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Happy Mother's Day!

A warm and wonderful Mother's Day to all our new guests and long time supporting friends!  Yes, it's been awhile friends, but we are trying to get back to blogging and sharing about family life and adoption ministry!  UPDATES soon!!!  But, new friends, WELCOME and stop in again as we catch up from our crazy life!

Much love,
The Vogtmans

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