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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 zucchini to the mix this year.  Ellie LOVES to dig in t
JenniandDoug · 124 days ago

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 a place to live!
Natasha · 128 days ago

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 Farmers Market, and are becomming connoiseurs of food.  We've
MBANDLARRY · 141 days ago

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 temperatures and our gorgeous area with a hike through the Indian
MBANDLARRY · 149 days ago

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 singing!
Natasha · 150 days ago

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 the two dozen bald eagles that had been nesting there over
MBANDLARRY · 153 days ago

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.
Natasha · 156 days ago

Went to the MCC Sale at the KS State Fair Grounds Saturday with college roommate Jenny and her kids.
Natasha · 156 days ago

Time flys when your having fun.  It is amazing watching Bodie grow and learn new things.  This weekend we will celebrate his 2nd Birthday with family complete with a "Cat in the Hat" theme. 
StevenSara · 160 days ago

Natasha's mom and dad came to visit from CO. Dothan, our truck lover, first asked when he woke up "What car or truck did they bring?" I told him that they had brought their large one with trailer and he was thrilled. He is now laying RIGHT in front of t
Natasha · 162 days ago

We went down to the Oklahoma Science Museum last weekend and had a blast.  It has the tallest twisting slide in the country for kids.  Dothan enjoyed the 3 dimensional maze and Wes liked the Segway.
Natasha · 167 days ago

Hello, friends, It's another beautiful spring here at the "ranch."  The roses and fruit trees are budding; the grass is that sweet green that we only see in the first days of spring; and the air is so soft and warm that it's just pulling you outside.  We'r
MBANDLARRY · 168 days ago

We've been keeping busy working around the pendulum of spring temps - warm one day, cool the next.Recently, when the weather turned cool, we rented the movie Frozen and snuggled together on the couch to watch it as a family.  We all enjoyed it! This past w
jmorahan · 170 days ago

We enjoyed a wonderful weekend with friends.  Our best friends traveled accross the state to spend a couple days at our home.  They have one precious daughter through adoption and are currently matched and in the process of adopting a second daughter. 
ChristinaEthan · 177 days ago

Entry by Gwen I am just getting back home to Dodge City after spending a week visitng family in North East Kansas. Lots going on up North! Spent a lot of time helping family as they just purchased a new business and I also got to spend lots of time with
WesandGwen · 179 days ago

We are blessed with so many things in life, from our lasting relationship together, the ability to adopt a precious child, family, friends, to all of the small details in life, including the fact that we live in the State of Florida. Over the past several
TroyandMargaret · 183 days ago

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 quite a bit when the weather is warm.  We also got our g
JenniandDoug · 184 days ago

"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 birthday.  We can't believe how fast the time has flown.  We're
jmorahan · 186 days ago

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 poopy diaper and a couple cries of missing mommy).  It's gr
ChristinaEthan · 191 days ago

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.  We stayed in, sunuggled by the fire, and watched the mov
jmorahan · 192 days ago

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 inside so much.  They have played tee ball, gone on a pr
SteveandTracy · 193 days ago

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 Life" license plate, I would have laughed.  Life sure ha
jmorahan · 195 days ago

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 home to work on some minor things around the house on the h
jmorahan · 198 days ago

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
MBANDLARRY · 198 days ago

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 posts you'll remember that Larry's Aunt Esther died last mo
MBANDLARRY · 200 days ago

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.
ChristinaEthan · 204 days ago

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.
ChristinaEthan · 204 days ago

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
MBANDLARRY · 204 days ago

    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, Laci.  Today, Troy is off with his buddies to enjoy a day
TroyandMargaret · 206 days ago

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 praying for something, anything.  I love seeing hits fr
SteveandSheila · 210 days ago

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 favorite part for most of them.
ChristinaEthan · 212 days ago

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 play and a cup of hot chocolate ready when they come in.  T
SteveandTracy · 218 days ago

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 with our dogs, including the puppy, who just wanted to ea
MBANDLARRY · 218 days ago

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 home. We thoroughly enjoyed my brother and his family,
TroyandMargaret · 221 days ago

Hi, Friends, We've had some encouraging signs on a couple of fronts, so please keep us in your prayers! MB and Larry
MBANDLARRY · 225 days ago

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 share or want to talk further: mbandlarry@gmail.com. MB a
MBANDLARRY · 230 days ago

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 all of our lives already.  The big guy, our two-year old
MBANDLARRY · 231 days ago

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 forward to sharing creative moments with a child, just as my m
TroyandMargaret · 233 days ago

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 and Ribeye Steak – oh what a scrumptious treat.  Of course
TroyandMargaret · 240 days ago

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 and Lar
MBANDLARRY · 253 days ago

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 other dog just for the joy of it.  We know he's found t
MBANDLARRY · 253 days ago

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 a day off work and had just a couple last minute gifts
ChristinaEthan · 265 days ago

