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Hi reader! Thanks for being here. I wanted to share with you what's been going on in our life for the last couple of months. Summer is my favorite season and we have had a busy one. We've had lots of visits from our family and the summer isn't over yet. It started with a visit from Cody's parents. T
codyanderin · 51 days ago

On August 1, we celebrated Gatsby's birthday! I baked a peanut butter, carrot, banana cake for him and forced him to wear a hat...he wasn't thrilled. He did love his cake though! Normally, I don't bake a cake specifically for Gatsby, but it gave me a chance to try out some of my icing tips.       
matthewandlaura · 52 days ago

The boys were out having fun boy time (most likely in the dirt), and so we girls decided to have some girl time. We went miniature golfing and indulged ourselves in snow cones that tasted SO good! It has been so incredibly hot lately that it was nice to sit in the shade and eat something cool. We ha
barrieandmartha · 53 days ago

We have been busy, busy, busy lately!!  With all fun of course.  We are taking full advantage of the warm weather and enjoying every last minute of it we can.    A few weekends ago we had Mike's brother and family in town.  Since they live on the opposite side of the state we do not see them as much
michaelanderin · 53 days ago

This summer we had our family over to enjoy our new home. Both our parents visited, and we enjoyed the sunshine with some (Tobi) home-made cake in our new garden. We also visited the city of Haarlem with Tobi's parents. This is the city after which New York's Harlem is named and is a city with beaut
chrisandtobias · 53 days ago

We recently returned from a trip to Pennsylvania to celebrate Jesse's parents 50th wedding anniversary. We had a nice gathering with about 50 of their cloest friends and family. As a gift, we did family portraits with a professional photographer with some of our immediate family and we can't wait to
scottandJesse · 55 days ago

Our Nephew J loves baseball, playing his guitar, and playing any video game – especially Minecraft. He strikes a great balance of being laid back and enthusiastic at the same time. He and Adrian share the same sense of humor and active imagination. Both love reading science fiction and fantasy books
adrianandamy6233 · 55 days ago

This weekend we went to Ward's parents' farm to visit his mother while his dad is away visiting Ward's brother and his family. We had some nice hot weather.  We enjoyed being outside and playing with the animals of the farm.  Ward rode a horse for the first time in a long time and Melissa and our so
wardandmelissa · 56 days ago

We went to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry with both Grandma's and Grandpa too. Brynn volunteered to help in the show "Poop Happens" and she was super excited to be apart of it! We took a trip in the coal mine and learned all about robots.  We even walked inside a vortex! There were so ma
davidandelizabeth · 56 days ago

After 4 years of doing CrossFit I am so happy that I am now a certified Crosffit trainer! Last month I completed the course and took the mandatory exam and just got news that I passed! I've always loved health and fitness and this certification will enable me to bring these passions to our student a
eddieandkim · 57 days ago

It's been a busy month over here!  We have been doing our best to enjoy the summer with family and friends, when we have breaks from work!   Last week, we had some family visiting us from Canada!  They came down from Nova Scotia, and stayed with Mike's grandmother.  We got to spend a lot of time wit
mikeandally · 58 days ago

VBS
Kevin spent his evenings last week serving at our church's VBS (Vacation Bible School).  He loves to act, and he is so good at it and good at interacting with the kids.  We love participating in VBS and look forward to bringing our own child one day.   
kevinandabby · 59 days ago

This past Sunday we did a family dinner boat cruise!  It was a first for all of us.  We had such a great time.  They had entertainment on the boat and Melissa was caught singing along to every song.  The musician playing the music said that next time he will call Melissa on stage to sing along with
nicholasandmelissa · 60 days ago

    We had an amazing weeked celebrating Spike's 9th birthday at our home with family and friends!  We both made homemade doggie cupcakes for Spike (it's his favorite)!  We look forward to having birthday parties for a child someday! 
nicholasandmelissa · 60 days ago

