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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 · 55 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 · 56 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 · 56 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 · 57 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 · 57 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 · 57 days ago

  Listening to music with Steve’s dad and a friend at our local park. YouTube email txt/call 646-650-8634  
micheleandsteven · 57 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 · 58 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 · 58 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 · 58 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 · 58 days ago

Carmen would just like to travel more – Iceland is the most recent place on her list along with California, Outerbanks in NC, Niagra Falls, Ireland, England….Lots of travel!David thinks this will be another trite answer considering where we're posting it,
DavidandCarmen · 59 days ago

There are so many people we admire that it's hard to narrow it down to just one choice. We both admire people like the Olympians who spend countless hours devoted to working hard to better themselves and work towards a greater goal. David's added that he a
DavidandCarmen · 60 days ago

Last week we were in France - we enjoyed the food so much! We were accompanied by friends and their children, it was lovely! 
karstenandwienke · 61 days ago

We had fun this weekend creating a video in which we tell more about ourselves, which you can watch on our profile. Chris also uploaded two videos in which he sings (and dances) with his singing groups.
chrisandtobias · 61 days ago

When Carmen was younger, she wanted to be either a teacher or something in the medical field. She got her degree in Early Childhood Education but never really went into that field. She enjoys her current career but has found herself being pulled back to ed
DavidandCarmen · 61 days ago

We had so much fun hosting Ethan’s older sister – who’s 8 months pregnant – for 10 days at our home. With Jeff’s cooking, Ethan’s brotherly support, and Ziva’s company, we took great care of the mother-to-be. We can’t wait to meet her little one soon and s
ethanandjeff · 61 days ago

Well we did it! We made another long trip to and from Iowa to visit grandpa, grandma, auntie and uncles. We swam everyday, played games, and hung out all together until late in the evening. In the morning we made waffles and sausages to prepare for another
kentandrachelle · 62 days ago

We went to our first baseball game since Evan was just a baby. We went to the Dow Diamond and saw the Great Lakes Loons with his cousins. It was on our 8th anniversary and my niece had our name put on the scoreboard!  It was such a fun day!  
PeteandSarah · 63 days ago

We had the great opportunity to attend a family with over 170 people invited!  Pete's grandmother had 12 siblings and every few years they all get together at the family farm. What a fun day with good food, fun memories and waterballoons!    
PeteandSarah · 63 days ago

And just like that, July is almost over.   We've been enjoying a summer on-the-go.  We were in New Orleans in the first part of the month, taking in the sights of a city that is a fantastic blend of so many different cultures.  From museums to river walks,
darrellandjoshua · 63 days ago

This summer we are spending a lot of time thinking about our future as dads. We noticed that in our profile book we did not comment on how we are planning to spend our time at home. We will both spend significant time as "stay at home daddies". We uploaded
chrisandtobias · 63 days ago

July has been a busy fun month! We were able to spend 5 days at the lake with many of our friends! Unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate and we had lots of rain, so not very much beach time. It was well worth it to watch Kalissa have fun though, despi
travisandshannon · 64 days ago

One of the things we really love about our community is that the people enjoy getting together and being outside. Each summer, our town hosts "ShowDown Town Concerts in the Park". It's a great time to catch up with friends and neighbors as we listen to mus
ryanandashley · 64 days ago

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For the past week I have went outside in the morning and look out in the field and see geese.  As the week has gone by the geese have been growing in numbers.  Today there looked to be around 25 geese.  Also this week, Beth and her parents went blueberry p
bvanstrien · 64 days ago

We're going on a fun camping trip with our church and we found out that there is no Wi-Fi on the site so we're going to have a few day break from blogging. See you soon!
DavidandCarmen · 65 days ago

Our little man wants to be like his daddy so much. I thought this was a sweet snapshot of my boys "at work"... :)
johnandsara · 65 days ago

In the process of writing my portfolio, I found that it was hard to describe typical days of my life. I'm excited about this blog as a place to show that my life isn't shiny vacations but real, messy days that together create the life that I've chosen! Thi
annlyn_adopts · 66 days ago

