Hiccups…

Emma has hiccups every now and again. She used to have them really bad when we first got home, but now, they are random and inconsistently appear in our lives. When I hear I hiccup, it startles me. It breaks up whatever I am doing, and I focus in on my little girl. Sometimes life’s hiccups make us do the same thing.Read More »

Mama Likes (0-6 months)

I have assembled a list of my favorite baby related items. The ones that at one point or another (or maybe a million times) have made me thank the unknown-to-me-brilliant-beyond-belief individuals behind these awesome products. These items were purchased by me or gifted to us, and my opinions are just that-opinions. Oh, and how in the world is Emma already 6 months?!Read More »

Will you tell her she’s adopted?

When we shared that we had been chosen to parent our daughter, we were asked all the typical baby questions during subsequent visits with friends and families. Weight. Height. Eye color. Sleep schedule. And many of the comments and advice about feeding, sleeping, napping, diapering, etc. I kind of forgot we were adopting. I know that may seem odd. I obviously didn’t Read More »

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.

Last year, a friend let us borrow her collection of the tv show Read More »

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! ❤️❤️❤️