Hi! We are Alec and Hannah. First and foremost, we want to thank you. There are so many families out there, and we want to extend a big thanks for taking the time to get to know us on a deeper level! Adoption has always been a part of our plan, and we are excited to become first-time parents. 

We met while attending the same college. We knew of each other but it wasn’t until we studied abroad that we got to know each other. Together we traveled to Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia, and China. It was there that we became friends! We got to see different cultures; beautiful landscapes, and interact with individuals who were different than ourselves. We started dating in 2016, and the rest is history! We got engaged on October 1, 2017 and married on November 10, 2018. 

We are the best of friends, and we cannot wait to embark on the adventure of parenting together! As a family, celebrate our differences and the diversity with each person. We are a great team, and value strong communication. Together, there isn’t anything we cannot overcome. 

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Expectant mothers who choose to make an adoption plan may qualify for some level of financial assistance during their pregnancy. However, each person's situation and specific needs are different. Your adoption social worker can help you determine what level of assistance you qualify for and deserve. Many expectant mothers qualify for financial assistance to cover basic pregnancy and living expenses, including but not limited to - transportation reimbursement, utility assistance for phone, water, and electricity/gas, maternity clothing and supplements, etc.

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FAQ’s about placing a baby for Adoption

I'm considering giving my baby up for adoption. How much does that cost?

It won't cost you anything. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your medical and legal fees will be covered and you may be eligible for financial assistance with other pregnancy-related expenses.

I'm experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and don't know who the birth father is. Can I still place my baby for adoption?

Yes. Even if you don’t know the identity of the birth father, you can still choose to make an adoption plan. However, every adoption situation is different. The adoption social worker you’re assigned to will get to know you and your story first, and then guide you through the process accordingly.

When is the right time to talk with an adoption professional?

You can make an adoption plan at any point in your pregnancy, even after the baby has been born. But, it's important to start the process as early in your pregnancy as possible. Connecting with those resources will allow you to gain access to important medical services, including prenatal care, to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.

When I create an adoption plan, will I get to choose who is in the room with me during delivery?

One aspect of your adoption plan is the "Hospital Plan" an outline of how you'd like your hospital stay and delivery to go. You can craft this on your own or with the help of your adoption social worker. But everything is up to you. You’ll be able to choose who comes to the hospital with you, who is in the room with you during delivery, and how much time you’d like to spend with the baby before signing the final papers.

How much contact will I have with the adoptive family after I place my baby with them?

As part of your adoption plan, you'll determine whether or not you’d like to have an open or closed adoption or something in between. Open adoptions may include phone calls, messaging (via social media, email, or text), and/or periodic visits each year. Closed adoptions may include no contact at all or annual updates provided to the birth parent(s) by the adoptive family. Each post-adoption relationship is different and can vary based on what an expectant mother chooses in her adoption plan.

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Weekend in Indianapolis

08/08/2021

This weekend Alec and I did a little weekend getaway to Indianapolis. I was actually born in Indy, and I lived there until I was 3 years old. Needless to say, I don't remember anything from my time living there. That was when my dad was working as a basketball coach at a college there, until he got a new coaching position in the city where I grew up.   Anyways, it has been nice for Alec and I to have these closer weekend getaways. Earlier in the summer we did a weekend trip to Cincinnati where we went to the zoo, a few restaurants, and a Reds baseball game.    Despite both of us living in Indiana our whole lives, neither of us has really explored much of Indianapolis. We have both been there for sporting events (Pacers - basketball and Colts - football). This weekend we decided to head down there and see what it has to offer. Saturday we got up early and dropped Annie off at my parent's house. She almost loves them more than us, so we could tell she was going to have a good weekend. We drove down to Carmel and made a pit stop...

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Back to School

08/08/2021

Today is the first day of school where Alec works! He's been busy getting his classroom ready and getting the lessons planned. The past two days have been back to school activities for the kids and the parents. He's had the chance to meet a ton of kids that he will have in class. It's nice because this school is a charter school. This means that the students have to apply to get in. When kids get accepted they get to choose the types of classes they want to take. This starts in middle school. Some kids can focus on a Trade route, meaning they can have a certificate in a certain trade by the time they graduate. They can also choose from an Arts route or a College route. It's a neat concept!   I'm so happy for Alec. I know that he is going to crush this job! He has been doing all of the art concepts for so many years now as a graphic designer. Now he gets to teach those things. On top of that I know that the kids will love him. He has a way with kids that makes everyone love Alec. Our nephew Kayden always...

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Happy Birthday to Alec!

08/08/2021

Today is such a special day! It is Alec's birthday! This weekend we did all that we could to celebrate his big day! On top of his birthday, he is starting a new job as an elementary school art teacher. With him being busy decorating his classroom, Saturday we did some shopping. We bought cute 'Welcome' banners and other things! We spend a few hours in his new classroom getting it all ready for the student's return. Saturday night we went out to dinner at one of Alec's favorite places to eat. They are known for their sourdough crust pizza. We met up with a few of his friends. I stayed for dinner and headed home while they hung out and played a few games at the restaurant.    Sunday Alec's parents came over to our house for a cookout. We've been able to see them a lot lately which is nice! We grilled out burgers and had roasted potatoes, broccoli, and chips. For dessert it was homemade banana bread! One of Alec's favorites. After his parents left, Alec was able to relax a little bit while I had one more thing! I make homemade bagels sometimes and Alec's one request a...

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Alec's New Job!

07/07/2021

Today is an exciting day for us, especially Alec! Today is Alec's first day at a new job. He was working as a designer at a graphic design company. He is transitioning into an Elementary School Art Teacher! This is so different from anything he's ever done. He is super techy and typically is doing something on the computer. His design background gives him a ton of experience when it comes to teaching art. He has been practicing and doing all of the things that he will be teaching.   I have no doubt that he will be such an amazing teacher. A lot of being a teacher is knowing the subject of art, which he does, but in my opinion, there's an even bigger aspect to this. THE KIDS! It takes a special person to deal with kids all day, especially around paint, markers, etc. This job is so fitting for Alec because of how he acts with kids. He is patient with them, but even more, he wants to make each kid feel like they can be whoever they want. His big motto is that he wants everyone to walk to the beat of their own drum. He knows that kids are unique and he wants...

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7/24/21 Weekend

07/07/2021

This past weekend was spent in Alec's hometown. Saturday morning we packed our bags and headed out! For the past month or so I have been working with my sister-in-law on hosting a bridal shower. This shower was for Alec's aunt. Her and her fiancé are getting married in August, so Allison (my sister-in-law) planned her shower for this past weekend!    Allison and I ran around all day Saturday, grocery shopping, cutting fruit and veggies, and setting up our decorations in preparation for the shower on Sunday. It was fun because Allison and I don't get a ton of time just the two of us to hang out. She is pregnant and expecting a baby boy in December! This will be Alec and I's second nephew. We got to talk about how she's been feeling and the excitement of all of her doctor's appointments. It is exciting to think about our children growing up and playing together. People keep saying that Alec and I could have a baby before Allison does in December. The thought of that makes me so, so excited, but I know our timing will be perfect.   Sunday came and Allison and I were busy at work again setting up and assembling the sandwiches. It was so fun...

