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121 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:

Hi, folks,

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

MB and Larry

125 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
131 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
134 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!
136 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
141 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!
152 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!
158 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.  
159 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.  
162 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
169 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
173 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. 
174 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!
175 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.
178 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
182 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 . . .

191 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Sunday we adopted a cocker spaniel mix from the Humane Society.  We named her "Lucy" and Bodie loves to give her kisses.  Bodie is a natural dog lover. I can tell they are going to grow up together be
191 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
197 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
199 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
211 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
213 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
217 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
217 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
217 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
223 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
226 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
226 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!  
232 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
232 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
232 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
232 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
232 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.

234 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
240 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:

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

243 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
245 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
246 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
251 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
252 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
254 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
257 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
258 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
261 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
262 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
264 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
265 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
268 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
269 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
269 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.
270 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.

270 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
272 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.

273 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
273 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
274 days ago 0 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:

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

275 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.

275 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
276 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
277 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
280 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
283 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
283 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!

286 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
287 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
288 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
288 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
289 days ago 1 comments Categories: Family Tags:

Our new puppy, Hurley!

289 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
290 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
290 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
292 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.
292 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
293 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.

293 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
294 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
The summer is well under way, yet the weather is NOT cooperating around here! As much as I am missing my outdoor activities, I have to say I have been pretty productive with getting things done around
294 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
Well the school year has just been over for about a week and a half and although I LOVE summer, I miss my wonderful class of students! I loved my class and was sad to say goodbye. We had a great year
294 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:

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296 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We were full-time aunt and uncle this weekend as we watched our 23 month old twin niece and nephew.  It was a fun time, but they were glad to see mom and dad get back from their trip.
298 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:

Should we go to the zoo, the aquarium or the beach today?

300 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:

My parents are visiting for a few days.  Miles LOVES his grandparents.  We're going to have lots of fun!

301 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Carrie and I have been married, legally, for 9 years. In all of those years we've never been recognized as married in our own country. A country I served honorably in the Marine Corps. Our home. Today
303 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Summer feels like it is here now.  Our nieces and nephews all enjoyed a weekend afternoon at the local pool.  Looking forward to having our son or daughter enjoy the fun with their cousins.
306 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:

Ahhhh, finally, the weekend.  Time for family and fun.

307 days ago 0 comments Categories: Baby Blogs Tags: names
At this point in time we have one name for each gender, but recognize the need to adjust if the name just doesn't match the actual child when it arrives.   Girl: Melody Rayne (with the potential for a
307 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags: family, outdoors, cycling
After a long break, I made time at the beginning of this year to start running and cycling again.  I have some really active co-workers who have encouraged me and gone out with me for runs and rides o
308 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Alex is making Swedish Pancakes this morning.  Not too shabby! 
308 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
I think we're going to spend time at the beach this weekend.  Maybe go to the children's museum too. 
309 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:

We are having the hardwood floors refinished in our new home this week. The floors are looking beautiful. We are planning to move in on July 25th. The next big task is the kitchen renovation.

310 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags: bullying, siblings
I read two articles today on the problem of sibling bullying, along with what can be done. You can read them at the links. http://www.nbcnews.com/health/parents-dont-ignore-sibling-bullying-study-warn
311 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
Want to contact our caseworker?   Ashley Groesbeck LDS Family Services 217 East 87th Street, 4th Floor New York, NY 10128 212-876-7427   LDS Family Services help birth parents with everything from sin
311 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
You can chat with us live!   Yahoo messanger:  alexannadopt AOL messanger:  bionic227    
311 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We worked for 12 hours yesterday and more today on our new garden.  It's in the front of our house and we're going to grow lettuce, tomatoes, squash, herbs, peppers and whatever else we can find.  
313 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We have been working on our new home a lot lately. We have scheduled several contractors to do work over the next few weeks. The floors are being refinished starting Monday. We can't wait to have a tr
315 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
My eldest nephew graduated from HS this past week.  He won the Headmaster Award. What a proud moment for my family!  Way to go Brad! Where have the years gone.  He was such a cute toddler.  
316 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
As part of the adoption process the courts require letters of reference. One of our dearest friends wrote a letter for each of us. Since they were hand written I'm posting them as images here. The let
319 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We jsut closed on our new home today. It's an older home, built in the 1960s, in a nice, well established neighborhood with beautiful tree-lined streets. The house needs quite a bit of fixing up. We w
323 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:

We watched our twin niece and nephew Saturday night.  It was nice to have time with little ones.

323 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
It's been many years since high school or any other situation where I would have to memorize something. In the past week I've been reminded that many skills can fade with disuse. To complete my work t
324 days ago 0 comments Categories: General Tags:
Summer is just begining and we've already been busy working in our yard, one of our favorite summer activities.  We've already gotten to deal with the war on weeds and overgrown flowers (compliments o
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