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Sitting here at school watching my students in my art club draw. Today was a free day; their only responsibility was to create! I did the same :) Below you can see my sketch of an elephant with winged ears. Elephants were my godmother's favorite animal. She passed away a year ago from ALS. I plan on
Threemuskateers · 8 days ago

Brendan's birthday is coming up next week! I love doing things for just him and I try to not only do those things on his birthday. Before we got married we would created what we call "appreciation days." These days consist of surprise plans that we create for one another. I would design "Brendan App
Threemuskateers · 8 days ago

One of my students today jokingly asked " can I be your son will you adopt me?" We laughed about it and I realized after some reflection why he asked that question. I am strict with my students and they know my expectations are high for them. They also know that I care for them so much and that I wi
Threemuskateers · 8 days ago

Yesterday when the kids asked me about Valentines, I told them everyday is Valentine's day with Lauren. So, when I got into my first period class a student brought a cookie in for me and said Happy Everyday Valentines share it with your wife! Kids are so creative!
Threemuskateers · 8 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us better by reading our blog! We titled this "Joy in the Journey" because we are trying to find joy in the journey of waiting for our family to expand, instead of focusing on the unknowns. Last weekend Ben took me to a hotel in downtown Salt Lake for Val
katieandben · 10 days ago

I came across this poem and it really spoke to me. It is so beautiful in how it captures living well in your everyday life. I just thought I'd share it here, because I find it very inspiring:   Desiderata - by Max Ehrmann   Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be i
joshandbrittany · 10 days ago

Hi there! This is Brittany writing. I thought it might be helpful if I explained what a normal day for me looks like, and how a little baby would fit into that day.    I was so blessed in 2014 to be offered a job through friends of friends with a company that creates online courses. It was really on
joshandbrittany · 10 days ago

We experimented a bit with video footage today. Brittany described what she loves about Josh and why she thinks he'll be a great parent, and Josh did the same. It seemed fitting, since today is Valentine's Day. :-)  We are actively waiting on our agency's wait list and are hopeful every day about wh
joshandbrittany · 11 days ago

:) Happy Valentines Day to everyone! I woke up this morning to coffee waiting for me on my nightstand! My husband sure does know the way to my heart! My adorable 6th grade students have already brought me little home-made cards and students are delivering roses to teachers! I also got an adorable ph
Threemuskateers · 12 days ago

We are so blessed to have these amazing & supportive friends to walk this adoption journey alongside us. Having others to talk to, share experiences with, & dream of the future with is so helpful! The four of us enjoyed great food & laughs together. We look forward to the day when we wil
RobertLyndsie2616 · 12 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

We had a great time at the circus! I am so glad we all got to see the show with it being Barnum and Bailey's final tour. The kids enjoyed watching all the acts (the flying trapeze was their favortie), eating popcorn and cotton candy, and seeing the clowns. It was a fun day!  
CoryandCarrie · 13 days ago

The past few weeks we've been busy finding an appartment for Vincents mom in our hometown Tilburg. A couple of months ago she sold her appartment in Delft and she bought a new house in Tilburg. But her new appartment won't be ready untill the end of the year. So in March she will move to a temporary
vincentandjos · 13 days ago

We went sledding today at the school where our son attends preschool.  It snowed yesterday so it was fresh and fluffy.  The sun was shining and it was a beautiful winter day. 
wardandmelissa · 13 days ago

What a week! I think Massachusetts is getting all of Winter right now! We had a huge storm on Thursday and, again, today. We had some fun with it, though, and went snow shoeing! Our pups love playing outside in the snow.  We can't wait for a baby to make snow angels and a snowman with!  Wednesday we
adamandlauren · 13 days ago Our own website creation :) 
Threemuskateers · 14 days ago

Good Afternoon! Past couple days have been hard just waiting for a phone call, message or anything ha ha When times are tough, sometimes you just have to rely on the inner part of your body where you just won't give up! I am exiting to see what this week brings to us! #PostiveEngery2017   Brendan
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

Hello, Krista here.  It is mid February and we have now been in the waiting stage of the adoption process for almost 2 months.  We continue to think about and pray for the birth mother that will give us the greatest gift imaginable.  February has brought a few more inches of snow, definitely enough
chadandkrista · 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

We've had an amazing couple of weeks celebrating the Lunar New Year.  It began with a big family meal with TONS of food.  The next day we had one of son's best friends come over with her parents to help eat the leftovers.  Then we went to a Lunar New Year festival with tons of booths, lion dances an
derekandjim · 15 days ago

