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Only 15 minutes from our house is a pretty cool state park with lots of hiking trails, camp sites, wildlife, and horses.  This past weekend the weather was perfect for the outdoors, high 70s and overcast, so we decided to go visit the state park for a hike and to see the horse races.  Maddie loves b
jonathanandliza · 3 days ago

Hannah and I just got back from a trip to see my family in North Carolina.  While Colorado was getting a snow storm, we are playing in the sand and waves on the beach.  I grew up going to the beach almost every summer weekend, and I have never lost my wonder of the ocean.  There's nothing like smell
davidandrenee · 4 days ago

  This weekend was our first camping trip of the season!  More fun memories were made.  We went on a lot of hikes, kayaking, fishing, visited the beach, roasted marshmallows, made smores, and ate lots of yummy food.  We love this time of the year!  We are eagerly awaiting the day we can bring a chil
Philipandkelly · 5 days ago

We recently returned from a trip to the Oregon Coast!  We really enjoyed getting away from everything and spending time on the beach.     It would have been fun to have a child to build a sand castle with!  David got to feed the seals at the local aquarium.  While we were there we also visited the
davidandjeana · 8 days ago

We recently returned from a trip to the Oregon Coast!  We really enjoyed getting away from everything and spending time on the beach.     It would have been fun to have a child to build a sand castle with!  David got to feed the seals at the local aquarium.  While we were there we also visited the
davidandjeana · 8 days ago

Liza's side of the family gets together often for family days at her Aunt and Uncle's lake house which is only an hour from our house.  This past weekend we enjoyed spending time outside playing bad mitton, corn hole, kayaking, swimming in the lake, and eating lots of yummy food.  The lake is such a
jonathanandliza · 8 days ago

I hope you had a marvellous Mother's Day!  It can be a difficult day for so many reasons, especially on this adoption journey.I remember, years ago, that Mother's Day was so hurtful and depressing for me.  It seemed so unfair that all these women had children and we didn't.  I once cried to Michael
MikeandTracy · 11 days ago

Isabella has been dying to go camping but our weekends have been busy recently.  So last week we told her she could invite some friends over for a backyard campout.  I thought she would invite some girls over from her pre-school to sleepover.  Instead, she wanted to ask the two neighbor boys over! S
MikeandTracy · 18 days ago

I am part of a wonderful moms group at my church.  Today we met together and celebrated the Kentucky Derby!  Many of us wore some fun and unique hats.  I already had a Derby hat that I made years ago with a glued on bird and birds nest complete with M&M candies as birds eggs.   This year was esp
davidandrenee · 18 days ago

Last Thursday was "Take Your Child to Work" day so Michael took Isabella to work with him.  She woke up early, picked out "work" clothes and packed her backpack for work.  Then, they both headed to the Metro to take the train into downtown D.C.Michael sent me this photo of Isabella hard at work. Mic
MikeandTracy · 21 days ago

This blog is supposed to be a way for you to get to know us better and to be able to see our lives beyond a few photos on the website or in our profile book. So far, we've tried to share some of our activities and our lives on a daily basis.  While that's important, I'm sure you would like to know o
MikeandTracy · 22 days ago

We just got home from spending a week on a cruise with some really great friends and family.  We are very blessed to have gotten the opportunity to share in these type of adventures.  We can't wait to be able to share more of these amazing trips with a child.          Magens Bay St Thomas was beaut
Philipandkelly · 30 days ago

I am a working mother and I love it. Don't get me wrong there are moments when it can be stressful and chaotic but most of the time I feel it is the best of both worlds.   People often define themselves by the roles they have or the jobs they do. It is one of the first questions we ask each other wh
MikeandTracy · 30 days ago

What a blast! We just came home from our yearly vacation to Marco Island. Dana's parents have a home there where they live during the Connecticut winter months. We go every year to get away and to recharge our batteries! It always brings memories back from our first meeting there!  This year was ext
kellieanddana · 31 days ago

Jeoff and I would describe ourselves as a regular, middle class family living in the suburbs of Chicago. Jeoff works a corporate job and I became a stay-at-home mom when we adopted our son Zachary who is 3 ½ yo. We love being parents, we love the family we are building and we cannot wait until we ha
MJAdopt · 31 days ago