Carmen just admitted a quirk that she had to David and now he cannot stop teasing her about it. The volume on the TV must be at an even number…she also loves wearing flip flops with socks.David has a lot of quirks but most are mild... he likes to tell "dad
DavidandCarmen · 66 days ago

Grandpa decided to let all the grandkids have a turn at learning how to "drive". "Sunshine" absolutely loved it!!          
steveandleeann · 67 days ago

This weekend we went to visit with our family’s for the Holiday. Parades, carnival rides, playing at the park, fireworks, and BBQ’s to name a few things we did!   “Sunshine” loved all the bouncy houses, and playing with her cousins!     Steve took on LeeA
steveandleeann · 67 days ago

This past weekend we took a short backpacking trip.  We got to enjoy each other and the beauty of God's creation.     We loaded up our tent and sleeping bags and went on a search for the best camping spot.       We found the perfect spot right by the riv
dustinandangannette · 67 days ago

Carmen would love a dog but she is highly allergic to them. What a bummer! Carmen’s sisters and parents have dogs – Sophie Lynn, Pippilotta Louise, and Maddie Louise – aren’t they adorable!?! David has never had a real pet of his own so that's a hard top
DavidandCarmen · 67 days ago

Carmen’s all-time favorite TV show is probably Big Brother. She is really enjoying it this year as they changed the game a bit this year. David's has a lot of favorite TV shows that he's watched in his life so it's hard to pick just one. One great thing ab
DavidandCarmen · 68 days ago

We've had a busy and fun couple of weeks. Two weeks ago, we had our daughter's birth mother stay with us for an overnight visit. She was able to see the town our daugther will be raised in and to meet some of our friends and their children.Last week we tra
markandstaci · 68 days ago

  Dreaming starting a family through adoption. Family is who provides conditional love and support to each other. YouTube email t
micheleandsteven · 68 days ago

This past weekend we camped at Lake Dillon.  We spent some time on the water and hiking up Tenderfoot Mountain.  It was a great way to spend a weekend!                        
tonyandjess · 68 days ago

Carmen’s person is David and David's is Carmen (of course!). What does this topic even mean? LOL! David is dedicated, hot, and loves Jesus. Carmen is sweet, thoughtful, and generous to a fault, even when she had almost nothing to give. ‪#‎adoption‬
DavidandCarmen · 69 days ago

I have to take a minute and brag on my husband, David.    I am a really good cook...most of the time anyways.  Tonight, was the exception.  I completely burned our dinner.  It was not edible in the slightest.  And I didn't have enough ingredients to start
davidandanne · 69 days ago

It's been a great summer so far.  Here are some photos to show what we've been up to:   We've done a lot of hiking here in Colorado.     We purchased fun blow up boats/rafts...     ...and have enjoyed taking them to various lakes.     We discovered a n
dustinandangannette · 69 days ago

Hi everyone Summer is in full swing, and every day is a new opportunity to find exciting ways to spend time together as a family.  With that in mind, we decided to see what Pokemon GO is all about while Amit is at work.  With water bottles and cell phone i
AmitandNatalie · 69 days ago

By now you know that we are finishing our basement and while this process happens, many boxes and tubs are being stored in our kitchen. We just have to keep reminding ourselves that it's almost done, it's almost done... it's almost done. LOL! #adoption #bi
DavidandCarmen · 70 days ago

Both sides of our families are so excited to watch our family grow, and they can't wait to meet the little one that gets placed with us. Whenever they ask us how the adoption process is going, we always tell them to pray for the birth mom that is meant to
ryanandashley · 71 days ago

Carmen would like to visit Europe again but would also like to visit the West coast. We love to travel so any trip we take is very fun!David wants to rent an RV at some point in the future and drive to every state in the continent on a major road trip with
DavidandCarmen · 71 days ago

Carmen would consider herself to be a mixture of both. She can be very shy until she gets to know you better. This is something that she struggles with and is working on getting better at this.Similarly, David is commonly an introvert but has some extrover
DavidandCarmen · 72 days ago

