Jeff and Shelli

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Fourth of July

We had a great weekend at Shelli’s family lake home.  We got daily pontoon rides for Parker plus Monday we had 4 cousins over for playtime!  We had a blast and were sad to come home.  We did all snuggle on the couch for Sing 2 though when we got home, the sun wore us out.  We are still searching for adoption and hoping next fourth we can have another little one to add to the cousins party Read more »

Lake day 1

We got to spend our first day at the lake with Shelli’s sister and her two kids.  We went for a pontoon ride with grandma and grandpa, played with water squirters and had a bonfire. We aren’t sure what we will do today but pretty sure it involves a boat ride. Read more »

Lake day 1

We got to spend our first day at the lake with Shelli’s sister and her two kids.  We went for a pontoon ride with grandma and grandpa, played with water squirters and had a bonfire. We aren’t sure what we will do today but pretty sure it involves a boat ride. Read more »

One of my loves

About once I week I am able to do something I really enjoy and go rock climbing.  The weather here has been hit and miss so far this summer so I had to go climbing indoors, but when I am doing something I love it is hard to be too bummed out.  I hope one day Jeff and I can share our common love of this sport with Read more »

Vacation

Pack your bags, we are headed for the weekend at Shelli’s family lake house!  Can’t wait to swim, fish, and watch some fireworks over the fourth! Read more »

More animals

We made it to the Minnesota Zoo yesterday, it was perfect weather and gave us a chance to spend some fun time together as a family.  Jeff was a little disappointed the bears were sleeping and Parker was afraid of the whales, which were actually sea otters.  It was the perfect weather day.  We got to take our Read more »

Park!

I love this photo, it is a bit hard to see, but our son Parker loves holding Jeff’s hand and running to the park after dinner each night.  Unfortunately temps here have been close to 100 so we haven’t made it there the last few nights.  I can’t for better weather so we can play down there with the Read more »

Park!

I love this photo, it is a bit hard to see, but our son Parker loves holding Jeff’s hand and running to the park after dinner each night.  Unfortunately temps here have been close to 100 so we haven’t made it there the last few nights.  I can’t for better weather so we can play down there with the Read more »

Summer solstice

We got to spend the summer solstice on a family walk.  Parker rode most of the mile and a half in his red wagon but after stopping for the park, Parker had to walk with dad and the dog holding his dad’s hand.  These days make my heart melt and ache for another child to complete our family Read more »

Father’s day

Jeff was lucky enough to spend the day with our son Parker and his family down by the family farm.  This is his third father’s day and we are praying next year it is celebrated with two children and not just Parker.  Jeff also ran in a local town celebration and won the race, he is in training mode for the Read more »

Dog days of summer

When Jeff and Parker take a weekend trip to the family farm while mom is working, the dog gets a haircut after work.  Preparing the dog for the dog days ahead with it being almost 100 degrees the next few days here.  Not an expert by any means, next time he will go to a professional Read more »

Dog days of summer

When Jeff and Parker take a weekend trip to the family farm while mom is working, the dog gets a haircut after work.  Preparing the dog for the dog days ahead with it being almost 100 degrees the next few days here.  Not an expert by any means, next time he will go to a professional Read more »

Dog days of summer

When Jeff and Parker take a weekend trip to the family farm while mom is working, the dog gets a haircut after work.  Preparing the dog for the dog days ahead with it being almost 100 degrees the next few days here.  Not an expert by any means, next time he will go to a professional Read more »

Dog days of summer

When Jeff and Parker take a weekend trip to the family farm while mom is working, the dog gets a haircut after work.  Preparing the dog for the dog days ahead with it being almost 100 degrees the next few days here.  Not an expert by any means, next time he will go to a professional Read more »

Morning

In case you read about our evening routine, I thought I would post a picture to show how mornings go here.  We can’t eat our breakfast without one of our animals (occasionally he tries for more).  Sometimes the animal wants a different breakfast than Parker, and the real dog in our house must not come Read more »

