Jason + Bethany


Aria Solved Her First Math Problem!

Today Aria and I spent the afternoon in Target. We picked up our favorite cereal, some baby items for my cousin’s baby shower, and Aria tried on some Halloween costumes. When we went to check out, Aria was all excited because Target cashiers have stickers for kids. Aria whispers to me: “Can I ask for stickers?” “Yes, after the cashier finishes with the customer in front of us.” When it was our turn, Aria asked in a shy voice: “Can I have some stickers?” I’m always reminding her “How do Read more »

The Not So Glamorous Side of Parenting

While many of our posts show cute moments of us as a family, this one is definitely not one of them. And if you’re feeling a little queasy, CAUTION, do not proceed. A few days ago, I found Aria laying down on the couch in the middle of the afternoon. This is an incredibly rare event. Aria is bursting in energy, so I knew something was Read more »

“I Want to Get My Ears Pierced”

On Saturday we all went to the mall so that Jason could pick up his new glasses. As we were getting out of the car, Aria announced: “I want to get my ears pierced!” The first thing that I said was “Well, it is Saturday.” I know that may sound inconsequential, but there’s a place in the mall that only has two Read more »

The Wait

In life, no one likes to wait. Waiting can be tough, especially for those hoping to adopt. We’ve started the process of adoption about two years ago. We were approved by our state to adopt one year and eight months ago. There are certain things that have helped me throughout the wait. First and foremost, my faith in God. I believe that Read more »

Story Time with E-Pa

My parents read to my sister and me often as kids. I remember a bookshelf in the upstairs hallway where we would go and pick out books. My favorite memories of my dad reading to me typically went something like this - “Once upon a time… (gets through a few pages) And then there were aliens!” Yes, most stories read to me by my Read more »

I Bought Aria’s Birthday Present 8 Months Early!

The first movie that Aria fell in love with was Frozen. And when it comes to characters, it’s all about Elsa. We’ve asked her, “If we adopt a baby girl, what do you think we should name her?” Her answer: Elsa, of course. So when I heard that there would be a Broadway Frozen musical, I knew that we would have to go. Read more »

“Is Dory On?”

Every time Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World” comes on, Aria asks “Is Dory on?” “No, this song existed before Dory.” “But is this from Dory?” “Yes, but the song was made before Dory.” “But is Dory on?” “Yes, this is Dory.” I give up. Read more »

“Oh No! He Forgot His Jetpack!”

We’ve been really busy lately, but I have to share a quick Aria story. I’m driving today and Aria sees a man mowing a lawn. He had his leaf blower laying in the bushes. Aria saw the leaf blower and with lots of drama announced: “Oh no! He forgot his jetpack!” She makes me laugh. Oh my goodness. Over the past few Read more »

Family Holiday Weekend

My parents hosted a 4th of July weekend family get together. My grandma (mom’s mom), my cousin Brian and his wife, and my cousin Joey and his girlfriend stayed at my parents’ house while Jason, Aria, and I stayed at my grandparents’ house (my dad’s parents) which is a few miles away. And of course we can’t forget Read more »

Isaiah 40:28-31

28 Do you not know?   Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God,   the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary,   and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary   and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary,   and Read more »

Blueberry Picking!

Today was the perfect day to pick blueberries. When we arrived to the farm, it was 64 degrees outside. I’ve been waiting for a cool morning to pick berries. I dressed Aria in dark clothes, because I was pretty sure she was going to make a mess picking blueberries. Aria ate her way through the blueberry bushes while I collected some in Read more »

Father’s Day Weekend Vacation

Last year we had so much fun in Lancaster, Pennsylvania for Father’s Day weekend. We went to Dutch Wonderland and ate at Amish restaurants. We visited a model train display and looked at hand made doll furniture. So this year we decided to go again! We invited my parents to come with us. On Friday evening we met in Lancaster and had Read more »

“Do You Have a Beard in Your Nose?”

I’ve shared a few posts of funny questions that Aria has asked me, but today’s is by far my favorite. Aria is three years old and she’s reached the curiosity phase. She wants to understand how things work, who she is, and apparently if there’s a beard growing in my nose. Today Aria got all excited because I was taking Read more »

“Did You Swallow Coins?”