When snuggling turns into giggles  
lonnieandmaryjo · 62 days ago

This scout camp lasts a week every summer where they spend time with nature, other scouts and work on needed merit badges.  Mid week is family night.  Mandi and I enjoyed dinner with the scouts, along with a camp fire ceremony.  Camden and Landen were also selected for induction into the scouts Nati
mandiandlaurie · 62 days ago

Weekends during the summer mean one thing - it's time to get away from our busy lives and relax with family.  We packed up the car and headed north with Eve's parents and of course our dog, Tucker.  Spending time at the lake in Maine is one of our favorite things to do in the summer.  We had amazing
nickandeve · 62 days ago

Camden and Landen share their birthday month with their uncle.  The family celebrated with presents, cake, ice cream and lots of laughter!  
mandiandlaurie · 62 days ago

Ellen was asked a few month ago if she would play the part as her nephew's godmother.   She is over the moon for this little guy!    We celebrated in his big day, his baptism.   Ellen feels so blessed to be able to play such a big part in lil' man's life.   This is Ellen's third godchild.  
haroldandellen · 63 days ago

Today our family went to the beach.  We were joined by Melissa's parents. It was a great day. We took our son for a canoe ride on the lake and then spent the rest of the day playing in the water and sand.  Melissa's parents took our son with them for the night so Ward and I could enjoy a date night.
wardandmelissa · 63 days ago

Hello!   We have had a busy couple of weeks for us. I have been baking up a storm:           The people that work with Matt are torn between loving me, because I've been baking so often and with such variety -- and hating me...because I've been baking so often and with such variety...and sending mo
matthewandlaura · 63 days ago

Friends (the woman who introduced us) hosted a summer brunch. The kids—including Adrian and our friend Brian—had a wonderful time playing in the screened-in porch, while the rest of us enjoyed the less rambunctious (and cooler) inside. This is Adrian’s group of friends from college who settled in th
adrianandamy6233 · 63 days ago

We really enjoyed our weekend in Pagosa Springs Colorado!  We did a lot of hiking a little bit of shopping and a lot of relaxing!   Abby loves waterfalls so anytime we go somewhere if there is a waterfall to see you can bet we are going to hike to it!     We stayed at a cute little lodge that durin
kevinandabby · 65 days ago

We have moved back to the U.S. and into a new house! It is exciting and wonderful to be back home after a tour overseas. The house itself and the housing area are amazing! Great place to bring up kids :) Home, sweet home. Already cooking up a storm in this great kitchen! Planning out a family roo
darrenandnatasha · 65 days ago

Fun in the backyard last night.
lonnieandmaryjo · 66 days ago

In preparation of our future little one and also as a distraction from the long wait, we have been slowly putting together the nursery.  Here are a few pictures of our progress so far.  We haven't decorated the walls much since we wanted to keep everything pretty gender neutral for now.  All we need
michaelanderin · 68 days ago

Our favorite activity in the summer is going to the beach.  Since we are both teachers we have the summer off and will spend 3-4 days each week at the beach.
lonnieandmaryjo · 68 days ago

We love to spend time with family, especially on Sundays!  This week Nick wanted Mama Bingo (what we all call Eve's mom) to teach him how to make Empanadas.  Mama Bingo was born and raised in Colombia and loves to cook so this was a perfect chance to spend time with family and make some delicious Em
nickandeve · 68 days ago

Our niece I is highly creative and social. She enters the room with an enthusiastic greeting, and has a special talent for making everyone feel comfortable. When left to her own devices she will usually undertake some creative task. The other day when she was bored of watching her brother’s baseball
adrianandamy6233 · 69 days ago

Ward and our son went to his parents' farm this weekend for a visit.  The weather was nice and warm. They enjoyed a lot of outside time playing and walking the bush trail.  Melissa stayed home for some rest. 
wardandmelissa · 70 days ago

Happy Summer! We've had a busy few weeks. We're sorry we haven't posted much to date. We promise we'll get better! We went to Florida in May for a vacation, and then in June we celebrated Seth's birthday with friends and family. We also had our annual fourth of July party with our neighbors. About
sethandwilliam · 70 days ago

