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I love that our life is never boring :) . Our daughter, Charly turned 4 last week.  Her Mimi came to visit and celebrate with her.  Mimi visits every birthday for about a week.  She got to swim, which is her favorite, and see the highly anticipated Lego Batman movie.  We waited for discount day and
joshandsusan · Yesterday

Today for lunch I had multiple students stay in to have fun and spray paint outside! We conversed about graffiti and the famous painter Jackson Pollock and then we painted away. The weather is gorgeous today! One of my students staggered when leaving. She is a student that tends to stay on the "naug
Threemuskateers · 2 days ago

Sorry I have not posted since the 20th! We were busy celebrating Brendan's 32nd birthday! We had a lovely dinner out with our good friends Sam and Ben on Monday. We have been friends with Sam and Ben for many years and we would do anything for one another! So nice having a day off from work! Last ni
Threemuskateers · 4 days ago

It is magical to experience life through the eyes of a child. They express innocent wonderment at all the little things that we adults take for granted. We had a fabulous time this past weekend at Disney Springs in Orlando, Fla. My sister-in-law and her daughter were in town visiting, so her daughte
shadandchristine · 4 days ago

Just wanted to post here with pictures of my nephew's quilt finished.  I finished it a day or so after Christmas (which was okay 'cause they didn't come to visit until a few days after Christmas), and I think it turned out pretty cute.  Here it is in its finished glory:  And a few detail shots :)  
sarah_adopts · 8 days ago

TGIF is right! We are quite excited that the week is finally over! The warm weather starts for a while tomorrow, and we are grateful to be able to spend time with family and friends over the next several days!  Kerri had a successful conference in Atlanta and had a blast learning more while explorin
brianandkerri · 8 days ago

Today was a great day of instruction. My kids came ready to learn and I received thank-yous at the end of the lesson. I enjoy teaching art and I enjoy my students. Middle school is a fun age to teach because everyone is trying to figure out who they are and what they like. Often, I double up as a te
Threemuskateers · 12 days ago

http://laurenandbrendanwantoadopt.weebly.com/ Our own website creation :) 
Threemuskateers · 14 days ago

Quote of the day, haha, "Adoption is like a rollercoaster. One minute you're riding high and life is good, the next "face palm." -Her  No author for that quote but I like it! It really is a rollercoaster and we are not even in the thick of it yet. But, man on man, do we want to be!  Life takes time.
Threemuskateers · 14 days ago

I am laying here in bed about to go to sleep and am thinking how lucky I am to be beside my husband. Today was just another ordinary day but it was perfect in its own way because he was in it. Friday nights are usually our stay in nights. We rented a movie and made a pizza pie and cuddled up on the
Threemuskateers · 15 days ago

In the past two days we have had multiple phone calls but people are calling, saying hello and then hanging up nerve-racking on both ends I am sure! But if you are seeing this please know "we are good people, if you just need to vent or talk we are here too! Please consider staying on the phone if f
Threemuskateers · 18 days ago

Happy February Everyone! This is truly an all-time favorite commercial  :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfxB5ut-KTs Please share our Adoption Profile with anyone considering adoption for their baby.  Here it is: http://www.agiftofhopeadoptions.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/JLCCProfileWEB.pdf
jimandlaurinda · 19 days ago

Family has been so supportive with daily check ins, phone calls and texts to make sure we are staying positive and looking towards the future. I am thankful of friends and family who support us on this journey I really feel they believe in us and our love.  Thanks to all who may read this. Brendan
Threemuskateers · 19 days ago

So, it was Friday night, and Mike and I decided to visit Babies 'R' Us to check out carriages.   I have already done my research for which brand I liked, but I wanted Mike to see it, and get a hands on feel for how it all works.   While we were checking them out, the store associate came over and st
mikeandally · 20 days ago

Mike and I don't take many big vacations together, and over the last six years we have only been away with my family.  We have been really lucky to be able to see some cool places like the Dominican Republic, Aruba, and parts of Europe! But... we haven't been on vacation alone in those six years.  
mikeandally · 20 days ago

This week brought about a lot of emotion. My husband and I have been active on parentfinder and facebook for a month and have had a few connections but not many. I have met a lot of incredible women through adoption support groups on facebook. We are all now in this together...waiting! Waiting for t
Threemuskateers · 20 days ago

