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331 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.
333 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. 
333 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
334 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
337 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
340 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
341 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
343 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
345 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
346 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.
352 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.
354 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
355 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
359 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
364 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
366 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.
370 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
370 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
373 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!
373 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
375 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
375 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
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376 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
377 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.

378 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.
379 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
379 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
381 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
381 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.

381 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! 

382 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
388 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
388 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
388 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,
389 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.
389 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
390 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
391 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. 
391 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
391 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!

391 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
391 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
391 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
391 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
392 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
392 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.
393 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
394 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,
399 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
400 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
401 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
403 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
403 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
406 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
407 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
411 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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415 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
415 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
418 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
419 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
421 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
423 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
424 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
426 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
Last week we had our first fundraiser for a new ministry at our church.  We started an adoption ministry to help answer questions, pray, and help families financially on their adoption journey.  It ha
426 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
Last week we had our first fundraiser for a new ministry at our church.  We started an adoption ministry to help answer questions, pray, and help families financially on their adoption journey.  It ha
427 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:

We are all home today to celebrate the snow that is falling!  We are playing with the kids and relaxing as it piles up outside! 

430 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We moved Pat's mom to her new house in town yesterday! We started round 7 AM and finished unloading about 12:30 PM. Th attached picture I Mary in the left and Pat's sister Jill holding the crescent
431 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
Thank you for looking at our profile!  We have changed agencies, and I am working on having it changed on this website, but I wanted to send a quick note with our new agency's information.  We are now
432 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
This is a picture of the farm site we are moving to next Saturday from the top of the driveway. The house is to the left in the picture. Pat grew up on this farm and we are very excited to make this
432 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags: Our life, hopeful adoptive couple, family fun
        One of the benefits of living right on the river is all the wildlife that surrounds us.  We know that we'll be spending many happy family outings down at the River Walk feeding the birds. I
433 days ago 0 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
So this weekend is Presidents weekend and Scott is working on Monday, so although most people are off, it is just a regular week for us.  Is anyone doing anything for the long weekend?  I will go to m
433 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:

Yippee for Valentine's Day! Jack got a heart shaped box of candy, Kevin got Angry Bird boxer shorts and I got Angry Bird pajama pants! :-) 

433 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
It's an I interesting place to be... Between paperwork and placement. It's hard to know what to do. "Not think about it" right? Yeah right!! I'm way too excited to continue life as normal. I'm a soon
436 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We are starting to pack up the non-essentials from our current house and bring the down to the house we are moving to on the 23rd.  Our current house is a smaller home and we have tendency to go throu
438 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We are finally having a typical Minnesota snowstorm! It started this morning and there is snow and wind outside. We are relaxing and Pat is going to head down to help clear his mom out. We had plen
438 days ago 0 comments Categories: Games Tags:

Check out the snow on our deck!

Our deck

439 days ago 0 comments Categories: What We Are Up To Tags:
Our new favorite show is Duck Dynasty.  We love that it shows family values and that at the end of each episode they show the family around the dinner table saying Grace and to us that is very importa
440 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We went to a home improvement store he other night for supplies to redo the kitchen where we are moving to.  A friend of ours with a design background works there and helped us pick out what e wanted;
442 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
Just wondering how expectant moms who are thinking about adoption feel about websites like this.  Are they overwhelming?  or do they provide some peace knowing there are families out there wanting to
443 days ago 0 comments Categories: Baby Blogs Tags:
The little baby I am keeping daily is teaching me more than I am teaching her. I have learned so much about myself. I knew that I loved children, but she has taught me that I am going to love being a
443 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Last weekend Jack entered his car in his very first Pinewood Derby!!  He and Kevin had been working on the car for WEEKS, and we were all excited to see how it would do.  (Check out the picture of Jac
444 days ago 0 comments Categories: What We Are Up To Tags:
Today I have made my first sale.  This morning I have my first real estate closing.  I am so excited.  I love being a real estate agent.  I definitely made the right career move when I went from being
444 days ago 0 comments Categories: Games Tags:
We are watching the game at home with the dogs.  Such a great way to watch!  Mary made a couple of Minnesota/Midwestern dishes to eat today.  The first was tator tot hotdish.  For those of you not fro
446 days ago 0 comments Categories: What We Are Up To Tags:
Yesterday I went to a casting call for the American Heart Association to possibly win the chance to be a spokeswoman for the AHA.  I had a lot of fun at the event.  Brian was a good sport, he came wit
447 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Scott's sister had a baby boy earlier this week.  It was so great to meet him at the hospital.  We just got a new picture of him on his way to his first check up.  So glad they are home and doing well
447 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags: birthday, family, trip
Tim recently celebrated his 30th birthday.  Thirty seems like such a big milestone.  We remember when thirty seemed so old! We travelled back to Manhattan, KS for a Kansas State University (our alma m
449 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags:
This journey has been a rollercoaster and I just can't wait to add a third person to our seat so that we can enjoy watching this little one grow and become the person he/she is meant to be.  Meeting m
449 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We now have a tentative moving timeline.  With all hope and praying of no more delays or bad weather, we should be moving on Mary's birthday toward the end of February.  There are some projects we wan
451 days ago 0 comments Categories: What We Are Up To Tags:
The weather here in Michigan today is crazy.  Last night it snowed, then it started raining, then it froze, and now everything is slushy/icy outside.  I have lived in Michigan all my life and to top t
451 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
We had a nice relaxing weekend.  On Saturday, Pat worked on a project at his new workshop at the farmsite we are moving to in the next few weeks.  Yesterday, we relaxed, read books, and played games. 
452 days ago 0 comments Categories: Adoption process Tags: crib, mattress, nursery
Well, after much debate and discussion on what mattress would be best, we finally went out and got one.  Crib is ready for a baby!  I was happy to finally put the blanket I made on the bed, but can't
452 days ago 0 comments Categories: Food Tags:
I love to make a nice breakfast on Sunday mornings.  This week I found a really good recipe for baked french toast casserole where you let it sit overnight in the custard and then in the morning put i
454 days ago 0 comments Categories: What We Are Up To Tags:
I have the opportunity to model a dress that is going to be auctioned off at the Go Red For Women Luncheon on February 15th benefitting the American Heart Association. This morning I went in for my fi
454 days ago 0 comments Categories: Games Tags:
We are almost to the end of the cold snap here in Minnesota.  Sunday is supposed to be very nice temperature wise.  We like to spend the evening indoors during weather like this relaxing.  We do some
455 days ago 0 comments Categories: Family Tags:
Last night Brian and I babysat my two cousins, C & G.  They are 1 year old and 3 years old. They sure did keep us busy last night.  We made valentine's for their parents and G was a little monster
457 days ago 0 comments Categories: Food Tags:
Tonight I'm making chicken picatta and then a side of whole wheat pasta (first time trying whole wheat) with olive oil, garlic, tomato and basil.  I love cooking and find it relaxing.  If you are inte
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