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Open adoption can be interesting

December 3, 2016

Our annual open adoption Christmas party was on Sunday afternoon. 

We picked up Reid’s birth mother, her husband, and her oldest daughter. Following logic, also his half sister. We last saw her over five years ago. She’s about four months older than Tate, but a school year ahead. We immediately noticed that his birth mother’s hair was dyed blue. 

It’s hosted by our local Children’s Aid to allow adoptive and birth families to connect at a neutral site. Everyone is invited to bring appetizers to share. 

It went pretty well. A fun time was had by all. 

As we were driving to drop them off, Reid asked, “Why is your hair blue?”  I just about busted a gut trying not to laugh.  We told him because It was dyed that colour. That’s good for now.  

On Monday night we were driving home a different way, which was by their apartment. Reid asked.”Who we pick up?”  I told him their names, as that’s who he knows them as. 

We’re not really sure how much of a concept he has about adoption, so we haven’t really told him. We’re not sure exactly what to say, but we will have to be prepared. 


Double digits 

February 19, 2016


It seems so hard to believe we have one who will be 10 soon. Where does the time go?

Vacation at Disney World

November 16, 2015

We recently returned home from two weeks away from home traveling to Disney World In Florida.

It was fun to travel and see the sights. It was good to get home, as well.

One thing that made our time in the parks easier was Disney’s Disability Access Service Card. This is available to anyone with a disability, visible or invisible. No medical documentation is required to obtain it.

It allows the holder and their party to go to a ride, and get a time to return, based on the current wait time. While waiting, it is possible to go and do something else until the return time.  When this is combined with Fast passes, it really makes a big dent in wait times. There were very few times that we waited more than about 20 to 30 minutes. Most wait times weren’t really long, but some were up to 90 minutes.

We stayed on the property, which makes things easier, as travel is minimized

We stayed for 10 nights and spent each day in the parks. It may seem like quite a bit, but it gave us lots of time for get everything done, without too much rushing.

Disney isn’t cheap, but the experience us well done. Even when we had challenges, the cast members were very accommodating.

It will likely be a couple of years before we go again. It was a worthwhile trip .


October 3, 2014

In the midst of our busy lives, it us important to be aware if milestones.

Yesterday (October 2) we celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary.

Two kids, four trips to Burkina Faso, and many other adventures later, we are happily married.

Eight years

April 27, 2014

A lot can happen in a month.

April 27 is the anniversary of the end of such a month, which ended in Tate coming into our family.

We celebrate his birthday, and the anniversary of his homecoming.

This year, we decided to check out a new attraction in Toronto, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada.  It opened in the fall of 2013, but we had mostly good reviews.

We made a day of it.  We took the boys down to Toronto.  We took the subway downtown, and checked out the aquarium.

After we were done, we took another ride on the subway and returned.

All in all, it was an interesting day.

We have lots of fun

The Aquarium was definitely an interesting attraction.  It is definitely worth checking out.

Christmas busyness

December 10, 2013

Over the past couple of weeks, we have been getting increasingly busy as Christmas approaches.

On Sunday night, we had our church Christmas program.  Lots of work has gone into it over the last few weeks.

In the midst of it, I took on the task of recording it and attempting to edit it into a movie.

So far, it is looking like it will come off.  Time will tell.  It is planned for delivery on Sunday.

Seven years ago

February 20, 2013

We celebrated Tate’s seventh birthday.

When he was born, we were in the midst of a 9 week trip to Africa.

At that point in time, we had been waiting for about four years to become parents.  Our story is told in a number of parts, here, part 1, part 2, and part 3.

Where has the time gone?

Exciting Blogging News

February 4, 2013

I’ve been writing this blog for over four years.

It started as a diary of our process about waiting to be approved to adopt again.

We found out just before Christmas of 2009 that we were going to become adoptive parents again, with a bit of a catch.  We would be fostering our new child until he was able to be adopted.  For the next year and a bit, I wrote about our journey through the foster to adopt process.  It had its highs and lows.

Since then, I have been writing about various slices of life.  I intended to keep it as a diary for future reference, and hopefully be of assistance in case anyone was interested.

There wasn’t much interest, until October of 2011.  Then, someone read my pasts.  All 150 or so at that point.  In one day.  I “met” a new friend i the blogging world, Instant Mama.

She wrote about her experience as a foster mother of six (!!!) children, which was about a year old at that point.  It went on for longer.

Her post today contained both good news and sad news.  The good is that she and her husband became the forever parents of five (!!!) children.   The sad news is that she will be taking a break from blogging as she bonds with her new children.  I completely understand and respect this wise decision.  However, I will miss the warmth, love, and passion that she shared for her kids.

I would encourage you to check out her blog, and her list of suggested sites.  My world has been expanded because of these blogs.

Blessings to Instant Mama and her new forever family of five.

Upcoming birthday

January 23, 2013

Tonight, we put our two year old to be for the last time.

Tomorrow, he will be three.

It’s hard to believe Reid is going to be three tomorrow.  The time has flown by.

So many things have happened.

A journey through foster to adopt.

The beginning of a journey of parenting a child with special needs.  We will have to advocate for him to get the resources he needs to help keep up.

On the other end of things, Tate needs to be challenged to do better than meet the basic expectations.  He rips through assignments at school so he can go and play.  The annoying thing is, he can do so much more than the minimum.

The journey continues.

Soccer fest!!!

July 14, 2012

Today is the final tournament for Tate’s soccer.  Go Wookies!!

There are three 45 minute games, starting at 8:45 for him, and every 45 minutes after that.


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