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The Ups and Downs of Adoption

By Nikole / August 31, 2014 /

I feel like this picture perfectly captures the state of my heart and mind these past couple weeks. Our adoption process is only beginning and I’m already an emotional wreck. Goodness knows what I’m going to look like 6 months from now. 😀 Don’t mind me if I have bags…

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Why We're Adopting

By Nikole / August 24, 2014 /

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 /

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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A Tribute to my Mother-in-law

By Nikole / August 5, 2014 /

One of the ways we are preparing for our baby’s adoption is by getting a bigger car. Our (awesome, well-loved, cool-color) Saturn Vue was no longer an option for us as we prepare to put a third car seat in our vehicle. So we put our car up for sale…

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Let the (adoption!) process begin!

By Nikole / July 24, 2014 /

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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The God of the Messy

By Nikole / July 15, 2014 /

The past two weeks we were blessed to have two of our former high school students stay with us. It was extra special because these two were from the other side of the world – South Korea. It’s crazy to think that I taught them in 10th and 11th grade,…

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Fabulous Dinner & Dessert

By Nikole / June 5, 2014 /

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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A pick-me-up meal 🙂

By Nikole / May 23, 2014 /

  The past several weeks have been rough, so why not try to do a little pick-me-up with a bright and springy dish? Not sure it will actually do much for my heart but it sure smells and looks good. 🙂 I’ve had the ingredients for this dish (Springtime Strawberry…

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A Shattered Heart Begs for Forgiveness

By Nikole / May 14, 2014 /

Tonight* I am so angry. So, so angry. My heart is filled with such heavy sorrow. Oh my heart. My body is physically ill, to the point where I feel like I’m gagging on my heart between my sobs. I feel so sick. Tonight I watched the movie Philomena. The…

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Mom's Night Out

By Nikole / May 12, 2014 /

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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