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We had a wonderful Easter yesterday.  I (Jodi) played on the praise team at church, which I always enjoy.  Worship is very meaningful to us, and when I play my flute it adds a layer of praise that I don't get while I'm singing.  Lately I've been thinking a
thomasandjodi · 61 days ago

Our friends asked us if we were available to babysit for a few hours on Saturday so that they could go out for a birthday lunch and run some errands. It happened to work out well because we were going to be in their neighborhood taking Chris' mom out for a
kevinandchristopher · 61 days ago

Hi Everyone When we first began our adoption journey, we were completely convinced it would be a quick and easy process -- your baby needs a forever home, we have a loving home to offer...boom!  Done!  Seems simple enough.  However, almost two years later,
AmitandNatalie · 61 days ago

Happy Easter!  What a fun weekend we had!  Friday Evan had his grandparents to himself, then on Saturday more cousins joined the celebration. We had a birthday dinner for Pete followed by games and a bonfire. Then this morning we all met up again at church
PeteandSarah · 61 days ago

As a family, we delivered Easter bags to peole in nursery homes.  This was a special day for all of us.  It was really sweet to see how happy it made the people feel when we walked in. We had a couple of really great conversations too.  We hope to head bac
JohnandLaura · 62 days ago

We just returned from a week-long road trip up to New England.  It was wonderful!  We were able to visit several museums, spend time in Mark Twain's home, and tour the Connecticut state capitol.  Josh loves visiting state capitols, so we were able to cross
darrellandjoshua · 63 days ago

We love Vacations!!  Getting even a little free time is a vacation for us.. Visiting new places, getting to know local culture, food, shops and yessssss so much of relaxation. San Deigo is a great place to visit, lots of Sunshine, water peaceful one, drive
niteshandsmita · 63 days ago

Looking forward to a fun day tomorrow with family. It's fun to go shopping for the baskets, and to see the smiles it brings to everyones face! We begin to imagine how exciting it will be to spoil a child.
christopherandkenneth · 63 days ago

I can't believe that our first baby gift has just arrived! Ian's parents are amazing and knew that we wanted to have a super safe car seat at-the-ready just in case. Well, they've bought us the car seat we had researched and the matching stroller! They are
ianandliz · 63 days ago

(Written by Ashley) My mom is one of the most creative and artistic people I know, so when she found a picture of a pinwheel mobile, she knew her future grandbaby had to have one! This mobile is, no joke, one of the cutest things I have ever seen, and sinc
ryanandashley · 64 days ago

As we approach Easter weekend and Good Friday we are reminded daily of God's amazing beauty.  We were reminded last Sunday just to be still and know that he is God.  This past week I was bringing our recycling out to the road and it was quiet.  I looked up
bvanstrien · 64 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 · 64 days ago

Hannah and Ethan love to play superheroes any chance they have. They love going on adventures around the house. It is so fun to watch them use their imaginations.
CoryandCarrie · 64 days ago

My favorite moment so far this week?  We were sitting at the table together and I was practicing my calligraphy alphabet. Evan said, "Mama, don't you know your alphabets?"  Well, sort of kiddo. :)  We also had a beautiful afternoon flying kites and a great
PeteandSarah · 65 days ago

This past weekend was a much deserved and memorable weekend. We visited with a cousin of ours. To our surprise two more families of cousins showed up. It felt like a mini family reuinion. Well considering our family is so large it's about 5% of our family.
christopherandkenneth · 65 days ago

This biggest excitement in our lives this past month is meeting our newest nephew born this past week. Our families are both growing a lot! We will have another 3 nieces or nephews join us this 2016 year which means all our siblings will have a baby in 201
travisandshannon · 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 · 67 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 · 67 days ago

(Written by Ryan) Ashley has two major super powers: 1.   She can always find the best deals 2.   She can look at something and imagine what it can become   Both of these super powers conjoined when she found this great chest-of-drawers at the Habitat for
ryanandashley · 67 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 · 68 days ago

