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Seven years ago today I married my best friend.  We have been through a lot of hard times trying to create our family, but it has only made us stronger.  Yesterday we decided to take a trip to one of our favorite places on the other side of the state to ce
MichaelandKristi · 18 days ago

We had a pool party/engagement party for Nick and Gina this weekend!  it as great to enjoy the last bit of summer and celebrate the engagement with Gina's family. They were all so nice and welcoming.  And more children to add to the family!  So much fun.
theresamark · 18 days ago

We love the fall.  I can't stress that enough.  The air gets a bit cooler, the leaves start to change, football is on again, and there are so many fun things to do on the farm.  We are so lucky to have a pumpkin patch right outisde our house.  Of course we
JasonandAmy · 18 days ago

Last month we spent a day at the zoo.  The highlight was this fun, interactive giraffe feeding exhibit.  The giraffes (or as Sloane calls them, dinosaurs) were so beautiful and gentle!  We are going to have to come back year after year for this!  And maybe
JasonandAmy · 18 days ago

  At the subway series Mets vs. Yankees exciting game. Good times with good friends.
micheleandsteven · 19 days ago

This past month we have been busy gathering eggs from our chickens.  We are getting approx 15 eggs a day and that is very exciting.  As the summer is winding down so are the car shows that we have been attending.  Beth's dad put his car into storage for th
bvanstrien · 22 days ago

Tonight we went to our quarterly domestic waiting families meeting.. Tonight there were 3 birth mothers and a birth grandmother that each told their story about their adoption plan, their relationship with the adoptive families and the hospital experience.
MichaelandKristi · 22 days ago

Great indoor play spaces for a child. Can't wait to check it out once we adopt.  
micheleandsteven · 24 days ago

We had my cousin's bridal shower this weekend.  It was a fun time with my mom, sister, future sister in law, aunts, cousins and friends.  Can't wait for the wedding in a few weeks at the beach!
theresamark · 25 days ago

Its hard to believe a year has already past.  We are working on the renewal of our home study.  We had a different social worker than with our original home study.  She visited with us on Friday night and spend a few hours with us.  It was a great discussi
theresamark · 25 days ago

Today we celebrated one of our nieces birthdays.   
MichaelandKristi · 25 days ago

At Yankee stadium with Aaron and Henry. Next week Citifield with friends. We love base ball and look forward to creating memories at the ballpark with a child.
micheleandsteven · 26 days ago

There is nothing better than the first cool fall day. Went to a fall festival with friends and then made a roast and mashed potatoes for dinner.  #puremichigan
PeteandMary · 26 days ago

tonight we start our monthly bowling league with family and friends. Looking forward to seeing everyone and lots of laughs!
MichaelandKristi · 27 days ago

We had a great time at the apple orchard yesterday. We especially liked feeding the goat! His tongue tickled our hands when he was eating! Chek out that tongue! This will be the first of many trips to the orchard this year. We can't wait to share this trad
JasonandHeidi · 28 days ago

Top play grounds in NYC. We dream of brining a child of our own one day after we adopt. 
micheleandsteven · 29 days ago

Mike was busy today making more salsa, pickles and peppers.   
MichaelandKristi · 29 days ago

Enjoying a sunset cruise in Boston. So beautiful and relaxing. We imagine sharing these special moments with a child one day.
micheleandsteven · 30 days ago

  At Fenway Park about to go to a RedSox game. We imagine bringing our child to many baseball games both in NY and other places.
micheleandsteven · 30 days ago

My brother and his girlfriend officially got engaged!  We are all so happy for them and are looking forward to the wedding plans.  They are a perfect match and i am happy to be gaining a sister in law and our baby will have very loving and caring aunt.  Gi
theresamark · 31 days ago

Yesterday we went with our nieces, nephew, and Pam's sisters to an indoor trampoline park.  It was SUPER fun!  Here are some (blurry) pictures of our trampoline moves!
gregandpam · 32 days ago

My sister and I spent some time together this weekend.  We went shopping, out to eat, the movies, out for ice cream, and bowling!  Last night our niece came over and we had a cook out and made s'mores for dessert.  The weather was perfect, we sat on the po
theresamark · 32 days ago

Family filled weekend. Today we spent the day at Mikes cousins house in the pool and eating pizza. Below is Uncle Mike and our niece playing in the pool and Uncle Mike and our nephew discussing football    
MichaelandKristi · 32 days ago

