Jon and Rachel

our lives, our love, and our adoption journey

Has it Really Been Three Years? November 20, 2011

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In October we celebrated Sam’s third birthday. November is National Adoption Month and Thanksgiving. These three events are so closely tied and related in our family. Sam is such a sweet boy. He is full of energy and life. He told his friend the other day that he isn’t potty trained because “my mommy likes to change my diaper.” Oh boy! We love the front row seat we have as he grows and develops. He keeps us running and laughing.  Here’s to our little Sam-O!!!


What have we been up to lately? May 18, 2011

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Daddy on the left, Mommy on the right.

1. Stomping in puddles

2. Playing with cousins

3. Sculpting with playdough

4. Singing songs

5. Coloring

6. Cleaning the walls (see #5)

7. Sidewalk chalk

8. Playing trains

9.  Visiting Grandma and Grandpa

10. Watching Sam grow up way too fast!


Waiting… January 12, 2011

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Some days adoption is hard. Some days waiting is hard. Every day is worth it.


Every. Single. Day.  (Even the day my ipod was dropped in the toilet)


So grateful to be going through this journey with my Jon-O.  Isn’t he foxy? (btw-it takes a REAL man to pose with a pink umbrella!)


Join Us!!! November 5, 2010

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Tomorrow we’ll be walking for adoption. We’ll be walking in honor of  Sam’s birthparents. We’ll be walking in celebration of our family. We’ll be walking in gratitude for the HOPE that adoption brings.


Rumor has it that a certain boy will be wearing a superman costume as his way of celebrating the day.  Jon and I will be wearing orange. It is the adoption color…which is my favorite color.


Hope to see you there!



Heroes! November 4, 2010

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National Adoption Month! November 3, 2010

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November is National Adoption Month! This picture was taken seconds after I met Sam and his beautiful birthmom for the first time. Pure joy, pure love, pure delicious curly-haired sweet-smelling heaven.  We were lucky to spend a lot of time with Sam’s birthmom in the hospital. She is the one who taught me to change a diaper. She taught me how to feed Sam. She taught me how to take care of her sweet baby. Most of all, she taught me so much about love.

Love you Holly & Greg! You are loved, appreciated and remembered every single day. XOXOX!




My Water Babies September 13, 2010

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This summer we attended a family reunion with Rachel’s parents & siblings. Sam had a great time and spent his time exploring nature, discovering stars, and trying to blow on the fire because it was “hot.” It was great spending some time away with the family playing games, laughing and simply enjoying each other’s company. Sam took his first hike (nature walk) and lasted for 30 minutes. What a trooper!  We played on the lake in a paddle boat. Sam was in absolute heaven. So was Rachel. They both are water babies at heart…

Love this little family of mine!