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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 · 23 hours 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 · 10 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 · 10 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 · 10 days ago

On our sunny Saturday afternoon, it was time for some sidewalk chalk for the boys!  
lonnieandmaryjo · 13 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 · 13 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 · 14 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 · 17 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 · 18 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 · 18 days ago

On a recent Boy Scout trip, Cameron took to the water and did Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) 
lonnieandmaryjo · 20 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 · 21 days ago

Andrew likes hanging out and coaching.  He motivates the girls to play and has fun playing with them.  
lonnieandmaryjo · 24 days ago

Sometimes playing can be more important than getting dressed.    
lonnieandmaryjo · 25 days ago

First day of middle school for Cameron  
lonnieandmaryjo · 26 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 · 27 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 · 28 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 · 28 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 · 30 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 · 31 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 · 31 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 · 32 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 · 33 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 · 35 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 · 36 days ago

Cameron took his Hammock to the beach and used the pier to tie it up.    
lonnieandmaryjo · 40 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 · 42 days ago

As the summer comes to an end Andrew begins to adventure more into the water.
lonnieandmaryjo · 43 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 · 44 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 · 45 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 · 47 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 · 51 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 · 55 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 · 56 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 · 59 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 · 60 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 · 60 days ago

When snuggling turns into giggles  
lonnieandmaryjo · 62 days ago

We really enjoyed our weekend in Pagosa Springs Colorado!  We did a lot of hiking a little bit of shopping and a lot of relaxing!   Abby loves waterfalls so anytime we go somewhere if there is a waterfall to see you can bet we are going to hike to it!     We stayed at a cute little lodge that durin
kevinandabby · 65 days ago

Fun in the backyard last night.
lonnieandmaryjo · 66 days ago

Our favorite activity in the summer is going to the beach.  Since we are both teachers we have the summer off and will spend 3-4 days each week at the beach.
lonnieandmaryjo · 68 days ago

We went to a hot air balloon festival and got to see the balloons up close!  It was a pretty amazing night!  We spread out our picnic blanket and ate some festival food (yum-deep fried cookie dough!) while enjoying a band playing in the background.  We finished out the night with fireworks in the sk
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lonnieandmaryjo · 72 days ago

The past 10 days have been very busy! We cannot wait to share our everyday lives with a little one. Having them experience different food, learning to play an instrument or sing, and finding their relationship with God!   So last week we had a wonderful date night on Friday! We saved a gift card giv
danielandjennifer · 72 days ago

We had a great evening spending time with Melissa's dad and her step mother!  We had a delicious pizza dinner, followed by a yummy dessert!  Spike had a blast playing with our family!  We are all looking foward to welcoming a child into our family!  
nicholasandmelissa · 73 days ago

    Hi Guys!!   Being in the adoption process has taught me so much about it and all the diffrent components that make it up. Even before we had decided we were going to adopt it was something that interested me and I enjoyed learning more about. Now that we are in the process ourselves, I am just
jamesandkristin · 75 days ago


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It's hot outside so we play games inside.    
lonnieandmaryjo · 75 days ago

We are having a marvelous summer so far!  The past several weeks we have had 3 groups of family members come stay with us for 2 or 3 nights at a time.  We have renewed our membership at the local Aquarium and we spent a lot of hours there viewing the water creatures!  Boy are those penguins, otters,
davidandjeana · 76 days ago



Other exciting news of the week include: 1. Laundry, laundry, laundry....we try to be good to our planet by doing laundry once a week     2. Daniel's fashion sense was stretched when Jen got him shorts with hula girls on them!         3. We had a treat eating at Five Guys, a burger joint in Color
danielandjennifer · 82 days ago

Happy Fourth of July!!! We spent our time with the Johnson Family in Colorado. Cindi and Woody were still in the states so the entire family was here.  We had a delicious fajita potluck. Daniel grilled the steak and the chicken which we marinated overnight. Jen made veggies and homemade guacamole!  
danielandjennifer · 82 days ago

Last week was a big week for us. We celebrated our 9 year anniversary! We have lived, loved, and laughed together for close to a decade. We love each other now more than ever. We have been through a lot over the past several years and know more than ever that we are soulmates and want to share that
danielandjennifer · 82 days ago

What an amazing evening enjoying neighborhood fireworks for Independence Day!
nicholasandmelissa · 82 days ago

We just returned from a mini vacation to visit Melissa's brother and his fiance' in Maryland.  We went out to breakfast, lunch, dinner each day and did other fun activities including glow in the dark mini golfing, bowling, and a trip to Gettysburg Pennsylvania.  We also had a large family dinner wit
nicholasandmelissa · 82 days ago

Cameron catching the waves  
lonnieandmaryjo · 83 days ago

Tractor ride with Uncle Jake  
lonnieandmaryjo · 85 days ago

All of the cousins at the Akron Zoo
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lonnieandmaryjo · 87 days ago

 We had a great time visiting with Melissa's cousins Andrew and Jacob and her aunt, uncle, and grandma!  We spent time at the Animal Kingdom Lodge pool, had dinner at Paradiso 37, and walked around Disney Springs and grabbed some ice cream!  We cannot wait to take a child on these fun family adventu
nicholasandmelissa · 88 days ago

Summer is here!!!  We are so excited and looking forward to our first summer in our new home!  We love our outdoor area.  We get to spend our mornings sitting in our rocking chairs on our porch,  spend our evenings relaxing by our firepit and be surrounded by the beautiful sounds of nature.  We spen
Philipandkelly · 89 days ago