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Summer Desserts 😋

07/07/2021

Oh gosh! When it comes to picking a favorite summer dessert, it is hard to know where to start! I've already shared my ice cream craze as of lately. There are so many fun and summery things to choose from.    For me, one thing that stands out more than anything else would be key lime pie. Yum! I love things with bold flavors whether that be spice or in this case, tart. I think another reason why this is my favorite summer dessert is because of the connection I have with it. My mom and I are always looking for something key lime. Every Christmas we would go to Florida with the basketball team my dad coached. Even though this was in the winter, being in Florida made it a little taste of summer. Everytime we would go to the Publix Grocery Store and find a key lime pie. We would spend the week watching basketball, laying by the pool, and eating the pie! One year I wasn't able to go with the team, my mom brought a pie home! They had to drive that year due to snow, but still, the pie made the 15 hourish journey!   One...

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Our Weekend - Play Ball!

07/07/2021

Every Friday morning Alec wakes up at what feels like the crack of dawn. In reality it's 5am, still super early. This is earlier than the rest of the week because he drives about 20 minutes to a coffee shop where he meets a group of guys. This Men's Group is something with our church, and Alec has been involved for about a year now. Alec absolutely loves being in this group. There's about eight guys all around the same age. One of the other guys is my brother-in-law, Mitchell. It's been a good way for the two of them to get closer. As a group they read parts of the Bible and talk about life stuff. Everyone has their own story, and they are there to support each other.   All of that to say, this weekend Alec was gone for part of it at his Men's Group retreat. They rented a house on a lake and hung out all weekend. Grilling meat, playing golf, and doing guy stuff. Since my brother-in-law was also gone, my sister and I got to spend some time together. Friday after work I stopped and picked up some Chinese food and headed over...

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We're Going to the Zoo!

07/07/2021

My mom used to sing me this song: "We're going to the zoo...zoo...zoo...How about you...you...you...We're going to the zoo...zoo...zoo." I'm sure there's more, but that's all that stuck with me!   Alec and I love the zoo. Even before we were together, we both had stories of how each of us love zoos and animals. Since we've been together we've been to a lot of zoos together. The Beijing, China zoo, Lincoln Park in Chicago, our local zoo, the Cincinnati zoo, the list goes on! We recently watched this show about the San Diego Zoo. Wow! It was so good and the zoo looked amazing! It's now my goal to go to that zoo. Maybe we have high standards for zoos, but whenever we go we always are talking about the types of animals they have and how easy it is to find all the different exhibits. We each have our own animals that we enjoy seeing when we go to the zoo.   My favorite animal is an otter because they are so cute! I first saw an otter when I was a teenager on a family vacation in Alaska. Ever since then I have loved them! They love to be with someone,...

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Fourth of July Weekend

07/07/2021

Sunday was the 4th of July. Summer is in full swing and so is the hot weather! Around our area, the past few weeks have been gloomy and rainy. This has taken time away from me and Alec's yard work. Don't get me wrong, I don't really like doing yard work, but it's a must if you want to keep your house and yard looking clean.   Saturday Alec and I got up bright and early to stain our deck. We spent our day doing that and other things in the yard after our 10 days of rain. Sunday our church had an outdoor service. They usually do this a handful of times throughout the year. It was nice and hot out during that service! With Sunday being the 4th, it was nice to be outside though!    Sunday evening Alec and I went over to my sister, Cassie's, house. Every July Fourth her and her husband have their friends over. This was our second year going. We went and stayed for dinner. While we were there I was able to play with my nephew Kayden. Together we swang on his brand new swing set. We also did a sparkler together! It took me a little...

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Summer Time Fun at the Pool

07/07/2021

For both me and Alec, going to the pool when we were younger was always a big part of summer. Alec's grandparents have a pool, so he's spent years enjoying summertime fun there! He shared stories that he has had countless birthday parties at the pool (his birthday is August 2). Since his birthday was always in the summer, he talks about how he would have friends over to the pool for the day. As he got older, he told me other stories about using the pool. As a college track athlete, practicing never went away. He said that he had a route around his town that he would run, but the ending would not be back at this house. Instead the ending point was his grandparent's pool. He would reward himself with a chilly swim after his workout!   I didn't grow up with any family members that had pools, but I did have a friend with a pool. We would swim for hours. Looking bad in photos I was always so tan, and I guess that's why! We spent every second we could out there playing different games. One game was trying to land on a pool floatie without falling. As we got...

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Ice Cream Season

06/06/2021

It's no secret that summer is in full swing! With the Fourth of July this coming weekend, summer is finally here in Northern Indiana. During the summer months I feel like my cravings for ice cream skyrocket! That can't just be me...right?! Some of my favorite memories growing up include ice cream. We have a place around town that serves a Peanut Butter Mountain. It is probably my all time favorite! It's vanilla custard, a TON of melted peanut butter, peanuts, whipped cream, and a cherry. Sadly, I haven't had one yet this summer, but I will by the time summer ends! Closer to our house we have another shop. This one has homemade ice cream, so that's our new spot. They have flavors like banana fosters, blueberry cheesecake, Amish peanut butter, and so on. I could go on forever! We've made an after dinner trip there a handful of times, and each time it never lets me down! Some of my favorite flavors there are the lemon, blueberry cheesecake, or the Amish peanut butter. It gets even better! They have flights of ice cream there! Typically you see a flight of something in terms of beer. It's four or...

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Father's Day Weekend

06/06/2021

This past weekend was Father’s Day weekend. Alec and I had a full busy weekend ahead of us. We started off on Friday going to the town where he grew up. We got to visit with his mom and stepdad on Friday. We ate dinner and then went out for ice cream! On Saturday we went to his grandparent's pool. At the pool we got to see his grandparents, his brother, and sister-in-law. It was our first pool day of the summer! We even got our dog Annie to swim!    On Sunday we served coffee at church and then headed out to lunch with my side of the family. We all went to Buffalo Wild Wings where we got to hang out together. My nephew, Kayden, was all over the place, trying to make sure he got to sit in everyone's lap. He is going to be such an amazing cousin one day!   It was a busy weekend, but nonetheless we enjoyed celebrating all the dads in our lives! This includes Alec's dad, stepdad, my dad, and my brother-in-law, Mitchell. Hopefully next Father’s Day we will be able to celebrate Alec as a dad!

