A Year in Review {The Kieklaks – 2016}

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I can’t believe the new year is almost here again. Life has changed a lot since the start of 2016:

– Went through the first embryo transfer & miscarriage

– Hunted for a new job for Steve & moved to Yukon when he was hired as a youth pastor

– Went through the second embryo transfer & stayed pregnant Continue reading

Explorer & adventurer – mostly through scratches of ink on a page – I enjoy my husband, our twin boys, our boisterous German shepherd, and strive to live for the glory of God.

The Cost of Embryo Adoption {The Final Tally}

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Now that all of the adoption and embryo transfer fees are behind us for this adoption, I thought I’d post about all the costs involved, and the total amount we ended up paying.

This information was difficult for me to find (other than the estimates that the adoption agency provided) when we were looking into embryo adoption for the first time a few years ago, so hopefully this will be helpful to you if you’re considering embryo adoption. Continue reading

Explorer & adventurer – mostly through scratches of ink on a page – I enjoy my husband, our twin boys, our boisterous German shepherd, and strive to live for the glory of God.

Kieklak Twins {Weeks 14-18}

If you read my last post, you know that we were surprised this week to find out that we’re having twin boys!

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Here you can see them curled up together, both with their fists (those aren’t feet!) up by their heads.

We got to see the boys squirming around like crazy during the ultrasound, which was a lot of fun, and they were certainly not shy about letting us know that they were boys. Here’s some individual pictures of them: Continue reading

Explorer & adventurer – mostly through scratches of ink on a page – I enjoy my husband, our twin boys, our boisterous German shepherd, and strive to live for the glory of God.

Peek-a-boo! {Now There’s TWO!}

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Steve & I came back from Thanksgiving break on Sunday night both feeling sick, but we were so excited because this Wednesday was our ultrasound, and we were eager to find out our little one’s gender. We were both going to be so excited for a boy or a girl!

When we got to our appointment, I lay down on the ultrasound table and as soon as the exam started, we both saw it – TWO heads! Continue reading

Explorer & adventurer – mostly through scratches of ink on a page – I enjoy my husband, our twin boys, our boisterous German shepherd, and strive to live for the glory of God.

DIY Growth Ruler

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I have been eyeing a family growth ruler for some time now, as a fun way to track our kids’ growth throughout the years. I thought it would be nice to have it on a plank of wood as opposed to a door or wall, so that we could be sure and take it wherever we move to next.

I decided to make my own… mostly because I just didn’t love any of the font choices or layouts I found, but saving on the cost was definitely an added bonus too! Most of these I’ve found on Etsy range between $50-70, with costs that stack up quickly for adding extra names and details. I was able to make mine for less than $20, using a larger piece of wood even. Continue reading

Lover of all things sweet…my husband, our twins +1, our adorable cocker spaniel, and Reese’s peanut butter cups. But I know none sweeter than the name of Jesus.

That’s No Moon…It’s a Baby!

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update, but I certainly have some news:

Our second embryo transfer was successful, and we’re expecting a little Kieklak to arrive around May the Fourth!

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Explorer & adventurer – mostly through scratches of ink on a page – I enjoy my husband, our twin boys, our boisterous German shepherd, and strive to live for the glory of God.