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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 · 427 days ago

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 the nursery.  I don't want to lock into any one "baby colo
BryanandDeb · 428 days ago

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 water or in the air conditioning. Our summer started off
BryanandDeb · 431 days ago

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 crazy midtown (you can literally stand there for hours just
BryanandDeb · 434 days ago

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!
AnneSteve · 434 days ago

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 lumberjack.  So every year, there is a family reunion, an
AndrewAmanda · 437 days ago

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 start our family....I just don't want any more heartbreak
BryanandDeb · 438 days ago

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 much.  We adopted him at 4 years old but he developed se
AndrewAmanda · 439 days ago

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 see is a few pictures and a few words.  People tell me
LauraandDamien · 439 days ago

Our new puppy, Hurley!
AndrewAmanda · 440 days ago

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 two hugs in with his little cousin.  I know they will b
ChristinaEthan · 440 days ago

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 the past few days has been brutal! Coming to the end of
BryanandDeb · 441 days ago

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 wrapped in bacon.  Tim was in heaven.  There were bacon
timamber · 441 days ago

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. I wanted to make sure he knew how much he was loved fro
LauraandDamien · 443 days ago

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 some up close fireworks which required you to keep an eye
JackieAndCarrie · 443 days ago

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.
JoshKelly · 444 days ago

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 watching cheesy sci fi movies.  Hope your day was great!
alexandann · 444 days ago

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 the house and also with getting work done for school in
BryanandDeb · 445 days ago

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 filled with fun! They worked so hard this year.  Thankfu
BryanandDeb · 445 days ago

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ginacrotts · 445 days ago

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.
ChristinaEthan · 447 days ago

Should we go to the zoo, the aquarium or the beach today?
alexandann · 449 days ago

My parents are visiting for a few days.  Miles LOVES his grandparents.  We're going to have lots of fun!
alexandann · 451 days ago

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 the Supreme Court ruled the federal Defense of Marriage
JackieAndCarrie · 452 days ago

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.
ChristinaEthan · 454 days ago

Ahhhh, finally, the weekend.  Time for family and fun.
alexandann · 457 days ago

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 second middle name) Boy: Finn Alexander Rayne   Rayne i
JackieAndCarrie · 458 days ago

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 over the lunch hour.  I have had a great time and am real
timamber · 458 days ago

Alex is making Swedish Pancakes this morning.  Not too shabby! 
alexandann · 459 days ago

I think we're going to spend time at the beach this weekend.  Maybe go to the children's museum too. 
alexandann · 459 days ago

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.
JoshKelly · 460 days ago

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-warns-6C10327300 http://www.today.com/moms/what-do-when-sibl
JackieAndCarrie · 461 days ago

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 single parenting to adoption.     We are happy to answer an
alexandann · 462 days ago

You can chat with us live!   Yahoo messanger:  alexannadopt AOL messanger:  bionic227    
alexandann · 462 days ago

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.  
alexandann · 462 days ago

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 true home in our new community. We move in July 25th. We c
JoshKelly · 464 days ago

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.  
ReneeandScott · 466 days ago

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 letters are done separately, as requested by the social wor
JackieAndCarrie · 467 days ago

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 will be remodeling for the next seven weeks before finall
JoshKelly · 470 days ago

We watched our twin niece and nephew Saturday night.  It was nice to have time with little ones.
ChristinaEthan · 474 days ago

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 training involves a research project, a presentation, and
JackieAndCarrie · 474 days ago

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 of the previous owner).  We now have several beautiful bu
MikeBecca · 475 days ago

It rained a good part of this Memorial Day weekend, but we were still able to get some yard work done outside and attend our nephews birthday party.
ChristinaEthan · 481 days ago

Yesterday, in hopeful anticipation and excitment of the gift of a precious baby, we completed the nursery.  It is a neutral color of gray, with accents of yellow, and covered with sprinkles of love.  Please feel free to view our album for images and descri
TroyandMargaret · 483 days ago

I have a friend who is an artist.  He paints portraits from pictures, so today we met at a park and he took a ton of pictures of Jack.  It's funny...we want a good picture- one that shows his personality; but since I love his eyes, I want to see those, too
chrisandkevin · 484 days ago