When Jason got back from Europe, he gave Aria a few coins from France. She was so excited to have coins. She placed them in her new Anna and Elsa wallet. We gave her a few other coins as well, because she loved having coins. And then yesterday happened. I’m in the kitchen cooking dinner and I hear Aria make a little gagging noise. She Read more »

The Scariest Noise

As a parent, the scariest noise is silence. Whenever I hear it, I go into panic mode. Aria was watching me bring groceries into the house from the garage. I was smart and shut the garage door to avoid her escaping the house. As I finished putting some milk in the fridge I stopped and noticed the eerie lack of noise in the house. I Read more »

First Time at a Trampoline Park

I watched a video recently of a family that took their kids to a trampoline park, and it looked like a lot of fun. I found a park in Pennsylvania that has a toddler time. We decided to go check it out today, and it was a really nice place. It was pretty quiet, so Aria could run around as much as she wanted. The majority of moms just watched Read more »

Face to Face with a Bear

We spent the last few days at my parents’ house because I was attending my friend’s bridal shower over the weekend. Jason went home Sunday night and Aria and I went home today. On the way home, we stopped at my friend’s house. My friend Amanda lives in northern New Jersey in the mountains. Amanda and I originally met in Read more »

Girls Mini Vacation at Camelback Resort

My sister, Kristin, tells us about all of her discounted Groupon hotel stays. So it got me thinking - why don’t I look for an activity for Aria and me to do during the week. I found a deal for Camelback Resort for four. I asked my mom and sister if they wanted to come and go to Aquatopia, their indoor water park. So we all met up Read more »

“Can I Go There?” (Continued)

Last fall I shared how every time we drive by our local sewer plant, Aria would dramatically point to it and ask, “Can I go there?!” It cracks us up every time. We like to ask her what she thinks is there. One time she told us that it’s where we go on vacation. That would be one interesting vacation. :) This last week, she Read more »

Three Year Old Pedicure

Aria has been wanting a pedicure, so I decided to give her one this afternoon. It’s a good practice of teaching her to sit still. The problem though is when I’m done, how do I convince her to not touch her toes? Simple. Let her give me a manicure. If you can’t see the pic of my manicure, click on the title. With love, Read more »

Back to the Farm!

Yesterday my grandparents came over to visit Aria and me for the day. Aria calls her great grandparents GG and Papa. We told GG and Papa about all the fun we had at the farm the day before, so they wanted to go see the farm for themselves. We fed the goats again and Aria climbed all over the playground. Aria chased every bird that happened to Read more »

Strawberry Picking on the Farm

Last week I received the email we’ve been waiting for - our local farm announced that strawberries are ready to be picked! Aria and I love the farm! And have you ever eaten strawberries from a local farm? They’re so much better than the store bought ones. So Aria and I went to the farm today and I picked up six containers to fill Read more »

A Long Island Sweet 16

I’ve never been to a Sweet 16 party, at least not like the one we went to tonight. Today my youngest cousin celebrated her birthday and threw a party that resembled a wedding. There were girls that were like bridesmaids, there was a daddy-daughter dance, and there was a dinner and DJ. The best part of the night was the lighting of 16 Read more »

Jason is Back!

This past week Jason traveled to Paris and London for work. This was his first time to Paris, so he enjoyed a bit of sightseeing along the way. Jason and I started a tradition that when he goes to Europe for work, he brings me back chocolate. Last time, he brought me back chocolate from Switzerland. This time, Paris. While he enjoyed his Read more »

Mother’s Day with Four Generations

Tonight we had a ladies dinner with four generation. My grandma, mom, me, and Aria got together today to celebrate the day. Mother’s Day can be really emotional for expectant moms, birth moms, and those hoping to adopt. But I want you to know that I’m thinking of you today. I pray that God gives you peace and His love. Whether Read more »

What “McDonald’s” Means

All the way up to one week before Aria’s third birthday we’ve kept Aria from knowing about McDonald’s. Passing by the golden arches meant nothing to her. At the mention of McDonald’s, Aria thought farmer. You know, Old McDonald Had a Farm. :) Then about a week before Aria’s third birthday, we dropped off Aria with Read more »

A Year in the Life of Our Family

Wonder what life is like in our family? We have an Instagram that we created for you to get a glimpse into our lives. Visit us @jasonandbethany to see what it means to be apart of our family. With love, Bethany Read more »

“Mommy, Are You An Alien?”

