Step Eleven – Home Study Day 6

We have finished steps 1 through 10 so far. Attend Information Meeting Discern about children with special needs and your skills/abilities to meet their needs. Mail Permanency Resource Family Survey to State Program Office State Staff – Initially screens for compatibility with Program. Initial Screen In – Noticed by letter and assigned for In-Person Screening... Continue Reading →


Step Eleven – Home Study Days 4 and 5

We have finished steps 1 through 10 so far. Attend Information Meeting Discern about children with special needs and your skills/abilities to meet their needs. Mail Permanency Resource Family Survey to State Program Office State Staff – Initially screens for compatibility with Program. Initial Screen In – Noticed by letter and assigned for In-Person Screening... Continue Reading →

Sugar Detox – Part 1

In a previous post, I had mentioned how Jason and I were going to start a sugar detox. You can read that post here. Well, we officially started our sugar detox on March 1st. Two days in, and I was definitely craving my sugar.  My legs kept shaking, almost in a nervous manner, and I... Continue Reading →

Oh Sugar!

Sugar is our downfall.  We both very much enjoy our sugar, but in different forms.  Jason loves soda/pop and I love dessert/chocolate.  We both have had a hard time limiting  and cutting these sugars over the many years we have been together.  Well, that's changing for us this year. Most people don't even realize what... Continue Reading →

TB Test for Adoption

Who knew such a simple test could be so complicated?! A part of our adoption is that we both have to have a health assessment done and that includes a TB test. I had my health assessment done the end of last year but didn't know about the TB test, so I quickly scheduled this... Continue Reading →

Stuck In Between

Ever have those times where you feel alone and as if you were everyone's last thought?  I kind of go through this type of thinking at random.  It's almost like everyone else's lives just keep going and you're stuck.  Everyone else is spending time with their families and having fun, but you're stuck at home,... Continue Reading →

Sibling Needs

I have had the desire to adopt since I was in high school. I have always wanted a big family and had always wanted to adopt. It takes a special person to love someone else’s children and I agree, God puts that desire in our hearts. Ive been telling my husband that we need to purchase a larger home so we can house a bunch of children (gearing towards a sibling group or two).

Flores Adoption Adventures

Since we’ve been official there are three things I know for a fact:

  1. There is an amazing foster parent support group in the greater Vancouver area.
  2. The wait after the home study sucks just as much as the home study wait.
  3. There is a great need for homes for sibling groups.

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Making the Most out of 2018

Lately my brain has been in panic mode.  So much on my to-do list but not enough hours in the day to complete every task.  I am a very impatient person.  I have this to-do list running through my mind and partially stress about this list while I sit at my desk at work, or... Continue Reading →

3 Years Ago

Three years ago today was a day we will never forget.  When Jason and I talk about this day, we both tear up as we share our thoughts.  After the tears, we end our conversation with a smile and a hug while remembering Jason's words, "I kicked cancers @$$".  Yes you did, Jason.  Yes you... Continue Reading →

China Lights Milwaukee

Last year there was an event not too far from our area called the China Lights which was held at the Boerner Botanical Gardens, but we never made it out there to check out the lights.  This year we were very determined to go since there were many great reviews last year and this year. ... Continue Reading →

Illinois Railroad Museum

This past weekend we celebrated our 11 year wedding anniversary!  You can read more about our anniversary here.  This post is about our visit to the Illinois Railroad Museum. My parents bought us a Groupon to check out this museum since Jason and I absolutely love trains.  We enjoyed a 1-1/2 hour drive into Illinois... Continue Reading →

Our 11th Wedding Anniversary

Eleven years already! We cannot believe it's been that long already!  This Wednesday (the 25th) will mark 15 years from when we first met and essentially started dating "unofficially".  The days feel like the drag on forever, but the years keep flying by.  11 and 15 years later, and we are still very much in... Continue Reading →

It’s Been Awhile

A lot has taken place since our last update. We replaced our washer/dryer and oven.  We found a scratch and dent place about 30-40 minutes from our house and will definitely go back for other items as needed.  We saved quite a bit of money shopping there.  After spending too much money every month at... Continue Reading →