I think you can tell a lot about a person by the types of music they listen to.  I am not sure what our music choices will tell you, but I hope it gives you a better glimpse into the type of people we are.   Abby's Pandora Stations: Happiest Tunes on Earth (Anything from a disney movie makes me smil
kevinandabby · 22 days ago

Hi everyone   It is with all of the joy and love in our hearts that we write the two most beautiful words we've heard in a very long time -- WE MATCHED!  There are no words to describe what we are feeling right here, right now.  We are so thankful to the birth mother who chose us, trusting us with t
AmitandNatalie · 24 days ago

  I've started this post several times but some how never ended up posting it.     January has has been flying by.  I can't believe it's already 2017!  We celebrated my birthday this month and it had me thinking about what birthdays were like growing up.  When I was younger we did a family and frien
kevinandabby · 31 days ago

No School equals time to build LEGOs.  Both of our kids enjoy building things and doing arts and crafts.  We cannot wait to add another bundle of joy to our family and the kids cannot wait to introduce their new sibling to LEGOs.    
jimandlaurinda · 39 days ago

Just the Two of Us having a car noodle date while the kids are at Mimi and Papa's.    
jimandlaurinda · 39 days ago

Kerri and I had the pleasure of being able to volunteer for MLK Day the last two years now through Kerri's work.  We helped out at the Detroit Calvary Methodist Church, which was opened in the 1920's. The church is a huge positive location for a neighborhood that is so tightly knit. In the years to
brianandkerri · 39 days ago

Thanksmas Eve went very well!  Everyone stepped up and filled in for me when I was dealing with a shoulder injury.  Now I'm okay :)  Our gift exchange was great!  We took a train downtown and met with more family and had a great italian dinner :) Mmmm.... We made many goodies to share.  This year w
joshandsusan · 46 days ago

A few weeks ago we were hanging out with family when our nephew started crying. The only person he wanted was Uncle Erik. It melted my heart seeing our adorable little nephew cuddle up to Erik!! It's moments like this when I know Erik is going to be an amazing dad.
erikandkamilyn · 47 days ago

We had an amazing holiday season. We spent Christmas enjoying time with my side of the family. We had a wonderful Christmas eve meal and then enjoyed watching my little cousins run down the stairs Christmas morning to see what they got from santa. The next weekend we went to Jacob's family and enjoy
jacobandmandy · 47 days ago

Christmas is one of our favorite times of year. We look forward to the traditions and spending lots of time with family. A few of the things we did during the holidays are: made Christmas ornaments, saw the lights, visited with Santa at family parties, etc. We can't wait to share these traditions an
erikandkamilyn · 48 days ago

Our Niece and Nephew came to spend the night with us. We had a lot of fun making and flying paper airplanes, watching movies and going to see Christmas lights! We always have some much fun playing with our nieces and nephews. They are some of our favorite people to be with!  
erikandkamilyn · 48 days ago

It's always a party when Erik goes to the store! He's always figuring out some way to have fun!
erikandkamilyn · 48 days ago

After the holiday this year, we were able to spend time with our little nephew, John.  So much fun, Amy and John loved watching a little movie together, sharing a hug here in January 2017. John loves to watch videos of himself on the computer also.  John is soon to be a big brother, and he's gong to
damionandamy · 50 days ago

Our christmas tree is such a special thing in our home, decorating and enjoying the holiday spirit.  We had such cold weather and lots of beautiful snow around the Christmas holiday this year, only adding to the special time upstairs by our tree. We just can't wait to share with a child hopefully so
damionandamy · 50 days ago

We had such a wonderful christmas in Sacramento with our family, cooking together, sharing joy and presents.  Here we are together peacefully on Christmas morning at Damion's Mom and Dad's house.  Cuddled in!  
damionandamy · 50 days ago

New Years eve was so much fun!  Kevin's family unfortunately had to get back on the road to Texas that morning so they didn't get to join us.  We got together with Abby's mom and step dad along with some friends and played games until the ball dropped at midnight.  Even after midnight we were having
kevinandabby · 51 days ago