I volunteered to help cover some commitments for a friend of mine this past weekend.  The friend has been in the hospital and asked me if I could teach some of his classes.  That meant I needed to hop on a plane and head to McAllen, Texas, and that Michael was on Daddy duty all weekend. He did an am
MikeandTracy · 32 days ago

Beautiful day inspired us to plant some spring flowers, as tomorrow we are expecting rain!  As they say April showers bring may flowers. We are hopeful for our beautiful flowers to continue to blossum. Relaxing weekend filled with chores around the house and time spent together.
keithandmarissa · 33 days ago

Happy Easter! A special holiday in our house every year.  We often have a crowd of people, lots of traditional easter foods such as Lamb and Ham, and lots of fun! Growing up easter always meant coloring eggs, making homemade choclate easter bunnies and going to church with Grandma. We can't wait to
keithandmarissa · 33 days ago

So our 3 yo moved into a big boy bed this week.  Not a toddler bed but an actual full-size bed with new bedding -- trucks of course. He has never slept so well, which means I've never been so well rested in over 3 years. Now he's at school and I have too much time on my hands. I love being a mom and
MJAdopt · 35 days ago

This is something I feel every single day. Not a day goes by that I do not think about our son's birthmother. She is amazing! We met her while she was pregnant, less than a week before she gave birth. We talked, emailed and texted every day in that short time. We visited with her while she was in th
MJAdopt · 37 days ago

We had an amazing weekend with lots to celebrate.  We found out Friday that our profile is live and we are officially a waiting family.  Plus, this weekend is one of our favorite holidays - Easter!    Sunday started with a shriek from our daughter, "Mom! Dad!  Wake up!  The Easter bunny came!"  We t
MikeandTracy · 39 days ago

A lot of you have asked us to keep blogging our adventures with our new son Tony! It has been close to two and a half weeks since he has joined our lives, and we couldn’t be prouder to call him our son. Three year olds are quite the trip! Overall, we are seeing Tony adapt nicely to our family and ho
brianandkerri · 51 days ago

     Attending Broadway plays is alwasy an exciting event! We have seen numerous shows, The Lion King, Shrek, Grease, The Christmas Spectacular and more. Without a doubt our favorite is The Lion KIng! What a magnificent show with a spectacular cast, realistic costumes, and phenomenal staging.      
kellieanddana · 52 days ago

Despite the wacky weather and massive amounts of rain, it's been another great week. I decided to sweeten things up a bit by making a huge batch of my favorite cinnamon raisin granola to have throughout next week. Cooking and baking always make me smile & bring back memories of the many times my
Mindy2673 · 56 days ago

While tax season is almost over and spring break from school is near, we are looking forward to hopping on  a plane to head to Marco Island! This is one of our favorite places to visit every April.  It is always a blast spendig time with Dana's parents, sister and our niece Sofia!! We pray one day w
kellieanddana · 60 days ago


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What better way to bring in spring than to celebrate Kellie's dad on his birthday! As a close knit family, we hosted a pizza party to ring in  Lenny's 71st birthday! It was a time filled with fun, laughter and a time to spend time with loved ones.  Kel's mother, Rose, brother, aunts, uncles and cous
kellieanddana · 64 days ago

Every year we take a trip to the Caribbean to spend time with friends and family! During our time on the island we spend days on our beautiful beach, indulge in fun activities, and try out new resturants. Someday we hope to bring a child on this trip.
keithandmarissa · 64 days ago

So, maybe it's too soon, but I really couldn't help checking out some cribs while shopping for furniture for my Nana and Papa's new condo.  All of that baby furniture just drew me RIGHT IN!   Mike gets the fun part of making the babies room a beautiful space by creating the perfect closet, putting u
mikeandally · 72 days ago

Hey guys! It's Ally!!   Growing up, my family worked for Alliance For Children, and we fostered babies!  You may already know that, because I mentioned it a couple times in our profile.    Taking foster babies was absolutely, without a doubt, my fondest memory growing up.  Every baby (and there were
mikeandally · 72 days ago

Hi we are so excited to let you know that we recieved the first draft of our family video so you'll be able to see us in video and get to know us a little bit more. I must say we were both nervous but had a blast telling you a little bit of ourselves. We think they did an amazing job putting it toge
EdandZeli · 74 days ago

