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Carmen would love a dog but she is highly allergic to them. What a bummer! Carmen’s sisters and parents have dogs – Sophie Lynn, Pippilotta Louise, and Maddie Louise – aren’t they adorable!?! David has never had a real pet of his own so that's a hard top
DavidandCarmen · 5 hours ago

Carmen’s all-time favorite TV show is probably Big Brother. She is really enjoying it this year as they changed the game a bit this year. David's has a lot of favorite TV shows that he's watched in his life so it's hard to pick just one. One great thing ab
DavidandCarmen · Yesterday

Carmen’s person is David and David's is Carmen (of course!). What does this topic even mean? LOL! David is dedicated, hot, and loves Jesus. Carmen is sweet, thoughtful, and generous to a fault, even when she had almost nothing to give. ‪#‎adoption‬
DavidandCarmen · 2 days ago

By now you know that we are finishing our basement and while this process happens, many boxes and tubs are being stored in our kitchen. We just have to keep reminding ourselves that it's almost done, it's almost done... it's almost done. LOL! #adoption #bi
DavidandCarmen · 3 days ago

Carmen would like to visit Europe again but would also like to visit the West coast. We love to travel so any trip we take is very fun!David wants to rent an RV at some point in the future and drive to every state in the continent on a major road trip with
DavidandCarmen · 4 days ago

Carmen would consider herself to be a mixture of both. She can be very shy until she gets to know you better. This is something that she struggles with and is working on getting better at this.Similarly, David is commonly an introvert but has some extrover
DavidandCarmen · 5 days ago

That would require one to read, wouldn’t it?  Carmen doesn’t like to read a lot of books. She has read a lot of books in the past, but with life getting busy, it's harder to read for pleasure.  David's favorite author is Dean Koontz. He found his books whi
DavidandCarmen · 6 days ago

Given all the hot weather lately, David and I decided to make a trip up to Ipswich to visit one of the most beautiful beaches in the area: Crane Beach.  Although the water was still pretty cold, it was great to just relax and leisurely walk along the gorge
davidandlora · 7 days ago

Carmen believes that the hardest thing she’s ever done was go through fertility treatments. The shots, appointments, hormones, emotions, struggles are all overwhelming when you think about it. As our adoption journey wait continues to lengthen, we cannot h
DavidandCarmen · 7 days ago

This summer we have been working hard on turning our backyard into an awesome place to play! The plans for this year are to build a new swing set and lay a sidewalk around the whole yard for bikes, scooters, chalk drawings and racing fun! I love that Steve
steveandleeann · 8 days ago

Carmen’s pet peeves are crunchy or noisy things (are you sensing a theme here? –see Day 35 and 37). Unnecessarily crabby people are another big pet peeve for Carmen. One of David's pet peeves is when Carmen yells at him for eating crunchy foods. ;-) In all
DavidandCarmen · 8 days ago

Carmen wants to know if donuts are a food genre. ;-)Overall, our favorite genre of food would have to be Italian. Whether it's Italian seasoning on a pasta dish or one of our favorite lasagna recipes, it tends to be our go-to category for food. That's one
DavidandCarmen · 9 days ago

This may sound odd considering what Carmen said her favorite sound was the other day but she does think that sound is her favorite sense. She gets annoyed in situations where she cannot hear clearly. David's favorite sense is vision. While not blessed with
DavidandCarmen · 11 days ago

Carmen’s favorite zoo animal is the polar bear. She has vivid memories of the polar bears at Como Park Zoo in Minneapolis when she was a child. They are so beautiful when they swim and so strong and powerful. A close second and third are the penguins and p
DavidandCarmen · 12 days ago

Carmen’s favorite sound is SILENCE! ;-) She wears a hearing aid and it can be overwhelming all the sounds she has to pay attention to all day long. An evening is not complete without at least 10 minutes without her hearing aid in. David's favorite sound is
DavidandCarmen · 13 days ago