Our niece and nephews came up this weekend. As always, they're so much fun to hang out with. Ella, our niece, and I went on a date Saturday morning to the Farmers Market. She loved all the local shops! We also took them to our local kids museum and they had a blast. They boys are starting to talk so
adamandlauren · 16 days ago

There are few things I enjoy more than taking kids hiking. Two years ago, I started a hiking club for my middle schoolers. We go on about four hikes a year, and I generally ask Jeremy to co-chaperone. Such a lucky guy! Hehe.   Last weekend, we took six very awesome students on a 4.4 mile hike with a
DevinJeremy8043 · 18 days ago

We've been listed with an agency for a little over a year now, and the wait has felt long. I think most couples waiting to adopt will say that. But, that's not why I'm blogging today.   I'm writing this post because I realized recently that I wasn't ready for open adoption a year ago when my husband
DevinJeremy8043 · 18 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  :) Please share our Adoption Profile with anyone considering adoption for their baby.  Here it is:
jimandlaurinda · 19 days ago

One of our long term dreams has always been to have a home in the mountains.  We love going to the mountains year-round and thought it would be so nice to have a place to stay for vacations, long weekends, and holidays. We also love the idea of being able to provide our friends and family with a pla
dustinandangannette · 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

Part of this week we spent updating paperwork for our adoption homestudy update. It has been nice to review ourselves this last year and recommit ourselves to the adoption journey. We also enjoyed skating with our son this afternoon.  We are all becoming better skaters.
wardandmelissa · 20 days ago

We have just recently spent a week in Germany. We visited with friends in Stuttgart, then went sightseeing to Baden Baden and Strasbourg, France (which is very close, just across the border). It was a bit cold and gray but we always enjoy visiting Germany, especially during Christmas time. Gotta say
darrenandnatasha · 22 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

Wow I guess it's been a while. I don't know if you want to read what we did for Thanksgiving and Christmas so I will just start from the current happenings here.  We celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary last weekend. I can't believe it's been 9 years! We went window shopping, and ate at Joes Crabs
thomasandgwen · 22 days ago

Hey Everyone, Since we are in the middle of Winter, we cannot help but dream about sunshine and warmer temparatures. We love to head to the west side of Michigan in the warmer seasons, as well as staying outdoors to enjoy the weather. We are excited to get outdoors to barbeque with family and friend
brianandkerri · 23 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

This weekend we went to the Children's Museum in a nearby town with Kinley.  It was the first time just the three of us had gone somewhere together in a while after all of the excitement of the holidays.  We had so much fun!  The museum was really just three floors of fun, interactive exhibits for k
mattandmariah · 26 days ago

Fun and crazy sleepover weekend with the nephews!  We did so many fun things together it's amazing we were able to fit it all in: movie, baking cookies, breakfast for dinner, Museum of Science and Industry (Lego exhibit!), coloring... We were a little exhausted but the boys had a great time and are
mitchandheather · 27 days ago

This weekend we made our monthly trip to Costco. We all like to go and pick our groceries together.  It is a nice family outing for us.  We also took our son to the birthday party of our friends' child.  We had a good time skating and sledding at a nearby school.  We enjoyed hot chocolate and cake a
wardandmelissa · 27 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

With the Lunar New Year coming up this weekend, our family has been getting ready for the celebration. We have new haircuts. We've been cleaning our home to usher in the New Year, and we're preparing a magnificent feast for New Year's Eve, a tradition in our home. The festivities for the Lunar New Y
derekandjim · 31 days ago

Happy 2017 everyone!! I wanted to start off this year a bit more wordy than the past two months - so please excuse the long post! At the end of the year, I had these moments where everything in the house was quiet, lighting dimmed as the Christmas tree twinkled brightly in the background. I laid on
JillPhil7186 · 31 days ago

We are looking forward to planning a vacation, so to get some ideas we went to the Travel and Adventure show for some inspiration.  We're not sure what kind of trip we want to take, but we always like to incorporate some adventure and acitvity on our vacations... Some of the things we love are hikin
mitchandheather · 32 days ago

  Thinking of summer and hanging out on the beach building sandcastles with a little one. YouTube txt/call 646-650-8634
micheleandsteven · 33 days ago

Hello.  This is Chad writing for our journal.  Krista and I are anxiously awaiting news that one day a Birth Mom will pick us to add to our family.  We have decided that we should be ready if a Birth Mom does decide to choose us that we are ready.  We brought up our bassonet from our basement (the o
chadandkrista · 33 days ago

Last week, we both had a week of from work. We spend our free time with some nice activities. We went to Amsterdam to visit some musea and a light festival, we went to the beach to have a nice walk along the sea and we went to a wellness centre for the ultimate relaxation. We enjoyed some nice meals
vincentandjos · 34 days ago

