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Yesterday wepicked up a mamaroo for the baby! It's like a combination of swing and bouncer and it's been on our short list of things we wanted to have for when the baby comes home, so we're really excited to have it.  Nora is a gusher whenever we get something for the baby and immediately started wi
matthewandbethanyanne · 4 days ago

Keenan married a couple years ago.  He met his wife Allison in law school.  They spent many hours studying together and discovered they were very compatible and fell in love.  They have many common interests, a favorite right now is traveling when they can.  This picture of them taken at the Kentuck
bretandjean · 7 days ago

Keenan married a couple years ago.  He met his wife Allison in law school.  They spent many hours studying together and discovered they were very compatible and fell in love.  They have many common interests, a favorite right now is traveling when they can.  This picture of them taken at the Kentuck
bretandjean · 7 days ago

Keenan married a couple years ago.  He met his wife Allison in law school.  They spent many hours studying together and discovered they were very compatible and fell in love.  They have many common interests, a favorite right now is traveling when they can.  This picture of them taken at the Kentuck
bretandjean · 7 days ago

Keenan and Evan are Bret's 32 year old twin nephews and Callah his 21 year old niece.  Though grown, they fondly speak of their Uncle Bret and still look to him for guidance.  They frequently refer to memories they have with their Uncle and it is evident that they deeply love and respect him.     Ke
bretandjean · 13 days ago

We took a trip downtown Chicago to spend some time at the aquarium. We saw a neat 4-D movie where bubbles and water flew through the air.  We always check out the dolphin and beluga whale show. We had fun and learned some new things!   We also hit up the Field Museum because they were having a free
davidandelizabeth · 17 days ago

We celebrated Brynn's birthday with all of our extended family the last weekend in January!  Brynn always loves spending time with her Grandparents and all of her cousins.  She was so excited about seeing everyone that we were counting down the number of "sleeps" (how many nights) until her party.  
davidandelizabeth · 18 days ago

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JustinKimberly · 18 days ago

Sara is my 27 year old niece and Alec my 20 year nephew.  I have had the privelege of seeing them both grow up.  I still remember the first time I held them thinking how tiny you are and now they are both grown.  I am endearingly known by both of them as Auntie.  I am Sara's godmother and confirmati
bretandjean · 18 days ago

Our Promise To You, We promise we will love your child more than anything in the world...We promise we will always tell them how much you love them more than anything in the world... We promise to never let them forget where they came from, and we promise that your child will have a life filled wit
Philipandkelly · 20 days ago

We've been spending a lot of time thinking about how the nursery should look. It felt a little overwhelming planning for the baby's room when we don't know when they'll come home and what gender they'll be!  We decided on stars and moon/ outer space and it's been so fun finding little things that fi
matthewandbethanyanne · 26 days ago

This winter, we had lots of friends over to visit. It was also the first Christmas that we spent in our new home. There was even a big snow storm that hit us, right after we had placed our Christmas tree in the garden. It looked magical.Chris’ parents, his brother and girlfriend came to visit on Chr
chrisandtobias · 29 days ago

  (Baby's baby book and their tiny baby shoes)    This week we got Baby's baby book in the mail. It's such a sweet journal that has prompts for us to record special things about their childhood until they're 18 years old.  What makes this baby book so wonderful is that it is specific to their adopt
matthewandbethanyanne · 30 days ago

I, Jean, have one older sister.  Mary is eight years older, so we grew up at different points in our lives.  Despite our different interests at that time, we were still close, spending quality time together whenever possible.  As adults we have remained close and have always been there for each othe
bretandjean · 32 days ago

Brynn and I have been enjoying the winter days together!  We always seem to find something fun to do when she’s not in school. Today we went sledding for the second time this week in our backyard. It’s fun to get outside and run around together even in the cold. Our dog Griffin even got in on the fu
davidandelizabeth · 38 days ago

We welcomed the New Year while in Italy. We had an amazing time exploring Rome, Naples and the country side of Tuscany. The highlight of our trip was doing a cooking class in Tuscany and hiking to a medieval town. We can’t wait until we’re able to take trips like this as a family.  
johnandcarley · 40 days ago