That would require one to read, wouldn’t it?  Carmen doesn’t like to read a lot of books. She has read a lot of books in the past, but with life getting busy, it's harder to read for pleasure.  David's favorite author is Dean Koontz. He found his books whi
DavidandCarmen · 73 days ago

Hi there, little one. It's been a while since we last wrote letters to both you and your mom, but we think of you each and every day. Though we haven't had the chance your meet either of you just yet, your pops and I are holding out hope the chance will co
johnanddane · 74 days ago

Given all the hot weather lately, David and I decided to make a trip up to Ipswich to visit one of the most beautiful beaches in the area: Crane Beach.  Although the water was still pretty cold, it was great to just relax and leisurely walk along the gorge
davidandlora · 74 days ago

Carmen believes that the hardest thing she’s ever done was go through fertility treatments. The shots, appointments, hormones, emotions, struggles are all overwhelming when you think about it. As our adoption journey wait continues to lengthen, we cannot h
DavidandCarmen · 74 days ago

Last weekend was very special for Jane. She had a farewell party with her best (girl) friends! One of them is leaving for Houston, Texas for two years with her family. We celebrated with a homemade lunch, farewell songs and a boat trip through the canals o
marcusandjane · 74 days ago

This summer we have been working hard on turning our backyard into an awesome place to play! The plans for this year are to build a new swing set and lay a sidewalk around the whole yard for bikes, scooters, chalk drawings and racing fun! I love that Steve
steveandleeann · 75 days ago

Just got back from a vacation with friends. We had such a good time running around with our kids adn staying up way too late. It was an amazing time, and yet we felt a longing in our hearts thinking about our child that has not yet come home. We thought ab
kentandrachelle · 75 days ago

Carmen’s pet peeves are crunchy or noisy things (are you sensing a theme here? –see Day 35 and 37). Unnecessarily crabby people are another big pet peeve for Carmen. One of David's pet peeves is when Carmen yells at him for eating crunchy foods. ;-) In all
DavidandCarmen · 75 days ago

With their families surrounding them, Ethan's little sister and her now-husband were married over Fourth of July weekend. It was a beautiful, intimate ceremony at the cabin first owned by Ethan's grandparents on a lake in upstate New York. We had an amazin
ethanandjeff · 75 days ago

This weekend has been busy.  We were able to celebrate the wedding of Brandon's cousin on Saturday.  Brandon did sound for the wedding and Beth did the video.  It was a beautiful wedding and his cousing looked beautiful. It was nice to see family back in t
bvanstrien · 75 days ago

Carmen wants to know if donuts are a food genre. ;-)Overall, our favorite genre of food would have to be Italian. Whether it's Italian seasoning on a pasta dish or one of our favorite lasagna recipes, it tends to be our go-to category for food. That's one
DavidandCarmen · 76 days ago

Hanging with Henry on a Saturday night. Games pizza and munchkins what else can we ask for. YouTube email txt/call 646-650-8634  
micheleandsteven · 77 days ago

Anne Here!  I got back from my trip to the beach this morning -- it was everything I hoped for!  I loved getting to spend time with my family!  We made all our meals at the house, played cards every night and spent all day on the beach.    One night during
davidandanne · 77 days ago

Carmen would like to meet Kendra from J House Vlogs.  She just started watching their vlogs and loves keeping up with their family.  Kendra is an awesome homeschooling Mom that Carmen really looks up to.  Kendra is not afraid to share her struggles and the
DavidandCarmen · 77 days ago

This may sound odd considering what Carmen said her favorite sound was the other day but she does think that sound is her favorite sense. She gets annoyed in situations where she cannot hear clearly. David's favorite sense is vision. While not blessed with
DavidandCarmen · 78 days ago

Have you checked out our Facebook page!? Today we posted on how we can't wait to share the adventures of reading with our child! Our book collection has started! We also shared a picture of the comfy chair that we will be reading on, having late night feed
JasonandHeidi · 79 days ago

