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Birth Mother’s Day!

So thankful for the love and sacrifices made by birth mothers today & everyday! ❤️ You gave your child the gift of life & chose to give them the life you believe is the best possible for them - the ultimate sacrifice & gift of love! Read more »

Mother’s Day Tea!

Jen had the most amazing morning at her Mother’s Day Tea with their incredible son! He is a true miracle and gives her and Mike so much joy and happiness! Read more »

Mommy / son time!

Enjoyed a beautiful day at the park with my son yesterday! May not have been great for allergies but it was so nice to enjoy the fresh air! Can’t wait to bring another little one with us to the park one day! Read more »

Daddy’s little helper!

Our son was a big help to Daddy while doing spring cleaning outside today! It turned out to be such a beautiful day and we got so much accomplished! Read more »

Beautiful, outdoor door!

Such a nice day outside watching our son play ball! Then spent a lot more time outside putting together a shed with some of our family and friends to store our outdoor stuff! Read more »

Beautiful day!

Today felt like a summer day! Today, we had mommy-son time at the park with school friends. They sure got lots of energy out and ran all around, as well as enjoyed yummy ice cream from the ice cream man! Then we took a nice bike ride around the block. I can’t wait for the weather to stay this nice every day! Read more »

Don’t Blink!

It’s so true what the Kenny Chesney song says - “Don’t Blink.” When we are young, we are always thinking life is going so slow and we are always rushing to the next thing. We can’t wait for the weekend, the next holiday, the next big event, to get older, to get our license, to get married, etc. Read more »

T-ball nights!

We love watching our son play ball! It was so nice to have his aunts come out to support him as he played tonight! We can’t wait till the day we can bring his little brother or sister to cheer him on through the gift of adoption! Read more »

Earth Day!

Every day is Earth Day! Today we did an Earth Day science lava experiment with blue & green food coloring to talk about the land and water and how to take care of the Earth! Read more »

Fun with Bella and Brody!

We went over to Jen’s Mom & Dad’s house today and our son had so much playing with their two dogs, Bella & Brody! He was laughing so much while getting lots of kisses! Shocked that the 3 of them all sat together and we were able to get this picture! Read more »

Take us back!

Reminiscing about our time in St. Lucia for our honeymoon! Such an amazing experience! We love our adventures together, being able to talk about anything, laugh a lot, and just spend time together. Our life is filled with so many blessings, especially our 4 year old son, and we can’t wait for our next adventures as a Read more »

STEM fun!

We’ve had lots of fun with experiments & building these past few days! We’ve done the M&M Rainbow experiment, built robots, made a shooting star, courtesy of a pack given to us from our local library, & much more! So great having hands on fun with our son & we can’t wait to add another little one to our Read more »

Selfie fun!

So funny when we open up our phones to find funny selfies our son took! Amazing how kids learn at such a young age! Read more »

Rock painting!

We took advantage of the sunny day by doing ladybug rock & shell painting! Our son is learning about the life cycle of a ladybug in school so we figured we’d have some fun of our own doing some extra activities! Read more »

Science Fun!

We had so much fun doing some experiments! We did an M&M rainbow (while our son ate a whole bunch!) and fireworks in a jar with food coloring, water, & oil. So fun testing all of these things! Read more »

Foggy beach day!

It may have been sunny driving to the beach, but boy was it foggy once we got there! Our son still had a blast playing in the sand and walking on the boardwalk! We can’t wait until we can bring another little one to enjoy our family beach time! Read more »

Game night & sushi!

We had a great time eating sushi for the first time! We were so impressed by how much our son ate! We also had a fun game night with never ending games of Uno & Tenzi! So much fun! Read more »

Acting like a kid again!

Life’s more fun seeing it through the eyes of a child & enjoying in their fun!! We love our special family times together & creating wonderful memories in the ordinary moments! ❤️ Family, friendship, love, laughter, faith, & treasuring each moment are what we value more than anything! Read more »

Happy Birthday to Mom / Nanny!

Today is Jen’s Mom’s / Mike’s mother in law / our son’s Nanny‘s birthday! We are so lucky to have all of her love & support! We enjoyed the day with a nice lunch and dessert at our house & enjoyed the beautiful weather outside! So blessed! Read more »

Family time!

We had a wonderful Easter with our family! We love all of the laughs, fun times, & love we get to share together! Read more »

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter from our family to yours! We have had a great day of egg hunts and time with family! We are hoping to add more life and love to our family through the gift of adoption! Read more »

Mystery color experiment!

We experimented with finding the mystery color in the egg by putting food color in the bottom and covering it with baking soda. Then our son poured vinegar on top to create bubbles with the mystery color popping up! Read more »

Coloring fun with the family!