Both Carmen and David love a variety of music from oldies like the Beatles to show tunes to 80s like Michael Jackson to current pop, but our favorite genre overall is Contemporary Christian. We'll listen to quite the variety and our MP3 players reflect tha
DavidandCarmen · 14 days ago

We really don't have a lot of "traditions" in our family and like more non-traditional versions of typical traditions. For example, we don't really like turkey so we don't have turkey on Thanksgiving or Christmas as many other families do. We love variety
DavidandCarmen · 15 days ago

We've got a large variety of foods in our fridge. We've got our water filter jug, obvious condiments, and the typical milk, butter, and dairy selections. We've got some leftovers from our standard Sunday lunch as we like to go out to eat after church as a
DavidandCarmen · 16 days ago

Carmen's favorite holiday is Halloween. Between the dressing up and festivities, she has always enjoyed it. David doesn't have just one holiday that jumps out as his favorite as he likes any holiday where we can get together with family, but says that Ea
DavidandCarmen · 17 days ago

Half way done! Carmen says dumb corny jokes make her laugh... and David is full of them. ;-) David says Carmen makes him laugh when she's being silly. Needless to say, we laugh quite a lot... or maybe giggle is the right term. :-) #adoption #birthmom
DavidandCarmen · 18 days ago

This past weekend, we flew to Toronto to attend the wedding of David's cousin. Some of David's family lives in Canada, and it was so wonderful to spend time with them.  Lora's sister and brother-in-law were also there which made it an extra special weekend
davidandlora · 19 days ago

David's guilty pleasure is watching cartoons. One of his favorite is pictured, Samurai Pizza Cats. Carmen's guilty pleasure is reality TV. One of her favorite shows is Big Brother. #adoption #birthmom #birthmomsrock #HopingToAdopt60Days #amazinglove  
DavidandCarmen · 19 days ago

Carmen and David love a variety of music from different genres so it was tough to narrow it down to just one artist. Overall, we'd have to say our favorite is Mark Schultz as he had such deep and touching stories in his songs and has a great voice... we ev
DavidandCarmen · 20 days ago

Carmen works for a company that works with state Medicare and Medicaid programs. She's not normally allowed to take pictures in her workplace because of protected information and whatnot, but they also celebrate friends and family in addition to working ha
DavidandCarmen · 21 days ago

Carmen's best friends are Tammy and Marie. David's best friends are Joel and Drew. The saddest part of leaving North Dakota to come to Michigan was leaving our friends behind and having to find new friends. While we've made some friends out here, it's
DavidandCarmen · 22 days ago

David has one brother and 2 step brothers along with both of his parents. Carmen has 2 sisters, a brother-in-law, a niece, and both of her parents. We can't wait to add one more! :-) #adoption #birthmom #birthmomsrock #HopingtoAdopt60Days #amazinglov
DavidandCarmen · 23 days ago

There are several movies that we like as a couple and David has a BUNCH OF movies, both PG+ as well as kids movies. To narrow those down to one each was quite the challenge, though. Carmen's favorite movie is Rent, based on the musical. The music is so t
DavidandCarmen · 24 days ago

Aside from the several songs that came to mind when we first read the topic and started singing, "I believe I can flyyyyyy," we took some time to narrow it down to just one thing. As a couple, we both believe that Jesus is the Son of God and is our perso
DavidandCarmen · 25 days ago

This was an interesting one that was tough to figure out how to get a picture of it. Namely because the two that we chose were very large collections that we have each amassed over a decade or more. David has had many collections throughout his life... s
DavidandCarmen · 26 days ago

This was an interesting topic that surprised us and took a lot of thought to narrow it down to just one as there are so many scents that we like from fresh garlic bread to a wood fire burning. Carmen's favorite smell is the Moonlight Path body lotion fro
DavidandCarmen · 27 days ago

This year's Father's Day was a very special one for us because it was the first one since David's (maternal) grandfather moved in with David's mother and father. He is 94 years old but has the energy of someone half his age!  :)  Although he lived independ
davidandlora · 27 days ago