Evening routine

I never thought we would be a family with a routine, which is still true to some point. However you know when 730 hits, it is time to brush your teeth and start getting ready for bed.  This is Parker and I sitting in his reading chair.  It will be sad the day we can’t sit side by side and read our books.  Read more »

More weekend adventure

We got to round out the weekend watching the state highschool rodeo!  Parker said his favorite thing from it were the horses but the bulls (angry cows) were high up on the list.  Next weekend he and Jeff will spend the weekend at grandma’s and grandpa’s farm and ride horses themselves.  We also Read more »

Hometown days

Today Parker and us got to go to our first parade of the summer. We ran into one of the families from our neighborhood and their daughter did and excellent job of sharing candy with Parker and showing him how to grab it.  She was such an excellent sharer.  It has a hot day out which is a sign of summer Read more »

Hometown days

Today Parker and us got to go to our first parade of the summer. We ran into one of the families from our neighborhood and their daughter did and excellent job of sharing candy with Parker and showing him how to grab it.  She was such an excellent sharer.  It has a hot day out which is a sign of summer Read more »

Rough week

It has been a bit of a rough week in our adoption journey.  We had someone reach out to us and spark out hopes and hearts that we had finally been chosen by a birth mom and within a few days got ghosted. Granted this isn’t the first time by any means that this has happened, but the longer we are on this journey Read more »

Wild animal reserve

This weekend we got to visit a wild animal reserve in WI.  Our son Parker loved the deer and ducks the most.  It was such a joy getting to watch the excitement through his eyes and watch him chase after them with a handful of treats he dropped along the way.  We can’t wait to bring him back!  Then we Read more »

Wild animal reserve

This weekend we got to visit a wild animal reserve in WI.  Our son Parker loved the deer and ducks the most.  It was such a joy getting to watch the excitement through his eyes and watch him chase after them with a handful of treats he dropped along the way.  We can’t wait to bring him back!  Then we Read more »

Exploring our local parks

This memorial weekend we made a trip out to Willow River in WI to go see their water fall.  It was our first time there and it was awesome to see.  Parker really enjoyed riding on dad’s shoulders and our dog really enjoyed all the smells in the woods.  We are really looking forward to more family outings Read more »

Exploring our local parks

This memorial weekend we made a trip out to Willow River in WI to go see their water fall.  It was our first time there and it was awesome to see.  Parker really enjoyed riding on dad’s shoulders and our dog really enjoyed all the smells in the woods.  We are really looking forward to more family outings Read more »

We can’t wait to hear from you

It has been a long wet and rainy Memorial Day weekend up in Minnesota.  We managed to take our son and dog out to some local waterfalls and today are headed to the zoo. But these long weekends of watching him play independently can be hard.  We want more than anything for him to grow up with a sibling.  We Read more »

We can’t wait to hear from you

It has been a long wet and rainy Memorial Day weekend up in Minnesota.  We managed to take our son and dog out to some local waterfalls and today are headed to the zoo. But these long weekends of watching him play independently can be hard.  We want more than anything for him to grow up with a sibling.  We Read more »

Cousin time

We were blessed this last weekend that we could spend three days with our cousins and aunts and uncles that were back home visiting from the east coast.  Our son loved going to the zoo with everyone.  One day he will be such a good brother when we find out forever match for adoption.  Until he just gets to be Read more »

What it is like

I commonly get asked what the hardest part of the process is, and it is by far the wait.  We have been waiting for a match for almost 4 years and it is hard to wake up optimistic someday.  With roles reversed though,  I couldn’t imagine the strength and love it takes for an expecting mom to choose Read more »

Park time

We are very fortunate to live five houses down from a park and and son love to walk our dog down there every night after dinner to play before bedtime.  I love getting to watch him meet the other kids and pet all the dogs.  I don’t know who hates leaving more, me or him.  It will be great to have a second Read more »

Coming home from vacation

We took a few days away and left our son with grandma and Jeff’s family.  We went out climbing in the mountains of Colorado. It was beautiful and some of the first time away from Parker we have had in well over a year.  I expected to love it all, which I did enjoy the trip but found myself constantly Read more »

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