Every few months on one of the adoption facebook groups, someone asks for advice:  Should I prepare my nursery before or after I'm matched?  Everyone has their own opinions; for some it's too sad to see an empty room waiting there for its little one, for others it's a hopeful way to wait.  I fall mo
sarah_adopts · 75 days ago

In February we celebrated Kevin's birthday.  We decided we would just go out with some friends!  We were going to go bowling after a nice dinner out, but the wait for bowling was too long and they were going to have to get home to let the babysitter leave.  So instead we just hung out and played aro
kevinandabby · 76 days ago

Enjoying "An Evening in Tuscany" at The Christian Academy Dinner/Auction Fundraiser for Chandler and Cambrie's School.  
jimandlaurinda · 87 days ago

Chandler made this / painted it for the silent auction last night at his school. We won the bid on it, but he secretly had Mimi and Papa bidding against us...LOL. He calls it "Fisherman." He loves art and doing anything artistic.    
jimandlaurinda · 87 days ago

I love that our life is never boring :) . Our daughter, Charly turned 4 last week.  Her Mimi came to visit and celebrate with her.  Mimi visits every birthday for about a week.  She got to swim, which is her favorite, and see the highly anticipated Lego Batman movie.  We waited for discount day and
joshandsusan · 91 days ago

Today for lunch I had multiple students stay in to have fun and spray paint outside! We conversed about graffiti and the famous painter Jackson Pollock and then we painted away. The weather is gorgeous today! One of my students staggered when leaving. She is a student that tends to stay on the "naug
Threemuskateers · 91 days ago

Sorry I have not posted since the 20th! We were busy celebrating Brendan's 32nd birthday! We had a lovely dinner out with our good friends Sam and Ben on Monday. We have been friends with Sam and Ben for many years and we would do anything for one another! So nice having a day off from work! Last ni
Threemuskateers · 93 days ago

It is magical to experience life through the eyes of a child. They express innocent wonderment at all the little things that we adults take for granted. We had a fabulous time this past weekend at Disney Springs in Orlando, Fla. My sister-in-law and her daughter were in town visiting, so her daughte
shadandchristine · 94 days ago

Just wanted to post here with pictures of my nephew's quilt finished.  I finished it a day or so after Christmas (which was okay 'cause they didn't come to visit until a few days after Christmas), and I think it turned out pretty cute.  Here it is in its finished glory:  And a few detail shots :)  
sarah_adopts · 97 days ago

TGIF is right! We are quite excited that the week is finally over! The warm weather starts for a while tomorrow, and we are grateful to be able to spend time with family and friends over the next several days!  Kerri had a successful conference in Atlanta and had a blast learning more while explorin
brianandkerri · 98 days ago

Today was a great day of instruction. My kids came ready to learn and I received thank-yous at the end of the lesson. I enjoy teaching art and I enjoy my students. Middle school is a fun age to teach because everyone is trying to figure out who they are and what they like. Often, I double up as a te
Threemuskateers · 102 days ago

http://laurenandbrendanwantoadopt.weebly.com/ Our own website creation :) 
Threemuskateers · 103 days ago

Quote of the day, haha, "Adoption is like a rollercoaster. One minute you're riding high and life is good, the next "face palm." -Her  No author for that quote but I like it! It really is a rollercoaster and we are not even in the thick of it yet. But, man on man, do we want to be!  Life takes time.
Threemuskateers · 103 days ago

I am laying here in bed about to go to sleep and am thinking how lucky I am to be beside my husband. Today was just another ordinary day but it was perfect in its own way because he was in it. Friday nights are usually our stay in nights. We rented a movie and made a pizza pie and cuddled up on the
Threemuskateers · 105 days ago

In the past two days we have had multiple phone calls but people are calling, saying hello and then hanging up nerve-racking on both ends I am sure! But if you are seeing this please know "we are good people, if you just need to vent or talk we are here too! Please consider staying on the phone if f
Threemuskateers · 108 days ago

Happy February Everyone! This is truly an all-time favorite commercial  :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfxB5ut-KTs Please share our Adoption Profile with anyone considering adoption for their baby.  Here it is: http://www.agiftofhopeadoptions.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/JLCCProfileWEB.pdf
jimandlaurinda · 108 days ago

