18 Months

18 Months

Today marks 18 months into our being officially available as adoptive parents, in terminology our adoption agency uses.  It’s not significant marker, but then, yeah, I guess it is.  When we joined up with the IAC in March 2013, the average time hopeful adoptive parents would wait to actually become parents was 18 months.  Now, I … Continue reading

Hiking at Hanging Rock State Park

Hiking at Hanging Rock State Park

This past weekend, *A* and I took advantage of the beautiful weather by spending Saturday at Hanging Rock State Park in North Carolina.  It’s about an hour and a half from our house, and though we’ve hiked in many of the state parks around us, it’s one we hadn’t visited yet. It’s a beautiful place, … Continue reading

A Whole Lotta Love

A Whole Lotta Love

*A* and I are spending a quiet day at home today, which suits us just fine. It’s frigid outside, super windy, we’re both recovering from rather nasty colds, and as I’ve spent much of the week being a bachelor (*A*’s been at a counseling conference for the past several days, like she did last year), I’m … Continue reading

Distractions…

Distractions…

The holidays have been a bit weird for us this year.  They seemed to swoop down upon us, with Christmas following just a day or two behind Thanksgiving, and now it’s New Year’s Eve.  Their swiftness has probably been a good thing.  I don’t think any waiting-for-a-while-but-ever-hopeful adoptive family will tell you that they have … Continue reading

Deciding to Add Our Names to the List

Deciding to Add Our Names to the List

Our adoption agency, the IAC, gives their families who have been waiting to adopt for at least one year the option of joining what they call the “Last Minute Hospital List.”  Basically, this means that an expectant mother is at the hospital and is just about to (or has just) given birth and has decided … Continue reading

Now for October Eves!

Now for October Eves!

It’s no secret that October is our most favorite of months. I mentioned our love for Octobers and all the lovely things of fall quite a few times last year: here, here, and here are just three examples.   This first weekend of October, we’re spending our evenings watching a a movie and eating *A*’s most fantastic baked apple … Continue reading

One.

One.

Subtitled: The Anniversary We Hoped We Wouldn’t Have Further Subtitled: But Let’s Try To Not Get Too Bogged Down By It, Now It’s Here. This past Wednesday, September 24th, marked the one-year anniversary since we went “in the books” with our agency (which basically refers to the time we’ve been home-study approved and that our … Continue reading

Sharing the Adoption Love: An Introduction

Sharing the Adoption Love: An Introduction

It was around early August last year that I somehow stumbled across a blog written by an adoptive mom, Kristen, who was, at that time, a year into her and her husband’s wait to adopt.  She was trying something new after a year and began blogging on their site, Adoption Love.  I was instantly drawn into … Continue reading

The 6:18 tradition

The 6:18 tradition

Today’s my birthday, number 33! I woke up to a fantastic breakfast of *A*’s new specialty coconut-crusted stuffed french toast.  She’s working on my old-fashioned birthday cake as we speak.  I’m so lucky to have such a great partner.  It’s the icing on the cake (pun completely intended) to have a fantastic baker and cook … Continue reading