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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 · 11 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 · 11 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 · 17 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 · 27 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 · 29 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 · 32 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 · 35 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 · 40 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 · 41 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 · 42 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 · 45 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 · 48 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 · 48 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 · 53 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 · 54 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 · 54 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 · 54 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 · 55 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 · 59 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 · 62 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 · 65 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 · 69 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 · 69 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 · 70 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 · 72 days ago

The Advent calendar is out.... Let the countdown begin!    
PeteandMary · 75 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 · 77 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 · 77 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 · 78 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 · 79 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 · 82 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 · 83 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 · 89 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 · 89 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 · 92 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 · 96 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 · 96 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 · 97 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 · 97 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 · 103 days ago

 #ForeverFamilies
PeteandMary · 104 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 · 106 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 · 108 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 · 110 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 · 116 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 · 124 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 · 128 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 · 129 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 · 136 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 · 139 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 · 141 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 · 142 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 · 143 days ago

Today we celebrated one of our nieces birthdays.   
MichaelandKristi · 153 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 · 154 days ago

Mike was busy today making more salsa, pickles and peppers.   
MichaelandKristi · 157 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 · 162 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 · 166 days ago

We just got back from our annual vacation up north.  The weather was great and what could be better than a week with friends and family.  We swam every day and cooked on the grill every night.  Of course we had to make some s'mores in the fire along with p
PeteandMary · 167 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 · 190 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 · 192 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 · 194 days ago

Fun activities this week at camp.   
MichaelandKristi · 198 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 · 223 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 · 228 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 · 232 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 · 241 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 · 248 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 · 268 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 · 293 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 · 298 days ago

Took my mom to church and spent Easter with our families.   Love Easter & everything it represents, but the Easter Bunny brings way too much candy!!
phillipandmary · 305 days ago

We had such a fun afternoon at the park on Sunday!  Warm and sunny, it was the perfect spring day.  A rousing game of hide-and-seek in the pine trees made all three of us laugh almost uncontrollably.  I am really looking forward to more park-weather days!
PeteandSarah · 306 days ago

Evan has fallen in love with bounce houses and indoor play centers.  He wants to go to McDonald's for the playland more than the french fries!  This weekend we checked out a new place, and Evan was so brave.  It was really fun that this one is open on the
PeteandSarah · 321 days ago

This past month has been difficult, as Peter's dad passed away unexpectedly.  As sad a time as it is, we know that he will be with us always and a guardian angel to our new little bundle of joy.  He was so excited to find out we were adopting a child and c
PeterandCarol · 343 days ago

Well, we're still frozen here!  These last two weeks have been brutally cold (with two "warm" days that reached 30)!  We took advantage of the warmest days to play outside, Evan even enjoyed a bike ride.   Last week we headed to a local library for a conc
PeteandSarah · 354 days ago

We are spending this frozen Valentine's Day weekend inside!  Valentine's Day is a time when we feel very reflective on the love that has shaped our family.  The unconditional love of our family, the love and kindness of friends, the unselfish love of Evan'
PeteandSarah · 363 days ago

Sometimes it is important to just share our typical day.  It started with breakfast together and then waving goodbye to Pete from the window.  I wanted to do a little sewing before storytime, so Evan and I headed to the basement.  He loves to sit up at my
PeteandSarah · 368 days ago

Today we spent an hour in the pool and Evan is swimming like a fish!  He loves jumping in and kicks like crazy to get up to the surface. He still needs help, but he's making big strides. We are so lucky to have an awesome community pool just around the cor
PeteandSarah · 371 days ago

What a busy winter, January just flew by! Evan loves our snowy neighborhood; sledding with friends has become his passion.  We've been busy each week with playdates, storytime at the library, mom-and-tot preschool and playing outside.  Swimming lessons sta
PeteandSarah · 374 days ago

Last night we attended a Waiting Family event at our agency.  We had a great time connecting with other waiting adoptive couples. We look forward to more meetings in the future!   This picture is from Sunday night when we watched the movie Courageous.  On
DavidandCarmen · 388 days ago


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We were lucky enough to enjoy the holidays with our family, reminding us how much hope we have for this new year.  There are so many things to be thankful for every day, especially each other.  This year will hopefully be a complete change in our lives and
PeterandCarol · 404 days ago

