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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, "Really? They have six kids...why are they adopting?" 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...

About us

About us

Hi! We're Matt and Ann. Our beautiful family is a very happy one, tucked away in the mountains of Idaho. We lived in the Toledo area, then Denver for a several years. Matt worked downtown at a prestigious development firm.  But we never felt like we were home.  We...

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...

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Our Adoption Blog

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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Traditions

Traditions are one thing that makes life special. Our family has a lot of fun traditions, and some of our favorites are connected with Christmas. One thing that we really love to do is attend our community Christmas Eve service together. People of many different...
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