Hello, we are Blake and Carie! We are so excited to share with you our journey together as a couple and as potential prospective parents.

We met online like so many other couples, but we met on an anonymous app and fell for each other through conversation alone. We spent a lot of our first year together dating and going to all of our favorite places, but some of our best memories from the early days were simply sitting in front of our fireplace exchanging music playlists and just talking about the world for hours. We had finally found that person that just “fit.” Next thing Carie knew, we were getting engaged via a scavenger hunt that Blake put on for her, including all those special spots and ending in a historical museum with beautiful lights and postcards that read, “Make History with Me.” Now here we are four years later and ready to start a family.

Once we found out that having kids would be a slim chance we knew that adoption would be the way to go! It felt like a natural choice because Blake was adopted as a baby as well. He feels that he will be able to help the child with any emotions that may arise and we both feel strongly about being open about his or her adoption story no matter how open or closed the adoption itself is! We hope to open our arms and our hearts to a beautiful baby and the possibility of an open adoption will only make our family grow even bigger.

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Financial Support

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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It All Starts With A Solid Foundation


Hello there! Well it's official, we have a pad! It's been a long two years of getting our land to this point, but we have grown so much and I think one day when we have our home officially done we will appreciate all our hard work. Everyone that comes out to the site loves it and tells us that we scored such an awesome spot. I remember looking at maps from an ariel viewpoint with Blake and just trying to find a spot of land close to town, but secluded and surrounded by trees. It's such a blessing to have found it and will hopefully be a perfect spot to raise a family one day. I remember running around acreage as a kid and just loving it. Something about it just stuck! It was a very early morning that day. The crew got to the site at 4am and we got them all donuts from a local shop and started pouring at 5:30. We are so grateful to the men who worked on it. They all did fantastic work and worked a 14 hour day. It never goes unnoticed when people around us work hard and we try to...

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Fun Hike With Toby!


Hello there! Today has been in the 70's outside and the sun is shining! We took full advantage of the weather and went to the lake a couple of miles down the road with our dog, Toby. It's a cool little lake where people mostly just fish and have camp fires. We walked a couple of miles since that's about the most Toby could handle. He's twelve years old and was diagnosed with cancer last year. He's still got a lot of energy though and taking him on a walk is a perfect way to let him get it all out. :) Overall, it was really good to just get out and enjoy the warmth. There's been a lot of house talk lately and sometimes to just break away from it and get outside is nice. We also went and saw a movie in theatres last night and went out to dinner. We saw the movie called Champions. It was actually really good! Just a feel good movie. Last time we went we saw a horror movie and I used to love horror, but now.. Not so much. I would rather sit down and watch a comedy or feel good...

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Getting Excited!


Hey there! We have been busy, but so much is happening and it's a very exciting time for us. Between renovating the old home in town for another rental property and building our home on our land it's been a lot, but so rewarding. To now have the plumbing complete and the forms in place to pour our pad is a huge milestone in building a home. We will have a solid foundation for our new home that will begin official ICF construction March 13th! Once the blocks start going up it will be going pretty quick. To have worked so hard for so long and it feeling like it's just taking forever because it's just the two of you, to now having many hands and teams on deck is just beyond exciting. :D Until Next Time, <3 Carie

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Fort Worth, TX


Hey there! Well we went to Texas for the weekend and it was a good time. We went for a specific event, but we had a full day to just find stuff to go do. We ended up going to two art museums, explored an old railway, and shopped and ate at Sundance Square. It was so much fun and we were stuffed because there's all kinds of goodies around there. We were super lucky because the weather was nice while we were doing a ton of walking around the downtown area. It was a nice small getaway before the pad goes in for the house. :) Until Next Time, <3 Carie

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Date Night At Home


Hey there! We've been wanting to do a little date night for a while just here at home. I pictured us making pizza dough and decorating our own. It's always fun to be creative and Blake doesn't always spend a lot of time in the kitchen, unless he's being sweet and helping me with dishes! :D Both of ours came out delicious. While the dough was resting and rising Blake got a big fire going in the fireplace for us to warm up by and play games. We played his favorite, The Game of Life! He beats me every time, but that's okay because I always beat him at Scrabble. ;D Overall, it was a great night. Sometimes you don't have to go out to have a great time together. You can just stay in and have a good time. Nights like that make me super grateful for the husband I have. <3 Until Next Time, <3 Carie

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The Ball Is Finally Rolling!


