Monday, October 29, 2012


I've been waiting a long time to write this post.
We just learned that we've been matched! The birth parents that we’ve been communicating with for a week and a half let us know of their final decision today. They have chosen us to parent their baby. They are wonderful, and we feel beyond blessed!
Thank you to everyone for your support and prayers.
Oh yeah, it’s a baby GIRL and she's due NOVEMBER FOURTEENTH.  That’s two weeks!
More details soon... J

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Madeline Island...

Madeline Island is located in Lake Superior just off Wisconsin’s north coast near Bayfield.  It’s about a 3 ½ hour drive to Bayfield, WI, then a 20 minute ferry ride to the island (I love riding the ferry!).  We spent a long weekend there with friends.  It was such a perfect escape from the realities and stresses of the adoption process. 
The leaves were at their color peak, and even the drive was delightful. 
Our cabin couldn't have been better.  It was tucked in the woods and overlooked Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes. 
The weather was cool and crisp, so we kept a fire going nearly all the time—thanks to Ross. 
We spent time by the outdoor fire too, and in the hammock.  The early mornings were especially peaceful.  On the first morning, while in the hammock by myself, I watched a bald eagle soar right by.  Amazing.      
We had a contest of who could take the best ‘senior pic.’  I’m pretty sure I won with the leaf prop! ;)
Ross throwing leaves.  WOW is all there is to say.    
Lots of hiking and exploring.  The Madeline Island Lagoon was one of our destinations. 
Of course stops at the local bars to warm up (hot cider and rum-yum!).  Here we are at Tommy’s Burn Down.  Notice the tarps—it’s burned down so many times, they don’t even bother to rebuild. 
To our pleasant surprise, we discovered it was Apple Fest weekend in Bayfield!  We took a ride back across the water and kept warm on an old bus that was parked on the ferry. 
What a perfect trip.  Fall in the Midwest—there's nothing like it!!