A few posts ago on our Wix blog (goo.gl/bMPK2D) I shared how Aria is starting to ask a lot of questions. My favorite from that post was “What is pee pee?” She understood that she has to go, but basically she wanted to know what is this stuff that I put in the potty throughout the day? I’m highly entertained by these Read more »

Romans 8:37-39

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus Read more »

My Hope for an Open Adoption

I love watching Phil & Alex on YouTube. They’re a Christian family that have two adopted children, and they have open adoptions with both birth moms. In one of their most recent videos, Callie’s birth mom flew from her home in the east coast to Phil and Alex’s home on the west coast to visit. The love that Phil and Alex Read more »

According to Aria, I’m Famous

Do you know the film studio Columbia Pictures? Go ahead and Google it real fast and you’ll see the picture of the woman holding the torch. Every time we start a movie by Columbia Pictures, Aria gets all excited, points at the woman, and says “Mommy, that’s you!” At first I corrected her, but now I just go along with it. Read more »

We’re All In

I’ve been slowly potty training Aria, but diapers would go back on when we were out or during naps or when we’re busy. But yesterday we went all in and went around the house to “throw away” all of her diapers. We went to Target and Aria picked out new underwear. We also stopped at another store to pick up step stools Read more »

My First Time Cutting Aria’s Hair

Aria turns three in a few weeks, and I had her hair cut once (by a professional) before she was in my cousin’s wedding. Her hair has been getting really long, so I decided I would try to cut it. What’s the worst that could happen, right? And it seems like being a stay-at-home mom and cutting your child’s hair go hand in hand. Read more »

Visiting Friends

Jason had a business trip in DC over the weekend, so Aria and I went up to New York to visit family. We drove home to New Jersey today, and on our way home we visited my friend Amanda and her daughter, Ella. I’ve written about my friend Amanda in previous blog posts. She has been battling cancer and is almost done with radiation. Read more »

Toddler Prayers

Every night we pray with Aria before she goes to bed. She used to run around the room, unable to stay still while we prayed. But now she’s getting older so she will sit with us and fold her hands (on a good night). Sometimes she interrupts our prayers to thank God for something, and tonight was one of those nights. She interrupted me to Read more »

What Open Adoption Means to Me

Months ago I created a list of what open adoption means to me and my family. As time goes on, I keep adding to this list. I have one more to add today. This is what I think of when I say “open adoption”: - Text messaging you photos and videos when your child reaches a milestone or does something hilarious or adorable. - Having you and Read more »

An Afternoon with Family

My grandparents just got back from Florida and one of the first things my grandma did was call me to tell me how much she missed Aria…and us too of course. She loves to drive down from New York to visit us with Grandpa for the day. So when she called, she asked if they could come down. She knows that as long as we’re available, we Read more »

The Crayola Experience

I’m always looking for creative outings to do as a family, and during cold weather, I look for indoor activities. On Saturday I found out that we were just over an hour away from the Crayola Experience. So Sunday after church we hopped in the car and headed to Pennsylvania. When we told Aria that she was going to do Crayola art, she was Read more »

It’s Official: I Have 20/20 Vision!

