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We enjoyed some warm weather yesterday as we cleaned up our garden and backyard for the season.  Today we took our son to a park so he could ride his tricycle on a paved path. It was nice to spend some quiet time together as a family.
wardandmelissa · 11 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 meangi
michelleadopts · 12 days ago

We recently went to an auction and Matt felt like he struck gold when he found Tinkertoys, he just had to buy them for Kinley.  They've had so much fun playing with them.  Kinley loves to play with whatever Matt creates, so far her favorite has been the sw
mattandmariah · 12 days ago

Escaping from the neverending heat of the DC summer, Darrell and I took off to Canada last week, visiting Montreal and Quebec City.  My only previous trip to Montreal had been in the sub-freezing days of January and I'd spent most of that visit enduring a
darrellandjoshua · 12 days ago

We took a summer vacation to southern California this year.  We had a blast!  We went to Disneyland, Sea World, and Legoland. Lots of fun, happy memories were made.  
jimandrebecca · 13 days ago

Over the summer, we celebrated Braden's 9th birthday with a fun day of swimming and eating out at one of our favorite Mexican food restaurants.  Both sets of grandparents and Jim's twin brother,  Jeff and his family joined us and we all had a great time!  
jimandrebecca · 13 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
derekandjim · 15 days ago

This past weekend, we headed back to Minnesota for a relative's wedding. It was great to see so many family members and to have a long weekend with Katie's parents, sister Elizabeth, brother-in-law Andy and nephew Oliver. Sophie and Ollie ruled the dance f
benandkatie · 15 days ago

This weekend we had so much fun having diner with friends on saturday. We organise this BBQ events a few times a year with 3 other couples. Each couple need to make a dish from scratch with fresh ingredients This time we made fresh guacamole! On sunday we
vincentandjos · 17 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 adame
joshandsusan · 17 days ago

It has been a while since I posted an update. We are just finishing up our harvest here at the farm. It has been a busy couple of weeks, but soon to slow down (hopefully by the end of the week!). I have been keeping myself occupied with some home canned go
travisandshannon · 17 days ago

Quick update before I go into this last weekend. Since our last post we have discovered that both Carson and Maci are nearsided and need glasses. Here's a picture with them in their new look: This last weekend Carson and David went on a Father and Son's ca
davidandsadie · 17 days ago

We celebrated our son's fourth birthday this weekend with both sets of grandparents, auntie and uncle and lots of cake. Birthdays are a fun day at our house as we usually celebrate with a cake Melissa has made. We would all enjoy adding the birthday of a n
wardandmelissa · 18 days ago

As mentioned in our previous post we had our friend, Bret, in town from California. We enjoyed spending a few weeknights with him. We played trivia, played cards, ate a lot of food, and spent an evening playing wallyball. It was great to see him again! Her
spencerandkate · 18 days ago

The girls needed a time out this weekend, so they put themselves in one!  Our church organizes these events called Time Out For Women that they hold all over the country.  They have great speakers, good music, a service project of some kind that will benef
jonathananderica · 18 days ago

Football season is a big deal in our house!   Jon loves most sports and can spend hours watching, commentating, analyzing, and reading about most sports, but football is probably his most favorite.   College football started this week, and with that bring
jonathananderica · 18 days ago

Hi everyone It seems like someone, somewhere, broke the magical remote that controls the weather, and we've been stuck on the rain network for days.  Not that I'm complaining, really.  Rain is great for the garden, not to mention the free carwash I get if
AmitandNatalie · 18 days ago

We recently took a trip to Chicago, and we met up with Kathy's cousins from Iowa to enjoy the city. We took a boat tour looking at all the monuments, and went shopping on the Miracle Mile.
howardandkathy · 19 days ago

  Who says the sky is the limit. Hopes and dreams are limitless. This is something we will instill in our child after we adopt. email txt/call 646-650-8634  
micheleandsteven · 20 days ago

We took our son to the swimming pool this weekend.  We had a great time and there were a lot of families there.  We asked him if he would like to have a brother or sister to go swiming with.  He said yes.  We would love to have another child to take to the
wardandmelissa · 21 days ago

Hello again! I can't believe another summer has come and gone!  But as they say, all good things must come to an end.  And for Brayden, that means an end to elementary school, and the beginning of a new adventure...middle school!  I can't believe this guy
AmitandNatalie · 22 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
derekandjim · 22 days ago

Yesterday was Labor Day and marked the unoffical end to summer.  Although it's always sad to end the summer, it is always very exciting to begin the school year!  As a first grade teacher, it is always so special to see the excitement on all of my little s
garyandandrea · 23 days ago

We had a great Labor Day weekend, both of us enjoying three days in a row without going to work! It was a busy time, as the beginning of September always is...we celebrate our anniversary (5 years!), Spencer's birthday (#34) and Kate's birthday (#32) withi
spencerandkate · 23 days ago