Jen’s mom & siblings came over for lunch and we enjoyed doing an Easter table runner coloring from Target. It was a fun way for everyone to be involved in an activity & relax at the same time! Read more »

Missing this delicious breakfast….

Missing this delicious breakfast from when Mike and I went to Mystic, CT a few years ago. We had so much fun at the Seaport, Aquarium, and Foxwoods. This absolutely delicious stuffed French Toast was from the Mystic Diner. I could eat this every day!! Read more »

Pizza night!

We had fun making a Buffalo chicken pizza tonight!! And we made an English muffin pizza for our son so he could have his own individual non-spicy one! Read more »

Soft & cuddly!

Seeing our our son was taking care of Jen’s Mom & Dad’s new dog, Brody, was so heartwarming! He’s been asking for a little brother or sister for so long & this just confirms that he will be the BEST big brother! Read more »

Puppy love!

We had so much fun visiting Jen’s parents’ new dog, Brody! He is so fluffy & cute & gets along so great with their other dog, Bella! Read more »

Seal watching!

We were so excited that we got to see seals on our walk at Jones Beach today! We have tried a few times and haven’t gotten to see them but finally lucked out today! Read more »

Apple cider donuts!

We had fun making our own apple cider donuts this morning! We always enjoy getting them when we go apple picking, so it was great getting to try them on our own! Read more »

Wedding bells are ringing!

So excited for Jen’s brother and his new fiancé on their engagement last night! We are so lucky to have such a big, extended family with so much love! They can’t wait to welcome a new little one when we get the gift of being blessed by adoption! Read more »

Aquarium fun!

Thinking back to fun times at the aquarium! We love getting to go to Mystic Aquarium, Long Island Aquarium, and more! We so love seeing the beluga whales! Other favorites are the penguins, sea lions, and tropical fish! Read more »

Everything is better with ice cream!!

We enjoyed a yummy ice cream treat after the beach yesterday! Even though our son finished his own cup of vanilla ice cream with sprinkles and a cherry, he thought Mommy should be nice and share her milkshake with him because ‘sharing is the nice thing to do!’ Read more »

Beautiful Spring day!!

We enjoyed the beautiful day at the beach! It’s our absolute favorite place to be and we can’t wait to bring another ‘beach baby’ with us! Read more »

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day!

We enjoyed the 1st day of spring with a nice walk at a local park. It was also The Very Hungry Caterpillar day and we played the board game and made a craft to go along with the book! Read more »

Pastry time!

We had a great time celebrating our Irish heritage on St. Patrick’s Day, now onto celebrating our Italian heritage on St. Joseph’s day! We enjoyed some very yummy St. Joseph’s cannoli pastries- so good!!! Read more »

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We had a great day filled with leprechaun visits, a scavenger hunt, yummy corned beef & cabbage, & Irish soda bread! Feeling so lucky & blessed! Read more »

Leprechaun visit!

Our son was so excited to get a visit from Liam the Leprechaun today for St. Patrick’s Day! He might have left a mess in the toilet and around the house, but also left a fun scavenger hunt and a pot of gold! Such wonderful memories & we can’t wait to continue these amazing memories for years to come with our son and Read more »

Fizzy shamrock painting!

We love experiments & crafts with our son! We had such fun getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day by making fizzy shamrocks with paint. We mixed paint and baking soda & after it was all painted we mixed in some vinegar and watched the reaction - so cool! Read more »

Time for Irish Soda Bread!

Continued our yearly tradition of baking Irish Soda Bread in preparation for St. Patrick’s Day with my little helper! We also made a delicious Shepherd’s Pie for dinner! Can’t wait to add another little helper through the miracle of adoption! Read more »

Puzzles with Poppy!

Puzzle time with Poppy! We had so much fun eating dinner & hanging with Nanny & Poppy tonight! So lucky to have such loving parents & grandparents! Read more »

Our favorite place!

Even though it turned out to be quite windy, we enjoyed a nice afternoon stroll at the beach! We couldn’t stay long but it was so refreshing and always our favorite place to go! Read more »

Teddy Bear Week!

Our son had so much fun at Teddy Bear Week at school! They made crafts, had a parade, a picnic, and more! So cute!! Read more »

Friday night dinner!

Made yummy homemade baked clams followed by seared scallops in a garlic lemon butter sauce over fettuccine! So delicious! And we had another great day enjoying the absolutely beautiful weather! Read more »

Beautiful, sunny day!

We enjoyed the beautiful day today playing on our swing set, playing baseball, taking a walk around the neighborhood, & going to the park! So great getting fresh air! Can’t wait to have another little one to enjoy these special moments with! Read more »

Big little helper!