I went to the doctor today for my final follow up after LASIK eye surgery. My doctor told me I have 20/20 vision and I don’t need to go back in for an eye exam for three years! Goodbye glasses, goodbye contacts! One of the major reasons I got the surgery was because my contacts were terribly uncomfortable during spring allergies. With Read more »

We Met an Expectant Mom and Dad Today

Last week we received a call that an expectant mom wanted to meet us. So yesterday we loaded up the car and headed to New York. We stayed in a hotel and met the expecting mom and dad today. They were a very sweet couple and we really enjoyed getting to meet them. Their baby is due in just a few days, so they made their decision rather Read more »

Open Adoption and Biological Siblings

I just read this article on adoption.com titled “How My Children Stay in Contact with Their Biological Siblings” and I appreciate the advice. Whether you have children now or have children in the future, we want to give our future child every opportunity to get to know and spend with their biological siblings. Here’s the Read more »

Aria is Sick :(

About one year ago we were all celebrating my sister’s birthday at my parents’ house when Aria pukes on the kitchen floor. Not 24 hours later Jason and I caught the bug. It was awful. So we’re literally about one week difference from last year and we’re visiting my parents again. Aria had a tiny bit of a cough Read more »

II Corinthians 1:3-4

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. Read more »

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

This past week has been quite eventful, and I think it’s best summed up in my title. Here it goes: The Good (or really the great) Jason just found out a few days ago that he got accepted to UNC and Duke for grad school. He’s super excited and I’m so proud of him! They are both online programs where he can continue to work Read more »

What I Imagine Being Abducted by Aliens Feels Like

Ok, I have a lot to share about these last two days, but let me clear up something immediately - I don’t actually believe in aliens. Back in November I went for a LASIK consultation, and just talking about getting LASIK made my heart beat out of my chest. I’m pretty terrified of medical procedures - particularly ones where lasers Read more »

What Open Adoption Means to Me (Updated)

A few months ago I shared this blog post, but now I have three more things to add to the list. Here’s what I originally shared: This is what I think of when I say “open adoption”: - Text messaging you photos and videos when your child reaches a milestone or does something hilarious or heart melting. - Having you and your family at Read more »

Making the Dentist Fun

Today is Aria’s third time to the dentist. Her doctor recommended a pediatric dentist close to our home, and we love the dentist and her office! Growing up, I never went to a pediatric dentist, and let me tell you, I missed out. I always went to my parents’ dentist and the only excitement was a fish tank. The waiting area is a Read more »

Valentines Day Cards!

Aria’s Valentines Day cards are ready to be mailed to her grandparents and great grandparents! Visit our Instagram @jasonandbethany to take a peek at Aria’s artwork. We’re hoping that next year we’ll have a few more cards to send to new grandparents and great grandparents through adoption. With love, Bethany Read more »

50’s and Sunny!

After two very boring days of rain and gloom, the sun came out today and for January, it felt warm out! After grocery shopping this afternoon, Aria and I went outside to enjoy the beautiful weather. Click on the Videos tab and go to the Out & About section for a short clip of our adventure. Read more »

Our Long Island Weekend

My (Bethany’s) cousin got married on Long Island over the weekend. My mom has three siblings on Long Island and they are all married with children (that are mostly adults now), so family weddings are big get togethers. And before I send you over to our video, there’s one thing I have to tell you. No one throws a wedding like people Read more »

Princess School & Disney on Ice

A few nights ago, Jason and I decided it would be fun to take Aria to Disney on Ice. The show has four princesses - Tiana, Snow White, Rapunzel, and Cinderella. Since Aria had only seen Tangled, I knew we were going to have to do some prep work to get Aria up to speed. So yesterday, we had Princess School. You can see Aria’s vigorous Read more »

Daddy-Daughter Breakfast

It was snowing this weekend, so I took Aria for a daddy-daughter breakfast. Had great blueberry pancakes and caught snowflakes on our tongues when we were walking out to the car! Read more »

Proverbs 3:5-6

Today when I was feeling stressed out, these verses came to my mind. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” With love, Bethany Read more »

We Found Nemo

Or Nebo, as Aria likes to call him. Over the past few days, we’ve been watching a lot of Finding Dory, so today we decided to show Aria a real aquarium! To see a video of our outing and Nemo, click on the Videos tab and go to the Out & About section. With love, Bethany Read more »

Happy New Years Eve!

