. We spent some time hikin
richandteresa · 45 days ago

We welcomed our first eggs from our chickens.  It was exciting to go outside and see two eggs that the chickens left for us.  We at them this past Saturday and they were amazing.  We are patiently waiting for many more eggs to come.  Check out our pictures
bvanstrien · 45 days ago

We just returned from a family trip to San Diego ----- Graham wanted to see the Big Legoland so off we went! Everything was so fun from meeting Emmett and Wild Style, to seeing all the characters in full size made of Lego (see pics of Dath Vader!) and the
carol_adopts · 45 days ago

We love summer! The kids have been enjoying long days spent at the pool, bike rides, trips to see the grandparents, visits to the library and local children's museums. Hannah has also been having a ton of fun at morning camps that include ballet, violin, s
CoryandCarrie · 45 days ago

Hanging by the east river. So relaxing dreaming of one day bringing a child to enjoy the local park near by.
micheleandsteven · 46 days ago

Hanging poolside watching the kids having fun splashing around. We imagine next summer bringing a child of our own to enjoy the pool.
micheleandsteven · 48 days ago

Welcome to our blog!!
richandteresa · 50 days ago

Central Park NYC carnival fun for children of all ages imagine taking a child of our own one day after we #adopt www. MicheleandStevenadCentral Park NYC carnival fun for children of all ages imagine taking a child of our own one day after we #adopt www. Mi
micheleandsteven · 51 days ago

Emily's sister Julie got married over the weekend to her husband Russell! It was very hot and humid out  for this July wedding but the wedding was very beautiful! In September Julie & Russell will also welcome a new baby! 
matthewandemily · 51 days ago

  Biking around Randall’s island NYC lots to do from BBQ, miniature golf, horseback riding and visiting a farm. Dreaming of taking a child here after we #adopt and explore the island. 
micheleandsteven · 53 days ago

  We have been busy planting, planting, and more planting! Heidi's dad made the nice planter boxes for our deck.  We will be adding a hummingbird feeder to that hook, to attract more wildlife to our backyard! We just recently added an awning over our de
JasonandHeidi · 55 days ago

We just had the opportunity of celebrating the Fourth of July.  We started out Saturday going with Beth's parents and our neighbors to the local parade, we followed that with spending the day at Brandon's uncle and aunts house in their pool with lots of fr
bvanstrien · 56 days ago

  love this! Children are so special best feeling when our nieces and nephews wrap their arms around us and give us hugs. We imagine giving lots of hugs to our child.
micheleandsteven · 57 days ago

Saturday, June 13th  The family gathered at my aunt and uncles house to celebrate my parents wedding anniversary.  We had lunch and a cake for them and celebrated their special day together as a family.
Matt_Laura4 · 57 days ago

Friday, June 12th   I enjoyed spending the time with my mom and going out to lunch with her today. After lunch we spent time at the botanical garden and enjoyed looking at all the pretty flowers.
Matt_Laura4 · 57 days ago

Sunday, May 31st   We were invited over my aunt and uncle's house to celebrate my cousin's birthday.  They had lunch and a cake and we all had a wonderful time celebrating her birthday.
Matt_Laura4 · 57 days ago

Sunday, May 24th It was a wonderful day to go for a drive to Pennsylvania. We stopped on the way for breakfast at the Cracker Barrel and then visited Bushkill Falls for the day. We hiked around by the falls, which were beautiful. We lucked out and had grea
Matt_Laura4 · 57 days ago

This past Saturday, Marcin and I decided to stay home. Since the weather was nice, we ended up having a barbecue. We decided to spend the whole day outside. Once we got everything ready for the grill, we reflected on how great it is to eat dinner out on ou
marcinandkasia · 58 days ago

As a child we always did fireworks in our own backyard.  The neighbors would come over and my  father would set them off.  It was one of my favorite nights of the year.  All the kids would be running around playing, catching lightening bugs and staying up
laura603 · 59 days ago

One thing to know about us is that Carmen is a planner and David just goes along for the ride!  This works well for us for the most part. Our last post was about pudgy pies.  We went camping over the fourth of July and Carmen planned the whole weekend's me
DavidandCarmen · 59 days ago

