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Long Week

It has been a long week, in work and in life. But to end today with such gorgeous weather during a run after dinner, makes the tough times disappear a little bit. ebs.adoption@gmail.com |  336.298.3413 |  ericaandbryan.com {e + b} #northcarolina #adopt #adoption #hopetoadopt #hopingtoadopt #readytoadopt #adoptionrocks #waitingtoadopt #adoptiveparents #adoptivefamily #infantadoption #unplannedpregnancy #teenpregnancy #domesticadoption #birthparent #birthmom #expectantmother #openadoption #homestudyapproved #homestudy #pregnancy Read more »

Plant Life

I (Erica) am not known for my green thumb. Growing up, my mother’s garden would explode with tomatoes, spicy edible flowers, enormous lettuce and squash the size of my torso. Bird feeders scattered our trees, wild raspberry bushes edged the property and a trellis of morning glories climbed the side of our house. Despite agonizing over Read more »


Today it is raining in North Carolina; and despite loving the sun and blue skies, we are in desperate need of rain here. Currently, it is sprinkling outside and the sky is gray-blue, which always reminds us of our trips to Alaska – where water droplets hang in the air, and you need a heavy jacket for August mornings. For several summers, we Read more »

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Happy Birthday, Dad! My (Erica) father, born in Denmark, is an energetic, intelligent and insanely talented individual who can build, fix or envision almost anything. He prefers to be outdoors, rather than inside, and walks several miles per day. He cares deeply for people’s well-being, and will drop anything to answer the call for a Read more »

A Beautiful Day

Amazing temperatures and low humidity are making for a beautiful day at the farm. We have thirty kiddos coming today from area schools to learn about horses and spend time in nature, exploring. ebs.adoption@gmail.com |  336.298.3413 {e + b} #nature #horses #outdooreducation #nonprofit #home #adopt #adoption #hopetoadopt #hopingtoadopt Read more »

The “Office”

Bryan and I have both been passionate about our careers since graduating college. We are both hard-working, and we care deeply about the people on our teams. We enjoy learning, and are always trying to surround ourselves with people who are different and unique; those who have different strengths than we do. But, we are also focused on Read more »


To the expectant mother we have yet to meet – we cannot fully imagine how hard it must be to even think about creating an adoption plan for your child, let alone move forward with it. This process must be deeply filled with emotion and uncertainty as you think about what you want for your child’s future; and we know it requires immeasurable Read more »

Disconnect to Reconnect

We have been a little quiet the last few days on social media, simply taking time to disconnect with one area of life, so that we can fully connect with another. Over the long weekend we fully immersed ourselves in family. We explored the established gardens at the Biltmore; ate amazing meals at some of our favorite restaurants; spent quality Read more »

In the Blue Ridge

Erica’s family – mom, dad and sister – are in town visiting for the holiday weekend. In search of an early birthday celebration, we took off to Asheville {one of our favorite towns} for a couple of days. We explored, strolled, ate amazing food and visited some places we had never been. The blue ridge is one of the best views, and one Read more »

“You are loved,” said the horse.

A note about a favorite artist: https://www.ericaandbryan.com/journal/2019/5/23/you-are-loved-said-the-horse {e + b} #art #child #children #draw #drawing #adopt #adoption #hopetoadopt #hopingtoadopt #readytoadopt #adoptionrocks #waitingtoadopt #adoptiveparents #adoptivefamily #infantadoption #unplannedpregnancy #teenpregnancy Read more »

Family Visit

Today, my (Erica) parents and sister are coming in to town from out of state to spend the Memorial Day weekend in North Carolina. We are combining the holiday with my father’s birthday, which is in early June. We plan to take a two-day trip to the mountains for some hiking, sight-seeing and to hit our favorite restaurants that way; and Read more »

Life on the Farm

About six years ago, shortly before we were married, we had the unique opportunity to move to a large farm just outside a major city, where Bryan works. Since childhood, it has always been my (Erica) dream to have a farm full of horses; but I knew how much it would take to achieve that, and I was/am grateful and fulfilled to have a horse of my Read more »

A Case of the Mondays

We feel a little “behind” today, as Mondays can sometimes make you feel – it was hard to get going and into the week. But the sun was shining most of the day, an impromptu rain shower is now cooling down the humidity, and the butterflies have found a safe place on the porch. { e + b } #nature #adopt #adoption #hopetoadopt #hopingtoadopt Read more »

The Weekend

Weekends are the “in between.” The time to recalibrate, and reconnect. To take off early and go hike somewhere new; or make pancakes and eat breakfast on the porch outside. The time to catch up on laundry and food shopping and vacuuming. To hang out with the dogs, horses and other creatures in our life. And to call family or friends we Read more »

Places We Go

We love to get out and explore. From seeking out new hiking or mountain biking trails close to home; to walking on bear trails in Alaska, we enjoy discovering new places and things to do or see. As a photographer, I (Erica) am often behind the camera, and the photographs we capture are a way for us to remember the trips we have taken. Some Read more »

Good Morning

I (Erica) have always been a morning person. I wake early without an alarm and love being up to see the sun rise. When I was a child, my parents encouraged me to read or draw in my room until the sun came up, otherwise I would be ready for the day pushing open their bedroom door hours before they had to get up for work. On the farm, mornings Read more »

Animals We Love

“Animals are such agreeable friends—they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.” // Quote by GEORGE ELIOT Animals are a big part of our daily lives; and for me (Erica), they were also a big part of my childhood. I always has a dog (or two) at home while growing up, and I participated in equestrian sports, ensuring that most Read more »

Fortune Cookies

On New Years Day of this year (2019), we were having dinner out with close friends and my (Erica’s) sister – all of whom live on the West Coast and were visiting for the holiday. We had only shared our plans to adopt with family at this point, and our home study process had not yet started. The decision to adopt seemed real; but the Read more »

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