Samantha & Stephen

Hoping to Adopt (Texas)


Quick Weekend Trip

Last weekend, we made a quick trip up to Southbend, Indiana. Stephen had some friends being ordained as priests and we were thankful to be able to make the trip up to celebrate and support them. We walked around Friday evening and let me just say, the campus is absolutely beautiful at night. Saturday we woke up and found a Starbucks (Stephen is a major coffee lover, and I'm learning), we then walked all around campus and he showed me around. It was so nice to see students using common areas to eat, study, and just be with each other. The ordination mass was one of my most beautiful services I've been a part of , it was very moving. We were lucky and scored an invite to dinner at the seminary and go to catch up with the new priests and their families. Our trip was super quick, but we made the best of every moment!

Gigi came to town!

Stephen's mom, Virginia, or "Gigi" as she's known to her grandchildren came to town for her birthday! We had a wonderful week with her, ate a lot of really good food, multiple games of Tenzi and Bananagrams (we love playing games),and just spent great quality time together! We took her out for her birthday and then the next afternoon friends of ours threw her a little lunch party, with balloons and cake! To end the week with her, Stephen used his new pizza oven to make homemade pizzas!

Snow day(s)!

It snowed significantly here in North Texas on Valentine's Day! We took a short walk to the lake by us to check it all out and let the pups play in the snow in the backyard, they loved it! We have been very fortunate to have power and water throughout the whole week (most in Texas were not as fortunate ) so we were able to enjoy the pretty scenery the snow brought to our neighborhood.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Growing up my mom and I made sugar cookies at Christmas. They were the best cookies! Everyone loves them and looks forward to them every year. I've been making them on my own for several years now, and find pretty much any excuse to make them. They are chewy, buttery, and just down right delicious! I made some for Stephen to take to work to spread a little cheer this past week. I just love the way the little hearts look covered in joyful sprinkles!

Meet Schnitzel!

A couple of weekends ago, we decided to take a day trip to East Texas and do some exploring. We had no intentions of getting a puppy anytime soon, we lost our last Schnauzer two Christmases ago and had adjusted to a two dog household. We set eyes on this little guy and his littermates and our hearts melted! We each instantly connected with him and spent half a day trying to decide if we should get him. Spoiler alert, there was no question! His big dog brother, Canton, and his big dog sister, Millie, were both instantly in love and annoyed at the same time. They have all bonded and love playing for hours each day! His cat siblings are warming up to him as well! Schnitzel has been a wonderful addition to our family!

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