We had such a fun Fourth of July weekend!  Sarah's sister and niece were in town for an overnight visit with her parents, so she and Evan started the weekend early.  I joined them on Friday afternoon and we enjoyed nightly campfires, lots of outside playti
PeteandSarah · 60 days ago

We had the best time in Orlando this 4th of July weekend.   Discovery Cove was the most amazing experience, we both completely disconnected from the rest of the world and really enjoyed snorkeling next to our favorite fish and stringrays.   Jeff and I both
jeffandaudrey · 60 days ago

Hope you had a great 4th. What better way to celebrate the 4th of July then watching the Macy’s fireworks practically in our own backyard. We imagine bringing a child one day and watch their eyes light up as they watch the fireworks.
micheleandsteven · 60 days ago

While in Central Park we ran into a friend to everybody Big Bird. A baby will be so excited to meet him and take part in all the wonderful activities of the park when we bring them here.
micheleandsteven · 61 days ago

This past Sunday Marcin and I went to the festival to see some fireworks. It was our city's 65th birthday celebration. This is just one of many events that happens in our city, which is very near our home.  We decided to leave the house in the evening.  It
marcinandkasia · 63 days ago

We are soo excited for a three day weekend filled with fun and friends celebrating the freedom of this great country. Up first tonight, a baseball game!!  We are so lucky to have a top notch minor league team close to home for some good family fun. Tomorro
joshandamber · 63 days ago

We are planning a camping trip very soon.  Carmen is in full planning mode while David just sits back and says, "yes, dear".  Carmen has been researching "pudgy pies" or also knwon as "hobo pies".  There are way too many delicious flavors to choose from!  
DavidandCarmen · 63 days ago

Yesterday my sweet love surprised me with preparing a chicken and rice dinner. It was yummy. Preparing meals together for our child will be s much fun.
micheleandsteven · 64 days ago

Love Michael Buble. Someone posted these words about their adoption journey and really express how we feel. Can't wait to meet you.   
micheleandsteven · 65 days ago

Here is a photo from last weekend's Crossfit Competition.  Kara and a couple of her friends competed as a team.  Kara is below (wearing black) lifting the barbell.  They had a great time working together and rooting for one another and I was there to cheer
donaldandkara · 65 days ago

The weather this weekend was amazing, so we packed up and went for a hike. Our jobs keep us at the house for most of the week, so we relish the chance to get outside and appreciate all the natural beauty in our area on the weekends. I mean, just look at th
leighannandkevin · 65 days ago

Sophie and John went out fishing! Soph caught her first fish!  
JohnandLaura · 66 days ago

Hanging out good friends talking, laughing and eating. They happily talk about the future good times of birthdays, graduations, and other milestones.
micheleandsteven · 67 days ago

Gorgeous day in the park. Lots of kids playing and moms with their babies. We imagine the times when our child will play in the park with their friends with us watching to make sure they are safe.     
micheleandsteven · 69 days ago

Wow!  We have been horrible about updating this journal!  We are try to update our social media accounts everyday but have not been very good about updating here.  So sorry about that!   Last week brought on the first day of summer!  We have been enjoying
DavidandCarmen · 69 days ago

Hi everyone!   Another Father's Day has come and gone, and I'm pretty sure I managed to find the perfect gift for Amit.  You see, we have a pretty fantastic garden gnome collection (we have them hidden in funny places all over our yard, which is almost thr
AmitandNatalie · 70 days ago

What a whirlwind of travel we've had the last two months!  Chicago, Texas, Sarah's hometown and then Michigan's U.P.  We've celebrated a college graduation, two high school graduations and a wedding.  It is so fun to travel with Evan, he loves time with hi
PeteandSarah · 71 days ago

  Great article we found. Being a parent is the biggest responsibility as well as soul fulfilling. We are ready for all the joys and responsibilities that parenting will bring when a wonderful birth mother or couple places baby with us http://www.scarymomm
micheleandsteven · 71 days ago

We got to have our niece, Josie, and nephew, Anthony, for the weekend (Matthew's sister Carrie's children). We were very excited they came in from SC to spend time with us! We had dinner and a show at a Hibatchi grill on Friday night. Saturday we went to v
matthewandemily · 71 days ago

Our profile went active this week, which is super exciting! We have started working on the nursery so that we are ready when the time comes to welcome a little one into our home. The walls have been painted and we have new, really soft carpet. Bob put toge
bobandarielle · 71 days ago

