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Last week, Andy's dad and step-mom happened to be driving through town - so they stopped by for an evening with us! It was nice to have some time together to catch up, have dinner, and play board games. As you can see, Penny was excited to spend some time
gautamandandrew · 2 days ago

  We celebrated Mother's day a couple weeks ago by taking Kathy's mother to try a Yemeni restaurant. It was the first time for all of us to try this cuisine. We had a delicious fava bean dip called foul, a dish of white beans called fasolia, and an egg dis
howardandkathy · 3 days ago

One of the things David and I love doing on weekends during the spring and summer is going for bicycle rides. We are lucky to have a number of bike paths near our home, one of which takes you through forests and past beautiful lakes and ponds.  David has a
davidandlora · 6 days ago

This weekend, we had friends and family over to celebrate Andy's birthday - with dinosaurs! As you can see here, our nephew was very excited about Andy's birthday cake for two reasons: (1) it was chocolate! and (2) the dinosaur candle.
gautamandandrew · 9 days ago

Last weekend, we took Angela's Mom to an event called Paint Nite. It was Mother's Day, and a beautiful afternoon for creativity. At the end of the day, Angela and her Mom had beautiful pieces of art to hang on our walls. We are so excited for the day we ca
darrenandangela · 9 days ago

Getting ready to plant tomatoes!  Seems like it's the best time to plant since overnight freezes are probably unlikely from here on.  Last year, we thought we wouldn't get very many but happily there was a bumper crop in the early Fall!  This year, we're p
davidandlora · 12 days ago

It's been a crazy and fun couple months around here. We were SO happy to see Spring because we had enough snow this year and were ready to dig out! We did take advantage of the snow, though, and went sledding and skiing many times.   We also snuck away for
kyleanderin · 19 days ago

Thanks to our moms, we recently discovered artwork from our childhood! The first is a picture that Gautam drew for his mom: And this one is a picture that Andy drew for his grandma. We *THINK* that's a Christmas tree? But we're not sure!
gautamandandrew · 21 days ago

Today Grandma & Papa came for a visit!  They are staying for "two sleeps."  Evan was so excited he couldn't even take a nap - and he's a champion napper.  We are so blessed that they have such a strong connection.  He showed off all his new skills (inc
PeteandSarah · 30 days ago

We are lucky that several of Gautam's cousins live in the Washingto, D.C. area and once or twice a year, we like to plan a "Cousins Weekend" to spend quality time in West Virginia!  We spent the last weekend playing board games, cuddling with Penny the dog
gautamandandrew · 36 days ago

Hi, it's Angela here! :-) Spring has arrived and we are getting excited to get started on our yard and garden. As you can see in our photos, we have a large garden and a very large yard. It's a lot of work, but we love the space and peace and tranquility t
darrenandangela · 41 days ago

We had the pleasure of attending Angela's brother's wedding last weekend. We were looking forward to the weekend for quite a while as all of Angela's family was in attendance. It was a wonderful time spent with our nieces and nephews and we were especially
darrenandangela · 48 days ago

We went to Florida a few weeks ago to visit, Kathy's sister, and our new nephew, Liam who was born in February. We were so happy to welcome a new member of our family and spend time helping the new parents take care of baby Liam.
howardandkathy · 49 days ago

You and your baby are worth the wait! We are eager to meet you. As we think about welcoming you and your baby into our family, our hearts are filled with joy, anticipation, and love. We cannot imagine the emotions you are feeling, but we will be there to w
jamieandkristy · 51 days ago

We had an awesome weekend celebrating Easter with our families.  Being around our nieces and nephew was a lot of fun, especially since we were able to get outside and play some basketball and blow bubbles because of the warmer weather.  Our families are so
jamieandkristy · 51 days ago

Easter was pretty low key around here.  The weather was sunny, so we got outside with the dogs. They were not overly thrilled with their Easter outfits:     Navy was a little more willing, but Roxy kept trying to eat the ears off of her!       We had Eas
patandelisa · 54 days ago

We just added a bunch of pictures here!  We hope you enjoy them!
DavidandCarmen · 56 days ago

Looking forward to a fun day tomorrow with family. It's fun to go shopping for the baskets, and to see the smiles it brings to everyones face! We begin to imagine how exciting it will be to spoil a child.
christopherandkenneth · 60 days ago