Family has been so supportive with daily check ins, phone calls and texts to make sure we are staying positive and looking towards the future. I am thankful of friends and family who support us on this journey I really feel they believe in us and our love.  Thanks to all who may read this. Brendan
Threemuskateers · 109 days ago

So, it was Friday night, and Mike and I decided to visit Babies 'R' Us to check out carriages.   I have already done my research for which brand I liked, but I wanted Mike to see it, and get a hands on feel for how it all works.   While we were checking them out, the store associate came over and st
mikeandally · 109 days ago

Mike and I don't take many big vacations together, and over the last six years we have only been away with my family.  We have been really lucky to be able to see some cool places like the Dominican Republic, Aruba, and parts of Europe! But... we haven't been on vacation alone in those six years.  
mikeandally · 109 days ago

This week brought about a lot of emotion. My husband and I have been active on parentfinder and facebook for a month and have had a few connections but not many. I have met a lot of incredible women through adoption support groups on facebook. We are all now in this together...waiting! Waiting for t
Threemuskateers · 109 days ago

I think you can tell a lot about a person by the types of music they listen to.  I am not sure what our music choices will tell you, but I hope it gives you a better glimpse into the type of people we are.   Abby's Pandora Stations: Happiest Tunes on Earth (Anything from a disney movie makes me smil
kevinandabby · 111 days ago

Hi everyone   It is with all of the joy and love in our hearts that we write the two most beautiful words we've heard in a very long time -- WE MATCHED!  There are no words to describe what we are feeling right here, right now.  We are so thankful to the birth mother who chose us, trusting us with t
AmitandNatalie · 114 days ago

  I've started this post several times but some how never ended up posting it.     January has has been flying by.  I can't believe it's already 2017!  We celebrated my birthday this month and it had me thinking about what birthdays were like growing up.  When I was younger we did a family and frien
kevinandabby · 120 days ago

No School equals time to build LEGOs.  Both of our kids enjoy building things and doing arts and crafts.  We cannot wait to add another bundle of joy to our family and the kids cannot wait to introduce their new sibling to LEGOs.    
jimandlaurinda · 128 days ago

Just the Two of Us having a car noodle date while the kids are at Mimi and Papa's.    
jimandlaurinda · 128 days ago

Kerri and I had the pleasure of being able to volunteer for MLK Day the last two years now through Kerri's work.  We helped out at the Detroit Calvary Methodist Church, which was opened in the 1920's. The church is a huge positive location for a neighborhood that is so tightly knit. In the years to
brianandkerri · 129 days ago

Thanksmas Eve went very well!  Everyone stepped up and filled in for me when I was dealing with a shoulder injury.  Now I'm okay :)  Our gift exchange was great!  We took a train downtown and met with more family and had a great italian dinner :) Mmmm.... We made many goodies to share.  This year w
joshandsusan · 136 days ago

A few weeks ago we were hanging out with family when our nephew started crying. The only person he wanted was Uncle Erik. It melted my heart seeing our adorable little nephew cuddle up to Erik!! It's moments like this when I know Erik is going to be an amazing dad.
erikandkamilyn · 137 days ago

We had an amazing holiday season. We spent Christmas enjoying time with my side of the family. We had a wonderful Christmas eve meal and then enjoyed watching my little cousins run down the stairs Christmas morning to see what they got from santa. The next weekend we went to Jacob's family and enjoy
jacobandmandy · 137 days ago

Christmas is one of our favorite times of year. We look forward to the traditions and spending lots of time with family. A few of the things we did during the holidays are: made Christmas ornaments, saw the lights, visited with Santa at family parties, etc. We can't wait to share these traditions an
erikandkamilyn · 138 days ago

Our Niece and Nephew came to spend the night with us. We had a lot of fun making and flying paper airplanes, watching movies and going to see Christmas lights! We always have some much fun playing with our nieces and nephews. They are some of our favorite people to be with!  
erikandkamilyn · 138 days ago

It's always a party when Erik goes to the store! He's always figuring out some way to have fun!
erikandkamilyn · 138 days ago

After the holiday this year, we were able to spend time with our little nephew, John.  So much fun, Amy and John loved watching a little movie together, sharing a hug here in January 2017. John loves to watch videos of himself on the computer also.  John is soon to be a big brother, and he's gong to
damionandamy · 139 days ago