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Our Weekend

06/06/2021

Our weekend was nice and laid back! We knew this going into the weekend, and we were so excited!   Friday night Alec and I went out for a date night. We tried a new brewery in town. Going to breweries is something we love to do together. If it's some place we've never been, we like to split a flight. This is typically 5 small portion beers. This way we get to try a lot of what that brewery has. For dinner Alec ordered a smash burger with a fried egg on top. It looked really good! I ordered a black bean salad with lime cilantro vinaigrette topped with grilled chicken. It was one of the best salads I've ever had!   Saturday morning I woke up and met up with my sister. We went to the local Farmer's Market. It was the first time I have been there. There, I bought a bag of coffee beans and a few kinds of tea bags. I love my coffee and tea! The rest of the day Alec and I hung out and relaxed around the house.   Sunday we went to church followed by going to my parents house. Alec has been working on a project at their house,...

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Sweet Summertime!

06/06/2021

I love summer! Not as much as fall, but summer is a close second. One thing I love to do in the summer is to host. I love having people over for a cookout! Alec will do all the grilling and I handle everything inside. Last summer we put together a meal that is our go to summer cookout meal! I think last year we had this meal 3 or 4 times when we had people over. It's amazing! Here's the meal!   Chips, guacamole, and salsa Corn salad Shredded chicken tacos with any topping you can think of Mexican hot chocolate cookies for dessert   So good! I feel like I have to share what makes the meal so good. When getting ready to grill the chicken, I will marinate the chicken in a packet of hot and spicy taco seasoning with some lime juice. It's so simple, but so good! The next is the corn salad. I feel like you hear corn salad and it sounds boring, but no! Everytime I make it, people are raving about it! Here it is!   2 cans of corn, drained 1/2 purple onion, diced 1 green pepper, diced cherry tomatoes, halved 1 t...

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Our Weekend

06/06/2021

This Memorial Day weekend was full of family activities. Before the family events started, my mom and I went to a baby shower for one of my friends. Taylor and I studied abroad together in college. Her and her husband are expecting their little girl in July! It was so fun to be able to see Taylor and catch up. It's crazy how many baby things I've had lately!   After the baby shower, my family had a birthday party for my dad. We went to a party close to my sister's house. It was both of my parents, my uncle, Cassie (my sister), her husband, and then my nephew, along with me and Alec. We had a picnic at the park and hung out. Kayden, my nephew, played on the playground. After a while we drove back to my sister's house. Instead of a cake we did a fruit pizza. So good! We gave my dad his birthday gifts and then played some more! When it was time for Kayden to go to bed we left.    Our last activity of the weekend was Alec's brother's birthday party. Alec's dad remarried and has a 12 year old son. Sometimes people think...

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Memorial Day Traditions

05/05/2021

With Memorial Day being this coming Monday, I thought I'd talk about traditions of past Memorial Days.   When I was a really little girl, my town put on a Memorial Day parade. Actually, I think they still do this every year! Growing up my family and I would always go to this parade. It would  last all morning. By the time it was over, my family would walk just a few blocks to my grandparents house (my dad's parents). We would eat lunch together. Memorial Day was the first summer activity. In addition to that, it always lands around my dad's birthday.    Since my grandparents have both passed away, our weekend looks different. In the past big chunk of years, we always do the same thing. Have a cookout. That is the one thing that stays the same. Sometimes it varies on where it is. Some years it's at my parent's house and sometimes it's at my sister's house.   This year we are doing Memorial Day and my dad's birthday together again. This time we are picnicing at a park and then doing dessert at my sister's house. We are getting our summer kicked off the right way!    The...

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Favorite Music Artist

05/05/2021

When it comes to music, I tend to listen to the same group of artists. If I had to categorize the type of music I listen to, it would be folk pop. I think that is the best way to describe it! In high school I would jam out to any country and throw in some Chris Brown or Trey Songz. As I've gotten older, I enjoy music that is more mellow and relaxing. That makes me feel so old! Despite that being my preference, my favorite music artist, EVER, is Ben Rector. He is still fairly small, but I'd say he's getting bigger. I love his music so much that Alec and I incorporated a handful of songs into our wedding day. He has a good mix of fun, super upbeat songs, as well as some mellow ones. There's not a ton of people I've met that know who he is, but I've never met someone that knew about him, and didn't like his music. Back in 2018, a few months before Alec and I got married, Alec got me tickets to his concert for my birthday. He had just released a new album. Over the years Alec has really...

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Becoming an Aunt & Uncle Round 2!

05/05/2021

Alec and I found out some exciting news that we can finally share. Alec's younger brother and his wife are expecting their first baby! We found out about a month or so ago when we went to visit. At this time it was still too early to share with the public. Alec and I first became an uncle and aunt two years ago when my sister had Kayden. Kayden was the first grandchild on my side of the family and he just turned two on May 4th.   Ian and Allison, Alec's brother and his wife, are due early December. This will be the first grandchild on Alec's side of the family. I keep going back and forth on whether I think it's a girl or a boy. I can't decide! My mother-in-law and I have already begun thinking about shower dates for Allison.   It's such exciting news, especially since we are adopting. We have no timeline, but obviously we hope that our baby and their baby are close in age! I didn't grow up with any cousins, so I am extremely excited to be able to provide cousins for my children. I already know that Kayden will be a great...

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Our Weekend

05/05/2021

We knew going into this weekend that we would be busy. Saturday we drove about an hour and a half to meet Alec's parent's for lunch. We didn't drive all the way to his hometown, but we met in a bigger city for a few hours. We try to see his side at least once a month, if not more, especially in the summer months. It's easier with no snow, and there's so much more to do in the summer. We're going again in a couple weeks. Maybe by then his Grandparents' pool will be open! That's one of our favorite things to do in the summer! Sunday we knew we were going to have nice weather. For the past week I've had to put my flowers outside during the day, then at night bring them in due to colder temperatures. That was not fun! Starting this weekend though, we could finally leave them out! We dedicated all day to working outside. We finished my small garden. It's my first year so we'll see how everything turns out! I've planted zucchini, strawberries, peppers, and then herbs like oregano, basil, rosemary, and parsley. I'm so excited! My mom used to garden...

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Throwback Music & Photos

05/05/2021

I recently started working from home which has been amazing! I knew I would enjoy it, but I didn't know I would. I am able to get my work done, but also be able to let Annie, our dog, out and stuff like that. With being home, I've been listening to all kinds of music. In the office setting you can't really listen to anything out loud. Being home, I've had my Spotify open at all times. I've been exploring some old favorites that take me back! People like Avril Lavigne, Fall Out Boy, and Boys Like Girls. All of these people take me back and it's crazy how music can do this! In combination with the music, I was going through my pictures to clear some stuff out. I wish I could share all the childhood and teenager pictures with you! Some are so cute and others are embarrassing...to say the least. These pictures take me back to that specific time frame. High school formals and proms, football games, and the friends that I thought would last a lifetime. The super old pictures show that my mom LOVED to have my sister and I match clothing. Haha! Pictures of...