My parents imigrated to the United States in the 1940's.  They met here and were in their 30's when they married and began a family together.  They worked hard becoming citizens, learning to speak fluent English and both working to establish and maintain a loving comfortable home for themselves and
bretandjean · 41 days ago

I love my job as teach for many reasons.  I enjoy working with young people on a daily basis and watching them grow throughout the school year.  I also enjoy the variety, yet predictability the school day provides.  Justin enjoys selling real estate because he loves meeting and working with new peop
justinandsara · 44 days ago

Christmas Day was spent with Andy's family this year.  Lila and her two cousins had a ton of fun opening presents and playing with new toys!  Lila especially loves her colorful new maracas.  We spent New Years Eve at Sarah's parents' house up north, where the temperatures reached a bitter -22 degree
sarahandandrew · 47 days ago

New Year’s weekend was spent with Justin’s family celebrating Christmas and spending time together.  His family lives six hours away and we look forward to trips to visit them.  Rylan loves his cousins and playing with them.  Some highlights from our tip included opening Christmas presents, going bo
justinandsara · 55 days ago

There is always something magical about the first snowfall of winter and this year it came at the perfect time; the day before Christmas Eve.  Justin and Rylan were excited to bundle up and get outside to play in the fresh white blanket that covered the ground.  They also got the sleds out and spent
justinandsara · 55 days ago

As the Holiday's come and go, we are thankful for all the blessings of the season.  Christmas started off with an unveiling of our newly renovated Church along with a live nativity.  This presenattion was done by the children of the parish, 8 years old and younger.  What a wonderful way to teach the
bretandjean · 56 days ago

Merry Christmas! This past month has been filled with family, love and laughter. From a trip to Magic Kingdom/Epcot to see the beautiful light displays and to experience different Christmas traditions around the world to Christmas Eve and Christmas spent with our friends and family it's easy to say
johnandcarley · 61 days ago

Christmas is a time for giving.  To us this does not mean going shopping and just purchasing random gifts for those on our list.  It means finding that special gift for each person and even more special if it is something we can make. Bret designed and made a figurine for me the Christmas right afte
bretandjean · 63 days ago

We dream of the day that we can welcome a child into our hearts and home through adoption!  As we excitedly go through this journey, we cannot help but think of names that we would love for a future child.  Here are a few!   Girl Isabelle Gabriella McKenzie   Boy Gabriel Elijah Noah   We also couldn
nicholasandmelissa · 66 days ago

We wanted to share some fun facts about us!  Melissa Favorite Foods:  Chocolate, all vegetables, pizza, buffalo chicken wings Favorite Musician/Band:  Elton John!  Favorite Movies: Just Married, Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers, A Christmas Story,  Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, most d
nicholasandmelissa · 66 days ago

It's hard to believe that in a matter of 6 months I'll be welcoming 3 new cousins into the family! I have 2 cousins who've announced their pregnancies (1 with twins!) over the past few months. One of them will be a mother for the first time. In fact, 10 of the cousins I grew up with have 17 (soon to
felicia · 69 days ago

One of Brets and my most treasured things to put out each Christmas is the Nativity scene.  The stable was made by my Father and the figurines were made for Bret by his Grandparents.  The significance of the nativity scene in itself is powerful, but since none of these family members are with us any
bretandjean · 74 days ago

In the spirit of giving, Rylan and I made a toy donation to the local YMCA today.  I was at the YMCA early this morning and was going to take the donation at that time but decided I wanted to wait until Rylan could go with me.  At first he was sad that the play-doh set was not for him.  I explained
justinandsara · 75 days ago

This past weekend we enjoyed a family date night by going out to dinner and to a Christmas pageant show.  There is a large church that puts on fantastic production of the Christmas story with a modern day twist each year.  Justin and I attended it several years ago but have never taken our son Rylan
justinandsara · 75 days ago

Brynn and I made a fantastic gingerbread house this weekend!  We have made them in the past but this year Brynn was really into deciding what decorations should go where on the gingerbread house. She loved adding lollipop trees and putting her own flare on the roof decorations. She also enjoyed samp
davidandelizabeth · 77 days ago