We went to a hot air balloon festival and got to see the balloons up close!  It was a pretty amazing night!  We spread out our picnic blanket and ate some festival food (yum-deep fried cookie dough!) while enjoying a band playing in the background.  We finished out the night with fireworks in the sk
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lonnieandmaryjo · 72 days ago

The past 10 days have been very busy! We cannot wait to share our everyday lives with a little one. Having them experience different food, learning to play an instrument or sing, and finding their relationship with God!   So last week we had a wonderful date night on Friday! We saved a gift card giv
danielandjennifer · 72 days ago

We had a great evening spending time with Melissa's dad and her step mother!  We had a delicious pizza dinner, followed by a yummy dessert!  Spike had a blast playing with our family!  We are all looking foward to welcoming a child into our family!  
nicholasandmelissa · 73 days ago

Our family loves horses. There isn't anything quite like being out in nature on the back of a horse. We have a new horse in our family that is ready to be trained. Barrie took the kids over to the roundpen and let them help train the horse. The kids were able to get on top and ride a bit. Barrie is
barrieandmartha · 74 days ago

    Hi Guys!!   Being in the adoption process has taught me so much about it and all the diffrent components that make it up. Even before we had decided we were going to adopt it was something that interested me and I enjoyed learning more about. Now that we are in the process ourselves, I am just
jamesandkristin · 75 days ago

Well, summer is here and we are thoroughly enjoying it! Kali has been out of school since mid-June, and I (Shannon) am enjoying having her at home with me! Kalissa has been enjoying the local town parades and collecting candy at them. We also got to be part of a parade with one of the old farm tract
travisandshannon · 75 days ago

It's hot outside so we play games inside.    
lonnieandmaryjo · 75 days ago

We are enjoying our last month of summer by relaxing and eagerly getting our classrooms ready for the new school year. We are excited to be attending a For King and Country Concert this weekend at a balloon rally. We are also making preparations to chaperone a weeklong National Junior Classical Conv
stephenandlauren · 76 days ago

We are having a marvelous summer so far!  The past several weeks we have had 3 groups of family members come stay with us for 2 or 3 nights at a time.  We have renewed our membership at the local Aquarium and we spent a lot of hours there viewing the water creatures!  Boy are those penguins, otters,
davidandjeana · 76 days ago

Last week was Ward's return to work after his holidays. Our son started daily swimming lessons which are progressing well.  Saturday Melissa and our son joined her brother and his in laws at a nearby lake where they have a cabin.  It was a nice day. Ward was on call for work so he stayed home and co
wardandmelissa · 77 days ago

We went to a BBQ with Adrian’s parents for the 4th. The fireworks over the National Mall were a few miles away and very pretty and the BBQ was wonderful. The next day Amy’s cast came off, and we left town to visit Amy’s parents at their cabin in Northeast Pennsylvania. We had a nice date night on th
adrianandamy6233 · 77 days ago

Today, July 9th 2017, marks the twelfth anniversary of the day Matthew and I got married. Twelve years of 'I love you', of smiles, of laughter, of trips, of house projects, of surprises, of disagreements, of problems and solutions. Twelve years of love!   We can't wait to share our lives with a chil
matthewandlaura · 77 days ago


It's been a while since I got to write about what's been happening in our world.   We have been doing our best to enjoy the summer weather (when it's nice!), and have spent lots of time doing things we love.  Every summer, we are in a Volleyball League that plays on the beach in Boston.  We have so
mikeandally · 79 days ago


July Fourth  We had a wonderful July Fourth with family & friends. Mitchell, Ansley, & I spent the weekend with a cozy night in on Friday. We took Ansley swimming to my sister's house on Saturday. While there, Ansley got to swim with her cousins and eat popsicles all afternoon. That evening,
mkrkid · 80 days ago

  This 4th of July weekend celebration has reminded us how blessed we are to enjoy the things and people around us. We had a wonderful weekend away with some friends enjoying riding bikes through town, playing cornhole (a.k.a. bean bag toss game as Jeannette calls it), eating seafood and spending qu
ericandjeannette · 80 days ago

My brother, sister-in-law, two nephews, and niece came to visit me for the 4th of July!  
kellyadopts · 81 days ago