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Home Improvement Projects

05/05/2021

Alec and I love to tackle small home improvement projects. We are nowhere near the skill level of the people you see on TV, rather we do the non-structural things like redecorating, redoing the flooring, and my personal favorite, adding a coffee bar. Alec and I moved into the house we live in back in January of 2020. Fast forward a few months and we were home. All the time. We personally loved this time because this gave us the chance to redo some things. We added on to our deck in the backyard, along with landscaping around the house. Inside we have painted every. single. room. in the house...except for one room, Alec's office area. Early summer last year, Alec had an idea to put in a coffee bar/redo the pantry.  Our pantry had folding doors with wire shelving. It was his idea to put in cabinets with butcher block countertops and then to have our pantry be in the cabinets, and also in the shelving. I had no clue if he could do this, but he proved me wrong! We picked out a cool geometric wallpaper for the back of the coffee bar, we stained some wood for...

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Mother's Day

05/05/2021

If I am being completely honest, I used to not care about Mother's Day. Growing up I feel like it is normal to not think about what it really means, or to realize how much your parental figure actually does for you. Over the years, I've learned how much my mom has sacrificed for me. I've seen the qualities my mom has, and how they have shaped who I am. Yesterday, Mother's Day, hit a little differently than any other Mother's Day in the past. It was the first Mother's Day where I was ready. I was ready not only to be a mom, but ready to endure the struggles that come with it. It's no secret that adoption is hard. No matter what angle you are coming from. Each angle comes with its own struggles and challenges.  I recently saw a couple announce that they are adopting. In their post, they said "twice loved." This really hit for me. That child will be twice loved. Once by the birth mother and another by my husband and I. That baby, whenever it happens, will be twice loved. That doesn't even go into the love he or she will get from...

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Cinco de Mayo

05/05/2021

A few days ago was Cinco de Mayo. I have always been fascinated by other cultures. That's one of the main reasons why I love to travel. Being able to view the world in that culture is enriching, and just fun! Going along with my love of other cultures is my love for food. Yes, food of any culture. I will admit that sometimes I am scared to try new things, and some things I know I will never like, like fish. I've never liked fish, and I don't think I ever will. Going back to food, that is also one of my favorite aspects of traveling. Yes, we have Chinese places here to eat, but nothing compares to sitting in a food alley with a bunch of street vendors eating chicken fried rice. It's just not the same in America. With that being said, I've been to Mexico a few times, but never in the heart of the city. It is on my bucket list to get to Mexico City. I love the feel and the vibe of the culture. The music is fun, the people are so nice from my experience, and the food!  I've had my fair...

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Ice Cream Weather

05/05/2021

I love this time of year! It means I can FINALLY start planting flowers and veggies. It also means that I can have ice cream without freezing my butt off! Last night Alec and I went to a local ice cream store. Since moving to our town, we have tried to find the local hot spots. This ice cream place is one of them! We have been there a lot in the past year and it never lets you down! They make all their own flavors, and it's a fun atmosphere. Prior to last night I've tried flavors like Amish Peanut Butter, Blueberry Cheesecake, and Coffee Brownie! Most of the time we go I get a dish because I can then justify having two scoops!  Last night I decided to go big or go home...two scoops AND a waffle cone! I had two flavors I've never had there before, and again, it was not a let down! Last night I got Oatmeal Cream Pie and Lemon Cheesecake. WOW! There's something about ice cream that takes you back to being a little kid. It's always fun, no matter how old you are. This is something we will be doing as a...

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Kayden's Birthday Party!

05/05/2021

This past weekend was filled with so much joy! My sister and her husband have a little boy, Kayden. This weekend we celebrated his second birthday! Kayden is both mine and Alec's first niece/nephew. He has brought me so much joy over the past two years!  Currently, Kayden is learning to say Aunt Hannah and Uncle Alec, as well as "Annie" who is our dog. He LOVES balls. My sister wanted to have a ball themed birthday party. In preparation I made a ball garland that is shown in the picture. I also made the 2 in the background. In addition to all of these ball decorations, my mom made a bunch of ball shaped foods like a cheese ball, melon balls, etc. Outside we had a small ball pit for Kayden. Watching him run and jump into the ball pit was one of the happiest things I've seen in a while. The pure joy on his face while he jumped in was amazing. Alec and I got him a play grill set as his gift. This came with a spatula, hot dogs, burgers, and so on. He loves this! Kayden had so many presents since my brother-in-law has a...

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Baseball Season!

04/04/2021

Baseball season is well underway! I am by no means a hard-core baseball fan. I understand the game, but I don't keep track of stats, team records, etc. I do however love going to baseball games. We have a minor baseball team nearby that makes it super easy to catch a game. Once and a while Alec and I will plan a trip to see a major league game. Growing up, my team was the White Sox. At that time I knew everyone on the team and the positions that they played. Getting to Chicago was an easy trip, so my family would make it to at least one game a year. The summer going into 6th grade I broke my wrist playing basketball. It was an awful way to spend the summer. That summer my family and I went to the White Sox game and my broken arm helped me out! We had gotten there early enough to watch batting practice. One of the players came over to me, signed my cast, and gave me a ball. So cool! Another summer my sister and I were watching the pitchers warm up and she was pushing me. The pitching coach...

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Our Weekend

04/04/2021

This weekend I had my friend, Jessalyn, come visit. We met in grad school in 2017. We were going through the same program in school, so we instantly hit it off. She was in my wedding, and has been a constant support in so many areas of life. She got to our house Friday evening. It was so good to see her and catch up. We get to see each other every 3ish months. Saturday morning we went to a local coffee shop and hung out. It's really nice because not only is she my friend, but her and Alec are really close too. It's nice to be able to have all of us hang out, rather than having her come to only see me. Jessalyn was one of a few people we asked to do a reference for us. This reference was used at the very beginning of our adoption process with our agency. She knows both Alec and I so well individually and as a couple.  Sunday we went to church and then out for breakfast. It was a laid back weekend, but it was filled with so much at the same time. Good friends are hard to...

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Earth Day

04/04/2021

Yesterday was Earth Day. I love being outside. Even if it is here in Indiana, I still love doing all things outdoors. It is an added bonus when I get to go explore nature. Growing up, my family went on summer vacations. These vacations were not beach vacations, but rather hiking and sightseeing. At the time I was not thrilled with walking everyday on vacation, but now, I love it!  There is something about nature that brings me a sense of peace. When life feels overwhelming, I try to escape into some aspect of nature. In my travels with my family, and more recently with Alec, I love seeing the grand things like waterfalls and the Grand Canyon. I loved seeing frozen waterfalls in Iceland and the red rock out in Arizona. Recently though I've really fallen in love with water. I think there's an explanation for why water is soothing, but for me, it's just simply relaxing. The photo attached is in Banff National Park. I love this lake. It is both grand and tranquil. This will forever be one of my favorite places in the world. Over our Anniversary, November 10, Alec and I went to his grandparents...