Today we planned for a visit to a Children's Museum, but Evan fell asleep in the car. Since he was snoozing we decided to keep driving and visited the hospital where we first met Evan. It was a special experience to share with him the special place where w
PeteandSarah · 68 days ago

We have been so busy this weekend but we have had sooo much fun! Saturday during the day we were able to sleep in and hang out around the house all day. By that night we were off to the movies! This would be Olivia's first movie. We were unsure how she wou
bryanandrachel · 68 days ago

We had some time this weekend to continue working on the nursery! We put together a dresser (with a great poster behind it) and installed some fun new lights that are shaped like flowers. Our baby's room is going to be so comfortable and warm!   
gautamandandrew · 68 days ago

For about the last two years, Mommy and Holden have enjoyed our weekly ritual of going to the baby gym.  From circle time music and games when Holden was just learning to sit up, to big climbing and wavy slides now, we love having this special time togethe
arinanddarcy · 69 days ago

  We are Steve and Michele a loving couple from New York City hoping to #adoptababy. We will love and support a child unconditionally and help make all their dreams come true. If you or you know someone thinking of an adoption plan we would love to hear f
micheleandsteven · 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 · 70 days ago

Ryan and I are so excited!!! Today, our adoption profile went live! The waiting process has officially begun, and we already have our projects outlined for getting things ready. This means nursery planning! We have been considering colors and themes, so pa
ryanandlauri · 71 days ago

This week's theme has been bravery, not by design - but by beautiful chance. Evan took big steps towards trusting his teachers! At ice skating he was asked to skate faster and stronger and even try new skills. He went for it!  He had a couple spills, but w
PeteandSarah · 72 days ago

Matt’s wonderful mom, Maureen (or Mimi as the grandkids call her), just celebrated her 70th birthday. We decided to surprise her with a four day getaway to Mexico! The sun and sand were calling our name so we journeyed to Playa del Carmen. The three of us
mattandlindsay · 73 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 · 73 days ago

Wow the month is sure flying by.  This past Sunday we had the opportunity to hang out with the youth group after church at our youth Pastors house.  Brandon also had the privedge of playing his bass guitar in front of church.  We were also approached by on
bvanstrien · 73 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 · 74 days ago

On Sunday we went to Epcot to help my brother-in-law celebrate his birthday.  We enjoyed a late lunch at the Biergarten buffet and multiple rides on Living with the Land.  The Epcot Flower and Garden Fesitval is in full swing and Presley decided to pose ne
charlesandchristine · 74 days ago

(Written by Ryan) Living in the mountains means we can have some pretty long winters.  Every year about this time Ashley and I really start looking forward to spring and summer and all of the activities and great weather we know are waiting.  So it was a r
ryanandashley · 74 days ago

This weekend was the famous Rock 'N Roll Marathon in Washington, D.C.! The marathon goes right by our house so we had some neighbors (and dogs!) over to watch the runners and cheer on our friend, Moe.  Penny really enjoyed watching the runners from her dog
gautamandandrew · 75 days ago

Even though we didn't grow up on a farm, we have been blessed to board the horses at a true cattle ranch. This spring babies are everywhere at the goats, baby cows, baby horses on the way. The boys helped deliver a calf a couple of nights ago!
steveandjana · 75 days ago

Today we helped our friends move out of the state. I am going to miss these two goof balls so much!! :)
danielandmaria · 76 days ago

I just got back from a thrilling day as a judge at the Odyssey of the Mind regional tournement -- a really neat international creativity competition for kids. When I was in middle school, my team and I competed and got to devise all sorts of innovative sol
darrellandjoshua · 76 days ago

  Celebrating a very special birthday of my best friend’s son. We look forward to a lifetime of celebrations with family and friends after we adopt. We will ensure that the baby is cherished and celebrated through out their life. Www.micheleandstevenadopt
micheleandsteven · 76 days ago