Hello All! 2016 was a great year with many wonderful trips, memories created with family and friends, and having good health. We got to see various parts of the country (Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas), and also went to Jamaica! So many trips, and quality time spent with family and friends,
brianandkerri · 54 days ago

Enjoyed lunch today with the family and Mimi and Papa at Lamberts. Got our good luck New Year's meal in - hog jowl, turnip greens, and black eyed peas LOL. It was delicious! #jimandlaurindasadoptionsearch#hopetoadopt#adoption      
jimandlaurinda · 55 days ago

Fun With Friends at Chuck-E-Cheese in Kentucky...    
jimandlaurinda · 56 days ago

Christmas Holidays   Happy Holidays to everyone! We have been so blessed to be able to share the holiday season with so many loved ones. Between having get togethers with our friends, having Brian's brother home for the holidays, and getting to spend quality time with family, we have definatley felt
brianandkerri · 58 days ago

When we sing The Twelve Days of Christmas, we celebrate beginning December 25 and ending January 5 (twelve days after Christmas Day). This year, Hanukkah coincides with the Christmas season beginning the evening of December 24 and ending the evening of January 1. Since our family is comprised of cul
derekandjim · 59 days ago

Merry Christmas Everyone!  We spent the day having fun with family and friends.  We cannot wait to bring another bundle of joy into our lives and share our next Christmas with!                
jimandlaurinda · 61 days ago

  MERRY CHRISTMAS!!   Kevin's parents and little sister(as well as her dog) all came up to visit us on friday the 23rd.  We are blessed to have them with us for just over a week this year.  Christmas eve was spent together watching christmas movies (and of course the Packers game this year since Kev
kevinandabby · 62 days ago

Annual tradition of opening a few presents on Christmas Eve!  
jimandlaurinda · 63 days ago

We enjoyed this past weekend in the beautiful town of Natchitoches. We did some shopping, then walked down by the river and enjoyed the Christmas lights. Each afternoon I have been in the kitchen baking up goodies for Christmas. I can not wait for our family to try the turtle cheesecake.
jacobandmandy · 64 days ago

Jim and Laurinda celebrating at Jim's Work Christmas Party.  Good food, friends, band, and door prizes make for a very fun night with each other.  We enjoy being together.        
jimandlaurinda · 65 days ago

Mom and Chandler at The Christian Academy's Christmas Program.  
jimandlaurinda · 65 days ago

Last year around this time I started a quilt for my nephew.  I'd just learned a new technique in quilting and found a series of Lego Star Wars patterns.  Since my nephew loves both Star Wars and Lego, I decided to give it a go.  It's been coming along slowly, but I now have a full set of blocks and
sarah_adopts · 71 days ago

We had a wonderful time this weekend enjoying the outdoors. We took our camper out for the weekend. It was so relaxing listening to all the different birds, especially all of the owls. We made a camp fire and roasted marshmallows.
jacobandmandy · 76 days ago

Thanksgiving has always held a special place in our family's heart. It is a wonderful time with great food, laughs and spending quality time with family, and friends. Kerri's dad hosted this year, and we had 18 people total! Two turkeys (One fried), stuffing, bread, potatoes and desserts were everyw
brianandkerri · 76 days ago

Here are a few photos of our kiddos and dogs having fun with Turkeys at Thanksgiving this year.
jimandlaurinda · 79 days ago

We had a wonderful weekend enjoying Christmas activities. We started the weekend going to the holiday light safari. The lights were beautiful and all of the big cats were very active. Saturaday afternoon we had my department unit party, we had a wonderful meal, then all the children made gingerbread
jacobandmandy · 84 days ago

As I look at this approaching season, there is so much joy and appreciation in the air!  It seems that life is busy and we have a lot of shopping to do (not one of our favorite things), but I also feel it's so important to enjoy the little moments and create moments with your family. Each year Kevin
kevinandabby · 85 days ago

We absolutely love going to the movies - especially animated movies like "The Trolls" and "Peanuts."  We cannot wait to have another bundle of joy to share in the fun with!!!
jimandlaurinda · 85 days ago

Spent thanksgiving with our family, enjoying a wonderful meal and watching LSU football at night. The ladies did some Christmas shopping the next day. Over the weekend we decorated for Christmas. 
jacobandmandy · 88 days ago