David likes his everyday shoes... although he only owns 5 pairs of shoes including his old mowing shoes. Carmen loves her flip-flops, flip-flops, and flip-flops... did I mention flip-flops? And these were just the few pairs that were by the door... there
DavidandCarmen · 28 days ago

"Hero" is such a freely used term that we feel it's lost a lot of impact as there aren't many true "heroes" outside of comic books. It may seem trite, but the only "real heroes" today are those that out themselves in danger to protect others such as firefi
DavidandCarmen · 29 days ago

Today we got to go back to the ocean after not having been for more than a month! We love the relaxation of just sitting in the sand and listening to the waves crash against the shore. We also were able to meet up with our good friends, Dean and Beca, and
shadandchristine · 30 days ago

Every Father's Day, my 68-year-old dad wants to do the same thing: relax at an Orlando-area resort with my mom, all of his children, their significant others, his granchildren and his great grandchildren. It's heartwarming to see how he picks this particul
shadandchristine · 30 days ago

We have two cars for working, a Toyota Echo and an Oldsmobile Alero, but our Echo is what we consider our family car. It's quite economical and has great gas mileage so we take most of our trips with that car. We've been to several towns across Michigan an
DavidandCarmen · 30 days ago

This was another tough one for us because we haven't been in Michigan very long and we came from North Dakota, a state with no professional sports teams, so we have never really bonded with a professional sports team. Big Bang Theory made a gag that has re
DavidandCarmen · 31 days ago

David has enjoyed reading for many years so it was tough to narrow it down to just one, but he chose the Chronicles of Narnia series. Carmen fell in love with the book, "Wish," an adorable story that we came across about adoption. We're looking forward to
DavidandCarmen · 32 days ago

There are quite a few restaurants in town that we enjoy going to and quite a few options at various fast food restaurants in town, but our favorite overall has got to be Culver's. We can't wait to buy our first kids meal there! :-) #adoption #birthmom #bir
DavidandCarmen · 33 days ago

Carmen's favorite breakfast food is a tie between pancakes and french toast. David has a lot of different cereal brands that he likes, but his favorite is whatever is on the best sale. The picture is of our stockpile  (temporarily displaced during construc
DavidandCarmen · 34 days ago

As we're hopefully waiting for a proposed match, we try to use our time well and prepare ourselves for family expansion in every way we can. That way we can react quickly to a situation when needed. Last week, we decided to go browsing for an infant layett
markandpaulus · 34 days ago

Carmen has two big fears... bridges and many carnival rides, especially those that are high or fast. David's biggest fear (aside from losing Carmen) is extreme heights. #adoption #birthmom #birthmomsrock #HopingtoAdopt60Days #amazinglove  
DavidandCarmen · 35 days ago

When David was asked what his favorite gift that he's ever received, he said, "does getting Carmen count?" with a smile on his face. After that answer was deemed to easy and cheesy, he said his GameBoy. He got it for Christmas when he was about 12 from his
DavidandCarmen · 36 days ago

Yesterday was Father's Day!  Since both of our fathers were travelling this weekend, we could only Skype with them but it was so wonderful to see their faces and tell them how much they mean to us.  We were both so lucky to have loving, caring, and hard-wo
davidandlora · 36 days ago

With so many gifts we've given over the years, it's hard to pick out just one gift. Carmen's favorite gift was a birthday card she made David out of candy... she always knows the way to his heart. ;-) It was an adorable card that she got an idea from on Pi
DavidandCarmen · 37 days ago

Carmen's favorite vacation was when we used my timeshare week in Florida a couple years ago as we were able to invite our entire family to come. It was a great time and we all had fun!David's favorite vacation was when we went to Italy in 2011. Between exc
DavidandCarmen · 38 days ago

