Recent Happenings

We haven’t posted anything for a while. Not only have we been really busy, but I’ve struggled to figure out exactly how much to say about what’s been going on. Right now we are foster parents to a 6-week old baby. We were not planning on doing foster care again at this time, but things just kind of happened that way. To protect the privacy of the baby and his mother, I’m not going to give more details than that at this time. I think it’s enough to say that he is living with us and we are happy and honored to have him.

People keep asking us if we are going to adopt (for privacy purposes, I’ll just call him Baby S). The goal of foster care is always reunification with the child’s parents.  We are happy to take care of him while he needs us, but can’t say exactly how long he will be here with us. For now, we will love him without reservations and care for him as if he was our own son.  We still want to add to our family through adoption; we just don’t know when that will happen or who it will be that joins our forever family.

Things have gone pretty well so far in transitioning from a family of three to a family of four. Dimitri is adjusting to being a big brother. He loves to help and has fun playing with and holding Baby S. We are having fun remembering how much work newborns are and how little sleep you get. Haha. Overall things in our house and going well. We will post periodic updates on how things are going.

Dimitri helping Dad bring Baby S into the house when we brought him home from the hospital.
Dimitri helping Dad bring Baby S into the house when we brought him home from the hospital.



First Visit

I missed my usual “Throwback Thursday” post yesterday, but I guess a day late is better than never.  This is the first time Kasi and Dimitri saw each other after she placed him with us. It was almost exactly three years ago; Dimitri was just over a month old and Kasi had just celebrated her birthday. It was a special visit. We’re so grateful that we’ve had lots of visits and time together since then. We love open adoption and we love our sweet Kasi!

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General Conference

This weekend was our church’s semiannual general conference.  It’s not always the easiest thing to listen to the speakers when you have a three-year-old running around, but we did our best and luckily Dimitri is pretty good at entertaining himself.

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We have quite a few traditions that involve food, and one of them is that we always eat food from one of our missions on conference Sunday. Last time, we had a few Greek dishes, and this time was Mandie’s first try at making Moro de Habicheulas, which is a traditional rice and bean dish from the Dominican Republic. Adam said it tasted like he remembers, so I guess it was a success. As you can see, Dimitri approved of it too!

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We feel very blessed to have living prophets who instruct and inspire us. Conference is always a good time to reflect on how we can more closely follow our Savior, Jesus Christ. Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Throw Back Thursday

Throwback to three years ago when Dimitri was just a little over a month old. What a cutie. He still has that blue blanky. We sure love this precious little boy.

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Throw Back Thursday

This is a throwback to the time that Adam and I ran a marathon together.  We ran a lot together while we were dating, in preparation for a half marathon. The long runs were a fun way to get to know each other. The half marathon (13.1 miles) was the perfect distance- long enough to be challenging but not so far that it felt impossible.

The full marathon (26.2 miles) was a different story. I had tried to run one several years before meeting Adam but wasn’t able to finish it. This time, however, with our training and Adam’s encouragement, I was able to do it. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done and I am very proud to say I’ve completed a full marathon.

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One of the things I love most about the fact that I’ve run a full marathon is it gave me the knowledge that I can do hard things. Since we’ve been married, Adam and I have had to do a few hard things. Like facing the fact that I’ll never be pregnant. Like having our hearts broken when the foster kids we love left our home. I’m not complaining and I wouldn’t change a thing about our life together, but the fact is that sometimes it’s HARD. I love being able to think back to running that marathon, wanting to quit at the 18th mile, but knowing I went on. And then thinking to myself, if you were able to do that, you can definitely do this! I know that Adam and I can handle whatever comes our way.

Throwback Thursday

This is the time we made donuts with our nephews! It feels like this was just a while ago, but based on the fact that Dimitri wasn’t born yet, and how little our nephews look in these pictures, this must have been about four years ago. I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before, but I love to bake and cook! I think I’m better at cooking, but baking is fun too, and these homemade baked donuts are some of the yummiest things I make.

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Yum! I haven’t made these in a while and now I’m thinking they sound pretty good! What sorts of things do you like to bake or cook?

Kasi’s Wedding

Kasi got married this weekend! I know I say this all the time, but we are so grateful for the relationship that we have with Dimitri’s birth mom. It means a lot that we were able to be with her on such a special day in her life. Dimitri had been practicing saying “I love you Kasi” all week long and had been getting pretty good at it. Unfortunately, he was a little too shy when he actually saw her so he didn’t say it, but he did give her a few good big hugs so hopefully that made up for it.

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The happy couple. Dimitri was too busy finding other kids to play with to stop and take a picture. IMG_6366

We are so happy for you Kasi! Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day.


Throwback Thursday

Here’s the time Adam and I planted our first garden. It was just a little box garden on the porch of our condo, so we didn’t get tons of veggies from it, but it was fun to do. We’ve definitely learned more about gardening since then and have had a bit more success. This year we’ve got tomatoes, cucumbers, beets, lettuce, and kale. The produce from our garden taste so much better than the stuff we buy at the store and I love the feeling of accomplishment that comes from growing our own food.

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Camp out

Adam and Dimitri went on their first official father and son camp out this weekend. They had a great time. Mandie was a little lonely alone at home but is glad that her boys were able to spend some special time together.

Ready and waiting to head out for the big camping trip

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All ready for bed

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Daddy’s big helper