Hello, we are Justin and Stacey. We appreciate you taking the time to read our story and get to know us a little better!

Our story began in 2010, with a chance meeting at a college Halloween party where a witty remark by Justin set our true love story in motion. We immediately began dating, although we lived on opposite sides of the state (2.5 hours apart!). Fast forward three and a half wonderful years of biweekly visits and daily Skype dates to when Justin proposed to Stacey at the Detroit Zoo; the site of our first official date. After a seven-month engagement, we were married in 2015. The following year, we purchased our dream home and went on our belated honeymoon to London!

Now that we are fully settled into our beautiful home, and we are established in our careers, we are confident we have built a wonderful foundation for a family to flourish. We both had adoption in our hearts as the way we wanted to grow our family. We have seen how rewarding adoption can be: With some of Stacey’s extended family members who are adopted, Justin being adopted as an infant, and most importantly, our daughter, Lillian, who we adopted at birth in 2019. Lily will be a wonderful big sister who will be able to relate to her younger sibling’s adoption story. We are excited to welcome another beautiful child into our lives and cannot wait to see how much joy they will add to our hearts.

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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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Book Club!

11/29/2021

We had another book club meeting tonight! We read a cozy mystery where a woman who owned a pub tried some amateur sleuthing. It was very entertaining. And at the back of the book were some recipes from the items she served in her pub! Stacey was a HUGE fan of the carrot muffin. HUGE!!! . .

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Happy Thanksgiving!

11/26/2021

We host Thanksgiving each year! Typically, both Justin's and Stacey's families get together for this holiday, at our house. Due to COVID, we have been restricting our guest list for the past two years. This year, Justin's family came! Pictured below, in the foreground, is our Sister-in-law Nicole, Justin's brother JJ, and Justin's dad Joe. We had a blast!

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Christmas Photos

11/23/2021

We took our Christmas card photos for this year! We are very pleased that we got a picture of all 3 of us smiling - it took more attempts than you would think!!! We also spent the weekend decorating for Christmas and are now fully in the Christmas spirit...despite it still being November.

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Game Night with a Friend

11/20/2021

Our friend Kristen visited! We spent the evening chatting, and once Lily went to bed, we played an Escape Room in a box! We successfully escaped - but were ticked at the final puzzle! How could we have ever gotten to that answer ourselves?!? Kristen even had to Google it to have it explained to us in the end.

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Zoom with Friends from High School

11/17/2021

Tonight, Stacey caught up with her group of friends from high school. Everybody gave updates on their lives - most updates were "same old same old", but there was a "new boyfriend" thrown in the mix, as well as "I'm moving to another state next month!" 

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Justin's Brother's Wedding

11/14/2021

Over the weekend, Justin's older brother, JJ, had his wedding ceremony. He and his wife, Nicole, were married in 2020, but postponed the celebration until 2021 due to COVID.  The first picture below is Justin and JJ; the second picture is Joe (Justin's dad) and Justin.  .  

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Playing Guitar

11/11/2021

Whenever we hang out with friends or family in our basement, Lily always wants to play with Justin's guitars. We hope she ends up being musical inclined, just like Justin! He is a wondeful guitar player (this is Stacey's commentary; I'm sure Justin would say he's "okay", which would be an understatement!).

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Book Club Treats

11/08/2021

We had a book club meeting tonight and our friends made dessert for us to enjoy during the discussion! We read the second book in a series, and a few of the characters died during the book - the desserts were created to honor their memory! They were oreo pudding and they were delicious!!

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Getting Exercise!

11/05/2021

Tonight Stacey & Lily went for a walk on the trail by our house with our friend Greg. On the way back, Lily insisted on touching every tree in the forest.....it took a while to get back.... *smile.

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Halloweeeeeeen!

11/02/2021

It was a dark and stormy night...or a cloudy, but still pretty light afternoon and Stacey, Lily, and Justin carved pumpkins to celebrate Halloween! Guess who did each one (Hint: Lily's turned out the best).

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11 Year Anniversary

10/30/2021

11 years ago today (10/30/2010) Justin and Stacey met at a Halloween party and the rest is history! We are so happy to have shared another year together! And are even happier we have been able to spend that year with Lily in our lives as well! We took a couple photos to celebrate this day...it took a couple of tries to get a good photo with a toddler constantly photobombing! .  

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Skype with Stacey's Sister

10/27/2021

Tonight we had a Skype call with Stacey's sister. We had a lot of fun chatting the evening away. It is crazy how many topics you can move through once you get sisters going! Lily loves the extra attention when people call just to talk with her! 

