Family Time in Florida.

Apr 06, 2021

We just got back from a long weekend with John's family in Florida. We're feeling so thankful that our vaccinations allowed us to travel without a lot of concern, and see family we haven't seen in a very long time. 

The weather was great, and we spent our days at the beach. John taught our nieces how to fly kites and Erica taught them how to make sand castles. Then we all had a great time at a family wedding, dancing and partying until well past everyone's usual bedtime. 

After a weird 2020, it felt so great to spend time with people we love, doing things we haven't been able to do in over a year. Now it's time for us to go clean all the sand out of our suitcases!

A weekend with our nieces

Mar 08, 2021

How lucky are we that we spent our weekend with these cuties? Our nieces and John's sister came to Texas to visit, which meant we spent our days going on walks, dressing up Barbies, playing "Hair Salon" and watching Frozen 2 in our sleeping bags. Even Boomer got in on the fun, and loved jumping in the pool to fetch toys that the girls threw to him.

Snow Day in Texas?!

Feb 14, 2021

Today we ventured out into the rare Texas snowstorm with Boomer. Now we'll spend the rest of the day snuggled on the couch watching movies, eating popcorn and drinking hot chocolate, because... brrr.

2021 Wishes.

Feb 05, 2021

It’s no secret. 2020 has been hard.

We’ve seen less of those we love. And when we do see them, we can’t hug them. At times, it’s felt isolating and lonely. That might be the case for you, too. So in 2021, we’re wishing you an abundance of love. The kind of love that lets us hug our people as much and as often as possible.

We’ve had anxieties this year. Washing hands, wearing masks, avoiding crowds. Worrying about health, about jobs, about family. Thankfully, our anxieties haven’t come true. But that doesn’t make them any less stressful. We hope your anxieties have been kept at bay too. And if they haven’t, you are stronger than we are. So in 2021, we’re wishing you peace. Peace of mind, peace of heart, and peace in knowing how resilient we all are.

One thing 2020 did show us? That we can do hard things. That sometimes it takes courage to just start the day. That, even when it’s scary, or not fun, or difficult, we show up for each other. Every single one of us was brave this year, every single day. So in 2021, we’re wishing you continued bravery. We were all brave in 2020, so let’s keep it going in 2021.

Those are our wishes for ourselves, and those are our wishes for you. Love. Peace. Bravery.

Cheers to 2021.

Hello!

Feb 03, 2021

Love. It’s the one thing we can promise you, and something we’ve got a lot of. We know you’ve got a lot of it, too.

Making the decision to place a child for adoption can only be done by someone who is full of love. By making this incredibly tough choice, you’re putting the love and care of this child first. And that love is contagious. Because the amount of love it will bring into our lives, and those of our family and friends, is immeasurable.

We don’t know who you are. We don’t have any idea what you’ve been through. But we know that you’re selfless, caring, and loving. And we’re excited to have the opportunity to open our hearts up to both you and this baby to keep the love growing.

Hap-Hap-Happiest Christmas!

Dec 26, 2020

We're writing this sitting in our living room, surrounded by the mess of one of our favorite days of the year - December 25th. There is candy and empty boxes and gifts stacked in piles, but as we look around at this, we're reminded of one of our favorite quotes from writer Andy Rooney: "One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day. Don't clean it up too quickly."

So instead, we're sitting back and enjoying a few more slow, stress-free days with our families. Leading up to Christmas, we watched countless Christmas movies, like Elf, Christmas Vacation, Home Alone (1 & 2), and The Santa Clause; and on Christmas Eve, we kept our tradition of watching Love Actually. We've watched this movie as a couple every Christmas Eve since we got married - we can pretty much quote the whole thing. 

Christmas Day is also John's birthday, so when we woke up yesterday, we opened our stockings and our gifts, then had John's favorite birthday lunch: his dad's homemade lasagna. Seriously, it's the best lasagna we've ever had, and we eat the leftovers for days. After lunch, we headed to Erica's parents' house where we cut into John's ice cream cake (mint chocolate chip, of course), and a few hours later, dug into tamales, rice and beans. 

We're very lucky to be surrounded by so many who love us enough to give us Christmas gifts, but thinking back on yesterday, it's not the presents we will remember and cherish the most. It's the time and traditions we kept with our wonderful tribe of people. Our moms, dads, brothers, sisters, grandparents, nieces and pups.

We hope you had a fantastic holiday as well - filled with good food, fun traditions and most importantly, with love.

Full of thanks (and full of food).

Nov 27, 2020

Thanksgiving may have looked a little different this year, but what in 2020 hasn't? We're thankful we were able to spend time with our parents and Erica's grandmother, while staying safe and healthy. And, even though we missed the rest of our families that we usually spend this holiday with, we did get to FaceTime and see everyone from afar. We also tried a few new traditions! Erica baked an apple pie from scratch; it didn't look perfect, but it sure tasted good. John smoked a turkey for the first time - it was our first time contributing the turkey to Thanksgiving dinner, and it was a success. Boomer was also a huge fan of the turkey, following John around all day hoping he'd drop something.

Sometimes this year it's been hard to stay grateful and to stay positive. But despite the many hardships this year has brought to so many, we're focusing on how fortunate we are to have our family, our friends, our health, Boomer and each other. We hope your Thanksgiving holiday was filled with love, just like ours was.

Happy Halloween!

Oct 31, 2020

This year, we're celebrating Halloween by smoking a brisket, decorating some pumpkin cookies and watching the Oklahoma football game. And, of course, welcoming trick-or-treaters with some socially-distant bowls of candy. 

Our Traditions.

Oct 24, 2020

Every Thanksgiving, Erica’s whole family plays some kind of game that her grandmother makes up. Nobody ever understands the rules. This tradition started when she was really young in an effort to keep her and the rest of her siblings and cousins out of the kitchen, and we still play a new, made up game every year. Last year she divided us all into teams, and we had to write original songs using the toy instruments she gave us. We’re never good at the games, but we do always have fun.

John was born on Christmas Day, so that time of year has double the traditions for us. To celebrate his birthday, John’s dad always makes a huge birthday lasagna that we have for lunch, then we top it off with mint chocolate chip ice cream cake. For Christmas dinner, we always have tamales with Erica’s family, continuing a tradition her mom kept with her family when she was growing up in Mexico. I guess you could say a lot of our traditions are food-based.

We both grew up spending parts of our summers on lakes – John in upstate New York, and Erica in Texas. We’d boat, fish, and swim with our parents, brothers, sisters, cousins and grandparents. While we don’t get to do it as much anymore as adults, we would love to introduce our child to these same summertime traditions we loved growing up.

How we have fun.

Oct 22, 2020

We love spending time with our family and friends, laughing, playing games (probably too competitively), and having fun. We try to find fun in everything we do - whether it's taking walks, hanging out by the pool, playing Nintendo, or filling out adoption profile books. We love traveling and try to find a good balance between relaxing vacations and adventurous ones. So, we might find ourselves sipping drinks on a beach in Jamaica or sprinting through the streets of Rome because John put the wrong address into the GPS and we're going to be late for our tour. We might get massages at a spa atop a waterfall in Washington or get lost hiking a mountain through several feet of snow because John doesn't know how to read a trail map. Whatever we do, we try to plan a getaway or two every year, and we're already looking forward to exciting vacations that John can get us lost on in the future.

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