Saturday really is our favorite day of the week!  Today after breakfast and a haircut we headed for "our" beach. Evan rode his bike on the sidewalk one way and we came back the other way via the beach. Lots of sticks and rocks were thrown "back to the sea.
PeteandSarah · 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 · 77 days ago

As I am learning to letter, I have been challeneged to find a passionate purpose for my new skills. Every day we're given a phrase or quote to letter, and I have challenged myself to find the Bible truth in each one. When I started lettering I thought I'd
PeteandSarah · 78 days ago

We had a blast celebrating Laura's dad, neice and nephew's birthdays this weekend.  We captured an adorable picture of the birthday crowd plus one sweet Sophie at the party!
JohnandLaura · 80 days ago

Good Morning and Thank you for stopping to take a look at our family :-)   This is technically Day 1 of our journey - we are officially listed as an adoptive family and so excited.  But we began this process years ago when we decided adoption had a place i
colbyandalicia · 81 days ago

What a strange weather week we had!  10 inches of snow on Tuesday & Wednesday. Another four while we were visiting Grandma & Papa. We built great snowmen and had a wild snowball fight. Then we woke up at home this morning and the temperatures soare
PeteandSarah · 81 days ago

Recently, Gautam's parents were in town so we used the opportunity to paint a mural in our nursery! Gautam's mom is an artist and sketched the entire thing by hand - but we all pitched in to paint the animals and scenery.   
gautamandandrew · 82 days ago

This past weekend we had the opportunity to go to Brandon's counsin's state final game for basketball.  His team was behind for 90% of the game but was able to pull it off in the last three minutes and beat the other team by six points.  It was so fun to s
bvanstrien · 82 days ago

This winter has brought many northern visitors down to sunny Florida!  We have been busy for 3 months with family and friends staying at our home. With all the visitors comes lots of adventures and laughter: we visited nature preserves, walked the beach, t
jonathanandbrooke · 82 days ago

This morning I ran my first 5K of the year and had a blast.  My time wasn't as good as I wanted (4 minutes slower then my best time) but I was honestly proud of myself because I ran the whole way and havent been running very much over the winter and was ab
paulandamanda · 82 days ago

  Hi we would love to introduce ourselves. We are Steve and Michele and we dream of starting our family through adopting a child. We will provide a child a lifetime of unconditional love and support. The child will know all about their story and where the
micheleandsteven · 82 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 · 82 days ago

We had such a great time in the mountains a few weeknds ago. The kids favorite parts were the sledding and playing on the mounds of snow created from the snow plows.      
CoryandCarrie · 83 days ago

Going to a show for my honey's birthday! I bought tickets for Danny and I to go see the Book of Mormon. It was a surprise! We love to see shows. When we have children, we cannot wait to take them to see children shows like Disney on Ice. It will be a blast
danielandmaria · 83 days ago

  Steve and I look forward to one day rocking a baby to sleep after we #adoptababy. We will ensure the baby’s dreams come true. These apps will helpful to ensure a restful sleep.
micheleandsteven · 85 days ago

As we keep saying, we love the outdoors and try to be outside as often as possible! Vail touts that we get over 300 days of sunshine during the year, so on beautiful days, we enjoy going snowmobiling with friends. Here we are about to ride up to Camp Hale
ryanandashley · 86 days ago

Ever sense we bought our house we have talked about getting a bigger table so we can have more family over for dinner and holidays.  We have been waiting until we found the perfect one for us and we finally did.  We are getting a rustic barnwood table spec
paulandamanda · 87 days ago

John went to Sophie's school and did a presentation for her and her friends on Dental Health! Sophie thought it was AMAZING! She loves her daddy!
JohnandLaura · 88 days ago

Today's Super Tuesday, which means it's primary day here in our home state.  We had a fun time voting - and getting our "I voted" stickers! - this morning before a quick date at Starbucks and then it was off to work!
toddandtracy · 88 days ago