Thanksgiving is such a special time for us, one we just are so excited to share with a child and build a family.  It's Damion's favorite~  he had made a special pumpkin cheesecake the day before, what a treat!  We always do our turkey on the old Webber bbq, a special tradition along with his home ma
damionandamy · 91 days ago

We spent the weekend with friends at a car show. It was very interesting to see all the old cars and hear the history behind them. Looking forward to having Thanksgiving dinner with the family this week.
jacobandmandy · 96 days ago

One of our favorite things to do is spend time with our 5-year old nephew and 2-year old niece! We spent the entire weekend with them - and of course, that means lots of selfies!  
gautamandandrew · 97 days ago

Our Family loves to play games together - especially all of the new Monopoly Games such as Monopoly Empire.  Cambrie happened to win this game :)  We cannot wait to add another child to our family and get him or her in on the fun!!!       
jimandlaurinda · 100 days ago

With all the craziness that is going on in the world, we find it important to remember the good things we have in our lives and all the happy memories we are blessed with. This picture represents an important time to us. It was our first major trip as a couple to Austin, TX.  While we had so much un
brianandkerri · 100 days ago

Our Children Absolutely LOVE babies and cannot wait to be a Big Brother and Big Sister to a new bundle of joy!  Here, they are getting some practice at Church.
jimandlaurinda · 104 days ago

Had a wonderful weekend enjoying the outdoors, Listening to the birds sing and watching the squirrels play. Went hiking on a few trails the area had. We hope one day we will be able to share this with a child.
jacobandmandy · 104 days ago

This month is National Adoption Awareness Month and we have been doing our best to shine positive awareness with our story and our hopes! We treasure the experience we have had with adoption and what an amazing blessing it is. Adoption has touched so many lives and illustrates such unconditional lov
brianandbeth · 106 days ago

The first thing our nieces and nephews ask when they come over is if they can play Erik's drums. We love seeing them get so excited and rock out!
erikandkamilyn · 107 days ago

We love to sometimes simply "Chilax" at home together on the weekend while cozying up on the couch to a favorite movie or sit together at the kitchen table and play board games.  Whatever we are doing, we enjoy spending time with each other and our kiddos.  We cannot wait to add another bundle of jo
jimandlaurinda · 108 days ago

Over Halloween weekend, Marna and Liz celebrated with their annual pumpkin carving get together for friends and family. Everyone brings food and we have a pumpkin carving contest with prizes for the most creative results.                     We had a fantastic time. Halloween is one of our favortie
elizabethandmarna · 108 days ago

We have been picking up more items for the nursery. We are going with winnie the pooh. We are going to have a combination of tradition winnie the pooh with new winnie the pooh. We could not decide which one to use because they are both adorable.
jacobandmandy · 110 days ago

Happy Gilvember!  What in the world is Gilvember you may ask...it's a quirky little word for celebrating that this month is when Beth's favorite show has new episodes airing after nearly ten years of being off the air! Gilmore Girls returns to Netflix the day after Thanksgiving, which means no crazy
brianandbeth · 115 days ago

Hey Everyone, Today is Brian's Birthday (Happy Birthday Bri!), and we have had quite the weekend. Friday night we went to the Piston's home opener with a group of our friends and watched them win! Saturday we drove up to East Lansing for the Michigan/Michigan State game with Kerri's family. We had g
brianandkerri · 118 days ago

We have been thinking hard of baby names. For a boy we like Sebastian, and for a girl we like Gabby. Hopefully one day we will be able to use one of these names.
jacobandmandy · 119 days ago

We love to visit Patti's Settlement in Kentucky this time of year.  It is always decorated so beautifully and the food is absolutely amazing.  Just look at this Chocolate Meringue Pie...  
jimandlaurinda · 124 days ago

Enjoying the fall season. Had our annual halloween party last night, with family and friends. Looking forward to having a child to share these traditions with and adding new ones.  
jacobandmandy · 125 days ago

I love going to football games with my family.  Here I am enjoying the Buckeyes with my family.  I hope to share the love of sports with a child someday. 
Beth-adopts · 128 days ago

Every year I take my nieces to the Indiana state fair.  We have a blast riding the various rides and petting the animals. 
Beth-adopts · 128 days ago