One of our favorite things to do on the weekend when we have time off together is to go out for breakfast.  Sunday was no different.  I woke Pat up to tell him he was taking me for breakfast . He quickly got ready and we were out the door.  As we were driv
patandelisa · 61 days ago

This past weekend was a much deserved and memorable weekend. We visited with a cousin of ours. To our surprise two more families of cousins showed up. It felt like a mini family reuinion. Well considering our family is so large it's about 5% of our family.
christopherandkenneth · 62 days ago

There are so many emotions involved in the adoption process. As hopeful adoptive parents, we have experienced a lot of ups and downs with the adoption process that are difficult for people to understand who have never walked this journey. Without knowing y
jamieandkristy · 64 days ago

We each bring different things to our relationship. I am more structured and organized whereas Jamie is more spontaneous and carefree.  I am talkative while Jamie tends to be on the quiet side. However there is one thing we both do and that is support each
jamieandkristy · 64 days ago

Well, we know that spring is here and summer is quickly approaching! Why? Because it was time for our first visit to Dairy Queen in our town.  This favorite ice cream hot spot is open seasonally, so we took advantage of their early opening to get our first
jamieandkristy · 65 days ago

Today we planned for a visit to a Children's Museum, but Evan fell asleep in the car. Since he was snoozing we decided to keep driving and visited the hospital where we first met Evan. It was a special experience to share with him the special place where w
PeteandSarah · 65 days ago

I realized this weekend how much I take for granted.  I was outside talking with my neighbor and mentioned that I HAD to go for dinner with my family.  She gently stated that she wishes that her family was close enough that she could have a casual Sunday n
patandelisa · 71 days ago

Recently, Gautam's parents were in town so we used the opportunity to paint a mural in our nursery! Gautam's mom is an artist and sketched the entire thing by hand - but we all pitched in to paint the animals and scenery.   
gautamandandrew · 79 days ago

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so we decided to say a lot with our picture video. We chose a love song about finding the right person to share your life with, and on so many levels the words speak to us about meeting an expectant mother and
jamieandkristy · 92 days ago

I can't get this picture to rotate, but it's so darling I needed to put it in the journal. I don't know if Bob or Pooh Bear was more shocked to find out they had dressed the same that day.  It was so funny!  we loved Disneyland.  
BobandKarin · 100 days ago

One of our favorite times of the day is the evening after dinner. We spend our time relaxing together either watching TV, movies, or reading on our computers. Talking about our day and unplugging from our phones allows us to reconnect and listen to each ot
jamieandkristy · 100 days ago

Despite getting a bit wet from the rain, we enjoyed spending time together and with Mother Nature during our walk in the woods last night. In all honesty, we wish there was more snow to trek through but we managed with the slightly frozen and muddy ground,
jamieandkristy · 112 days ago

Do you find inspiration in quotes?  I definitely do! Whether I see a quote on Facebook, Instagram, or the internet, it is not unusual for me to write it down or save the picture to add to my inspirational treasure trove.  The quote and picture below truly
jamieandkristy · 112 days ago

We had a HUGE snowstorm in Washington, DC this past weekend. After shoveling ourselves out of our home, we ventured around the neighborhood. While the sidewalks weren’t exactly clear, there were tons of people outside. Everyone was carrying sleds and were
toddandjennifer · 118 days ago

Time sure does fliy!! Two years ago this weekend, we welcomed Cleo into our home. After losing our first beloved dog, Josie, we debated getting another dog right away. However, a few short months later we found Cleo's adorable face online, connected with h
jamieandkristy · 128 days ago

It is a beautiful day here in our little town.  The sun is shining, people are outside walking their dogs, there are even little birds finding seeds on our trees. I am sitting in our front room, basking in the sunlight and dreaming about spring!     I've
patandelisa · 130 days ago

Baking has always beeng something that I loved to do.  From my early experiences of baking chocolate chip cookies for my dad and aunt to my excitement at trying more challenging recipes like baking and decorating a friend's wedding shower cake, I find enjo
jamieandkristy · 133 days ago

As we have mentioned in previous posts, our family is extremely important to us.  We have been blessed with amazing and supportive parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.  Rarely does a day go by that we do not talk with our parents, either on the phone or by
jamieandkristy · 136 days ago

This weekend my niece and her husband visited for an overnight stay. They played about a million games of hide-and-seek with Evan!  On Sunday we visited an aquarium and had such a fun time. It was the first time Evan was really interested in and awed by th
PeteandSarah · 141 days ago

