Long Plane Rides with Kids – Conquering Everest

So you want to take a child (or multiple of them) on a long flight – good for you. You are either very brave, out of choices or really need a vacation. We all know how daunting this task is. The anxiety you feel the night before. The looks as you get on the plane, … Continue reading

The Familymoon

It has taken a few weeks, but we have finally sifted through the thousands of photos and videos from our trip.  These are our favorites. Olivia may not be able to remember this trip, but someday I hope that this will serve as a way to relive it, for all of us.  It was a … Continue reading

Merry Christmas: Our 2013 Video Christmas Card.

One year ago we stood behind two men with a little boy on their shoulders watching the firework show in Disneyland Paris. While watching them we were sure that having a family was what we wanted more than anything. We would have never guessed that just a few weeks later our prayers would be answered … Continue reading

The Story Behind the Annual Mad Tea Party

Almost two years ago we decided to dress as Mad Hatters for our first Halloween bash in the new house. When our costumes arrived it seemed like a good idea to take a picture, and this picture needed to be a production. So we turned our backyard into a Wonderland Tea Party and included Toby. … Continue reading

Monterey, Carmel by the Sea and Pebble Beach.

One of our new favorite weekend getaways is the Monterey Bay Area. From Phoenix it is a quick 1 1/2 hour flight. The airport is tiny with the arrivals walking across the tarmac, up to the car rental, then out the side door where your car was waiting (it takes just a few minutes to … Continue reading

Traveling with an Infant – Forget everything we said before.

Remember the post we created a year ago about the 7 habits of highly effective traveling, then the one on how to travel light and fit everything in a single carry-on. Now that we have an infant we look back and think, HA! THAT IS COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS. We have gone from sophisticated, slacks/jacket wearing, first … Continue reading

Paris for the Holidays – 2012

This trip to Paris was a chance to rediscover favorite places with old friends and discover old places with new friends. (see older posts for previous visits) While we held to our former traditions of spending the first night on Montmartre, Disneyland Paris Christmas and strolling through the Christmas Village down the Champs-Élysées we found … Continue reading

Olivia’s First Day Home

What a blessing and a light she has been.  We could not have been more blessed.  And BLESSED is the word that continually comes to mind. Thanks to everyone who has sent their congratulations and gifts, again we are blessed. We love you all. Brock and John The song “One Thousand Years, Part 2” was … Continue reading


A few days ago, our new case worker (number 4) asked us if we would be interested in putting our names in for a red file meeting (a meeting where Arizona agencies show up to try to convince a panel that one of their famlies would be best to adopt a child). This particular file … Continue reading

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