  Our anniversary dinner at Aldolfos in ocean city MD. Great food and music. email txt/call 646-650-8634    
micheleandsteven · 23 days ago

  Over labor day weekend five years ago I married my best friend. Love him more and more each day. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for us next as we dream to grow our family through adoption. email Micheleandstevenadopt@gm
micheleandsteven · 23 days ago

  Yea made it to OC Maryland. Time to celebrate 5 years of marriage. Let’s hope the weather holds up its pretty here. email txt/call 646-650-8634
micheleandsteven · 23 days ago

  Fun in the sun at Ocean City  thMD this weekend celebrating our anniversay. Perfect place to bring a little one after we adopt. email txt/call 646-650-8634
micheleandsteven · 23 days ago

Wow! Can you believe it's September already??  I can't believe summer is "somewhat done." Kids all going back to school now. Kevin and I just got home from our last summer vacation and we had a blast! We even got to go to a worship "concert" led by Mark Sc
kevinandamy · 23 days ago

This Labor Day weekend we headed to the Lost Creek Wilderness area in Colorado for our first family back-country camping trip. Carrying Sophie and all of our gear was HEAVY, but we had a blast telling stories by the campfire, cooking soup over the camp sto
benandkatie · 24 days ago

A few weekends ago, we celebrated Howard's aunt and uncle's 50th wedding anniversary and 80th birthdays at a luncheon with family and friends from as far away as Japan joining us. I hope we are as healthy as they are when we get to their age! We watched an
howardandkathy · 24 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 road
elizabethandmarna · 27 days ago

  We are Steven and Michele and have been married for five fabulous years. We dream of adding a child to our family through adoption. We will love and support the child and ensure all their dreams come true. YouTube https
micheleandsteven · 28 days ago

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MarkLetty · 29 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 a
derekandjim · 29 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 paiting event.    When I walked
kevinandkelli · 29 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
steveandleeann · 31 days ago

Last week we went on an amazing vacation to Jackson Hole, Wyoming! We stayed right outside of Teton National Park in the Teton Village. While we were there we had dinner on top of a mountain, sampled the local golf course (which turns into a cross country
chadandmary · 31 days ago

We had a successful yard/garage sale with Melissa's parents and her brother.  We made use of Melissa's parents' garage for the sale.  We had a good visit with them and our son Jack got to have a little iced tea stand.
wardandmelissa · 32 days ago

  This weekend we had the opportunity to attend an infant care class hosted by our adoption agency.  What a wonderful experience!  The class was taught by a nurse from one of the local hospitals.    We learned all sorts of helpful things like:   how to swa
davidandanne · 32 days ago

We spent the weekend at Kate's sister (Sarah) and brother in law's house in Southern Indiana. We were joined by Kate's parents, and Kate's brother and his wife. We got in late Friday night, so visited for a bit and then went to bed. Saturday morning we enj
spencerandkate · 32 days ago

This Summer has gone by way too fast.  We made it a goal to do as many fun things together as possible this Summer. We started off our Summer with a trip to Green Bay for Memorial weekend. The highlights of that trip were the Bay Beach Amusement Park and W
adamandkristen · 33 days ago

This past week Ben picked up some beads and string to make bracelets. He thought a "family art night" would be a fun new tradition. The best part was seeing Sophie's look of determination as she tried to get the beads on her string. We plan to continue hav
benandkatie · 34 days ago

The night we arrived we had s'mores at a campground outside of Rexburg. It was Carson and Maci's first s'mores, and needless to say, they wanted s'more! The next morning we played at the Rexburg city park. They have a nice big splash pad and a full size c
davidandsadie · 34 days ago

We spent the last two weekends camping in Frisco, Colorado.  Frisco is one of our favorite places to travel to because of the hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and the quaintness of the cute little town. We recently purchased stand-up paddle boards, and now we
dustinandangannette · 35 days ago

So our adoptive family profile went live a couple of days 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 taki
ryanandkhara · 35 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 h
derekandjim · 36 days ago

We've had a Great summer but now it is time for the school year to start.  The kids were excited for their first day of school, while Nyla and Haley are looking forward to spending some time together.  We are also looking forward to fall sports and activit
chrisandhaley · 37 days ago

    This past weekend Katie was able to fly back to Minnesota for her college roommate's wedding. It was a wonderful day filled with laughter and joy, but extra special because the groom is from India.  To honor his culture, many of us wore sarees. We enj
benandkatie · 37 days ago

Made a new friend at Costco. We would love to bring him home to meet the new edition of our family after we adopt. Considering adoption as an option we’d love to hear from you. email txt/call 6
micheleandsteven · 38 days ago

Hello again! Brayden's interests are constantly evolving.  Recently, he introduced us to SnapChat.  I know what you're thinking..."what took you so long?!?"  Well the answer to that is simple...I don't know!  But better late than never!  For what it's wort
AmitandNatalie · 39 days ago