This was actually a tough one for us as we don't usually like to brag or draw attention to ourselves by showing off. David is more of a "Jack of All Trades" as he's good at a lot of things but doesn't greatly excel at any one of them... he's pretty mechani
DavidandCarmen · 39 days ago

Favorite color is a tough one with so many good ones to choose from. Among all of them, David's favorite color is red and Carmen's is purple. We're hoping to share the multitude of colors with a little one soon. :-) #adoption #birthmom #birthmomsrock #Hopi
DavidandCarmen · 40 days ago

There are quite a few games that we enjoy playing and have a large shelf of games (all of which are stored in boxes during remodeling so we couldn't take a picture of that), not to mention video games, but Ticket To Ride has got to be our favorite! We don'
DavidandCarmen · 41 days ago

We have embraced the loveliness that is the Crock Pot/Slow Cooker!  We use our crock pot on a weekly basis and sometimes more than once per week.  Carmen spent one Saturday last fall creating freezer meals that could be pulled out and put in the crock pot
DavidandCarmen · 42 days ago

We are currently finishing our basement... and by "we," we mean David. :D A bathroom, laundry room, bedroom, and living room will be the final product. Everything that was stored down there has made its way to the main floor and upstairs. We cannot WAIT to
DavidandCarmen · 43 days ago

We live on the edge of a smaller development so we get a nice view of trees outside of our door. There's a farm on the other side so I'd hardly call it a forest, but there are a lot of birds and other small Wildlife creatures to watch throughout the day.
DavidandCarmen · 46 days ago

Hi there! We are Carmen and David and we are looking to adopt... as should seem apparent from our profile on ParentFinder. ;-)We have been married almost 7 years & together for 8. We met on Yahoo! Personals and instantly clicked. Our first date was at
DavidandCarmen · 47 days ago

Lora is a teacher at an elementary school and one of their annual traditions is "Field Day."  It is one of the most fun days of the year!  The students make sidewalk art with chalk, do fun science experiments, play volleyball, and this year there was a kic
davidandlora · 48 days ago

We found this challenge on Instagram and thought it'd be fun to share here. We will post everyday for the next 60 days. :)      
DavidandCarmen · 48 days ago

We had a great weekend! Jane’s father turned 70. He is in great health and still working as a teacher. We had a party with the whole family and lots of friends in Reggae theme. Everybody had a lot of fun, danced and ate great food. My father made a real Ca
marcusandjane · 51 days ago

When we moved to our new town a couple years ago, I realized that I wanted to get involved in some local community activities. So, this year I decided to volunteer as a coach for our local Girls on the Run (GOTR) chapter. I love the message behind GOTR and
jamieandkristy · 52 days ago

This time of year, the spring semester at my university comes to an end.  Although I love having a summer vacation and all the opportunities it provides for spending time with family members and going on various adventures, I truly cherish my job in higher
davidandlora · 53 days ago

We always knew we wanted to have children. So, when growing our family became more difficult than expected with several miscarriages, we continued to keep hope alive that our family would grow in ways beyond our imagination.  Many people think that adoptio
jamieandkristy · 54 days ago

With the Memorial Day holiday weekend upon us, we headed north to get the family cottage ready for the summer.  The weather was absolutely perfect for sprucing up the flower beds, mowing the lawn, putting the dock in, and taking our first pontoon ride of t
jamieandkristy · 57 days ago

With all the hot weather lately it is clear that summer has arrived!  This summer, we plan to do some exploring around the Northeast and enjoying all the beautiful nature that surrounds us.  From the sandy beaches of Cape Cod, to the mountains of New Hamps
davidandlora · 60 days ago

  We took a walk on the wild side to say the least! A few weeks ago, Kevin and I met my cousins at Animal Kingdom and had an absolute blast. It's still fun to feel like a kid in our 30s. Not to mention, when there are animals involved, we are all about it.
kevinandkelli · 60 days ago