The past week has held so many special days and very meaningful memories. We celebrated our son's birthday, as well as the day we met him and the day we signed adoption papers a few years ago. We hold these days so dear to our hearts and celebrate each of them.  We look forward to being able to cele
brianandbeth · 128 days ago

One of the traditions that I share with my eldest niece, Kaitlyn, is making all her birthday cakes from scratch.  Kaitlyn continues to challenge her Aunt Beth’s artistic ability.  This year for her 7th birthday Kaitlyn wanted a rainbow cake with paint splatter cupcakes.  It was a success! Aunt Beth
Beth-adopts · 128 days ago

  Hello Friends, This past weekend was exciting!  We went on a weekend date to see Adele live and in person in Nashville, TN.  The concert was outstanding.  We love taking weekend trips for a get-away, visiting new places and experiencing different things.           
jimandlaurinda · 131 days ago

Hello Everyone, Happy Sweetest Day to everyone! After a busy week, we both are glad to be able to relax this weekend with cooking and football. This morning Brian cooked a wonderful breakfast for us consisting of eggs, hashbrowns, bacon, sausage, and cinnamon rolls. We spent the afternoon watching M
brianandkerri · 133 days ago

We will be celebrating our son's birthday with family and friends this weekend and are so grateful! This time of year always brings back such tender memories of when we got "the call" to start traveling to meet our son! He was born many states away from us and in not wanting to expose a newborn to a
brianandbeth · 142 days ago

Recently Liz and Marna spent a long weekend in Cleveland catching up with friends. We loved spending time with Karen, meeting her dog, Frank, visiting the house from A Christmas Story, and checking out Cleveland's public art scene.       Liz also got to visit the Geauga County fair with her frien
elizabethandmarna · 146 days ago

One of the traditions of our family is reading time on the weekends. During this time, we all find a comfy space in the living room and each enjoy a book from our personal collection or from the library for at least one hour in the morning after breakfast. Literacy is very important to us, so instil
derekandjim · 151 days ago

Cooler fall weather has finally made an apperance, at least for a few days anyway. This makes us happy! We are so ready for some pumpkin picking fun with family and getting lost in a corn maze with friends!  We found out this week that we are now an officially waiting family with our new adoption ag
brianandbeth · 151 days ago

Fall has officially arrived, but luckily the weather has still been nice and sunny over the last couple of weeks. We took an extra day off at work and took the opportunity to explore the countryside around Rotterdam by bike. Points of interest consist of nature and small vilages that are very pictor
markandpaulus · 153 days ago

The calendar says that it is officially fall, which is my absolute favorite season (Yay!)...but this hot summer heat is still here. Whew! Someone please send summer the memo to take a hike so we can start enjoying all the fun fall festivities! We are so excited for fall and all that comes with it!
brianandbeth · 155 days ago

We’ve been fortunate to accomplish many goals: (1) graduating high school and college with honors, (2) buying a home, (3) enjoying career success. However, our main goal has always been to raise a family. We’ve always wanted children through adoption, and we have discussed that we would enjoy having
derekandjim · 158 days ago

One of our best memories from this summer was our visit with my son's birth mother, her other two children (and his half-siblings) and his biological great-aunt. We've visited a few times before, but now that he's 4 and a half, these things are more meangingful. We talked about it for weeks, leading
michelleadopts · 161 days ago

Is a picture worth a thousand words? One of the many things we want to do is capture all our memories in photos so we can share it with future generations, and they - in turn - with their families and friends. We have been so grateful to have heard stories from our own great grandparents and see pho
derekandjim · 164 days ago

From Susan: At the end of August Charly and I took a road trip from Utah to Texas to visit Mimi, my mom.  On the way we stopped in Colorado and got to catch up with CCS, Charly's birth mom and her birth family.  When we first set out to adopt, I was adament that we would have a closed adoption.  I
joshandsusan · 166 days ago

We had an awesome weekend!   We finished our first ever 750 piece puzzle as a family! We thought it would take us a few months... it only took us a few weeks! Here we all put our last piece in at the same time to complete it. We're already into our next one. "Sunshine" loves it!   We also went mini
steveandleeann · 167 days ago

