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We know what you’re thinking…

We know what you’re thinking…

You're probably looking at our family and thinking, "They have six kids...why are they adopting more?" The answer is simple: a profound feeling that someone is missing, that we're not yet whole. We all have it! We feel that there is a specific child or children that...

About us

About us

The first time we met, it was less like meeting someone and more like remembering something wonderful. We met our first week of college, and knew we were meant to be together forever. Life has brought us through thick and thin, and every moment has been sweeter...

Our thoughts on childhood

Our thoughts on childhood

We are blessed with the unique perspective of having six children already who have gently helped us to become better parents every day. Childhood is a sacred time, one that should be taken seriously.  Childhood should be gentle and kind and immersed in love.  We...

Our life

Our life

Living in the mountains makes life pretty magical. In the summer, we kayak and swim in rivers and lakes. We climb mountains and trees. In the winter, we snowshoe and build snow forts, then come home to curl up by the fire. We also work hard to make the world a better...

Matt

Matt

Before I ever got married, the absolute most important thing I was looking for in a husband was someone who would not only love and cherish me, but who would be a kind, loving father. Matt is the best man I have ever known. He is smart and incredible at everything he...

Ann

Ann

Ann is my best friend. She is a kind and gentle mother and an amazing example to our kids. One of my favorite things about her is that she loves our family so much. The kids and I matter more to her than anything else, but she also dreams big. She is constantly...

“A” – 14

“A” – 14

"A" is our amazing big sister. She is smart, kind, and happy. She is cheerful and brave...an excellent trail blazer for the rest of her sisters! She is great at science and loves to read. She is musical and enjoys piano, singing, and violin. She has always been the...

“E” – 12

“E” – 12

"E" is gentle and quiet. She is kind and sweet and an amazing cook. She is a wonderful teacher. She has taught every sister younger than her to ride a bike. She is wonderful with kids and is a math whiz! She is a good friend to all she meets. Little known facts: - "E"...

“M” – 11

“M” – 11

"M" is our sweet, gentle conscience. She is the one who is always making sure that everyone is happy and safe. She is smart, quick, and very, very funny. She is an avid reader and a quick learner. She is artistic and precise. She is brave and kind. Little known facts:...

“E” – 9

“E” – 9

"E" is our little animal whisperer. She is hilarious and quiet, all at once. She loves animals and can often be found outside under the trees, chirping to the birds. She can call them to her and they will sit in her hand. She has a gift! Little known facts: - "E" is...

“M” – 7

“M” – 7

"M" is spunky, bright, and hilarious. She has great big eyes and a quick laugh. She keeps us on our toes and absolutely loves everything about life. She has a constant drive and leads us on every hike. Her cheerful attitude and her positive thinking keep us all...

“E” – 5

“E” – 5

"E" is our happy little angel. She has a halo of curly hair that matches her fun personality. She is happy and sweet, and has a wonderful imagination. She sings to herself day and night and sees the world through a happy little filter. She keeps all of us young and...

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Our Adoption Blog

Hope

I don't really know how to write about everything that's going on in our world. It makes me so sad I can hardly stand it. There are times that hope seems lost, but then I look at these small people: This family is my greatest joy and hope. And our children are our...
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First snow and miles to go

Our first snow came this week.  It's been lovely. I think that living here year-round has taught me so many things, but the most important is that I can choose joy no matter the weather. Some are happy about the snow.  Some are not.  Some wish it would stay, some wish...
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Totality

The eclipse was last week, and it was absolutely life-changing. I've found that every experience takes on a different meaning when you are trying to adopt. You miss the one that isn't there. You ache to share the sweet things in the world. Our home would have...
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Finding her wings

This is the summer for our five year old.  She's losing teeth, she's learning her bike, and best of all, she's really starting to swim! There is no joy like watching your children grow.  I feel so blessed to be with mine in their...
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Happiness

"That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. When it comes to one, it comes as naturally as sleep." -Willa...
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Happy

My kids often get asked what they want to be when they grow up. The answer is always the same:...
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Happy Independence Day!

One of my favorite things about our family is our traditions. Our 4th of July is always fun. We hiked in the mountains, went to the parade, went to the rodeo, then watched the fireworks. Love our little...
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Perfect day in the mountains

"Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually." - Richard...
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First tooth!

It finally happened! Her first tooth fell out! She has never been happier. There is much rejoicing in the land!...
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A day in June

And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days. - Lowell Thinking of you so much today, little Love. Can’t wait to show you this beautiful...
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Swimming!

There is no water like glacier water! We had such a great (chilly) day swimming with our visiting cousins. We are so blessed to live in the...
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Happy Anniversary!

My sister is here for the week, so Matt and I snuck away for one night. We threw our things in the truck and went off into Yellowstone. We had an amazing time together and had so much time to talk and be together. We watched the sun set over the canyon and Old...
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Singing sisters

Just taking these girls home from singing at the nursing home. They are so kind and bring so much joy to so many...
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Twins and sad curls!

Our youngest has the loveliest long curls. They are so darling. That is to say, she HAD lovely long curls. Tonight, I walked into the bathroom and saw a pile of little curls on the floor, next to a pair of scissors. I gasped and went to find her. I didn’t get angry,...
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Great day!

We had a really lovely day today at a community celebration. We are so blessed with our beautiful family. I know we’re just not quite whole, and I feel it daily. I can’t wait for you to join us, little...
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Cousin Olympics!

