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414 days ago 1 comments Categories: Family Tags:

Our new puppy, Hurley!

415 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
416 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
416 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
418 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.
418 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
418 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.

418 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
419 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
419 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
420 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:

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422 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.
424 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:

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

426 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!

427 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
429 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.
432 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:

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

433 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
433 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
434 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Alex is making Swedish Pancakes this morning.  Not too shabby! 
434 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. 
434 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.

436 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
436 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
436 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
You can chat with us live!   Yahoo messanger:  alexannadopt AOL messanger:  bionic227    
437 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.  
439 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
441 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.  
442 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
445 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
449 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.

449 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
450 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
456 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family, Holidays Tags:
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.
458 days ago 0 comments Categories: Baby Blogs Tags:
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. 
458 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
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 personal
459 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags: Family
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 n
462 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
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 u
465 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
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
466 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
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 w
468 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
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 ho
470 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
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 stan
471 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
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.
477 days ago 0 comments Categories: Friends Tags:
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.
479 days ago 0 comments Categories: Hobbies Tags:
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 we
480 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
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
484 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
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 st
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 w
489 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
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 outs
491 days ago 0 comments Categories: Music, Adoption process Tags:
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.
495 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
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 maki
495 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags: baseball, fun, family
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
498 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
We met with Layton's birthfamily at the park this weekend to celebrate his Birthday!  Happy Birthday Bubba, we love you!
498 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:

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

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
500 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
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 rem
500 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
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 par
Zoo
501 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags: family, travel
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, b
502 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:

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

503 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
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.
504 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
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 b
504 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
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 b
506 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family, Adoption process Tags:
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 expec
506 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:

We went for an evening stroll together to end a great weekend and to enjoy the beautiful weather.

506 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:

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! 

507 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
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 Monda
513 days ago 0 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
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
513 days ago 0 comments Categories: Holidays Tags: holiday, family, easter
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
513 days ago 0 comments Categories: Holidays Tags: loving couple to adopt, adoptive couple, our adoption journey
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,
514 days ago 0 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
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.
514 days ago 0 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
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 b
515 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
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 look
516 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags: Family
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. 
516 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
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 a
516 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:

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!

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516 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
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
516 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
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 wi
516 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
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
517 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
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
517 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
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.
518 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
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
519 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
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,
524 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
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
525 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
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 beginni
526 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
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
528 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
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 e
528 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
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
531 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
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 reason
532 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
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
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 be
536 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We are settling in to the house. It is so much more light and open. Last night, a friend of ours celebrated his 40th birthday and there was a surprise party for him. These gatherings mean so much t
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540 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
My birthday was such a blast!  I got to spend a few days with my dad.  It was a great time talking, cooking, and watching fun new shows.  Mike did such a wonderful job!  He had our kitchen & dinin
540 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
This is Josh's last week with in his current job. It is so hard to believe. It's exciting and sad at the same time. I'm excited about moving to a wonderful new town and the career advancement for Jo
543 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Josh has received a promotion to a leading university. We are looking forward to this new adventure. It will mean great things for his career, and a new community where we both can meet lots of new pe
544 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We have been in the new house for a week now and love it. The dogs are getting used to the surroundings and the barn cats. Our bigger dog, Misty, cannot understand why they do not want to pay with h
546 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
March is birthday month in our house.  My birthday is at the beginning of March and Mike's birthday is at the end of March.  We just celebrate all month long.  This year for my birthday my dad is comi
548 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We took the kids sledding around the yard!  They had a blast.  Layton looks like he is crying in the picture but it is because he is mad that we stopped!  We are supposed to get more snow this week so
549 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We started off with pumpkin pancakes and fresh strawberries.  That gave us enough fuel to change the upstairs play area into a cool fort! Whenever I think about donating all the old sheets and blanket
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