So after the kindergarten meet and greet, a day and a half of school and a parent meeting at school, we are ready for the long holiday weekend.  While it is nice to get back into a routine, it has been busy and exhausting! We are looking forward to realxin
PeteandMary · 34 days ago

We go to the balloon festival every year as a family! The launch always amazes all of us! 
JohnandLaura · 35 days ago

Our family had another fun fishing adventure this week. Sophie and John enjoy sitting and watching for fish together, which melts my heart! 
JohnandLaura · 36 days ago

As we move into Fall season soon, another year has passed and we continue to pray that the Lord will bring us to you. With each season our expectancy arises. Tomorrow marks my Birthday. We shall celebrate with family and enjoy a nice dinner, along with Cak
JoshuaandAlicia · 36 days ago

So excited getting ready to celebrate our 4th anniversary tomorrow. Dinner reservations where Steve proposed then onto Boston on Friday for the long weekend. Love my hubby
micheleandsteven · 37 days ago

I'm leaving townI'll be back soonI'm taking a ridein a hot air balloon. The noise is loudwhen the burners fire.The heat takes me uphigher and higher. I float in the sky.It's a wonderful thing.Now I know whyflying birds sing. This summer my son and I took a
laura603 · 37 days ago

  This quote is so true. I truly believe everything happens for a reason. When something is meant to be it will happen.
micheleandsteven · 38 days ago

Leaving in 40 minutes for the kindergarten meet and greet.  We get to check out Hayden's new classroom and meet some of the other kids.  Excitement is running high in our house this morning!
PeteandMary · 38 days ago

We just got back from our annual vacation up north.  The weather was great and what could be better than a week with friends and family.  We swam every day and cooked on the grill every night.  Of course we had to make some s'mores in the fire along with p
PeteandMary · 39 days ago

Perfect end to a great weekend. Tonight we had dinner at Mikes sisters house with Mikes parents. Always enjoy playing with our niece and nephew. Uncle Mike is their human jungle gym and Aunt Kristi is the tickle master. 
MichaelandKristi · 39 days ago

We did some baby shopping this week.  Just wanted to get some basics in case we get a quick placement (fingers crossed). The baby clothes are SO adorable.  We wanted to buy everything but keep it to a minium.  :-)  Can't wait for our little one to arrive.
theresamark · 39 days ago

  Dream of using these tips to help get a little one day to bed. 
micheleandsteven · 39 days ago

  Had a great time as always at our yearly family camping trip in Ohio. We had a couple days of rain but we had a great time spending several days with the family.  Here are just a few of the photos from the trip. One is the view from the top of the hill a
donaldandkara · 39 days ago

One of our favorite things to do is to hang out with our family.  Whether it's just the immediate family or the extended family.  Last night we went to the wedding of Kristi's cousins daughter.  We had such a great time dancing and hanging out with the fam
MichaelandKristi · 40 days ago

  Tomorrow, August 29th, will be our 6th wedding anniversary.  We cannot believe that it has already been 6 years!  We will celebrate by starting the morning with a trianing run (3 miles) and probably end the day eating out at a nice restaurant.     David
DavidandCarmen · 42 days ago

  Hanging with my college roommate and hubby in NYC. We imagine sharing this great city with a child one day.
micheleandsteven · 43 days ago

We had a great time celebrating Laura's birthday! During the day we went on a nature walk and took a ride on a giant swan, which was a lot of fun! We invited family over for a nice chicken and rib dinner with a delicious ice cream cake for dessert (Laura's
JohnandLaura · 45 days ago

Cannot believe summer is almost over!  We went to a flower festival over the summer - the flowers were beautiful.  Planted some flowers around the house & yard. A few flowers can really brighten up the house. Had some family partites to attend which is
phillipandmary · 45 days ago

Mike and I had a nice productive weekend. Mike worked in the yard, one of the things he likes to do. Trimming trees, bushes, weeding and picking vegetables out of the garden. I was inside cleaning house with all the windows open. There was such a nice bree
MichaelandKristi · 46 days ago

We can't belive its been a year since our home study was completed. This means we need to renew it pretty quickly.  We are very hopeful we will have good news really soon. 
theresamark · 46 days ago