This year for Thanksgiving we flew to Detroit, MI where Mandy's parents live. The whole family met there for pure chaos and lots of fun. The weekend was full of activities. We tried to fit everything in since we were finally all together this year. So we celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas, went w
ZekeandMandy · 78 days ago

Melissa recently had the pleasure of getting to meet her good friend's baby!  What a cutie!  We cannot wait to be parents!
nicholasandmelissa · 78 days ago

We recently visited Disney Springs to see their Christmas decorations.  We had so much fun walking through the Christmas tree trail!  They have trees decorated after many Disney movies and characters!  They also have Florida snow!  
nicholasandmelissa · 78 days ago

We love to put up our tree and decorate for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving!  We have so many cute ornaments from our childhood and also sentimental ornaments from vacations we have taken!  Oh yes, and we have a ton of Disney ornaments since we are Disney fanatics!      
nicholasandmelissa · 78 days ago

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving several weeks ago!  We had all of our family over and we cooked the Turkey as well as our homemade family recipe for stuffing, greenbean casserole, and sweet potato!  We cannot wait to experience family traditions and create new traditions with a little one!      
nicholasandmelissa · 78 days ago

This past weekend was spent with family. John and the rest of the men headed off to Texas for a hunting trip at a family member's ranch while Carley and her sister Anna headed off to Chicago for a mini vacation. The boys had fun hunting, while the girls had a great time shopping and seeing the music
johnandcarley · 81 days ago

As Thanksgivning came to an end and the Christmas season officially began last week, many people went Black Friday shopping but not Bret and I.  Though we both like a good deal, Black Friday shopping is not for us.  We did both have to work that day, but afterwards headed to a local tree farm with G
bretandjean · 82 days ago

This past weekend Justin’s work sponsored an event which included a visit from Santa, face painting, and holiday treats.  Rylan was very excited to visit santa and share his Christmas list with him.  For his list he had cut out pictures of toys in magazines that he wanted and glued them on a sheet o
justinandsara · 83 days ago

We had a fun weekend celebrating the holiday season!  We meet Santa at a pancake breakfast and Brynn wasn’t shy around the big guy at all this year!  We made Christmas crafts, played bingo and there was even a bounce house. We even got a family photo with Santa!   That night we went to the local arb
davidandelizabeth · 84 days ago

We know that God’s hands are weaving our adoption story. We are so excited about growing our family through open adoption. We pray for a strong connection with the expectant mother and to maintain a relationship with her so that she will know her child and the child will know the incredible love tha
aaronkimadopt · 85 days ago

We know that God’s hands are weaving our adoption story. We are SO excited about growing our family through open adoption. We pray for a strong connection with the expectant mother and to maintain a relationship with her so that she will know her child and her child will know the incredible love tha
aaronkimadopt · 86 days ago

This fall we had many friends over to celebrate Thanksgiving in our new home. This even included two Americans! One was a colleague of Tobi, the other a young boy who was also adopted from the US, and who lives with his two dads in our home town. The turkey was again delicious. Tobi found a fantasti
chrisandtobias · 86 days ago

This past weekend we were blessed to celebrate Thanksgiving with both of our families. John's Mom and Aunt came into town on Wednesday and celebrated Thanksgiving with Carley's family at her parents’ house. Most of Carley's siblings and their families were also able to make into town to celebrate wi
johnandcarley · 90 days ago

We were fortunare to spend much of our Thanksgiving weekend outside as the temperatures in Nebraska have been unseasonably warm.  On Thanksgiving Day after enjoying our turkey, potatoes, and all the fixings with Sara's family, we went for a hike along a creek near Sara's parent's house.  There is an
justinandsara · 91 days ago

We are grateful and thankful for our many blessings. Some of the things we are thankful for this Thanksgiving Day are....                                         We are thankful for our health and the ability to complete the Turkey Trot again this year!                                              
jasperandlisa · 93 days ago

In the Spring of 2012, there was a devastating tornado that hit Henryville, IN.  Someone we knew of through my sister had friends living there that lost everything and started asking for donations.  When we were contacted, not only did we make a donation but started asking others.  Quickly doantions
bretandjean · 94 days ago