This weekend is going to be amazing! It's the first day of summer break! My cousin just had a baby girl and my other cousin graduated from high school. I got to hold McKenzie for the first time last night. She is so tiny and so different from her sister Ky
TimShana · 484 days ago

Today, Jack's school was unexpectedly dismissed at 12:30 due to weather.  I was at work, as was Kevin.  I was ready to tell my boss "gotta go!" when a friend texted me to ask if I needed her to pick up Jack. It's nice to have friends like that!   I stayed
chrisandkevin · 488 days ago

As a birthday present, one of Jack's friends took us to the Perot Museum in Dallas.  We had never been before, but I had heard good things about it.  Boy was it cool!!!   First the kids played in the kids area (supposed to be for kids 5 and under, but sinc
chrisandkevin · 491 days ago

While we wait for another child to join our family, I spoke to my birthmother and wanted to get some insight on some of the feelings that she was going through.  I know what it is like to be a child who is adopted, and am now experiencing the adoption proc
LoriandSam · 491 days ago

It seems forever since we've been able to add a journal entry. We've been in our new community for about three months. Josh is loving his new job. We are in the process of purchasing a new home. We hope to make the move into our new home sometime this summ
JoshKelly · 494 days ago

I helped out at Clara's school Fun Day today.  It was a blast.  I was running the duck toss game.  Some of the boys really have an arm!  Gave out tons of prizes no matter how far back they had to stand.  Clara had alot of fun as well.  She got a rainbow pa
nathanandtammy · 495 days ago

Had a nice weekend and saw both mom and mother-in-law, but I do look forward to being able to celebrate as a mom as well as a daughter hopefully soon.
ChristinaEthan · 496 days ago

Enjoyed a little college reunion with friends this weekend.  We enjoyed tailgating and a baseball game...even though the home team lost it was still a good day.
ChristinaEthan · 502 days ago

Spend the day boating and fishing at a lake near Baltimore. Even though we didn't catch anything save for the occasion aquatic plants, we enjoyed the beautiful scenery, the quiet, and the wonderful weather. Joyce's already thinking about gear she'd buy for
vickijoyce · 504 days ago

Jack was supposed to have his Field Day yesterday, but it was postponed due to weather.  I had signed up to volunteer for 4 hours, but now that it got moved to Monday (and it's too late to get the day off), I can't volunteer!  I'm so sad.  I know that ther
chrisandkevin · 505 days ago

I dropped off my daughter at school like any other morning.  My son in the backseat, whom was facsinated with a newspaper insert that he called his "map", was chattering away.  I turned onto a busy street and saw an adorable little dog.  It was likely a sh
nathanandtammy · 509 days ago

Living in the Washington DC area is awesome, there's just so much to do.  So many things we can't wait to share with our little ones.  Recently we decided that now the weather was getting warm, it was the perfect time to check out the Nation's past-time
Melissa_and_Tim_Adopt · 513 days ago

After. Little more snow tonight, it looks like we may finally get a start at Spring this weekend! It is supposed to be in the 60's on Friday and 70's on Saturday. Mary so wants to start working outside and the dogs sorely need their haircuts!
PatandMary · 515 days ago

I'm looking forward to when I am able to play a new lullaby hymns CD for my child.  I hope he or she may grow to like music too.
ChristinaEthan · 516 days ago

Sooooooo excited about Jack's upcoming party.  It's a swim party, so I decorated a swim noodle for each guest, and we have approximately 20 kids coming.   Jack is into dragons, so Kevin and I are making a dragon cake!  I'll take a picture of it when it's a
chrisandkevin · 520 days ago

Recently we attended our first opening day of baseball.  We are big fans of the Kansas City Royals and each year we try to attend several games. Opening Day is special, and this year was amazing.  The weather was beautiful, the game was exciting, and atmos
timamber · 520 days ago

We met with Layton's birthfamily at the park this weekend to celebrate his Birthday!  Happy Birthday Bubba, we love you!
BenAmanda · 523 days ago

This weekend we enjoyed having Mom over for her birthday Saturday and going to my nephew's band concert Sunday.
ChristinaEthan · 524 days ago