Last year, I decided to challenge myself and start running. Running and I never really mixed while I was growing up despite how hard I tried.  However, I needed to find a stress reliever and so many of my friends told me to try running. So, I decided to se
jamieandkristy · 65 days ago

One of the things David and I love doing on weekends during the spring and summer is going for bicycle rides. We are lucky to have a number of bike paths near our home, one of which takes you through forests and past beautiful lakes and ponds.  David has a
davidandlora · 68 days ago

We are so excited to share Jamie's new job adventure! He has been selected to work with our local intermediate school district overseeing a variety of student organizations, such as vocational training, Future Farmers of America (FFA), and career preparati
jamieandkristy · 68 days ago

Getting ready to plant tomatoes!  Seems like it's the best time to plant since overnight freezes are probably unlikely from here on.  Last year, we thought we wouldn't get very many but happily there was a bumper crop in the early Fall!  This year, we're p
davidandlora · 74 days ago

We love wearing hats! On any given fall, winter, spring, or summer day you can find us sporting a variety of hats when we get out of work or while we are hanging out on the weekend. Whether we are walking Cleo on a cool fall evening and wearing our warm st
jamieandkristy · 79 days ago

We started a new Mother's Day tradition this year by having our moms come to our house for the weekend, spending time together, and then heading for Sunday brunch at a local restaurant.  This is definitely a tradition that will continue. As we have shared
jamieandkristy · 79 days ago

We had a wonderful weekend with Lora's parents, who were visiting from the Midwest. We went hiking, bowling, and visited some of the historic sights around Boston. The weather was beautiful and it seems like Spring is finally here! We also enjoyed some
davidandlora · 82 days ago

We came across this print on the internet today and both felt it expressed our respect and love for all of the birthmothers. Thank you for everything you do! A Birthmom's Love A Mother's Love is the very definition of unconditional and unselfish love. It i
darrenandangela · 84 days ago

We were recently in Florida for two weeks and were fortunate to explore a few beautiful and interesting places, including the Kennedy Space Center, Orlando, and Key West. Here are a few photos from our time in FL. We look forward to our next trip there to
gregandpam · 85 days ago

My goal for this year is to train and run for a half marathon. I have decided on a September race and am looking forward to a spring and summer full of 5k and 10k races to prepare myself. This weekend, I was excited to run another 5k that raises funds for
jamieandkristy · 86 days ago

For us, the waiting part of our adoption journey has definitely been a bit more challenging than what we anticipated. However, we know that someday our wait will end with an amazing expectant mother choosing us to be a part of her and her baby's life. Duri
jamieandkristy · 86 days ago

As Mark's mother turned 65 years old, she decided to throw a big birthday party to celebrate the occasion. She organized a brunch for the whole family. Since future grandmom lives in a village along the Dutch coast, she definately plans on taking her futu
markandpaulus · 92 days ago

First blog! We're so excited that our adoption profile is now online! It's been two years since we started the adoption process. With each step, we are increasingly looking forward to welcoming a little one in our family! As spring has arrived, the weather
markandpaulus · 99 days ago

Through our adoption journey we have maintained hope that you will find us and we will find you. We spend a lot of time talking about our lives now while we wait and how our lives will be forever changed with you and your baby in it. During our wait, we of
jamieandkristy · 105 days ago

You and your baby are worth the wait! We are eager to meet you. As we think about welcoming you and your baby into our family, our hearts are filled with joy, anticipation, and love. We cannot imagine the emotions you are feeling, but we will be there to w
jamieandkristy · 113 days ago

We had an awesome weekend celebrating Easter with our families.  Being around our nieces and nephew was a lot of fun, especially since we were able to get outside and play some basketball and blow bubbles because of the warmer weather.  Our families are so
jamieandkristy · 114 days ago

We had a ton of fun making Easter eggs, hunting for eggs (we lost one?!) and, of course, eating the candy!!     candy!!
jamesandjennifer · 114 days ago