My brother had children before I did.  So that means his kids got to choose the special name my mom would take as a grandmother.  The eldest granddaughter, who is now 14, chose Mimi.  I'm not even sure how or when, but it stuck.  And now that is what she is... Mimi.  Let me just say, she is the best
davidandrenee · 89 days ago

I help lead an infertility support group at my church.  This past weekend a group of us took part in the Walk of Hope, which was to raise money toward infertilty awareness.  My good friend is quite the hand lettering artist, so she made us all shirts to wear.  We had her write "God of the Hills and
davidandrenee · 89 days ago

Just another June weekend for Daniel and Jen. Friday nights are date nights, whether or not we stay in or go out we make time to reconnect with each other EVERY Friday. This Friday we ordered Chinese food from our local Chinese resturant.  Can never go wrong with kung pow chicken, veggie stirfry, wh
danielandjennifer · 91 days ago

Andrew decided to make his own fun by playing hide and go seek.  He asks every night for another brother or sister.
lonnieandmaryjo · 92 days ago

Summer has finally arrived!  Our garden is coming along and growing rapidly despite the unusually late frost we had in May.  Jeana has been picking raspberries and radishes from the garden already.  So, among other things, she is growing some tomatoes, and peppers growing along with squashes, corn,
davidandjeana · 96 days ago

“To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.” ~ Phyllis Theroux When we started working with our adoption agency, they asked us if we would be willing to have an open adoption.  Now there are many versions of open adoption, but at the least an open adoption
MikeandTracy · 97 days ago

We are so excited for Melissa's aunt, uncle, cousins, and grandma to come down from up north!  Both of our families are going to get together for lunch on Friday and swimming at the Disney resort on Saturday, followed by dinner at Disney Springs Saturday evening.  We may even go into Hollywood Studi
nicholasandmelissa · 98 days ago

What a spectacular fireworks display at the Magic Kingdom!  This was the new Happily Ever After fireworks show!  It was awesome!  We love creating these fun memories and cannot wait to do this with a child!    
nicholasandmelissa · 98 days ago

  We had an amazing evening trip to Disney this past week to see the new Pandora at the Animal Kingdom.  What a spectacular place!  Everything was glowing in the dark and looked as if it was right out of the movie.  We did the Na'vi River Journey boat ride and that was super fun!  
nicholasandmelissa · 98 days ago

This was a fairly typical weekend for us.   On Saturday, we had a great time at the local Farmers Market. We got fresh organic blackberries and garlic that was grown in volcanic rock from California. The blackberries were perfectly juicie and the garlic had a spicy kick. We cannot wait to share our
danielandjennifer · 98 days ago

4 generations of males in the family.  Happy Father's Day  
lonnieandmaryjo · 98 days ago

Daniel's parents are both in town for weeks to visit their children and grandchildren! We see them at least a couple times a year and facetime with them at least once a month.   They are such generous people. We've been having so much fun! Mom and I go shopping and we all hang out during the day. We
danielandjennifer · 100 days ago

I knew from early on that Daniel was made to be a dad! When we were dating, Daniel came to check if I needed help in our church nursery. We had about 7 babies that morning and an 18 month old who was new to our nursery. This small child was crying and having difficulty calming down so I was holding
danielandjennifer · 100 days ago

I grew up in a household where family was valued. My twin sister and I have always been close and uniquely our own people. Even as a little girl who preferred playing outside in the dirt with the neighborhood boys, I loved my dolls and always dreamed about a large house full of children. I married t
danielandjennifer · 100 days ago

After falling in love with my beautiful (inside and out!) wife Jen, i knew I wanted to build my family with her.  Jen comes from a family that celebrates life and she grew up loving and caring for babies all around as her cousins were mostly younger than her.  In fact, two of her cousins were adopte
danielandjennifer · 100 days ago

Enjoyed a day at the beach with Andrew.  He loves the sand but is a little afraid of the waves.  Father-son walk.
lonnieandmaryjo · 100 days ago

This was the first week of summer vacation and we went to the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia.
lonnieandmaryjo · 101 days ago

Oh my!  What a weekend!  Friday we invited some neighbors over for dinner.  We grilled a pork tenderloin and some asparagus.  We sat around eating and talking on the porch.  It was a beautiful evening and Isabella had fun chasing lightning bugs.On Saturday, Isabella had a chance to play on her new s
MikeandTracy · 105 days ago

We just got back from vacation!  It was a wonderful trip and much needed. We left last Tuesday for the Dominican Republic.  We had to wake up at 4 am to catch an early flight.  Isabella was a trooper.  She loves flying.  We started taking her on trips when she was pretty young, flying back and forth
MikeandTracy · 108 days ago

On Sunday, I had the pleasure of attending Adoption From the Heart's annual Picnic for the second year in a row. It was a nice, cool day with lots of kids and dogs running around; there was face painting, picnic lunches, raffles and more. I enjoyed talking with some adoptive parents as well as birth
Mindy2673 · 110 days ago

We went on a fun trip out to Bear Lake on Memorial Day weekend!  It was so relaxing to get away. We got to go swimming at the resort.  David loves to swim is really looking forward to playing in the pool with our own child. In conjunction with our trip we went to see our niece in her dance recital.
davidandjeana · 115 days ago

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 · 124 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 · 125 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 · 126 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 · 129 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 · 129 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 · 132 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 · 139 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 · 139 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 · 142 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 · 143 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 · 151 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 · 152 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 · 152 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 · 152 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 · 153 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 · 154 days ago

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