Yesterday my parents arrived from New York to spend the weekend with us. We took them out to our favorite pizzeria in Princeton last night. The meatballs at this place are incredible. Seriously incredible! Today we spent the afternoon playing a board game. For dinner, I made baked ziti and I just took brownies out of the oven. After dinner, Read more »

“I Have Daddy’s Lipstick”

Last night when we were getting Aria ready for bed, she announced, “I have Daddy’s lipstick!” Things you never thought you would hear… At first it just made me smile. Then I got nervous. Does she have my lipstick? Aria reached into her wallet which she calls her “wobbit” and pulls out Jason’s Read more »

Aria’s Temptation

Aria loves to help me throughout the day. Today we grocery shopped and she was helping me put away groceries in our kitchen. Everything was going well until she ran away into the living room. That’s her tell that she stole something. Today it was pears. It’s funny - I bought these pears because they looked like the pear Aria had Read more »

Our Virginia Christmas

Last week we traveled to Virginia to spend Christmas with Jason’s side of the family. To see our trip and meet our family, visit the Videos tab and watch our Christmas video under Meet Our Family. Merry Christmas! Read more »

We Saw Reindeer

Well, according to Aria we did. I corrected her the first time, but the second time I decided to just go with it. This morning during breakfast, I saw two deer outside. Aria loves seeing animals, so when we were done with breakfast, we decided to get a closer look. I thought that as soon as we stepped outside, they would run away. They Read more »

Matthew 11:28-30

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Read more »

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

The song was playing this afternoon while Aria was working on an art project. I (Bethany) told Aria about the song and then I asked her, “Should Mommy kiss Santa?” She gave me a disgusted, shocked face and then put her hands over her eyes. It was hilarious. Read more »

We Saw Santa Yesterday

Every year we hear fire truck sirens around Christmas time. The first few times, we thought there must be a fire. Now, we know better. It’s Santa! So yesterday we heard the sirens and immediately threw on coats and shoes to run outside. We got Aria out just in time. Santa waved to us from the fire truck and wished us a merry Christmas. Read more »

Check Out Our Video of “Fake Christmas”

Over this past weekend, we celebrated Christmas early, calling it Fake Christmas. Bethany’s parents, grandparents, sister, and brother-in-law came to our house. We woke up Saturday morning and Santa brought presents and snow! Our video can be seen on the Videos tab under Meet Our Family. And just to clarify - the knife mentioned in Read more »

“We Broke a Table”

Yesterday Aria and I went to Macy’s to buy Jason a watch for Christmas. (We celebrated Christmas today with my side of the family.) Finding the watch was easy. Aria behaved, I gave her a snack…everything was good. Then I decided we should go get Jason a tie. This was when everything went downhill - literally. As I’m Read more »

Fake Christmas Eve

My (Bethany) side of the family is here, Aria is in bed, and the presents are all under the tree. We can’t wait to see Aria open her gifts tomorrow! In the picture, we left cookies and milk for Santa and raisins and carrots for the reindeer. Read more »

Cookies for Santa

Today Aria and I baked cookies for Santa. I’m not going to sugar coat it, it was total chaos baking with a two year old. There was flour and sugar everywhere, but I suppose that’s half the fun. Aria’s favorite part of making cookies is mixing. Well, not exactly. The mixing leads to putting her fingers in the bowl and then Read more »

My Childhood Ornaments

Throughout my childhood, I’ve received several ornaments. Many of them came from my grandparents on my dad’s side. They were always good about dating the ornament and signing it to say it was from them. I love these ornaments. When Jason and I got married, my mom packed them up and gave them to me for our tree. Now I get to share Read more »

We’re So Excited for “Fake Christmas”

Since we’re going to be with Jason’s side of the family on Christmas Day, we decided to host “Fake Christmas” with my (Bethany’s) side of the family. So here’s the plan. Tomorrow Aria and I are going to make chocolate chip cookies from scratch for Santa. Friday afternoon, my grandparents, sister, Read more »

Free At Last…

For the past few months, I (Jason) have been studying for the GMAT, a standardized test I need to take to get into graduate school for business. Fitting in study time while working and raising a two year old was a tough task, but I finally finished and got the score I needed. Needless to say, it involved a lot of teamwork and support from Read more »