Easter was pretty low key around here.  The weather was sunny, so we got outside with the dogs. They were not overly thrilled with their Easter outfits:     Navy was a little more willing, but Roxy kept trying to eat the ears off of her!       We had Eas
patandelisa · 117 days ago

One of our favorite things to do on the weekend when we have time off together is to go out for breakfast.  Sunday was no different.  I woke Pat up to tell him he was taking me for breakfast . He quickly got ready and we were out the door.  As we were driv
patandelisa · 124 days ago

There are so many emotions involved in the adoption process. As hopeful adoptive parents, we have experienced a lot of ups and downs with the adoption process that are difficult for people to understand who have never walked this journey. Without knowing y
jamieandkristy · 126 days ago

We each bring different things to our relationship. I am more structured and organized whereas Jamie is more spontaneous and carefree.  I am talkative while Jamie tends to be on the quiet side. However there is one thing we both do and that is support each
jamieandkristy · 127 days ago

Well, we know that spring is here and summer is quickly approaching! Why? Because it was time for our first visit to Dairy Queen in our town.  This favorite ice cream hot spot is open seasonally, so we took advantage of their early opening to get our first
jamieandkristy · 127 days ago

  School assignment for the week; Build a Leprechaun trap. Well, we didn't catch one but it was fun trying! Thanks dad for helping build the platform!    
jamesandjennifer · 129 days ago

Two campsites are booked for summer.  The sites on Lake Michigan fill up fast so we feel fortunate to have grabbed one during peak times. Nate and I have enjoyed camping together since our relationship started.  My family was not campers- his family avid c
nathananderin · 132 days ago

I realized this weekend how much I take for granted.  I was outside talking with my neighbor and mentioned that I HAD to go for dinner with my family.  She gently stated that she wishes that her family was close enough that she could have a casual Sunday n
patandelisa · 134 days ago

The sun is out the snow is melting.  Our trip to California last week did exactly what we hoped it would do. We brought sunshine back to Michigan with us.  The spring season is full of hope in nature. Hope for the first crocus to pop through the ground, ho
nathananderin · 137 days ago

Pat is away visiting family this weekend.  I couldn't go because I had to work.  I am making the best of it and took our girls (the dogs!) for a walk in the forest behind our house.  There is a bench along the path that Pat and I call the grateful bench.  
patandelisa · 142 days ago

I went on a short ski trip last week with my sister and a mutual childhood friend.  We all had a great time!  The conditions were really good and got some really good exercise in. 
nicolleb01 · 149 days ago

                  Going on a family vacation every year has always been a very important tradition for us. Whether it's camping in our beautiful province or jumping on a plane, spending 2 or 3 weeks together is something we look forward to each year.      
andrewandholly · 149 days ago

  If you want to see more about James and Jennifer, PLEASE check out our facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/james.jenniferbaby
jamesandjennifer · 150 days ago

It is Saturday and the Millenium Falcon is FINALLY DONE! Kent and James (dad) spent two weeks doing this.  I must say it is pretty cool!    
jamesandjennifer · 150 days ago

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so we decided to say a lot with our picture video. We chose a love song about finding the right person to share your life with, and on so many levels the words speak to us about meeting an expectant mother and
jamieandkristy · 155 days ago

Our Valentine’s Day was filled with a date night to dinner and a movie. Our daughter got to play with friends and make heart shaped cookies while we were out. Nate made me a coatrack out of a boat paddle (he is super crafty). I got him a captain’s hat (sat
nathananderin · 161 days ago

One of our favorite times of the day is the evening after dinner. We spend our time relaxing together either watching TV, movies, or reading on our computers. Talking about our day and unplugging from our phones allows us to reconnect and listen to each ot
jamieandkristy · 162 days ago

Despite getting a bit wet from the rain, we enjoyed spending time together and with Mother Nature during our walk in the woods last night. In all honesty, we wish there was more snow to trek through but we managed with the slightly frozen and muddy ground,
jamieandkristy · 174 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 · 174 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 · 175 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 · 176 days ago

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