Hi, folks, Here's the latest addition...just home from the shelter!  Happy Christmas!  MB and Larry
MBANDLARRY · 268 days ago

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, which we take to be a good sign! For fun, we're baking cooki
MBANDLARRY · 272 days ago

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 works of art they are.  I've always loved kids books.  I
keirnmayfield · 278 days ago

It's basketball season.  Friday night we went to our nephew's game.  Tonight we're going to our niece's game.  Go Panthers!
ChristinaEthan · 281 days ago

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! We’re always looking for new fun things to do and spec
Melissa_and_Tim_Adopt · 283 days ago

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!
ChristinaEthan · 288 days ago

Enjoyed the annual Holiday Craft Fair with my mom and sisters last night.  A little bit of Christmas gift shopping done!
ChristinaEthan · 299 days ago

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.  
alexandann · 305 days ago

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.  
alexandann · 306 days ago

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 always loved playing with my little cousins Growing up. I
meljoemike · 309 days ago

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 leave it the way it was because it was more fun without t
ChristinaEthan · 316 days ago

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. 
ChristinaEthan · 320 days ago

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!
JonDebbie · 321 days ago

Hard to believe another holiday season is quickly approaching.  Starting to plan our church's Happy Birthday Jesus childrens event for early December.
ChristinaEthan · 322 days ago

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 to build our family.  We'd love to know how you are and
alexandann · 325 days ago

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 . . .
JonDebbie · 329 days ago

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 go again next year and make it a family tradition. 
StevenSara · 338 days ago

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 book of animals so we have been working on animal sounds. 
StevenSara · 344 days ago

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 various reasons. It seems it's really About pain. No 7 yr
meljoemike · 346 days ago

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! Eric & Z
ericandzerxes · 358 days ago

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 the drama that arguing creates. I'm proud we know how to c
JoshKelly · 360 days ago

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 hand, our dog Larsen feels like this.....  
alan_breanne · 364 days ago

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 could walk by the room and feel hopeful that one day a son
alan_breanne · 364 days ago

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 helping Clara be successful in school.  Clara's favorite thin
nathanandtammy · 364 days ago

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 haven't been chosen- we've been rejected..... Again. Everyo
RandyCrystal · 370 days ago

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.  Steven went to Manhattan for the Kstate football game so I
StevenSara · 373 days ago

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!  
alexandann · 373 days ago

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 school, then jobs in a city we weren't fond of. We knew, howe
JackieAndCarrie · 378 days ago

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 play.  Saturday we were invited to a BBQ so Bodie got to
StevenSara · 379 days ago

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 together in excitement in front of friends and family. 
StevenSara · 379 days ago

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 is taking some getting used to as it is quite different
davidandkylie · 379 days ago

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.
JoshKelly · 379 days ago

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 in our new neighborhood is hearing the faint sound of th
JoshKelly · 381 days ago

Jacob turns 2 years old today!  The time is going by so fast!
AnneSteve · 387 days ago

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 around between school, soccer practice, what to make for supp
AaronandLynettee · 390 days ago

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 his teeth is still a highlight of his day.
StevenSara · 392 days ago

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 drawer to get out my over mitt, slips it on his little hand a
StevenSara · 393 days ago

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 is what makes it special.  Today I had a bandaid covering
meljoemike · 398 days ago

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 class (LOVE THEM!), and getting anxious about all of it!
BryanandDeb · 399 days ago

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 fabulous weather for most of the trip and enjoyed a few
BenAmanda · 401 days ago

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 sleepaway camp for children with special needs, which inspired h
paskoff · 404 days ago

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. Yesterday I even picked up a sweet little hat for a girl (just i
meljoemike · 404 days ago

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 he is back on the heighth chart coming in at the 4 perc
StevenSara · 408 days ago

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 some outlet shopping (which can get overwhelming).  It w
BryanandDeb · 409 days ago

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 the outdoor, laid-back, family atmosphere can't be beat
timamber · 411 days ago

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 and all grown up, completing a summer internship in DC
paskoff · 412 days ago

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 think he would give them a kiss if we would let him.  The
StevenSara · 415 days ago

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 middle/high school and we have been going to Bon Jovi co
BryanandDeb · 416 days ago

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.
ChristinaEthan · 416 days ago

We are finally in our new home. Whew! So much to unpack. Hopefully we can post before and after photos in a few weeks.
JoshKelly · 417 days ago

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 marked the 7th annual.  We started the day with lunch at Appl
StevenSara · 417 days ago

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.
JoshKelly · 419 days ago

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 know.  If you read this how about dropping me a note in the
ReneeandScott · 420 days ago

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 decorate my classroom, and Payton got some school clothes a
AaronandLynettee · 420 days ago

We enjoyed a nice day off work to celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary. 
ChristinaEthan · 421 days ago

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.
koprivafamily · 422 days ago

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 hose, I love to hear him giggle.  I think my mom has more t
StevenSara · 422 days ago

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 enjoyed the time alone.
AnneSteve · 423 days ago

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