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Stacey's Mom Visits

10/24/2021

Stacey's mom spent the evening with us. We watched Lily practice (and master) her somersaults (Stacey's mom even did a somersault and immediately regretted it!). Then we played some Rack-O after Lily went to bed.

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Game Night with College Roomie

10/21/2021

We were able to enjoy one of our favorite pastimes - having a game night with Stacey's old college roommate. We played Harry Potter Code Names and had a blast! At one point, we each (Justin & Stacey) independently thought of the same clue - "protagonist" - to get the other team to guess the cards containing "Harry Potter" and "Undesirable No. 1". We are so in sync!

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Friend from High School Visits

10/18/2021

Stacey's friend from high school, Kim, came over tonight for a visit! Lily loves playing with Kim!! And so do Stacey & Justin, actually - the 3 of us played a new game Stacey got for her birthday when Lily went to bed. It was called "Good Puppers" and we were all equally not good at it, so we had a blast!

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Stacey's Mom Visits to Celebrate Stacey's Birthday

10/15/2021

Stacey's mom visited to celebrate Stacey's birthday with us! Stacey's mom retired from a retail clothing store about a decade ago, but still gets deep discounts - therefore every birthday we receive awesome new clothes! Her gifts are the greatest! 

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Stacey's Birthday

10/12/2021

Today was Stacey's birthday! Similar to the tradition of Stacey making a cake for Justin's birthday (which is 3 weeks before Stacey's), every year, Justin will decorate a birthday cake for Stacey! This year's cake was Weird Al Yankovic, since Stacey has a slight obsession. He's a musical genius (that's a fact, not an opinion *smile).  .

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Book Club via Zoom

10/09/2021

Tonight we had our book club meeting with our best friends via zoom. Stacey picked a horror book to honor the month of October and we were not disappointed with the story!

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Working from Home

10/06/2021

We are fortunate to have jobs that allow us both to work from home part time and in the office part time. We love when our days home overlap! That way we can spend the day working hard, as seen in the photo below. *smile. Lily is quite oblivious that Justin is about to make a surprise attack!

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Murder Mystery Party

10/03/2021

Last night we hosted a 50's themed Murder Mystery Party for a few of our friends. Justin had to maintain a Russian accent the entire evening - it was the largest source of laughter all night! * Please note: We uploaded two pictures to document this occasion, since we cut off Jeff's head in the picture where Lily was actually looking at the camera! .  

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Family Photo

09/30/2021

We have not had much going on this week. No running around or guests visiting. Which means we have been able to spend a lot of family time together! 

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Walk in the Woods

09/27/2021

Lily and Stacey went for a walk on the trail by our house. Lily inspected many sticks and rocks along the way - they all received her seal of approval! * Please ignore the tape holding Stacey's nosepad onto the rest of her glasses - her glasses might have been yoinked off her face earlier in the week and broke!

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Book Club

09/24/2021

Our friends came over for our book club this evening. We read the first book in a trilogy about witches; which is why our friends are pretending to be sorcerors in the background. They have taken it upon themselves to make the photos for our blog interesting - which we fully appreciate!

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Justin's Birthday

09/21/2021

Today was Justin's birthday! Every year, Stacey will decorate a birthday cake for him. This year's cake was "The Office", since we have been listening to the Office Ladies podcast together. We are huge fans of both the TV show and this new podcast!

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Playing Guitar

09/18/2021

Justin and Lily played guitar together today. Lily absolutely loves these instruments and is in awe whenever Justin plays for her!

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Hanging out at Home

09/15/2021

We have had a pretty relaxing week so far - the three of us have mostly been hanging around at home. Tonight we watched a TV game show called "Frogger", where contestants play the Frogger character from the arcade games in real life! It was pretty entertaining.

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Book Club Night

09/12/2021

Our small book club got together again to discuss our current book - The Bone Witch - which we are halfway through. We love meeting halfway through the books to give our thoughts and predictions thus far! Each of us usually has a great theory that no one else (including the author) ever thought of!

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Family Walk

09/09/2021

Since the weather has been so nice, we went on a family walk around our neighborhood! Lily walked quite a bit of our journey, but then settled for a ride in her carriage while enjoying her water bottle the rest of the way!

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Kitchen Fun

09/06/2021

We have had a lovely weekend at home; relaxing and not doing too much! Today, we all danced in the kitchen while Justin cooked dinner. It's one of our favorite pastimes!

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Family Photo

09/02/2021

Our friends came over and took this wonderful family photo of us!! Justin's forehead may be cut off a little, but Lily's pure joy makes up for that!! 

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Stacey's Mom Visits

08/30/2021

Stacey's mom visited tonight to have one final hangout before she drives to Colorado for 3 weeks to visit Stacey's aunt. Lily made sure to show off all her cool new dance moves to Grandma before she left!