My sister is the best aunt in the world. She puts together a pretty amazing cousin olympics every time we’re all...
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Campfire night

Campfire night makes my heart happy. There is nothing quite like nights around the fire, gathering in, talking about life, and being together. I miss you especially today, little one. Soon I know you’ll join...
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Camping!

Here we are, camping in the Tetons! Our oldest, A, is turning 14 this weekend! All she wanted was to go camping with me. We are having the best time. I love when my kids are all together, but I also love the one on one moments, too. Everything’s better together. I’m...
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Mountains

“She will not only climb mountains--she will move them, too.” - Lang...
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First mountain of the season!

We just climbed our first mountain of the season! I feel like the mountains give my girls life lessons they would never learn so well otherwise, lessons about optimism, persistence, hard work, goals, faith, and love. I’m so grateful we have mountains to...
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Grandpa and Grandma Great

Matt and the two big girls went for a little spring break trip to visit his grandparents. We love them so much and the girls were so glad to be able to be with them for a few days! They also got to see several aunts, uncles, and cousins. We are blessed with a great...
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Hope

Sometimes, I look around me and wonder what kind of world I’ve brought my children into. But then I look at them and realize, “Look at what kind of children I’ve brought into world.” Feeling blessed to have them shaping my life. They make me better. They make the...
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Aspiration

“It’s no coincidence that ‘aspiration’ means both hope and the act of breathing.” -Ted Chiang One day closer to you, little...
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Getting to you.

The adoption process is tough. It’s the most scrutiny and stress we’ll likely ever go through. But I know it’s right, and I know you are out there. A friend asked me the other day if I could just change all of this and get pregnant again instead, would I do it. My...
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Community service project

Tonight the big girls and I were at a community women’s service project, making hygiene kits to welcome women refugees to our state. Love these beautiful girls and their loving hearts. I love having kids who know that the only way the world will change is if WE change...
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Winter doesn’t have to be terrible!

Most people dread winter. It’s cold, dark, and gloomy. I believe that the seasons can often symbolize seasons in our lives, as well. The adoption waiting period is so much like winter, both for us as hopeful parents, and, I’m sure, for you as a birth mom, as well. It...
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Quiet moments

I love the quiet moments...the moments where everyone is happy, calm, and peaceful. Dreams are real and they need time to grow, and in the quiet afternoons of childhood, they flourish. I love our quiet...
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Journeying and searching

Sometimes the journey is just as important as the destination.  We’ll find you, sweet little...
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Finding spring

Yesterday, we drove into Montana, just to get out and get a change of scenery. The area we went to doesn’t get nearly as much snow as we do, so their snow disappears a little more quickly. We went to a lake that was starting to thaw, and as the kids walked around,...
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Birthdays and big families!

Birthdays are a big, awesome deal in this big, awesome family. 🙂 This week, "M" turned 7. Birthdays are a much-anticipated event. The birthday kid gets to pick something and we all go and do it together. It's so much fun. Everyone had a wonderful day celebrating...
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The Journey

I got up before everyone else the other day. I got breakfast ready early and started to prepare. Matt drove me to the woods near the river and backed up into five feet of snow. I crawled out onto the bank and put on my snowshoes. I pulled the kayak out of the back and...
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I’m big enough!

Our youngest is five years old and hasn't lost any teeth yet. That's not unusual for most children, but every other child in our family has lost her first tooth at four years old. Our little one knows this, and has carefully wiggled her two loose teeth every night....
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Childhood

“Genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will, childhood equipped now with man’s physical means to express itself.” -Baudelaire Childhood is so precious and fleeting. Every day, I wake with the desire to help my children discover and dream. Eventually, they...
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Adjusting!

Life is a constant adjustment! 🙂 Today we’re at the dentist getting braces adjusted and tightened. I’m grateful for this family that is constantly moving through everything together and helping things adjust to be easier for one another. We’re so...
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Counting the things that are going right!

It can be pretty easy to get down during this adoption journey. The wait and the discouragement and the incompleteness are hard. But we try very hard to focus on the things that are going right. There are so many blessings everyday. And when we start counting the...
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Ice cream!

With the tonsil surgeries, we’ve had a lot of ice cream in the house these past two weeks. But today the girls got the ok to eat more than soft foods. Ice cream IN CONES was in order! It’s such a blessing to celebrate the little things with these...
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Can a child get the attention they need in a large family?

One thing that you may wonder when you see our family is if it’s possible to have a lot of kids and still give each of them the love and attention that they need. The answer is YES! Before I had multiple children, I couldn’t have imagined how it would be possible to...
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What a week!

This past week has been a tough one for the whole family! The two big girls got braces for the first time, and then two days later, two more girls got their tonsils removed. It’s been a week of pain at our house. The neat thing is that it’s also been a week of love....
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Embracing Winter

Living in the mountains means that life is amazing, but it also means that winter is deep and long. Learning to find joy in winter has brought us a lot of happiness. We never feel stuck and depressed when we’re out snowshoeing, sledding, hiking, and enjoying the snow....
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Making the World a Better Place

There are so many things that make this world a very ugly place to live, especially lately. But we’ve never been ones to give up. We feel that the only thing to do is try to make the world a better place. Our family has found a lot of joy in reaching out to others....
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