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Recently we have been celebrating a lot of national/international days! We went to IHOP last night for a free shortstack of pancakes with a donation to St. Judes. Today we wore red to show our support for the female race- Women strong! We made posters for the cafeteria with all the female teachers and female friends that we love and appreciate listed on them :) Warm thoughts sent to all the strong expecting mothers on here and all of the strong hopeful adoptive mothers on here! 

March 08, 2017
#yummy

Brendan and I are both Catholic but we appreciate many aspects of all religions! Yesterday was ‘fat tuesday’ a fun tradition recognized in the catholic church. I grew up with my mother making pancakes or waffles for dinner in order to celebrate this tradition! My mom would sometimes make breakfast for dinner occasionally just for fun as well :) Since we have been dating I have tried to keep this tradition alive! Attached you will see a picture of last night’s yummy, fun dinner! Made by... Read more

March 01, 2017
ADOPTED friends :)

Tonight we had dinner with two friends who adopted both of their children! They were blessed twice through adoption! So incredible! If we are ever to be blessed through adoption the children will know others who were also adopted.

February 26, 2017
Sunday, Fun day

Started the day off right by attending mass! We love our church it is beautiful inside with all wooden beams and stained glass! The sermon was a great one day and we always meet a few nice people when leaving! Maybe a few prayers were said in hopes of adopting :) After mass we went to costco and stocked up on fruits and seafood :)So exciting, LOL

February 26, 2017
#lovemykids

Today for lunch I had multiple students stay in to have fun and spray paint outside! We conversed about graffiti and the famous painter Jackson Pollock and then we painted away. The weather is gorgeous today! One of my students staggered when leaving. She is a student that tends to stay on the "naughty list". She said all was fine and that I would make an incredible mother. Then she walked away.Maybe it's the weather, but I was really touched!Going to see my cousins play... Read more

February 24, 2017
Motivation

A picture is worth a thousand words! Check out Brendan's wall that he and his students made in his classroom! The words are made from an inspiring quotes calendar. The hashtag post-it notes are donated by teachers and say kind words that encourage and motivate the students. This serves as motivation to both Brendan and I to stay motivated in having hope for this adoption!

February 22, 2017
Birthday boy!

Sorry I have not posted since the 20th! We were busy celebrating Brendan's 32nd birthday! We had a lovely dinner out with our good friends Sam and Ben on Monday. We have been friends with Sam and Ben for many years and we would do anything for one another! So nice having a day off from work! Last night, 2/21 was Brendan's actual birthday and even though we had to work he still had a nice day! He got lots of gifts and we went out to eat at our favorite local spot :) Brendan went to bed very... Read more

February 22, 2017
Gorgeous Day

Today is another gorgeous 60 degree day! I am currently cleaning the inside of the house because one of my best friends from when I was 14 is coming over to visit with her husband! We have seen one another in the past month but they have not been over to our home since the summer time. We have done so much work inside to make it our own! Hard to believe it has almost been two years this June! Brendan has really become a handyman! My father and Brendan tiled the kitchen with backsplash! Brendan... Read more

February 20, 2017
Family Matters

Great time seeing Brendans cousin put lacrosse in our nations capital! Always great seeing family

February 20, 2017
Healthy

Healthy breakfast made and a beautiful run on a warm day with a great partner! We would be such heathy parents! ☀️️

February 20, 2017
Names

I know I was getting ahead of myself today. But again one of my students asked me if I had children. I said "no, I have all of you!" Of course I want a family more than anything and more than they know! We then discussed how they got their name and what their middle name was. I really want for the birthmother/father to have part of their family in the name :) Again, just dreaming, we are not matched. But doesn't that sound nice?!

February 17, 2017
Visits

Mom came by for dinner tonight :) We had stuffed shells, salad and bread! Love having an Italian mother that can cook :) She would love to have a grandbaby and she wants to watch the baby when we go back to work! :)

February 17, 2017
Drawing

Sitting here at school watching my students in my art club draw. Today was a free day; their only responsibility was to create! I did the same :) Below you can see my sketch of an elephant with winged ears. Elephants were my godmother's favorite animal. She passed away a year ago from ALS. I plan on sending this to her daughter.I would love to create artwork for the 'future' baby room. The theme would be gender neutral animals.