This weekend we had brunch with Ward's parents to celebrate his dad's birthday and then took a walk to feed some ducks before they fly south for winter.
wardandmelissa · 39 days ago

Today was a beautiful day. There really is no other way to put it. Simply beautiful. It was both sunny and cloudy, and a comfortable 75 degrees. What could be better than going to a baseball game?! As fate would have it today was 'kids day' and all the kid
kentandrachelle · 39 days ago

Today was a beautiful day. There really is no other way to put it. Simply beautiful. It was both sunny and cloudy, and a comfortable 75 degrees. What could be better than going to a baseball game?! As fate would have it today was 'kids day' and all the kid
kentandrachelle · 39 days ago

This week on social media there were some posts about a mom taking the traditional back to school pictures of her kids, but she was the one that was overly excited for her kids to go back to school, and her kids were less than thrilled at their embarrassin
jonathananderica · 39 days ago

We had a great few days as a family when we joined our brother and his family during his holiday on a little island. We do this every year; sun, sea, camping; having fun together! We play with our nieces, grandma's dog, swim in the sea, eat ice creams :-)
marcusandjane · 40 days ago

Dinner at our house. Love trying new dishes this was a big hit. Hummus crusted chicken with rice pilaf. email txt/call 646-650-8634  
micheleandsteven · 41 days ago

Taking an adventure to Disneyland monthly may sound like a lot to some people, but it would be amiss to not drive down often when we live less than an hour away as we are annual passholders. Each trip to Disneyland is never the same as we create adventures
derekandjim · 42 days ago

We took Tony's Dad to another one of our favorite spots.  We camped on the Blue Mesa Reservoir.  To us, it's a little bit of heaven on earth.  We cannot wait to share this place with our child one day!                                  
tonyandjess · 42 days ago

The past few weeks have been crazy filled with a lot of emotion. We met with a birth family that is not capable of taking care of their baby. The whole process was surreal. You meet these people, not knowing what to expect, and then after the meeting, you
jonathanandjessica · 43 days ago

Tonight we made an obstacle course in our back yard. You see, the kids have become somewhat obsessed with American Ninja Warrior and the Olympics. We had a balance beam, long jumps, a rope swing and a belly crawl. To put in simply, we had so much fun! We c
kentandrachelle · 45 days ago

Last week we enjoyed an end of summer vacation with Matt's parents, brother, and sister and her family.  We went to King's Island and the new Ark Encounter in Kentucky.  Kinley rode her first ride in the kiddie park with her cousin, but her favorite part w
mattandmariah · 45 days ago

  We celebrated our 5th anniversary at the end of July! It was a beautiful sunny day and perfect for some sightseeing around the Puget Sound area. Brian's mom made us an anniversary cake and we enjoyed sharing it with family and friends. As we wait for a b
brianandbreanna · 45 days ago

We had a busy week this week.  Melissa and our son Jack spent a few days with her parents at their house.  We had lots of fun and pie.  This weekend Ward's mother came to our house to babysit Jack so that we could go out for dinner and a movie.
wardandmelissa · 46 days ago

Early in the summer Jon and I spent a week in California with my family.  True to our tradition of visiting Disneyland almost every time we go to California, we went a few days early so we could spend time in the park!  We got to ride all the "big kid" rid
jonathananderica · 46 days ago

Summertime is really for fun!  We felt like this was a quieter week, and in some regards it was, but still busy!   One of Jon's friends from junior high and high school has been living in Brazil for the last 10 years with his family and has recently moved
jonathananderica · 46 days ago

Jon and I are both work with the youth in our church congregation and every summer we spend a week going camping with them, helping them learn that life without cell phones and iPods (and in this case flushing toilets and showers) is possible, and in some
jonathananderica · 46 days ago

This summer seems to have flown by. Only a few weeks left until my favorite season is behind us once again. It has been a wonderful summer with family and friends. Ryan and I spent four days along the west coast of Michigan on a mini-vacation, swimming in
ryanandlauri · 46 days ago

Darrell and I recently had to say goodbye to our beloved cat, Tye.  Tye had been with Darrell for 16 years and a part of my life for the last six. While I'd never grown up around cats, he'd come with Darrell when we moved in together and I'd come to see hi
darrellandjoshua · 46 days ago

It's been a busy couple of weeks preparing for our niece's wedding.  Anne is a bridesmaid -- well techincally, I suppose she's a "brides matron" since she's married to me, but I don't think they make a distinction like that anymore. Anne is preparing for t
davidandanne · 47 days ago

  To everybody’s best friend happy birthday snoopy. Remembering watching the Peanuts when I was young. Can’t wait to watch it with a little one after we adopt.  
micheleandsteven · 48 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
DavidandCarmen · 49 days ago