                                           Hello and Welcome! We are very excited to share our adoption journey with all of our family and friends. For those going through the adoption process, we hope our blog can be helpful in knowing that you are not alone on this journey. One of our questions a
brianandkerri · 171 days ago

Jim loved to read at a very young age, as did his siblings. His siblings and he would go to the library to check out new books to read every week. His love or reading began one summer when Jim’s stepmother encouraged him to finish a book by the end of the week. Jim chose a fun sounding book: Nancy M
derekandjim · 172 days ago

Recently Liz and Marna had a chance to spend time with family. Since both of our families celebrated important events on the same weekend, we divided and conquered. Marna had a blast celebrating a family birthday in the country.     Liz took an epic roadtrip to New Hampshire (Live Free or Die, acc
elizabethandmarna · 177 days ago

Derek grew up in a family of five as the middle child: mom, dad and two brothers. Both of his parents worked – mother as a engineer; father as a court interpreter. His mother valued education, and his father set the expectations. His dad loves movies and always tried to teach his brothers and him le
derekandjim · 179 days ago

Have I mentioned how great Kevin is? I mean seriously great.   This guy pulled over a fast one on me! A few weeks ago I turned 32, gulp. He made me believe we were celebrating my birthday with just the two of us at a group painting event.  When I walked in, 4 of our favorite couples were there to jo
kevinandkelli · 179 days ago

We have had a ton of fun the last month of summer! We’ve been hiking, biking, to the beach, at the carnival, back to school shopping days, craft days, museums, let’s just head out and find a treat days and of course plenty of picnics! We decided to end the summer and begin the school year with a ban
steveandleeann · 181 days ago

So our adoptive family profile went live a couple of days ago...so now we start the process of waiting.  We have read so many articles on how to manage the wait of the adoption process and we have started taking a few things to heart.  We have started taking small steps to adapt for this big change.
ryanandkhara · 185 days ago

We are a diverse household with many interests. Derek is Chinese and speaks conversational Cantonese. Jim was an Eagle Scout, the highest recognition in Boy Scouts. Our parents taught us to work hard, set expectations and achieve our dreams. We were both honors students in high school and college, a
derekandjim · 186 days ago

WE DID IT!!! Thanks to everyone who stuck with us through this blogging challenge. It was a lot of fun and some very thought-provoking topics. On to our answer. I was thinking about a funny answer (about changing the toilet paper roll, about the next Star Wars movie coming out sooner, etc) but I tho
DavidandCarmen · 198 days ago

David's favorite beverage is water... between the better hydration, simplicity, and low cost, it's a perfect option. ;-) For a less generic drink, he likes Mountain Dew once in a while.Carmen's favorite drink is Diet Sierra Mist. It's no longer made and the "new version" that they made to replace it
DavidandCarmen · 200 days ago

We're almost to the end and this is the topic? You'd think this would have been one of the first ones. LOL!David doesn't really have any good nicknames... Dave, David, "hey you"... but nothing that really identifies him.Carmen has several cute nicknames... Carmie, Caramel, Becky (after the other nam
DavidandCarmen · 201 days ago

Carmen's biggest deal breakers are cruelty and exclusion. Because of her Treachers Collins Syndrome, she was commonly overlooked or excluded so she likes to make sure that others don't feel the way that she did.David's biggest deal breaker is a lack of communication. With all the problems and bad th
DavidandCarmen · 201 days ago

In this post, which we hope to turn into a series, we want to introduce you to our hobbies. Let's start with Marna's love of gardening. We have a big yard with a couple of garden plots in the back and a garden in the front. While Marna specifically plants certain items, our garden can also lead to s
elizabethandmarna · 202 days ago

Real life cannot be summarized to a nice blog post or Tweet. Real life is the messy stuff that many of us NEVER post on social media. Real life is a messy house. This has been our “real life” for the past 6 months. Can't wait for the basement to be done so it's safe and clean for our little one to p
DavidandCarmen · 202 days ago

Hands down – Carmen’s favorite dessert is ice cream. She says she always has room for ice cream. ;-)David has a hard time narrowing it down to just one, but will typically go for anything that's not chocolate as he's sensitive to chocolate. Can't wait to share our desserts with our little one! :-)#a
DavidandCarmen · 203 days ago

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