Crazy Beginnings!

No matter how much planning and preparation occurs, adoption stories rarely go exactly as planned. Our journey has been no different! While we followed instructions and walked out the prescribed steps along the way, life created a set of circumstances that shook us up for a season prior to our matching with and adoption of […]

Celebrating Traditions In Other Cultures (A Video Interview Part 3)

(This is the last interview in our three part series! Here is Part 2 interview where we talked about language. In Part 1 we talked about food from other countries.) I sat down with three young ladies from different countries to talk about food, culture, and language. I love to travel and explore different cultures. It’s fascinating to me […]

Learning & Speaking A Different Language (A Video Interview Part 2)

I sat down with three young ladies from different countries to talk about food, culture, and language. I love to travel and explore different cultures. It’s fascinating to me that there are people, just like you and me, living in a different country at a different time of the day, going through their daily schedule. […]

Living In Another Culture (A Video Interview Part 1)

I sat down with three young ladies (Daleska, Aubry, and Claudia) from different countries to talk about food, culture, and language. I love to travel and explore different cultures. It’s fascinating to me that there are people, just like you and me, living in a different country at a different time of the day, going […]

Why We Waited Until Now…

Above is our first family picture on U.S. soil. From left are Dylan, Daleska, Stacy, Emily (in front), Aubry, Nathan, and Kayla. When we started our adoption journey four years ago, everything was new to us. Every now and then, someone would say, “You should chronicle your journey so we know how things progress!” We […]

Raising A 3rd Culture Family

Most people have never heard the term “third culture kid.” The term describes someone who is raised in a culture or country that is different from the parents’ culture/country of origin and the culture/country listed on the child’s own birth certificate. For example, achild might have a passport or birth certificate from the United States, […]

Welcome To New Adventures

We are a multi-cultural, midwestern family of seven. We speak Spanglish. We love to travel and try new adventures. We try to eat healthy and exercise regularly. And most of all, we love being a family that lives, works, and plays together! We (Nathan and Stacy) have experienced a whole lot in our 22 years of marriage, from starting a […]

It Was A Hard Day

That title is an understatement, but no other words come to mind right now. Well, there are other words, but none that are appropriate for me to write or you to read! We knew that when we decided to adopt older children that it was going to be messy, difficult, and challenging. However, we were […]

The Brady Bunch Effect: Meshing Cultures

With our children, both bios and adopted, we share a common desire – a complete family. Daleska and Emily wanted new parents, siblings, and all that comes along with being a part of a healthy, normal family. The other five of us wanted new daughters/siblings with whom to share life. The journey towards becoming a […]

Costa Rica Travel Tips: Transportation

After living in Costa Rica for two months, we have found some helpful tools and tips. While I (Nathan) will be sharing about our time in Costa Rica, many of these tips can be used in other countries. (My last Travel Tip post was about Money.)Every country has it’s own nuisances when it comes to transportation. […]