While on this adoption journey Tim and I have had countless curious people ask us about every aspect of adoption! From: Q: Why are we adopting; to what do we hope for? A. To build our precious family, of course! Q: What do we fear? A. Well it might be sil
Melissa_and_Tim_Adopt · 524 days ago

Poem - ‘Legacy of an Adopted Child’ (Author Unknown)(this poem was in Dear Abby in last week’s San Francisco Chronicle). Once there were two women Who never knew each other. One you do not remember, The other you call mother. Two different lives Shaped to
lmkeels · 525 days ago

Holy cow!  I don't know if we will be able to keep up with all the events this month... We had a bday party today, and we have another one tomorrow.  Kevin's birthday is this week, there's another party on the 20th, Jack's bday party is on the 21st, his sc
chrisandkevin · 525 days ago

Zoo
We had such a great time Sunday visiting the zoo with our family! Tim and I love animals and some of my favorite childhood memories are of visiting the zoo in Memphis with my grandparents, mom, dad, brother and aunts. Nashville has an awesome zoo now, so w
TimShana · 526 days ago

I enjoyed dinner with my sister and brother-in-law last night and some play time with my youngest niece and nephew.
ChristinaEthan · 527 days ago

I'm proud of Ethan for spending yesterday at a state budget hearing waiting for his chance to speak up in support of retaining medical services for the consumers he helps serve.
ChristinaEthan · 528 days ago

This weekend, Pat's oldest nephew gets confirmed and Pat will be helping him on this journey as his sponsor.  It has been exciting to watch his nephew grow into the young man he is and it is hard to believe he is already at this stage in his life.  We are
PatandMary · 529 days ago

This weekend, Pat's oldest nephew gets confirmed and Pat will be helping him on this journey as his sponsor.  It has been exciting to watch his nephew grow into the young man he is and it is hard to believe he is already at this stage in his life.  We are
PatandMary · 529 days ago

One of our favorite memories in our wait to adopt was from my niece.  She had a friend over and pointed out her aunts/uncles in our family picture.  She pointed out her aunt & uncle who were expecting twins and also her aunt & uncle who were hoping
ChristinaEthan · 531 days ago

We went for an evening stroll together to end a great weekend and to enjoy the beautiful weather.
BenAmanda · 531 days ago

We enjoyed a wonderful Easter weekend with family and friends.  The kiddos got to hunt Easter eggs all weekend!  Mom and Dad enjoyed all of the candy! 
BenAmanda · 531 days ago

We sort of had another Spring Break this week due to unused snow days (mon-tue) and the teachers being in a meeting (wed-fri)!  So, we made the most of our time by meeting friends at the park on Monday, going to the farm on Tuesday, going to see Monsters,
chrisandkevin · 533 days ago

In my family, Easter was a simple, but fun day. We would wake up early for sunrise service at church. After church was a big breakfast in the basement put together by some of the women. I always liked Easter because it is a time of renewal and hope. In Wis
JackieAndCarrie · 538 days ago

Today was a beautiful Easter Sunday.  We traveled to our hometown to spend the day with Amber's family at her parents.  We attended church with mother in the morning and the service was beautiful.  It was truly a wonderful reminder of what Easter is all ab
timamber · 538 days ago

A quick little post to say “Happy Easter” and Happy Spring!  Although today was a wet and gray kind of day, the bright little daffodils nodding their heads in the breeze made it more cheery.  That, and the chocolate that the Easter bunny left. Tim and i
Melissa_and_Tim_Adopt · 538 days ago

We celebrated Easter with food and family today. Everyone that came left with leftover food. We fixed enough to share as that is truly what holidays are about.
PatandMary · 539 days ago

Soooooo excited for Easter!  I love this time of year because it's when I feel my faith renewed because I am reminded of how much God loves us! This year there are a bunch of us getting together for brunch to celebrate the conversion of a friend.  Today I
chrisandkevin · 539 days ago

As the snow melts, the yard is slushy and muddy. Late last night, we woke up to thunder so now we have rain adding to it. After breakfast this morning, we watched a duck in the big puddles. He looked confused and was trying to swim, but it is not that d
PatandMary · 540 days ago

I had over the other day 5 out of my 6 nieces and nephews.  I love how they all get along even though they only see each other at my house since they are not technically related. 
ReneeandScott · 541 days ago

