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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 · 2 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 · 2 days ago

Groundhogs Day…I am not sure if the myth is true, but most Michiganders are always grateful for an early spring. For those downstate it has been a pretty mild winter. As for northern Michigan, we have a couple feet on the ground and more coming tonight. Fr
nathananderin · 3 days ago

In just a few weeks, I am taking a couple of days off and going skiing with my sister.  We did this last year and had such a blast! I posted a picture from last year and am looking forward to taking more pictures this year.   
nicolleb01 · 4 days ago

Being teachers, we were always finding ways to support students both in and out of the classroom. One of the things that we started doing early in our teaching careers was chaperoning dances and proms at the high school we worked at.  Seeing our students a
jamieandkristy · 16 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 · 19 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 · 21 days ago

I love birthdays. I love to celebrate other people- buying special gifts and making special desserts. I want everyone to know that their day is special and so are they. Nate's birthday fell on a day he was on his mission trip in Ecuador. So we get to celeb
nathananderin · 23 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 · 23 days ago

We love watching football!  Whether we are cheering on Michigan, Michigan State, or the Lions, on any given Saturday and Sunday from August to February, you can find us checking out football scores and watching games on TV. One of our favorite traditions i
jamieandkristy · 27 days ago

No matter the occasion, Jamie's mom is always taking family photos, and we love it! She insists on setting up the camera and timer to snap photos of us when we are all together. Unfortunately, this Christmas was the first time we were not all together beca
jamieandkristy · 27 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 · 27 days ago

Christmas 2015 is officially in the books!  We had a wonderful Christmas holiday with family and friends.  Working in education, we are fortunate enough to receive some extended vacation time over the holidays which we spend with family. This year, our fir
jamieandkristy · 37 days ago

 Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve- a new year, filled with new opportunities. Both Nate and I are pursing different spiritual journeys to fill our soul in the month of January. Nate will be going on an adventure to Ecuador to offer medical services to underserve
nathananderin · 37 days ago

When we decided to bring a dog into our lives we considered many different types of breeds, but there was one definite requirement. The dog breed had to be well known for its gentle nature, especially around children.  We were spoiled with our first lab, J
jamieandkristy · 44 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 · 46 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 · 51 days ago

This weekend Nate, Lilia and I traveled downstate for breakfast with Santa. We met up with my sister, brother-in-law and nephew Silas, as well as Nate’s brother and our sister-in-law and twin niece, Nora and nephew, Brandon. We were surrounded by other clo
nathananderin · 53 days ago

I LOVE to bake.  Ever since I was young, I could spend hours in the kitchen either following a recipe or creating one of my own.  One of my earliest specialities was chocolate chip cookies.  I would make them particularly for my dad who loved them and rave
jamieandkristy · 54 days ago

Community has different meanings to different people. It can simply be where you live or it can be “your people”. The holiday season is a time for gathering and spreading, joy, love and peace with your community. Though we have only lived in our current to
nathananderin · 60 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 · 61 days ago

Well, the tree made it safely home and in the house.  After letting it rest inside for a day, we got to work trimming it. Clear Christmas lights were used this year despite the initial thought to try something different, maybe next year. Our Christmas orna
jamieandkristy · 61 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 · 61 days ago

Our home is officially ready for Christmas!   The warmer weather has made putting the final touches on the oustide of the house easy, no numb fingers this year.  We are now ready for some snow.  As promised in the first post about our Christmas decorating,
jamieandkristy · 61 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 · 62 days ago

It's that time of year where there's the pressure to make lasting memories that your children will cling to and hopefully not remember the things about you that you aren't as proud of...like when you showed your impatience by not letting your toddler put t
joshandsusan · 63 days ago

November was National Adoption Awareness Month!  We were very excited to participate for the second time in our local adoption support walk.  The theme of the walk was "Superman is Adopted Too!"  We were able to connect with the many families we have met d
gregandpam · 66 days ago

Thanksgiving 2015 was a success!  We love spending time with our family, and since we live further away, the holidays are even more special to us.  This year, we spread Thanksgiving over several days.  On Wednesday and Thursday, we traveled to Kristy's par
jamieandkristy · 68 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 · 69 days ago

We put our tree up... and it is not Thanksgiving yet. Usually not our MO because we want to make sure that we truly take the time during the Thanksgiving season to have gratitude. However, our schedules are filled in December so we wanted to make sure that
nathananderin · 74 days ago

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and that means Christmas is not far off.  We love this time of year!  Looking forward to the time we will spend with our family during Thanksgiving and Christmas has brought an element of excitement to our house.  Gettin
jamieandkristy · 80 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 · 80 days ago