We love to spend time out doors, a couple of weekends ago after spending a wonderful day at the beach, Chef Jeff cooked us a wonderful meal on the grill. Best day ever, thanks for spending time with us Yeliz , Hacer and Ismail         
jeffandaudrey · 71 days ago

Well, we've had a whirlwind couple of months!  Mom and Lexi went to Africa for nearly three weeks while dad managed to hold things together back home.  While it was a working trip for mom, Lexi came along to get an appreciation for African culture, to see
davidandheidi · 72 days ago

I love every Saturday and Sunday, because Marcin and I always have a lot of time to ourselves. Every weekend starts out with the two of us making breakfast, which is wonderful. Last Saturday and Sunday was very sunny so we got to spend a lot of time outsid
marcinandkasia · 72 days ago

Another great weekend in northern Indiana.  We went to a free event at a local Bison Ranch with friends.  Miles had his face painted, fed a baby buffalo and camel.  Afterwards we ate lunch and hit the pool.  I hope the weather keeps getting better.  I reme
laura603 · 72 days ago

Had a blast with our nieces and nephews. They are the real superstars of the family. They can’t wait to have a baby cousin to join in. They speak about how they will sing nursery rhymes and learn baby games.
micheleandsteven · 73 days ago

A week went by and I still can't get over the excitement of last week's event. Marcin and I drove out to Brooklyn, MI to see the NASCAR race. The event started very early since we had passes to the hospitality village. We got to see Joey Logano, Danica Pat
marcinandkasia · 74 days ago

Uncle Steven dancing with our niece. She was really having a blast doing cartwheels all over the dance floor. We ook forward to dancing through life with a baby.  
micheleandsteven · 77 days ago

Every Thursday I take our 2 year old son to the local bakery for a muffin (which he pronounces mussin).  Today while we were munching on the sweets a woman came in pushing a baby in a stoller.  "Look Imma (he calls me Imma)" he said, "A cute baby!  Where i
davidandcari · 77 days ago

Today is our 9th wedding anniversary! The years have just flown by. We have been so blessed but pray for a child to add to our family and love.    
shanaandsamadopt · 78 days ago

I'll admit it.  The night before Sloane's second birthday I found it hard to sleep.  I was full of excitement for the festivities we had planned the next day.  There would be play time at the children's museum, the carousel, the splash-pad, maybe even some
JasonandAmy · 79 days ago

Having a great time with our relatives at a family celebration. Our baby will grow to have fun times with cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents.
micheleandsteven · 79 days ago

Headed back east from a fun filled weekend of family good times
micheleandsteven · 81 days ago

We took a trip home to New York for a family wedding and Graham got to meet some family for the first time! My nephew got married and we were able to travel and share in the weekend's festivities. My mom and I got to visit were we lived (and I grew up) and
carol_adopts · 82 days ago

For our last big Preschool Hurrah we went to the petting zoo. We got to feed the goats and the birds. Rebecca loved it! This is a picture after the big hay ride. 
BobandKarin · 84 days ago

It's been a fun filled last couple of days. Rebecca had her very first dance recital. She loved dancing but didn't much like the clapping that came at the end of a song. She'll tell you that her favorite part was getting gummies as a treat afterwards. This
BobandKarin · 84 days ago

We are so excited to announce the arrival of our new nephew, Hayden Alexander!! He is the son of Emily's sister Amy who lives in Virginia. We were lucky enough to go and meet him in the hospital on the day he was born. We look forward to many exciting days
matthewandemily · 84 days ago

This month I celebrated my 40th birthday! My best friend & Steven surprised me with a slumber party with all of my girlfriends! We had a full day of fun filled with pedicures, shopping, dinner and a scavenger hunt! I couldn't have asked for anything el
annandsteve · 85 days ago

Headed to California tomorrow for some family and relaxing time. Look forward to bringing a baby meet everyone after we adopt. If your thinking of an adoption plan we would love to hear from you. Thanks Michele and Steven
micheleandsteven · 85 days ago

Time seems just like yesterday that I was bringing Miles home fromt he hospital and now he is a preschool graduate.  Tears streamed down my face as I proudly watched him walk across the stage to receive his certificate of completion.  Where did
laura603 · 85 days ago

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