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We love the Texas Rangers and enjoy watching the games in person when we get a chance.
We love the Texas Rangers and enjoy watching the games in person when we get a chance.
This is one of our favorite pictures. Th is was taking at Amanda’s brothers house.
This is one of our favorite pictures. Th is was taking at Amanda’s brothers house.
We have a wonderful tradition to ring in the new year as a family.  Wyatt makes his chili, we play games and watch movies until the clock strikes midnight.
We have a wonderful tradition to ring in the new year as a family. Wyatt makes his chili, we play games and watch movies until the clock strikes midnight.
To celebrate Amanda's birthday last year, we took a weekend trip to Houston and visited NASA.
To celebrate Amanda's birthday last year, we took a weekend trip to Houston and visited NASA.
Wyatt loves his Dr. Pepper so much that we took a trip to the Dr. Pepper museum in Waco.
Wyatt loves his Dr. Pepper so much that we took a trip to the Dr. Pepper museum in Waco.
We both love to be a little dramatic.  On our vacation to the beach, we took some time to take goofy pictures.
We both love to be a little dramatic. On our vacation to the beach, we took some time to take goofy pictures.
We both love to be a little dramatic.  On our vacation to the beach, we took some time to take goofy pictures.
We both love to be a little dramatic. On our vacation to the beach, we took some time to take goofy pictures.
We've always been quite goofy. On our wedding day our photographers told us to just act natural! HA!
We've always been quite goofy. On our wedding day our photographers told us to just act natural! HA!
We love going on walks and exploring our new neighborhood! We were taking a break from walking 3 1/2 miles.. whew!
We love going on walks and exploring our new neighborhood! We were taking a break from walking 3 1/2 miles.. whew!
Stopped for a selfie while cooking dinner!
Stopped for a selfie while cooking dinner!
This was a special day for us! We closed on our first home!
This was a special day for us! We closed on our first home!
Date night outing
Date night outing
Movie night
Movie night
A few years ago we went back to my hometown to visit the priest  who married us. He has married everyone in my family for three generations and just recently retired. Pictured with us are my aunt, grandmother and Mom.
A few years ago we went back to my hometown to visit the priest who married us. He has married everyone in my family for three generations and just recently retired. Pictured with us are my aunt, grandmother and Mom.
Christmas party
Christmas party
Our Families
This picture was taken two Christmas's ago at Amanada's grandmother's house. This is a picture of grandkids and great grandkids that were in attendance. There's much more of us -more like 97!
This picture was taken two Christmas's ago at Amanada's grandmother's house. This is a picture of grandkids and great grandkids that were in attendance. There's much more of us -more like 97!
Amanda's family. Nana and Papa are in the center surrounded by kids and grandkids.
Amanda's family. Nana and Papa are in the center surrounded by kids and grandkids.
Uncle Wyatt being silly with one of our nephews.
Uncle Wyatt being silly with one of our nephews.
"Higher Auntie!" We love to take our nieces and nephews on outings to the park to play.
Uncle Wyatt is always up for taking funny selfies.
Uncle Wyatt is always up for taking funny selfies.
Our family is not just the ones we were raised in but also those we  surround ourselves with. Amanda's best friend has two amazing boys (the little one napping in this picture is our godson) and we love to visit with them!
Our family is not just the ones we were raised in but also those we surround ourselves with. Amanda's best friend has two amazing boys (the little one napping in this picture is our godson) and we love to visit with them!
These two are not only our nephews but also our godsons.
These two are not only our nephews but also our godsons.
Wyatt and his dad at a birthday dinner
Wyatt and his dad at a birthday dinner
Wyatt and his brother at dinner. Family tradition to celebrate everyone's birthday with a special dinner.
Wyatt and his brother at dinner. Family tradition to celebrate everyone's birthday with a special dinner.
Cheesing in the photo booth at the fall musical last year.
Cheesing in the photo booth at the fall musical last year.
Wyatt showing our young nephew how to use his new race track
Wyatt showing our young nephew how to use his new race track
Christmas with Wyatt's brother and family.
Christmas with Wyatt's brother and family.
Amanda's family Christmas 2019. We missed two nephews this year as they spent the holidays with their mom.
Amanda's family Christmas 2019. We missed two nephews this year as they spent the holidays with their mom.
Wyatt and his brother cheesing Christmas morning.
Wyatt and his brother cheesing Christmas morning.
As part of his Christmas present, he got to choose an outing with Auntie and Uncle.  Of course he wanted to get a new friend to join his Beary Bear.