2 weeks of crazy at our house.....  3 Christmas Parties, Swimming, Skating, Hockey, Bowling and of course the Movies, Star Wars the Force Awakens We squeezed in every oounce of fun that we could over the break and loved every minute of it! Back to reality
PeteandMary · 142 days ago

What a week it has been!  After a quiet post-Christmas weekend, we've been rocking the nights away!  Two of Pete's uncles and an aunt were here for dinner on Tuesday. Uncle Tim gave Evan three amazing model airplanes that he already built with Pete. What a
PeteandSarah · 143 days ago

We are so lucky to live close enough to my parents that Evan has developed a deep bond with them!  He loves his Gramma & Papa to the moon and back. We weren't halfway home from their house on December 26th and he was wishing they'd come for a visit (th
PeteandSarah · 146 days ago

Christmas Day 2015 Christmas is always a great time of year for us, and we're lucky to spend it with both sides of our entire family. Ashley's family lives in our neighborhood, and this year, her brother and his girlfriend came to visit. The fun was non-st
ryanandashley · 149 days ago

This Christmas, we hosted our family for the first time! We had nine guests including our parents, Andy's brother, step-sister, and uncle, and Gautam's cousins dropped by for Christmas dinner as well.  With so many guests, we did a gift swap instead of buy
gautamandandrew · 150 days ago

Hi! This is Gautam. One of my favorite holiday traditions is singing Christmas carols! This year, we invited over a bunch of my college friends (who I used to sing with) for a Sunday afternoon of signing carols. We're all a little rusty, but I think we sti
gautamandandrew · 154 days ago

Tuesday 6:30am - Light saber battling in the family room!  By 7:30am he is showered, dressed and asking where we are going and what we are doing today.   This kid can't wait for Christmas! 
PeteandMary · 155 days ago

Cleo joined our family two years ago this January. After searching for several weeks to find a lab puppy to welcome into our home, we found Cleo. The first picture of her just warmed our hearts. Her eyes are full of love, loyalty, and personality. She has
jamieandkristy · 155 days ago

This year was Tom's grandparent's 50th anniversary.  To celebrate, we went to Hawaii on a cruise over Thanksgiving with his grandparents, parents, and brother and sister-in-law.  It was a great time spent together as a family.  We don't see Tom's brother a
thomasandjodi · 156 days ago

Nothing like the dreaded sound of feet running down the hallway to your room at 6am.  No matter how many times I tell Hayden we can sleep in because its Christmas break, he gets up earlier ever day.  He runs to our room hops in the bed and tells us how man
PeteandMary · 156 days ago

 I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you to the area we live in.  We are so fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful parts of Canada.  It is known as the Okanagan Valley.  One of the Okanagan's claims to fame is that it has all four season
patandelisa · 160 days ago

Another great weekend.. Satruday we drove to see the Wayne County LIghtfest and Sunday was brunch with Santa.  While I love we get to see Santa at so many functions, each time Hayden talks to Santa his wish list changes!  Need to make it a point to avoid S
PeteandMary · 163 days ago

Tuesday night we all put our pajamas on, got a hot chocolate and drove thru Rochester to look at all the lights.   Last night was the Christmas program at school.  The kindergarteners sang 3 songs and did a great job! There is nothing quite like this time
PeteandMary · 166 days ago

This weekend we went to a local tree farm where we picked out our Christmas tree!  We had a fun afternoon together choosing our tree, cutting it down, bringing it home, and decorating it.  This is a family tradition we look forward to and enjoy!
gregandpam · 170 days ago

Christmas time is, by far, Kristy's favorite time of year. Jamie enjoys the Christmas holiday, but is more of a warm summer weather kind of guy.  Every year, we venture out to a local Christmas tree farm to find our 'perfect' tree. We love walking through
jamieandkristy · 170 days ago

I am so blessed to have family living in our town.  There is nothing quite like an impromptu dinner.  One night this week my mom called me to invite us over for spaghetti; my brother's family showed up as well. All 8 of us crowded around the table and fill
patandelisa · 171 days ago

Since he was a little kid, Gautam has loved decorating a Christmas Tree during the holidays! This year, the day after Thanksgiving, we bought a beautiful, 9' tall tree and decorated it with the help of Gautam's aunt, uncle, and cousins who happened to be i
gautamandandrew · 174 days ago

The Advent calendar is out.... Let the countdown begin!    
PeteandMary · 176 days ago