Our christmas tree is such a special thing in our home, decorating and enjoying the holiday spirit.  We had such cold weather and lots of beautiful snow around the Christmas holiday this year, only adding to the special time upstairs by our tree. We just can't wait to share with a child hopefully so
damionandamy · 139 days ago

We had such a wonderful christmas in Sacramento with our family, cooking together, sharing joy and presents.  Here we are together peacefully on Christmas morning at Damion's Mom and Dad's house.  Cuddled in!  
damionandamy · 139 days ago

New Years eve was so much fun!  Kevin's family unfortunately had to get back on the road to Texas that morning so they didn't get to join us.  We got together with Abby's mom and step dad along with some friends and played games until the ball dropped at midnight.  Even after midnight we were having
kevinandabby · 141 days ago

Hello All! 2016 was a great year with many wonderful trips, memories created with family and friends, and having good health. We got to see various parts of the country (Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas), and also went to Jamaica! So many trips, and quality time spent with family and friends,
brianandkerri · 144 days ago

Enjoyed lunch today with the family and Mimi and Papa at Lamberts. Got our good luck New Year's meal in - hog jowl, turnip greens, and black eyed peas LOL. It was delicious! #jimandlaurindasadoptionsearch#hopetoadopt#adoption      
jimandlaurinda · 145 days ago

Fun With Friends at Chuck-E-Cheese in Kentucky...    
jimandlaurinda · 146 days ago

Christmas Holidays   Happy Holidays to everyone! We have been so blessed to be able to share the holiday season with so many loved ones. Between having get togethers with our friends, having Brian's brother home for the holidays, and getting to spend quality time with family, we have definatley felt
brianandkerri · 148 days ago

When we sing The Twelve Days of Christmas, we celebrate beginning December 25 and ending January 5 (twelve days after Christmas Day). This year, Hanukkah coincides with the Christmas season beginning the evening of December 24 and ending the evening of January 1. Since our family is comprised of cul
derekandjim · 149 days ago

Merry Christmas Everyone!  We spent the day having fun with family and friends.  We cannot wait to bring another bundle of joy into our lives and share our next Christmas with!                
jimandlaurinda · 151 days ago

  MERRY CHRISTMAS!!   Kevin's parents and little sister(as well as her dog) all came up to visit us on friday the 23rd.  We are blessed to have them with us for just over a week this year.  Christmas eve was spent together watching christmas movies (and of course the Packers game this year since Kev
kevinandabby · 151 days ago

Annual tradition of opening a few presents on Christmas Eve!  
jimandlaurinda · 153 days ago

We enjoyed this past weekend in the beautiful town of Natchitoches. We did some shopping, then walked down by the river and enjoyed the Christmas lights. Each afternoon I have been in the kitchen baking up goodies for Christmas. I can not wait for our family to try the turtle cheesecake.
jacobandmandy · 154 days ago

Jim and Laurinda celebrating at Jim's Work Christmas Party.  Good food, friends, band, and door prizes make for a very fun night with each other.  We enjoy being together.        
jimandlaurinda · 155 days ago

Mom and Chandler at The Christian Academy's Christmas Program.  
jimandlaurinda · 155 days ago

Last year around this time I started a quilt for my nephew.  I'd just learned a new technique in quilting and found a series of Lego Star Wars patterns.  Since my nephew loves both Star Wars and Lego, I decided to give it a go.  It's been coming along slowly, but I now have a full set of blocks and
sarah_adopts · 160 days ago

We had a wonderful time this weekend enjoying the outdoors. We took our camper out for the weekend. It was so relaxing listening to all the different birds, especially all of the owls. We made a camp fire and roasted marshmallows.
jacobandmandy · 165 days ago

Thanksgiving has always held a special place in our family's heart. It is a wonderful time with great food, laughs and spending quality time with family, and friends. Kerri's dad hosted this year, and we had 18 people total! Two turkeys (One fried), stuffing, bread, potatoes and desserts were everyw
brianandkerri · 166 days ago

Here are a few photos of our kiddos and dogs having fun with Turkeys at Thanksgiving this year.
jimandlaurinda · 169 days ago