As part of his Christmas present, he got to choose an outing with Auntie and Uncle. Of course he wanted to get a new friend to join his Beary Bear.
Coloring with our nephew while we waited for lunch to arrive.
Coloring with our nephew while we waited for lunch to arrive.
Mimi and Pop Pop came over for lunch with us today!!
Mimi and Pop Pop came over for lunch with us today!!
We love pool time at Mimi and Pop Pop’s
We love pool time at Mimi and Pop Pop’s
Family cookout after a summer swim. Our nephew and I were waiting for Uncle Wyatt to serve up the hot dogs and burgers.
Family cookout after a summer swim. Our nephew and I were waiting for Uncle Wyatt to serve up the hot dogs and burgers.
Wyatt is a Momma’s boy. Here he is after his birthday dinner with his mom.
Wyatt is a Momma’s boy. Here he is after his birthday dinner with his mom.
Our pets
Like father like son. Edward, our Maine coon mix has a tshirt just like Wyatt.
Like father like son. Edward, our Maine coon mix has a tshirt just like Wyatt.
These two live a life of leisure. Edward (above) is 10 years old, and Diamond (lower right) is 16 years old.
These two live a life of leisure. Edward (above) is 10 years old, and Diamond (lower right) is 16 years old.
"If you're going somewhere, I get to go!" Any time our luggage comes out, these two are always trying to sneak in as carry on.
Neither one of them is happy that we are spending so much extra time at home these days because we are cutting into their napping time.
Neither one of them is happy that we are spending so much extra time at home these days because we are cutting into their napping time.
The kitties really do try to be good for Santa but Edward begged us to make Diamond get out of his spot.
The kitties really do try to be good for Santa but Edward begged us to make Diamond get out of his spot.
Diamond loves to cuddle.  If you lay down, she will sneak up like a ninja.
Diamond loves to cuddle. If you lay down, she will sneak up like a ninja.
Keeping daddy company while he’s drinking coffee! She loves outside!
Keeping daddy company while he’s drinking coffee! She loves outside!
"Seriously, I was not texting!" Diamond will come and sit right next to me anytime I'm on the phone.
These two have become my teaching assistants while I’ve set up my office at the kitchen table these days
These two have become my teaching assistants while I’ve set up my office at the kitchen table these days
Making sure his momma is doing her work!
Making sure his momma is doing her work!
Edward relaxing in his backyard
Edward relaxing in his backyard
She loves coming outside with us and getting her shade time!
She loves coming outside with us and getting her shade time!
The nursery
Overall view of the room with a rug that Mimi and Pop bought as a Christmas present. We are going to do some painting next!
Overall view of the room with a rug that Mimi and Pop bought as a Christmas present. We are going to do some painting next!
A view of the window and reading area.
A view of the window and reading area.
These onesies were presents. The one on the left was made by a cousin and the one on the right was made by another hopeful adoptive parent that we have met on this journey.
These onesies were presents. The one on the left was made by a cousin and the one on the right was made by another hopeful adoptive parent that we have met on this journey.
We bought this personalized blanket so that we can use it for snuggles and reading time.
We bought this personalized blanket so that we can use it for snuggles and reading time.
We bought these onesies as an ‘umbrella’ gift. They were our first purchase when we started this journey with hopes that someday we will need it when God sends our blessing to us just as he sends the rain.
We bought these onesies as an ‘umbrella’ gift. They were our first purchase when we started this journey with hopes that someday we will need it when God sends our blessing to us just as he sends the rain.
One of Wyatt’s friends made this personalized door hanger.
One of Wyatt’s friends made this personalized door hanger.
To go along with the Harry Potter theme, here’s the night light we picked out.
To go along with the Harry Potter theme, here’s the night light we picked out.
Our Harry Potter themed rug is so soft!
Our Harry Potter themed rug is so soft!
A larger view of the crib and bookshelves as we are adding decor. We love the decal above the bed-one of our favorite quotes from the book but also how we feel. Our son or daughter will always know that they are loved.
A larger view of the crib and bookshelves as we are adding decor. We love the decal above the bed-one of our favorite quotes from the book but also how we feel. Our son or daughter will always know that they are loved.
Our adventures
I had always wanted to visit the State Fair of Texas and Wyatt hadn't been since he was a kid, so we took a road trip to take in all the sights.
I had always wanted to visit the State Fair of Texas and Wyatt hadn't been since he was a kid, so we took a road trip to take in all the sights.
