We’re Outdoorsy (Apparently)

As I was organizing paperwork in my office today, I stumbled across our adoptive family profile for American Adoptions. I had created at least 2 before in addition to this website and Facebook page (not to mention the video profile!). At the time it was created, I pretty much didn’t want to see or hear about a profile ever again. They’re tons of work and surprisingly, emotional. But, I’ve been trying to find this particular profile for awhile. Why? Well, that’s both simple and complicated.

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What is in a name? {Baby Version}

**I totally wrote this around Easter (hence the Easter egg photo), and I’m just now finalizing and posting.**

Naming a child seems like such a challenge. It was no different for us. We had years to pick a name, but when we got the call that we would be parents to a little girl, we didn’t have a girl name chosen. In adoption, birth parents sometimes want to choose the child’s name or want to collaborate with the adoptive parents. We were given the opportunity to name this little girl who was going to call us mama and daddy. Of course, Chris disliked almost all the girl names I have ever suggested. At best I’d get a “maybe” out of him.

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Forever and a Day

Waiting to have a child when it’s what you long for is beyond one of the hardest things we’ve ever had to do. Sure, we stayed positive mostly. We stayed busy with work, school, social events, family outings, etc. But, we were always longing to have a child in our arms, not just our dreams. It felt likeRead More »

Month 28

We haven’t been posting as much lately. We decided we needed to live instead of focusing on our wait. Chris is excited to be working towards his degree and trying to get all his ducks in a row to graduate in the spring. I spend my days working with my wonderful students who keep me laughing. They are so enthusiastic, and that is contagious! So, as Chris and my wait to become parents continues, we’ll be spending quality time with each other as well as friends and family. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers! ❤️❤️❤️

Month 27

An adoption go bag is starting to take shape. We found our big ol’ suitcase and started putting in a few goodies. We’ll have some basics packed in the next week or so and a packing list just in case we have to GO with short notice. Jessica is a planner, and lets be honest, if you’re told you need to leave within 24 hours to meet your baby, your minds going to be gobbledygook. What do you think we should pack for a week or two in another state with a newborn? No match yet. Just trying to be prepared! 

If We Build It, Baby Will Come…

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July Recipes (& update)

As always, summer is flying by! So fast, in fact, we didn’t manage to try any new recipes in June. But, we weren’t going to let that happen for July! Chris used a bread pan he received as a gift that is specially made to make sandwich bread. He found a delicious recipe but forgot to put the top on during the backing. Oops! It still tasted delicious! 

For a game night with friends, we made Muddy Buddies. Chris had never made it before, and Jessica had only tried making once as a child. It doesn’t quite look right but still tastes so yummy! 


In addition to making a few new recipes, Chris finished his first class back to college. He’s looking forward to fall semester but is glad he has a few weeks off before it all starts. 

Jessica took on summer school this year. It definitely was a challenge, but she’s glad she took it on this year. She is also glad to have a few weeks off before the 2017-2018 school year starts. She’ll have a new challenge this year as she changes schools and will begin teaching science in addition to math. Jessica is excited for all the new adventures to come. 

We have a big day planned for tomorrow, and we can’t to share all about it later this week. 


**We are hoping to adopt a newborn. If you or someone you know has decided to place a child for adoption, learn more about us here.**