We had a wonderful weekend enjoying Christmas activities. We started the weekend going to the holiday light safari. The lights were beautiful and all of the big cats were very active. Saturaday afternoon we had my department unit party, we had a wonderful meal, then all the children made gingerbread
jacobandmandy · 173 days ago

As I look at this approaching season, there is so much joy and appreciation in the air!  It seems that life is busy and we have a lot of shopping to do (not one of our favorite things), but I also feel it's so important to enjoy the little moments and create moments with your family. Each year Kevin
kevinandabby · 174 days ago

We absolutely love going to the movies - especially animated movies like "The Trolls" and "Peanuts."  We cannot wait to have another bundle of joy to share in the fun with!!!
jimandlaurinda · 175 days ago

Spent thanksgiving with our family, enjoying a wonderful meal and watching LSU football at night. The ladies did some Christmas shopping the next day. Over the weekend we decorated for Christmas. 
jacobandmandy · 178 days ago

Thanksgiving is such a special time for us, one we just are so excited to share with a child and build a family.  It's Damion's favorite~  he had made a special pumpkin cheesecake the day before, what a treat!  We always do our turkey on the old Webber bbq, a special tradition along with his home ma
damionandamy · 181 days ago

We spent the weekend with friends at a car show. It was very interesting to see all the old cars and hear the history behind them. Looking forward to having Thanksgiving dinner with the family this week.
jacobandmandy · 185 days ago

One of our favorite things to do is spend time with our 5-year old nephew and 2-year old niece! We spent the entire weekend with them - and of course, that means lots of selfies!  
gautamandandrew · 186 days ago

Our Family loves to play games together - especially all of the new Monopoly Games such as Monopoly Empire.  Cambrie happened to win this game :)  We cannot wait to add another child to our family and get him or her in on the fun!!!       
jimandlaurinda · 189 days ago

With all the craziness that is going on in the world, we find it important to remember the good things we have in our lives and all the happy memories we are blessed with. This picture represents an important time to us. It was our first major trip as a couple to Austin, TX.  While we had so much un
brianandkerri · 190 days ago

Our Children Absolutely LOVE babies and cannot wait to be a Big Brother and Big Sister to a new bundle of joy!  Here, they are getting some practice at Church.
jimandlaurinda · 193 days ago

Had a wonderful weekend enjoying the outdoors, Listening to the birds sing and watching the squirrels play. Went hiking on a few trails the area had. We hope one day we will be able to share this with a child.
jacobandmandy · 193 days ago

This month is National Adoption Awareness Month and we have been doing our best to shine positive awareness with our story and our hopes! We treasure the experience we have had with adoption and what an amazing blessing it is. Adoption has touched so many lives and illustrates such unconditional lov
brianandbeth · 196 days ago

The first thing our nieces and nephews ask when they come over is if they can play Erik's drums. We love seeing them get so excited and rock out!
erikandkamilyn · 197 days ago

We love to sometimes simply "Chilax" at home together on the weekend while cozying up on the couch to a favorite movie or sit together at the kitchen table and play board games.  Whatever we are doing, we enjoy spending time with each other and our kiddos.  We cannot wait to add another bundle of jo
jimandlaurinda · 197 days ago

Over Halloween weekend, Marna and Liz celebrated with their annual pumpkin carving get together for friends and family. Everyone brings food and we have a pumpkin carving contest with prizes for the most creative results.                     We had a fantastic time. Halloween is one of our favortie
elizabethandmarna · 197 days ago

We have been picking up more items for the nursery. We are going with winnie the pooh. We are going to have a combination of tradition winnie the pooh with new winnie the pooh. We could not decide which one to use because they are both adorable.
jacobandmandy · 199 days ago

Happy Gilvember!  What in the world is Gilvember you may ask...it's a quirky little word for celebrating that this month is when Beth's favorite show has new episodes airing after nearly ten years of being off the air! Gilmore Girls returns to Netflix the day after Thanksgiving, which means no crazy
brianandbeth · 205 days ago

Hey Everyone, Today is Brian's Birthday (Happy Birthday Bri!), and we have had quite the weekend. Friday night we went to the Piston's home opener with a group of our friends and watched them win! Saturday we drove up to East Lansing for the Michigan/Michigan State game with Kerri's family. We had g
brianandkerri · 208 days ago

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