PeteandMary · 96 days ago

We had a lot of trick or treaters stop by our house this evening, including this cute little ladybug - our niece Fiona. Happy Halloween!      
gregandpam · 97 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 · 102 days ago

  I love autumn! I always felt a little homesick in fall when I lived in California.  The season is just not the same out there. Now that we are back in Michigan I try to take advantage of this season as much as possible. So for my birthday I asked Andy fo
andrewandandrea · 108 days ago

A few weeks ago we spent time at Artprize with each of our nephews. The experiences were very different. We rode our bikes all over the city with our thirteen year old nephew who is willing to discuss and wonder about the art with us. He has lots of cool a
andrewandandrea · 108 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 · 121 days ago

Loving the cooler weather we are having in the mornings. Spent some time in the backyard this morning enjoying the weather and taking some pictures.   
jasonandkim · 121 days ago

We love spending time on the dock at night taking in the beautiful sunsets over the lake. Nothing is more peaceful and relaxing than the beauty of nature. Sometimes, we even do some fishing. 
jasonandkim · 121 days ago

We just returned from a holiday in Poland where we had a fun time exploring a new country together.  We saw castles, historical sites, went to a soccer game, and biked for 6 days in the countryside.  One of Greg's favorite things was feeding swans in the c
gregandpam · 124 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 · 131 days ago

Tonight we went to our quarterly domestic waiting families meeting.. Tonight there were 3 birth mothers and a birth grandmother that each told their story about their adoption plan, their relationship with the adoptive families and the hospital experience.
MichaelandKristi · 142 days ago

tonight we start our monthly bowling league with family and friends. Looking forward to seeing everyone and lots of laughs!
MichaelandKristi · 147 days ago

Mike was busy today making more salsa, pickles and peppers.   
MichaelandKristi · 149 days ago

Yesterday we went with our nieces, nephew, and Pam's sisters to an indoor trampoline park.  It was SUPER fun!  Here are some (blurry) pictures of our trampoline moves!
gregandpam · 151 days ago

Family filled weekend. Today we spent the day at Mikes cousins house in the pool and eating pizza. Below is Uncle Mike and our niece playing in the pool and Uncle Mike and our nephew discussing football    
MichaelandKristi · 152 days ago

Perfect end to a great weekend. Tonight we had dinner at Mikes sisters house with Mikes parents. Always enjoy playing with our niece and nephew. Uncle Mike is their human jungle gym and Aunt Kristi is the tickle master. 
MichaelandKristi · 159 days ago

One of our favorite things to do is to hang out with our family.  Whether it's just the immediate family or the extended family.  Last night we went to the wedding of Kristi's cousins daughter.  We had such a great time dancing and hanging out with the fam
MichaelandKristi · 160 days ago

Mike and I had a nice productive weekend. Mike worked in the yard, one of the things he likes to do. Trimming trees, bushes, weeding and picking vegetables out of the garden. I was inside cleaning house with all the windows open. There was such a nice bree
MichaelandKristi · 166 days ago

Greg picked up this book a couple weeks ago and has been enjoying reading it - "Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads."  A few evenings ago he closed it and said "Well, now I know how to swadle a baby!"  He really is getting prepared!
gregandpam · 167 days ago

We had fun last night celebrating our nieces birthday!  Always enjoy spending time with our family.   
MichaelandKristi · 174 days ago

The cucumbers are coming in like crazy. Mike canned 7 jars today and 3 jars before we went on our camping vacation.  With these he used his grandmas recipe which is with dill. Next batch will be my grandmas recipe.  
MichaelandKristi · 177 days ago

One of the many traditions that Mike and I have and can't wait to share with our child.  Every year our hometown has a big family fun festival. Complete with lots of things for kids to do, carnival rides, music and good food from local restraunts and commu
MichaelandKristi · 180 days ago

Came home from vacation yesterday. We had a great week with our family and friends. Couldn't have asked for better weather. Spent last night and today doing laundry and putting our camping stuff away. Back to the normal routine tomorrow. 
MichaelandKristi · 187 days ago

Fun activities this week at camp.   
MichaelandKristi · 190 days ago

Today was another beautiful day. Had a bit of on and off rain but still enjoyed the day. Today was one of our nieces birthday and Mikes parents brought our other niece and nephew out and spend the day with us. 
MichaelandKristi · 191 days ago

Monday is the guys annual golf day while the girls and kids spend the day at the beach. Today the whole group spent the day kayaking. After dinner we will have our traditional "Family Olympics" games. Since Mike and I are only 2 of us for this year, we wil
MichaelandKristi · 192 days ago