Carmen’s favorite zoo animal is the polar bear. She has vivid memories of the polar bears at Como Park Zoo in Minneapolis when she was a child. They are so beautiful when they swim and so strong and powerful. A close second and third are the penguins and p
DavidandCarmen · 79 days ago

Carmen’s favorite sound is SILENCE! ;-) She wears a hearing aid and it can be overwhelming all the sounds she has to pay attention to all day long. An evening is not complete without at least 10 minutes without her hearing aid in. David's favorite sound is
DavidandCarmen · 80 days ago

Ashley and I really love the summers in Colorado, and we try to spend as much time outside as possible. Whether that means eating dinner outside on the back porch, going on walks through the neighborhood together, or being active (hiking, fishing, etc), we
ryanandashley · 80 days ago

We spent one afternoon at the zoo during our visit with family in Indiana last week.       From left to right:  Tony's sister, Tony's sister's daughter Quincy, Tony       Tony with our niece, Quincy.  She enjoyed pointing out all of the animals.  She call
tonyandjess · 81 days ago

During our Indiana visit we spent a day on Lake Michigan with Tony's Dad.  Great memories made with family :)           We found a nice rooftop restaurant along the shore.  The three of us watched the sunset while we ate dinner.  It was a very enjoy
tonyandjess · 81 days ago

Both Carmen and David love a variety of music from oldies like the Beatles to show tunes to 80s like Michael Jackson to current pop, but our favorite genre overall is Contemporary Christian. We'll listen to quite the variety and our MP3 players reflect tha
DavidandCarmen · 81 days ago

Last week we had a relaxing time with family during our 12th annual Indiana visit!     We always make sure to get in a few hours for our annual bowling competition.  This is us with Tony's mom.       Our niece, Quincy, loved riding down the stairs with Un
tonyandjess · 81 days ago

Gautam's grandparents are visiting from India and spent a few days with us at home! While they were in town, we invited Gautam's cousins over for dinner. Here are the happy grandparents with all their grandkids.
gautamandandrew · 81 days ago

The kids and I were playing tag today and our 3-year-old suddenly stopped, folded her hands, closed her eyes and said this prayer: "Dear Lord, Please bring our baby home soon. We love you Jesus!" So sweet. She cannot wait to be a big sister. You are on all
kentandrachelle · 82 days ago

I recently read a book that had a secondary story in it about how a girl got pregnant and was going to have an abortion but then decided to give the baby up for adoption. There was one part in the book where someone told the girl that when she is choosing
kevinandamy · 82 days ago

We really don't have a lot of "traditions" in our family and like more non-traditional versions of typical traditions. For example, we don't really like turkey so we don't have turkey on Thanksgiving or Christmas as many other families do. We love variety
DavidandCarmen · 82 days ago

Last week, Wienke's sister gave birth to a sweet litte babyboy. We are over the moon to be aunt Wienke and uncle Karsten. We hope to have a little playmate for him soon. And he is too, he said ;-) We are super proud of our sister.  
karstenandwienke · 82 days ago

We've got a large variety of foods in our fridge. We've got our water filter jug, obvious condiments, and the typical milk, butter, and dairy selections. We've got some leftovers from our standard Sunday lunch as we like to go out to eat after church as a
DavidandCarmen · 83 days ago

Carmen's favorite holiday is Halloween. Between the dressing up and festivities, she has always enjoyed it. David doesn't have just one holiday that jumps out as his favorite as he likes any holiday where we can get together with family, but says that Ea
DavidandCarmen · 84 days ago

Half way done! Carmen says dumb corny jokes make her laugh... and David is full of them. ;-) David says Carmen makes him laugh when she's being silly. Needless to say, we laugh quite a lot... or maybe giggle is the right term. :-) #adoption #birthmom
DavidandCarmen · 85 days ago

  Loving couple looking to start our family by adopting a child. People come into our lives for a reason. Family is so important and is created many different ways. If you are thinking of creating an adoption plan we would love to get to know you.  
micheleandsteven · 85 days ago

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Hi it's Anne!  I'm so excited that the trip is finally here! I'll be making my way to South Carolina on Saturday to see some friends from high school and college.  And then Sunday, drive the rest of the way to Duck Island for some rest and relaxation with
davidandanne · 86 days ago