The Mind of a Two Year Old

Tonight after dinner, I (Bethany) found Aria’s toys lined up like this. (If you can’t see the photo, click on the title of the blog post.) I was a little disturbed why the toys were all facing the wall, so I took a picture and sent it to my mom. She has a Masters in Psychology, so I figured she would have some interesting Read more »

Date Night

We found a new babysitter recently and had her watch Aria for the first time last night. Aria had a meltdown when we left since this was a new babysitter. We know that after a few minutes of us being gone, Aria will calm down and be fine. But it’s still hard to leave. Sure enough, the babysitter texted us that Aria was fine and watching Read more »

Aria’s Favorite Christmas Movie

I checked our On Demand for a free Christmas movie for Aria, and I found Arthur Christmas. I had never heard of it, but it had a high rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so we gave it a try. Aria loves it! It’s very futuristic Santa, but Aria’s too young to question it. Santa travels in what looks like a space ship in the shape of a Read more »

Choo Choo!

Today’s big excitement was discovering that the choo choo train was back up and running at our grocery store. The store, Wegmans, has been going through renovations, so we’ve been without the train for months. Aria was so excited! I parked her under the train for a good five minutes to take it in. She had a huge smile on her face. Read more »

Can I Go There?

Today marks the third or fourth time that Aria has pointed out the local sewer plant from the car window and requested to go there. Every time this happens, Jason and I have a good laugh. One time Jason’s response was “When you’re old enough to know what it is, then we’ll see if you still want to go.” I like to Read more »

Flower Girl Pics!

My cousin Kimmy sent me a few pictures of Aria from her wedding. It was Aria’s first time being a flower girl. This was my favorite picture. With love, Bethany Read more »

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Aria and I have been listening (and dancing) to Christmas music the past few days. Her favorite song is Jingle Bells. Today while Aria was supposed to be taking her afternoon nap, I heard her on the monitor singing her own rendition of Santa Claus is Coming to Town. She kept singing over and over again: “Santa Claus is coming over, Santa Read more »

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

I believe our Santa saga is coming to a conclusion. (If you haven’t read our other Santa blog posts, you can scroll down to find them on the Adoption Diary tab to get caught up.) Today while we were Christmas shopping, Aria met Santa. While she was shy, she was also incredibly happy. As soon as we left, she asked if we could see him Read more »

Meet My Friend Amanda

I introduced you to my friend Amanda a few blog posts ago, sharing our mutual love of Gilmore Girls. What I didn’t mention though is that she’s been battling breast cancer. She was diagnosed in the spring and has been going through intensive rounds of chemo over the summer and fall. But yesterday, she finished her last chemo! The Read more »

Towering Markers

Aria found a new way to color today. She started stacking her markers and then attempted to color using her one long marker. It’s fun to see her get creative! Read more »

The Challenge of a Christmas Tree with a Toddler

Last year, Aria was one and a half during Christmas and there was no reasoning with her to stop pulling the ornaments off the tree. Around Christmas time, people share the crazy videos of cats destroying the tree, but why aren’t there ones of toddlers? It’s just as funny. So last year as we decorated the tree and Aria undecorated Read more »

Our Long Island Thanksgiving

Every other year we battle through traffic to have Thanksgiving with our Long Island relatives. Now that Aria is a toddler, her biggest excitement during our drive to Long Island is the tunnels by the George Washington Bridge. Click our video tab above and under the Meet Our Family section (3rd video), you’ll get to see an inside look at Read more »

Gilmore Girls Marathon

In high school, my friend Amanda and I were always talking about the latest episode of Gilmore Girls. The dialogue on the show is incredibly witty and some of the best scenes were Friday night dinners. Amanda and I rewatched the seasons in college. We even had a Super Bowl get together where we watched Gilmore Girls and had the game on a Read more »

“Cry, Guys!”