February 17, 2017
Birthday!

Brendan's birthday is coming up next week! I love doing things for just him and I try to not only do those things on his birthday. Before we got married we would created what we call "appreciation days." These days consist of surprise plans that we create for one another. I would design "Brendan Appreciation Day" and he would design "Lauren Appreciation Day." We still do these and we love them :) Love for one another should not only be expressed on one day!

February 17, 2017
Too cute

One of my students today jokingly asked " can I be your son will you adopt me?" We laughed about it and I realized after some reflection why he asked that question. I am strict with my students and they know my expectations are high for them. They also know that I care for them so much and that I will always be there for them and proud of them. I really do feel the teaching in someways reflects parenting

February 17, 2017
The Day After

Yesterday when the kids asked me about Valentines, I told them everyday is Valentine's day with Lauren. So, when I got into my first period class a student brought a cookie in for me and said Happy Everyday Valentines share it with your wife! Kids are so creative!

February 17, 2017
Valentine's Day

:) Happy Valentines Day to everyone! I woke up this morning to coffee waiting for me on my nightstand! My husband sure does know the way to my heart! My adorable 6th grade students have already brought me little home-made cards and students are delivering roses to teachers! I also got an adorable photo of my little 2 month old nephew in his valentines day outfit!#feelingloved #feelinghopefulmost of all happy valentines day to my husband Brendan- if you see this :) pic of the... Read more

February 14, 2017
Teaching

Today was a great day of instruction. My kids came ready to learn and I received thank-yous at the end of the lesson. I enjoy teaching art and I enjoy my students. Middle school is a fun age to teach because everyone is trying to figure out who they are and what they like. Often, I double up as a teacher and a mentor. Students feel they can come to me, open up about their issues and express themselves safely verbally and artistically. Sometimes, my job becomes... Read more

February 13, 2017
Waiting

Good Afternoon! Past couple days have been hard just waiting for a phone call, message or anything ha ha When times are tough, sometimes you just have to rely on the inner part of your body where you just won't give up! I am exiting to see what this week brings to us! #PostiveEngery2017 Brendan

February 12, 2017
Rollercoaster

Quote of the day, haha, "Adoption is like a rollercoaster. One minute you're riding high and life is good, the next "face palm." -Her No author for that quote but I like it! It really is a rollercoaster and we are not even in the thick of it yet. But, man on man, do we want to be! Life takes time. God, takes time. We have to be patient...it's just...I'm in love with a child I have not met yet. We have so much love for one another and so much love to give and share. Just... Read more

February 12, 2017
Created Website

http://laurenandbrendanwantoadopt.weebly.com/ Our own website creation :) 

February 12, 2017
Love

I am laying here in bed about to go to sleep and am thinking how lucky I am to be beside my husband. Today was just another ordinary day but it was perfect in its own way because he was in it. Friday nights are usually our stay in nights. We rented a movie and made a pizza pie and cuddled up on the couch with our dog and had a fire. I know it doesn't sound like a lot but to me that is the best kind of night there is. Honestly, the only way it could be better is if we had a baby to share it... Read more

February 10, 2017
Exciting

In the past two days we have had multiple phone calls but people are calling, saying hello and then hanging up nerve-racking on both ends I am sure! But if you are seeing this please know "we are good people, if you just need to vent or talk we are here too! Please consider staying on the phone if for nothing other than to make a friend. We don't know what you are going through but we are kind,understanding, compassionate people and two teachers with a lot of patience we practice daily <3... Read more

February 07, 2017
Just thinking

This week brought about a lot of emotion. My husband and I have been active on parentfinder and facebook for a month and have had a few connections but not many. I have met a lot of incredible women through adoption support groups on facebook. We are all now in this together...waiting! Waiting for the match! On Friday after havign had a lovely evening with friends I found myself feeling down. I confided in my husband and told him "what are we missing? what don't we have that others... Read more

February 06, 2017
Family Strong

Family has been so supportive with daily check ins, phone calls and texts to make sure we are staying positive and looking towards the future. I am thankful of friends and family who support us on this journey I really feel they believe in us and our love. Thanks to all who may read this.Brendan

February 06, 2017