Today we helped our Texas family decorate their Christmas tree.  Evan was so excited and it was very fun to look through their ornaments and hear stories.  Every year after Thanksgiving dinner they (with their guests) paint ornaments.  Evan now has four ye
PeteandSarah · 178 days ago

Growing up my family had a special advent calendar that my mom made for the family.  It was a wall hanging with a Christmas tree on it.  We had 24 ornaments that we could then pin on the tree.  I remember setting it up each year with my mom, spending what
patandelisa · 178 days ago

3 days into the long holiday weekend and having great family time.  Spent Thanksgiving with family and Gram came to stay the weekend.  Playing some games, having lightsaber battles and watching more Star Wars.   House is decorated for Christmas and most pr
PeteandMary · 179 days ago

What a special day Thanksgiving is!  We were so blessed to have dinner with our Texas family and their friends. As I cuddled with Evan for a pre-dinner nap I was filled with such thanksgiving for his very special birthparents. I am so thankful for the oppo
PeteandSarah · 180 days ago

We are so blessed to be with our Texas family. Evan has said "I love you" about fifty times to his cousins, and we've only been here two days. It is so special to watch their relationships grow. Today we took it easy and played outside a bunch, we love Tex
PeteandSarah · 183 days ago

With it snowing all day yesterday it was a great day to put the tree up and decorate, go outside and play in the snow and then come in and have a fire, some hot chocolate and watch Star Wars!
PeteandMary · 185 days ago

Hayden was asked to write down 3 cool facts about himself to share with his class this week.  He chose to share that he was adopted.  He stood in front of his class and told them that he was adopted, that it happened when he was a baby and that we are a fo
PeteandMary · 190 days ago

Started the weekend with a half day of school on Friday.  Of course what better way to spend a snowy afternoon than out to lunch and then off to visit Santa! Had lots of hockey and other activites this weekend but still managed to squeeze in a trip to the
PeteandMary · 190 days ago

God has a plan.  God always has a plan.  This year, we do not have a plan.  We always have a very good plan for the holidays - where we will be, who we will be with, and of course, what we will be eating.  Right now there are many options.  We usually host
PeterandCarol · 194 days ago

This weekend we went to North Carolina to visit Sarah's family. We had a great time playing with our nephew and catching up with Sarah's sisters and parents. Of course the topic of "any news" was brought up each time we saw one of them as they couldn't be
justinandsarah · 197 days ago

Made it thru the busy weekend and enjoyed a great visit with Hayden's biological father and his parents yesterday.   Start of a new week and today is my first time volunteering in the computer room for Hayden's class.  Looking forward to working with the k
PeteandMary · 198 days ago

This weekend we took Evan for his first Home Depot Kids Workshop. It was so fun to help him build and paint a jet!  (It took all day for the paint to dry.)  We also went to see the Peanuts Movie, Evan's first trip to a theater. He decided that he did like
PeteandSarah · 198 days ago

It was an emotional week.. we had a funeral, for someone who was too young, and a baby shower. The circle of life yes, but it doesn't make it any easier.   Today we are going to meet with Hayden's biological father.  Looking forward to seeing him and shari
PeteandMary · 199 days ago

It's hard to believe Halloween is over and it's November already!  As I sit down to look at our calendar for the week, I see invitations to Christmas parties, Christmas concerts and holiday gatherings!   I guess it is that time of year.  Time to shop, cook
PeteandMary · 205 days ago

 #ForeverFamilies
PeteandMary · 206 days ago

Kara and I were going through some photos last night and thought it would be nice to share some family photos we came across.  There wasn't alot of room in our flipbook to share everything, so here is a glimpse into some family photos we ran across. Here's
donaldandkara · 208 days ago

How can it be Halloween is this weekend!  Last weekend we had a Trunk or Treat event to attend.  We all dressed as Star Wars characers.  I was pricness Leia however, Hayden had my lightsaber and pendant within the first 10 minutes!  Tomorrow is the Hallowe
PeteandMary · 209 days ago

We just love using Facebook as a way to let expectant moms know more about us!! We have a page dedicated just to adoption.  Feel Free to visit it and check out all the pictures and updates that we post about! We even have a video about us!  Here is the lin
JasonandHeidi · 211 days ago

This past weekend we took a long weekend and headed up north for what was the final camping trip of 2015. It was a cold one! We camped in a beautiful park and there was lots to do. We did a color tour, and lots of biking, fires, and games. Travis' parents
travisandlaurelin · 217 days ago