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Movie Night with Friends

08/27/2021

Tonight we had a movie night with our best friends! We watched "Where'd You Go Bernadette?", which is based on a book we recently finished for our book club. I know all book snobs say this - but the book was way better than the movie! *smile. We still enjoyed making comparisons between the two! Almost as much as we enjoyed that Kristen Wiig was in the movie.

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Babysitting the Neighbors

08/24/2021

Over the weekend, we went to our neighbor's house to babysit their three kids (and dog). Lily had a blast playing in the kiddie pools! The neighbor kids also had fun - "you're the best babysitter ever!" is a direct quote from the 7 year old girl. (They might have been bribed with fun games, but it still counts!!)

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Family Movie Night!

08/21/2021

We had a relaxing evening together as a family. We watched Despicable Me, and enjoyed every second of it! 

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"Eh-scah-peh" - It's spelled just like "escape"!

08/19/2021

Tonight, Stacey's college roommate came over and we played an escape room in a box. Escaping was the goal and that's what we did! It was dicey at the start, but we persevered and finished just before the 60 minute time limit ran out. We all had a blast!

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Deck Visit with Stacey's Mom

08/15/2021

We had such great weather today, which was perfect for a deck visit with Stacey's mom and her boyfriend. Lily mostly ran around in the grass the entire time; we were exhausted just watching her.

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Game Night with Friends

08/13/2021

Stacey's friend from high school came over tonight to introduce us to her new boyfriend and to have a game night! We played The Game, Ticket to Ride, & Euchre. So much fun being able to play games once again!

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Justin's Family Visits

08/10/2021

Justin's dad, brother, & our sister-in-law visited over the weekend. They all had a blast playing with Lily...who definitely modified every single setting on Aunt Nicole's Apple watch.

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Book Club - Reading about Vampires

08/07/2021

We had a grand time at our book club meeting tonight! We read a book about vampires. Which explains why our friends are trying to eat one another in our photo!

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Making S'mores

08/04/2021

Today was a beautiful day for a bonfire. Which of course meant we had to eat some s'mores! - to complete the bonfire experience. Once Lily woke up from her nap, she demolished the rest of the graham crackers!    

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Stacey's Mom Visits

07/31/2021

Stacey's Mom visited us this evening! As always, there was a lot of chit chatting and playing with Lily from across the room.

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Fun with our Friend Kristen

07/29/2021

Our friend Kristen came over for a socially distanced basement visit. Our main topic of conversation tonight was the Olympics! Gosh, we love the Olympics!! Who knew there was so much to learn about the sport of Skateboarding?!

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Time for the Olympics!

07/26/2021

We are huge fans of the Olympics! We spent the day today watching as much Olympics coverage as possible. Since Stacey was a gymnast for 10 years, we never miss a moment of the gymnastics coverage! But we also try to watch all kinds of different sports during the Olympic season as well.

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Evening with Stacey's Mom

07/22/2021

Stacey's mom came over for a basement visit. She taught Lily some yoga poses while she was over! And informed us of her travel plans now that the world seems to be opening up again. She is always off galavanting! 

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Game Night/Book Club with Friends

07/19/2021

Our friends Trevor and Jeremy came over for a game night and book club meeting all rolled into one! We started the New York Times best seller, "Where'd You Go, Bernadette". It's only been the set up so far. By the next time we meet, we'll be able to find out where she went!!! (hopefully)

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Walk Downtown

07/16/2021

The three of us went for a walk downtown. Behind us is the river that runs through our small town's Main Street. It was a perfect day to be outdoors!

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Celebrating with Friends

07/13/2021

Tonight was the first time we were able to get together with our friends, Emily and Brad, since they were married! They are huge Red Wings fans like Justin, so we got them a personalized "Mr. & Mrs." team sign for their home! We spent the evening hearing about their wedding and honeymoon trip. Warm memories of our own wedding and honeymoon were brought to mind. What a nice way to spend an evening with friends!

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Hanging with Friend from High School

07/10/2021

Our friend Kim, who has been friends with Stacey since high school, came over for a deck visit. The weather was perfect for chatting and watching Lily run around and play on her slide.

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Game Night!

07/07/2021

Our friends came over for another game night! We hadn't played in a while - but the rules came back to us fairly quickly! Our friend Jeremy is holding up the map of Avalon for reference. We are on our way to Kamelot!

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Fourth of July Fun

07/04/2021

Our Fourth of July fun has consisted of practicing the stairs! The cool thing to do in our household is go up and down the stairs about a billion times!! Some of us have better stamina than others.

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College Roommate Visits

07/01/2021

Our friend Kristen came over for a socially distanced visit in our basement! Our conversation ended up focusing on various conspiracy theories, including the theory that the Titanic never sank! Kristen watches too many TikTok videos.... *smile.