Hey there! It's been a minute since I blogged so I wanted to give a quick and exciting update! The 10 acres we purchased two years ago and have been working on every since to build a good driveway and make our own little private oasis is finally coming together. We are so beyond excited. All the effort to move dirt to raise the area and taking our time to build the driveway ourself is finally paying off! We now have our footers placed, getting pluming worked in, and we'll have a solid foundation for our new home by the end of next week. Yay!! We've always had a dream to raise a family on acreage where we can have our own hiking trails, pond, and maybe even some animals! How cool will it be to have some chickens or some dairy cows? For us.. Way cool! It's been a long time coming for us to get to this point, but with patience and some help from family we are finally getting somewhere. We are beyond excited to see it take shape and I'll do my best to keep you updated on how it's going. :D Until Next Time, <3...

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Open Mic Night


Hey there! Well last night was a good time. We enjoy our coffee and our local coffee shop has quarterly open mic nights. It's always so much fun to listen to everyone's songs and to see the sense of community there. From moms making a fool of themselves last minute so that their child feels more at ease being in the spotlight or someone picking up their ukelele and playing strings for someone to sing to because their guitarist had to leave sooner than expected. Everyone is so supportive even when their style is so vastly different. Overall, it is always a good time and a good way to bring in the weekend! :) Until Next Time, <3 Carie

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New Year, New Blog!


Hello there! Just wanted to drop in and give a little update. The last few weeks we have been working on the historical house remodel. We are almost done with the kitchen! That's always such a fun one to see transformed. It feels good to be taking a home that most would have torn down and make it worth keeping. For a home that's over 100 years old it's in great condition. They don't build homes today like they used to! This one will have character, but look like a whole new house inside. Anyways, before I ramble too much... That's what we've been up to lately. Yesterday we spent the day with Blake's aunt who recently moved here from Indianapolis. We wanted to show her some of the best places in OKC (at least to us). :D We went out to eat at a unique little spot we like called Goro Ramen. It's near the art district Paseo. They have the best book store if you're ever in the area! Then we found a place similar to the one we went to in Minocqua, WI where you get to pick a clay piece and paint it. We found we...

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Happy New Year!


Hey there! We wish you a happy new year! We spent some time with a couple of friends over dinner at an awesome steak house, did a little book and movie shopping, surprised my mom at work with some hot cocoa, and then went and spent time at the lights that we see every year. As always it was a lot of fun and it seems like every year they just keep getting better displays! To bring in the new year tonight we are just going to be safe at home, watch some new movies, play board games, and watch the ball drop. We would rather do that than risk being out on the road. 😊 Until Next Time, <3 Carie

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Merry Christmas ‘22


Hello there! Well today was a great day. We celebrated Christmas with homemade cocoa, Christmas movies, and making sugar cookies and frosting from scratch! So much fun to decorate. 🎄 We are just so thankful that we made it back home safely Christmas Eve. We got delayed a day due to bad weather and just stayed put in Springfield, IL until the roads were better. Luckily though all is well and now to just catch up on two weeks worth of laundry! Whoo.. Ready, set, wash! Until Next Time, <3 Carie

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December 19


Hey there! Today was another great day. We got up around 6am and found a cool spot to eat breakfast before making our way to the ski resort. After getting our gear and hopping on the lift we found our way half way up the mountain. That's also about as far as I am able to go so far! 😂 I am so incredibly proud of Blake though! He went up to the tippy top and made his way back down three times before calling it a day. Overall a day very well spent. It was also a very cold day! Just thankful to have made it home safely despite the snow blowing in. Tomorrow will be the start of us packing our things to head out Wednesday morning to go to Springfield, IL.

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December 17


Hey there! We had so much fun today! We went to paint clay pieces downtown. I think that is just such a cool concept and I didn't even know that was a thing until recent. How cool would that be to make a tradition out of going and picking out a Christmas clay piece and make a little village? It took way longer than expected. Granted I picked a larger piece and me being a little more of a perfectionist it took me hours! What a great way to spend our day together since it was about 12° out. ❄️ Tomorrow we are looking forward to waking up super early and heading to the slopes of Granite Peak! We love to ski and have never been to this place before.

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December 16


Hey there! Well yesterday was a lot of fun. We went to a local German restaurant that was gorgeous. It is the original building from the 1800's so we nerded out a bit on the history the locals had to offer. The food was delicious and much needed with the cold temps! After wrapping up with full bellies we headed out to shop at the local boutiques before heading back to the cabin to play some games. 😊 Today we are planning on walking out to the frozen lake here at the resort and then going to a paint your own pottery studio. Such a cool concept where you pick a piece of pottery, paint it with their supplies, and then they will ship it to you! Would be so cool with kiddos and also to send to someone as a unique gift. I'll make sure and take pics!