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Such Exciting Times

04/04/2021

Lately we have found out that a lot of our friends are expecting babies. With Alec being 29 and me being 26, it's that time of life! I remember graduating from college and everyone was getting married. During that time period that was the thing to do! We were both at the stage of life where we had weddings like crazy for a few years. We got married in 2018, and I would say since then the weddings have stopped. We were at the tail end of the wedding phase. Now fast forward a few years and we're in the next stage. Now it's the babies! Last night Alec and I went over to a friend's house. Him and his wife are expecting! Our friend, Pat, is the person that married Alec and me. It's so cool to see such close friends going through this journey. Alec and Pat have been friends since college track. I knew him growing up, but didn't really become friends with him until we studied abroad together. Alec, Pat, and I got really close that semester, which led to Pat being our wedding officiant. Besides that couple, there are a handful of other people expecting...

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Our Weekend

04/04/2021

This past weekend was full of activities! We've had a few relaxing weekends leading up to what we knew would be busy. Friday night we went to dinner with a group of friends, celebrating one of our friend's birthdays. After dinner we went bowling. It was nice to get out and do something like this again. It's been a long time since we've been able to do something like that, indoors!  Saturday we headed out for the rest of the weekend to Alec's hometown. It takes us about two hours to get there, so it's not terrible. We stay with his mom and step-dad when we go. When we got there we talked and caught up on things and ate lunch. They always make the best food! Whenever we go, they like to show us what they have added to their "grandchild" collection. Between me and Alec and the adoption and Alec's brother and his wife, it's just a matter of time until there's a grandchild in the picture! It's fun to think about whenever that happens for both of us! Saturday night me and Alec, his mom and step-dad, his brother and sister-in-law, both of his grandparents, and his...

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Spring Break Trips

04/04/2021

I think Spring Break around us was a few weeks ago. Growing up I never did the things my friends did. A lot of my friends had an annual spot their families would go to each Spring Break. Growing up as a coaches daughter, my dad was always in season. He was a men's basketball and track and field coach for 20+ years.  One Spring Break, my sophomore year of highschool was different though. My dad was recruiting someone from LA, so he thought that when she committed to the school, we would fly out there. We stayed with her family, and now fast forward ten years, our families are super close! That year I visited LA for the first time. I saw the Hollywood sign, the star walk thing downtown Hollywood, and most importantly, Disneyland! The girl that we went out to see actually worked at Disneyland, so her family was able to get us tickets. The one downside was that earlier that winter I had foot surgery, so I was walking around in a boot. Regardless of that, it was so amazing! That's my favorite Spring Break trip so far. One day I would like to start a...

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Spring Sounds

04/04/2021

It's now mid April and I feel like Spring has sprung! It's in full Spring mode now. Except I just looked at the weather for the week and I can see temps in the 40's...but I'm going to pretend that's wrong! With Spring here, there comes a lot of new things that need to be done. Mowing, trimming, flowers, gardening, etc. I love it all! Except the weeds! Growing up I used to think my mom was so dramatic when she talked about the weeds in the yard, but here I am, complaining about the weeds! It's funny how life goes. A few weeks ago I talked about both mine and Alec's favorite Spring smells. Another aspect that I think gets overlooked are the sounds of Spring. Alec wasn't too into this one, so I'll just share my top five! 1. Birds! I used to hate this! There's something about hearing the birds in the morning, or throughout the day. It sounds happy, and not to mention that now that I have my bird feeder out that typically means there's a lot of birds eating from it! 2. The mower. I know this is strange. I get it. But when...

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Easter

04/04/2021

This past Sunday was Easter! It was also our Sunday to serve coffee at church. We are really starting to get involved at the church. It's nice to get to know people rather than showing up every Sunday and not knowing anyone. After church Alec and I had my parents and my uncle over for lunch. My sister, brother-in-law, and nephew went to my brother-in-law's family's house, so it was a small gathering this time. We had a bagel sandwich bar. It's so easy to do, and everyone can make what they want! On top of everything, it was such a nice day outside! We were able to sit outside and hang out for a while.  My mom gave us the cutest little gift. She gave us a baby book to add to our collection. It's about the smallest things that someone does, that can still make a huge difference in the world. It's a cute story. She also included two bunnies. They both sing Jesus Loves Me. One is blue and one is pink. She wanted to make sure we were ready regardless if it's a boy or a girl. We've gotten gifts for the baby before, but this...

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Spring Activities

03/03/2021

Spring is here, and it's still chilly out, but it'll be getting warmer soon! In the past few blogs I've mentioned how I've been getting into gardening. Along with trying to figure out how to garden, there are a lot of other springtime activities that I love! When spring rolls around there are certain things that I love! Alec too!  My favorite springtime activities: 1. Getting the outside ready! Our backyard is amazing! We have tons of space, and with that, we've created such a welcoming desk. I love pulling out our grill and patio furniture. To me this means that good times are ahead! 2. Going on walks. I love going on walks year-round, but there's something different about going on walks in the spring. The air is refreshing and it's not hot yet. 3. Spring cleaning. I sound like such a nerd, but I love spring cleaning. Every spring I love going through stuff to see what we can get rid of. I try to take a few bags to Goodwill each year. This is also the one time a year our house gets a deep cleaning. I clean throughout the year, but during the spring everything gets...

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Smells of Spring

03/03/2021

It's been rainy here the past few days, but that's just a sign that spring is here! It's not April yet, but I'd like to think that late-March showers bring even earlier May flowers. About four years ago between graduating college and starting grad school I worked at a flower nursery. I had no clue that I would fall in love with flowers and anything garden related. Even though I worked there, I'd say my garden skills are very amiture. Spring has so much more than flowers though. Alec and I have come up with our top 5 smells of spring! Hannah's:  1. Flowers! This one is a given. Walking into greenhouses is heaven. The fresh flower smell never gets old! 2. Lilac. A little different from flowers :) I have a lilac bush that I'm waiting for it to bloom! 3. Rain. Weird? Probably! There's something refreshing about the smell of a good rainfall. 4. Grilling out! After being inside all winter, I LOVE the smell of someone grilling out! 5. Lemon. It smells clean, but it's also fruity and citrusy. Even better is my lemon-lavender candle!    Alec's: 1. Fresh cut grass. I think this is an adult...

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Spring Is Near!