As Thanksgiving Day approaches, I am reflecting upon some of the things for which I am thankful for: a wonderful support system that surrounds and encourages me every day; my health; a great career which provides me the opportunity to spend my days with energetic kids who love music & learning;
Mindy2673 · 97 days ago

I grew up in a small town in Southwest Nebraska.  Both of my parents started their careers as teachers before my father took a job as a manager at the local lumberyard, and my mother decided to stay at home.  I have one older brother, Trevor, who works as a physical therapist.  He and his wife, Moll
justinandsara · 97 days ago

I grew up in a town of about 23,000 as the oldest child with two younger brothers and one sister.  My parents still live there today and continue to own and operate their own business.  My brother, Matt works as an engineer for a power company.  He is engaged and our family is very excited for his w
justinandsara · 97 days ago

I love Thankgiving and the time it gives us to be reflectful of the gifts in our life that we are thanful for.  What I love even more is seeing thankfulness through the eyes of a child.  Last week Rylan brought home this turkey that he made at preschool and I love the simplicity of his grateful hear
justinandsara · 97 days ago

Our Catholic faith plays an important role in our lives and has from early in our relationship when we began attending mass together.   Bret though not baptized as a child, grew up attending daily mass before school.  During this time, the Catholic faith made an impact on his life that carried into
bretandjean · 102 days ago

Thanksgiving is in less than 2 weeks!  Gobble Gobble!!  About to head out to get our Turkey and some of the ingrediants for our sides.  Melissa loves to make homemade stuffing, greenbean casserole, and sweet potatoe casserole!  Our families are coming to our house on Thanksgiving Day.  Part of our t
nicholasandmelissa · 107 days ago

We just finished celebrating our 2 year wedding anniversary on a cruise!  We went to the Bahamas, Haiti, and Jamaica!  We did several activities including a dolphin swim and beach days at each of the ports.  Not to mention, we had so much fun aboard the ship!  The food was amazing also!  We cannot w
nicholasandmelissa · 107 days ago

On September 30, 2017 we were blessed to serve as Matron of Honor and Best Man to Melissa's brother's wedding.  Danny and Stefanie were married at Niagra Falls.  We had a wonderful weekend of sightseeing and witnessing this beautiful wedding!      
nicholasandmelissa · 107 days ago

Wishing this year is the best one yet!   
Philipandkelly · 108 days ago

We spent this weekend with my dad cheering on our alma mater. After the game, we celebrated the win with close family friends that have become like family. They're all very supportive of our decision to adopt, and cannot wait to meet our future child.   We can’t wait to bring our baby to the game to
johnandcarley · 109 days ago

We want to thank all the mothers who are making the brave decision to choose adoption. This month will be very busy for us. Our families are coming into town and we will be going out of town for Thanksgiving. We love visiting our family members across the country. We can't wait to visit our siblings
derekandjim · 115 days ago

This past Saturday we spent the day at our community’s annual fall festival. There were lots of trick or treaters, local vendors, and even a bounce house. Carley’s family has owned a local business for the past 19 years so it was great day spent giving back to the community and spending time with th
johnandcarley · 118 days ago

Hello!  It was almost a year ago now that we first made the decision to adopt.  After failed fertility treatments, we weren't sure where to turn.  We had a healthy and vivacious little girl already... wasn't that enough?  As my husband and I pondered whether or not our family was complete.  I couldn
shaunandkerri · 121 days ago

 Today we went to The State Fair of Texas with Jasper's older sister. We had our fair share of food and fun! We tried the fried Reese's and fried banana pudding. Both were delicious!                                     Today was also the Texas / OU rivalry game. We went to cheer on our Longhorns, bu
jasperandlisa · 134 days ago

I have spent the better part of the day today signing up with various social media sites in hopes of getting the word out about Ciprian and I wanting to adopt. We are hoping that this will enable birthmothers to view our profile and thus connecting us for our future adoption. We are hopeful!  In our
ciprianandsusan · 141 days ago

 Tonight we had dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, La Hacienda Ranch.  Jasper actually worked there in high school as a waiter.  We got our Tex Mex fix, and enjoyed spending time together after a long week!                                
jasperandlisa · 142 days ago