We were so excited to find out that our profile went live THIS past Friday. We thought it wasn't going to be until NEXT Friday. A pleasant surprise to say the least. This is our second adoption journey and we are eager to grow our family. However, in life
nathananderin · 225 days ago

The highlight of our summer was a trip to the ocean.  It was Evan's first, and a first in a long time for Pete and I.  We spent a week with Pete's sister and brother-in-law, and Evan's cousins on the coast in North Carolina.  It was so great we already res
PeteandSarah · 230 days ago

This past weekend Mike and I went on our annual Halloween camping trip with family and friends. We rent cabins each year for the weekend and Saturday other family and friends come out for the day. There are lots of things for the kids to do all day long. I
MichaelandKristi · 230 days ago

Today we wanted to share a little bit about someone who meant very much to us. That is my (Laurelin's) mother, who passed away from breast cancer in October 2014.  Thais, my mother, had a very long battle with cancer, and became such an inspiration to so
travisandlaurelin · 237 days ago

      This weekend was another beautiful weekend. I spent the weekend at my sisters house watching my niece play soccer, BBQing , spending time with my niece and nephew, sister, brother in law and fun friends. Mike spent the weekend Up North with 3 of his
MichaelandKristi · 240 days ago

This summer, we were blessed with the birth of our first niece! Laurelin's brother and sister-in-law had their first child in June. We had been anxiously awaiting her arrival, and we are so glad he is here!  Since little miss Sabina has arrived, we spent
travisandlaurelin · 242 days ago

Two full weeks of school and I think we are finally getting in to a good morning routine!  I think everyone is exhausted with this new schedule, forms, registration and acitivites that come with starting school  I had no idea there would so much to do the
PeteandMary · 243 days ago

For Labor Day, we took a camping trip up north in Michigan. We had family come in from Virgina and from Florida to spend the weekend together. The weather was so wonderful and warm! We enjoyed a day on a boat... My brother and jumping! We spent a day tour
travisandlaurelin · 244 days ago

Today we celebrated one of our nieces birthdays.   
MichaelandKristi · 254 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 · 255 days ago

Mike was busy today making more salsa, pickles and peppers.   
MichaelandKristi · 258 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 · 263 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 · 267 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 wit
PeteandMary · 268 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 · 291 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 · 293 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 · 296 days ago

Fun activities this week at camp.   
MichaelandKristi · 299 days ago

We had such a fun Fourth of July weekend!  Sarah's sister and niece were in town for an overnight visit with her parents, so she and Evan started the weekend early.  I joined them on Friday afternoon and we enjoyed nightly campfires, lots of outside playti
PeteandSarah · 324 days ago

The weather this weekend was amazing, so we packed up and went for a hike. Our jobs keep us at the house for most of the week, so we relish the chance to get outside and appreciate all the natural beauty in our area on the weekends. I mean, just look at th
leighannandkevin · 330 days ago

Wow!  We have been horrible about updating this journal!  We are try to update our social media accounts everyday but have not been very good about updating here.  So sorry about that!   Last week brought on the first day of summer!  We have been enjoying
DavidandCarmen · 334 days ago

Today is our 9th wedding anniversary! The years have just flown by. We have been so blessed but pray for a child to add to our family and love.    
shanaandsamadopt · 343 days ago

This month I celebrated my 40th birthday! My best friend & Steven surprised me with a slumber party with all of my girlfriends! We had a full day of fun filled with pedicures, shopping, dinner and a scavenger hunt! I couldn't have asked for anything el
annandsteve · 349 days ago

Hi, this is Cari.  I am a planner by nature.  I love to know what is coming so the adoption process would seem like it might be really hard for me since we don't know who the child will be.  But actually, what has happened is that I've already started feel
davidandcari · 370 days ago

It is so nice to be spending time outside again.  Some of my favorite moments are spending time in our front yard coloring with chalk on the driveway, digging in the dirt with a bulldozer and watching Evan ride his bike.  We have also been making the round
PeteandSarah · 394 days ago

Happy 16th Birthday to our dog Jupiter!  She has been our only "child" for 15 1/2 years and we love her every day.  She has been a blessing to us as a wonderful companion, snuggling when we are sad, playing when we are happy, sleeping on the bed with us wh
PeterandCarol · 399 days ago

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