Kristen and Zak

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Beach Days

We had a trip to the Wisconsin Dells planned for a family reunion this weekend, but that was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so we are spending this weekend exploring some Iowa beaches. This is something we really haven’t done before in our own state. Living in Iowa, we didn’t think there were any “beaches” around, but there actually are! Clear Lake was beautiful and had a nice beach area. It was great to be able to soak up some sun, let our daughter play in the sand, and play with some new Read more »

Fun weekend!

We did a variety of activities this weekend! School shopping is always fun, but looked a little different this year with getting to pick out some fun masks for our daughter to wear. The masks will be mandatory at her school, but she’s pretty excited as she got some fun designs. We also spent some time painting rocks and Read more »

Busy Baking

We have been busy baking over the last week and it’s official that Kristen makes the BEST chocolate chip cookies!! The snicker-doodles aren’t too bad either! We are having a “bake sale” to help us raise money money for adoption costs. However, we feel it’s important to help others in need, so we Read more »

House projects

This week “papa” from Minnesota came to stay with us to help with some projects around the house. Our daughter enjoyed spending some time with him. We also did some more baking, played outside, and just overall enjoyed our time together. All the grandparents are excited that we will be adding to our family through Read more »

New Video!!

We made a video this weekend that will hopefully let you, the mother of our future child, get to know us as a couple a little better. A lot of adoption videos we see are very formal, but we wanted to take a more laid-back approach so you could see a little of our personalities. If you have any questions or would like to Read more »

A fun filled day!

Today we did so many fun activities! As you can see in the picture, one of those activities included bringing out the paint! Besides having fun getting messy with paint, we took the dog for a walk, played games, colored, went grocery shopping, got a few school supplies and new activity books, and best of all, baked cookies! Read more »

Game night

Tonight we enjoyed playing some games together. Usually about once a week we do a family game night where we like to play multiple games including UNO, Candyland, and Sorry…just to name a few. We tend to do this on Sunday nights, but usually play random games throughout the week as well. Tonight the game of choice was Read more »

Exploring in our yard

This evening while playing outside with our daughter, she spotted some monarch caterpillars that looked like they recently hatched on milkweed in our yard. They are so tiny! Last month we had 4 monarch caterpillars that we brought into our house and took care of until they turned into beautiful butterflies! It’s a great Read more »


It’s easy for us to tell you who we feel we are, but what do others think about us? During our home study process, we had to have recommendations letters from 5 people that were not family members. Below we have shared quotes from those recommendation letters so that you are able to get a better understanding of what Read more »

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