One of our traditions is to get together for everyones birthday. So, today we spent the morning with Lisa's family to celebrate her brothers birthday. We had a delicious breakfast and enjoyed spending time with family.                 In the afternoon we went to Jasper's nephews baseball game. The b
jasperandlisa · 155 days ago

Last weekend my nephew turned 12.  We had a birthday party at my sister's house, ate LOTS of yummy food, and played outside.   My favorite parts were the chocolate cake with chocolate icing and of course the time with family.
rallie_adopts · 164 days ago

First grade is underway.   And I am so proud of this little, yet BIG kid. She has started picking up books by choice and reading out loud.  First grade has also brought a new teacher, new friends, and the chance to ride her bike to school.   Look our world; here she comes!!
rallie_adopts · 164 days ago

The weather was fantastic last weekend.  We went hiking and saw a red and yellow caterpillar, gorgeous views and this cute little mushroom.     Being in the woods always makes me feel good.  I saw a quote someone had painted on a stone that said, "I went on a walk in the woods and came out taller t
rallie_adopts · 164 days ago

On our sunny Saturday afternoon, it was time for some sidewalk chalk for the boys!  
lonnieandmaryjo · 167 days ago

We got the chance to spend Labor day weekend exploring Manitou Springs and the Royal Gorge. At the Royal Gorge we enjoyed walking across the massive expansion bridge, riding the tram, and I even convinced Kevin to do the zipline across the gorge!  It was so much fun (though I am pretty sure Kevin ha
kevinandabby · 167 days ago

   School is back in session and it's been a very smooth transition. It's great to be back with my students and doing what I love.    Emmy (my Golden Retriever) and I got to enjoy the beautiful weekend and are grateful to be safe and out of harm's/Irma's way! The weather has been amazing and it's al
Mindy2673 · 168 days ago

Like father like son Bacon is king! On Labor Day we went to have breakfast at a friends house and Andrew grabbed the bacon and started chomping.  
lonnieandmaryjo · 171 days ago

Andrew decided Labor day was a day to go to the water and play.  he spent most of the water walking around in he the shallow surf.
lonnieandmaryjo · 172 days ago

This past weekend Sam was out on a camping trip, so us girls had the house all to ourselves. Saturday we got up super early, of course I had to grab a coffee to get my mornging started right (I have a bit of a Starbucks problem )!  We gathered at church (with said coffee in hand), then dispursed to
samuelandlydia · 172 days ago

On a recent Boy Scout trip, Cameron took to the water and did Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) 
lonnieandmaryjo · 174 days ago

One of the things I love about Mary Jo is that she appreciates a beautiful sunrise.  We called each other on the way to work to discuss the glorious sunrise.  
lonnieandmaryjo · 175 days ago

Andrew likes hanging out and coaching.  He motivates the girls to play and has fun playing with them.  
lonnieandmaryjo · 178 days ago

Sometimes playing can be more important than getting dressed.    
lonnieandmaryjo · 179 days ago

First day of middle school for Cameron  
lonnieandmaryjo · 180 days ago

So, recently I got impatient to know what was going on with the agency- had we been shown, what did people say about us and so on.  I'd been waiting and just couldn't take not knowing anymore.  emailed our out-of-state case worker and asked. She sent me back an email that was very clinical. Our prof
MikeandTracy · 181 days ago

Had a lovely weekend at home!  We spent the weekend preparing a future nursery!  We painted and installed shelving into the closet!  The room is so spacious and will make a beautiful nursery someday.  We even looked at furniture and found the most amazing nursery set that will grow with the child th
nicholasandmelissa · 182 days ago

We recently celebrated Nick's 37th birthday with a Haunted Mansion themed party!  Disney's Haunted Mansion is Nick's favorite ride!  We had so much fun with family.  We look forward to welcoming a child into our family and creating new and exciting memories! 
nicholasandmelissa · 182 days ago

Thought it was time to get out of the house and do something fun.  We went to play Putt Putt.  I love the themed holes.  This princess castle pictured below had bubbles coming out of it every once in a while.  It was so much fun and a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon/evening. 
kevinandabby · 183 days ago