This sweet boy loves to help us around the house! He has been so excited trying to surprise Mommy & Daddy by making our bed for us! (I even resist the feeling to fix the wrinkles & evenness. As much as I love things neat & tidy, his caring ways make up for it!) Love his big heart - we know he will make the best Read more »

Crazy how much changes in a year….

Our last big outing with family & friends before everything shut down and the pandemic began. We had such a wonderful time celebrating this day & can’t wait to getting back to more of these times! ❤️ We are so inspired by the bravery and strength of all of the doctors, nurses, health care workers, first Read more »

Strength & empowerment!

On this International Women’s Day we are thinking of all of these strong women who teach us about the gift of unconditional love! ❤️ We are so blessed to have the best Mom, Mother-in-law, Grandmas in heaven watching over us, & sisters. They are always there to support us and are great role models to our son. Read more »

National Cereal Day!

We celebrated National Cereal Day by eating some of our favorite cereals! We love Corn Flakes, Cheerios, & Frosted Mini Wheats to name a few! Read more »

The doctor is in!

The doctor is in! Our little boy is having fun checking his Daddy out. The doctor says the patient has many different types of “-otosis” but he’s getting good care! Read more »

Big brother in training!

Our son can’t wait to pass on his love of reading to his newest brother or sister through the beautiful gift of adoption. We love to curl up with good books to go on adventures, enjoy a story, or learn new things! Read more »

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

We continued our Dr. Seuss fun by making Thing 1 & Thing 2 with our little Cat in the Hat! We can’t wait to pass on our love of reading to our next little one! Read more »

We love to read!!!

We love to read in this house! As a former teacher (currently a stay at home Mom) I guess it’s in my blood!! We read a lot of books throughout the day and before bed and our son can recite many from memory. We are getting ready for Dr. Seuss Day by reading some of his best books & doing some crafts to go along with it! Read more »

“Hole” lot of love!!

We have a “hole” lot of love in our hearts for each other!!! And we have so much love that we are excited to share with our newest addition to our family through the beautiful gift of adoption. We had so much fun making these homemade cinnamon sugar air fryer donuts together. So yummy!! Read more »

Seal walk with Nanny!

So much fun taking a seal walk with my Mom / Nanny at the beach today! While we didn’t see any seals, we had so much fun together! We are so blessed to have such a loving family and that we live so close to everyone! Our son is so lucky to have grandparents, aunts, uncles, & other family & friends who brighten up Read more »

Making breakfast fun!

We tried out our new pancake skillet today & made yummy apple emoji pancakes! Of course we had to make the faces to go with our pancakes! Read more »

Snow melting fun!

It is so nice to finally see the grass & get a little break from the snow! After we took a scooter ride in the neighborhood and played some sports in the backyard, we had some fun chiseling the ice with some of the tools from our son’s workbench. He had a ball! Read more »

Kindess & Gratitude!

Here is our latest blog from our adoption website! Be sure to visit our website to learn more about our family and read more blog entries / see more photos!—- Last week was “National Random Acts of Kindness Day.” In our house and family, we are always trying to do kind things for one another, friends, family, and Read more »

Nighttime snuggles!

We love our nighttime snuggles!! So great ending the long day with a bunch of stories, songs, and prayers! Nothing beats the peaceful end to the day & we love that our son knows the routine so well & looks so forward to it! Read more »

Vitamin “sea” & snowballs!

We enjoyed catching up on our vitamin “sea” today at the beach! It was a first to throw snowballs while watching the waves crash, but it was the perfect day & so nice to see the sun and get out. We can’t wait to bring another little one on our family adventures! Read more »

Dinosaur Adventures

We love our family adventures, whether it is outside exploring nature or having our own fun indoors. We pretended we were on a dinosaur adventure, digging up fossils, and examining what types of dinosaurs they were. It may have been a little messy, but boy is it lots of fun! Read more »

Indoor snow fun!

We had some indoor snow fun! We used food coloring & water to ‘paint’ snow, make little snowmen, & snowballs & slushies! Fun way to enjoy the snow while still staying warm! ❄️ Read more »

Cooking adventures!

We LOVE to cook & try new recipes. Before the pandemic, we would try to go out to eat about once a week to give us something to do as a family. Now, we have been trying to recreate some of our favorite meals. For Valentine’s Day we decided to try a lobster risotto, a dish my husband & I loved to eat at our favorite Read more »

A great Valentine’s Day!

We had so much fun reading the book Love Monster with our son and then we made our own! We continued a great Valentine’s Day with lots of yummy appetizers, a homemade lobster risotto, & a delicious chocolate cream pie for dessert! While we love to show our love for each other every day, it was a perfect day at home Read more »


We had so much fun making this fingerprint heart canvas with our son! We can’t wait to add another set of fingerprints!! Read more »

Big brother excitement!