It's been such a fun summer. We love Colorado and have been camping, hiking, and playing on the weekends as much as possible. Here's a photo of Chase hiking a few weeks ago:   He got to have a "walking stick" and thought that that was pretty cool. :) 
johnandsara · 86 days ago

This past weekend, we flew to Toronto to attend the wedding of David's cousin. Some of David's family lives in Canada, and it was so wonderful to spend time with them.  Lora's sister and brother-in-law were also there which made it an extra special weekend
davidandlora · 86 days ago

David's guilty pleasure is watching cartoons. One of his favorite is pictured, Samurai Pizza Cats. Carmen's guilty pleasure is reality TV. One of her favorite shows is Big Brother. #adoption #birthmom #birthmomsrock #HopingToAdopt60Days #amazinglove  
DavidandCarmen · 86 days ago

  We spent the 4th of July in a smaller town just to the south of us.  They always have an awesome parade.  After the parade, we enjoyed a chicken dinner with one of the local organizations.  Then we headed home.  We actually watched the fireworks in town
DavidandCarmen · 87 days ago

Carmen and David love a variety of music from different genres so it was tough to narrow it down to just one artist. Overall, we'd have to say our favorite is Mark Schultz as he had such deep and touching stories in his songs and has a great voice... we ev
DavidandCarmen · 87 days ago

We were going through pictures the other day and found some from this past year. This picture is from our family hayride.  It was cold that night but we had a wonderful time.  We saw alot of deer in the field and just had fun laughing and telling stories
bvanstrien · 87 days ago

Carmen works for a company that works with state Medicare and Medicaid programs. She's not normally allowed to take pictures in her workplace because of protected information and whatnot, but they also celebrate friends and family in addition to working ha
DavidandCarmen · 88 days ago

Happy Indpendence Day! We hope you had time to enjoy celebrating your country. We just celebrated Canada Day on Friday! Started the day off enjoying a local town parade! Kalissa collected lots of candy at the parade. In the afternoon, Kali and Shannon watc
travisandshannon · 89 days ago

Celebrating Independence Day with family!
chrisandhaley · 89 days ago

The Fourth of July is one of our favorite holidays.  Of course we love that we get the day off from work!  But more than that, it's a wonderful reminder of how fortunate we are to be citizens of such an amazing country!  It's easy to take for granted all t
davidandanne · 89 days ago

Carmen's best friends are Tammy and Marie. David's best friends are Joel and Drew. The saddest part of leaving North Dakota to come to Michigan was leaving our friends behind and having to find new friends. While we've made some friends out here, it's
DavidandCarmen · 89 days ago

We met our great, long time friends Nate and Natalee with their two kids Sebastian and Gabriel in New York. They live in Saratoga Springs and a reunion was long overdue. We meet up every two years, on either side of the ocean. We had a great time in the pa
marcusandjane · 89 days ago

  Wishing everyone a very happy 4th of July.  Looking forward to the Macy’s fireworks display right in our own “backyard “.email txt/call 646-650-8634
micheleandsteven · 89 days ago

David has one brother and 2 step brothers along with both of his parents. Carmen has 2 sisters, a brother-in-law, a niece, and both of her parents. We can't wait to add one more! :-) #adoption #birthmom #birthmomsrock #HopingtoAdopt60Days #amazinglov
DavidandCarmen · 90 days ago

Just over a year ago we started our adoption process. While we work on renewing our home study, we cannot help but think about all that we have done this past year. We talked with our family and friends about starting the adoption process.  We read every b
jonathanandjessica · 90 days ago

Celebrating the 4th of July weekend at the Independence Day festival South Street Seaport. Something for everyone. YouTube t
micheleandsteven · 90 days ago

  We saw Fiddler on the Roof. Great story about family and traditions. We look forward to sharing our traditions and creating new ones after we adopt. Considering adoption we would love to hear from you and get to know you and create a plan .  Www.michele
micheleandsteven · 90 days ago

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