First Avalanche outside game And the Avs won!!!!!!!!!
mattandtricia · 88 days ago

What a royal evening!  Daddy and Sloane had so much fun at thier first Daddy/Princess Ball.  Besides dancing the night away to all the greatest Disney songs, they also got to decorate thier own cupcakes!  Sloane's favorite part by far was bringing home her
JasonandAmy · 88 days ago

We recently traveled to Dallas, TX on a mini vacation. While there, we visited Dealey Plaza, Reunion Tower, Pioneer Park, and several museums. We had a fun time exploring Dallas together and are looking forward to many more weekend excursions with our chil
brianandbreanna · 89 days ago

  We are Steven and Michele a loving couple from NYC. These are life lessons we would love to share after we #adoptababy. If you or you know someone who is thinking of an adoption plan we would love to hear from you and get to know you. Please go to www.m
micheleandsteven · 89 days ago

Tonight we came back from a weekend up north with some old friends of ours.  We had such a great time and we got to ride snowmobiles for the first time which was so much fun.  It was great just to get away for little bit and enjoy being outside and away fr
paulandamanda · 89 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 · 89 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 · 89 days ago

Since Josh was spending the day training to be a judge for a children's creativity competition, I thought this was a perfect time to run a few errands.  I decided to run out today to the local craft store to pick up some buttons in order to replace those t
darrellandjoshua · 91 days ago

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jamesandjennifer · 91 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 · 91 days ago

We spoiled Sophie and got a fun pedicure!  Laura's mom, John's Aunt Mary and Laura took Sophie for this fun girl's day!  She was so cute when they were scrubing her feet!  
JohnandLaura · 91 days ago

Last week we were able to get away for a little ski trip in the mountains with several friends! We really enjoyed our time enjoying this beautiful scenery. Kali was able to try skiing for the first time too! Her favorite part of the trip was skiing and wat
travisandshannon · 91 days ago

Winter sure has been filled with unpredictable weather this year! Today was a snow day for us! As teachers, we obviously LOVE school...but you can't beat a snow day! We took the boys out for breakfast and are enjoying a day with a slower pace. I can't help
davidandnicole · 93 days ago

  Steve and I love to entertain family and friends. We dream of adding a baby to the celebrations after we adopt. We will support and cherish a child and ensure all their dreams come true.
micheleandsteven · 94 days ago

It has been an absolutely gorgeous February, and it's been too nice to stay inside! Last Friday, Chase and I decided to get out and enjoy the blue skies, so we went to the zoo. It was such a great day - it's so much fun for us to watch as Chase can name so
johnandsara · 95 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 · 95 days ago

As we wait for baby, we're enjoying setting up the nursery. Since our nusery theme is, "Oh, The Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss, we've been using maps to decorate the room. I found a map with wonderful yellows, blues, and oranges, and wanted to create a fra
ryanandashley · 96 days ago

Cousin Quentin came over this weekend to play with us!  He is such a cutie.  John, Sophie and Quentin played Ring Around the Rosie until they were dizzy, but the kids loved it.  
JohnandLaura · 96 days ago

Last night, Paulie and I went to another great adoption training at the agency.  It has been so nice the amount of help and support they have given us.  Everytime we leave a training we not only feel more informed and ready to become parents, but also it j
paulandamanda · 100 days ago

All three of us, but especially Evan, are happy to be sledding again!  We celebrated Valentines Day and Presidents Day and Tuesday all with snowy fun. We have discovered a great sledding hill not far from home for daytime thrills, and our backyard is perfe
PeteandSarah · 101 days ago

  Great ideas for when we become parents after we #adoptababy. We will provide a lifetime of love and support to a child if you are thinking of an adoption plan we would love to hear from you
micheleandsteven · 101 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 · 101 days ago