Merry Christmas!  Today we celebrated with Sarah's parents. We enjoyed the excitement and the quiet of the day, all getting to play with our new toys. Evan helped pass out gifts at the nursing home where Sarah's Grandma Eloise lives, and boy did he love th
PeteandSarah · 415 days ago

We have been really busy with family Christmas' this year already.  Typically our family Christmas' start the second weekend in December and go until Christmas day.  The thing we love most about this time of year, is the amount of time we are able to spend
DanandLaurel · 418 days ago

Today Evan and I are headed out to visit with my sister and her kids.  Then we're going to meet up with Pete and spend the night with Grandma & Papa.  I made gifts for my Gramma's (Evan'a great-grandma) caregivers, so we are going to wrap and deliver t
PeteandSarah · 428 days ago

Today, after visiting Santa, we put our Christmas tree up and began decorating the inside of our home.  Evan even wore reindeer antlers to get into the spirit.  ~Sarah
PeteandSarah · 433 days ago

For over 25 years Sarah's sister and her husband have invited Thanksgiving guests to paint ornaments for their Christmas tree.  This was Evan's third Thanksgiving, and his third set of ornaments.  Thanksgiving in Texas is memorable for so many reasons!  ~P
PeteandSarah · 437 days ago

Happy Thanksgiving!  Today we have reflected on the journey to adoption.  We are so thankful that Evan became our son through adoption.  Today as we celebrate with our family we sincerely hope his birthfamily is also surrounded by love and support!  ~ Pete
PeteandSarah · 443 days ago

We are having such a fantastic Thanksgiving week!  Smooth flight, basketball games for the cousins, bowling and pizza... and tomorrow the real festivities begin. ~Sarah
PeteandSarah · 444 days ago

We were at the mall last night and it was Santa's first night so all of the kids were invited to sit on Santa's lap and tell him what they wanted for Chirstmas.  Hayden was very excited about talking to Santa and reminded us that "last year he asked for a
PeteandMary · 451 days ago

We have a week until Thanksgiving, but we have already been counting our blessings around here!  We put together this blessing jar which holds several strips of paper with writing prompts, a pen, and tape.  We keep it on the kitchen counter so whenever one
JonandAmber · 451 days ago

Brr!  This cold-cold weekend we put up our Christmas lights and wreath then finished some much needed yard work.  Now winter can really get going.  We celebrated a job-done with a cup of cocoa, it was Evan's first "hot" drink - and he loved it!  I have bee
PeteandSarah · 454 days ago

One of our favorite things about the fall season is all the yummy food and baking!  We had fun today as a family whipping up a batch of home made pumkin bread.  Josiah and Ainsleigh had fun taking turns pouring ingredients and stirring the batter.  Yummy!
JonandAmber · 459 days ago

We are fortunate to have a local park that sponsors many family friendly activities.  We attended the fall festival with some of our nieghbors and enjoyed a hay ride, pumpkin painting and roasting hot dogs and s'mores at the bonfire!
PeteandMary · 462 days ago

We picked a beautiful Michigan fall day to go to the local pumpkin patch!  There are so many fun things to do!  You can pose with various tractors and vehicles.  There are giant kids characters built out of straw.  They even have a launch of the giant pump
JonandAmber · 463 days ago

The weather on Halloween this year was a little more like Christmas, but we didn't let that stop the fun!  We braved the elements with some friends of ours and showed off our costumes.  This year Josiah chose to go as a Storm Trooper from Star Wars and som
JonandAmber · 466 days ago

We went to the Annual Zoo Boo and had a great time.  All of the kids look so cute in their costumes.  It is a great family event that we enjoy attending every year.
PeteandMary · 472 days ago

What to do on a cold and wet Saturday?  Go to Lowes!  Evan was so excited to see all the holiday decorations!  Christmas trees, sparkling lights, Santa statues.  He was pretty disappointed we were there to pick up light bulbs and weather stripping.  No wor
PeteandSarah · 483 days ago

I was driving home from work today reflecting back on time spent with my husband and our family this past weekend. We celebrated 3 birthdays at my parents home. It was nice to see my brother and his girlfriend along with thier little one. No matter the bir
mikeandkelli · 486 days ago

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