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December 10


Hey there! The next few blogs will be a little more short and sweet since we are on vacation, but I just want to put out there what we've been up to in this winter wonderland. 😊 On our way to Wisconsin we had to stop at the Spam museum! We love hitting museums when we can and this one didn't disappoint. Lots of interactive things to do and everyone was so nice that worked there. Keep reading the upcoming blogs to see what else we're up to on this vacation!

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December 11


Hey there! This was the day we finally made it to our Resort in Wisconsin. It was about a 16 hour drive, but we stopped a couple of times along the way. Our dog definitely loves it here! Having lots of fires and just settling in.

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December 14


Hey there! Well we got hit by Winter Storm Diaz. ❄️ Luckily we came prepared and we did some shopping. We got snowed in this morning, but not for long! Between the locals, us, and the equipment available it's not like home. The roads were plowed, the decks shoveled, and the sidewalks snow blowed. So much fun up here! P.S. - It may have been on Blake's bucket list to use a snow blower. The locals had no problem letting him use it to help them out. 😂

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December 15 Part 1


Hey there! We went snow shoeing for the first time on true trails today. We did two and a half miles! So proud of how well we did and stoked that we got to just get out in all this fresh powder.

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December 15 Part 2


Hey there! After snow shoeing today we took some time to get our relaxing on in the new barrel sauna that they have at the resort. It is amazing how good that hot box felt! 😂 P.S. - I seriously wish we still had time to make that top photo a Christmas Card!

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Working On The Land


Hello again! Just a little update on what we’ve been up to. We are about to get pretty busy so I want to blog when I can. We’ve been focusing on our land quite a bit in the last couple of weeks. With Blake getting his CDL we were finally able to finish out our driveway. It was very efficient because while he would take trips back and forth to grab material I would be on the backhoe scooping it up and placing it where it needed to go. So, it went smoothly and from being a dirt drive to officially being a gravel driveway! We were able to take our camper out there for the weekend and stay overnight for the first time. It was incredible! The sunrises over the tree line were just as pretty as the sunset. The peace and quiet that is felt out there is so amazing. It’s only three minutes from the heart of our small town, but makes you feel like you’re in the middle of the forest. It is truly a dream come true for both of us. I grew up on a good amount of land and some of my best...

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Halloween Weekend 2022


Hello again! This is just an extra blog that I wanted to throw in there because we had such a good weekend! We went to Blake's grandparents to celebrate his twin aunt's birthday. Every year they do a hot dog roast and this year was a little soggy. It didn't stop us from having an awesome time though! Blake and his uncle were able to still get a really good fire going and we ate way too many hot dogs and smores. It melted my heart because one of his aunts fostered a little girl with autism and still gets to see her and bring her along to see everyone in the family. Well she adores Blake and while nobody wanted to go out in the rain he got the umbrella and took her to roast her marshmallows! It's moments like that where I am reminded of how good of a dad he will be one day. We also did a cookie decorating contest! To be honest I wasn't feeling too artsy fartsy that day, but I was "forced" into it. :D I definitely didn't expect to win with my little sail boat, but I won $20 and everyone loved...

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October 2022


Hello again! Well this month has been full of fun and definitely some hard work. We are currently working on a home in town that is over 100 years old. It is an absolutely beautiful house and a lot of people thought that maybe it was too far gone, but we enjoy taking on challenges together and showing people that you can make a home from a house as long as it has a good solid foundation. This month we finished up with the second room in the house and now for the kitchen! The kitchen is always one of our favorite renovations to do because it is the heart of most homes and is usually the biggest transformation. We got to get our hands dirty this last week because for the first time we had to tear out a chimney that had been left in the kitchen and covered with drywall making the wall it was on disfunctional. One brick at a time though we got it taken apart and now the space is taking shape nicely. Also, the fun chore of removing good old popcorn ceilings! Now that all that is taken care of it is time to...

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September 2022


Hello there! September was full of fun and excitement as we brought in the fall season! We love the cold weather and are looking forward to having fires burning in the fireplace and enjoying the crisp air during the day. Oh and my homemade chicken noodle soup! We started off the month with my birthday! What I had planned and what ended up happening were two different things, but hey sometimes you just have to roll with it and make the best of it even if your favorite spa doesn't have any openings. :) We ended up going to shop at the mall, to our favorite Japanese Steakhouse, and had to end the day with a piece of cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory! It was overall fantastic and every year it just seems to get better. Where most people turning thirty often times feel depressed or like their life is flashing before them too quickly, I have learned to just be so thankful that I am still here and can look forward to another year full of love and happiness. So here's to another year and many great things to come and experience! Another cool thing we got to accomplish...

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