I don't think we can say it often enough: we love being outside. It's what refreshes and inspires us, and this summer, we've tried to soak up the sun as often as we could.    After borrowing Stand Up Paddle Boards from our friends earlier in the summer, we
ryanandashley · 49 days ago

Every morning, our day begins with reading. We have numerous shelves of books. As a couple, we have - what we call - our own "mini-bookclub." By reading the same literature, we’ve enhanced the bond with have with each other. We read both fiction and nonfic
derekandjim · 49 days ago

Last Saturday we took Tony's Dad up Bear Peak in Boulder.  We always share lots of laughs together, and it was great getting to the top!                 
tonyandjess · 50 days ago

Hi everyone Several months ago we learned that our oldest dog, Hunter, likely has a brain tumor.  Thankfully Natalie was there when he had his first seizure!  What a scary experience.  We are happy to report, though, that although he's slowed down dramatic
AmitandNatalie · 50 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 th
DavidandCarmen · 50 days ago

Mark and Paulus go on summer holiday It's summer time! Well, in the Netherlands it's not always sunny in the summer months so we planned a trip to a continent where the sunshine is in abundance. We're going down under to Australia! First Stop: Hong Kong As
markandpaulus · 51 days ago

It gets pretty hot here in Virginia!  We love staying cool in the summer by being in or around water as much as we can.  A few times this summer, we've been lucky enough to take a breezy ride on a friend's boat, play at the beach, or go for a cooling canoe
arinanddarcy · 51 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...
DavidandCarmen · 51 days ago

We just got back from a wonderful week up at the lake!  We spent the week with friends and had a great time boating, swimming, hiking, watching amazing sunsets and just relaxing.  We talked about how great of a place it is for a family trip.  We are so loo
garyandandrea · 52 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 com
DavidandCarmen · 52 days ago

Saturday was a good day.  Brandon and I were able to spend the day with my dad at Gilmore Car Museum.  There were over 700 antique cars that we were able to look at and hear the stories behind some of them.  It was really nice to see the heritage that they
bvanstrien · 52 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
elizabethandmarna · 52 days ago

  Loved going to amusement parks as a child. Here are a few smaller ones in and around NYC that we would love to bring a little one.
micheleandsteven · 52 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
DavidandCarmen · 53 days ago

We had a great time Saturday visiting family at a nearby lake.  It was a beautiful, warm sunny day and the water was perfect.  Our son Jack recently decided that he likes fishing and was able to practice casting off the dock. 
wardandmelissa · 53 days ago

We moved Chase into his "big boy" room a while ago, and I decided to get in and clean up the nursery a bit this weekend. Long before Chase's birthmom decided on us, we had decided that we wanted to do a yellow and grey/elephants theme in the nursery. We bo
johnandsara · 53 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 s
DavidandCarmen · 54 days ago

Kevin and I have been enjoying spending time with our nieces and nephews this summer. We decided that while we await the adoption process and wait to be placed, that we wanted to really spend time with the other kids in our life. Let me tell you that tt ha
kevinandamy · 54 days ago

Last weekend we camped at Turquoise Lake with our friends, their children, and Tony's Dad.  It was a fun, relaxing time!         Jess, Tony's Dad, and our dogs     Tony, Tony's Dad, and Jess spent some time on Sunday walking around the lake.      We to
tonyandjess · 55 days ago

Carmen would probably try to rescue all of her scrapbooks. They hold so many memories and took a lot of time and effort to create. David has thought about this over the years and would probably save his computer. Between the pictures and writings on it, th
DavidandCarmen · 55 days ago

  I scream you scream we all scream for ice cream NYC opens up the first ice cream museum.  Now that’s our kind of museum.
micheleandsteven · 55 days ago

  Listening to music with Steve’s dad and a friend at our local park. YouTube email txt/call 646-650-8634  
micheleandsteven · 55 days ago

Carmen would choose the ability to fly. She is afraid of heights so she feels that if she could fly, the fear of heights would go out the window. David would choose the power of duplication... it sure would have helped the basement to go faster. ;-)#adopti
DavidandCarmen · 56 days ago

Yesterday we had a wonderful day.  We met our neighbors across the street from us who just moved in.  They are a wonderful couple.  They have three kids, 13 year old girl, 10 year old boy, and a seven month old boy.  We had a nice conversation with them an
bvanstrien · 56 days ago

We love to have adventures, and the DC area, where we live, always has something to offer. When we heard that the U.S. Botanical Garden's corpse flower, which only blooms every few years at most, was in blossom this week, we knew we had to go. Since the co
elizabethandmarna · 56 days ago

The journey and memories that we experience in the adoption process will be something we share with our children. We believe our kids should grow up knowing that their biological parent(s) loved them so much to make the courageous decision to consider adop
derekandjim · 57 days ago

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