We had a nice weekend and got a lot done.  Melissa went shopping for some sewing projects and Ward worked on some plans for updating the basement.  We were also able to take our son skating at a local rink where we were joined by Melissa's brother.
wardandmelissa · 34 days ago

We hope to read lots of fairy tales after we #adopt. Considering an adoption plan we would love to hear from you. YouTube txt/call 646-650-8634
micheleandsteven · 37 days ago

It's been raining in Los Angeles a lot recently, and it's been so refreshing. The grass is green and the skies are clear after several hours of rainfall. Rainy days are a great time for us to stay inside the house and use our imaginations while also learning! Recently, we've transformed our home int
derekandjim · 37 days ago

    Merry Christmas!To be honest...I can honestly tell you I have been feeling so peaceful for over a month now. Something clicked in me - maybe finally my prayers for peace have come through! Maybe this is just the feeling of peace before our match and if that is the case then YAY! Happy New Year!!
JillPhil7186 · 37 days ago

  Hi Everyone!   This will be a short blog today!!   We had a great ending to October - with Halloween! Here is just a preview of our costumes! We always get excited and this was 1/2 costumes we had for the weekend! We went as Zelda and Link as well. Happy National Adoption Month!!! All of our f
JillPhil7186 · 37 days ago

  Happy two years in waiting! Sadly, there will be no balloons or parties for this adoption anniversary. However, I decided to do something different for a change! This will be our look back...the good, the bad, the ugly and all the in-between. Thoughts: The random, exciting, GOOD moments we have h
JillPhil7186 · 37 days ago

      Hello again and welcome to our 23rd month blog! The number is becoming increasingly hard to look at but we are here and in the full swing of things again!Phil and I had been talking about what we want this blog to look like and well, it often feels more of the same. So let me just get this par
JillPhil7186 · 37 days ago

Hi All! We have been blogging since the very beginning of our process back in 2014 and the best way to read back is to go to our site: ! Thanks for joining us on this adventure! I will add some of the current ones here and keep everyone up to date!! <3
JillPhil7186 · 37 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

We just got back from a two week hiking holiday to Israel & Palestine. We celebrated New Year in beautiful nature and made long walks every day. We slept with local families and they gave us the beste food. Many, warm local people we met asked why we did not have childeren. We told them all the
marcusandjane · 40 days ago

New year has arrived! And our web site has just been set up – a great beginning for the new year 2017! Happy holidays to all! We had a delightful holiday season. For Christmas - a wonderfully quiet family time: baked lots of different cookies, had friends over for a full spread of Christmas Eve dinn
darrenandnatasha · 41 days ago

  So sad the circus is closing. Great childhood memories going to the circus with my family.  Hope to create other memories after we #adopt.
micheleandsteven · 41 days ago

  Great book about adoption friendly movie need to get this after we #adopt and make sure we see all these wonderful movies.
micheleandsteven · 41 days ago

The winter weather has warmed up a little this weekend.  We are still a ways away from spring but it was nice to have a break from the cold.  We were able to get out skating at a local rink.  It was a nice afternoon.
wardandmelissa · 41 days ago

We had a great Christmas and new year's eve with family and friends. We uploaded some pictures that we took this winter to our profile.
chrisandtobias · 42 days ago

Saturday play dates have become part of our weekend routine in the family. These are outings every weekend dedicated to exercise and socialization with other families. Play dates can take place at locations like the park, Disneyland, a museum, or the zoo. It's time for our little one to run around a
derekandjim · 45 days ago

We are just starting our blog and this is the first post. So exciting! We are naming our blog "Home-Thoughts, from Abroad" after the poem by Englishman Robert Brown. This phrase perfectly describes our life in four words: we are a military family, we live overseas now (and for the most of our marrie
darrenandnatasha · 46 days ago

When we began the adoption journey almost two years ago, we were told to "live our lives" while we waited.  That was great advice!  While I admit I checked the adoption website almost daily to see if any families had been "matched" or "placed," I would like to think that we continued to live our liv
dustinandangannette · 46 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

Hi everyone We are right in the middle of another beautiful snow storm.  Yes, I said "beautiful" and "snow storm" in the same sentence!  I love everything about snow...apart from having to drive on it.  Growing up in Canada, some of my happiest memories involve cold, snowy days.  As children, my bro
AmitandNatalie · 46 days ago

I am well overdue for posting about our Christmas, we've just been so busy!  We took trips to visit family for both Christmas and New Years, so we're now getting back into our regular routine and I am so excited to share our holiday with you! For Christmas this year we spent time with both of our fa
mattandmariah · 47 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