Every year we reserve the same cabin. The cabin is up on a hill with nice shady trees for relaxing and not to far from the beach. It is nice and spacious inside and sleeps 6 people. Plenty of room for adults and kids.
MichaelandKristi · 194 days ago

Each year for the last 11 years we go on a camping trip with family and friends this same week in July. There are 8 families that come each year. This year there are 2 additional families here for the week and 2 more families here for part of the week. All
MichaelandKristi · 194 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 · 220 days ago

Our profile went active this week, which is super exciting! We have started working on the nursery so that we are ready when the time comes to welcome a little one into our home. The walls have been painted and we have new, really soft carpet. Bob put toge
bobandarielle · 226 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 · 240 days ago

We headed to Kansas City this weekend to attend a graduation party, see Chris' sister, and catch up with some friends. When we go, we usually alternate staying with Chris' sister and these wonderful people. They have been close to Chris for many years and
Lecuyer10 · 269 days ago

Last summer a violent wind storm put a giant crack down the middle of our beloved Hackberry tree in the front yard. That tree and its cute little tree house were part of the reason we fell in love with our house. Sadly, it became a danger and we had to let
Lecuyer10 · 278 days ago

It's finally warming up and looking green around here after a boring, brown winter! We love to start working outside in the spring to make our house look bright and cheerful again.
Lecuyer10 · 278 days ago

I was talking with my friend Melanie who adopted two siblings from Columbia a couple years ago.  She said that to remember that God will help you find your children and them to find you.  I love the idea that you are meant to be with children and you will
EricandSaundra · 353 days ago

Hi!  We are excited for our future!  Our family has started getting the nursery ready just so that everything is in place when we get the call!  We have Eric's bassinett that we are fixing up- I just had to repaint it!  Eric used it 40 years ago when he wa
EricandSaundra · 354 days ago

January 2014:     Carl had a business trip to California this month.  I went out to join him for a long weekend. It was 65 and sunny and a welcome change from the 5 degree temps. here.  We went whale watching on Friday and we actually saw 3 grey whales!  I
CarlandKarin · 373 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 · 380 days ago

My family has had a cottage on a wooded lake in Northern Indiana since the early 1900’s. As a kid I spent weekends up there.  The friends I made at the lake as a child remain my friends today.  Now they have kids who enjoy the same adventures. In the wint
MarkLetty · 394 days ago

Each year in December we go as a family to pick out a Christmas tree.  Decorating the tree on the following day with ornaments passed down from one generation as well as treasures our kids have brought home from school.  Keely makes holiday cookies with th
MarkLetty · 398 days ago

December, 2014:  What a busy, fun and reflective month! We had our normal schedule for the first few weeks; work, weekend errands and bible study on Wed. nights.  Karin had a stressful month at work rolling out a new accounting system by January 1.  Carl t
CarlandKarin · 399 days ago

November, 2014:  One weekend, we went to look at a few houses but didn't find anything we like yet.  We want to take our time and find somewhere with plenty of room, a good backyard and a few home improvement projects. We like to do that stuff. We love Foo
CarlandKarin · 399 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 · 410 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 · 435 days ago

It's National Adoption Day!  We are celebrating by heading into our little town for their annual "Taste of" day!  FREE food at 10 different business.  Plus a Christmas market AND tree lighting AND SANTA!!!   We love our small town!!
DavidandCarmen · 440 days ago

Here are our smilies in honor of World Adoption Day. Adoption has touched our lives and families in so many ways. Rich was adopted as a baby and we anxiously wait to be connected with the little one we will welcome into our family, hearts and home. #WorldA
RichandGretchen · 453 days ago

October, 2014: What a whirlwind of a month!  In the midst of working and doing regular life, we started out the month with a trip to visit Carl's parents in St. Louis - we always have a relaxing fun weekend when we go out to visit.   The next weekend we ca
CarlandKarin · 453 days ago

Hello! We are new to Parent Finder and are excited to see where this road takes us!
mikeandkelli · 480 days ago

Living in the Washington DC area is awesome, there's just so much to do.  So many things we can't wait to share with our little ones.  Recently we decided that now the weather was getting warm, it was the perfect time to check out the Nation's past-time
Melissa_and_Tim_Adopt · 1015 days ago

While on this adoption journey Tim and I have had countless curious people ask us about every aspect of adoption! From: Q: Why are we adopting; to what do we hope for? A. To build our precious family, of course! Q: What do we fear? A. Well it might be sil
Melissa_and_Tim_Adopt · 1027 days ago