Aria’s latest fascination is with emotions. She tells us “cry, guys” and then “now be happy”. She’s even asked her grandparents to all fake cry. It’s pretty funny. So tonight at dinner, we had a little fun with Aria’s request for us to cry. Aria, believe it or not, likes to eat her vegetables first and leave her meat on her Read more »

What Open Adoption Means to Me

I recently wrote a blog post on our other blog about my thoughts on open adoption. Here’s what I shared: This is what I think of when I say “open adoption”: - Text messaging you photos and videos when your child reaches a milestone or does something hilarious or heart melting. - Having you and your family at your Read more »

The Santa Saga Continues

Have you ever seen the Macy’s Believe Meter in Manhattan? I spent a year traveling by train into the city for grad school. My train would arrive in Penn Station and as soon as I would walk outside, there was Macy’s. During Christmas it was beautiful. When the Believe Meter first made its appearance, the scale was really low, but the closer Read more »

What Do You Want for Christmas?

It seems like a simple question to ask our 2 ½ year old. Aria doesn’t think too big, so whatever she says will be easy to put under the tree. She gives me her answer, and I realize – I’ve underestimated her ability to think BIG. Last Christmas Aria was too young to have any understanding of Santa. We met him briefly at the mall. Aria Read more »

A Morning with Aria (by Bethany)

This morning I asked Aria if she would like to be my doctor today. She loves playing doctor, so it was an easy “Yes!” Each year before my physical, I go to the doctor to get my blood drawn and give a urine sample. That’s what we did this morning. Before I had Aria, my two and a half year old, I would be anxious about having a needle Read more »


Aria loves the outdoors. “I want to go outside” is something we hear regularly. It doesn’t matter if it’s pouring rain or completely dark outside… Aria still wants to go outside. Today was all about bubbles - blowing bubbles, chasing bubbles, popping bubbles. Aria kept requesting that I blow bubbles into her Read more »

Here Comes the Bride…

This weekend was crazy busy! Jason had a business trip in D.C., and Aria and I went to Long Island for my cousin’s wedding. Aria was the flower girl which I was very excited about. But, it meant that I was working, rather than attending the wedding. It was kind of like being a celebrity’s assistant. To see photos and videos of our Read more »

Happy Halloween!

The Freehold Raceway Mall had trick or treating for toddlers this morning. It was fantastic! Dunkin Donuts gave us a dozen munchkins (notice how I said “us”), Old Navy gave Aria a balloon, and then of course there was lots of candy. The mall wasn’t busy at all, so it was the perfect place to trick or treat. Climate Read more »

Our Mini Blog

We use Instagram as a mini blog of our day-to-day life. If you’re curious to see what your child’s life would be like as a part of our family, visit us on Instagram. Our account is JasonandBethany. Read more »

Fun at the Farm

We had so much fun visiting a local farm yesterday. Click on our Video tab above and go to the Out & About section to see a recap of our day. Read more »

A Visual of Open Adoption

This is our first time adopting, so we’re new to this process. We know without a doubt that we want an open adoption. We did a lot of reading about open adoptions, but I wanted to see it - in action. While I was on YouTube, I stumbled across a family that shares their adoption journey with new videos almost every day. The first video I Read more »

My Latest Art Project ~ by Bethany

Over this past week, I’ve been working on revamping this dollhouse I bought on Craigslist. It’s going to be a Christmas present for our daughter, Aria. To see what I’ve done so far, check out our blog: http://jasonandbethany.wixsite.com/adopt/single-post/2016/10/20/My-Latest-Art-Project Or, go to our Main tab up above and Read more »

Welcome to Our Adoption Diary

It’s our pleasure to introduce ourselves to you - we’re Jason and Bethany. We live in central New Jersey with our daughter, Aria. We decided over the summer of 2015 that we would look into adoption. After prayer and research, we decided to work with Bethany Christian Services. We spent last fall filling out paperwork, reading Read more »

About This Diary

Welcome to our adoption diary! We'll be sharing what we've been up to, our thoughts on adoption, and funny moments with our three year old. We also have a blog which you can find by clicking the link "other website" on the Main tab or by pasting this link in your browser: http://jasonandbethany.wixsite.com/adopt

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We want to thank you for considering us as adoptive parents for your child.

We truly appreciate your kindness and strength and look forward to hearing from you.


Jason + Bethany

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