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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 · 2 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 · 2 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 · 7 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 · 10 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 · 10 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 · 16 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 · 21 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 · 21 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 · 24 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 · 26 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 · 27 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 · 28 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 · 28 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 · 34 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 · 41 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 · 47 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 · 55 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 · 56 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 · 56 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 · 59 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 · 66 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 · 68 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 · 69 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 · 69 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 · 71 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 · 74 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 · 76 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 · 79 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 · 84 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 · 91 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 · 91 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 · 92 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 · 92 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 · 97 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 · 103 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 · 104 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 · 116 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 · 116 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 · 117 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 · 118 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 · 130 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 · 133 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 · 135 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 · 137 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 · 137 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 · 141 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 · 141 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 · 141 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 · 151 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 · 151 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 · 158 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 · 160 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 · 164 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 · 167 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 · 168 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 · 174 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 · 175 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 · 175 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 · 175 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 · 175 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 · 176 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 · 177 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 · 180 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 · 182 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 · 183 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 · 188 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 · 194 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 · 194 days ago

 #ForeverFamilies
PeteandMary · 210 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 · 211 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 · 216 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 · 222 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 · 222 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 · 235 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 · 235 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 · 235 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 · 238 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 · 245 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 · 256 days ago

tonight we start our monthly bowling league with family and friends. Looking forward to seeing everyone and lots of laughs!
MichaelandKristi · 261 days ago

Mike was busy today making more salsa, pickles and peppers.   
MichaelandKristi · 263 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 · 265 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 · 266 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 · 273 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 · 274 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 · 280 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 · 281 days ago

We had fun last night celebrating our nieces birthday!  Always enjoy spending time with our family.   
MichaelandKristi · 288 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 · 291 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 · 294 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 · 301 days ago

Fun activities this week at camp.   
MichaelandKristi · 304 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 · 305 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 · 306 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 · 308 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 · 308 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 · 334 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 · 340 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 · 354 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 · 383 days ago

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