No Texas road trip is complete without a Trip to this massive convenience store.
No Texas road trip is complete without a Trip to this massive convenience store.
Visiting NASA and learning about our space history.
Visiting NASA and learning about our space history.
We like to hit the road early in the morning when we go on a road trip to maximize our time.  Wyatt requires coffee to function.
We like to hit the road early in the morning when we go on a road trip to maximize our time. Wyatt requires coffee to function.
No road trip is complete without a visit to the local restaurants. Wyatt loves Mexican food. Here he is preparing to enjoy Menudo.
No road trip is complete without a visit to the local restaurants. Wyatt loves Mexican food. Here he is preparing to enjoy Menudo.
We love to get away to the beach when we can.
We love to get away to the beach when we can.
Wyatt is such the protector! When I wanted to hop on the rocks to get closer to the water on our hike, he insisted on going first to make sure it was safe
Wyatt is such the protector! When I wanted to hop on the rocks to get closer to the water on our hike, he insisted on going first to make sure it was safe
He posed for me
He posed for me
Wyatt caught me jumping from rock to rock near the water.
Wyatt caught me jumping from rock to rock near the water.
Now I posed
Now I posed
Our hike in the state park
Our hike in the state park
Wyatt likes his s’mores to have scorched marshmallows. I prefer lightly toasted.
Wyatt likes his s’mores to have scorched marshmallows. I prefer lightly toasted.
Our fire pit. This was by far our favorite part of the trip!
Our fire pit. This was by far our favorite part of the trip!
The cabin that we stayed in while in Oklahoma. It was so great to get away and recharge.
The cabin that we stayed in while in Oklahoma. It was so great to get away and recharge.
Our traditions
In the fall, we love to have a warm fire on cold days.
In the fall, we love to have a warm fire on cold days.
Every December we dress up in our warmest clothes and go on a carriage ride through a historic part of our community that is known for their Christmas lights. Somehow we always manage to pick the coldest night and get to see snowflakes on our ride.
Every December we dress up in our warmest clothes and go on a carriage ride through a historic part of our community that is known for their Christmas lights. Somehow we always manage to pick the coldest night and get to see snowflakes on our ride.
We love to decorate our Christmas tree as a family whole watching Home Alone.
We love to decorate our Christmas tree as a family whole watching Home Alone.
Halloween night means a pepperoni pumpkin pizza!
Halloween night means a pepperoni pumpkin pizza!
We love date nights at our favorite local ice cream shop!
We love date nights at our favorite local ice cream shop!
Weekends mean big breakfast time. It may be waffles, chocolate chip pancakes, or even homemade blueberry muffins. Pictured are cinnamon waffles with scrambled eggs.
Weekends mean big breakfast time. It may be waffles, chocolate chip pancakes, or even homemade blueberry muffins. Pictured are cinnamon waffles with scrambled eggs.
Easter at Wyatt parents’ house means finding what the Easter bunny left.
Easter at Wyatt parents’ house means finding what the Easter bunny left.
Every year right before Halloween we set up outside and carve and/or paint pumpkins
Every year right before Halloween we set up outside and carve and/or paint pumpkins
This year we decided to paint our pumpkins to go with the theme of our front yard-The Nightmare Before Christmas.
This year we decided to paint our pumpkins to go with the theme of our front yard-The Nightmare Before Christmas.
The finished products-Sally and Jack. I MIGHT have gone back and added extra paint to Wyatt’s pumpkin when he wasn’t looking so that it had more color. ;)
The finished products-Sally and Jack. I MIGHT have gone back and added extra paint to Wyatt’s pumpkin when he wasn’t looking so that it had more color. ;)
Our new home
The outside view of the front of our home.
The outside view of the front of our home.
Our home has a wonderful open floor plan that allows for lots of room to play.
Our home has a wonderful open floor plan that allows for lots of room to play.
A closer view of our living room.
A closer view of our living room.
Our kitchen is a very spacious galley style that allows us to cook together which was something that was somewhat difficult to do in our townhome.
Our kitchen is a very spacious galley style that allows us to cook together which was something that was somewhat difficult to do in our townhome.
A view of our breakfast nook.
A view of our breakfast nook.
Our backyard is our sanctuary. There’s plenty of room to run around. If you look closely, you will see our cat playing in the yard.
Our backyard is our sanctuary. There’s plenty of room to run around. If you look closely, you will see our cat playing in the yard.