Everything is Falling Apart

We've been pretty quiet around here.  We have been dealing with random items breaking on us or having to be replaced, while also going through our home decluttering and getting things safe and ready for children to enter our home.  Our wash machine went kaput in October last year and we've been going to the... Continue Reading →

Longing to be a Mother

I go through spurts where I am good with life.  Not a care in the world.  But many days I feel empty.  I get jealous of my friends and relatives who have children.  I see the pictures or Facebook statuses about their children, whether it's the chaos the kids are causing or the sweet, funny... Continue Reading →

The World or God’s Will

The few weeks or so I've been feeling this "tug" on my heart.  Not sure how else to describe this feeling.  I almost feel like it is God trying to talk to me; asking me to get closer to him and grow more in my faith.  I want to have this insanely strong connection to... Continue Reading →

9 Ways to Protect Your Marriage

This list is pretty much perfect.  There is not much more I can really say or add to this. What do you think?


We want our marriages to last a lifetime. Yet, after some years of marriage small things that can have lasting impacts creep in: mistrust, less communication, or infrequent sex.

How can you protect your marriage from the hurt that these problems bring?

1. Spend time regularly with your spouse – There’s no better way to connect with your spouse than to spend time alone with them. Forget about everything else and focus on each other.

2. Open up about temptations or troubles you’re facing – Talking about personal challenges draws you closer together. Intimate knowledge about your spouse should never be shared or looked down upon.

3. Pray together – You both desire to be pleasing to each other and to God. Lift your spouse up in prayer at the beginning and end of the day.

4. Remember why you married your spouse – Don’t let your spouse’s not-so-perfect or…

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Us As a Couple

Jason and I met in October 2002 through mutual friends.  We hungout for a little while and ended up going bowling.  I joke about how Jason was not interested in me, because he barely said a word to me, and I spent most of the night talking to one of his good guy friends.  You... Continue Reading →

Getting to Know Christi

Christi is a very dominant, strong-willed person.  She likes things to be in perfect condition and likes structure.  She shows a strong front, but behind this front she is a soft, caring person who is very sensitive.  She doesn't like to fail, and works hard to accomplish any challenge thrown at her.  Her soft spot... Continue Reading →

Getting to Know Jason

Jason is one of the kindest people you will ever meet.  He accepts everyone.  He's very quiet (unless you get him talking about something he's interested in), and very shy.  He gets embarrassed easily.  Jason has a heart of gold and is a very easy going person.  He loves children very much, especially our nieces,... Continue Reading →

Our Journey

We are Jason and Christi and we are from Wisconsin.  We have been together pretty much since the day we met in October 2002, and we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary this past October (2016).  Many things have happened during our years together, both good and bad.  One of our biggest struggles was when we... Continue Reading →

Unconfirmed Remission

We're over a week late on sharing this, but Jason had his 6 month follow-up appointment on May 5th.  His blood work remains exactly where it should be, and he continues to feel perfectly well.  His doctor told us that he is in "unconfirmed remission" based off of his blood work for the past year... Continue Reading →

Lists and More Lists

I am the type of person who enjoys making lists.  I have always been an organized person.  I always had my movies in alphabetical order, books in alphabetical order, etc.  Everything had its place and purpose.  I create lists about basically everything.  I have a sense of satisfaction when I can cross things off my... Continue Reading →

Asking for Help

As most of our friends and family know, we aren't good at asking for help. In fall 2012, after the miscarriages, I got very sick. I ended up getting shingles in my inner ear which triggered a vestibular disorder called labyrinthitis.  It happened completely out of nowhere; loud ringing in my ears, loss of balance to... Continue Reading →

Meet Our Family

From:  Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Jason is the oldest child for his mom and his late father.  He has a younger sister who is married and together they have 3 children; two girls and a boy.  Jason has 1 living grandmother, and quite a few aunts, uncles, and many cousins.  Christi is the youngest child for her mom... Continue Reading →

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