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Hanging out in our Basement

06/28/2021

Stacey's mom came over for a basement visit today. We forgot to take a picture with her to prove it!! But she did take a cute photo of our little family. Lily was blowing kisses from atop her throne!

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Another Thoughtful Book Club Discussion

06/25/2021

Our small book club met again for our next book. The book sparked a lot of discussion, but overall it did not rank high on our lists.

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Celebrating Father's Day

06/22/2021

For Father's Day, the three of us stayed home and played lots of games! And one of us got to open a couple of presents! We also made a FaceTime call to Justin's Dad to wish him a happy Father's Day as well.

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Game Night with Friends from High School days

06/19/2021

Stacey got to spend the evening on Zoom with her group of friends from high school! We are all scattered across the country, so it is nice to catch up via Zoom every month or so. Last night, we played Scattergories online! Stacey came in 3rd on every game we played - consistency should count for bonus points!

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Playing "Lily Says"

06/16/2021

Stacey's mom and her boyfriend came over for a deck visit at our house today. Lily loves when they copy every thing she does! .    

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Catching up with friends

06/13/2021

We had a couple friends come over today and hang out in our basement with us. It had been a while since we had been able to visit with them. We had a blast catching up!

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Hanging with Friends

06/09/2021

We got to meet Stacey's college roommate's boyfriend! It was a fun night chatting and discussing all the board games we are going to play once we no longer have to socially distance!

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Deck Visit with Family

06/06/2021

Stacey's mom and her boyfriend visited today for a socially distanced deck visit. We had a wonderful time, as always. We can definitely get used to this nice weather!!

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Family Deck Visit

06/03/2021

Stacey's Aunt Carol visited from North Carolina today! She comes up to visit about twice a year and always makes sure to carve out a little time to spend with us!

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Book Club Evening with Friends

05/31/2021

We had our next book club discussion with our good friends from college. Lily even joined us for this discussion! Although, she mostly kept trying to chew on the book....

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Stacey's mom visits on our back deck

05/28/2021

Stacey's mom visited with us on our back porch today. Lily had so much fun with her grandma, she didn't even want to take a three second break to turn her head away for a picture!

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Justin visits his dad and brother

05/25/2021

Over the weekend, Justin visited his dad and brother on the other side of the state. His dad is planning on moving in a few months, so the sons are lending their muscles to the task.

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Stacey Baked Pokeball Cake Pops

05/22/2021

To celebrate a friend's birthday, Stacey made cake pops in the shape of Pokeballs. Justin and our friend are both really big fans of Pokemon, and Stacey thinks Pikachu is really cute! The cake pops were a huge success!!

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Backyard Visit with Friends from High School

05/19/2021

Some of Stacey's friends from High School came over for a socially distanced visit in our backyard. This is the first time our group has been able to meet in person since COVID began! We had been relying very heavily on Zoom this past year!!

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Family Photo in our Backyard

05/16/2021

We are really enjoying the weather getting nicer in Michigan. It has been beautiful watching all our trees and flowers start blooming! 

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Basement Hang Out

05/13/2021

Stacey's old college roommate, Kristen, comes over biweekly for a socially distanced visit! We love to play games with Kristen. Heads Up has been our go-to game recently.

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Mother's Day Get Together

05/10/2021

For Mother's Day, we went to Stacey's childhood home, to celebrate with her Mom!

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Porch Visit with Family

05/07/2021

Stacey's Mom and her boyfriend came for a porch visit! We socially distance through the glass door, especially since Lily loves to give her grandma big, sloppy kisses. We need to clean the glass door a lot.

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Book Club

05/04/2021

Recently, we started a book club with our friends from college. Tonight we discussed An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena. It was a murder mystery (we almost predicted the killer).

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Our daughter received new toys!

05/01/2021

Our neighbors gifted us some of their daughter's old toys. Our daughter, Lily, thought the slide was a little too fast, but she'll get the hang of it soon!!

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Game Night with Friends

04/28/2021

We had our biweekly game night with friends from college! Our basement's pool table has transformed into a socially distanced game table for our new quest: Tainted Grail.

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Family Trip to the Mailbox

04/25/2021

The three of us, Justin, Stacey, & Lily, took a trip down to check our mailbox. We live at the end of a private drive, so it ends up being a 15 minute round trip where we can enjoy a nice stroll together!  

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Red Wings Family

12/02/2021

By chance, Lily and Justin were matching in their Red Wings shirts. Stacey wanted in on the fun too, so she put on her Red Wings shirt and we had to document our matching! Needless to say, we love the Red Wings!

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