03/03/2021

Lately we have had amazing weather! It feels like spring out and it makes me so happy! I used to be the person that loved fall and the rest of the seasons were just okay. Now, I still love fall, but spring is a close second. I've gotten into gardening. Last year I started out with growing cooking herbs such as basil, oregano, and a few others. This year I have decided to step up my game! Alec is such a handyman. He looked up how to build me a raised garden bed. We went to Lowes and about two hours later my garden box was built! It's still too early to start planting, but the wheels are turning in my head. I'm planning out what I want to plant, but it gets hard! Did you know that certain plants don't get along!? Who knew. On the flip side, there are plants that are "companions." Meaning that they do well off being planted near each other.  This year my goal is to grow strawberries, parsley, oregano, rosemary, bell peppers, basil, and green beans. I have such a good plan in my head, now all I have to do is plant!...

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March Madness!

03/03/2021

We had a weekend that was full of Spring and basketball. First and foremost, right now the NCAA March Madness Tournament is going on. I grew up around sports. My dad was a college basketball coach for the first 23 years of my life. This means that we LOVE this time of year. Especially this year since the tournament didn't happen last year. Each year we individually fill out a bracket with our predictions. Each year I think "this is going to be my year!" Each year it is not my year! As a family, whoever loses has to get a whipped cream pie to the face! The winner gets to be the one that delivers that pie! I've gotten the pie once, but I've also given the pie once. It's such a fun family tradition.  This weekend Alec and I spent every second watching basketball when it was on. Going from game to game seeing our bracket get worse and worse. At the end of the day it's fun to have this as a family tradition, even though I may be getting the pie this year! In case anyone follows basketball, I have Baylor winning it all. I'm a...

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Our Trip To AZ

03/03/2021

Last week Alec and I took a trip to Arizona! This was the first trip we have taken since 2019 when we went to Italy. We flew into Phoenix and then drove up to Sedona. This area is so beautiful! There are so many hikes to choose from. At the end of the trip we calculated about 35 miles of hiking in just 4 days. Needless to say the first few days we overdid it! My feet and toes were not happy! We saw some amazing things while we were hiking. The red rock is stunning. It was also the perfect weather! 70 and sunny! Along with all our hiking, of course we had to stop at some amazing places to eat. It was only right! We had wood fired oven pizza one night. Italian with a view another night. Another area we could resist is coffee. We love our coffee! I loved trying several different coffee shops in different towns.  All in all we had an amazing trip. It was so nice to get away for a few days, just the two of us. We kept talking about how that was probably the last trip with just the two...

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Our Weekend

03/03/2021

This past weekend we had a busy few days! The main thing we had going though was that Alec's mom and step-dad came up to visit us. They live 2 hours from where we do. We live in Indiana, so that 2 hour drive is a straight shot and has a lot of corn fields!  When they arrived at our house they had so many goodies for us! His mom is the queen of gift giving. We had small Valentine's Day gifts, some miscellaneous stuff, but we also had something for the nursery. This mom bought the cutest basket. It's wicker and gray and matches our arctic theme perfectly! The basket is already housing some stuffed animals. One of which Shawna, his mom, bought. She gave us a little teddy bear that is adorable!  In addition to those few things, she also gave us two baby books. One of those is a Bob Ross book. Alec and I love watching Bob Ross. I have found that the sounds his brushes make are soothing. I often put Bob Ross on TV to try and go to sleep! This baby book goes through all the colors that he uses in his paintings....

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They're Back

02/02/2021

Alec LOVES Shamrock Shakes. It is so funny! Even before we were dating, I remember him getting these all the time. He said that he has even bought two at a time and put one in the freezer for later! I mean, during the holidays he's obsessed with peppermint, so I guess the mint isn't too far off. I saw that McDonald's released the shakes. Last year when they released them, I kidnapped Alec, and by kidnap, I mean I made him get in the car without knowing where we were going! I drove him to McDonalds to get his first shake of the season. This year I couldn't believe that we missed opening day. We went all weekend forgetting to get one. Monday night after dinner I told Alec we were going on a small field trip, this year, he knew what that meant. This is the one time a year I get a shake as well. They're okay, but one holds me over for the year. He loves it though! I guess you could call it a small tradition. We'll have to see how many he gets this year. Last year he said he had 8, which is not...

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Our Weekend

02/02/2021

I have a friend that I went to Grad School with that was supposed to come visit for the weekend. Last minute we had to reschedule, so this changed what our weekend looked like. I feel like a lot of people stay in during the winter months. During the summer we are doing so many things, but come winter, you can find us snuggled up in the house. This was us on Saturday. We did some things around the house, including working on our puzzle. This is the puzzle we started with our adoption fundraiser. It is a 1,000 piece puzzle that has taken us forever. Well, we finally finished it! We discovered that neither of us are good at puzzles, but finishing this made us both so happy! We now get to glue it and hang it in the nursery!  On Sunday we went to church and then we went to lunch with a few of our friends from church. After that we hung out for a while and then went over to my parent's house. They are getting ready to have Alec build them a giant fireplace area. Alec is so good at that stuff. I like to...

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Girl Scout Cookies

02/02/2021

I had no idea that these were out....but they are! Oh wow I have learned that Alec is OBSESSED with these. Starting from the beginning, a few days ago my mom told me that she knew someone that could get the goods (the cookies). Alec told me he wanted FIVE BOXES! Haha I'm not even kidding. I remember while we were dating he always found ways to get the cookies, but man 5 boxes is a lot! That evening we looked up all of the flavors to see how many boxes we were going to get. Here are each of our top three flavors. Alec: 1. Caramel DeLites 2. Peanut Butter Patties 3. Thin Mints   Hannah: 1. Peanut Butter Patties 2. Lemonades 3. Girl Scout Smore's  Here's the thing though. I've never had my number 2 or 3, but they sound amazing! The new Toast-Yay also sounds really good. The kinds I've gotten in the past have not been my favorite. Especially the Caramel DeLites. I hate the texture of coconut. I love the flavor, but I can't do the texture. After this very long discussion, and realizing that we were about to spend $20 on cookies....our final order...

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Valentine's Day Weekend

02/02/2021

This past weekend was Valentine's Day. Since Alec and I already did our Valentine's Day things, this weekend was pretty mello. We used a gift card and went to dinner at Red Lobster Friday night. Alec loves fish and chips. I'm not so much of a seafood person, but none-the-less, it's a free date night! We were not thinking very smart though, we thought we could get by without a reservation...on a Friday night...on Valentine's Day weekend. That was just silly haha. We had to wait an hour!  Saturday we made a few things to do, but other than that we relaxed. Sunday was our week to serve coffee at church. By this time, we have our system down. Alec gets the coffee brewing while I set up the tables. It's fun for us and we make a pretty good team :) We attend the same church as my family. It is nice that we get to see them once a week. Yesterday, my sweet nephew, Kayden, gave us a little Valentine's Day gift. Him and my sister made cake pops and he also gave us a little paper heart.  The more time I spend with my nephew, the more...