Halloween is celebrated on 31st October every year. Halloween is the modern name of an ancient Celtic holiday "Samhain". People celebrate this day as a spiritual beginning of a new year. The various activities done in Halloween are mostly associated with the idea to obtain good fortune. Ancient peop
Jazzhima · 81 days ago

We had a great 4th of July weekend!  Before the 4th we spent a few days at a house in Deep Creek, MD with four other couples and their kids.  We had 6 kids in the house, all girls and all 4 and under.  We weren't sure how things were going to go with so many babies in the house (3 of them were less
chrisandlauren2727 · 81 days ago

Other exciting news of the week include: 1. Laundry, laundry, laundry....we try to be good to our planet by doing laundry once a week     2. Daniel's fashion sense was stretched when Jen got him shorts with hula girls on them!         3. We had a treat eating at Five Guys, a burger joint in Color
danielandjennifer · 82 days ago

Happy Fourth of July!!! We spent our time with the Johnson Family in Colorado. Cindi and Woody were still in the states so the entire family was here.  We had a delicious fajita potluck. Daniel grilled the steak and the chicken which we marinated overnight. Jen made veggies and homemade guacamole!  
danielandjennifer · 82 days ago

Last week was a big week for us. We celebrated our 9 year anniversary! We have lived, loved, and laughed together for close to a decade. We love each other now more than ever. We have been through a lot over the past several years and know more than ever that we are soulmates and want to share that
danielandjennifer · 82 days ago

What an amazing evening enjoying neighborhood fireworks for Independence Day!
nicholasandmelissa · 82 days ago

We just returned from a mini vacation to visit Melissa's brother and his fiance' in Maryland.  We went out to breakfast, lunch, dinner each day and did other fun activities including glow in the dark mini golfing, bowling, and a trip to Gettysburg Pennsylvania.  We also had a large family dinner wit
nicholasandmelissa · 82 days ago

I've decided to maintain my blog here:  https://onceuponanadoptionfairytale.blogspot.com/ I appreciate you taking the time to read!
helen2722 · 82 days ago

In our hometown, the 4th of July is a huge celebration. There is a week long carnival as well as three nights of fireworks. The final night of fireworks, is usually about a 45 minute show, the last 5 of which leave you absolutely breathless from all the explosions in the sky. Matthew and I, as well
matthewandlaura · 82 days ago

The past period was a period of mixed feelings. Fortunately, there were more ups than downs, but unfortunately they were there too. Let's first tell about the 2 sad moments in recent months, the death of JoY's grandfather and grandmother. First there was the death of Joy's grandfather. He had been s
frankandjoy · 82 days ago

The dog and I took a fantastic hike through Great Falls National Park the other day, only a half hour from our house. One of these pictures was taken by a nice stranger, the other is a selfie. Can you tell which is which?  After 5 miles of walking and jogging, Vader rested for many hours. Amy's ankl
adrianandamy6233 · 82 days ago

Adrian went to Denver for work last week and was able to spend an evening with his cousin’s family. We had a wonderful evening of jumping on the trampoline and grilling out in the back yard.
adrianandamy6233 · 82 days ago

Cameron catching the waves  
lonnieandmaryjo · 83 days ago

I love summer.  Time off in the summer is so nice.  I can't wait to be able to spend my summers with a little one!  There are so many fun things to do.  The other day, Michael and I took a walk with our dogs to the park down the street from us.  I kept imagining what it would be like to be pushing a
michaelandjenna · 83 days ago

This weekend was our 150th Canada Day celebration. The weather was sunny with some bits of rain but we were able to enjoy some walks outside.  Ward also finished putting up the drywall in the basement so it is looking really put together and finished.  There is still lots of work to do.
wardandmelissa · 84 days ago

It's not over yet, but what a fun weekend we have had celebrating the 4th of July holiday!  My brother, his wife and their daughter are in town for the weekend.  Jamesen and Kensi have had a lot of fun playing with their cousin and it has been great to catch up with my big brother.  On Friday evenin
andrewandcheryl · 84 days ago