Mark's cousins where visiting from California.  We had a big family dinner with lots of laughs and great food.  it was a really fun time.  Our families are so excited to welcome our baby into our loving family. 
theresamark · 46 days ago

  Visited the World Trade Center this weekend. We remember that day so well. It was such a sad day. It is amazing how beautiful it is today. Let’s never forget. 
micheleandsteven · 46 days ago

We added more photos to our profile today!  They are from our camping trip over the 4th of July and our trip  back to North Dakota.  
DavidandCarmen · 47 days ago

Greg picked up this book a couple weeks ago and has been enjoying reading it - "Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads."  A few evenings ago he closed it and said "Well, now I know how to swadle a baby!"  He really is getting prepared!
gregandpam · 48 days ago

Last week we had a blast.  It was our next trip.  Friday evening we drove to Mio Michigan to our friend’s cottage.  As long as we give our friend a heads up, we can stay there whenever we like. We had a plan for about two days. On Saturday we knew that we
marcinandkasia · 48 days ago

A couple of weeks ago, it was my husband’s birthday. This day we spent with Marcin's parents. Marcin is a loving and a wonderful husband. I baked him a homemade cake and prepared dinner for the family. In our house we always celebrate Polish and American t
marcinandkasia · 48 days ago

  So true. Important to have great people around you. We look forward to sharing our amazing family and friends with a child one day. 
micheleandsteven · 50 days ago

Today is the first day that has felt like fall.  Our cherry tree leaves have been falling for about 2 weeks now.  We think that fall is coming!   We are enjoying our garden.  Zucchini, cucumbers, and rhubarb is all that we've harversted so far.   We tend t
DavidandCarmen · 50 days ago

In our garden, along with cucumbers we grow Roma tomatoes and several different kind of peppers   Mike enjoys canning salsa each year. He makes it with a little bit of a kick to it and then makes a small batch that is hot. Mike enjoys very spicy foods. I l
MichaelandKristi · 50 days ago

We had such a great time playing with our niece Ashlyn Marie. The girls swam, colored and baked! We love that Sophie gets to be so close to her cousin!
JohnandLaura · 50 days ago

 We took a trip to West Virginia to go stargazing and see the meteor shower.  There is nothing better than seeing the milkey way and looking for shooting stars. Thanks Grandma and Grandpa for coming with us!
BobandKarin · 51 days ago

We went to Hershey Park with some friends. Rebecca loved the rides. Her favorites were the train and the carousel.  And of course the popcorn and blue slushie that we got.  
BobandKarin · 51 days ago

So, we are big adventurers. I think that's the part of our marriage (and really our entire relationship) that I love the most. Even when we're doing small things, like trying new foods, we seem to find adventure in it. This weekend, we decided to go to our
leighannandkevin · 52 days ago

It has been a summer of crafting! I love to paint and so does this messy little girl.  This week we have been arranging flowers and drawing or painting them.  It has been fun!  
JohnandLaura · 53 days ago

  My hubby cooking Peruvian corn for our weekly family dinner at grandma’s. We imagine bringing a child our own one day to these dinners.
micheleandsteven · 53 days ago

Today we spent the afternoon with Kristi's mom and this evening we went out to dinner with Mikes parents to celebrate Kristi's birthday a day early.   
MichaelandKristi · 53 days ago

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 · 53 days ago

We had fun last night celebrating our nieces birthday!  Always enjoy spending time with our family.   
MichaelandKristi · 55 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 · 57 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 · 58 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 · 58 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 · 59 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 · 59 days ago

  Goofing around with my niece taking a magic carpet ride. Look forward to special moments like this once we adopt. 
micheleandsteven · 59 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 · 60 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 · 60 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 · 60 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 · 61 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 · 62 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 · 64 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 · 65 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 · 65 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 · 66 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 · 67 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 · 67 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 · 67 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 · 67 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 · 70 days ago

    Hope to one day see what our child can do that we can’t. These are way too funny.
micheleandsteven · 70 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 · 70 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 · 70 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 · 70 days ago

Fun activities this week at camp.   
MichaelandKristi · 70 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 · 71 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 · 72 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 · 73 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 · 73 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 · 74 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 · 75 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 · 75 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 · 75 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 · 76 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 · 76 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 · 76 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 · 78 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 · 79 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 · 79 days ago

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