We celebrated the Broncos win with several friends and their children on Super Bowl Sunday!  
tonyandjess · 102 days ago

Christmas was so much fun. We made cookies for Santa and set out Carrots for the Reindeer.  Rebecca couldn't wait to see if they had eaten the cookies in the morning. It was the first thing she looked at. I think her favorite present was sparkly purple cro
BobandKarin · 103 days ago

I can't get this picture to rotate, but it's so darling I needed to put it in the journal. I don't know if Bob or Pooh Bear was more shocked to find out they had dressed the same that day.  It was so funny!  we loved Disneyland.  
BobandKarin · 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 · 103 days ago

We had a wonderful trip to Florida this year.  We were able to spend a couple of days with Brandon's cousin and see Naples Fl.  He took us to a small BBQ place which was really good along with showing us the sunset in Naples.  After spending a few days wit
bvanstrien · 103 days ago

  It’s cold outside but our hearts are warm and filled with love. We dream of sharing this with a child after we #adoptababy Please if you are thinking of an adoption plan we would love to hear from you and get to know you as you get to know us. Www.miche
micheleandsteven · 103 days ago

Laura and Sophie had fun at Soph's Valentine's Day party at school!  Both girls arrived home to a beautiful bouquet of flowers and chocolates!  John is the best husband and daddy! 
JohnandLaura · 104 days ago

This week winter returned to metro-Detroit!  Evan has been so excited to be out in the snow sledding and using his "snowblower."  When he turned two his aunt and uncle got him a toy lawnmower, and he loves using it in all seasons!  Even though Evan loves t
PeteandSarah · 105 days ago

Hello, this is Ryan. A week ago, one of my best friends and his wife had a baby boy. Ashley and I brought dinner over to their house one night, and we got a chance to meet Elliot. Apparently babies born in the mountains are much smaller than lower-altitude
ryanandashley · 105 days ago

MarkLetty · 107 days ago

Laura's parents are up for a visit this week! We are all enjoying spending time with them!  Sophie couldn't be more spoiled this week.  She got to spend time playing games with them.  We blew up balloons and we all played a fun game tonight.  They will be
JohnandLaura · 107 days ago

  Believing is so important. We believe that we will meet that special person who will help our dreams come true. like our favorite journey song says don’t stop believing hold on to that feeling. We will teach this to our child after we adopt.
micheleandsteven · 107 days ago

This past weekend we went Up North with a group of friends. Enjoyed the company and activities of the weekend.          
MichaelandKristi · 108 days ago

On Saturday, we got to celebrate our Godchild's 1st birthday! There were lots of toys, games, and food for all the guests. And it wouldn't be a birthday party without a cake! Her parents had a "smash cake" for her to dig into. She didn't really eat the cak
kevinandchristopher · 108 days ago

We just got home from a wonderful week in Maui, Hawaii.     Paul and I went to Maui 10 years ago before we started the adoption process in hopes of having a family one day - it was amazing to see how much God has blessed us with during these past 10 years
paulandmissy · 108 days ago

All of our friends and family are so excited that we're in the process of adopting, and we've already started receiving gifts for baby. One of our friends gave us this jumper that you hang in the doorway. After we showed the jumper to our parents, both of
ryanandashley · 109 days ago

  Preparing for yesterday’s big game. We look forward to a lifetime of cheers and celebrations with a little one after we #adoptababy
micheleandsteven · 109 days ago

Sophie and Laura went to the Home Depot Kid's Workshop this month! Sophie LOVES to build. We made a Valentine's Day mailbox and painted it blue and red.  The fun continued at home as we put stickers all over it and made Valentine Cards.  
JohnandLaura · 111 days ago

It was Dad's Day at Sophie's school! Sophie prepared a beautiful portrait of her and daddy along with a write up about John.  Her teachers served hot dogs, baked beans and root beer.  Luckily mommy was able to sneak in and take a photo of the two cuties! I
JohnandLaura · 112 days ago

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