My promise to you is simple, I promise to love your child, unconditionally, and to the best of my ability every day of my life.  I will place their needs above my own.  It won't be perfect, I'm not perfect.  But, I will do my best for your child every day.   Will we (you and I) ever disagree on what
kellyadopts · 84 days ago

Tractor ride with Uncle Jake  
lonnieandmaryjo · 85 days ago

In early June Josh got to experience New York City for the first time! We were only there for a long weekend, but we got to pack in a lot of fun. On Friday, we walked the Brooklyn bridge and ate an official New York slice of pizza. All the lights at night were gorgeous. Saturday, we were able to pac
joshuaandnatalie · 85 days ago

June 30... Today was my last day of teaching until September! I loved my class this year, but I think we were all ready for a break! We are currently headed to see my family for the July 1st weekend. A 2 and a half hour drive...ugh! Not my favourite thing! Chloe doesn't seem to mind though, as she's
meghanandjeff · 86 days ago

All of the cousins at the Akron Zoo
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lonnieandmaryjo · 87 days ago

So we thought we would get out this weekend and enjoy some good ole nature.  We actually have been trying to get into Ludington State Park for quite some time and we finally got in!  It was definitely worth it.  We were able to mini golf, hang out at the beach, get some ice cream and went for quite
michaelanderin · 88 days ago

 We had a great time visiting with Melissa's cousins Andrew and Jacob and her aunt, uncle, and grandma!  We spent time at the Animal Kingdom Lodge pool, had dinner at Paradiso 37, and walked around Disney Springs and grabbed some ice cream!  We cannot wait to take a child on these fun family adventu
nicholasandmelissa · 88 days ago

Our summer is off to a good start--we've had several weddings and now our 10 year-old niece has just arrived to visit for 10 days! Having her here is just even more affirmation how much we want to become parents. We have so much to show and share with a child--from the huge family weddings and celbr
sethandalison · 89 days ago

My brother had children before I did.  So that means his kids got to choose the special name my mom would take as a grandmother.  The eldest granddaughter, who is now 14, chose Mimi.  I'm not even sure how or when, but it stuck.  And now that is what she is... Mimi.  Let me just say, she is the best
davidandrenee · 89 days ago

I help lead an infertility support group at my church.  This past weekend a group of us took part in the Walk of Hope, which was to raise money toward infertilty awareness.  My good friend is quite the hand lettering artist, so she made us all shirts to wear.  We had her write "God of the Hills and
davidandrenee · 89 days ago

We went to a family reunion this weekend. I love family reunions. We have such awesome, big, close and amazing families on both sides. It makes things really fun. On Barrie's side of the family, they love being outdoors. Whether it is riding horses, hauling hay, hiking, boating or working on the lan
barrieandmartha · 90 days ago

This weekend, in preparation for a trip to Michigan, it was bath time for Gatsby! In the colder months, Gatsby gets a bath in the house, but not in the summer. Several years ago, we bought a rubber horse trough to bathe Gatsby in. He doesn't mind his bath, but sometimes getting him into a tub, no ma
matthewandlaura · 90 days ago

This last week we saw a lot of rain at this start of summer.  Ward continues working on the basement renos and Melissa was down with a cold.  Hopefully this week has a little more sunshine for Melissa and our son to be outside as she has some vacation time for the next two weeks.
wardandmelissa · 91 days ago

Just another June weekend for Daniel and Jen. Friday nights are date nights, whether or not we stay in or go out we make time to reconnect with each other EVERY Friday. This Friday we ordered Chinese food from our local Chinese resturant.  Can never go wrong with kung pow chicken, veggie stirfry, wh
danielandjennifer · 91 days ago

In case you are not familiar, "floating" involves getting on an infatable raft and drifting down a river- stopping after while to eat snacks and check out the widllife (fish, turtles, crawdads, etc).  "Floating" is not something I did rowing up (I grew up in the middle of cornfields, and mostly rode
kellyadopts · 91 days ago

Andrew decided to make his own fun by playing hide and go seek.  He asks every night for another brother or sister.
lonnieandmaryjo · 92 days ago