We have had a wonderful summer! The highlights include taking Shane to 2 baseball games, endless parks, playing with the other children in our neighborhood, going to the Detroit Zoo over and over again, and best of all a vacation on Lake Michigan. Our little family of 3 traveled with a family of 5 t
ChrisandLaura · 184 days ago

Mandi and I have a deep love of animals and have had pets throughout our lives.  We recently had a stray cat show up in need of food and medical care.  We provided him with love and needed care and welcomed him into our home.  Our furry children have adjusted well and we are so happy.  The family ch
mandiandlaurie · 185 days ago

Summer ended for our older kids yesterday!  Our son, Josiah, started the 5th grade.  Our daughter, Ainsleigh, began kindergarten!  They both were very excited to go to school.  Josiah is very social and was eager to see all of his friends.  Ainsleigh had no problems adjusting to being in school and
JonandAmber · 185 days ago

a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to be a counselor for a camp for kids in foster care.  It is an RFK camp (Royal Family Kids Camp).  This was my 4th year as a camp counselor.  Each year we get to go up a day early and decorate the campers cabin before they come.  We chose to go with an Under th
kevinandabby · 187 days ago

It's been so hot outside that once the sun starts to set Andrew wants to play outside.  He was determined to throw this ball all over the yard because he was bigger than it.  
lonnieandmaryjo · 189 days ago

Brynn and mommy made a trip to the Kohl's Children's Museum yesterday.  Brynn's absolute favorite thing in the museum is the babydoll nursery.  She spent time dressing, swaddling, feeding, and putting the babies in their cribs.  It  makes me smile to see how excited she is about babies! She is super
davidandelizabeth · 190 days ago

Cameron took his Hammock to the beach and used the pier to tie it up.    
lonnieandmaryjo · 194 days ago

Cameron is a Boy Scout, he wanted a hammock for camping and this is the first attempt at putting it up in the back yard.  
lonnieandmaryjo · 196 days ago

As the summer comes to an end Andrew begins to adventure more into the water.
lonnieandmaryjo · 197 days ago

I am chilling out while my dad coaches and trains a former student before she returns for her junior year of college soccer at Coker College.  
lonnieandmaryjo · 198 days ago

Recently, Jeana’s family all got together for a family reunion at mom and dad’s house.  We had a wonderful time catching up with our nieces and nephews.  We were able to take a hike in the mountains, pick lots of yummy raspberries from mom’s garden, and go to one of the most scenic lakes ever for a
davidandjeana · 199 days ago

This summer we went on several fun trips with our family. First, we went to beach with Hope’s family.  We enjoyed an event at the hotel with live music and dancing.  If only you could see Kip's great dance moves! Then we flew to Delaware to go on vacation with Kip’s family. We rented a beachhouse
kipandhope · 201 days ago

We had a few special guests for dinner last night!  Phil's nephew, fiancee, two very special great nieces and Phil's god-daughter!  We love these special moments! 
Philipandkelly · 205 days ago

We recently returned from a trip to Pennsylvania to celebrate Jesse's parents 50th wedding anniversary. We had a nice gathering with about 50 of their cloest friends and family. As a gift, we did family portraits with a professional photographer with some of our immediate family and we can't wait to
scottandJesse · 209 days ago

We went to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry with both Grandma's and Grandpa too. Brynn volunteered to help in the show "Poop Happens" and she was super excited to be apart of it! We took a trip in the coal mine and learned all about robots.  We even walked inside a vortex! There were so ma
davidandelizabeth · 210 days ago

VBS
Kevin spent his evenings last week serving at our church's VBS (Vacation Bible School).  He loves to act, and he is so good at it and good at interacting with the kids.  We love participating in VBS and look forward to bringing our own child one day.   
kevinandabby · 213 days ago

This past Sunday we did a family dinner boat cruise!  It was a first for all of us.  We had such a great time.  They had entertainment on the boat and Melissa was caught singing along to every song.  The musician playing the music said that next time he will call Melissa on stage to sing along with
nicholasandmelissa · 214 days ago

    We had an amazing weeked celebrating Spike's 9th birthday at our home with family and friends!  We both made homemade doggie cupcakes for Spike (it's his favorite)!  We look forward to having birthday parties for a child someday! 
nicholasandmelissa · 214 days ago

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