This weekend it was Melissa's father's birthday.  We had a family dinner at Melissa's brother's house.  Melissa's brother and his wife baked buns, cooked ribs and vegetables.   We celebrated with ice cream cake.
wardandmelissa · 48 days ago

Chad and I decided that we really wanted to journal during our waiting process.  There will be weeks that I (Krista) am writing and others that Chad will write.  Our adopotion profile has been active for about two weeks now.  We are so excited to be at this step in the process.  Our son Ben asks abo
chadandkrista · 49 days ago

  I can’t wait to see him as a dad. I know he’ll be amazingly wonderful. YouTube txt/call 646-650-8634
micheleandsteven · 49 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

More than words Dreaming of sharing our love and home with a child.
micheleandsteven · 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

The past two weeks we celebrated Christmas with our families. Vincents family don't celebrate just two christmas days but three! We made great dishes and had some nice quality time with the ones we love. On New Years Eve we organised a little party for our friends and family. We celebrated the endin
vincentandjos · 52 days ago

Happy New Year! As 2017 begins, it's an exciting chapter in our lives. While it's technically just another day, we're thrilled for all the new adventures that this year may bring. We had a wonderful couple of weeks off from work for the holidays, and looking forward to all the new projects we will e
derekandjim · 52 days ago

Happy New Year!  I can hardly believe it is already 2017! I feel like I just got used to writing 2016 on everything, but here we are, at a new beginning.  Quite a bit has changed for us during the holiday season, the biggest being that we MOVED! As a military family, we have had the chance to live i
evanandkelly · 53 days ago

Happy New Year from Washington, D.C.! We had a wonderful holiday with friends and family - and now are excited to see what 2017 brings. -Gautam and Andy
gautamandandrew · 54 days ago

Hello, It is the 3rd of January and we have had a fun and eventful last week. It was a week with a lot of fun with friends and family. On Christmas Eve and New Year's night we were with a large group of friends eating good food and dancing fun.   A funny picture with our friends on Christmas Eve On
frankandjoy · 54 days ago

How can it be 2017 already?? We celebrated NYE with family and festivities after a relaxing holiday break and warm and sunny trip to Florida.  We are excited to kick off the new year, one where we hope to be able to fulfill our dream of becoming parents.  Here's to a new year and ongoing hope. 
mitchandheather · 54 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

We went down to California for a week to spend some time with Erica's family the week of Christmas.  This was the first time all of Erica's siblings have been together for Christmas in a few years and it was really fun!  Her brother Matt, that lives in Boise, surprised most of us and showed up at he
jonathananderica · 55 days ago

Erica took full advantage of her Christmas break to check some things off her to do list.  We have some black IKEA shelves in our living room that I have been wanting to paint since we moved in to our house two years ago.  Other things kept coming up on my breaks from school and I never got them don
jonathananderica · 55 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

We celebrated Christmas early with Jon's family, because this is the off year where all the kids spend Christmas with their spouses family...aka Christmas would be with Erica's family this year.   We got together for a delicious Christmas dinner of ham and potatoes with all of Jon's family. Jon's mo
jonathananderica · 55 days ago

Early in December Jon told me he had a surprise for me on Friday night that I needed to be prepared for.  All he would tell me was that we were going outside, and while I had my suspicions, he wouldn't give me any more details.  Jon is TERRIBLE at keeping secrets, so I was really surprised that he c
jonathananderica · 55 days ago

Erica LOVES Christmas!  She loves decorating the house, seeing the lights all lit up, buying gifts to put under the tree and send them to other people, singing Christmas carols, drinking hot chocolate, buying a Christmas tree, really everything having to do with Christmas.   Growing up, Erica's chur
jonathananderica · 55 days ago

Ward's brother, his wife and son were visiting Ward's parents' farm this weekend for New Year's.  Our family joined them to bring in 2017.  We had a balloon party for this kids and enjoyed a turkey dinner with Melissa's homemade apple pie.  The weather was mild and it was a great winter weekend.
wardandmelissa · 55 days ago

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

Another year is almost over.  When I look back on 2016, I like to focus on the good memories.  Last fall, we went to Paisley Park and saw where Prince lived.  Three new babies were born into our extended family.  On the flip side, there are memories I'd rather forget like getting sick on the airplan
kevinandsusan · 57 days ago

We've had a busy holiday of travel! On Thursday, December 22nd, we went over to Kyle and Allie's to hang out and exchange Christmas gifts. We got their son Rowan a sports goal play set that includes a basketball hoop and a soccer goal. He loved it! Mostly he likes pulling down on a lever that makes
spencerandkate · 58 days ago

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