A quick little post to say “Happy Easter” and Happy Spring!  Although today was a wet and gray kind of day, the bright little daffodils nodding their heads in the breeze made it more cheery.  That, and the chocolate that the Easter bunny left. Tim and i
Melissa_and_Tim_Adopt · 1041 days ago

Hi there!  Today I thought I’d share a little bit more about the fun we’ve had decorating the nursery. (Check out the first blog about decorating the nursery, if you haven’t read it already!) It’s been a work in progress as we’re slowly adding little touc
Melissa_and_Tim_Adopt · 1060 days ago

        One of the benefits of living right on the river is all the wildlife that surrounds us.  We know that we'll be spending many happy family outings down at the River Walk feeding the birds. It had been a rainy few days so when we got to the water
Melissa_and_Tim_Adopt · 1085 days ago

 While on this adoption journey Tim and I have had countless curious people ask us about every aspect of adoption! From why are we adopting; to what do we hope for?; what do we fear?;  and how do we stay so optimistic and positive while on this rollercoa
Melissa_and_Tim_Adopt · 1113 days ago

Well, we had a super blessed Christmas. I just love the holidays. Every year holds a different Christmas feel to it and this year was super magical. I can't quite say any one thing made it magical, but rather it was a combination of many wonderful moments.
RandyCrystal · 1127 days ago

I am sure that being pregnant people have said some pretty ignorant things to you. I know they often mean well, but there are days when I feel like screaming “did you think about that before it came out of your mouth?” Insensitivity around a very sensitive
AndyandKristin · 1128 days ago

We received word from our agency that we need to “re-up” our paperwork. So that you know, this includes: new physicals for both of us, DMV records, meeting with the social worker, etc, etc, etc. I would say that all of this has been frustrating for no reas
AndyandKristin · 1128 days ago

Happy New Year!! Us at Mount Vernon Happy New Year! Well the rushing around of the holidays is almost behind us and so we’ll take a moment to reflect upon some of the fun things we did for Christmas 2012. One of the best things about being close to DC
Melissa_and_Tim_Adopt · 1129 days ago

I think I have been going about this in the wrong way. . .trying to tell you about us. . about our lives. .when, to be perfectly honest, our lives are about to change completely. Who we are as soon as we are selected to be parents will be changing complete
AndyandKristin · 1146 days ago

Last March, after years of trying we found out that we are unable to biologically have children. I guess if you are birth parents reading this. . .you don't know what that feels like. Just like I have no idea what it feels like to be you.  After all of tho
AndyandKristin · 1146 days ago

Last March, after years of trying we found out that we are unable to biologically have children. I guess if you are birth parents reading this. . .you don't know what that feels like. Just like I have no idea what it feels like to be you.  After all of tho
AndyandKristin · 1146 days ago

Tim and I both love this time of year!  The Christmas lights sparkling in the night make the whole neighborhood look so jolly.  The doors all decorated with evergreen wreaths and big red bows.  We love picking the fresh Christmas tree and how the whole
Melissa_and_Tim_Adopt · 1156 days ago

We were lucky enough this Thanksgiving to have the entire family together.  When you count us, my parents, my brother's family, my sister's family, and some of my aunts, uncles, and cousins, there were twenty of us for dinner.  I feel fortunate that every
etstone · 1158 days ago

Happy Thanksgiving!  Getting ready to put a French toast casserole in the oven and watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!  Watching the parade has been a tradition ever since I was a little girl.  We will be going to visit extended family later this aft
etstone · 1170 days ago

What an emotional 24 hours it has been.  I am on an email listing for an adoption attorney in Florida.  I got an email last night about a baby girl that was born yesterday who's mom was going to be choosing a family for her today.  It seemed like the "perf
SamandJennifer · 1172 days ago

What would we say to you, if you're considering making an adoption plan? First, anyone considering making a plan for adoption is extremely brave.  To make such an unselfish and absolutely loving decision is amazing.  We can’t even begin to imagine how d
Melissa_and_Tim_Adopt · 1177 days ago

In my first blog post about decorating the nursery (posted Oct 25), I mentioned how a rug inspired our decorations for the nursery. Yup! A trip to Kohl’s department store and I spied a super-cute alphabet rug. I loved the bright colors and the animal
Melissa_and_Tim_Adopt · 1183 days ago

It is so cold!  I think I like summer better than winter.  I can't stand to be cold!  It seems we have skipped fall and gone straight into winter!  Although the trees are soooo pretty right now.  I love looking out our windows into the backyard.  It looks
SamandJennifer · 1184 days ago

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