Two years ago on Good Friday we met our daughter, Avery. We were finally parents. I remember that first night in the hotel with her. We didn't get a wink of sleep. We didn't want her to want for anything so we stayed awake and watched over her while sh
BenAmanda · 541 days ago

What a Good Friday indeed! The sun is shining and the birds are singing! We are going to look for some Easter Eggs this afternoon at the park and enjoy the beautiful sunshine!
BenAmanda · 541 days ago

BenAmanda · 541 days ago

Wednesday was Mike's birthday!  I had such a great time making his day special. Mike's favorite holiday is Halloween.  He loves all the old time monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein, and Wolfman.  He's not into the blood and gorey kind of Halloween.  This y
MikeBecca · 541 days ago

Carrie is incredibly selfless. Her entire life she's sacrificed for her loved ones, even when it wasn't appreciated. But she did it because she cared so much. There are many people in the world who will give, and who love, but there aren't that many who wo
JackieAndCarrie · 541 days ago

So, we have had some technology issues with our laptop this week.  We finally got it back and are able to make updates to our profile again.  Krystle was lucky that she had backed everything up prior to an external hard-drive other than the pictures that s
DanielAndKrystle13 · 541 days ago

I could write next about my adulthood, about my jobs and where I've lived, but honestly, the one constant in my adult life has been my wife Carrie. While this isn't true for everyone, we were destined to be together. By the time I was a senior in high scho
JackieAndCarrie · 542 days ago

My own childhood influences a lot of my parenting philosophy. I think it's logical to reflect on what I found most and least enjoyable about my childhood as I think about how I want to raise children. It also tells you more about me. Everyone wins. :-)   I
JackieAndCarrie · 542 days ago

So last night we went to the Carrie Underwood concert. I got Daniel tickets for Christmas so we have been looking forward to going for a while now. All in all it was pretty good. It was so nice seeing my husband smile and tell me, " honey, I'm just glad to
DanielAndKrystle13 · 543 days ago

We had a GREAT time over Spring Break a few weeks ago.  Jack and a friend did a pottery class on Monday, then a 1/2 day gymnastics camp on Tuesday, went to the movies with other friends on Wednesday, then to Dinosaur World and the Dinosaur Valley State Par
chrisandkevin · 544 days ago

On Monday, we had a small snowstorm for our area; however, the wind picked up which created blizzard conditions. We waited until Tuesday to clean out as the wind was just blowing it back in and the temperature was dropping. The attached picture is Pat c
PatandMary · 549 days ago

According to my calendar, tomorrow is supposed to be the first day of Spring-the season I look most forward to.  It symbolizes a new beginning.  Animals are having young, the first flowers are beginning to bloom, sun is shining, all in all Spring is a good
DanielAndKrystle13 · 550 days ago

Yesterday, Mary had her iPod on shuffle and one of our favorite songs came on. The song is "Good Things" by The BoDeans. There are a few lines in the refrain that reminded us of the adoption process and our message to you, the birthmother, and our future
PatandMary · 551 days ago

Being the big sports fan family that we are, we are spending the night watching the Syracuse basketball game at Krystle's parents' house.  There is definately a sea of orange in the house tonight as everyone is donning their orange   Nights like this we re
DanielAndKrystle13 · 553 days ago

Our dog, Misty, has been having a hard time behaving when the cats are outside and she is in her invisible fence field. We have been working with her using positive reinforcement. Today, she did the best she has so far. She ran to us for pets and praise
PatandMary · 553 days ago

A friend of Mary's from childhood is also a friend on Facebook. They chose a different adoption process and are now thinking of changing course. We have been reconnecting by talking about our reasons for adopting and wanting the best for the child. It i
PatandMary · 556 days ago

We are getting excited as we are getting a small dose of spring this week.  The temperatures are warming up, the sun is out longer, we can't wait to get outside and play and work in the garden!  It is almost time to plant potatoes and onions!
BenAmanda · 557 days ago

Hi there!  Today I thought I’d share a little bit more about the fun we’ve had decorating the nursery. (Check out the first blog about decorating the nursery, if you haven’t read it already!) It’s been a work in progress as we’re slowly adding little touc
Melissa_and_Tim_Adopt · 558 days ago

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