One of my favorites

Nov 16, 2018

All the Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
Layin' in the sun,
Talkin' bout the things
They woulda-coulda-shoulda done...
But those Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
All ran away and hid
From one little did.

 

by Shel Silverstein

6th Grade

Sep 04, 2018

Maggie started 6th grade this year! I can't believe how much she's grown. When Matt and I started dating Maggie was just a cute, little 6 year old. She was funny, sweet and full of energy. Now she's grown into this beautiful, caring young lady. I am so lucky that I get to be her stepmom!  I'm also grateful that we have a good relationship with Maggie's mom. 

 

I didn't have her

but I do love her.

I'm proud to be her 

Stepmom

Why we are hoping for an open adoption

Aug 28, 2018

Open adoption seems challenging and complex but I also see it being beautiful and rewarding. Just reading about other open adoptions makes me long for that special relationship. I know that sounds silly but I truly hope where ever that special expectant mother is she and I will find each other. I hope we connect and form a bond that will be unbreakable. I don't imagine it will be easy. I don't think there is anything easy when it comes to adoption, but I do know that it will be worth it.

I've read about the amazing benefits that come from open adoption and how much it helps the child know and understand where they came from. This is so important to us!

I really liked this statement I read in Open-hearted way to Open Adoption by Lori Holden with Crystal Hass

Adoption creates a split in a person between his biology and his biography. Openness in adoption is an effective way to heal that split.

Summer Fun

Jul 24, 2018

Fun day on the lake. We live in such a beautiful area. It's a short drive to the mountains and lakes that surround Idaho Falls. We can't wait to share this!

Our Journey

Feb 12, 2018

When I was little I was the girl that stayed inside to take care of my babies (aka dolls). I never cared much for sports or going outside to get dirty. I loved pretending to be a mommy. In fact every year for my birthday my grandpa would take me to the toy store and I would always pick a new doll to love and cuddle. My heart has always craved to be a mother.

Jump forward to 2012. I finally met the man I wanted to spend forever with! I started to think of when the day would come that I could announce to my friends and family "We're expecting"! I always dreamt of having a baby in the spring or summer so we could celebrate birthdays outside. I also heard it was easier to be pregnant in the winter rather than in the hot summer. As time went on and there was still no sign of a little one anytime soon, my dreams of having a spring baby or being pregnant in the cool winter slowly started to become more trivial then they already were. I just wanted to be a mommy. I was more than ready to start the greatest job of my life, filled with sleepless nights, happiness and unconditional love. 

We finally decided to see a fertility specialist in July of 2017. We then discovered that we couldn't conceive naturally and the specialist suggested IVF. I couldn't imagine my life without a little baby and a sibling for Maggie. So we did our research and discovered that adoption was the path for us. Once we decided to start our adoption journey I felt a sense of peace and joy. For the first time I felt like my dream of becoming a mother was finally going to happen. All of the years of trying to conceive, I never felt that peace or joy.

We started to learn about all the different options. . .foster care, private adoption, agencies, etc. There were a lot of decisions to make and different paths to take. After learning about open adoption and the services provided through Adoptionlife.org we knew that this was the agency and path we wanted to take. It's important to us that the expectant parents get the support they need. When it comes to such a life changing event it's good to know that everyone involved has the support they need, whether it be counseling, finding local resources or just someone to lend an ear.

Somethings in life are meant to be experienced alone but this is definitely not one of them! We are so excited to meet you and travel this journey together!

A journey once begun, has no end. - Kiran Desai

More about Us

Jan 24, 2018

Matt

  • Everything sports (watching, playing, listening and coaching)
  • Archery
  • Clever and funny (loves to make people laugh)
  • Popcorn is his guilty pleasure
  • Favorite color is blue
  • Bacon is a necessity

Julie

  • Loves inspirational quotes
  • Fall (loves the beautiful colors and cool crisp evenings)
  • Pumpkin spice
  • Simple pleasures
  • Favorite color is purple
  • Coffee is a necessity

Maggie

  • Loves to play softball and basketball
  • Crafts
  • Making slime
  • Loves helping take care of her younger cousins
  • Favorite color is teal blue
  • Ketchup and ranch are a necessity

Ellie

  • Loves to chase birds and squirrels (hasn't gotten one yet)
  • Going for car rides are the best
  • Cuddling
  • Running
  • Peanut butter is her guilty pleasure

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