Life does not always give you what you expect, but we have come to trust that we are always where we are meant to be and with faith, hope, and love we can conquer anything. Most importantly, it really is all about the journey...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

It's Bennett's Turn

After three years of watching from the sidelines, it is Bennett's turn to play. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Charlie's Photo Shoot

To avoid any undue stress when Charlie makes his First Communion we decided to do our own private photo shoot a couple weeks beforehand. 

Best. Decision. Ever. 

We had so much fun with no rushing or multiple cameras to look at or other people in the way. It was a beautiful sunny day, so we were able to go down to the grotto and take some pictures there as well. And we got some great shots. I am so glad we made time to do this. 

Saturday, April 22, 2017


We spent our Easter weekend in Saratoga visiting with Nana/GG and Poppop. It was our first trip with Rosabel and she handled it like a champ - aside from puking all over the backseat 5 minutes before we made it to the hotel, despite the $50 I spent on medication for her before we left. (FYI: Nature's Miracle really is a miracle worker if you have stinky messes to clean up!) It was a nice trip with very special memories created.

Handsome boys

They really are the cutest things ever, right?? :-)


 Love these two!!

Rosie is helping the boys find Easter eggs

Easter bunny knew that his newest pet obsession is "mices"

Such a big boy!

Traditional post-egg hunt picture on the stairs

How blessed we are

Monday, February 9, 2015

We have a SIX year old!!!

Hard to believe its been SIX years since this amazing guy came into our lives. He sure has made for a wild ride though! We of course celebrated on his special day with a Cam's Pizza outing with Eman and Noah and then cookie cake at home - his favorites! And then had a epic Mario Bros themed birthday party this weekend.  

Cookie cake and singing...
(Can't you tell he just hates the attention?? :-) )

Vince's creation... He can be pretty darn crafty!

cupcake table spread

presents and games

Ben really thinks he is playing Mario Kart 
with the big kids, but note where his controller plug is...

My little Mario!

group effort candle blowing...

This makes me giggle... :-)

Friday, January 30, 2015

A Day of Play at Strong

 Considering the big boys didn't want to go in 
Elmo's World, they seem to be enjoying themselves!

Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?

 Just about time to pay for my groceries...
I love the concentration with the tongue out!

Here, Aunt Monica, let me ring those up for you!

Meteorologist Charlie
Though I do believe he is using a mixing spoon to point...

Defend the castle!!

Sir Charles heading off for a little jousting match...

 Our conductors for the day

Wants to be just like the big boys beating the bad guys down!

Cutest little Farmer Ben ever <3

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Family of Five

Before Vince and I were even married or thinking seriously about starting a family, we agreed that ideally - if God saw to it to give us children - we wanted to grow our family through both biological children and adoption. This seemed natural and right.

Fast forward 10+ years of marriage and two amazing little boys later... Last year we started the process of becoming foster parents in hopes of being able to adopt through the foster program. And this past June on a Friday afternoon we became certified by our county to be foster parents. The following Monday morning we received a call asking us if we could take in 2 brothers - ages 3 and 5. It was that quick. And it was more than we felt ready to handle. We still had bedrooms to rearrange and impending house guests and mentally were not ready to commit - though it broke our hearts to think that there were two little boys sleeping in strange beds that night.

We turned down a number of potential babies and children over the next few weeks until we received another Monday morning call. A baby boy had been born at Crouse the previous Thursday and his mother, who had lost three children previously to foster care and eventual adoption, would not be taking him home. That was the extent of what we knew. When you are trained to be a foster parent you are told over and over and over that the ultimate goal of the foster care system is to return the children to their family. When that is not possible, obviously other options - adoption - are explored. We knew this.. Yet it was hard to go to the hospital, pick up this new tiny little baby and not start envisioning how easily he could be a part of our family forever. We fell in love. But in time we also learned more about his family and knew we had to root for them. It quickly became evident that this baby would not be ours to keep.

For one month exactly we were a family of five. We brought Baby Michael this morning to his discharge appointment at the county health clinic and he is now in the care of his paternal grandparents who are allowing his mother to stay with him at their house until she and Michael's father can take full custody. We do not know if this is the end of Michael's story because if we have learned one thing from all this it is that you never really know what is going to happen. And while this morning was very emotional for me, I am happy that things have turned out as they have. We know without a doubt that this is what is best for everyone: us, his family, and most importantly, Michael. We truly believe that everything happens for a reason. Those reasons may not always be clear, but for now we plan to sit back and see where our journey takes us from here.

Love and peace, from our family to yours.