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A BitterSweet Announcement

By Nikole / February 16, 2015 / 8 Comments

January was one of the hardest months we’ve had in a long time. In fact, the other night John and I were talking about how January was the hardest month of our marriage. And in that conversation John said, “I actually think we’re entering a really hard season… it’s not…

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Autobiography – Complete!

By Nikole / January 8, 2015 / 0 Comments

We finally did it you guys! We finished all 159 questions on our Parent Autobiography with it ending up as a 43-paged paper! I just now emailed it to our awesome social worker, and it feels SO good to be done with that. Can’t wait yet kind of nervous to see…

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Why We're Adopting

By Nikole / August 24, 2014 / 0 Comments

I was in high school or college when I knew that I wanted to adopt. I was old enough at that point to think beyond school years and into the future of if/when I would be married and able to have children. And this decision was largely influenced by the…

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Garage Sale Success!

By Nikole / August 17, 2014 / 2 Comments

This weekend we had our *first* fundraising event for Baby M (as s/he will henceforth be known as;), and it was such a success! People from ALL over the Twin Cities donated clothing, toys, home decor, technology, antiques, baked goods and more to sell at our garage sale, and I…

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Let the (adoption!) process begin!

By Nikole / July 24, 2014 / 0 Comments

So it’s begun. We’ve decided we’re ready for baby #3, and we couldn’t be more excited! And part of what makes us so excited is that we are going to adopt this time around! This is something we talked about before we got married, but got caught up with the…

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Fabulous Dinner & Dessert

By Nikole / June 5, 2014 / 0 Comments

This week I have been on a kick of making new (to me) meals. My favorite meal so far has been the Glazed Lentil Walnut Apple Loaf (yum!) and my favorite dessert – the Double Chocolate Crispy Frozen Dessert Bars (drool-worthy). I’ve never before attempted a meat-less meatloaf before, so…

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Mom's Night Out

By Nikole / May 12, 2014 / 0 Comments

Last night my mom and I went to see Mom’s Night Out, and to my surprise, it was so good. I was expecting it to be a pretty cheesy film, and so I was happily surprised to find myself laughing right out loud and clapping as I couldn’t contain the…

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Thankful For My Mom

By Nikole / April 14, 2014 / 0 Comments

A few weeks ago I did a post on (one of) my (many) hectic Friday morning(s). So this post is on the one perk of that Friday morning (besides my windows getting cleaned for the first time:). One perk to Friday morning’s craziness was the opportunity to spend the day…

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Hot Mess Mama

By Nikole / March 24, 2014 / 0 Comments

Baby Mama, a photo by Theen … on Flickr. So Friday morning was one of those mornings. The one where you just hop out of the shower only to see that your husband is calling. With your hair sopping wet and a towel haphazardly thrown about you, you rush to…

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Hello world!

By Nikole / March 20, 2014 / 2 Comments

Hey Everyone! Over the past couple years I have found that Messy Beauty describes my life. I find everything I do is just plain ol’ messy; the way I cook, clean, organize my life, it’s all a hot mess. It can drive my perfectionist side crazy, but I’m learning to…

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