Our niece Z is very much the older sister of her two siblings; she often leads her siblings in activities at family gatherings. She is the mastermind behind several of their short films, entirely recorded and edited by ipad (including soundtracks). As a small child Z always loved scary books, which
adrianandamy6233 · 92 days ago

Reflections from Kim- Our 10 Year Wedding Anniversary We recently passed our 10 year anniversary. Not really sure how, but time has flown by so quickly. We figured we would take some time to celebrate with one another and go on vacation. We decided it would be fun to do a little bit of adventure-to
eddieandkim · 94 days ago

Hello,   Since Father's Day has recently gone by, I thought it might be appropriate to talk about some of the men in our lives, and that will be in the baby's life.      Matthew and I are both in the enviable situation of having incredible dads. Both my father and Matthew's father are hard working m
matthewandlaura · 94 days ago

We found out we likely would never conceive on our own almost 8 years ago. We pursued a naturalpathic physician (accupuncture, herbs), and much to our surprise found out we were pregnant only a few short months later, and our daughter Kalissa was born! We decided to pursue a naturalpathic physician
travisandshannon · 95 days ago

Summer has finally arrived!  Our garden is coming along and growing rapidly despite the unusually late frost we had in May.  Jeana has been picking raspberries and radishes from the garden already.  So, among other things, she is growing some tomatoes, and peppers growing along with squashes, corn,
davidandjeana · 96 days ago

Psalm 1:27 says: "Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate." As teacher
stephenandlauren · 97 days ago

“To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.” ~ Phyllis Theroux When we started working with our adoption agency, they asked us if we would be willing to have an open adoption.  Now there are many versions of open adoption, but at the least an open adoption
MikeandTracy · 97 days ago

The summer really started this weekend with nice temperatures. On saturrday we spend some quility time with our cute little nephew Arne when we babysitted him. We took him to a small fair in our hometown and we had a lot of fun together. He is 20 months now and we enjoy being a part in his life and
vincentandjos · 98 days ago

We are so excited for Melissa's aunt, uncle, cousins, and grandma to come down from up north!  Both of our families are going to get together for lunch on Friday and swimming at the Disney resort on Saturday, followed by dinner at Disney Springs Saturday evening.  We may even go into Hollywood Studi
nicholasandmelissa · 98 days ago

What a spectacular fireworks display at the Magic Kingdom!  This was the new Happily Ever After fireworks show!  It was awesome!  We love creating these fun memories and cannot wait to do this with a child!    
nicholasandmelissa · 98 days ago

  We had an amazing evening trip to Disney this past week to see the new Pandora at the Animal Kingdom.  What a spectacular place!  Everything was glowing in the dark and looked as if it was right out of the movie.  We did the Na'vi River Journey boat ride and that was super fun!  
nicholasandmelissa · 98 days ago

This was a fairly typical weekend for us.   On Saturday, we had a great time at the local Farmers Market. We got fresh organic blackberries and garlic that was grown in volcanic rock from California. The blackberries were perfectly juicie and the garlic had a spicy kick. We cannot wait to share our
danielandjennifer · 98 days ago

This weekend Melissa and our son went to visit her parents and attend their town's summer fair.  They enjoyed the amusement rides, games and cotton candy.  Ward stayed home to continue work on the basement renos.  Sunday was Father's Day and we celebrated at Melissa's parents house with a delicious
wardandmelissa · 98 days ago

This week, Amy visited her friend, Eleanore and her newborn twins. The boys are still in the special care nursery, but are truly amazing at 3 and 4 pounds. This weekend we went to the neighborhood Jazz Festival—which also happens to be the same event we met each other for the first time, five years
adrianandamy6233 · 98 days ago

Yesterday marked the last day of school for the 2016-17 year. It was a fulfilling year marked with fun, laughter, new experiences and success. One of the most heart-warming gifts a teacher can receive is a hand-written note from a student. Although I got many this year, this one stood out: it's from
Mindy2673 · 98 days ago

4 generations of males in the family.  Happy Father's Day  
lonnieandmaryjo · 98 days ago

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