We love how excited our son is to become a big brother through the beautiful gift of adoption! He can’t wait to feed the baby his or her bottle, play games with him or her, and make the baby laugh. Nothing will give us more joy in life than watching their bond grow over the years! We cannot wait for this dream to become a Read more »

Snow day!

We had so much fun in the snow these last two days! We made forts, had snowball fights, said down the snowy slide, & more! We can’t wait to have another little one to share these fun times with! ❄️ Read more »

Slime time!

We enjoyed a cozy day inside to avoid yet really cold weather outside! We had so much fun making ooey, gooey slime! It was fun making it and watching it stretch all over! Read more »

Dinner time!

We sure love to cook & try new recipes! Today we enjoyed some classic dishes for Italian style Sunday cooking. We had sauce & meatballs cooking all day and made eggplant parm! We used Mike’s Grandma’s recipe, which his Dad passed to me. I still remember sitting in Mike’s apartment and his Dad telling me how to Read more »

Cardinals Appear When Angels Are Near

The cardinal is such a special and important sign in our family. It is a constant reminder that our loved ones are near and guiding us through the ups and downs in life. The cardinal has always reminded us of our grandparents and that is why we made this special gift for my Mom and Dad using our son’s handprints. It is Read more »

Winter craft fun!

We had lots of inside fun on this cold day! We made cotton ball snowmen and marshmallow snowflakes. We love our fun family time together! Read more »

Bedtime snuggles!!

We love our bedtime snuggles, prayers, and stories with our little boy! It is the perfect way to end a long day! We cannot wait to add even more cuddles & snuggles when we can add another little angel to our family through the beautiful gift of adoption! Our son is beyond excited to eventually become a big brother and we Read more »

New Year’s Thoughts

Home is where the heart is…and that’s where we have spent most of 2020! It’s been sad to spend so much less time with family & friends, have vacations cancelled, miss out on celebrations, and worry about what is going on in the world. In spite of it all, we wouldn’t change all the extra family time we had Read more »

Cozy Christmas!!

We had such a wonderful, cozy Christmas!! It was so relaxing enjoying yummy foods, festive music & movies, and the lights of the tree, fireplace, & decorations. It was so much fun playing reindeer ring toss & singing out loud! And it was so magical watching our son experience all of the magic of the season & Read more »

Cookie Bake 2020!

What an exciting few days of cookie baking! Baking Christmas cookies has been one of our favorite holiday traditions, going back to when Mike and I started dating. We were crazy enough to continue the tradition only a few weeks after our son was born, baking cookies as he sat in his bouncer in the kitchen. Now, he so enjoys Read more »

Snow much fun!

We had so much fun today playing out in the snow with our son! We were able to make snow angels, throw snowballs, and attempted to make a snowman. It is so much fun watching the excitement in his eyes and enjoying this special time together. We can’t wait to add another little one to our family to get to experience Read more »

Movie night & hot cocoa!

We have been loving watching our favorite Christmas movies by the light of the Christmas tree & fireplace! You feel so festive watching these great movies, like Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, Elf, Polar Express, Home Alone, The Santa Clause, The Star, It’s a Wonderful Life, and more! And boy do the 3 Read more »

Light show!

We had such a fun time at the Holiday Light Show at the beach! Such a fun and festive way to get into the holiday spirit! Read more »

Breakfast fun!

We had so much fun making Santa waffles this morning! We are so excited for Christmas and hope to have another little one to be able to enjoy our special holiday traditions with real soon! We have been having a blast decorating the inside and outside of our house, decorating the tree, making ornaments, and driving /walking Read more »

Thankful times!

What a wonderful week this has been! As tough as 2020 has been, we are so thankful for the love of our family and the love and support of all of our family and friends. While we give thanks for the love of our family every day, we are especially thankful this year for our love, health, and to be on this journey to add another Read more »

Reminiscing about 9 years ago…

There is so much to be thankful for, especially this week. Even though 2020 has thrown us many curveballs and challenges, I am forever thankful for the love of my family. Tomorrow celebrates 9 years since Mike and I began dating. I will never forget getting ready to meet him for the first time for lunch after talking for a Read more »

Beautiful Fall Weekend!

What a beautiful few Fall days we have been having! Tyler and I have had so much fun playing in big leaf piles! Mike and Tyler were playing baseball and Tyler was really hitting the ball so hard! We also had a great time taking our Christmas pictures this weekend. Tyler had a blast seeing Santa and is so excited for all of Read more »

We are so excited to start this journey!

We are so excited to start this journey and share our profile with you! It is so adorable hearing our son ask who is brother or sister is and when he will have one. We are so hoping to make his dream become a reality and give him a lifetime buddy to spend time with. It is so cute hearing him talk about how he is going to take Read more »

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