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Valentine's Day

02/02/2021

This Valentine's Day is a little bit different for us. We are doing a date night at some point. We got so many gift cards for Christmas, so we think we'll make reservations for one of those places. We have already given our gifts to each other. This Valentine's Day feels different though. I remember in 1st grade I had a crush on a boy in my class. A big crush. In elementary school we had Valentine's Day parties where we ate a bunch of sugar and exchanged cards with each other. Well, I wanted to do more. My mom allowed me to buy this kid a bottle of M&M's. I was so excited. And also very nervous. I'm sure it was obvious that I liked him, but I was still nervous. There I was in 1st grade, thinking I was head over heels, so excited and nervous. That's kind of the same feeling I have now. Excited and nervous. We know that we can be matched at any time. This Valentine's Day I'm excited to meet the birth mother. I'm also nervous, but it's a good nervous. Alec and I are already so in love with this baby. We...

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Family Weekend

02/02/2021

This past weekend was full of fun activities! Saturday morning Alec surprised me with an early Valentine's Day gift. He made a reservation for me to get a 60 minute massage. Wow, it was much needed. I've gotten a massage one other time, but this time was amazing. After my spa visit it took me out for brunch. We went to a place I've been once before. There were so many breakfast choices! I knew we had a big eating day ahead of us, so I couldn't get too crazy. Alec on the other hand went crazy. He ordered stuffed french toast with peanut butter and bananas. WOW. It was so amazing. So rich, but so yummy. I ordered an omelet with asiago cheese, spinach, and peppers. It had to be the best omelet I've ever had. We splurged and went to brunch which was a perfect start to the weekend. Later that day we had plans with my family. Each season, so four times a year, we do a progressive dinner. We typically would go to my parent's house, our house, and then my sister's house. This time we decided to go down to two houses. We did an appetizer and...

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Snowy Weekend

02/02/2021

This past weekend was so snowy. It was a good weekend to stay in! Before the snow started, Alec and I had a few things we did. Friday night I went over to a friends house. We were getting ready for her daughter's 2nd birthday party the following day. We caught up and made the cutest Minnie Mouse cupcakes. It was really nice to be able to hangout together and just catch up on life. The following day Alec and I did some house work Saturday morning. Weekends are our time to get the house clean and ready for the next week. Saturday afternoon Alec and I went to the birthday party. The Minnie Mouse theme was adorable. We got to watch my friend's daughter open her gifts. We were able to hang out and mingle with our friends and their families. We ate the Minnie Mouse cupcakes with some ice cream. It was a good time! Saturday night the snow started. We hunkered down and stayed indoors. I was able to catch up on some work around the house. Saturday night I put Friends on the TV and just hung out. It was perfect.  Sunday we stayed in, except...

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Our Painting

01/01/2021

A few weeks back I talked about my current favorite small business and how this small business owner was painting Alec and me something for the nursery. Well....we got the painting. And WOW! It is stunning.  Previously I shared about our nursery and how it is complete. Well, this painting really completes it. If you look at this piece of art, not only will you see a beautfil Northern Light painting, but you see so much more. The artist that painted this, do so for our future child. She painting this knowing that this piece would hang above the crib that will one day be for our little one. Olivia Rae Alexander did such an amazing job.

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Our 1 Year Mark

01/01/2021

Today, January 27 marks one year that Alec and I have been in our current house. Rewind to late October 2019. Alec and I had just both accepted jobs in my hometown. At that time Alec and I were living in his hometown, about two hours away from where I am from. That November, we moved in with my parents while we were closing on our old house, and our new house. That time of year is crazy to be buying/selling homes. With all the holidays, it drug our process out.  Finally, January 27, 2020 came around and we signed papers that day. We officially had sold our old house and were in our new one! Little did we know that this was perfect timing because we would spend about 100 days in our new house during the shut down and such. In just a year we have accomplished so much in our home! We painted every single wall, except for one room. Alec redid the flooring and he built a built-in coffee bar where we use to have a pantry. Together we did a ton of outside work and landscaping. We put that down time to good use! We often miss...

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Our Weekend & The Travel Bug

01/01/2021

It feels like the weekends come and go! We had one last free weekend for a while and it was amazing.  Saturday I went to a local coffee shop and got coffee with my mom. It was nice to catch up with her for a little bit. I love my coffee. Saturday I ordered an Americano with caramel flavoring. Americano is espresso mixed with hot water, aka, so much caffeine! I could feel the caffeineas I drank it. To go with my coffee I got a raspberry muffin. It was the perfect way to start my weekend. While I did this, Alec went to breakfast with an old co-worker. He LOVES french toast, so of course he got that. He said it hit the spot.  It was cold outside, but the sun was out. This meant that we bundled up and took a walk with our dog, Annie. It felt so good to be outside and walking again, despite the fact that it was 35 degrees. In the spring, summer, and fall, we take walks all the time. We live in a housing edition that is currently building new homes. We love walking by and seeing the progress they've made...

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This or That

01/01/2021

Sometimes when Alec and I are hanging out watching TV or whatever it may be, we play a game called This or That. I'm not sure if it's a real game or if Alec made it up, but regardless it's fun for us! We found ourselves playing this last night for a long time! Below were some of the topics we covered, as well as our answers! Dog or Cat? Hannah- Dog / Alec- Cat Phone Call or Text? Hannah- Phone Call / Alec- Text New Clothes or New Phone? Hannah- Clothes / Alec- Phone Hamburger or Taco? Hannah- Taco / Alec- Taco Pancak or Waffle? Hannah- Pancake / Alec- Waffle Ocean or Mountains? Hannah- Mountains / Alec- Ocean TV Shows or Movies? Hannah- TV Shows / Alec- TV Shows Pandas or Whales? Hannah- Pandas / Alec- Whales Scooby Doo or Tom and Jerry? Hannah- Tom and Jerry / Alec- Scooby Doo   The list goes on and on! There not really a rhyme or reason in why we do this, it's just fun! Even though we're married and sometimes it feels like we know everything about each other, these fun and simple games is a way for us to...

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Work Life Balance

01/01/2021

Just in a day's time there is so much that we do. Both Alec and I have full time jobs, we have a somewhat social life, and we have family. I feel like the question that has been around forever is, how do you balance all of these areas? I honestly don't think there is a right way. I don't think that the way I try to balance everything would work for someone else. It just depends on your life. Since right now it is just Alec and me this may be a little easier, but don't get me wrong we're still busy! We have the same work schedule so that's nice! What we have started doing to help balance things has really helped us, not only as a couple but as individuals as well. I used to roll out of bed, get ready, and get out the door for work. I was tired and always eating breakfast on the go. A handful of months ago Alec and I started getting up earlier and sitting down to eat breakfast together. I feel like this is really uncommon with couples. It has been amazing! Of course I had to get used...

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Our Weekend

01/01/2021

We are enjoying our down weekends while we can. Here soon we get really busy. This weekend we had a good mix of doing things around the house and relaxing. We are currently working on a 1,000 piece puzzle. It's a lot! We did this puzzle as an adoption fundraiser. Now all we have to do is put it together. It's going slow, but good. I'd say we're about 25% done.  Alec enjoys his computer and hanging out in his home office. He got a chance to do that this weekend. While he did that I tried to make a few new things in the kitchen. I really enjoy trying new foods whether it's baking or cooking. Saturday I tried making fafel for the first time. I think once I get the other components of the meal it'll be really good! And it was super easy. Sunday I really got out of my comfort zone and attempted to make bagels from scratch. I've made homemade bread, but I have a bread maker that does all the work. Not this time! This time it was all me. Surprisingly, they turned out! As you can see in the photo, they may be...

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Photo Collage

01/01/2021

The photos attached in this blog post are very special to us. When we started our adoption process, we wanted to put together a collage that represented us well. It is so hard to share your life in just one profile. We wanted to be able to provide birth mothers with a real representation of who we are, both as individuals and as a couple. Not only that, but we wanted to be able to share our families, activities we enjoy, and overall a snapshot into our lives. We searched all of our photos and then had to narrow them down. As you can see, we did have A LOT of pictures we included. Travel - We have so many pictures of our travels. Those are memories we will cherish forever. There's some of the Great Wall of China, New Zealand, Iceland, the Grand Canyon, Oregon, Thailand. There's so many of these pictures that have stories behind them.  Our pets - Our pets are a big part of our family, so our course we had to include them. Annie, our dog, is such a diva and she knows it. She is kind of the best fur friend around. Moses, our...

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Small Business

01/01/2021

In the past few years I feel like small businesses have been popping up everywhere. I love it. Coffee shops. Photographers. Artists. It's everywhere. One of my favorites would have to be Oliva Rae Alexander. She is an artist and a friend. Alec and I have a few things from her. She also did some calligraphy work for our wedding which was beautiful! I love the stuff she's done for us, but the past item we received from her has been the best. For Christmas, my sister had Olivia make Alec and I something. This is very special as it is now in the nursery. On top of this piece, before we knew we were getting this, Alec and I contacted her about making us a painting for the nursery.  The nursery is Arctic themed. It is painted an ice blue color and has polar bears and any other arctic animal you can think of in it. It is gender neutral and it is so ready to be a home for a little baby. We knew we had enough animal stuff in that room, so when we talked to Olivia we said we wanted something different. She's still working on it,...

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Weekend Activities

01/01/2021

It seems like during the winter Alec and I do less. It's cold and there's no way you'll catch me outside in those types of temperatures. This weekend however, was a little bit different.   We started the weekend Saturday by doing our own thing. Alec was working on some computer stuff and I went to grab coffee with a friend. I went to a local coffee shop and ordered a dirty chai (a chai with espresso). Sadly it was just okay, and overpriced. Regardless of the coffee, I had a great time with my friend. We caught up with what's been going on in each others lives. We have known each other since middle school. We lost touch, but now we attend the same church. It's been so nice to be able to be in each other's lives again. Her husband is an adoptee. We had no idea of this until we announced that we were adopting. It's been so cool to see his perspective. It's one more couple that we know we can count on. It's more support!    That evening Alec and I went over to my parent's house for dinner. It was a pizza party! It...

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Winter Smells

01/01/2021

I know this sounds weird, but I was thinking about different winter smells because I had to change my wallflower from Bath & Body Works. It's an odd topic to think about, but once I started generating my top five winter smells, it made me think of happy memories. Here's my top five along with the reasoning!   Cinnamon - or any Spice! This makes me feel cozy. I love all the spice scents throughout the year, but it seems like during the fall and winter I find myself leaning towards those. It reminds me of apple cider, hot chai lattes, and alllll the goodies around the Holidays. Pine - I often imagine I am tucked away in the woods cozying up with a blanket in a cabin. When I smell pine, that's where I go. Especially in the winter. If I have to deal with the snow, I'd rather be surrounded by trees covered in snow (preferably also surrounded by mountains).  Cedarwood - Same reason as above! Take me there please! Cranberry - Have you ever had the Frosted Cranberry soap from Bath & Body Works. If not, you should get some! I am OBSESSED. It is fresh, but...

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Winter Travels

01/01/2021

Here in Northern Indiana, winters are so cold! When it comes to traveling during this time of year most people would choose something sunny and warm. That's nice too, don't get me wrong, but I have a different answer!   A few years back Alec and I took a trip to ICELAND! This destination surpised me. We traveled there right before Christmas. It was very snowy and very very cold. It was so cold that we cracked and spent $10 on one small cup of hot chocolate just to warm us up. Despite the fact that we were frozen most of the trip, I would do it again in a heartbeat in the winter. There is something about seeing waterfalls surrounded by snow and ice. There you can visit hot springs and geysers. It feels as if you are on a different planet. Another plus is that you have a better chance at seeing the Northern Lights. Sadly, we did not see them, but I'm hopeful that we will someday!    I asked Alec this same question. Where would you want to travel to in the winter. His responce, New Zealand. Yes please! Way back when, 6 years ago, to...

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New Years Weekend

01/01/2021

The first weekend of 2021. This year we were lucky in that New Years Eve fell on a Thursday which meant...4 day weekend! That's always a bonus. Neither Alec or I are huge fans of New Years Eve so we spent our evening watching Friends and making homemade pizza. On New Years Day my family starts the year off by getting together and watching football. We ate plenty of food and tried to navigate driving in an ice storm. One of the many reasons why I hate winter!    We spent the rest of the icy weekend at home. We took down Christmas decorations, cleaned the house, and just relaxed. It was perfect. We also got to finish our nursery. Let me tell you. This nursery is the cutest thing ever. Seeing all the furniture in the room makes it feel real. We offically have everything we need to have that room be home to a little child. It makes our wait so much sweeter! 

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Family Wedding

08/08/2021

This past weekend we had a family wedding! Friday we drove to Alec’s hometown for the rehearsal dinner. It was his aunt that was getting married! Her and her fiancé had been dating for a handful of years and recently they decided to tie the knot. Friday night we got to his parents house, where the wedding was taking place, and it was pouring. His mom was so upset but we told her that the rain was going to pass and it was going to be a good day. After the pastor ran through the wedding with his aunt and her fiancé we headed off for dinner. We all went out for pizza and got to hang out more with everyone. We got to spend a lot of time with Alec’s brother and his wife. They are the ones that are having a baby this December. We cannot wait to have another little nephew running around.    Saturday morning we were up bright and early helping get things ready. Since the wedding was at the house there was a lot to do such as getting the flowers together, getting the food ready, setting up the tables etc. My sister-in-law did...

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